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Nettie Greenlaw (1877 1945)

Nettie Greenlaw was born in Spanaway, Pierce, Washington, on 2 February 1877, the third child of Amos Greenlaw and Wilhelmina Mary Meyer.  She grew up on the Greenlaw farm surrounded by nine brothers and sisters, and an extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.  She attended Clover Creek School, where her father had become an active member of the school board.  

Around 1897, Nettie married Christopher Turner, an immigrant from Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire, England, who came to the area in 1889 when Washington was still a territory.  They moved to a farm in Spanaway and began raising cows and started their family.  They had six children  namely; Raymond Bennett (1898),  Byron Christopher (1901), Ethel M. (1903), Benjamin Lustrous (1907), Mary Belle (1909), and Alice Isbell (1912).  


Nettie Turner died 19 Dec 1945 in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington; and she was buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Tacoma (Lakewood), Pierce, Washington. 

Chris died at age 92 on 18 Sep 1963 in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington and was buried next to Nettie.

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