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Jean Weddle

Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the old gymnasium in Weed for Lois Jean Weddle.

Weddle, 74, passed from this life into the arms of her savior, Jesus Christ, Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Interment will follow the services at the family’s cemetery in Ehart Canyon. Pallbearers will be Robert Shelton, Bobby Weddle, Ed Pierce, Andy Dalager, Danny Newland and Anthony Faircloth. Honorary pallbearers are Christopher Shane Tanner, Norbert Grona III and Norbert Grona IV.

Jean was born Jan. 4, 1944, in Mesa, Ariz., to Harold Eugene and Ethel Mae (McGrew) Bishop. When she was a small child, the family briefly lived in Missouri, then moved to Alamogordo.

In 1973, she married William “Billy” Weddle and soon moved to Hobbs.

Jean was a loving mother and homemaker. She was an accomplished artist, seamstress and carpenter. Her talents and determination enabled her to create a beautiful home for her family. She could take two pennies and squeeze them together to make a dime.

She was active in her churches and community. Jean taught night art classes and was active in a quilting club and women’s prayer group. She was also an elementary teacher at Living Waters Christian School for 13 years. She was a dedicated, long-term member of Hobbs First Assembly of God Church, then Weed House of Prayer after she and Billy moved to Ehart Canyon near Weed in 1996.

Jean always had a smile on her face, never complaining about her MS. She never lost her faith, even when she was suffering. She was a great teacher of what it means to love, and she guided her children to the salvation of Jesus Christ. She was not only an exemplary mother but also a best friend and true companion, offering great lessons for life. These plus many, many more wonderful traits she possessed made it an honor and a privilege for those who cared for her in her final journey into heaven.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Weddle; her only sister, Fern Eckenberg; daughter Rowena “Rae” Aaron and husband Ken; sons Jesse Tanner and wife Kimberly, and Justin Weddle and wife Lachrisha “Chris” Swafford; grandchildren Winter Tanner, Christopher Shane Tanner, Kaitlyn Weddle and Emily Weddle; and great-grandchildren Bailey Baker, Tyler Baker, Ryan Tanner and Maximus Tanner.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

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