Edna Carper
August 6, 1914  -  March 21, 2018

Edna Carper


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611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Thursday, March 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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First Presbyterian Church
402 W. Grand Avenue
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, March 30, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Drive
Artesia, NM  88210
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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
809 S. 10th Street
Artesia, NM  88210

Zia Girl Scout Council
2701 W. Main Street
Artesia, NM  88210

Assurance Home of Roswell
1000 E. 18th Street
Roswell, NM  88201
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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, 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.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 809 S. 10th Street, Artesia, NM 88210; Zia Girl Scout Council, 2701 W. Main Street, Artesia, NM 88210; or Assurance Home of Roswell, 1000 E. 18th Street, Roswell, NM 88201.




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  1. Betty and Sonny Chancey
    Roswell, NM

    Janice, Clair, Roger and families, please accept our condolences in your loss of Edna. She was such a beautiful person and role model. I have so many fond memories of her during our childhood years. She was truly a blessing to you and everyone who met her. God bless you all!,,

  2. Terry Means
    Fort Worth, TX

    I did not know your mother well, but my parents (Lewis and Emaree Means) did and they always spoke of her in such respectful and even admiring terms. Janice, from recent experience I know that despite having your mother for a long time and despite knowing that her time was coming, it still is a shock and a great loss to lose your mother. May God's peace and blessings be with you.

  3. Betty and Sonny Chancey
    Roswell, NM

    Janice, Clair, Roger and families, please accept our condolences in your loss of Edna. She was such a beautiful person and role model. I have so many fond memories of her during our childhood years. She was truly a blessing to you and everyone who met her. God bless you all!,,

  4. Betty and Sonny Chancey
    Roswell, NM

    Janice, Clair, Roger and families, please accept our condolences in your loss of Edna. She was such a beautiful person and role model. I have so many fond memories of her during our childhood years. She was truly a blessing to you and everyone who met her. God bless you all!,,

  5. Karen Vandiver Criswell
    Tucson, AZ

    I knew Edna my whole 68 years of life.

  6. Brenda Howe
    San Diego, CA

    It was always a pleasure to visit with Edna she was fun and so full of life. I will miss her. love you Edna

  7. Javana Strong Black
    Deming, NM

    I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Your Mom was such a sweet lady.

  8. Deanne and Scherrie Towler
    Roswell, NM

    Becky, Roger, Aaron, and Steph, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember your mom as a very petite but very strong woman. God bless you and you are in our prayers. With love Scherrie and Deanne Towler .

  9. Jeff and Monica Teague
    Pearland, TX

    We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Edna's passing. Our prayers are with you all during this time. We love you..
    Jeff & Monica Teague

  10. Gary Felt
    Salt Lake, UT

    To our loving family. We love your Mom, our Aunt Edna. Debbie and I are sorry we cannot be with you for Edna'service. We are curently out of the country. The photo you slected reminds me of my mom too. What great ladies.
    You are all in our prayers. You all are to be praised for your loving and devoted care for so many years. Well done. May you have peace as you honor the life of your Mother. With sincere condolences, love Gary & Debbie Felt

  11. Kelly and Herb
    Ruidoso,

    Edna was a unique, talented, wise, kind woman. Our lives have been enriched by having walked with her for so many wonderful years. We love you, Edna.

  12. Ann Lane
    Black Forest, CO

    I was so sorry to hear of Aunt Edna's passing. She was one of the sweetest & nicest women I've ever had to pleasure to know. She'll be greatly missed on earth...but welcomed in heaven. Our prayers are with all of you as you grieve, but know that she is well.

  13. Nancy Dunn
    Artesia, NM

    So sorry to hear of Edna's passing--she was always such a sweet and ladylike lady! We will miss her.

  14. Hester Sondra
    Cedar Hill, TX

    Oh we were blessed to have our Moms at 104. So sorry for your loss. It sounds like she had a long healthy life. My Mom is still doing well and loves her retirement home and being with all her friends.

  15. Jenise Johnston
    Addison, TX

    What a wonderful matriarch and what a beautiful legacy you leave behind. I am so grateful that the Jessee family got to be a small part of your life. Our thoughts and prayers are with with your family as they begin the life without your earthly body--but what a sweet reunion there will be in heaven. ❤️
    Thomas and Jenise Zach, Matt and Ben Johnston

  16. Susan Pelayo
    Artesia, NM

    I met Mrs. Carper on February 14, 2014 at her home. Then, on October 2016 worked as a personal partime caregiver until January 2018. She was a lovely and intelligent lady full of knowledge. We spent many hours reminiscing about her childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and all the way to her elderly years. She also shared experiences about school, college memories and graduation, the wonderful years she worked as a music teacher, as well as, the day she met the love of her life, and wedding day. I also learned about the depression, history about NMMI, World War II, and many other interesting and educational topics. Meeting Mrs. Carper was an honor to me. I will always cherish all the priceless memories. May you rest in peace.

    Sincerely,
    Susan Pelayo

  17. Jacque & Frank Waters
    Artesia, NM

    What a privilege it was to know Edna...what a kind, loving, beautiful, sweet soul she was and always with a smile and a twinkle in her eye. Heaven has gained a wonderful talented musician...Happy you have gone home ...enjoy! We will miss you here on earth. Thoughts and prayers to all the family ! ❤️

  18. Gale Storm Simonson
    Broomfield, CO

    My condolences for the passing of Aunt Edna. She was such a fun loving and bright personality.

  19. Herschel Scott
    PUYALLUP, WA

    Claire, Janice and family....I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your mother......!!!! My lord she had a long life !!!
    I remember her so much and how beautiful she was !!! And you dad............ All of you were very special to me and I will never forget!!
    My Love to all of you,
    Herschel Scott

  20. Karen Brito
    Artesia, NM

    To the Carper Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Ms. Edna. She was a wonderful, sweet, and elegant lady who showed class. I loved working with her on the Medieval feast and we got to be on TV together. She was so kind and I loved listening to her and her wisdom. She was such a talented lady and she was definitely a lady. She will be missed, but I know she is in heaven singing with the angels.

    Sincerely,
    Karen Brito

  21. Carol Bradley
    Clovis, NM

    Janice and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. Prayers of peace and comfort for you all.

  22. Ronnie Sowell
    Lubbock, TX

    May God give you solace during this time of loss.

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