|Birth:||21 September 1898|
Haywood, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
|Death:||3 September 2010|
Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
|Age:||111 years, 347 days|
Born in Haywood, Lanarkshire, Turnbull moved to Stoneyburn, West Lothian, around 1902. After leaving school at the age of 14 she moved to Edinburgh. She went into service as a table-maid, a job she held for most of her life. She worked in private residences, where she met Rudyard Kipling and Gordon Jackson. She retired aged seventy-six. She lived without hot water until she was 92.
Turnbull moved into the Victoria Manor Care Home prior to her 110th birthday in 2008. She credited her longevity to hard work and a daily glass of sherry.
She had 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. She died on 3 September 2010 at the Victoria Manor care home in Leith, 18 days before what would have been her 112th birthday. After her death, Elsie Steele became the oldest living British person.