Morrison Ruritan’s Citizen of the Year Award recognizes the significant contribution of a citizen.
The 2020 Citizen of the Year Award winner is Marion Turner. A banquet was held Monday night in his honor, in which he was presented a plaque and gift.
“I was very much honored when I was chosen for this,” said Turner. “I can name 15 people who are more deserving of it, though.”
Morrison Ruritan member Sue Anderson may agree to disagree.
“Marion Turner is an outstanding citizen,” she said. “Because of the pandemic, we didn’t recognize our Citizen of the Year for 2020. We wanted to go ahead and do that. He makes significant contributions to improve the quality of life within the community. We’re thankful to have him in the Ruritan community.”
Turner oversees Morrison Church of Christ’s benevolence fund and is passionate about assisting those in need.
“Marion spearheads the church’s food box giveaway,” said Anderson. “He also takes sausage and donuts to people who are sick and always visits shut-ins,” said Anderson. “He helps in the community all the time. He assists people who need help with food or paying for their electric bill. He’s just an outstanding citizen.”
Turner says his mother offered him words to live by.
“My mother would say ‘all you are is a memory, so make it a good memory’ and that’s how I’ve lived my life,” said Turner. “I’m thankful that I’ve met a lot of good people in my lifetime. When they think of me, I hope it’s something good.”
Nominations for Morrison Ruritan Citizen of the Year are made by members of the community. The final decision comes from Morrison Ruritan members.