In loving memory of

September 23, 1936 - June 21, 2022

Margaret Robertson (McKechnie) Turner, 85, of Marquette, passed away at U.P. Health System- Marquette on June 21, 2022.

She was born September 23, 1936. Her parents were the late Colin and Margaret McKechnie of Bearsden of Scotland. She's survived by her brother, Dougie (Norma) McKechnie and her sister, Moira (Robbie) Donald, both of Scotland. She was predeceased by her brother, Colin.

She's also survived by her three children, Larry (Dana Bustos) Turner of Colorado Springs, Linda Turner of Denver, and Lorraine (Ron) Beacom of Midland, MI; her five grandchildren, Colin (Nina Taban), Michelle (Drew U'Ren), William (Laura Lukey), Charlie, & Jackson, and several nieces and nephews as well as her many friends.

Margaret graduated from Northern Michigan University's School of Nursing in 1972. She began her nursing career at St. Mary's Hospital and retired from Marquette General where she worked for over 30 years. She last served as the patient advocate. In 2012, Margaret was the first recipient of MGH's Heritage Award for her service to the hospital and the community, which was her home for over 50 years. We wish we could take one more trip around the island with her.

A celebration of Margaret's life will take place on Thursday, June 30th from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Presque Isle Pavilion in Marquette.

Memorials may be made to the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer's, Greater Michigan Chapter, 309 S. Front Street, Suite 233, Marquette, MI 49855.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting Margaret's family where memories may be shared at


Linda Goodman wrote on Jul 6, 2022:

"I share my sincere condolences to Margaret?s family and friends. She was always so kind to us when we visited my mom, who was her neighbor. She was truly a treasure and is sadly missed. Linda and Barb"

Barnes family wrote on Jun 30, 2022:

"Your mom will be greatly missed. I'll share her passion for NMU's hockey program with whoever will listen for many years. Very sorry for the loss of her smile and laughter in our lives."

Linda St. Aubin wrote on Jun 30, 2022:

"Margaret had the BEST laugh and we sure did. I worked with her when she was the Patient Advocate at MGH. Being Scottish, she was not a fan of St. Patrick's Day, so I always sent her the funniest Patrick's Day card I could find and then call her on that day (after she retired) and ask her if she was eating her "Lucky Charms." We would have a great laugh and talk about the "old days." Have thought of her so often, she was such a great gal. God Bless her. "

Betty LaMere wrote on Jun 29, 2022:

"I?m sorry that I won?t be in Marquette tomorrow to join you all at Margaret?s Celebration of Life. My memories of her, are just as have been written. However, one most precious is, about your choice of place to honor her. Each time I was visiting, we took at least one ride around Presque Isle, and the words she spoke each time we were near the waterfront?..? Aren?t we lucky to have all of this?. Yes, we are Margaret. Peace be with you, your family and friends, both here and in Scotland. Your beautiful smile will never be forgotten. "

Carrie wrote on Jun 29, 2022:

"I didn?t know Margaret personally but she did help me when my Grandmother was in the hospital back in 1995. She was very gracious and took my complaints seriously. "

Bruce Miller wrote on Jun 28, 2022:

"I knew Margaret from my dental practice and was saddened by her passing. It always brighten my day when she came in , usually with some treats. My condolences."

Ray Jarvis wrote on Jun 28, 2022:

"To Margaret's family- I was sorry to read of Margaret's death. I hope that the many good memories you have of all your years together will sustain you now and in the future. I worked at the hospital also and knew her very well. She was a great person who always had a positive attitude. She will be missed. God's peace, Ray Jarvis"

Jean Whitman-Shelby wrote on Jun 28, 2022:

"A lovely lady. "

Mark Knaus wrote on Jun 28, 2022:

"It was always nice to run in to Margaret and have a pleasant chat."

Sandee & Dave Aldrich wrote on Jun 28, 2022:

"Deepest Sympathy to Margaret's Family and Friends. It was a privilege to work with Margaret and call her Our Friend. Sandee & Dave Aldrich"

Cheri Jodoin wrote on Jun 27, 2022:

"I feel very blessed to have worked with Margaret for so many years. She was a wonderful friend who will be deeply missed. May we all find some comfort knowing that she has joined a whole army of MGH angels to watch over us. With my deepest sympathy to her loving family. "

Rebecca Oberstar wrote on Jun 27, 2022:

"Who didn't love her enthusiasm,her chuckles and laughter and dedication to making things right? I loved working with her.She knew ND when she saw it and wasn't afraid to take it on! The ICU crew relied on her to come and solve many issues. God bless her for being in our lives and fighting for our patients.Till we meet again Margaret."

Steve Newvine wrote on Jun 27, 2022:

"We never met Margaret, but we know Lorraine. From reading the obituary you can tell she was a dedicated community spirit. God bless this beautiful person. Steve & Vaune Newvine"

Collene Hawes wrote on Jun 27, 2022:

"I met Margaret when I returned to MQT in 1975, when we began working together in the newly opened hemodialysis center, housed in the former St. Mary's Hospital. I felt like I found the best 'big sister' one might imagine having. I learned and laughed so much working with her, have tons of wonderful memories, and could never thank her enough for the gift of her friendship. She was one of the finest nurses and one of the finest human beings I have encountered over many years. She made our world a better place with her joyful, capable, kind, hard working spirit. My deepest sympathy for your huge loss, Larry, Linda, and Lorraine. She was so proud of you all and adored your families. Telling stories about her grands was her delight. RIP dear friend. "

Theresa Ward Stewart wrote on Jun 27, 2022:

"Margaret was an amazing human being. Smart, kind and quick witted. It was honor to work with and learn from her. Deepest sympathies to her family. "

Barb Lahti wrote on Jun 27, 2022:

"So sorry to hear ?she certainly one of the best! I drive by here house every day! A beautiful soul ??Loved her"