May 18, 2024
  • 3:18 pm Several area seniors receive AgTexas scholarships
  • 3:17 pm 8 area students receive Five Area Connect Scholarships
  • 3:14 pm Muleshoe City Council considers childcare facility tax exemption
  • 3:14 pm This is what the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge Expansion means for landowners
  • 3:13 pm Muleshoe Art Association holds last meeting of the year

Our Sponsor of the Week program is off to a great start. This week’s sponsor is the Sandy Turner Trust.

Sponsor of the Week Sandy Turner Trust

The story of the Sandy Turner Trust is a most important one. The main character is, of course, Sandy Turner- a woman who has never been listed in America’s Who’s Who, but who truly should be. She was great not because of her great accomplishments or glamorous lifestyle, but because of her inner strength. Her ability to love. To help others. To give. To endure.
Sandy married Royce Turner… like many young couples living in this area, they were avid Texas Tech fans. They loved to go to the Texas Tech football games with their friends. The appropriate dress was certainly not casual back in those days. They dressed up for such an event. The men wore suits and the women dressed up in heels, furs, and nice jewelry. Sandy often expressed to Royce that she hoped some day she would be able to buy furs and jewelry like so many of their friends. Royce, being the successful farmer, was soon able to make that happen.
He was so proud the year he went to Sandy and told her that every Christmas- her gift would be $3,000, to buy whatever she wanted. And for a few years she did just that.
Then one year Royce gave her the money and Sandy revealed to him that the purchasing of the furs and jewelry just wasn’t fun anymore. She told Royce she would like to do something with it to help others. She knew herself and what was important in life. After looking into several options, Sandy chose to fund a scholarship program for Muleshoe graduating seniors.
From 1972 to 2008, Sandy used her Christmas gift to give others an education that could not afford it. She donated a total of $75,000 in scholarship money over the years.
Unfortunately, in 2009, Sandy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. And as the years progressed, so did the disease. To honor her mother, Jill Mitchael and her husband Steve, wanted to keep Sandy’s “legacy of giving” alive. They set up a trust for Sandy to benefit The Bailey County Senior Center. Royce joined with them and the three of them today serve as trustee of the trust. The trust has not reached $37,000 and continues to grow.
Sandy Turner is a unique woman who changed her life and ultimately the life of so many others!



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