Kaitlyn Victoria Turner

Kaitlyn Victoria Turner, 29, Shawnee, KS passed away Friday, October 16, 2020 at her home.

Kaitlyn was born on September 11, 1991 to Web (Webster) and Laura (Baumgarten) Turner at Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Kaitlyn attended Rising Star Elementary (Lenexa), Westridge Middle School (Overland Park), and Shawnee Mission West High School (SMW – Overland Park). Kaitlyn played on the Cyclones soccer team from age 5 to age 13 coached by her dad. She was also on the Shawnee Elite Soccer team for 2 years, and played futsal between seasons in middle school. She was in choir all through school. Kaitlyn and her sister, Mackenzie, danced for one season for Starstruck Performing Arts Center. They swam on the Lenexa Lazers swim team during the summers. Kaitlyn swam on the SMW swim team where she excelled in free-style and breast stroke. Kaitlyn belonged to Atonement Lutheran Church, baptized as an infant, and confirmed in 8th grade. She belonged to the high school youth group, and went to Mano Amiga in Piedras Negras, Mexico, 2008 & 2009, to roof houses and give food and other supplies.

Kaitlyn became addicted to oxy-contin during high school. She dropped out of school shortly after her 18th birthday. After several months, she returned home. She went through Valley Hope inpatient addiction treatment and recovery program. Over the next year she switched to heroin and went to Valley Hope again but used again and overdosed in her car in a Walmart parking lot. This experience was her turning point. She asked to go back to Valley Hope, and took the program seriously.

Kaitlyn lived in Wichita for 5 years. Valley Hope suggested she not move home as the temptations are stronger where you used to use. She was the first patient to be given suboxone while in-patient as she confided to her counselor her cravings were strong. She later changed to methadone which she continued for several years, but chose to wean off, something rarely done and extremely difficult to achieve. Methadone is 10x more addictive than heroin.  Kaitlyn had a strong will and was tenacious, a gift from her dad. She joined our family in celebrating Ken and Bonnie’s 70th wedding anniversary, and Bonnie’s 90th birthday. She also joined us at Mano Amiga roofing houses (2016).

Kaitlyn had a passion for skincare, and was a gifted makeup artist. She worked as a cast member at Sephora at the Kansas City Country Club Plaza, and as beauty consultant at Walgreens. She planned on going to school to get her esthetician license. Though her earthly dreams had not been attained, we have peace and joy knowing she is with God, free from burdens, perfect in every way.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ken and Bonnie Turner, her maternal grandparents, Earl and Lee Baumgarten, and paternal great uncle and godfather, Dean Lawrence. Survivors include her parents, sisters Kimberly and Mackenzie, and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Service and Restrictions

A visitation will be from 10:00 am -11:00 am, Saturday, October 24, 2020 with a memorial service to start at 11:00 am at Amos Family Funeral Home. Due to Covid-19, family and friends are encouraged to watch the service online via this link.

Due to covid-19 there are only 45 people allowed into the chapel at one time. Face masks and social distancing are required. 

Memorial contributions

Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Hope Foundation, P.O. Box 59, Norton, Kansas 67654 valleyhope.org/donate


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12 Comments on “Kaitlyn Victoria Turner”

  1. Rosemary James Says:

    Turner family, my heart goes out to you. I can truly understand your grief. I also know you are a family of great faith. May the faith and love you have for your daughter carry you through this dark time. Kaitlyn’s legacy will be one of pereservance, not weakness. Child of God. Sister, daughter, niece, granddaughter, friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. ❤️

  2. Lela Ek Says:

    My heart-felt prayers go out to all of her family and friends. Don’t let another Lawrence reunion go by without joining us – whenever that will be!
    Lela Rose

  3. Emily (Fetzer) Corder Says:

    To Kaitlyn’s family, I am so sorry. My heart breaks for you all. Kaitlyn was a great and true friend. She was a kind, loving, and fun person to be around. Although I hadn’t talked to Kaitlyn recently she will always hold a huge place in my heart. Now she is in Heaven and may she rest in peace My thoughts and prayers are with you all…

  4. Karen Draves Says:

    Web and Laura, I am so so sorry to hear this. Thank you for sharing her story. Our thoughts and prayers are with you from afar.

  5. Daina Ellerth (Jurkus). Says:

    Dear Laura and family, My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Your courage in sharing Katelyn’s story is profound, a story all too familiar for many families. My thoughts are with you, I pray God’s peace and liove envelopes you all moving forward. Daina

  6. Mike & Kandi Gallup Says:

    We are SO sad to hear of Kaitlyn’s passing.
    Great-Grandma Rose once said, “It goes against nature to lose a child.” She was so right. I cannot imagine the pain you are all enduring. I thank God for our hope of eternal life with Him, where we will all be reunited again. You will always be in my prayers.
    Now, May His peace be upon you all forevermore.

  7. Bill, Nancy & Nikki Schenck Says:

    It is with great sadness that we learned of Kaitlyn’s passing and our hearts go out to you Web, Laura, and your family. Our prayers are with you in this time of grief that is surely beyond anything that we can imagine. We often chatted with Kaitlyn at Sephora and Walgreens and will miss her. It is our hope that you find some solace in knowing that she is now in a far better place and that she will be remembered as the kind person that she was.

  8. Lori Says:

    Web and Laura
    Please know you all are loved. We will be with you in spirit. So many hugs.

  9. David Schultz Says:

    Laura and Family: I read a post on Carl’s social media and was shocked. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and grief you feel at the moment.

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you and your family for your loss.

  10. Neesa Montoya Says:

    Kaitlyn had the biggest heart. I have so many memories with her from back in high school and our mission trip to Mexico with her church. She always took care of others and had the sweetest soul.

    I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  11. Barbara Mangold Says:

    Hi, my name is Barb and I’m Brie’s mother. I myself only got to meet Kaitlyn briefly when I was in KS visiting. I could tell how close and deep their friendship was. She taught Brie many things and they had a lot of things in common and in complimentary if that makes sense. They complimented each other’ and shared many confidences. Brie knew all about Kaitlyn and her past and embraced her for who she was, a great best friend. O judgement between them. I wish I had the chance to know her more and better. But God needed her more. God bless your family and I am sending a hug. God gained a beautiful soul

  12. Paula Kitt Says:

    Laura, Web, and Family: Thanks be to God for the life of Kaitlyn. May her memories and “heartlight” live on. I pray that you find peace and comfort in the promise of the Resurrection.

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