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Wake honors Frances Turner with FCS endowment in support of county programs

Frances Turner holds a plaque commemorating her 31 years of service to Cooperative Extension.
Photo courtesy Brent Henry

In honor and in celebration of her retirement, friends, family and colleagues of Frances Turner, family and consumer sciences agent in Wake County, have established the Frances Turner Family and Consumer Sciences Endowment to support Wake County FCS programs.

Turner retired Jan. 1 after working 27 years for North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Wake County center. She had served a total of 31 years, 8 months with Cooperative Extension.

When fully funded, the Frances Turner Family and Consumer Sciences Program Endowment will provide funding in perpetuity for FCS programs conducted by Wake County Cooperative Extension, which include energy conservation and family economics education. Additionally, priority will be given to funding educational programs for FCS volunteers and staff or other leadership development programs.

"This is wonderful recognition, which is greatly deserved," said Brent Henry, Wake County Extension director. "Frances has had a long and productive career and has been a dedicated and exemplary public servant. She truly deserves this honor."

Turner began her Cooperative Extension career in 1973 as a trainee agent in Gaston County. In 1978, she was appointed as assistant Extension agent for home economics in Pasquotank County, before moving to Wake County in 1979 where she served in a split position in 4-H and clothing/textiles. She has served as a family and consumer sciences educator since 1983. Turner also was an interim county Extension director on three occasions.

Those interested in contributing to the endowment fund should make checks payable to Frances Turner FCS Endowment and mail contributions to N.C. Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation, PO Box 7645, N.C. State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7645. All contributions are tax-deductible.

- Natalie Hampton