Marjorie Rossie Turk

Marjorie Rossie Turk


Funeral Mass for Marjorie Rossie Turk, 94, of Madison was held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 12 at St. Richard Catholic Church in Jackson, MS.  She quietly left her earthly home on Wednesday, April 6 at St. Catherine’s Village.

Born July 17, 1927, in Memphis, Tennessee, she was the first of five children of the late Thomas and Lucille Barnes.  “Mimi” had devoted her life to being a loving wife, mother and grandmother.   Marjorie graduated from St. Agnes High School in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee with emphasis in Chemistry. In April of 1948, Marjorie married Dr. Emmett Rossie of Shaw, MS. They became a part of the Jackson community where they raised their five children.  Marjorie was a faithful charter member of St. Richard Catholic Church and was very involved in the activities of the children including being a swim coach and scout troop leader.  Emmett Rossie departed this life in 1987 and Marjorie married Norman Turk, Jr. in 2001 at which time her family grew by seven step children and numerous step grandchildren.

In addition to her devotion to her family, Marjorie was part owner and founder of one of the first re-sale boutiques in Northeast Jackson, The Closette, a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a devoted member of the St. Gerard Majella Circle, and an avid bridge player.  In her retirement years, she developed a talent for painting and presented many painted pictures to her family.  Marjorie always had a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Emmett A. Rossie and her second husband, Norman Turk, Jr., two sons, Emmett “Rusty” Rossie and Richard “Ricky” Rossie; two brothers, Tommy Barnes and Roy Barnes; and two sisters, Barbara George and Shirley Hoffman.

Survivors include three children, Barbara Dyer and Gail Dickinson of Madison, MS and Paul Rossie (M’Lou) of Winter Park, Florida, two daughters-in-law, Karen Rossie (Ricky) of Madison, MS and Martha Rossie (Rusty) of Lakeland, TN, seven step children, Debbie Turk, Peggy Boyer (Rick) of Tucson, AZ , JoAnne Bell (James) of Crystal Springs, MS, Norman Turk (Kelly) of Pensacola, FL, Tommy Turk (Ann) of Madison, MS, Rosemary Stege (Larry) of Brandon, MS , and Jimmy Turk of New York City, ten grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren and sisters-in-law, Ann Barnes of  Memphis, TN and Judy Barnes of Fairhope, AL.

The family would like to offer special thanks for the compassion and assistance of Dr. William Eugene Loper as well as to St. Catherine’s Village and Hospice Ministries and their staff.

The family received friends at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12 at St. Richard Catholic Church with a mass followed at 10 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities Diocese of Jackson, 850 E. River Place, Suite 300, Jackson, MS  39202 ( or a charity of your choice.

Private interment services were held at Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson, Mississippi.

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