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Jim Cadwallader
(April 10, 1927 - February 19, 2011)
Jim Cadwallader of Mountain Park, age 83, passed on February 19, 2011. Born April 10, 1927 in Alamogordo, he lived his life in Mountain Park and was a WWII and Korean veteran. He was a teacher, farmer, writer and musician. An active member of the community, he served on the board of directors of LOCO Credit Union from January 1990 to January 2000, was active in Alamogordo Musical Theatre, The Sounds of Enchantment barbershop group, and a contract bridge player.
He graduated with a degree in English from Colorado State University.
The Dept of Commence honored him September 1, 2010 for 40 years of service for weather data collection in Mountain Park, NM. He and his brother Jon continued the family tradition, begun 1925-1930, with the National Weather Service as weather observers. He is the last of his generation of Cadwalladers, preceded by his brothers Allen, Jon and his sister Martha. The family has been in New Mexico since 1902.
Jim is survived by Jane Cadwallader, his 5 children, Allene Cadwallader, Jan Philpot, Laurel Wachtler, Gwynn Cadwallader, James Cadwallader and 11 grandchildren and many other family members.
The memorial service will be held at the Alamogordo Funeral Home on 2301 1st Street in Alamogordo NM 88310 on March 7, 2011 at 10am. Call 575-434-5253 for more information.
The Cadwallader family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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Eureka Caldwell
(1930 - 2010)
The Lord called home Eureka "Dottie" Caldwell on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. She was a longtime resident and school teacher in Alamogordo. She had been cared for by her son Craig Caldwell and wife, Faye, in Lithonia, Ga. Dottie was born on the family farm June 17, 1920, in Francis, Okla. She and her twin sister Betty Alter, who preceded her in death Jan. 17, were the youngest of 13 children born to August William and Paulina Lavina Doner.
After graduating high school in 1938 she attended East Central State College in Ada where she earned a bachelor's degree in education. When World War II came, she worked in the shipyards in San Francisco. On May 24,1943, she received an offer of employment with the FBI by telegram from J. Edgar Hoover, which she accepted. In 1945 she met and married Merle Caldwell and together they raised five children. Dottie taught school for over 30 years in Salina, Okla.; Pine Bluff, Ark.; and Alamogordo.
She was a woman of strong faith and prayer who loved her Heavenly Father, painting and singing. She is missed greatly by her family. Condolences may be sent to Shawn Morrison, 8059 Meadow Creek Road, Fox, AR 72051. No services will be held.
Dottie was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Caldwell, in 1989, as well as by her parents and siblings. She is survived by Doner Caldwell and his wife, Vickie; Craig Caldwell and his wife, Faye; Kooper Caldwell; Kevin Caldwell; Shawn Morrison and her husband, Myron; 18 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 2/4/2010 - 2/18/2010]

Gladys I Campbell
(1947 - 2010)
Gladys I. Campbell, 62, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, in Sunset, Texas.
The family will receive friends 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2009, at the White Family Funeral Home. Memorial service will follow Saturday at 3 p.m. at the family's home.
Arrangements are entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Gladys was born Feb. 13, 1947, in Alamogordo to Robert and Pauline (Richards) Childress. She married Billy Dean Campbell on July 4, 1991, in New Mexico. They moved to Florida and then she moved to Texas after her husband passed away. Gladys was a very social person with lots of friends. She was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She enjoyed small crafts and flower decorating.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Dean Campbell; parents; and stepfather, Richard E. Smith.
She is survived by her sons Richard Brunson and wife, Jill, of Colorado, and Lynn Brunson, of California; daughter Marnie Lewis and husband, Michael, of Tennessee; two stepsons; five grandchildren; numerous stepgrandchildren; three sisters, Polly Patterson and husband, Keith, of Sunset, Ruby Dobrick and husband, David, of Kentucky, and Edyth Hughes and husband, James, of New Mexico; and numerous cousins.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 1/9/2010 - 1/23/2010]

Bonnie Francis Caron
(1922 - 2010)
Bonnie Francis Caron, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, in Albuquerque. She was a longtime resident of Alamogordo.
Bonnie was born Nov. 24, 1922, on a farm in Ames, Kan., to Grant Palmer Appleby and Sophronia Helen (Buoy) Appleby. She married her high school sweetheart, Joe J. Caron, on Sept. 7, 1942. On Nov. 12, 1942, during World War II, Joe entered into active service with the Army Air Corps. They were stationed in Granada, Miss. From there, Joe was off to Burma, India, and Bonnie returned to Ames to take care of their turkey business. After Joe's tour of duty, the family moved to Seattle, Wash., Wichita, Kan., and in 1956 to Alamogordo where Joe worked for Hughes Aircraft and later owned and operated Caron Associates, specializing in life insurance and annuities.
Bonnie loved being raised on a farm. In fact, she preferred spending time outdoors helping her father on the farm rather than doing household chores. She did, however, learn from her mother how to be an excellent cook, seamstress and gardener. In her vegetable garden there was always plenty to share with neighbors. She also enjoyed harvesting and shelling their own pecans and keeping her children well supplied until the next year's harvest.
Bonnie excelled in high school basketball and track as a high jumper. Joe first met her at a track meet and they were together ever since. Bonnie's two granddaughters, Kami and Angela, carried on the tradition as high jumpers. She would tell them they were lucky to be able to land on a soft mat. She had to land on stirred up dirt.
In Alamogordo, Bonnie was employed at The Credit Bureau of Alamogordo for a number of years followed by her work as a cafeteria cook at Buena Vista Elementary School. She also was a part-time employee at Loco Credit Union. She was a very diligent and conscientious employee. Her greatest enjoyment, though, was being a homemaker. Her family was her life. She was a wonderful, adoring wife, mom and grandma. There were many other children who loved and looked up to her. She always gave so much of herself and asked nothing in return. She was a kind and loyal sister, aunt, friend and neighbor.
Bonnie was a member of Christ Community Church. She was a member of the Flowering Desert Garden Club, the Porcelain Arts Club (china painting) and PEO Chapter AV. In August 2004, Bonnie entered four of her own favorite recipes in the Otero County Fair and received four blue ribbons. At 81 years of age, not only was she thrilled, but her family was very proud of her.
She was preceded in death by her parents Grant and Sophronia; her husband, Joe; her brother Wilbur and his wife, Josephine; and her sister Martha Partch and her husband, Leo.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Caron, of Albuquerque, and Paul Caron, of Santa Fe; two daughters, Dianne Caron, of Santa Fe, and Mary Carlson and her husband, Richard, of Alamogordo; grandchildren Kami Bailey and fiance, Aaron Perea, and Michael Bailey, of Tucson, Ariz., Angela Carlson, of Albuquerque, Croix Caron, of Santa Fe, and Nicole Weaver and her husband, Travis, of Salt Lake City; her sister Helen Balthazor and her husband, Armand, of Concordia, Kan.; best friend Phyllis Lawson; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home in Alamogordo with Darrell Hoskinson officiating.
Interment will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Michael Caron, Paul Caron, Richard Carlson, Michael Bailey, Dell Sanders and David Cebales. Honorary pallbearers will be Croix Caron, Fred Appleby, Ray Gilstrap, A.A. (Web) Webster and Aaron Perea.
The family will greet friends and family Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from February 10 to February 26, 2010]

