My turn: Obituaries leave lasting impression

By medical design, I recently spent a few hours in Dallas unconscious. The experience made me wonder if my obliviousness might be a preview of the final curtain. Of course, many believe in an afterlife, although the reviews are still out. In the foggy days after, I read the Dallas Morning News religiously, becoming intrigued […]

Obituaries for June 29, 2006

A memorial service for Mattye McKnight Bobbitt, who died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Artesia, will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Portales. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Dec. 14, 2005

Carol Barela Services: 7 p.m. Thursday 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 […]

5/27 Obituaries

Funerals Today Donald Breech — 2 p.m. Friday at Portales Cemetery.

4/17 Obituaries

Services Pending Lucille Hill, 100, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 16, 2005,at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Services will be held Tuesday morning. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

4/12 Obituaries

Funerals Today Opal Hurst “O.H.” Jones — 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Portales.

3/11 Obituaries

Funerals Today • Doris Newman — 2 p.m. at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ in Portales. • Odis Newman — 2 p.m. at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ in Portales.

Feb. 17 Obituaries

Services Pending Leo Dement, 87, of Portales, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at his home. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Bevan Odenweller, 59, of Portales, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Aug. 12 Obituaries

Earl Parkinson, 82 Mr. Earl Parkinson, 82, of Roosevelt County, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, at Laurel Plains Healthcare Center in Clovis. He was born on March 20, 1922, in Jefferson, Mo., to Rosie and Aaron M. Parkinson. His family moved to the Milnesand area when he was young. The only job he ever had […]

Aug. 11 Obituaries

W.J. England, 71 Mr. W.J. “Jr.” England, 71, of Clovis, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, at his home. He was born on April 12, 1933, in Moon, Okla., to Willie R. and Vera Green England. He married Sybil Rainey on April 30, 1955, in Clovis. He moved to Clovis from Amarillo in 1955. He served […]

Aug. 8 Obituaries

Peggy Tozer, 82 Miss Peggy Marie Tozer, 82, of Portales, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in Amarillo. She was born on Nov. 28, 1921, in Shell Lake, Wis., to Harold William and Lucy Ann Bohn Tozer. She moved with her family to Turtle Lake, Wis., where she attended school. Upon graduation, she attended Eau Claire […]

Aug. 5 Obituaries

Andrea Chavez, 49 Andrea Faye Chavez, 49, of Mineral Wells, Texas, died on Saturday, July 31, 2004, at her home. She was born on July 7, 1955, in Portales, to Clark and Ann Yandell Terry Rains. She married Alfred Chavez on July 14, 1973, in Oxnard, Calif. She was a regional manager for Safeway Grocery […]

Aug. 4 Obituaries

Ruthie Painter, 56 Mrs. Ruthie Mary Beavers Painter, 56, of Texico, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 24, 1948, in Clovis. She was a lifelong resident of Texico. Family members said she loved to play cards, talk on the phone, spend time with her family […]

July 15 Obituaries

Neta May Leavitt Porter, 86 Neta May Leavitt Porter, 86, of Clovis, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born on Aug. 14, 1917, in New Home, Texas, to Valentine and Ada Estes Leavitt. She married James W. Porter on June 3, 1972, in Clovis. She moved to New […]

July 13 Obituaries

Ubaldo Valdez, 86 Mr. Ubaldo J. Valdez, 86, of Lubbock, died Sunday, July 11, 2004, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on May 4, 1918, El Vado, to Inecita and Amarante Valdez. He made his home in Cebolla until 1955. He married Josephina Trujillo on Aug. 19, 1941, in Cebolla. During World […]

July 9 Obituaries

Anita Kay Bass, 69 Anita Kay Bass, 69, of Azle, Texas, died Saturday, July 3, 2004, in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born on Nov. 23, 1934, in Estelline, Texas, to Andy Clinton and Ruth Wright Dunlap. She was raised on a farm, loved music and the outdoors. She graduated from Morton (Texas) High School […]

July 8 Obituaries

Donald R. Vickrey, 64 Mr. Donald R. Vickrey, 64, of Clovis, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Jan. 10, 1940, in Apache, Okla., to John and Ina Delk Vickrey. He moved to Clovis in 1950 from Apache, Okla. He graduated from Clovis High School in […]

July 6 Obituaries

Services Pending Karen Elrod, 40, of Portales, daughter of Bud and Barbara Miller, died Monday, July 5, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Funerals Today Guy R. Coleman — 2:30 p.m. at the home of Brian and Lisa Victor, 1788 CR 3 (off Highway 467 […]

July 2 Obituaries

Opal Manis, 91 Opal Turner Manis, 91, Aurora, Mo., did, Monday, June 28, 2004, at St. John’s Hospital in Aurora, Mo. She was born on Sept. 2, 1912, in Texico, to David and Cora Bruce Turner. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Aurora, Mo. She played the piano for many years […]

June 22 Obituaries

Norma Cottrell, 51 Norma “Dustie” Cottrell, 51, of Carlsbad, died Friday, June 18, 2004, at her home. She was born on Sept. 23, 1952, in Portales, to Alan and Helen Newbury Mead. She attended school in Portales. Family members said she loved her family and was especially crazy about her grandchildren. She was preceded in […]