Thank you, Georgia Turner

Union Station’s current life as a community center goes back to 1978, and it wouldn’t have survived until now if not for the free labor of hundreds of volunteers who donated literally thousands of hours of time, influence and skill.

These are wonderful folks, and you hate to see them get a bit older every day until one day they just stop coming, and then they’re gone.

So, this is a sad farewell to Georgia Mae Cottrell Turner, whose obituary we had the displeasure of seeing in the Standard-Examiner last week.

She was 95 years old — way out of warranty by anyone’s math — but the inevitable is never pleasant even when you see it coming.


Her obit lists a lot of her contributions here (click!)  so I will just note that one of them, and not even the longest, was 20 years as a volunteer conductor here at Union Station. I will note that Georgia, being black, is part of the very large African-American community in Ogden who would not be here if not for the railroads, which made Ogden a hub of American industry for so many decades and helped attract Utah’s very large military job base.

So she was a part of Utah, and a part of Union Station, and contributed to both her whole life.

Years ago the Standard-Examiner did a “We Salute” about Georgia, praising her accomplishments and contributions. It’s been hanging on a small plaque in our volunteer break room ever since, recently joined by the announcement of her death.

She gave us, and many others, a lot, and we are very grateful.