Senie Russell Catley
(1924 - 2010)
Senie Russell Catley, 85, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at Casa Arena Blanca Nursing Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Senie was born on May 18, 1924 in Belton, Texas, the fourth of six children, to Willie H. Russell and Mary Louise Taylor Russell. She attended Thomas Breckenridge High School in Belton, Texas graduating in 1943. She moved to Youngstown, Ohio where she met and was married to L.V. Catley for nine years. She was a cook at several restaurants in the Youngstown Area and Parkview House in Canfield, Ohio. She retired from Strouss-Hirshberg in Youngstown, Ohio.
Senie was a dedicated church member of Centenary Methodist Church in Youngstown, Ohio, serving for many years as an usher and choir member. She planned and cooked many special event meals for the church. In her waning years you could hear her humming many old religious songs.
Senie was preceded in death by both parents; a brother, James T. Russell, of Belton, TX and a sister, Mildred L. Holcombe and her husband Eddie, of Belton, TX.
She is survived by her son, Willie "Bill" Brooks and former wife Geneva, of Alamogordo, NM; a sister, Lyda Wyly, of Cleveland, Ohio; a brother, Willie L. Russell, of Temple, TX and a brother, Sterling Russell, of Stockton, CA; a sister-in-law, Mittie Russell, of Belton, TX; a former sister-in-law, Irene Catley Jefferson, of Youngstown, Ohio; three grandsons, Gregory Brooks and wife Gloria of Tallahassee, FL, Darren Brooks, of Alamogordo, NM and Eric Brooks and former wife Tina Lopez of Alamogordo, NM; three great-granddaughters, Kiara Lang of Gulfport, MS and Breanna and Bethany Brooks of Tallahassee, FL; a grandson Breland Brooks, of Tallahassee, FL.; four former great-grandchildren D.J. ,Elizabeth and Jacob Frasier and Julia Reyes of Alamogordo, NM; nieces and nephews of the Catley family in Youngstown, Ohio, the Russell families in Belton, Temple and San Antonio, Texas and the Wilkerson family of Colorado Springs, CO.
The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS. Services will not be conducted.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 2/1/2010 - 2/15/2010]

Ignacio Cedillos
(1930 - 2010)
Mr. Ignacio "Nacho" Cedillos, 80, passed away in Alamogordo Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. At the time of his passing to the Lord, Mr. Cedillos was surrounded by his loving family.
Ignacio Cedillos was born in Alamogordo on Jan. 1, 1930, to Ignacio and Lupe (Guerra) Cedillos. He moved to Juarez, Mexico, to work as a police officer. In 1952, he met Julia Pacheco and they married on Dec. 1, 1954, and recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Ignacio and Julia have resided in Alamogordo since 1956.
Mr. Cedillos worked as a police officer for five years prior to becoming a bricklayer. He worked as a master bricklayer for 38 years prior to retiring in 1993.
Ignacio played with the Alamogordo Tigers (tackle) and took the state championship in 1952.
Mr. Cedillos is survived by his wife, Julia, and three daughters, Patricia Cedillos of Richland, Wash.; Angie Broyles and her husband, Glenn, of Alamogordo; and Christina Livingston and her husband, Theo, of Alamogordo. Survivors also include four grandchildren, Steven Livingston and his wife, Melissa; Ashley Rahn; Samantha Livingston and Serena Cedillos. He is also survived by a sister, Margarita Yacubian, of Alamogordo, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Cedillos was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Daria Flores, and a brother, Juan Guerra.
Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, and Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Bryant Hausfeld, O.F.M., as celebrant.
The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 2/3/2010 - 2/18/2010]

Lala Joyce Charles
(1915 - 2009)
Lala Joyce Charles, 94, of Alamogordo, passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at her home.
Mrs. Charles was born Sept. 14, 1915, in Topeka, Kan., to Charles Ivan and Ladema Longfellow Joyce.
She spent much of her youth in Carrizozo and graduated from high school there. Lala attended Lawrence Business College in Lawrence, Kan., before returning to Carrizozo to work in the law office of John Hall.
She met and married Ward Charles in May 1938. They moved to Alamogordo, where she served as Otero County clerk from 1942-45. She then joined the team at the Charles Insurance Agency, where she worked until her retirement in 1975.
Mrs. Charles was an active member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge Does, Tularosa Basin Historical Society museum and was a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading and playing bridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ward Charles, in 1977.
Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at the Hamilton-O'Dell chapel, with the Rev. Mary Taken officiating.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 1/2/2010 - 1/11/2010]

Lester E Cole
(1922 - 2010)
Arrangements Pending: Lester E. Cole, 88, passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, in Alamogordo. The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News on February 23, 2010]

Hubert Clifton Cope
(1922 - 2004)
Hubert Clifton Cope, 81, of Alamogordo, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004 , in Alamogordo.
Mr. Cope was born March 6, 1922, in Weed. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He lived in Carlsbad many years then moved to Mayhill where he lived while working as a machinist at Sunspot, where he retired in 1976. He also drove a school bus for over 10 years. Four years ago he and his wife moved to Alamogordo for health reasons. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Coleman and her husband Eddy, of Mayhill; a son, Robert Clifton Cope and his wife Juhree of Carlsbad, five grandchildren, Gary Coleman and his wife Angela of Ruidoso, Gail Brown and her husband Royce of Capitan, Sandi Yarbrough and her husband Scott of Plano, Texas, Lori Cathey and her husband David of Plano , and Clifton Cope of Plano; and 8 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lena Mare (Potter) Cope in 2002.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. at the Cuba Avenue Church of Christ with Jim L. Morrow officiating.
Pallbearers will be Wesley Lane, Jim Robinson, Mark McNeela, Johnny Watson, Tommy Ledbetter and John Conner.
Interment will follow in the Mayhill Cemetery.
Friends may call Thursday from 5 until 7 p.m at Hamilton-O’Dell Funeral Home.
[Alamogordo Daily News January 29, 2004 - Retyped by Elaine Watson]

Lena Marie Cope
(1921 - 2002)
Lena Marie Cope, 80, a lifelong resident of Otero County, died Thursday, March 7, 2002, at her home in Alamogordo.
Mrs. Cope was born July 15, 1921, in Mayhill. She retired in 1981, after 29 years as Postmaster in Sunspot.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 58 years, Hubert C. Cope of the family home; a daughter, Rebecca Coleman and her husband, Eddy, of Mayhill; a son, Robert Clifton Cope of Carlsbad; five grandchildren, Gary Coleman and his wife, Angela, of Ruidoso, Gail Brown and her husband, Royce, of Capitan, Sandi Yarbrough, and her husband, Scott, of Plano, Texas, Lori Cathey and her husband, David of Plano, and Clifton Cope of Carlsbad; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth Rupert and Minnie Alma (Porter) Potter; and by a brother, Kenneth Potter, Jr.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Mayhill Church of Christ with Jim Morrow and Eddy Coleman officiating. Casual dress for the service is requested by the family. Interment will follow in the Mayhill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mark McNelea, Marlon McWilliams, James Summers, Wesley Lane, Jim Robinson, Bill Stanbrough and Ridge Watson. Honorary bearers will be the members of Mayhill Church of Christ.
Friends may call this evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O’Dell Funeral Home, 1334 N. Scenic Drive.
[Alamogordo Daily News Friday, March 8, 2002 - Retyped by Elaine Watson]

Jane Cozzens
(1940 - 2010)
Memorial services for Jane Cozzens, 69, of Roswell, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Central Church of the Nazarene at 901 E. Country Club Road with the Rev. Garth Hyde officiating. Burial and graveside services will be held at Capitan Cemetery.
Jane was born Aug. 18, 1940, in Carrizozo to Seymour McKinley (Primo) Cozzens and Sallie Jane Goode. Jane taught school in various places in New Mexico, and retired from Alamogordo Public Schools due to poor health in the early 1990s after teaching 26 years. She was very instrumental in the early start of "Jump Rope for Heart" with Alamogordo students ranking in the top tier across New Mexico. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching elementary school P.E., children's basic skills needed for a lifetime of activity. She was an accomplished card maker and scrap booker. Jane spent many enjoyable hours in these activities in her retirement years. All of her family and friends were honored to receive one of her handmade cards.
She loved her family dearly and was the guiding force in organizing and keeping our family reunions going.
Jane is survived by three brothers, L.C., of Capitan, Doyle, of Roswell, and Ken, of San Marcos, Calif.; two sisters, Cornelia Grannis, of Monrovia, Calif., and Marilyn Cozzens, of Roswell; five nephews, Dr. Bob Parsons and his wife, Patricia, of Dexter, Gary Cozzens and his wife, Shirley, of Capitan, Dr. Mike Cozzens and his wife, Lisa, of Brea, Calif., Tom Grannis, of Monrovia, Calif., and Rob Cozzens, of Santee, Calif.; 16 nieces, Dr. Sally Parsons, of Greeley, Colo., Janet Thorson and her husband, Kurt, of Albuquerque, Debbie Harrelson and her husband, Colt, of Ruidoso, Diane Parsons, of Roswell, Barbara Rogers, of Monrovia, Tek Grannis, of Monrovia, Peggy Winchester and her husband, Larry, of Casa Grande, Ariz., Carolann Meekins and her husband, Dan, of Albuquerque, Gail Scott and her husband, Dickie, of Olney, Texas, Grace Moore and her husband, Mike, of Albuquerque, Glenda Sears and her husband, Jeff, of Flower Mound, Texas, Sally White and her husband, Ken, of Glendora, Calif., Linda Schultz and her husband, Jeff, of Roswell, Christy Mages and her husband, Chris, of Perris, Calif., Cindy Ross, of Santee, Jenni Bruce-Miller and her husband, Richard, of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; and 36 great-nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Perry Wayne; and one sister, Eileen Cozzens Parsons.
Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home & Crematory.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 1/16/2010 - 1/30/2010]

