The Funeral Service for Twila Maxine Buss Carpenter, 88 years and 11 months, of Enid, was held Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in the Brown-Cummings Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Gary Miller of hospice circle of Love and Pastor Richard Hardy (Rusty) Mosley of Westminster Presbyterian church co officiated. Burial was in the Enid Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.
She was born Jan. 9, 1926, in Sugarloaf Township, Rooks County, Kansas to Earl R. Buss & Opal Mc Comb Buss. She attended Pleasant View Rural Grade School, then Webster High School and graduated solitarian in her high class, with a Normal Training Certificate.
She married her high school sweetheart, Byron F. Carpenter, August 11, 1942 celebrating 72 + years of marriage. The most important part of their life was the 3 children that came to them to bless their home, Bruce, Lynn and Dale.
Twila was baptized her senior year in high school and joined the Methodist Church.
Byron started farming, and Twila teaching in at the Brown Rural Grade School, Rooks County, Kansas. She taught 2 years and was the only one in charge. She got to the school early, to start a fire in the pot belly coal stove in the middle of the one room school, and then would bring in a bucket of coal from the coal shed to last all day. Another trip to the well to get a bucket of water for the water fountain, swept the floor, and be ready for the kids when they began to arrive. There were ten to twelve students covering nearly all eight grades.
As the farm grew she quit teaching to work along with Byron on the farm, making a team that worked together for 66 years, until they retired and moved to Enid, Oklahoma. One of her highlights was the People to People tour to Russia, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Switzerland and England.
Twila learned to work at an early age. She was the oldest of four girls and became her Dad's main helper. Being of German descent, her Dad was a perfectionist at the carpentry trade. Twila carried forward this perfection in all that she did. From her mother she became an excellent cook.
She loved the farm, especially springtime, helping to care for new calves, lambs and pigs. She was always extra arms and legs to help others. She was the cashier for the family's auction business and real estate company.
She served many years in 4-H leadership positions and KSU Extension work. She loved gardening, kids' activities, and flowers. She took an active part in traveling with her husband to his many board meetings, Rural Electric Boards, Local, State and National. She participated in ladies programs and activities. His meetings took them to many points of interest all over the country.
Twila is survived by her husband Byron of the home, one sister Darlene Farr and husband Charles, Hays, Kansas, one brother-in law De Vane Cunningham and wife Ellen, Stockton, Kansas, one daughter Lynn Wagner and husband James, Kirksville, Missouri, one son Dale Carpenter and wife Julie of Enid. Grandchildren Dr. Jamie L. Wagner-Berbel and husband Dr. German Berbel, Overland Park, Kansas, Shannon Wagner Roganovic and husband Vladimir of Overland Park, Kansas, Nolyn Wagner and wife Dr. Asdis Finnsdottir-Wagner, Overland Park, Kansas, Bailee Carpenter Webster and husband Kaleb Webster of Enid, Shelby Carpenter and Chance Carpenter of Enid, Great-grandchildren Gabriel and Jordi Berbel and Mihaela and Sophija Roganovic.
Twila was preceded in death by her parents, her mother and father-in law, one son Bruce Carpenter, two sisters Doris Jean Cunningham and Earlyn Ives, and several bother-in laws, sister-in laws, nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given to Hospice Circle of Love, Enid, Oklahoma or St. Jude's Children Hospital with Brown-Cummings serving as custodian of the funds. Condolences may be made on line to the family at WWW.Brown-Cummings.com.