Melania Claire Turner (Mali)
Our daughter, granddaughter, niece, and cousin, Melania Claire Turner (Mali) died November 29, 2021, after a long bout with cancer.
Mali was born August 2, 2004, in Salt Lake City and soon after moved to Layton, Utah, where she attended Adams Elementary, North Layton Junior High School, and Northridge High School. Until recently, she was employed in the recreation department and the front desk at Legacy House Senior Center in Farmington, Utah where she enjoyed spending time with the residents.
Mali was unfailingly kind and polite and had a sense of fairness and social responsibility far beyond her years. From writing to her senators in Washington when she was a young child, to attending Black Lives Matter protests, she never hesitated to do what she could to improve the lives of others. She demonstrated her caring spirit even during her battle with cancer by donating part of the proceeds from her Make-A-Wish and benefit football game to help build and stock the Teen Crisis Centers at Clearfield and Northridge High Schools. She was a talented self-taught makeup artist, an expert on all things SpongeBob SquarePants, and a truly beautiful skier.
Mali is survived by her parents Edi Lorenz and James Turner (Layton, Utah), her brother Abram Turner (Layton, Utah), grandmother Betty Lorenz (Salt Lake City, Utah) uncles and aunts Richard and Linda Turner (Heber City, Utah), Robert Turner (Salt Lake City, Utah), Julia and Carter Cook (Fremont, Nebraska) and by many cousins she dearly loved. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Louis Lorenz and by her paternal grandparents William and Clara Turner.
Funeral services will be Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1876 North Fairfield Road, Layton, Utah., followed by a celebration of life at the Davis Conference Center 1651 North 700 West at 4:00 p.m. in Layton, Utah.
Special thanks to Dr. Douglas Fair, Jamie Seale, Kameron Leon, and the other wonderful doctors, residents, nurses and staff of Primary Children’s Hospital for the loving treatment and friendship they provided Mali during her illness.
Interment, Heber City Cemetery.