Mary Turner, Irish-born British trade unionist, Died at 79

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Mary Josephine Turner was born on June 15, 1938, in County Tipperary and died on July 19, 2017.

She was an Irish trade union and political activist.

She was educated in Thurles.

At twelve, her family moved to northern England, and then the Kilburn area of London.

Mary started work when she was sixteen, at Jackson’s Tailors on Oxford Street, also joining the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers.

Tuner married and took time out of work to bring up her children, returning to employment as a dinner lady in Brent in 1970.

She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2010, and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Birthday Honours.

Mary Josephine Turner passed away at 79 years old.

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