Vera Caroline Tennant
May 16, 1918  -  March 15, 2019

Vera Caroline Tennant

Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Woodbine Cemetery
200 E. Hermosa Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
11:00 a.m.
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Baptist Children's Home
220 S. Avenue I
Portales, NM  88130
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First Baptist Church
322 W. Grand Avenue
Artesia, NM  88210
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Vera Caroline Tennant peacefully passed away on March 15, 2019 at the age of 100. A graveside service will be held in her honor at Woodbine Cemetery on Wednesday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m. Fred McDonald will officiate at the service. Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
She was born May 6, 1918 to William P. and Edith Lenora Foust in Cullman, Alabama. She married L. H. (Sonny) Tennant on March 27, 1938 and he died on September 17, 1997. She was a member of the Greatest Generation, learning the lessons of self-reliance, hard work and perseverance that were attributes throughout her life. She was a loving housewife, mother, grandmother , great grandmother and great great grandmother that enjoyed cooking and caring for her family and friends.
She was a long standing member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed the love and support of her church family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, five sisters and her husband.
She is survived by her children, Fay Hamner, Mike Tennant (Glenda), Sam Tennant (Betty) and Pam Runyan (Tom); grandchilden Michele Tennant, Todd Mays, Camille Graham, Suanne Bonnet (Richard) and Rusty Tennant; eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild and numerous nephews and nieces.
The family would like to publicly express their gratitude to those who have provided in home care for Vera during her failing health, especially Glenda Sessions, Prescilla Munoz , Alice Leyva (deceased), LuzElva Muniz, Tammy Neel and Encompass Hospice of Carlsbad.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Artesia or the Baptist Children's Home, 220 S. Avenue I, Portales, NM 88130.


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  1. Sherry Talley Henderson
    Bossier City, Louisiana, NM

    Sam, Betty and family. Im so sorry for your loss. You and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Peace of the Lord be with each of you. Love and Prayers, Sherry Talley Henderson

  2. Linda Newell
    Kingsland, TX

    She was such a blessing to the youth in Artesia. She will be missed by many.
    Hal and Linda Newell

  3. Linda Sue Starling
    Los Angeles, CA

    Sam, my condolences to you and your family. May the Spirit of the Living God comfort you ❣️ during this time. God Bless each of you!!!!!

  4. Ronnie Sowell
    Lubbock, TX

    Sam, so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. God bless.

  5. Manuel & Camille (George) Florez
    Artesia, NM

    We are truly saddened by the loss of your mother. Our hearts and prayers go out to Mike and his siblings and family. May you find solace in knowing that she lived a full life and loved all of you very much. A part of her is in each one of you.

  6. Rosemary Dowell Freemyer
    Bozeman, MT

    I loved your Mom when I was growing up. She was so good to my Uncle and Aunt Livingston. She was such a great cook,too. Peace and joy from your memories.

  7. Charles & Nadine Copeland
    Las Cruces, NM

    We loved this lady and a lady she was. I can still hear her saying now Sonny. They were such a sweet and devoted couple being around them would make you smile. God be with each and everyone of you she loved you all so very much.

  8. Pastor Joseph Tillery
    Lockney, TX

    Loved Vera and Sonny.
    Gracious. Great friend to us all.
    Special friend
    Love from the Tillery Family

  9. Emily Simons McCaw
    Artesia, NM

    Loved Vera so much.

  10. Mark and Barbara (Pug) Webb
    Los Lunas, NM

    We are so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. It is very hard to remain without them even when we know they are in Heaven. May God Bless you and your family through these times. Our prayers are with you.

  11. George and Susan Holmes
    Alto, NM

    We were sorry to learn of Vera's passing, but what a life well lived! She was a special neighbor of ours when we were in Artesia, and we know that you will miss her. You all took such good care of Vera. So glad to have had her in our lives! Love and hugs to the family, especially Fay! Susan and George

  12. Sybil Scarbrough
    Artesia, NM

    Fay, My heart is heavy for you as you go through this time of grief and loss. May the Lord be with you and keep you close. May Jesus give you peace and may the Holy Spirit cover you with His comfort.

    Many blessings to you and your family.
    Richard and Sybil Scarbrough

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