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Gwen Lynn Heffner

November 4, 1952 July 14, 2021
Gwen  Lynn Heffner
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Obituary for Gwen Lynn Heffner

Gwen Lynn Heffner passed away on July 14th, 2021 at her home in Irvine, Kentucky. She was born on November 4, 1952 in Columbus, OH. Her parents were Virginia Rinehart Heffner and Phillip E. Heffner Jr. She received her BA degree in printmaking and ceramics from Luther College in Iowa. She received her graduate degree in ceramics from the University of Louisville under the late Tom Marsh. After four years as an Artist in the Schools throughout Kentucky, Gwen established her pottery outside Irvine, KY. She ran the Contemporary Artifacts Gallery in Berea, Kentucky for ten years before taking an administrative position at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea in 2003. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Robert S. Ruffner, her son Matthew Phillip Ruffner, her sister, Gail B. Heffner, and her brother Gary H. Heffner, and several nieces and nephews, as well as numerous beloved cousins. Donations can be made to Hospice of Kentucky, or Eastern Kentucky University Public Radio. A gathering celebration will be held at a later date. For more information contact Robert Ruffner at (606)723-7604.

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