Ivon J. Curtis
(1925 - 2011)
Ivon J. Curtis went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. Ivon was the second of three sons born to Cara Ivon Curtis and Ellie Mae Stirman Curtis on Sept. 16, 1925, in Mayhill.
He went to school in Mayhill and Cloudcroft, where he graduated. After graduation, he helped his father and worked for the Forest Service and post office in Alamogordo. When World War II broke out, he joined the Navy Seabees. After being discharged April 1, 1946, he met Christine Clements in Hope and was married April 30, 1947.
Ivon and Christine lived in Mayhill for two years and started a family while he worked for his father and at various jobs. Ivon decided he couldn't make a living in Mayhill, so he moved his family to Roswell in 1950 to become an electrician. After retiring from J&G Electric in Roswell, he was able to pursue his lifelong passion of ranching.
Ivon's hobbies included hunting and fishing. He enjoyed the outdoors and was a very skilled dancer. He always had a long line of willing dance partners. Ivon was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for more than 60 years. He was also a life member of the Elks, Eagles and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Ivon was preceded in death by his wife, Christine; parents; two brothers, Elmer and Dwain Curtis; and his son-in-law Elzy Perry.
Ivon is survived by his sister-in-law Marjorie Curtis and his children Sharon Y. Perry, of Tularosa; Larry Curtis and his wife, Joyce, of Roswell; Patricia and her husband, Jim Popovich, of Seattle; and Ivon Reed Curtis, of Roswell.
He is also survived by three granddaughters, Christa Ashley and her husband, Darin, of Tucson, Ariz., Lori K. Coupland and her husband, Dan, of Piñon, and Jamie Popovich, of Seattle; five great-grandchildren, Brandon and Bailey, of Seattle, Olivia, of Tucson, and Kylee and Curt, of Piñon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at Mayhill Church of Christ with Eddie Coleman officiating. Interment will follow at the Mayhill Cemetery. There will be a fellowship meal at the Mayhill Community Center following the services.
Pallbearers include Jack Coupland, Dan Coupland, Bud Curtis, Tate Curtis, Ray Mounts and Reed Stirman. Honorary pallbearers are R.L. Posey, Dwight Fulton, Johnny Watson, Aris Frizzell and Randy Stadjuhar.
Ivon's family would like to thank the staff at the Aristocrat for his years of loving care.
The Curtis family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from August 9 to September 9, 2011]

Maggie and Carrie Lou Curtis
(1882 & 1920 - 1958)
Double Rites for Accident Victims
Double funeral rites for a widely known Mayhill widow and her daughter-in-law----victims of a rain wet mountain road auto tragedy will be conducted at 2 pm tomorrow in the Church of Christ, Mayhill.
Lying in identical coffins will be Mrs. Maggie Curtis, 65, who was dead on arrival at Gerald Champion Memorial Hospital and Mrs. Carrie Lou Curtis, 37, who died there several hours later.
The funeral sermon for both will be delivered by Robert Waller, of the Church of Christ of Artesia. Both burials will be in the Mayhill Cemetery.
Pallbearers for Mrs. Maggie Curtis will be: Doyle Scott, Cecil Barkley, Robert Dockray, Clay Thomason, Herbert Dockray, and Cleve Dockray.
Pallbearers for Mrs. Carrie Lou Curtis will be Edward, Leonard, and Verbal Scott and Henry and William Dockray.
The women met their death as a result of the car in which they were riding skidding from Highway 83 just west of the spring. Also injured were Mrs. Cara (Ellie) Curtis, 36 and Delores Kay Curtis, 18 daughter of Mrs. Carrie Lou Curtis and driver of the car. The car plunged down an embankment while a heavy rain was falling.
Tony Curtis, one of the original settlers of the Mayhill area and husband of Mrs. Maggie Curtis died several months ago at Carlsbad.
The widow was born Oct. 21, 1882 in Brown County, Texas and was brought to the Mayhill area as a baby.
Her survivors are three sons, Cara I. Curtis of Mayhill, Lloyd A. of Alamogordo, and Veolan E. of Mayhill, nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; two brothers, Lee Brantley, Mayhill and Elza Brantley of Carlsbad; and three sisters, Mrs. Nola Watson, Hagerman, Mrs. Mamie Frizzell, Carlsbad, and Mrs. Billy Fleming, San Diego, California.
Survivors of Carrie Lou (Mrs. Veolan) Curtis are her husband of Mayhill; a son Richard James Showers, La Luz, two daughters, Mrs. Richard Grabbe, La Luz, and Delores Kay Curtis of Mayhill and five grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Mullins Hamilton Funeral Home between 3 and 4 pm today.
[Printed in Alamogordo Daily New. Accident occurred August 1, 1958. Retyped by Elaine Watson]

Betty J Daugherty
(1922 - 2010)
Betty J. Daugherty, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at her home.
Betty was born in Charlston, Utah, on Nov. 30, 1922. She attended public school in Salt Lake City, Utah. On Sept. 5, 1941, she married Walter Huston Daugherty, of Alamogordo. She moved to Alamogordo in 1943 and spent the rest of her life here. Betty was a homemaker and loved her family. She especially enjoyed crocheting and dancing. She was an avid football fan. Betty was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and loved her religion.
Betty is survived by two daughters, Sharon A. Givens and husband, Ray, of Alamogordo, and Carol Scott and husband, Dean, of Roswell, and son John B. (JB) Daugherty, of Alamogordo.
Betty is also survived by her grandchildren Kenneth W. Daugherty, of Santiago, Chile; John B. Daugherty Jr., of Houston; James D. Daugherty, of Fredricksburg, Va.; Joseph H. Daugherty, of Seattle, Wash.; Lorie Givens, of Alamogordo; JoAnn Givens, of Carlsbad; Kevin Scott, of San Antonio, Texas; and Staci Thorp, of Artesia. Betty has 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Betty is also survived by three siblings, Lavelle Ringwood, of Salt Lake City; Louise Moore and husband, Jim, of Salt Lake City; and Howard Ringwood and wife, Sharon, of Salt Lake City. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, in 1986; her father, John A. Ringwood, of Salt Lake City; her mother, Lola Ringwood, of Salt Lake City; her brother Jack Ringwood, of Salt Lake City; her brother Vern, of Salt Lake City; and her sister Faye Daugherty, of Alamogordo.
Final arrangements are under the direction of Alamogordo Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be conducted for the family and friends at Monte Vista Cemetery on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at noon.
The family wishes to thank Bishop John A. Anderson and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for their caring and assistance. In addition, the family's sincere gratitude and appreciation is expressed to the dedicated, professional nurses and staff of Alamogordo Hospice, who provided loving care for our mother in her final hours of need.
Three words to sum up the life of Betty are she was "Born an Angel."
She will be dearly missed by her loving family and numerous friends.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 1/12/2010 - 1/26/2010]

Ted Davenport
(1958 - 2010)
Ted Davenport was born Sept. 23, 1958, in Tularosa, and passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by brother Jim Davenport and his wife, Judy; sisters Patricia Manry and her husband, Wesley, and Rebecca Thomas; nephew Scott Hillenbrand and his wife, Jody, and their son Will; niece Crissy Leonard and her husband, Jake, and their children, Jackson, Ashlyn and Mara.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Bess Davenport.
Services are at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at Roselawn Chapel in Seagoville, Texas. Visitation will be conducted 30 minutes prior to service time.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 1/24/2010 - 2/10/2010]

