Feb. 7, 2006 Obituaries

Elrie Capps Services: 10 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Portales. Elrie Capps, 94, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born to Alice and Will Ray on April 5, 1911, in Rockdale, Texas. When she was 12 years old the family moved to New Home, Texas, […]

Perhaps our best technology is really Airmen on the phones

Janet Taylor-Birkey “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” is something I’ve repeated often since coming to work for the Mach Meter. And much like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, I have been trying to figure out exactly where this whirlwind has landed me and which yellow brick road to take. The first thing that […]

Obits (Dec. 15)

Carol Barela Services: 7 p.m. today at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Carol Barela, 41, of Portales, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at her home in Portales. She was born Sept. 22, 1964, in Portales, to Aurelia and Frank Barela. She grew up in Portales and graduated from high school in 1982. She worked […]

Military deployment causes heartache at holidays

By Marlena Hartz There is a short pause at the end of the answering machine message. And then an outpouring. “Um. Hi Dad,” a child begins. It is the voice of 9-year-old Victoria Garza. “If this is you, we hope that you will be safe. … And, we love you so much,” Victoria says, passing […]

Neville Obituary (Nov. 13)

Velma Neville Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel. Velma Neville, 93, of Portales died Friday, Nov. 11, 2005 at her home. She was born Jan. 8, 1912, in Spur, Texas, to Edna Mae and T.F. Danforth. Her family homesteaded near Lingo when she was in her early teens and she attended school at […]

Parents forming local bereavement support group

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers She keeps his tiny, blue socks in a plastic container on a closet shelf. They are buried in a bag with clothes he wore — a Dalmatian print outfit his grandmother had hand-sewed along with a striped baseball jumper and matching hat. “It still holds the shape of his little […]

Nice people keep native Romanian in Portales

Compiled by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Name: Anca Traian Job: ACH (Automated Clearinghouse) Coordinator Age: (and Birth Date): 27 years old, 12/09/1977 Hometown: Galati, Romania Family: I am the only child, I know I am spoiled. As a child, I was so bad and I cried so loud that my parents were scared and decided […]

God looked out for Bettie Miller

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A former school librarian has self-published a book of memories and poetry that captures the area’s history through her life story, from her days climbing trees and learning to drive, to a painful divorce and crippling stroke. At age 79, Bettie Gerber Miller – once considered the “poetry laureate” at […]

Sept. 29 Obituaries

Margaret Lindstedt Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Margaret Lindstedt, 52, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Oct. 19, 1952, in McAlester, Okla. to Billie Imogene and Ray Goddard. She grew up in McAlester, Okla. and Portales. She worked as manager for […]

9-20 Obituaries

Ruth Greathouse Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Ruth Dolores Strebeck Greathouse, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. She was born Jan. 15, 1924, in Newton County, Miss. She moved to Artesia at the age of 10 […]

8-28 Obituaries

Mildred Prince, 90 Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel Mrs. Mildred Prince, 90, of Portales died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born July 8, 1915, in Tucumcari to Lily Mae and Virgil V. Simmerly. She grew up in Missouri and Tucumcari, where she graduated from high school […]

Bowl-ed over: wife tells husband’s story

By Marc Schoder Karen Alexander, a reading specialist from Portales is scheduled to have a short story about her husband, Portales physician Dr. Lonnie Alexander, and his experiences growing up. The book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Creating a Better World” is scheduled to hit bookshelves Aug. 23 according to an e-mail from Bradley Winch, […]

Bad …to the bone

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Kay Stanton is not your typical biker chick. She’s 52 and has been a school teacher in Farwell for 25 years. She’s been riding for almost 10 years after getting into the sport with her husband, Joe. With he on his Harley and she on her bright yellow Honda trike, […]

May 31 Obituaries

Helen Paschke Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Clovis Helen Paschke, 80, died Saturday, May 28, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Aug. 19, 1924, to Lucy Mae and Grover Burton, in Spencer, N.C. Paschke graduated from high school in 1941 in Spencer, N.C. She went attended […]

Shults was congenial and graceful

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Maybelle Shults was a woman of congeniality and grace in her younger days. She enjoyed serving others and coordinating parties for her family and friends. In her late 60’s, Shults developed Alzheimer’s, which brought a domino effect of change to her life and to those who loved her. Maybelle Shults […]

Bill to provide job protection for family members

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers It was a ladder and a light bulb that most recently reminded Bethany Hiller of the man who is missing in her life — her husband, a Cannon Air Force Base senior airman deployed Kyrgzstan in central Asia. “It’s the little things that you take for granted,” said 22-year-old Hiller, […]

4/22 Obituaries

Matilde Santamarina, 81 Services: 4:30 p.m. Monday at Portales Cemetery. Mrs. Matilde Labandera Santamarina, 81, of Bethlehem, Pa., died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. She was born on April 6, 1924, in Cuba, to Maria and Jose Labandera. She grew up in Cuba, where she attended school. She married Everardo […]

Police on lookout for scams

By Leslie Radford An alleged scam artist is behind bars and Clovis police are looking for her husband, whom they describe as an accomplice. Police said Cynthia Flores of Clovis was arrested on Friday afternoon. She is being held on $25,500-cash only bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center and faces forgery and fraud […]

4/15 Obituaries

Betty Hill, 61 Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Portales Cemetery. Betty Maye Hill, 61, of Deming, died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at Mimbres Memorial Care and Rehabilitation Center in Deming. She was born on March 24, 1944, in Long Beach, Calif., to William R. and Ella Maye Stephen. She and her husband moved to Deming […]

Infant taught parents about meaning of life

By Laurie Stone: PNT correspondent Susanna Hope Jilek, family members said, was proof that one life, no matter how short, can make a difference in others. Susanna died Feb. 26, 2005 in her home of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) at four and-a-half months old. According to family members, little Susanna was marked with perfection […]