Lois Turner Dees, widow of Comair Flight 5191 victim, dies at age 59

jpatton1@herald-leader.comSeptember 21, 2013 

Lois Turner in April 2013. Photo by Mark Mahan

Lois Turner Dees, widow of Flight 5191 victim Larry Turner, died of lung cancer on Friday at the age of 59.

Mrs. Dees was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011 from high levels of radon in her home, and she became a vocal advocate for radon testing and abatement.

Shortly after her diagnosis, she married Kerwin Dees.

Her first husband, Turner, was one of 49 people killed in the August 2006 crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington. As the head of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office, Larry Turner was well-known, and his funeral drew 1,200 people. Lois Turner became involved in the creation of the commemorative sculpture unveiled at the UK Arboretum on the fifth anniversary of the crash.

Mrs. Dees taught math at Lexington Christian Academy for 28 years. An athletic field at the school is named the Larry Turner Memorial Field.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Southland Christian Church. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church, under the direction of Kerr Brothers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Lois Turner Dees Sponsorship Fund to provide tuition assistance for families and students with financial needs at Lexington Christian Academy, 450 Reynolds Road, Lexington, Ky. 40503.

Janet Patton: (859) 231-3264. Twitter: @janetpattonhl

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