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Mary Turner Osborne
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • College of Charleston Foundation
    Stephen and Mary Osborne Scholarship Fund
    66 George Street
    Charleston, SC 29424

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“Steve, I'm so sorry to learn of Mary's passing. She made such a positive impression on me during the times I saw her. She always seemed so full of...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Allen ROBERSON - COLUMBIA, SC

“Dear Steve and Family,My condolences in the loss of your wife and mother.Denny Ciganovicformer C of C employee ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Denny Ciganovic - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Steve, I am very sorry to hear of Mary's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Valerie Wilkie - West Columbia, SC

“Steve and Stephen, my deepest sympathy to you all. Mary was a beautiful person. Dorothy Rose ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Dorothy Rose - Columbia, SC

“Dear Steve and Stephen, my deepest sympathy and condolences to you during this sorrowful time. Death only comes to those who leave no memories, for...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“I vividly remember Marys warm welcome to the Presidents House for a Board reception. She welcomed us with her warm and enduring smile and very kindly...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Laura Ricciardelli - Charleston, SC

“Steve-My words cannot fully express the sorrow I feel after learning about the death of your beloved wife. May you ever treasure the wonderful times...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Diane Porter - Gilbert, SC

“Steve, I am so saddened by Mary's passing. She was such a wonderful person - so thoughtful and caring. She always asked me how Sydney was doing every...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Jenny Fowler Peck - Charleston, SC

“Steve--Very sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I remember her well from her years working here at SCDMH. Not just smart and hard working, but always...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Mark Binkley - Columbia, SC

“Steve and Stephen, Ron and I are shocked and so very sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our thought and prayers. ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Ron and Gail West - Columbia

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Mary was a fine lady and I know she will be missed. Sorrow for us on earth but joy in heaven. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Mary was a truly remarkable lady. She was kind, compassionate, and a pleasure to be around. Michelle and I consider ourselves very lucky that we...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Johnnie Baxley - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“From the moment we met Mary we knew we would be close friends! She was one in a million without a doubt. She had a kind and gentle way about her that...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Kathleen DeWitt - Charleston, SC

“Steve:My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this time of sorrow. May you find peace. Tom ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Tom Trimboli

“Stephen my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. I did not know your Mom however she raised an amazing...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Kim Langley - Greenville, SC

“Stephen, I am so sorry! My thoughts are with you and your family! ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Rose Craven - Mt Pleasant, SC


Mary Turner Osborne, 70, of Charleston, South Carolina, wife of Stephen Charles Osborne entered into eternal rest Monday, December 30, 2019. Her memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 8 at 3:00 p.m. at the College of Charleston Stern Center Ballroom. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Mary was born May 9, 1949 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, daughter of the late James Henry Turner and the late Olive Burns Turner. Growing up in Boiling Springs, SC she graduated from Boiling Springs High School as Valedictorian of her class. Mary graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Psychology and Georgia State University with a Master's Degree Educational Development. She worked in human resources for her career which included the state office of human resources in the SC Budget and Control Board and the SC Department of Mental Health where she retired as Compensation Manager in Columbia SC.

After moving to Charleston, SC with her husband Mary was involved in a number of activities at the College of Charleston. She served as a volunteer for the Special Collections Department at Addlestone Library. Mary served on the School of the Arts Advisory Council and was First Lady of the College of Charleston from July 2018 until May 2019 while her husband was president.

She was a loving wife and mother who was always supportive of her husband Steve and her son Stephen and his wife Grace. Mary enjoyed cooking very much and carried an amazing number of recipes in her memory. She was an avid reader and member of the Charleston County Friends of the Library. Mary and her husband were members of James Island Yacht Club.

She is survived by her husband, Stephen; son Stephen Charles Osborne II and his wife Grace Toland Osborne all of Charleston; brother, James Henry Turner II and his wife Ellen Lowder Turner; brother-in-law, Ronald C. Osborne and his wife Ellen P. Osborne; sister-in-law, Allison O. McLendon and her husband Thomas H. McLendon all of Columbia, SC; four nieces; and two nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the College of Charleston Foundation, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424 designated to the Stephen and Mary Osborne Scholarship Fund.

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.