6/5 Births, Engagements, Organizations

Births
Wilbanks
Jason and Lisa Wilbanks of Portales are the parents of a 6-pound 11-ounce girl born on May 17, 2005 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
Emily Brooke Wilbanks has 2 sisters; Jacelyn, 5, and Lauryn, 2.
Grandparents are John and Crystal Pritchett and Carol Banks of Portales, and Jim and Marie Wilbanks of Siloam Springs, Ark. and Ned and Patty Banks of Ozawkie, Kans.
Great-grandparents are Christine Pritchett of Mineral Wells, Texas and Paul and Martha Wilbanks of Defuniak Springs, Fla.

Mathis
Dennis and Amy Mathis of Artesia are the parents of a 7-pound, 1-ounce boy born on April 23, 2005, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell.
Jeremiah Daniel Mathis has a late brother, Jacob Logan, and a sister, Ashley Dawn Renee .
Grandparents are Cameron and Dawn Ridenour and Bob and Pat Mathis, all of Portales.
Great-grandparents are George and Romota Ridenour and Donald and Ruth Ann Kelley, all of Bellville, Ohio; Howard and Ruth Compton of Mansfield, Ohio, and Alger Risner, of Greenwich, Ohio.

Engagements
Pearson/Richards
Hank and Henriette Pearson of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Hannah Pearson of Portales to Jacob Richards, of Portales, son of Russell and Deloris Richards of Portales.
The couple will exchange vows June 11, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. at the home of the bride’s grandparents, Larry and Dorothy Torrez, in Hondo Valley with the reception there also.
The bride-elect is a 2003 graduate of Faith Temple Christian School and she is now employed there also.
The prospective groom is a 2001 graduate of FTCS and he is now self-employed.
The ceremony and reception are open to friends and relatives.

Organizations
United Daughters of the Confederacy
The Ellen W. Jones Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held their annual Memorial Day observance at the UDC circle at the Portales Cemetery on May 30. The flag bearers, Dennis Darrow, Wayne Mize, and Joe Terry presented the American, Confederate, and New Mexico flags. Karen Allen led the pledges and salutes to the flags. The president, Janelle Foster gave the welcome. Jane Hilliard gave the Invocation. “Dixie” was sung by the group while Vicki Marshall presented the wreath. The roll call of remembrance was given by Laura Nelson while Sassha Foster and Steven Dement placed confederate flags around the circle.
Janelle Foster introduced the speaker, Mr. John Pittssenberger of Las Cruces. He told of “The Southern Cross of Honor” and of his ancestors and how they served their country. He had made and presented a Texas flag to Jane Hilliard in honor of her ancestor, James Lemon Miller who served in the 19th Texas Cavalry. A memorial stone was placed in the circle by the Hilliard family and dedicated in January in honor of Mr. Miller. Mr. Pittsenberger also presented a beautiful flag for the Ellen W. Jones Chapter to the president. The speaker is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and had a vast display of medals and flags. Joyce Locke led a responsive reading from Psalms 27. The Benediction was given by Nena Stratton. Taps was played and the ceremony.
Locke, Vicki Marshall and Nena Stratton were hostesses. The tables were decorated in a patriotic theme and favors. The group will meet again in September.
Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary
The May 18 meeting of the Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary met in the Conference Room of the Hospital at 10 a.m. The meeting opened with President Sid Phillips reading the Auxiliary prayer. Janie Bartel, secretary, read the minutes of the April 13 meeting. Wanda Martinez, treasurer, gave the financial report.
President Phillips thanked all members who assisted and attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the ENM Medical Center (additions to the Doctors’ offices) on April 22. The Hospital had a special tea honoring the Auxiliary for its volunteer work later that day.
The Auxiliary gave the ENM Medical Center a sign that is on the front door to the Center. Amanda Arredondo was given another grant in aid assistance for the fall semester in her pursuit of a nursing degree at the Clovis Community College.
James D’Agostino, director of RGH, addressed the ladies about happenings in the hospital, i.e. two doctors moving to Portales in August. Bert Wofford will be working with Dr. Alexander in his office this summer.
New pins awarded for cumulative hours went to Shirley Alexander, Donna Justus, Lucille King, Janie Bartel, Billie Raether, and George Lees for 100 hours; Jane Dykes, Wanda Martinez, and Audrey Davis for 500 hours; and Genevieve Potts for 2,000 hours. Potts was honored with a plaque recently for her many contributions to the association and public service.
Madeen Casey and Juanita Jones were honored for 4,000 hours, Irene Martin for 6,000 hours and Pat Wood with 6,500 hours. And last, but the most hours was Ruth Weems with 14,000 hours.
The next meeting of the auxiliary will be a potluck dinner at Golden Acres in September.