Ronald Wayne Davies
(1944 - 2010)
Senior master sergeant, U.S.A.F., retired, Ronald Wayne Davies, 65, passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, in Alamogordo.
He was born May 22, 1944, in Jacksonville, Fla., to John Joseph and Virginia Louise (Baker) Davies.
He retired at Holloman Air Force Base from the United States Air Force as a senior master sergeant after 27 years of service, having served in Vietnam and Operation Desert Shield. After retirement he worked at Sammons for 11 years. He loved children and was a Little League baseball coach at his various stations of duty.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Deirdre "Dee" Davies, of the family home; a daughter, Rozalind Fulcher and husband, Kevin; his grandchildren Jesse Wayne Fulcher, Emily Davies Fulcher and Kevin Fulcher, all of Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; and a brother, Darryl Keith Davies and wife, Peggy, a half-brother, Wayne Scott and a half sister, Katherine Belcher, all of Jacksonville.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at the Alamogordo Funeral Home chapel with Elder Antonio Mays officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard. A reception will follow at the funeral home.
He will be missed by his family and many friends.
The Davies family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 1/30/2010 - 2/16/2010]

Ray Elmo Davis
(1928 - 2010)
Ray Elmo Davis, age 81, formerly of Alamogordo, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, in Los Lunas. Services will be held on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at the Santa Anna Cemetery Pavilion, Santa Anna, Texas, with interment to immediately follow. Pastor Jimmy Hatcher will officiate, with Parker Funeral Home of Baird, Texas, in charge of arrangements.
Elmo was born Nov. 24, 1928 in Coleman County, Texas to Ray and Leona Cole Davis. He attended Santa Anna High School. Elmo married Elsie Vanslager on Jan. 16, 1952, in Waco, Texas. Elmo owned Davis Cleaning Service for many years in Alamogordo. His passion was playing the steel guitar in western swing bands across New Mexico and Texas. His hobbies included a love of camping and fishing, especially in the mountains of Colorado.
Survivors include his wife Elsie, of Clyde, Texas; four daughters, Gail Norvell of Las Cruces, Pat and Richard Austin, Colleena and Cliff Shriver, and LaVerne and Jerry, Mason all of Baird, Texas; two sons, William and Judy Mitchell of Graham, Texas, and Ray Davis, Jr. of Alamogordo; one brother, Dale and Ila Davis of Bonham, Texas, and one sister, June Cloud, of Lake Kiowa, Texas; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Audeen Davis, and one grandson, Christopher Davis.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 2/1/2010 - 2/15/2010]

Clifton H Dean
(1927 - 2011)
Clifton H. Dean, 84, of Crow Flat, passed away Friday, Oct 7, 2011, at his home.
There will be no visitation; cremation has taken place.
A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at 10a.m. at the Dean Family Cemetery, Crow Flat, with Dalton Bell officiating.
Interment will follow in the Dean Family Cemetery, Crow Flat.
Denton-Wood Funeral Home, 1001 N. Canal St. Carlsbad, N.M. 88220, (575) 885-6363, is in charge of the arrangements.
Clifton H. Dean was born May 13, 1927, in Alamogordo to Herman and Mae (Lewis) Dean. He was drafted while still in high school. Clifton served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and after being honorably discharged he returned and finished high school in Weed. He married Mildred Payne on Aug. 12, 1948. Clifton said from the moment he laid eyes on Millie, she was his. She was the love of his life and the best partner he ever had. They moved to their Berlin Ranch in the Brokeoff Mountains where they sheep ranched and raised their children. Later they moved to Crow Flat so the kids could attend high school. Clifton went to work for New Mexico State University as a trapper and retired after 23 years. He was inducted into the Kit Carson Trappers Hall of Fame and always enjoyed life at the ranch. He had a great love for good quarter horses that he owned and raised. Clifton said that a horse wasn’t worth much unless they would pitch a little when they were fresh. Clifton was a avid fiddler and loved good fiddle music. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Mildred “Millie” Dean; and sisters Minnie Ruth Kemp and Lavada Lewis.
Survivors include five children: Winnamae Gage and husband, Nick, of Artesia, Crockett Dean and wife, Pam, of Dell City, Texas, Becky Dean-Walker and husband Dennis, of Sierra Blanca, Texas, Francis Dean Taylor and husband, Bruce, of Deming, and Quentin Dean and wife, Dana, of Crow Flat; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brother Upton Dean and wife, Linda of Rascoe, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sara Snow, Star Dean, Whitney Walker, Quee Williams, Dani Shrum, Carye Shrum and Shyra Tate.
[Alamogordo Daily News Oct 25, 2011]

Mildred P Dean
(1930 - 2011)
Mildred P. "Millie" Dean, 80, of Crow Flat, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Carlsbad Medical Center.
There will be no visitation, cremation has taken place.
A graveside service is scheduled for Sunday, March 13, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Dean Family Cemetery with elder Ray Perez officiating.
Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mildred P. "Millie" Dean was born Oct. 3, 1930, in Presidio, Texas, to Jim and Winnie (James) Payne. She graduated from high school in Weed. Millie married Clifton Dean on Aug. 12, 1948. They moved to their Berlin Ranch in the Brokeoff Mountains where they sheep ranched and raised their children. Later they moved to Crow Flat so the kids could attend high school, where she remained the rest of her life. Millie was a great seamstress and cook, and enjoyed writing and reading. Her most recent enjoyment was watching the PBR with Clifton and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Dorothy Wills and Babe Bell; brother Jack Payne and one aunt, Bertha Driver.
Survivors are husband, Clifton H. Dean; five children, Winnamae Gage and husband, Nick, of Artesia, Crockett Dean and wife, Pam, of Dell City, Texas, Becky Walker and husband, Dennis, of Sierra Blanca, Texas, Francis Shrum, of Horizon City, Texas, and Quentin Dean and wife, Dana, of Crow Flat; 15 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers are Gary Gage, Ed Gage, Riely Dean, Jess Dean, David Gallagher, Kyle Walker, Quint Cantell and Clint Dean.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from March 11 to April 11, 2011]

