Ruth Elizabeth (Beth) Piepenburg was born in Denver, Colorado to John and Catherine Mabbett on October 29, 1955. She went home to the Lord on May 23, 2021 in Pocatello, Idaho. Her family moved to California and she grew up in the LA area. Eventually she moved to the central coast and was working at Diablo Canyon in 1985 where she met Steve Piepenburg. They had their first date on her 30th birthday and were married four months later on Valentine’s Day 1986. She finally lost her two plus year battle with endometrial cancer. Beth was a natural born teacher and tireless researcher. She home schooled their two boys and eventually ran her own K-12 private school in Atascadero, CA. When Steve retired from PG&E in 2003 they moved to Grover, WY. She owned a health food store in Afton, WY, and eventually pastored a small church in Montpelier, ID. She earned a degree in classical studies from the University of Waterloo in Canada and taught herself Latin, Greek, and Hebrew while studying biblical history. She became interested in biblical archaeology and traveled to Turkey, Jordan, and several times to Israel. In Israel she worked on digs at Ai, and Shiloh. Beth is survived by her sons Matt and Alan and Steve her husband of 35 years. Beth was a truly amazing Proverbs 31 woman and she will be greatly missed and always loved. As a friend of her’s said, “Heaven is made richer for her presence there.”
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