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Marie Tarpley

Martha Marie Tarpley was born September 25, 1934 in Swift, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Earl Ledbetter and Bertha L. Williams Ledbetter.

She departed this life at her home in Caruthersville, Missouri on January 17, 2021.  She was 86 years old.

On September 8, 1950 in Piggott, Arkansas she was united in marriage to Mr. Eugene V. (Red) Tarpley.  He preceded her in death.

Marie was a lady that loved her church (Kinsfolks Ridge Baptist). She loved worshipping there and loved the people that worshipped with her. 

She loved her family and was the “rock” of it.  She loved being able to cook for them.  She also enjoyed old westerns, Gunsmoke and Andy Griffin.

Survived by – 2 sons – Gene Tarpley, Jr. – Caruthersville, MO

  • Frank Tarpley – Memphis, Tennessee

2 grandchildren – Joshua Tarpley, Paula Genereau

3 great grandchildren – Kelsi and Tristen Genereau, Joshua Tarpley, Jr.

Several brothers and sisters and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and several siblings.

Graveside services were held January 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Maple Cemetery with Mr. Jim Davis officiating. 

H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.

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