Elizabeth Turton Gaffney


CARBONDALE — Elizabeth Turton Gaffney, 76, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Pisgah Manor in Candler, North Carolina.

Betty is survived by her husband, Gerald Gaffney of Makanda; her sister, Barbara McCoy of Bonita Springs, Florida; her children, Molly Gaffney-Keebler and her husband, Joseph Keebler of Asheville, North Carolina, Michael and his wife, Julie, Gaffney of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Brandon Walker of Kansas City, Missouri, and Matthew and his wife, Kendra Gaffney of Asheville, North Carolina; and four grandchildren, Samantha and Jack Keebler and Bailey and Max Gaffney.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle and Berta Mae Turton; and sister, Jeanne Kaase.

Betty was born Nov. 14, 1942, in St. Louis, to Lyle and Berta Mae Turton and raised in Murphysboro.

Betty received her nursing degree from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Evansville, Indiana, her bachelor's degree in occupational education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and her MSN in nursing administration from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky.

Betty's career in healthcare began in 1963 when she was a staff nurse in the emergency department at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. From 1967-71, Betty was an instructor in the licensed practical nursing program for the Vocational Technical Institute in Carbondale. From 1971-73, she worked at Doctors Memorial Hospital (now Memorial Hospital of Carbondale) as an obstetrical nurse. She returned to St. Joseph Hospital in 1973 as director of in-service education and became director of patient care services in 1977. In 1995, Betty was named senior vice president of Southern Illinois Healthcare and administrator of St. Joseph Memorial Hospital and remained in that role until her retirement.

Celebration of life will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Garden Grove Event Center, 1215 E. Walnut Street in Carbondale.

In lieu of flowers, it is asked memorials be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, www.michaeljfox.org.

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