William B "Bill" Decker
(1926 - 2010)
Bill was born July 20, 1926 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Laura (Ross) and John Decker. He died peacefully at his Abilene home on November 13, 2010.
Bill enrolled at Abilene Christian College in the fall of 1943; after his freshman year, he interrupted his education to serve in the U.S. Navy in WWII. He returned to ACC in the fall of 1946 and graduated in 1949, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Greek New Testament. During his Senior year, he was elected Student Body President.
In June of 1949, Bill married Mary Jo (Jody) Carter in Abilene. In 1951, Bill earned his Master's degree, also in Greek New Testament, from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Bill began his 37-year career at ACC in 1953, serving as an instructor, advisor, mentor, and in the development office as an estate planner. He was honored as the Outstanding Faculty Member of 1986.
Bill and his family spent 1959 at Ibaraki Christian College, Japan as an exchange teacher and missionary.
In addition to his work with ACC, Bill also blessed many congregations through preaching and teaching. Among these were Indianapolis, IN; San Pedro, Norwalk, and Lompoc, CA; Graham, Star, Buffalo Gap, Matador, Weatherford, Aspermont, and Goree, TX; and Cloudcroft, NM. Bill was devoted to his church family at University Church of Christ. He began attending UCC in 1943. Bill and Jody's parents attended UCC as well. Bill and Jody raised their four children in the loving arms of this congregation. The fourth generation now attends this congregation. Bill served as an elder for many years. Especially close to his heart were the Central and South American missionaries.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his three brothers, Cecil, Roger, and J.R. Decker. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jody; his children, Roma Freeman (Ray) of Austin, TX, MAJ(Ret) Bill Decker (Kathy) of Brenham, TX, Lisa Webb (Tom) of Austin, TX, and Cindy Isenhower (Donald) of Abilene; his 13 grandchildren, Randy Freeman, Robby Freeman, Julie Freeman Haney (Robert), 1st Lieutenant Andrew Freeman, 1st Lieutenant B. Alan Decker Jr., Ashley Decker Hughes (Scott), Sarah Webb Rude (Jason), Thomas Webb, Laura Webb, Stacey Webb, Larry Isenhower (Julee), Anna Isenhower, and Roberta Isenhower; his sister, Vera Boatwright of Lubbock, TX; his brother-in-law, James Carter (Wynetta) of Paris, TX; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Pallbearers are Randy Freeman, Larry Isenhower, Thomas Webb, 1st Lieutenant B. Alan Decker Jr., Jason Rude, Robert Haney, and Scott Hughes.
Honorary pallbearers are Robby Freeman, 1st Lieutenant Andrew Freeman, and the Elders of University Church of Christ.
Visitation will be Monday evening from 6 - 7 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Funeral services will be Tuesday, 10 a.m., at University Church of Christ, with Bill Boverie officiating, assisted by David Perry and Curt Dickson. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park, 5701 Hwy. 277 South, immediately following.
Arrangements are under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.
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Cleve Dockray
(1890 - 1961)
Rites Held for Cleve Dockray, 71
Funeral services were held at Mayhill on Thursday, Nov. 2, for Cleve Dockray, 71, a lifelong resident of Otero County, who passed away at the Artesia hospital early the preceding day.
Rites were conducted at the Mayhill Church of Christ by Bob Waller, Melvin Morrow of Carlsbad and Melton Bruster of Alamogordo. Burial was at Mayhill.
Mr. Dockray was a farmer and made his home at the old Arthur homestead near Mayhill, the farm having been in his wife’s family since 1884.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Cressie Arthur Dockray of Mayhill; three daughters, Mrs. Sank Tunnell of Artesia, Mrs. Ross Hooten of Mayhill and Mrs. Kenneth Potter, Jr. of Mayhill; seven grandchildren; one brother, Willie of Mayhill, and one sister, Mrs. Johnnie Posey of Mayhill.
Cleve Dockray service held at Mayhill
By Onie Clayton
Mayhill–Funeral services for Grover Cleveland (Cleve) Dockray, 71, Mayhill, were conducted at the Mayhill Church of Christ Thursday afternoon. Evangelist Robert A. Waller, Artesia, officiated. Burial was in Mayhill Cemetery. Mr. Dockray passed away a the home of a daughter, Mrs. Sank Tunnell on Wednesday night in Artesia. He was born March 16, 1890, at Elk and had resided in Otero County all his life. Mr. Dockray was married April 14, 1912 to Cressie Arthur. He was a member of the Mayhill Church of Christ. Nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his widow, Cressie Arthur Dockray of Mayhill; three daughters, Mrs. Mable Hooten, Cloudcroft, Mrs Lanelle Potter, Mayhill and Mrs. Glynn Tunnell of Artesia; one brother, William H. Dockray, Mayhill; and one sister Mrs. Lizzie Posey, also of Mayhill and several grandchildren.
[Articles printed Alamogordo Daily News 1961 Retyped by Elaine Watson - granddaughter]

Cressie Arthur Dockray
(1896 - 1990)
Cressie Arthur Dockray
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Mayhill Church of Christ for pioneer Mayhill resident Cressie Arthur Dockray. Mrs. Dockray, 94, died May 8 at her home in Mayhill.
Eddy Coleman will conduct services; interment will follow at the original Mayhill Cemetery.
Mrs. Dockray was born to Charles and Emma Arthur on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1896. She was born, lived and died on the homestead settled by her parents.
She married Cleve Dockray on April 12, 1912. They lived all their married life on the farm near Mayhill and had four children. Arthur C. Dockray died in infancy; Lanelle Potter preceded her mother in death in 1985; Mable Hooten lives in Mayhill; and Glynn Tunnell lives in Artesia. Cleve Dockray died in 1961; a great-grandson, Shawn Bundy, died in 1974.
Survivors include daughters Mable Hooten of Mayhill and Glynn Tunnell of Artesia; grandchildren Jim and Geraldine Bundy, Kay Montoya, Lee and Lynn Hooten, Sharon and Larry Thomas, Arthur and Diane Tunnell, Johnny and Elaine Watson and John and Karen Potter; and great grandchildren Kelly and Caleb Hooten, Shane and Tammy Bundy, Ann, Bobby, Benny and Teresa Montoya, Ronny and Sarah Thomas, Stephen Tunnell, Ridge and Cressie Watson and Mike and Amy Potter.
Mrs. Dockray was the last direct descendant of the wagon train families who settled in the Mayhill area in 1884.
She was a devoted member of the Church of Christ for many years.
[Printed Alamogordo Daily News 1990 Retyped by Elaine Watson- granddaughter]

James M Dockray
(1854 - 1945)
James M. Dockray Born Dec. 20, 1854
James Madison Dockray was born December 20th, 1854, in Alabama, where the town of Gadsden now is. He left Alabama in the early part of his life and with his parents lived for a time in Arkansas. Later, he went to Texas and lived in Bell Co. while there he married Mary Luvina York August 5th 1875, at Belton, Texas.
To this union nine children were born, three of whom died in infancy. One, Mrs. Edna Worley, preceded her father in death six years ago last September. All the other children except L. K. Dockray, of Alamogordo, were present at the funeral while L. K. was too ill to attend.
Mr. and Mrs. Dockray came to New Mexico in a wagon train in 1884. They settled at Elk. Since that time they have lived in the vicinity of Elk and Mayhill. Both of them have been faithful members of the Church of Christ since 1874.
Mr. Dockray is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary L. Dockray of Mayhill, four sons, Mark, Cleve, William H. and L. K. and one daughter, Mrs. J. J. Posey of Felix. There are nineteen grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and one great-great-grand child, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Aris Frizzell, three daughters-in-law, and two sons-in-law. The community of Mayhill has lost one of its very best citizens, and the high regard the community has for him was shown in the great throng that attended the funeral on Saturday, 2:30 p. m. the 6th, which was conducted by Ministers Robert Waller of Artesia, N. M. And Tice Elkins of Alamogordo.
[Printed Alamogordo Daily News 1945 Retyped by Elaine Watson- great granddaughter.]

Mary Dockray
(1859 - 1950)
Mrs. Mary Dockray, Pioneer Resident Dies at 91
Mrs. Mary Luvina York Dockray, one of the oldest pioneers in this part of the country, passed away Wednesday morning, February 15, a few hours after her 91st birthday. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Mayhill at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, February 16.
Services were conducted by the Rev. T. E. Chudd of Artesia, Cecil Barkley led the class in singing “Does Jesus Care,” “Beyond the Sunset,” and “Safe in the Arms of Jesus.”
The deceased, the last adult survivor of the wagon train which came here from Texas in 1884 was laid to rest at the side of her husband and two of her children. Services were closed with a graveside song, “In the Sweet Bye and Bye.”
Mrs. Dockray was born in Erath County, Texas on February 14, 1859. She was married to James M. Dockray on August 5, 1875. He preceded her in death five years ago.
Three of their nine children survive. Three died in infancy and three in adulthood. The dead are Luke and Mark Dockray and Edna Worley. Surviving are Cleve and Willie Dockray and Lizzie Posey, all of Mayhill.
Nineteen grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, one great- great grandchild, and a brother J. F. York of Fresno, California, also remain.
Known to her many friends and relatives as “Grandma” or “Aunt Mary”, Mrs Dockray lived in several localities in the surrounding country. Since her husband’s death, she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Posey. During most of that time she was an invalid.
At an early age she became a member of the Church of Christ and had remained a faithful member through the years.
[Printed Alamogordo Daily News, 1950 - Retyped by Elaine Watson- great granddaughter]

