Laura J. (McMullen) Ternahan January 24, 1928 – August 12, 2012 Laura J. (McMullen) Ternahan died at home asleep next to her husband of 65 years on August 12, 2012. Laura was born in Los Angeles, CA on January 24, 1928, to Olga Johnson and Paul McMullen, a World War I veteran. After her father's death in 1931, Laura and her mother returned to Evanston, Illinois where they lived until Laura graduated from high school in 1946. Laura came to Grand Junction the following fall and enrolled at Mesa Jr. College, completing the first year. She met Jim Ternahan on a blind date about the first of March. They subsequently were married June 1, 1947. In 1951, she received a well deserved certificate of accomplishment "Putting Hubby Through College" from the Colorado School of Mines. While her husband pursued a mining career, the family lived in many places including Grand Junction, Colorado; Dillon, Montana; Salt Lake, Utah; Moab, Utah; Golden, Colorado, and Riverton, Wyoming. After the family moved to San Jose, CA in 1959, and to Grand Junction in 1980, Laura worked as a secretary to help support the family until her retirement. Laura started playing bridge in 1949, and became an avid bridge player for the rest of her life. She owned the L & L Duplicate Bridge Club in Grand Junction for many years. She was an accredited ACBL Bridge Director and achieved a "Silver Life Master" status. Laura will be missed and remembered by all who knew her for her sweet, loving, generous nature; her sense of humor and the twinkle in her eyes; and her unwavering devotion to her family and friends. Laura is survived by her loving husband, James C. Ternahan, Jr.; her daughter, Patricia L. (Peter Schrag) Ternahan; daughter, Kathleen L. Howlett; son, Michael J. Ternahan; daughter, Kristine M. (Ken) Ducote; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and her beloved Cairn Terrier, Charm II. Private family memorial services were held on August 26th, 2012. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506, or a charitable or educational organization in her honor.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Sept. 16, 2012