Marla Kay Terpening

Marla Kay (Garhart) Terpening of Nassau Bay, TX, formerly of Topeka, KS, was called home by our Heavenly Father on August 12, 2017.  She was born in Topeka, KS on July 28, 1940, the daughter of the late Willard and Margaret (Keller) Garhart. Marla graduated from Topeka High School in May 1958 and was married to Wayne Terpening on October 11, 1958 at Grace Episcopal Cathedral.  Marla resided in Topeka her entire life until relocating to Texas with Wayne in 2007 to be closer to her children and grandchildren.  Her career comprised working as a key punch/data entry operator and as a daycare provider.  Marla enjoyed taking care of her family and young children, especially her grandchildren.  Her legacy is her family and 58 years of marriage to her devoted husband who took care of her the last few years of her life. Marla is survived by her husband Wayne, and brother Gary (Bettie) Garhart, Topeka, KS.  Marla was blessed with three children; Cheri Parrish, Lenoir City, TN; Kevin (Kristie) Terpening, Taylor Lake Village, TX; and Vicki Terpening, Spring, TX, and six grandchildren; Allison, Alexander, Andrew (Kaitlyn), Korbin, Kolton, and Kyle; and one great-grandson, Beckham.

Memorial services will be held August 18, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado, Houston, TX 77062, and at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 SW 21st St, Topeka, KS 66604 on September 2, 2017 at 11:00A.M. Family will receive visitors and is hosting a  luncheon immediately following the Topeka service.

Arrangements are provided by Crowder Funeral Home.  Online condolences can be left for the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, or Trinity Presbyterian Church in Topeka, KS.


  1. I Love You Nana! I bet your rainbow top is a hit in heaven! 🌈❤️

    • Allison,
      You were not only Nanna’s first grandchild but you were also the first in signing
      Nanna’s quest online book. Thank you for remembering your Nanna.

      Love you,

      Wayne Terpening
  2. Terpening Family, my sincerest condolences to your family in your time of grief. My prayers are with your family.
    Dorothy Choice
    IRS team manager

    Dorothy Choice
    • Thank you for the kind words and the memorial at their church.

      Kevin Terpening
  3. Wayne,
    So sorry for your loss.
    Chaunzey Tenbrink (BNSF, Topeka)

    Chaunzey Tenbrink
    • Chaunzey,
      Thank you for your kind words and it is really nice to hear from former co-workers.

      Retired from the ATSF

      Wayne Terpening
  4. Rest in peace mom. I know you will keep watching over all of us.

    Romans 12:9-13 (NKJV)
    9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

  5. Wayne,

    I am sorry for your loss, I hope you will be comforted by your faith, family and friends.

    Bill John

    Bill John
    • Thank you for the kind words for this former co-worker at the ATSF.


      Wayne Terpening
  6. Dear Wayne, Cheri, Kevin and Vicki,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed being your neighbor in Topeka and keeping in touch when you went to TX. Be strong, keep together and remember the good times spent together. This will get you through these hard times. Again, so sorry for your loss and I’ll keep praying for you all. Love, Mary

    Mary Winans
  7. Kevin, sorry for your loss.

    Alex Garcia
    • Thank you Alex.

      Kevin Terpening
  8. Gary, I am sorry to read of your sister’s death. I know how I looked up to my older brother and am sure your sister did to you. May the love of family and friends help comfort you at this time.

    Norma Johnson Priddy
    (Bob’s sister)

    Norma K Priddy
  9. To the Terpening family, I send my condolences to you during your time of grief. My prayers are with you.

    Ken Glover,
    IRS Agent

    Ken Glover
    • Thank you for the kind words Ken.


      Kevin Terpening

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