Raymond E. Duran
(1929 - 2008)
Retired firefighter
Raymond E. Duran, 78, passed away Monday, April 21, 2008, at his home in Tularosa. He was born Aug. 13, 1929, in Tularosa to Eusebio T. and Felipa (Ramos) Duran.
Ramon was a retired firefighter at Holloman Air Force Base with the civil service. He also volunteered his time to the Tularosa Fire Department. He loved ranch work and after retirement, he worked helping Tom Ryan at the Hightower and Champion farms. He was a member of St. Frances de Paula Catholic Church, Caballero de Santa Cruz and also Mayordonos Santo Nino Atocha in Three Rivers.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Concepcion "Nena" Duran, of the family home; sons Frank Duran, and Bennie Wooten and wife Sylvia; daughters Josie Chavez and husband Matias, Gloria Sainz and husband Robert, Mary Guilez, and Gina Kowatch and husband Louie; 17 grandchildren, Lawrence Chavez and wife Kim, Steve Chavez and wife Liz, Frances Vigil and husband Jim John, Cindy Provencio and husband Perfecto, Robert "Chonies" Sainz, Ray Sainz, Frankie Duran, Leighann Duran and companion Sean O'Neal, Alex Duran and companion Anna Vigil, Annette Guilez, Georgette Forbes and husband Tommy, Trisha Coney and husband Archie, Nash Kowatch and companion Erica Walters, Max Duran Jr., Shana Duran, and Faith Duran and companion Josh Cox; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers Robert Duran and wife Eufrasia, Joe Duran and wife Josephine, Ernest Duran and wife Debbie, and Billy Duran and wife Carolina; sisters Consuelo Carrillo, of Tularosa, Lupe Torres, of Albuquerque, and Susie Duran, of Las Cruces.
He was preceded in death by parents Eusebio and Felipa Duran; son Max Duran; grandson Matthew Chavez; daughter-in-law Cindy Duran; brother Manuel Duran and sister Jenny Garcia.
A rosary will be recited by Josie and Matias Chavez at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2008, at St. Frances de Paula Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2008, at St. Frances de Paula Catholic Church with Father John Peterson, O.F.M., celebrant. Interment will follow at the Three Rivers Cemetery. Pallbearers include Lawrence Chavez, Steve Chavez, Alex Duran, Ray Sainz, Frankie Duran, Nash Kowatch, Chonies Sainz, Junior Duran and Matias Chavez.
Honorary pallbearers are the Fire Department-West Area, Frutoso Marrujo, Jim Baker, Bud Hightower, Arturo Arenas, Ben Misquez, Norval Bookout, Ralph Vigil, Fred Utter, Albert Telles, Lucas Carrillo, Paz Bentacur and Louie Montoya.
Family will greet friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 4/23/2008 - 5/8/2008.]

I E Eldridge
(1927 - 2010)
I.E. Eldridge, 83, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, in Alamogordo. The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News on February 23, 2010]

Millie Swearingen-Engel
(1939 - 2010)
Millie (Cross) Swearingen-Engel, 70, of Industry, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, in Alamogordo.
She was born on the second day of October 1939 to Dale C. Cross and Maudie E. Spradlin-Cross in Fulton County, Ill.
Millie married Lyle M. Swearingen on Nov. 2, 1958, at the United Methodist Church in Industry. They resided in Industry for 27 years and to this union of marriage three children were born, David (Newark, N.J.), John (Industry) and Lisa Patch (Alamogordo).
They owned and operated Swearingen Electric in Industry for many years before Lyle passed on July 1, 1986. Millie continued to own and operate Swearingen Electric until its closing in 1992.
Millie was united in marriage with Bill Engel on Jan. 1, 1989, in Springfield, Mo. They enjoyed retirement, traveling and visiting family.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Darlene Rose, her husband, Lyle, and stepson Jeff Engel.
She is survived by Bill, her husband of 21 years; two brothers, Bill (wife Linda) Cross, of Tucson, Ariz., and Larry (wife Shirley) Cross, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; son David Van Swearingen, grandson Jarrod and great-grandson Rahman, of Newark, N.J.; son John Swearingen (wife Tami), granddaughters Michelle Swearingen and great-grandson Jonathan, of Industry, Brittany (husband Steve) Cromer and great-grandson Landon, of Macomb, Ill., and grandson Dustin, of Industry; daughter Lisa Patch (husband Trent) and granddaughters Breckon, and great-grandsons Israel, Brighton and Brooklyn Patch, of Alamogordo; and stepsons Mike Engel (wife Wynn), of Orlando, Fla., and Kevin Engel, of Alpharetta, Ga.
She also leaves behind four sisters-in-law, Judy Conner (husband John) of Fort Myers, Fla.; Janet Sullivan (husband Mark) of Industry; Imogene (husband Al) Ansorge, of Baldwin, Mo.; and Loraine (husband Bobby) Bridges, of Stewartson, Ill.
Millie enjoyed family get-togethers and all loved her company and great cooking. She also enjoyed her day trip adventures with friends and gardening.
The visitation was held at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, Macomb, Ill., Monday, Feb. 8, 2010. Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at the Industry United Methodist Church. Pastor Robert Greene officiated. Burial took place at Industry Cemetery.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from March 1 to March 15, 2010]

Frances Louise Ervien
(1939 - 2010)
Frances (Nancy) Louise Ervien, of Alamogordo, passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010. Nancy was born in Sacramento, N.M., Dec. 7, 1939, to Velma and Bob Melton. She also resided in the Albuquerque area for many years.
Nancy enjoyed cooking, making jewelry and ceramics. She had worked as a care giver at Casa Arena Blanca.
She is survived by her children Natalie Ervien, of Alamogordo, Freda Baird, of Belen, Frankie Ervien and Christina, of Rio Rancho, and Fred Ervien and Kathy, of Placitas; grandchildren Daisha, Susan and Courtney; four brothers, Bill Melton and Carol, of Cortez, Colo., David Melton and Linda, of Las Cruces, Shearld Melton and Jan, of Roswell, and Bobby Melton and Sue, of Piñon, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Ervien; her parents Bob and Velma Melton; brothers Allen Melton and Randy Melton; and sisters Ruby Sipes, Pearl Napier, Juanita Bolton and Jean Tamosaitis.
Memorial services will be at the Boles Acres Baptist Church Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at 11 a.m.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from February 10 to February 24, 2010]

Claire M Feild
(1923 - 2010)
Claire Marie (Maisel) Feild, born Feb. 10, 1923, and died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. Her father, Nicholas James Maisel, and mother, Grace Beatrice Slagle, raised their family in Baltimore. She and her husband, Terry Trimble Feild, formally of Little Rock, Ark., were married for over 50 years when he passed in Arlington, Va., in 1996. She is survived by her daughter Carole Lynn and son-in-law Byron Clark.
Formerly a resident of Arlington, Claire moved to New Mexico in 2006 to be close to her family and for care, and is survived by Jane Talbot (niece) and her husband, Chuck Brink, of Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her brother William "Bill" Harrison Maisel and survived by her sister-in-law Donna Maisel, of Florida. Her other New Mexico family included sister-in-law Eleanor Jane Talbot Feild (passed 2004) and her husband, John David Dunlop (passed 2003), of Alamogordo. Other family members include nieces and nephews living in North Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona, Illinois, Texas and Arkansas.
She lived happily as an Army wife all over the world. She belonged as a lifelong member to the American Legion Auxiliary Post 139 in Arlington and the VFW John Lyon Post of Alexandria, Va. She was a graduate of Forest Park High School and Stratford College of Baltimore. She was employed for many years by the Personal Finance C. of Baltimore and employed in Tokyo with the Air Force Pacific Command (post World War II). Claire lived with her family on many Army posts in the United States as well as Japan, Germany, Austria and Greece. The family moved to Arlington with Col. Feild's final assignment at the Pentagon. Their lives then included retirement, travel, golf and the company of friends from all over the world. Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, March 4, 2010.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from March 1 to March 15, 2010]

