Terry Lee Chandler
September 27, 1951  -  July 4, 2017

Terry Lee Chandler

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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, July 07, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Funeral Services
Faith Baptist Church
401 S. 20th
Artesia, NM  88210
Saturday, July 08, 2017
10:00 a.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Drive
Artesia, NM  88210
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Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 8 at Faith Baptist Church for Terry Lee Chandler of Carlsbad, NM.

Mrs. Chandler, 65, passed away on July 4, 2017 in Jupiter, FL.

Pastor Michael Elliott will officiate at the service with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers are Theodore Briggs, Chris Trew, Mickey Pittman, Gary Taylor, Ray Westall, Baron Chandler, Shane Gray and Kenny Pittman.

There will be visitation on Friday, July 7, from 1:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. at Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Terry was born on September 27, 1951 in Artesia, NM; the daughter of Johnny R. Gray and Bobbie D. (Till) Gray. On February 26, 1968 she married Doug Chandler in Lovington, NM.

She was a housewife and a member of Faith Baptist Church and the National Hot Rod Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband Doug of Carlsbad; son Brandon Chandler of Carlsbad; brother Johnny Gray and wife Terry of Jupiter, FL; aunt Eva Sue Green of Artesia; 3 grandchildren.


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  1. Carol Sanders Green
    Roswell, NM

    I am so sorry for your loss. We grew up together in Artesia and did a lot of laughing. I remember going to your parent's house and us playing. I was gone and just found out about your loss so I missed the services. She did a lot to help the children out. I watched her family that is in the racing business. You will be greatly missed.
    Love, Carol

  2. Vern Bolton
    Roswell, NM

    I miss you girl, Godspeed!

  3. Koni (Roach) Gordon
    Taylor, TX

    Johnny and family: You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Kendra Stowe
    Phoenix, AZ

    Oh how I loved her warm spirit and the many laughs... Amazing woman!! Praying for your strength during this time. May God bless.

  5. Paul Floreck
    Little Ferry, NJ

    To Doug, Johnny and the Chandler and Gray families:
    We at Dassault Falcon are very saddened to hear of Terry's passing. We enjoyed getting to know her as a dynamic, outgoing and passionate person who clearly gave much of herself to others, particularly those in need. We were privileged to have her as part of the Falcon family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Randy & Leta Scott
    Artesia, NM

    Condolences to the Chandlers, the Grays and Terry's racing family.

  7. Tristan Nielsen
    Carlsbad, NM

    Doug, I am so sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  8. Gerald Todd
    Gilbert, AZ


    May God Bless you and Keep you.

    Gerald Todd

  9. Rance Allison
    Carlsbad, NM

    So sorry for your loss Chandler/Gray Families. Terry was a kind thoughtful Lady. RIP

  10. Rance Allison
    Carlsbad, NM

    So sorry for the loss of a very thoughtful caring Lady. Peace to the Chandler and Gray families.

  11. Susan Hensley
    Carlsbad, NM

    Terry has touched so many people with her kindness, generosity, contagious smile, her beautiful laughter, and big hugs! A blessing on this earth! I feel blessed to have known such a remarkable woman. God bless your family.

  12. Donna Rogers Talley
    Stafford, VA

    Doug and all of Terry's family, love and prayers to you all. Terry was a special person and she will be greatly missed. My heart breaks that she was taken far too soon.

  13. Michael & Norma McClane
    Colorado City, TX

    Doug, we are so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. We have you & all the family in our prayers. Terry was such a caring person & was always helping someone in need.

  14. Tuna & ms tuna

    Doug, Johnny & family,

    Terry was a gift. She was such a gracious lady & friend who thought of so many before herself.

    Thoughts always & our prayers are forever.

    TUNA & MsTuna

  15. Bill Thomas
    Conneaut lake, PA

    Godspeed Terry you were such a great & caring lady, you will forever live in our Hearts while never being forgotten.

  16. Courtney Collins
    Indianapolis, IN

    I'll miss your beautiful smile at the race track, and your joyful spirit with all the Make a Wish kids. I love you Terry.

