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Jewell Lepchenske

Sunday, June 15, 2008

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Jewell Lepchenske, daughter of the late George Reed and Miranda Dunn Reed, was born on Aug. 15, 1903, at White Oak, Ark., and died in the Golden Living Center at Dexter on Thursday, June 12, 2008, at the age of 104.

Mrs. Lepchenske has been a resident of Dexter since her early teens when she worked as a housekeeper. She married Marvin L. Lepchenske on March 17, 1923, at Bloomfield. Together they worked on Mississippi River barges for four months to earn $400, enough to set up housekeeping in Dexter and buy their first furniture. For 20 years, Mr. Lepchenske owned and operated the Phillips 66 Service Station in downtown Dexter. Mrs. Lepchenske was a cook for 10 years at Southwest Elementary School where she was famous for her yeast rolls.

She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter all of her adult life where she participated in weekly Sunday School classes. She was active in the Dexter Senior Center, all prior to her stroke in 1997. Following her admittance to the Beverly Healthcare Center, she participated in their activities and continued following her beloved St. Louis Cardinals.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. George and Joan Lepchenske of Dexter; two grandchildren, Brad Lepchenske and Craig Lepchenske; two step-grandchildren, Karl Belter and Jill Bass; one great-grandchild, Tanner Lepchenske; four step-great-grandchildren, Joel Belter, Neil Belter, Allison Bass and Jacob Bass; several nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date at the Dexter Cemetery.

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