Jose Armando Flores
(1956 - 2010)
Jose Armando Flores, 53, of Alamogordo, passed away Monday, March 1, 2010.
He was born Dec. 28, 1956, in Alamogordo to Enrique and Consuelo (Carabajal) Flores. He worked for almost 30 years at the High Speed Test Track.
He was preceded in death by his son Santiago Isaac Flores.
Survivors include his wife, Rosa Flores, of the family home; two daughters, Bernadine "Nina" and Victoria "Vicki" Flores; son Jose Armando Flores Jr.; special niece and nephew Monica Flores Bean and Juan Antonio Flores; brothers and sisters Enrique Flores, Antonio Flores, Adelaide Aragon, Fred Flores, Marcia Flores, Mary Lindstrom, Irma Gallegos and Mario Flores; brother-in-law Juan Delgado; and sister-in-law Angie Flores. He was known as "Uncle" to many nieces and nephews
The rosary will be recited at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, March 4, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church by his brother Fred Flores.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated following the rosary at 10 a.m. in the church with Fr. Bryant Hausfeld, O.F.M., as celebrant.
Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Enrique Flores, Antonio Flores, Fred Flores, Mario Flores, Juan Delgado, Jason Woods and Ernest Salazar.
The Flores family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from March 3 to March 17, 2010]

Sandra L Forrest
( - 2010)
God gives us no more than we can carry, and he lovingly lifted Sandra L. Forrest's burden on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, and has taken her home.
Sandra was the only child of, and was preceded in death by, her parents, Mildred and Roy Maddox, of Kansas City, Mo.
Sandra was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was cherished by her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband Peter C. Forrest; two daughters, Tracy Corbett and her two children, Shawn and Autumn, of the family home, and Whitney Beyer and her husband, Ray, and their daughters, Alyssa, Shelby and Kelsey, of Minot, N.D.; three sons, Christopher Berger and his wife, Brenda, and their three children, Colton, Josh and Sienna, of Raleigh, Miss., Phillip Berger and his wife, Mary Jane, of West Monroe, La., and Cole Forrest and his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Katelyn and Emily, of Alamogordo.
Sandra came to Alamogordo in 1963 and graced the community with her smile, cheerful personality and optimistic attitude. She accompanied her husband Peter to Alaska in 1982 and warmed the arctic north with her presence until she returned to Alamogordo in 1986 after her husband's retirement from the Air Force.
Back in Alamogordo, she threw herself into finding opportunities to make use of her skills and energy in the community. As a member of Immaculate Conception Church, she served the parish as a member of the fiesta committee and a manager of the Father Hay Thrift Store. She remained active as a Eucharistic minister at ICC until her physical condition no longer permitted participation.
Over the years, Sandy made many friends and touched the lives of countless others with her cheerful presence. When greeted and asked by someone how she was, her response was always a sunny, "Super. I'm just peachy!" She said it with a smile and mischievous twinkle in her green eyes.
Her pride and joy were her children and grandchildren. She loved and cherished each and every one, even if miles and her physical limitations separated them from her. She was a lover of animals, and supporter of human rights and environmental causes.
As a dedicated Democrat, she provided balance to her husband's Republican views that often resulted in humorous situations during elections. It wasn't unusual for opposing political signs to be displayed in the yard, leaving the mailman scratching his head and the neighbors bemused. Her children grew up and were encouraged by her to be independent in their views and thoughts. She succeeded and her children and husband are better for it.
Anyone who knew Sandy knew that she loved her pets and all manner of stray critters, putting their needs before her own without exception. Sandy forgot many things, but she never forgot to remind her husband to give the cats and dogs their snacks at bedtime. Sandy made sure a pet in her care was never skinny.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to all of Sandra's doctors, nurses and caregivers for their efforts. You gave Sandra precious time with us and for the support of her many friends. While our days may not be as bright without her, be assured that the next time we see her, everything will be "just super and peachy!"
A celebration sharing memories of Sandra's life will be hosted at the family home on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at 1 p.m.
The Forrest family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation has taken place locally at PCS.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 1/21/2010 - 2/10/2010]

Florence Ann Frazier
(1932 - 2010)
Mrs. Florence Ann Frazier, 77, passed away at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010. At the time of her passing to the Lord, Mrs. Frazier was surrounded by her loving family.
Florence Frazier was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 22, 1932, and moved to Alamogordo in 1948. In 1949 she met Frank Frazier, who was a sergeant stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, at a July 4 picnic at White Sands. They married on Oct. 17, 1949, and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The Fraziers have resided in the family home on Hendrix Avenue for 51 years.
Mrs. Frazier was a homemaker but also worked at the Medical Arts Pharmacy and was a manager of Mr. Swiss ice cream parlor. For 10 years she operated a popular children's day care center out of the family home. Mrs. Frazier was also a member of the Junior Women's Club in the late 1960s. While a member of that organization, Mrs. Frazier annually ran the Junior Women's Club Otero County Fair booth with the goal of raising money for local college scholarships.
Florence was a talented seamstress and cook. She also enjoyed collecting vintage tea cup sets, especially from England and Ireland. Mrs. Frazier also enjoyed the many auto trips she and Frank took to Laughlin and Las Vegas. During one of those visits she was thrilled to meet her favorite movie star, Debbie Reynolds. She also received a hug from Frankie Avalon during another such vacation.
Florence Frazier will be fondly remembered for her sense of humor, fun-loving nature and unwavering love and support for her family. Mrs. Frazier was a strong, steady woman who was very brave, particularly during her battles with cancer. She gladly helped anyone in need but rarely asked anything of anyone. Mrs. Frazier was content in life and very much enjoyed simple pleasures. And she was very proud of the accomplishments of her husband and children, all of whom attended college. Florence will be sorely missed by all who knew this remarkable and precious wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Mrs. Frazier is survived by her husband, Frank, of the family home. She is also survived by four children, Beverly Haggard, of Hatch, N.M.; Kenneth Frazier (Lisa), of Albuquerque, N.M.; Dr. Donald Frazier, of Tularosa, N.M.; (Debbie) and Marlene Fischer (and son-in-law Gerry), of Las Vegas, Nev. Survivors also include a granddaughter, Michelle Vessel (Mike) and great-grandsons Aidan and Brennan, of Huntsville, Ala.; three grandsons, Casey Haggard and Andrew Haggard, of Las Cruces, N.M., and Joel Frazier, of Albuquerque, N.M.; and a sister-in-law, Virginia Preshaw, of Vancouver, Wash. Mrs. Frazier is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
She is also survived by her lifelong best friend, Carla Vaughn, of Monrovia, Calif. Florence also was survived by her great friends and travel pals, Rosie and Roy Holmes.
Mrs. Frazier was a member of the "Lunch Bunch," a group of good friends (Edna, Millie, Trudy) who met monthly at local restaurants for over 20 years.
Mrs. Frazier was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Doris Preshaw (Alamogordo, N.M.); a sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Boyd Siroky (Little Rock, Calif.); a brother, Earl Preshaw (Vancouver, Wash.); and a son-in-law, Gary Haggard (Hatch, N.M.).
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the Hamilton-O'Dell chapel with Chuck Moon officiating. Interment will take place at Monte Vista Cemetery immediately following the memorial service.
The family will greet friends prior to the service at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
[Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 1/26/2010 - 2/10/2010]

Willie Juanice Frizzell
(1925 - 2004)
Lifelong Otero County resident
Juanice Frizzell, 79, born Willie Juanice Parker on August 9, 1925, to John L. Parker and Leah Posey Parker in Mayhill, New Mexico, departed this world for her journey to God’s Garden on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at Mountain View Medical Center in Las Cruces.
Juanice attended primary school in Elk and Mayhill and graduated from Cloudcroft High School in 1943. The following day in High Rolls, she wed William Aris Frizzell who would be her life long companion. Juanice was an active member of the county and loved to coordinate community events. She was a lifelong member of FCE (Homemakers Extension Club) and a lifelong member of the Mayhill Extension Club. She was active in 4-H as a home arts leader. She served many years on the Board of Directors for the Mayhill Community center and was a member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband of sixty-one years, William Aris Frizzell of the family home; two daughters, Hilda F. Bain of Mayhill, and Teresa Wagner and her husband Brad of Victoria, Texas, a son, Gerald Frizzell of Jacksonville, North Carolina; seven grandsons, Leland Bain, and his wife Lee Ann of Alamogordo, John Bain of Carlsbad, Jason Frizzell, Erin Frizzell, Cameron Frizzell and Justin Frizzell, all of Maryland and Ryan McGough of Victoria, Texas; two great granddaughters, Leah Bain and Lauren Bain both of Alamogordo and her lifelong friend, confidant and cousin, John Posey of Alamogordo. As an only child, Juanice felt John was the brother she never had.
Juanice was preceded in death by her parents, John L. And Leah Parker, and by infant grandsons, Robert Michael McGough and Eric William McGough.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10 A.m. in the Hamilton-O’Dell Chapel with Eddie Coleman officiating.
Interment services will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the Mayhill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John Posey, John Bain, Leland Bain, Bill Leonard, Lynn Salyer, and Jerry Ritter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Warren Bain, Ryan McGough, Jake Potter, Don Bennett, Jim Robinson, Lincoln Cox, Jesse Bates, Dub Cox and Ivon Curtis.
Friends may call this evening from 5 till 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O’Dell Funeral Home.
[Retyped from obit in Alamogordo Daily News, Oct. 1, 2004, by Elaine Watson]

