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Obituaries from the August 27 paper.

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Vicki Ann Turko, 54, died at home on Aug. 21, 2014.

Ms. Turko was a well-respected lawyer in Houston. After graduating from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1980 and a law degree in 1984, she began her legal career in criminal law working with Clyde Woody. She moved on to her own criminal defense practice before joining the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in 1991.

In 1995, she moved to Louisiana and began a civil practice after taking the state bar in 1996. She worked for the law firm of Chopan Wagar, where she became a limited partner. She returned to Houston in 2002 to work with the law firm of Whittington Von Sternberg primarily doing insurance defense work until 2009 when she went to work for Farmers Insurance Group as a lawyer with Soulé, Baldwin & Fanaff, where she remained until shortly before her death.

She was recognized by the University of Houston in 1983 as “Intramural Athlete of the Year.” She was also recognized in an article in the American Lawyer Magazine for her criminal defense work in a highly publicized case in Fort Bend County.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Peter Turko.

She is survived by her mother, Marjorie Turko; and sister, Karen Preisler.

The funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 25, at the Heights Funeral Home in Houston, Texas and was followed by a graveyard service at Miller Cemetery in Starks.

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