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27 July, 1905 - 26 November, 2003

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Stella A. Carpenter

   Stella A. Carpenter, 98, of Caldwell, formally of Wilder, departed this life to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at a Caldwell hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Interment will be at Wilder Cemetery.
    Stella was born July 27, 1905, at Gate, Okla., to Frank and Mary Hanzl, the youngest of seven children. She grew up on the family homestead in Oklahoma. On May 20, 1925, she was married to Harold W. Carpenter. They continued living and farmed in Oklahoma during the "dust-bowl" days until 1935, when they moved to Wilder. They settled on a farm in the Fargo community southwest of
Wilder and continued farming until their retirement.
    Due to advancing years and health concerns, Stella and Harold moved to Autumn Winds assisted living facility in Caldwell in 1998. Her beloved husband, Harold, passed away on May 10, 2000. Stella continued to live at Autumn Winds up to the date of her death.
    In addition to the regular duties as a farm housewife, Stella had a few hobbies of her own. Her vegetable garden and flower garden were her pride and joy. She grew beautiful roses and irises. Another activity that she enjoyed and took pride in was crocheting. Many of her hand-crocheted doilies were exhibited at the Owyhee Fair in Homedale. Needless to say, she won many Blue Ribbons for her work.
    Stella taught a Sunday school class at the Fargo Community Church for many years. Many of the children that came up through her class on their way to adulthood continue to remember and live by the lessons they learned.
    Stella was a good neighbor, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. She also loved to travel, taking many trips to Southern California where she had relatives. Of special interest to her was one trip on which she and Harold made a side trip to visit Roy Rogers Museum at Victorville, CA. In 1979 she was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of visiting Hawaii.
    Many of Stella's attributes have been reflected in her children and grandchildren, as they looked to her as a role model.
   Stella is survived by three daughters, Lorene, Mrs. Ralph Cornwell, of Boise, Dolores, Mrs. Sid Harris, of Caldwell, and Gloria, Mrs. Kay Ferrenburg, of Eugene, Ore.; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-
grandchildren. In addition numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends survive to remember Stella.
    She was preceded in death by twin daughters, a great-granddaughter, a brother and five sisters.

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