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Obituary: Lena Turner Rooks Squires, 92, teacher


Mrs. Rooks was a remarkable Adair Countian, who had a distinguished career as an educator in Adair and Metcalfe Counties. She was a poet, a historian, and a genealogist whose research on the Turner and Grant families was widely respected. She was the last surviving of nine children of the late Edd Wint and Ada Grant Turner of Inroad, KY. She was a member of the Free Union Separate Baptist Church

Lena Turner Rooks Squires, 92, 3319 Russell Springs Road, Columbia, KY, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at 1:18pmCT at her home after several years illness.

The funeral service will be Saturday, February 2, 2008, at 1:00pmCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Goff officiating. Interment will be in Haven Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Squires was a member of the Free Union Separate Baptist Church.

Lena Squires was a graduate of Columbia High School in 1936. She was a graduate of Lindsey Wilson College, Campbellsville College, and attended Western Kentucky State Teachers College in Bowling Green, KY. She taught for 30 years in Adair and Metcalfe County Schools, including eight years teaching in the Home Bound Children program.

Mrs. Squires was a well known genealogist do did extensive research on the Turner and Grant families throughout the United States.

In the 1980s, she began writing poetry. Her first poem, "The Old Home Place," was published in 1989 in American Poetry Anthology, Volume Number 3. She was listed as one of the best poets of 1989. Her best loved poem was entitled "To a Rose."

She was he daughter of the late Edd Wint and Ada Grant Turner of Adair County. She was born in the Inroad Community of Adair County on November 4, 1915.

She was preceded in death by Amos Edgar Rooks on April 21, 1972.

In 1982 she married Paul Woodrow Squires who also preceded her in death.

She was preceded in death by brothers Esba Turner, Calvin Turner, Ralph Turner, Dola Turner, and Ormal Turner; and by sisters Mayme Bailey, Vena Turner, and Mary Lee Turner.

She is survived by the following:
  • One brother in law: Raymond Keltner, Columbia, KY

  • One sister in law: Helen Turner, Columbia, KY

  • Several nieces and nephews and a host of friends

  • Three special caregivers: Betty Stotts, Brenda Chaney, and Jamie Matthews
The family requests visitation after 4:00pmCT, Friday, February 1, 2008, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements
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