Willie K. Tebeau

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Mrs. Willie K. Tebeau, 104, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at her home.
Mrs. Willie was an extraordinary woman, contributing to her family, church, friends and community in a variety of ways.
Born in Springfield on Dec. 27, 1909, she started teaching in a one-room schoolhouse at the age of 16, later worked as a substitute teacher at Effingham County High School, and worked at B&B Grocery. She was a very active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where she was an active participant and held many offices within the church, was a member of the Lutheran women's organization for 75 years and for many years was the oldest member attending the Sunday School Convention.
She volunteered with the Pink Ladies for 35 years, enjoyed the Effingham County Senior Citizens Center, and was active with the PTA for many years and held many offices. She was a member of the Effingham County Historical Society and the Georgia Salzburger Society. She enjoyed the outdoors, her rose garden and cooking for family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert L. and Gussie A. Kieffer; husband, Troy P. Tebeau; siblings, Edith Anderson (Horace), Robert Kieffer, Susie Epting (Joe), Mertice Kirkland (Dep) and Catherine Webb.
Survivors include her children, John W. Tebeau, Jo Louisa Tebeau and Lee Ellen Hanberry (Billy); granddaughters, Cheryl Dickey (Kelly), Kay Smith (Joey) and Robbie Partain (Eddie); seven great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandsons; brother-in-law, Allen Webb; and her caregivers, Anna Marie Jackson and Sarah Goldwire.
Visitation was Saturday, Feb. 15, from 5-7 p.m. at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home.
Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Jim Cavanah officiating. Pallbearers were Charles Hinely, John Weitman, Alan Vansickle, Bruce Long, Ray Zittrouer and Norwood Zittrouer.
Interment followed in Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be given to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 353, Springfield, GA 31329 or Gentiva Hospice, 5105 Paulsen Street, Ste. 225-D, Savannah, GA 31405.
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Thomas C Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes
2460 Highway 21 S
Springfield, GA 31329
(912) 754-6421
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Published in Effingham Herald from Feb. 18 to Mar. 20, 2014
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