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TURNER, Brenda May

Female 1913 - 2003  (89 years)


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  • Name TURNER, Brenda May 
    Born 12 Oct 1913  Farnborough, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 492 
    _UID C4211526D9244206BC38AF5A75B8770309F6 
    Died 26 Apr 2003  Guildford, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 6 May 2003  Guildford, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I492  Edgoose
    Last Modified 30 May 2017 

    Father TURNER, Harry,   b. 19 Jun 1882, Farnborough, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1967, Farnborough, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother BUTCHER, Mabel Mary,   b. 1 Dec 1883, Petersfield, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1969, Guildford, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 30 Nov 1904  Farnborough, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F342  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family EDGOOSE, Raymond Thomas James,   b. 3 Feb 1909, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 2005, Godalming, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Married 21 May 1934  Aldershot Registration District, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. EDGOOSE, Shirley Elizabeth,   b. 12 Dec 1934, Surrey South Western Registration District, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1997, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     2. EDGOOSE, M.J.
     3. EDGOOSE, D.S.
     4. EDGOOSE, J.
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F341  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Brenda May Edgoose + 2 children
    Shirley, Brenda and Michael Edgoose circa 1939-1940
    Brenda May Edgoose nee Turner, husband of Raymond Thomas James Edgoose, holds her son Michael James. Her first-born, Shirley Elizabeth Edgoose is at her side.
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    Turner BrendaMayTurner 492 165.jpg
    BRENDA MAY EDGOOSE nee TURNER (1913-2003)

    Date: Early 1930s

    A photograph taken in the very early 1930s of Brenda May Turner, the future Mrs. Brenda May Edgoose. The identity of the two men is unknown, but the photograph was presumably taken by Raymond Thomas James Edgoose - it was found in his family's album.
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    Edgoose RaymondThomasJamesEdgoose 491 192.jpg
    RAYMOND THOMAS JAMES EDGOOSE (1909-2005) and BRENDA MAY EDGOOSE nee TURNER (1913-2003)

    Date: late 1930s

    Raymond Edgoose with wife Brenda and daughter Shirley (1934-1997) on the steps of the Angles Hotel in Eastbourne.
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    Edgoose RaymondThomasJamesEdgoose 491 367.jpg
    RAYMOND THOMAS JAMES EDGOOSE (1909-2005)

    Date: 1930s?

    On the Beach: Raymond Thomas James Edgoose at play with Brenda May Edgoose nee Turner (1913-2003)
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    Edgoose RaymondThomasJamesEdgoose 491 370.jpg
    RAYMOND THOMAS JAMES EDGOOSE (1909-2005) and BRENDA MAY EDGOOSE nee TURNER (1913-2003)

    Date: 21 May 1934
    Wedding Day: Raymond Thomas James Edgoose married 20 year old Brenda May Turner at Farnborough Parish Church in Hampshire on 21 May 1934.

  • Notes 
    • BRENDA MAY EDGOOSE nee TURNER 1913-2003


      Brenda May TURNER was born at 6 Park Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, on 12 October 1913, daughter of Harry and Mabel Mary ("Win" or "Fanny") TURNER. Her father was described as as 'General Furnisher and Ironmonger' on her birth certificate.
      (GRO December Q 1913 Hartley W. 2c 379)
      Harry TURNER had married Mabel Mary BUTCHER at Farnborough, Hampshire, on 30 November 1904.

      A pupil at South Farnborough High School in Hampshire she was presented with the Fifth Form Prize in the summer term of 1927: 'Poems by William Morris'.

      She married Raymond Thomas James EDGOOSE on 21 May 1934.
      (GRO June Q 1934 Aldershot 2c 518)

      They had four children:
      Shirley Elizabeth EDGOOSE, born on 12 December 1934. She died in 1997.
      Michael James EDGOOSE
      Diana Susan EDGOOSE
      Jane EDGOOSE

      From the 1939 Register of Pentire, Quarry Hill, Godalming M.B., Surrey:
      Raymond T. J. EDGOOSE, born 3 February 1909, married, director & manager timber merchants
      *Brenda M. EDGOOSE, born 12 October 1913, married, unpaid domestic
      2 CLOSED RECORDS
      (RG101/1899F/007/28)

      In 2002 she was living at 21 Clarke Place, Elmbridge Village, Cranleigh, Surrey, a retirement village.
      (Electoral Roll)

      She died at The Royal Surrey County Hospital on 26 April 2003. Her son-in-law Martin BALLINGER, chief executive of Go-Ahead Group Plc, gave the following address at her funeral service:
      "Born 89 years ago, Brenda May EDGOOSE was the third of four daughters of Harry and Win TURNER who owned an ironmonger's business in Farnborough. He was a professional footballer and her uncle Arkie was a famous international footballer in the early 1900's. Brenda obviously inherited considerable sporting skills. She was a keen and proficient badminton and tennis player at club level and she followed Ray into golf, becoming lady captain of West Surrey Golf Club. That energetic enthusiam was a key part of Brenda and her attitude to life.
      Sixty-nine years ago this month she married Ray. They moved to Eashing, just close to Godalming, living in a house called Pentire where all four children were born. Almost all the rest of Brenda's life was spent in The Close in Godalming, where she and Ray built and lived in three separate houses, all named Treetops. Just as she followed Ray into golf, so she followed Ray's passionate interest in bridge. As usual with anything she took up, Brenda became wholly enthusiastic about the game. Bridge became a hobby, a relaxation and an escape. It also provided Ray and Brenda with an intimate circle of friends who share their love of the game. In retirement with their neighbours in The Close, and later with their friends in Elmbridge, bridge provided an absorbing interest for Brenda. It was a tragedy when her eyesight finally failed and she could no longer take part. How much she would have loved to have entertained her bridge friends at Robertsons if only she had been able.
      Time went by and the four children eventually married and moved away from Treetops producing nine grandchildren on whom Brenda doted. Maybe it was the energetic enthusiasm she had inherited from her sporting family but when everyone was exhausted and the grandchildren were still not in bed, it would be Brenda who would be down on her hands and knees playing some insane game or kicking a football around the garden - or, best of all, organising putting competitions across the lounge floor and out into the hall. Her empathy with young people made her a firm favourite and a confidante of all of her grandchildren. She always shared their pride in their achievements and their disappointments too when things didn't turn out so well. I hope that her seven greatgrandchildren will also find intimate friends in their grandparents.
      She was never very religious in an organised churchy sort of way but she had a firm belief that people should care for one another. "I don't mind what you do so long as you don't hurt anybody," was Brenda's saying. A sort of "love thy neighbour as thyself" philosophy. She suggested to one of her children that they ought to be more scrupulous in their church attendance. "What about you, mother?" "Ah well, I'm older than you, but I used to go when I was your age."
      "What fun," she would say. And that was how it was for Brenda's family and friends. She was fun to be with. A few weeks before she died she was sitting up in bed, at the age of 89, telling me a rude joke about (what she described) as two old dears in a nursing home. Life has its funny side, even in the darkest times, but it takes somebody like Brenda to show us. Her family and friends will miss her a lot".


      (revised 11.04.2016)