Still making waves at age 101



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Granite Shoals resident Evelyn Turner, 101, rides on the back of her son Lynn Turner’s jet ski Saturday, May 12, on Lake LBJ near their home. It was the first time aboard a jet ski for Turner, who has been recognized as the town’s oldest resident.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Granite Shoals resident Evelyn Lee Turner, 101 years young, took her first ride on the waters of Lake LBJ on a jet ski Saturday, May 15.

She'd been out there many times before since her family of avid fishermen and women first purshased property in Granite Shoals in 1963, but this was the first time she had climbed aboard behind her son,  James L. “Lynn” Turner, on a jet ski. It was a fitting adventure for the woman generally recognized as the town's eldest citizen.

At 99 in 2016, Evelyn blew out the candles on the 50th Year Celebration cake for the City of Granite Shoals and, last year on March 7, many residents assembled to see her blow out another candle, this one for her 100th birthday party thrown by Anne Williams at Anne's Hair Country.

Born in Missouri and eventually transplanted to Texas, the businesswoman turned homemaker for the late James L. "Jim" Turner and Lynn, has always made time for travel, visiting 53 countries in all.

Evelyn still drops a line in Lake LBJ occasionally, along with Lynn, who reeled in a newsmaking 5-pound, 23-inch black bass on its waters in 2013.


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