Published: Saturday, February 25th, 2006
Tommy Montoya, 59 Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales Mr. Tommy Montoya, 59, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at his residence in Portales. He was born Dec. 5, 1946, Las Vegas, N.M., to Margaret and Arsenio Montoya. He grew up in Las Vegas and moved to Portales as a teenager. He married Alice Saiz on July 3, 1970, in Portales. He served in the U.S. National Guard for 22 years and worked for the Portales Public Schools for 27 years before retiring in 2002. Family members said he enjoyed visiting casinos, playing poker and was an avid reader. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ernest Montoya; and a sister, Lucille Gutierrez. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Michael Saiz of San Antonio, Texas, and T. Mark Montoya (and wife, Katy) of Flagstaff, Ariz.; six brothers, Arsenio Montoya Jr., David Montoya (Cecilia), Robert Montoya (Lupe) and Joe Montoya, all of Portales, Rudy Montoya (Imelda) of Odessa, Texas, and Miguel Montoya (and fiancée, Priscilla) of Albuquerque; four sisters, Gloria Archuleta (Manuel) and Mary Lou Lucero (Jake), all of Las Vegas, N.M., Beatrice Lopez (Jake) of Portales and Geraldine (David) Gallegos of Rio Rancho; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Father James McGowan will be the celebrant. Burial is at Portales Cemetery. A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Helen Catholic Church Pallbearers will be his godchildren, Viola Gonzales, Daniel Saiz, Sammy Montoya, Victor Lopez Jr., Rudy Montoya Jr., Sonia Hernandez, David Lucero and Alvi Baca. Honorary pallbearers will be all family members and friends. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Janie Lou Deen, 84 Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Portales Cemetery Mrs. Janie Lou Deen, 84, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Sunset Villa in Roswell. She was born Oct. 16, 1921, in Lubbock to Rosa Lorina and Joseph Arthur Akens. Her family moved to the Portales area when she was young. She married C.B. Waide in 1938. He died in 1947. She was married to Ulis Deen on July 21, 1950, in Quemada. For several years they lived in Tucumcari, and then in 1969 moved to Black, Texas, where she became the postmaster. In 1986, shortly after the death of her second husband, she moved to Hamlin, Texas, where he son was living. She moved to Hobbs with his family in 1992. The family moved her to Sunset Villa in Roswell in 2003. When she was in better health she enjoyed crocheting, doing ceramics, oil painting, growing roses and gardening vegetables, family members said. The said she always had a smile. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Halford Akens; two sisters, Wilma Sparks, and Clovie Martin; and by her husbands. She is survived by her three sons, James Waide (and wife, Claudia) of Roswell; C.B. Waide (Rosemary) of Gunnison, Colo.; and Larry Deen (Karen) of Hobbs; three daughters, Loretta Armstrong (Don) of San Diego, Calif., Sylvia Allen (Ardist) of Roswell and Connie Allen (Henry) of Carlsbad; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Roland Akens of Clovis. The Rev. Jeff Messer will officiate services. Honorary pallbearers will be Craig, Brian and Chad Waide, Shawn, Cody and Todd Allen, Ron Karr, Dusty, A.J. and Briar Deen. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Vista Care Hospice or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary in Portales. Roma E. McCoy, 92 Services: 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Portales. Mrs. Roma E. McCoy, 92, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Bixby Manor Nursing Home in Broken Arrow, Okla. She was born Oct. 7, 1913, in Jack County, Texas, to Eva Ford and Lennie Newkirk. She married Carl Willis McCoy in Amarillo. He died in 1987. She was a homemaker and operated childcare services from her home. She moved to Broken Arrow, Okla. in 1995. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Family members said she enjoyed embroidery, taking care of children and was an avid reader. She was preceded in death by her parents; several brothers and sisters; a grandson, Lyndell; and her husband. She is survived by a son, Carl McCoy (and wife, Marilyn) of Portales; five daughters, Eva Sills (Bob) of Broken Arrow, Okla., Carlene Blizel (David) of Fort Worth, Texas, Shirley Allen (T.J.) of North Richland Hills, Texas, Mikey Foster (David) of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Pam Preston (Tommy) of Portales; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother Rex Newkirk of Grand Junction, Colo.; and two sisters, Elsie Hollabaugh of Tyler, Texas, and Lennie Raymond of Shamrock, Texas. The Revs. Kenneth Dunsworth and Winston Berry will officiate services. Additional services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Okla. Pastor Nick Garland will officiate. Burial will be at Portales Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday until 8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary. The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund in Broken Arrow, Okla., or to the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
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