Obituaries March 10, 2006

Harold “Tex” Darrow

Services: No services were held

Harold “Tex” Darrow of Santa Cruz, Calif., died Feb. 25, 2006, in Santa Cruz, Calif.

A Shamrock, Texas, native, he lived in Santa Cruz, Calif., for more than 50 years. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Yorktown in the Pacific during the Korean War. A member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, he was a letter carrier in Santa Cruz for 34 years, working mainly in the Ocean and Market streets areas. He was a member of the Santa Cruz Elks Club, the National Rifle Association and the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project. Family members said he enjoyed gardening at his plots at Trescony Park Gardens, as well as fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shilah Miller.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lois of Santa Cruz; a brother, Dennis Dean Darrow of Portales; one grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to a favorite charity.

Arrangements were by Santa Cruz Memorial Chapel.

Peggy Whomans

Services: No services are scheduled at this time

Peggy Whomans, 81, died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at her residence in Portales.

Born July 11, 1924, in Salisbury, N.C., she was the daughter of Louise and Max Moorefield. She grew up in North Carolina and attended Catawaba College in Salisbury, then moved to New York City and taught dance at the Arthur Murray Studio for many years. She moved back to Salisbury and opened a private dance studio that she operated for 20 years. In 1968, she retired and moved to Alamagordo. Family members said she enjoyed art and crafts, traveling, camping and especially spending time in Timberon.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Dorothy McLean.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Max and Diane Pastor, and two grandchildren, Anthony James Pastor and Ryane Anderson Pastor, all of Portales.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Nell Musick

Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, Portales Cemetery.

Nell Musick, 93, of Portales, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at her home.

She was born Nov. 19, 1912, in Inez to Laura and Tom Mullins.

A 1930 graduate of Rogers High School, she married Bill Musick on March 14, 1932, in Inez. She and her husband farmed and ranched in Rogers and Dora until he died. In 1965, she moved to Portales to make her home.

For several years, she was employed at the Portales Drug Store. She was a member of Third and Kilgore Church of Christ. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting, as well as cooking for her family and doing yard work, family members said. For a number of years, she was a member of the Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary. Family members said she prided herself on being very well groomed and immaculately dressed. She was well known for her auburn hair that was always perfectly combed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, who died June 3, 1963; two brothers, Dooley and Ray Mullins; and a sister, Esther Mullins Troxiler.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Musick (and wife Mozelle) of Rogers and Leon Musick (Denise) of Dora; grandchildren Danny Mike Musick of Las Cruces, Gregory Lewis Musick of Seattle, Billy Frank Musick of Amarillo, Trina Marcell Morris (and Mike) of Clovis and Vicki Micheal Musick of Portales; two sisters, Polly Vistalli of Roseville, Calif., and Wilma Ferrell (Jake) of Portales, and several nieces and nephews.

Scott P. Reeves will officiate. Graveside services will be held.

Pablo Pena, Jimmy Neal Richards, Chuck Neece, Bobby Gresham, Greg Musick and Billy Musick will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Virginia Pena, Erma Pennington, Jimmy Mullin, Darrell Mullins, James Farrell, Danny Musick, Don Mosher, Bill Evans and Vista Care Hospice workers.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Mary M. Podsiadlik

Services: No services are scheduled at this time

Mary M. Podsiadlik, 51, of Clovis died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born Oct. 28, 1954, in Buffalo, N.Y.

She grew up in Buffalo, and in 1986 graduated from Kelsey Jenny Business College in San Diego. On June 12, 1988, in Las Vegas, Nev., she married Paul M. Podsiadlik. She was chief financial officer for Kelsey Jenny Business College and also taught math and computer science. She later managed properties for a short time. For the past six years, she owned and operated a candle-making business. Family members said she enjoyed writing cookbooks, watching cooking shows and spending time with her husband.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of Clovis.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.


“Maydene” Porter Golden

Services: Have taken place

Thelma “Maydene” Porter Golden, 68, died Sunday, March 5, 2006, in DeSoto, Texas.

She was born Sept. 4, 1937, to Alford P. Porter and Euna Nonnie O’Dell. She married Price Dowell Golden on April 14, 1961, in Rylie, Texas.

She was a retired employee of Alcott U.S.A.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Henry C. Porter and Dalton Ray Porter.

She is survived by her husband; a son, Dowell Lynn Golden (and wife Stacy); her daughters Cheryl K. Hunt (Trent) and Elizabeth A. Norton (Kenny); a brother, Jesse Porter (Mildred) of Portales; a sister, Carolyn Harris (John) of Muleshoe; sisters-in-law Katherine Porter of Lovington and Marie Porter of Roswell; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Jerry and Carla Golden, Charles and Pat Golden, Carole Golden, and Donny and Nonny Stevall.