Carol Jensen Turnage, 60, of Lanexa, Va., died peacefully at her home on April 23, 2008 after a long, hard-fought battle with breast cancer.
A native of Falls Church, Va., she was born on July 18, 1947 to Charles Andrew Jensen and Arlene Haslam Jensen. She is survived by her mother; her devoted, loving husband, Russel Turnage; her sisters, Judy Jensen of Falls Church and Sandra Jensen Polk of Hanover, Va.
She graduated from George Mason High School in 1965, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1969, and graduate degree from Rhode Island School of Design in 1977. From 1972 to 1976, she was the Director of Education at the Hand Work Shop, now called the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Since 1982, Carol and Russ have been the well-known creative team of Jensen-Turnage pottery. They have made reproduction earthenware pieces for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and have designed their own handmade, one-of-a-kind porcelain pottery of great beauty, which they have sold at art and craft shows from Michigan to Florida. Their work has been eagerly collected by many people who seek them out each year to see what new pieces have been created in their ever-evolving repertoire. Carol loved her trips to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to Florida and to the coast of Maine.
She loved her garden, her dogs, her cats and her many pet chickens and ducks. But most of all, she loved her family and friends, all of whom loved her back.
A private memorial service was held for family and friends. Donations may be made in her name to the PCI FUND/Integrative Medicine, 120 Kings Way, Suite 3100, Williamsburg, Va., 23185.