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Edna Carper


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Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 30 at First Presbyterian Church for Edna Carper of Artesia, NM.
Mrs. Carper, 103, died on March 21, 2018 at her home.
Fr. Maurice Geldert and Fr. Herb Robbins will officiate at the services with burial at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandchildren John Emery Jessee, Stanley Glen Jessee, Lindsey Nelle Stawarczik, Amy Leann Reid, Stephanie Lynn Rosa and Aaron Van Carper. Honorary pallbearers will be all great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 29 at Terpening & Son Mortuary from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Edna was born on August 6, 1914 in Chugwater, Wyoming: the daughter of Bertha Cowles Bassette and John Marion VanWyngarden. On December 29, 1940 she married Stanley Carper and moved to Artesia. He preceded her in death on September 5, 1969.
She received her BA Degree from University of Wyoming in Laramie and taught music in Atwood, Colorado and Tularosa, New Mexico.
She was organist for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for fifty-four years. She also organized the Compassionate Ministry there.
She participated as a leader for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for ten years. A member of Artesia Arts Council Chorale and was organizer of the Medieval Feast. She belonged to the Lasses Ladies A Cappello Singing Society, the Six Guitars and was part of the Sentimental Journey with Jess Briggs and Tony King. She was a member of Chapter J, P.E.O. Sisterhood.
She is survived by daughters Claire Jessee and husband Pete of Bogata, Texas, Janice Bonds and husband Joe Raley of Duran, N.M., and son Stanley Roger Carper and wife Becky of Artesia; grandchildren John Emery Jessee, Stanley Glen Jessee and wife Donna, Lindsey Nelle Stawarczik and husband Wesley, Amy Leann Reid and husband Jason, Stephanie Lynn Rosa and husband Michael, and Aaron Carper; great-grandchildren Jessica Rae Kirkland and husband Kyle, Stanley Reese Jessee, Trevor Lee Jessee and wife Tristen, Madison McKenna Stawarczik, Morgan Michael Stawarczik, Braiden Duane Reid, Tate Dale Reid, Andon James Reid, Deigen Kendrick Rosa, Taylan Rosa and Havrly Rosa; great-great-grandchild Caroline Grace Kirkland.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a great-grandson John Layton Reid.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please remember Mrs. Carper online at www.artesiafunerals.com.

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