Memorializing Mireya

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer She loved lipstick, Bratz dolls and sunglasses. She voluntarily completed household chores. She loved to help others. Family and friends of 7-year-old Mireya Zapata Rascon shared stories about her too-short life on Saturday, mostly remembering her smile and charisma. “She was very vibrant, very electrifying. There was never a […]

County residents remember Carmichael

By Sharna Johnson Hers was a well-known face in the town of Dora. Those who knew her describe a driven, dedicated woman who put the welfare of others before her own. Ella “Charlie” Carmichael, mother of four, made Dora her life. A Roosevelt County resident for about 65 years, she relocated from Causey to Portales […]

Stewart’s life of civic pride celebrated

By Marlena Hartz He is the commander of more than 1,000 aircraft and the leader of more than 100,000 men. But Thursday at the memorial service of Ernest “Doc” Stewart, he simply mourned the loss of a friend. On bended knee, Gen. Ronald Keys gently handed Stewart’s wife a meticulously folded American flag. It was […]

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 […]

Greg Brown Life Story

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Greg Brown gave his life to the people that he met, becoming a beacon of friendship to them. His life ended on a sad note but it was his love for people that has left behind a legacy in the hearts of those that were affected by the purity of […]

Jan. 5 Obituaries

Mary Norris, 57 Mary Louise Norris, 57, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at Timpanogos Hospital in Orem, Utah. She was born Sept. 28, 1947 to Lyle and Jean Norris in Las Vegas. She graduated from high school at Johnson Air Base in Japan, and was a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. She […]

Swaim had generous nature

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Teresa Swain had cheerful outlook on life regardless of what situation presented itself. Family members said she enjoyed crafts, cross-stitching, growing flowers, and cooking — manicotti and enchiladas were her favorite. K.P. Jaquess, Swain’s grandfather, said she loved a crowd, which is one reason why she loved her job in […]

Zahn had fun approach to life, family

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Dorothy Zahn was a woman that loved to live. With a fun demeanor, she attracted others with her temperament of friendliness and availability. Zahn was actively involved in her children’s lives as a volunteer chaperone. Debbie Welch, Zahn’s daughter, said she felt fortunate to have a mother like Zahn. “On […]

A thank you to our military and veterans

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist I would like to say thank you to our military veterans. In a time of national crisis you have always given your all. Your lives have been interrupted. You have been separated from your loved ones. Who among us can know your pain, your loneliness and your willingness to […]

Sept. 16 Obituaries

Billie Selman, 70 Mrs. Billie Evelyn Marie Sanders Selman, 70, of Clovis, a housewife, mother and certified nursing assistant, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at her home. She was born on March 29, 1934, in Clovis, to Robert Burdette and Dora Marie Bryson Higgins. She married W.A. Sanders at a young age. She married Donald […]

Remember grandparents on Sunday

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Grandparents are special blessings. Some of my most treasured memories are those of “Granny and Granddaddy.” Their influence upon my life remains today. Granny’s singing filled every facet of her life. She sang while cooking, gardening, churning butter, quilting, rocking her grandchildren and much more. She sang praises to […]

Dendy was a traveling man

By Kevin Wilson Ed Dendy loved his family, he loved to fish and he loved to travel. “He was hard-working. He traveled a lot,” said his daughter, Judy Privett. “He was always on the road, either traveling salesman or a truck driver.” With thousands of travel miles logged in throughout his 80 years, Dendy helped […]

Villanueva seen as shining star by family

By Helena Rodriguez Pedro “Pete” Villanueva was the glue that stuck his family together, the backbone, the shining star. He was the special angel who left a void, a big space in the hearts of all those whose lives he touched. This is how Rosalie Pacheco of Portales and Arthur Villanueva of West Jordan, Utah, […]

Lifelong teacher bids for award

By Tony Parra Jane Lee devoted her life to teaching and has lived in Portales since 1932. These are some of the reasons Lee was nominated as a Pioneer of the Year award recipients, which will be given out on Friday at the Pioneer reception at the Memorial Building. Lee moved to Portales in 1932 […]

June 13 Obituaries

Pedro Villanueva, 48 Mr. Pedro Olando (Pete) Villanueva, 48, of Portales, died Thursday evening, June 10, 2004, at Laurel Plains Healthcare Center in Clovis. He was born on Nov. 22, 1955, in Villanueva to Mella and Alfonso Villanueva. The Villanueva family moved to Portales in 1959. Pete attended the Portales schools and graduated from Portales […]

Luker enjoyed outdoors, family

By Helena Rodriguez When Billie Tollett’s mother passed away in 1979, Mary Edna Luker told her, “Well, I’ll just be your mommy for you.” And from that day on, Tollett referred to Luker as her mother, someone she would go to for advice. When it came to Luker’s own children, her two daughters also counted […]

Let Jesus’ love resurrect in you

Joan Clayton Have you ever thought about how this world would be had Jesus not been born? I shudder to think about it. Imagine a world of no absolutes, without any standards of right or wrong. Mankind has always had a sin problem, but we do have a choice and a wrong choice brings bondage, […]

Inge found time to listen to family’s problems

By Tony Parra Ida Lou Inge took care of her only daughter. She was the brains of the family and although a bashful, modest person, she still loved being around people. “She didn’t like to talk, but she was a great listener,” Pamela Inge, her daughter, said. “She loved people. She listened to me when […]

Jolly man rejoiced with gossip group

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com He was a high-spirited man who liked nothing better than to hang out on the porch for a good conversation with his friends. “He was a jolly man who used to slap his knee when he talked to his friends,” Cecil Faye Watkins, friend and neighbor, […]

Obits 10-28

Kathleen Betts, 69 Kathleen Betts, 69, of Portales, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Sept. 7, 1934, in Birmingham, Ala., to Miss Sallie Mae Campbell. She grew up in Smyrna, Tenn., where she attended schools. She married Charles William Betts on May 27, 1955, in Chatsworth, […]