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Ruby Forrestine "Teena" Atchley
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Birth: May 8, 1942
Mount Dora
Union County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Jun. 9, 2013
Ector County
Texas, USA

Ruby Forrestine "Teena" Atchley, age 71, died Sunday, June 9, 2013 in Odessa, Texas.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors of Odessa, Texas. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, New Mexico, burial will follow in the Clayton Cemetery by Hass Funeral Home of Clayton, New Mexico.

Teena was born on May 8, 1942, to Forrest and Ruby Atchley of Mount Dora, New Mexico. Teena spent 42 years as a deaf educator, beginning as an audiologist, working as a classroom teacher, and finishing her career as a deaf administrator. She taught in Iowa, Utah, Idaho and California before returning to Texas, where she lived for the past 25 years. "With those beautiful hands, she gave the deaf a language" describes her work as an interpreter for the deaf. Teena interpreted in educational settings, church and teaching services, and was quite frequently summoned to interpret for deaf and hard of hearing individuals who were hospitalized or otherwise needed interpreters. Teena was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Odessa, where she was a Sunday School Teacher. She also organized and was the teaching leader of the women's Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) of Odessa. Her deep love of her Lord and knowledge of scripture were an inspiration and a blessing to the BSF participants. After her retirement, Teena became a hospice volunteer. She also spent a great deal of time in northeastern New Mexico, attending to the business of her farming and ranching interests. She was preceded in death by her parents, Forrest and Ruby Atchley, and her brother, Wayne Atchley.


3 SISTERS: Violet Brockman of Tramperos Ranch, New Mexico, DeAnna Richardson of Sedan, New Mexico and Elaine Aschbacher and her husband Leon of Tijeras, New Mexico.

1 SISTER-IN-LAW: Martha Atchley of Amarillo, Texas.

She is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews and 30 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Other survivors include Ruth Page and a legion of friends.

MEMORIALS: Memorials may be made to AnGel Ministries (Anne Graham Lotz) at or 5115 Hollyridge Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612; or to the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home, 2200 South Avenue I, Portales, New Mexico 88130.

Published June 10, 2013 by Hass Funeral Home
Family links: 
  Forrest S. Atchley (1909 - 1999)
  Ruby Edna Smith Atchley (1906 - 1991)
  Wayne D. Atchley (1935 - 2009)*
  Ruby Forrestine Atchley (1942 - 2013)
*Calculated relationship
Clayton Cemetery
Union County
New Mexico, USA
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Originally Created by: Carolyn Mackey-Byrum
Record added: Jun 10, 2013
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Ruby Forrestine Teena Atchley
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Ruby Forrestine Teena Atchley
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