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Emily Turner Laurel

August 1, 1945 — April 15, 2024

Benton

Emily Turner Laurel

Emily Pauline Turner Laurel, age 78, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2024, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Born on August 1, 1945, in Bastrop, Louisiana, Emily was a cherished daughter, sister, aunt, stepmother, and friend whose radiant spirit left a lasting imprint on all who knew her.

Emily was predeceased by her loving husband, Roberto Rudico “Bob” Laurel, with whom she shared 39 blissful years of marriage; her parents, Annie Pauline Terry Turner and Eugene Campbell Turner, Sr.; and brothers, Eugene Campbell “Sonny” Turner, Jr. and Ted Everett Turner. Emily is survived by her brother, Terry Madison Turner (Mary) of Clayton, MO; sister, Rebecca Turner Bourne (Pat) of Benton; stepdaughters, Roberta Laurel, Anna Cardona, and Lynn Laurel, all of Houston. She leaves behind a cherished extended family including numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was particularly close to her nephews and niece, Gene Turner of Texarkana, Todd Turner (Lori) of Sterlington, LA, John “Jack” Bourne (Maggie) of Seattle, WA, and niece, Rachel Bourne (Philip Foiles) and great-nephew, Samuel Foiles of Columbus. 

Emily graduated from Homer High School, earning a degree in Human Resources from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She embarked on a successful corporate career at ARAMCO, where she met Bob, and at Houston Lighting and Power until her early retirement. Thereafter, she pursued her entrepreneurial spirit by co-founding Connecting Spirit with her sister in 1997, a company dedicated to healing and personal growth. 

A deacon in the Presbyterian Church, Emily was deeply spiritual and devoted to helping others. She expressed her passion for life through her art, surrounding herself with color. Emily was a talented singer and an avid rescuer of chihuahuas, her beloved "fur babies." Known for her vibrant personality, she was always ready for a good cocktail and a hearty laugh, making every moment count. 

Emily’s legacy of love, spirituality, and creativity will forever be cherished and remembered. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Benton on April 22, visitation at 10:00 AM, service at 11:00 AM. Graveside service will be held in Bastrop, LA at Memorial Park Cemetery on Tuesday at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to First Presbyterian.  

Emily's life was a vibrant tapestry of love, faith, and service. Everyone who knew and loved her will remember her generous love of others and her radiant spirit.

Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home.
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Past Services

Visitation

Monday, April 22, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church, Benton AR.

501 N East St, Benton, AR 72015

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Funeral Service

Monday, April 22, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church, Benton AR.

501 N East St, Benton, AR 72015

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Burial

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Memorial Park Cemetery

10800 Hwy 425, Bastrop, LA

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