Mamie Frizzell
(1893 - 1986)
Services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Mayhill Church of Christ for Mamie Frizzell, 93 of Mayhill. Frizzell was a longtime resident of Mayhill and died Thursday morning in Carlsbad. She was born March 11, 1893 in James Canyon. She was reared in Mayhill prior to moving to Carlsbad in 1950. She is survived by three daughters, Eva Grice of Lovington, Thelma Samford of Mayhill and Lora Biggs of Carlsbad; as well as one son, Aris Frizzell of Mayhill. She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Willie) Hardin Frizzell and one daughter, (Little) Ara Irue. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers named for the services were her grandsons, Marty Biggs, Gerald Frizzell, Eugene McGough, Leonard Scott, Bill Stanbrough, Fred Griffin, Bob Brown, Norman Miller and Warren Bain. Honorary pallbearers include Benny Fleming, Williard Watson, Hilliard Watson, E. J. Brantley, Elmer Curtis, Veolan Curtis, Ivan Curtis, Preston Brantley and Alvey Brantley.
Frizzell’s grandsons, James Summers and Dwain Canda will officiate at the services. Interment will follow at the James Canyon Cemetery.
[Retyped from obit in Alamogordo Daily News by Elaine Watson. Services were March 25, 1986.]

William A Frizzell
(1924 - 2011)
William A. Frizzell, 86, passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Alamogordo. He was born Oct. 25, 1924, in Mayhill to Willie Hardin and Mamie Lue (Brantley) Frizzell.
Mr. Frizzell married Willie Juanice Parker on May 15, 1943 in High Rolls. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1945 to 1947. He worked in the potash mines in Carlsbad until 1959. He returned home to Mayhill, where he farmed and ranched.
He retired from the U. S. Forest Service after 30 years. He was a member of the Cloudcroft Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Juanice; and two grandsons, Robert Michael McGough and Eric William McGough.
Survivors include his sister Lora Biggs; his children Hilda Bain, of Mayhill, Gerald Frizzell of Jacksonville, N.C. and Teresa Wagner, of Victoria, Texas.
Mr. Frizzell is also survived by his grandchildren Leland Bain (LeeAnn), John Bain (Melissa), Jason Frizzell and Ryan McGough; great grandchildren, Leah Bain Huddleston, Lauren Bain and Bryce Bain; great-great-grandchild Caden Griffin; and numerous nieces and their families.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at Cloudcroft Church of Christ with Eddie Coleman officiating.
Pallbearers include Leland Bain, John Bain, John Posey, Bill Leonard, Dub Cox and Bob Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Ritter, Brad Wagner, Ryan McGough, Johnny Watson, Jim Robinson and Wesley Lane.
Interment will follow at Mayhill Cemetery.
A fellowship meal and memorial will follow the burial at the Mayhill Community Center.
The Frizzell family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O’Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 3 to Oct 4, 2011 - Retyped by Elaine Watson]

Bryan Austin Fuller
(1962 - 2005)
Bryan Austin Fuller, 43
Loved by all
Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006 at Calvary Baptist Church, Roswell for Bryan Austin Fuller, 43, of Roswell, who passed away Dec. 30, 2005. Rev. Joseph Tillery of Artesia, N.M., will officiate.
Bryan was born on Oct. 18, 1962, in Mt. Vernon, Wash., to Charles Phillip Fuller and Lois Ann Bonnell Fuller. Both parents survive him.
He married Paula Kay Bell on Sept. 17, 1988 in Cloudcroft. He is survived by his wife, Paula, and their two children, Makayela and Dustin.
Other survivors are brothers Wesley Fuller and wife Connie, of Carlsbad, and Gaylon Fuller and wife Lacee, of Artesia; a sister, Laura Smalls, of Las Cruces; grandmothers Ethel E. Fuller, of La Luz, and Bessie Bonnell, of La Luz; also several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by a sister, Annell Fuller; grandfathers Charles William Fuller and Donald Bonnell; an aunt, Deidre Mae Fuller; and an uncle, Melvin Bonnell.
Bryan attended Cloudcroft Public Schools. He received his bachelor of arts and master of education degrees from New Mexico State University. Bryan was employed by Roswell Independent School District for 14 years at Roswell High School. He was vocational department head, agricultural instructor, FFA advisor. He served on the Eastern New Mexico Fair Board and was the vocational superintendent of the fair. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church where he enjoyed serving as auctioneer for the Lottie Moon Christmas craft fair. Bryan was a champion fiddler and a judge of fiddle contests throughout the Southwest. He was admired by all of his students, loved deeply by all of his family and friends. Bryan was a devoted husband, father, and son. He will be greatly missed.
Honorary pall bearers are Wesley Fuller, Chan Peters, Gaylon Fuller, Kevin Bell, Olin James, Hyram Posey, Junior Daugherty, and all past and present Roswell High FFA students.
[Alamogordo Daily News Jan., 2006 - Retyped by Andrew Lee Bristol.]

Harold Junior Fuller
(1940 - 2010)
Harold Junior Fuller, 69, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2010, at his home.
Mr. Fuller was born May 26, 1940, in Pine Valley, Okla., to John Henry and Cora (Essman) Fuller.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Blanche Irene Draper, Irma Lee Atkins and her husband, Charley, and Dorothy Juanita Brewer; brothers Haril "Bud" Fuller and Kenneth Fuller; a stepdaughter, Evelyn Andersen Alexander; his first wife, Virginia Foster Fuller; and mother-in-law Theo B. Adams.
Harold is survived by his wife, Peggy Adams Andersen Fuller, of the family home; sons Pete T. Fuller, of Rock Springs, Wyo., and William Stacey and his wife, of Canaan, Vt.; stepsons Richard Andersen, of Magalia, Calif., and Robert Andersen and his wife, Sandy, of Napa, Calif.; daughters LaDonna Lambarena and her husband, Francisco, Elizabeth Fuller, Gail Echels and her husband, Jerod, all of Porterville, Calif; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Clotha and her husband, Jesse Hudman, of Alamogordo, who raised him after the death of his mother; brother Jimmy Fuller, of Porterville; special nieces, raised as his sisters, Viola Hudman Martin and her husband, Harold, Janet Hudman Derrick and her husband, Donald, and Wanda Hudman Shockey and her husband, "Pete," who has preceded her in death; numerous nieces and nephews scattered from California to Arkansas; and sisters-in-law Edna Fuller and Carolyn Fuller.
Also surviving are children that should have been theirs, Tim and Kim Urr, of Alaska, Linda and Jimmy Nyberg, and Nikki and Matt Williams, all of Colorado; dear friends Jackie and Denny, George and Carmen, Barry and Doreen of Alaska; also dear friends Kay Gorby and sons Cory and his wife, Poco, Allen and his wife, Tracy, Barbara McCall, Gordon and Peggy Blanchard, John and Cathy Jenkins, Jeff and Cathy Gillen, Glenn and LaVonne Davis; and all boat salesmen from Alamogordo to Alaska.
Harold was happiest when he was hauling in a halibut or salmon, telling tall tales (some folks called them outright lies). When he came back to port, the fish got a lot bigger. Harold was blessed because of all his traveling and being able to see his children and family. Our son Robert made a lot of his traveling, fishing and hunting special.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at First Assembly Worship Center with Pastor David Crispin officiating.
The Fuller family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
[Published in Alamogordo Daily News from April 5 to April 8, 2010]

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