Catherine Turner-Guilford

Catherine Turner-Guilford passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, surrounded by loved ones.  Kitty was born on June 11, 1937.  She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Yorktown and was blessed to have been a member of the Dorcus Sunday School class for many years. Family dinners with daughter Kathie, her children, and grandchildren have been the highlight of her life since becoming a second-time widow in June of 2022.   She loved to play bingo, scrabble, and cards and had found a great fondness for playing rubric cube with her friends in her Retirement Community, her family, and especially in attempting to beat her granddaughter Mercedez, who would spend time playing with her in the last year helping to keep her mind sharp.

Catherine, aka Miss Kitty, raised numerous children for other parents to be able to work in her days, so many others have had the blessing of being able to call her Grandma and Nannie. She truly has been a blessing to many families.

Kitty was preceded in death by her late husband and one true love, Richard L. Turner, Jr. of Hampton, late husband, Henry Guilford, also of Hampton, the two most tragic and difficult losses in her life, her daughter Dale Oaks of Ladysmith, son James Turner of Yorktown, great-grandsons Jonathan Lee Lewis and Chance Lee Lewis, father, Albert Bland Marlowe, Sr., mother, Rose Washington Marlowe Mitchell, siblings, Joseph C. Marlowe, Bobby Joe Marlowe, Peggy Marlowe Williams, Betty Ann Marlowe Palmore and Lowell Bland Marlowe Sr.  She is survived by one sister Susie Hudson (Donald) of Topping; her children,  Breaux JoAnne of Seaford, Linda Wray of Charlotte Court House, Marilyn Modlin of Newport News, Richard Turner (Gay) of Chesapeake, Cheryl Turner of Bealeton, Barbara Gilmartin (Claude) of Portsmouth, Theresa Helfrich (David) of Gloucester, Kathie Stokes (John) of Grafton, Lisa Malla (Rick) of Florida, Hank Guilford (Michele) of Hampton; and a multitude of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews that she dearly loved.

A very special thank you to Josiah Knight, fondly referred to by her as her grandson, who spent countless hours driving her to and from dialysis, and the wonderful staff at Nurse Next Door, Newport News, and Hartland Hospice, Newport News.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Hartland Hospice or Bethel Baptist in Yorktown.  
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A graveside service will be held on Thursday, September 14, at 3:00 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.



  1. Rhea Lewis

    I will always cherish my last visit with my grandma shared with my boys. She always loved to threaten to eat my little guy (6) Grayson’s ears.. 🤗 I pretended like I stole his ear and said, I got his ear… here it comes and she opened her mouth and smiled.. her eyes were closed but we had that very special last time together and laugh.. she always understood me in a way many do not.. she knew I was pregnant with my middle child before I did.. haha.. she has gave me much advice that I go by on a daily basis… This too shall pass.. I have so many fond memories of riding around with her in her big old van… going out for Chinese, hanging out at her thrift store.. she decked me out head to toe in my girl scout uniform as a little girl.. she had to make sure I had everything… even the coin purse. 💗 My one and only grandmother, I’ve ever known… I will miss her until I see her again.. I am so happy for her… I know she is beaming right now.

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