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Laura Tesseneer, Taylor County, KY (1923-2014)

The life of Laura Mae Fisher Tesseneer was focused on family, church, higher education and involvements in the various communities in which she lived. On May 5, 1946, she married Ralph Athen Tesseneer, Jr. of Littleville, Alabama and together they had three children. Their lives together were spent in the area of higher education at these institutions/communities: Tufts College in Framingham, Massachusetts; Western Kentucky State College in Bowling Green, Kentucky; Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee; McNeese State College in Lake Charles, Louisiana; Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky; Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky; the University of Durham in Durham, England and Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky. During this time, she received a Master's Degree in Counseling and worked for some time in that field, as well as serving as editor/illustrator for the Northern Kentucky University alumni magazine, "The Communique". She was a writer/illustrator, artist, gardener, amateur architect and traveler. Her creative and organizational skills were boundless, influencing people in many spheres, including her lifelong hospitality to international persons in each of the areas where they lived. Important activities outside church and home included Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, the PEO Sisterhood, the Women's Club of Kentucky, and the Coterie Club of Campbellsville
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Laura Tesseneer of Campbellsville, KY, died at 7:24 a.m., on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at her home in Campbellsville, at the age of 90.

The funeral service will be at 1pmCT/2pmET, on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Parrott and Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY, by Dr. Mike O'Neal and General Noah E. Loy. Visitation will be 1pm-3pmCT/2pm-4pmET, on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville, KY. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, West Main Street, Campbellsville, KY.


Pallbearers: Bruce Dangerfield, Jonathan Meeksoul, David Fisher, Scott Spencer, Edward Fisher Ralph Street, Troy Hadley, and John Tesseneer.


Laura Tesseneer, Taylor County, KY (1923-2014)


She was the daughter of the late Hubert Cooper Fisher and Bernice Wyman Fisher. She was born in Graves County, Kentucky on Thursday, August 30, 1923. She died Thursday, February 13, 2014, in Campbellsville, Taylor County, KY, at the age of 90 years, 5 months, and 14 days.

The life of Laura Mae Fisher Tesseneer was focused on family, church, higher education and involvements in the various communities in which she lived. Her early life in Earlington, Kentucky, moved into her college years at Murray State College where she earned a degree in Physics, with minors in Math, English, and Art. Her first job was as a Math teacher in Vienna, Illinois.

On May 5, 1946, she married Ralph Athen Tesseneer, Jr. of Littleville, Alabama and together they had three children. Their lives together were spent in the area of higher education at these institutions/communities: Tufts College in Framingham, Massachusetts; Western Kentucky State College in Bowling Green, Kentucky; Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee; McNeese State College in Lake Charles, Louisiana; Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky; Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky; the University of Durham in Durham, England and Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky. During this time, she received a Master's Degree in Counseling and worked for some time in that field, as well as serving as editor/illustrator for the Northern Kentucky University alumni magazine, "The Communique". She was a writer/illustrator, artist, gardener, amateur architect and traveler. Her creative and organizational skills were boundless, influencing people in many spheres, including her lifelong hospitality to international persons in each of the areas where they lived. Important activities outside church and home included Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, the PEO Sisterhood, the Women's Club of Kentucky, and the Coterie Club of Campbellsville.

Besides her husband, Dr. Ralph Tesseneer, she is survived by the following:
  • One daughter and two sons: Susan T. Walters and husband, Joe, of Campbellsville, KY; Ralph A. Tesseneer, III, M.D. and wife, Beverly, of Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Herbert H. Tesseneer and wife, Gale, of Florence, Kentucky

  • Three grandchildren: John Athen Tesseneer, Neely T. Benton and husband, Brad, and Davaajargal Dorjsuren


  • She was preceded in death by a grandson, Ralph Joseph Walters, on July 29, 1993
  • Two great grandsons: Thomas Athen Benton and John William Benton of Moorhead, Minnesota

  • One brother and two sisters: J. Edward Fisher, M.D. and wife, Martha, of Atlanta, Georgia; Rebecca Jean Fesmire of Cloverdale, Alabama; and Evelyn Spencer and husband, Bob, M.D., of Louisville, Kentucky

  • Several nieces and nephews
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Parrott and Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donations to the Ralph and Laura Tesseneer Scholarship Fund at Campbellsville University, Gideons International, or Hosparus of Central Kentucky, and may be made at the funeral home.


This story was posted on 2014-02-14 12:28:31


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