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Ruth Terpening

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Ruth Terpening Services: 10 a.m. March 10 at Center Street Methodist Church in Tucumcari. Ruth "Opha" Terpening, 99, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at the Colfax General Long Term Care Center in Springer. Mrs. Terpening was born April 19, 1906 in Prairie Grove, Ark. She moved to Mosquero with her husband and children in 1931, and she began teaching piano lessons. Mrs. Terpening was the church pianist and active in other church work. The family moved to Conchas Dam in 1941 and to Tucumcari soon after. Mrs. Terpening worked for the hospital auxiliary and was the oldest volunteer working for the American Cancer Society. She worked for Langley Feed and Grain and Woodward Lumber Company. Family members said she enjoyed gardening, sewing and food preservation. Mrs. Terpening was preceded in death by her husband Charlie; two brothers, Dean and Wesley; and three sisters, Pearl, Jewell and Sylvia. She is survived by a son, Charles W. (wife Dorothy) of Cimarron, two daughters, Evelyn (Don) of Las Cruces and Irma (Buddy) of Cimarron; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
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