  17. Ruby
    Artesia, NM

    I am so sorry for your loss of Terry. She was very generous and giving to so many. The wonderful memories will live on. Family reunions in Heaven must be a sight to behold. May God bless each of you with comfort and strength through these difficult days.

  18. Deborah Scott Craft
    Artesia, NM

    Rest in peace, sweet friend. Lots of fond memories with you while in High School. My condolences and prayers to Terry's family.

  19. Paul Mecca
    Cornelius, NC

    My deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Doug, and the Gray family. I only knew Terry a very short period of time, however I very quickly learned that Terry had the biggest heart and would take care of others while staying in the background. It was always "From The Heart".

    Rest in peace dear friend.

  20. Doug and Sandy Earl
    Bowling Green, KY

    Doug and Johnny and families
    You are in our thoughts and prayers
    Terry was such a kind and caring person
    We are glad to have her and her family as friends
    Sending our love

  21. Jack and Karen Beckmann
    Grand Island, NE

    Our deepest sympathies to the Chandler and Gray families. Terry will be so missed by everyone. We always looked forward to her big smile and hugs at the track!! What a great lady!

  22. Pat Kuemmerle
    Roswell, NM

    Rest In Peace sweet lady. Your journey on earth is complete. You have taken all God's blessings and shared them with all those less fortunate. You were our angel. You now have earned your wings. Amen.

  23. Lynn and Cynthia Parker
    Jupiter, FL

    We are saddened by the passing of Terry. We are also happy that we were able to spend time with Terry the past few years. You never know where life will lead and years ago never dreamed we would be enjoying being with Terry in Jupiter, Florida and spending time with her at many NHRA races in which she loved so much. She will be missed by many.

  24. Larry Troublefield
    Carlsbad, NM

    Thoughts and prayers

  25. Kelly Colliins
    Plainfield, IN

    Gone to soon. Terry was a wonderful lady, she took me under her wing and showed me the ropes at the track. Your friendship was special. I will miss your sweet texts and our little conversations while we hid on the golf cart somewhere out of site. My prayers are with you Doug, Brandon, Johnny and Terry

  26. Sharon Snowden
    Artesia, NM

    Dear Doug, Johnny and Eva Sue and the rest of Terry's family. I am so sorry for your loss but I know heaven is having a party. She was a special person in so many ways and I will miss hearing about she and Eva Sue's adventures. Please know that I am thinking about you all.

  27. Cindy Mihalik
    Port St. Lucie, FL

    Heaven has gained another angel. I am going to miss those piercing blue eyes and that beautiful smile and our chats on the patio, but I take comfort in knowing you are no longer in pain. Rest in Peace beautiful lady. God be with you and with those that are left behind, until we meet again. Love, Cindy

  28. Connie Geuin Stein
    Maplewood, MO

    Dear Doug, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. I didn't know her but I'm sure she was a beautiful woman. My deepest sympathy.


  29. Ginger Warren Geisler
    North Beach, MD

    Doug and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. I am sure she leave a huge hole in everyone's hearts. May you happy memories of times shared console you during this grieving time and may God hold all of you in the palm of His hand.

    “Tears are words that need to be written.”
    – Paulo Coelho “Tears are words that need to be written.” – Paulo Coelho

  30. Robby Price and Jill Crawford
    Amarillo, TX

    We keep you all in our prayers through this time of mourning the loss of a wonderful woman. We love you all.

  31. Karen & Ronnie Killgore
    Carlsbad, NM

    Our condolences to the Chandler & Gray families. You are in our thoughts & prayers during this sad time. May God bless your heavy hearts. Our love to all the families.

  32. Tommy Folsom
    Carlsbad, NM

    It is sad to looseTerry and my heart goes out to Doug, Johhny and all the family

  33. Owen E & Belinda J Puckett
    Artesia, NM

    Belinda and I have so many memories with Terry. We had a lot of laughs together, we will miss her.

  34. Owen E & Belinda J Puckett
    Artesia, NM

    Belinda and have so many memories with Terry. We had a lot of laughs together, we will miss her.

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