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Friday, April 22, 2005; Page B07

Ruth Lepley Homemaker

Ruth Lepley, 97, a homemaker who crocheted afghans for military veterans, died April 15 at Andrus House group home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Lepley was in her eighties and early nineties when she made afghans that were distributed to veterans' homes in the Washington area.

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A Lewistown, Pa., native, she had lived in Washington area for 58 years. She and her husband moved here when he returned from service in World War II. She was a former resident of Gaithersburg and had lived at Sunrise House of Montgomery Village for two years. She had lived independently in her own home until she was 96.

Mrs. Lepley belonged to the Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church and the Air Force Wives Association. She had been a member of the international Textile Workers Union. She loved to garden.

Her husband of 50 years, William L. Lepley, died in 1995.

Survivors include her daughter, Carol Pappas of Montgomery Village; and two grandchildren.

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