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Jeanette Joan Rutledge

Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Twin Oaks Memorial Park for Jeanette Joan Rutledge.

Rutledge, 83, passed away from this life Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at Artesia General Hospital.

She was born March 23, 1933, in Carlsbad, the daughter of Otho and Aretta (Drake) Lunsford. Jeanette lost her hearing at the age of 3, but that didn’t stop her zest for life, nor did it curb her feisty personality that her family lovingly remembers.

On June 30, 1953, she married the love of her life, Thomas LeRoy Rutledge.

Jeanette enjoyed the “rooster fights” alongside her husband for many years; she even handled some roosters herself and was called the “Powder Puff Queen” due to her roosters fighting in the Powder Puff Derby.

Family and holiday gatherings around her home-cooked meals are fondly remembered by all. Her collections of magnets, trolls and anything “BINGO” will always be part of our memories of her. She had a big heart and always an open door to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren – she loved her family. Her beautiful blue eyes seemed to twinkle when she smiled. She was loved in the community by many and especially her friends at the Artesia Daily Press.

Survivors include daughters Sherry Wyatt, Angela Alvarez and Priscilla Rutledge, all of Artesia; son Donnie Rutledge and wife Melissa of Artesia; sisters Maxine Stevens and husband Wendall of Dallas, Texas, and Eva Combs of Santa Ynez, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Mary Rutledge; husband Thomas LeRoy Rutledge; brother Gerald Lunsford; one grandchild; four great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law Junior Combs.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.