Ruth (Hackler) Turnpaugh

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On Friday, August 10, 2012, Emma Ruth Hackler Turnpaugh, beloved wife and mother, passed away at the Ogeechee Area Hospice, Statesboro, Georgia. She was 93 years old at the time of her death.
Ruth, the youngest of five children of Charity Elizabeth "Betty" Everhart Hackler and Riburn Butler Hackler, was born in Etowah, Tennessee, on November 4, 1918. When Ruth was 3 years old, her family moved from Etowah to Milo, Missouri, then to Chickasaw, Oklahoma, ultimately settling in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in 1924, where Ruth later attended the South Ward Elementary until it closed and then the new Central Elementary School.
In 1930, Ruth and her sister, Betty, accompanied their mother as early pioneer settlers of Sierra County, living in a house built by her father on land in the Jornado del Muerto, in New Mexico. Her father had applied for the land under the New Mexico Homestead laws, which required continuous one-year residency in order for the ownership requirements to be met. While her father worked for the U.S. Postal Service and her three brothers attended school in Las Cruces, Ruth and her sister, Betty, were home-schooled by their mother at the homestead. Throughout their year of residency, Ruth's father and brothers would join the family on weekends, bringing supplies from Las Cruces. In 1932, after residency requirements for ownership were met, Ruth, along with her mother and sister, rejoined the family in Las Cruces, where Ruth attended junior high school. Later that year, the family moved from Las Cruces to their ranch in Hatch, New Mexico, where she attended Hatch Union High School, graduating in 1935.
After graduation, Ruth moved back to Las Cruces, where she met her future husband, Harry Allen Turnpaugh Sr. Ruth and Harry were married on June 7, 1943, in the Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, Alamo Heights, Texas. A loving husband until his death in 2005, Harry shared her life and love throughout their 61 years of marriage. At the time of their marriage, Harry was employed by the Civil Aeronautics Agency (CAA), precursor to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). During the early years of their marriage, the Turnpaughs lived in a variety of locations, including Fort Worth, Texas, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lake Worth, Texas, and Irving, Texas. While living in Irving, Ruth was active in community service as a member of the Irving Library Book Club, the Garden Gate Club, the Irving Felicity Club and the North Central Texas Unit of the Women's National Aeronautical Association.
In the summer of 1956, Ruth and Harry moved to northern Virginia, following his appointment to CAA headquarters as division chief, Air Carrier Maintenance. Shortly following their move to Virginia, they became the proud parents of a baby daughter, Kim Lenore. Ruth continued her community service in Virginia, including as a Sunday school teacher at the Annandale Methodist Church, where the family attended, and serving as the chairperson of the Annual Cookie Sale for the local Girl Scout troop, which Kim attended. An avid lifelong reader, Ruth shared her deep love of reading with Kim as a young child. Years later, when macular degeneration and cataracts claimed Ruth's ability to read, she gave her extensive library collection to her daughter, who had become a lifelong reader as a result of her mother's loving encouragement.
The Turnpaughs lived in northern Virginia until 1965, when Harry was appointed as the division chief, Alaska Region, Flight Standards Service, FAA and the family moved to Anchorage, Alaska. While living in Alaska, Ruth joined her husband and daughter as they traveled throughout Alaska and Canada, touring Alaskan native villages by bush planes, vacationing in Talkeetna, Mount McKinley, Circle City, Fairbanks, traveling by car as far as the limited road system allowed, then by trains, including the famous 'Moose Gooser Railroad'.
The Turnpaughs returned to northern Virginia in 1968, when Harry was promoted to chief, Maintenance Division, Flight Standards Service, FAA, a position he held until his retirement on Jan. 3, 1971.
Following her husband's retirement, the Turnpaughs returned to Texas, settling in Kerrville, where Ruth continued to devote her time to her family and community. Ruth attended the First United Methodist Church, belonged to the Kerrville Garden Club, Butt Holdsworth Memorial Library Friends of the Library, the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, the Shriner's Hospitals for Children 100 Million Dollar Club and the Ladies Elks Club. Ruth and Harry traveled extensively throughout the United States, cruising the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean, touring St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, San Juan, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Martinique, Curacao and Barbados, in addition to cruising the Panama Canal and multiple trips to the Hawaiian islands and Mexico.
After her husband's death in 2005, Ruth moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to be nearer her daughter, Kim, and son-in-law, Larry Anderson. In 2009, she relocated to Statesboro, Georgia, where she was a resident at Willow Pond Assisted Living and Retirement Community until the time of her death.
Ruth is predeceased by her beloved husband, Harry; her parents, Betty and Riburn Hackler; brothers, Olin Rogers Hackler, Clarence Hooper Hackler and Harry McClary "Bo" Hackler; her sister, Anna Elizabeth "Betty" Hackler Barkley; and her stepdaughter, Jo Ann Turnpaugh Lam.
Survivors include her daughter, Kim Turnpaugh Anderson, and son-in-law, Larry Anderson of Cobbtown; her stepdaughter, Jean Turnpaugh of Fort Worth, Texas; her stepson, Harry Allen Turnpaugh Jr. of Clifton, Texas; her nieces, Linda Ruth Hackler and Roberta Ann Hackler Millican of Las Cruces, New Mexico; her nephew, George Riburn Hackler of Las Cruces, New Mexico; her nephew, Gerald Wayne Turnpaugh of Maypearl, Texas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandson, in addition to her special friend and care giver, Shelia Cannady of Statesboro.
A private burial will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro.
Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, August 14, 2012
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Aug. 14 to Aug. 21, 2012
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