Isla Carroll Turner Friendship Trust

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    In 1885, when Isla Randa Carroll was born in a small rural town near Temple, Texas little did she know that she would become one of the faces of philanthropy. Well, she did and, like W.K. Kellogg and Andrew Carnegie, Isla Carroll Sterling Turner was one of those fortunate people who generously shared her treasure with her "friends." Subsequently, the lives of untold numbers of Texans have been and will continue to be improved because of her industry, and her thoughtfulness, and consideration for others.

    This photograph of Mrs. Isla Carroll Sterling Turner was taken in her later years following the establishment in 1956 of the Isla Carroll Turner Friendship Trust and the establishment in 1960 of Turner Charitable Foundation (which, in 1999, changed its name to Sterling-Turner Foundation). Mrs. Turner's first husband, Frank Pryor Sterling, was one of the founders of The Humble Oil & Refining Company (today's Exxon Mobil Corporation). That group of founders drilled their first oil wells early in this century in Humble, Texas (near Houston).  The Isla Carroll Turner FriendshipTrust is a charitable trust which can assist any Section 501(c)(3) organization in the State of Texas which is for the elderly. The Trust is not permitted to assist individuals.

     Some of Mrs. Isla Carroll Sterling Turner's gifts have benefited organizations such as The University of Texas Health Science Center (the Chair in Gerontological Nursing was established by this Trust), Brookwood Community, Good Samaritan Foundation Program in Gerontological Nursing, Stilwell Home, Sheltering Arms Agency, Methodist Retirement Services, Eden home, Inc., Alzheimer's Association Houston, Baylor College of Medicine - Visiting Professorship on Gerontology, Catholic Charities (services to the Alone and Fail Elderly), Centro Divine Providence (San Antonio), Golden Age Hobby House of Houston, Hill Country Care, Holly Hall, Houston Area Parkinson Society, Houston Junior Forum (Senior Guidance Center), Houston Junior Forum (Recreation Center for Older Adults), Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, Meals on Wheels and More (Austin ,Texas), Interfaith Caring Ministries (League City, Texas), New Hope Housing, Turner Point Center, St. Dominic Center, St. James House (Baytown, Texas), San Patricio County Community Action Agency (Sinton, Texas), The Seniors Place Alzheimer Day Care, Seven Acres Geriatric Center, Sunshine House (Alpine, Texas), University of Texas Health Science Center (Center on Aging),  YMCA (Senior Citizens' Center, 4th Ward), YWCA (Senior Nutrition Program), and Comal County Senior Foundation (New Braunfels, Texas).