Mary Pickett Young


99 years, 10 months young!
Born February 15, 1918, Died December 20, 2017
Lived in Austin, TX
Married to Frank Goley Young

Mary Pickett Young is survived by many adoring and adored nieces, nephews and their spouses, grand and great grand nieces, nephews and their spouses, and a sister-in-law from the Robert Edward Pickett Warden and Brian Hightower families living primarily in New Mexico and Texas. She is also survived by many adoring and adored adopted nieces and nephews whom she would also consider her family.
The graveside service will be held at South Park Cemetery in Roswell, NM, 3101 S. Main St., 88203 on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at 11am.
The Celebration of Life for close friends and family is at Pickett’s Home: 10501 Oak View Drive, AUSTIN, TX 78759 on Saturday, February 17th at 11am.
Mary Pickett Young, lovingly known as Pickett and who always said she was forever Young, went home to Heaven on December 20th, 2017 at 10:09 am. She was born in Carrizozo, NM on Feb. 15th, 1918 to Robert Edward Pickett Warden and Maude Hightower Warden. Pickett was a loving and devoted sister to her 3 siblings, as well as her six step siblings, helping to care for them through the dark years of the depression and WWII. Her experiences from those years during which she earned her living as a beautician, helped shape so much of the thoughtful and caring person she was throughout her life.
Shortly after WWII, Pickett met a handsome young soldier, Frank Young, and they later married on September 24, 1950 in Roswell, NM. Their adventure spanned 46 years and included amazing home makeovers and many fascinating stories from Clayton, El Paso, Santa Fe, Gallup and Roswell, NM. She was most deeply moved and influenced by the work she did volunteering and helping on the Indian Reservation in Gallup, New Mexico.
Pickett was a faithful follower of Christ, devoting her time to serving those in need, in particular children, through such organizations as The Boys and Girls Ranch of New Mexico, The Daughters of the Nile (the women’s Shriners organization), as well as the Methodist Church. Pickett and Frank were well known for supporting the Shriners Hospitals for Children, where they helped many children receive the care they needed. Pickett adored doting on her dogs whom she always said were ‘her kids’, and was an ardent supporter of ASPCA.
She was a gifted artist and master of any creative hobby she undertook, which included singing with the ‘Sweet Adeline’s Barbershop Quartet, sewing, beading, quilting, drawing, painting, gardening, DIY projects (she was the original DIYer) and stained glass, for which she was well known. Many people were the recipients of her artwork, which she generously gifted to friends and family alike. Pickett was the life of many parties through her joyful piano or ukulele playing, all by ear. She often played for the nursing homes she lived by.
A devoted wife, loving aunt, great aunt, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister and friend to any person fortunate enough to cross her path, Pickett will be remembered most for the individual care, help, encouragement and love she showed people and animals, regardless of their age or station in life and that she made life more meaningful for them. “Aunt Pickett” took an extremely active role in helping and supporting her nieces and nephews and spent countless hours playing with her grand nieces and nephews, who were enchanted by her piano playing and creativity. She taught many of her small friends and family to drive in her Model T Ford and delighted in helping with a drawing and/or painting lesson or two.
We can’t talk about Pickett without mentioning her dogs more than once! She was exceptionally good at training dogs; they would sit in her lap while she ate without moving a muscle with food right under their noses until she told them they could have a bite!
She treasured her visits with friends and family, often over a piece of her famous apple cake and a good cup of black coffee or a dry red wine, emphasis on dry! Everyone enjoyed her sense of humor and laughing with her. Pickett was an immaculate housekeeper and expected all of us to live up to that standard when in her home. We all learned a bit of fastidiousness from her and practiced it religiously while visiting her! She was often described as classy, stylish, graceful and fashionable with impeccable manners.
Pickett included family and friends on numerous adventures, including swimming, ‘dress up’ with her scarves, fishing/cultivating her worm farm for fishing, treasure hunting with her cherished metal detector, card playing, arrow head hunting, gambling, shopping adventures, cooking eggs on blazing hot side walks, bike riding, cherry picking, sharing her amazing ‘Roswell Incident’ story with grade school children, riding burros down the Grand Canyon, wine tours and any kind of traveling.
Although her life was a full one, she also endured her fair share of heartbreak and loss; in spite of this, Pickett chose to fill the world with beauty, elegance, impeccable style, great posture, fun, laughter and, most importantly, love. Pickett’s was an amazing life well lived, and we will miss her dearly.
Thank you for being a precious part of her life,
Her family
In lieu of flowers, the family would like any donations to go to The Boys and Girls Ranch of New Mexico,, St. Jude Children’s Hospital,, American Humane, (NOT to be confused with American Humane Society) or Operation Homefront, for wounded veterans,
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

Judy Darlene Lane


Judy Darlene Lane, 65, returned to her heavenly home on January 19, 2018. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her life and ultimately gave her peace.
The family will hold a Celebration of Life Service at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 25th at Church on the Move in Roswell. Pastor Savino Sanchez will officiate the service.
Judy was born to James Smith and Betty Callaway on May 28, 1952. She attended Goddard High School in Roswell. She worked with the Roswell Independent School District for 23 years in the cafeteria and was lovingly known as “the lunch lady”; a title that she cherished. She enjoyed camping, fishing, watching funny movies, life and laughter with her family. She was very actively involved over many years with AA and NA programs in Roswell, sponsoring many young women and sharing her testimony. She found joy in being part of the Jail Ministry with Church on the Move taking the word of God to those in need.
Judy was blessed with a very loving family. She married her best friend, Albert Lane, on January 22, 1971 in Roswell, NM. Judy and Al have two daughters and five grandchildren alongside many loving friends and church family.
Judy was an encourager of people. She was kind and caring, and always cherished the time spent with her grandkids. She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator in heaven.
Judy is survived by her husband, Albert; her daughter Jennifer Williams and her husband Nick; her daughter Kimberly Putnam and her husband TJ; her grandchildren Devin Williams, Savannah Lindsey, Koltin Willis, Zander Lucero, Madelynn, Maya, and Keigan McCullough; her sister-in-law; Claudine Davidson and her husband James; three very dear friends, Desmond Williams, Judy Powers, Anna Sanchez and her family.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Andrews and staff at Roswell Medical, the caregivers with Kymera Cancer Center, and the caregivers with Hospice; Glynn Shelton and Andre Hunter.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Jail Ministry at Church on the Move would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Wayne Nolan Armstrong


Wayne Armstrong, 68, of Roswell, NM, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at his home. Born in Farmington, NM to Harold and Wynon Armstrong he lived most of his life in Roswell, NM.
Wayne graduated from Quemado High School in 1968. He attended New Mexico State University before enlisting in the Navy as a Seabee in 1970. Wayne traveled the rodeo circuit riding bulls and bareback broncs. Wayne was an airplane and helicopter pilot, cowboy, and ranch foreman at the O-bar-O ranch in Carrizozo, NM for 5 years. Wayne moved to Roswell, NM and was employed as a Finish Blade Operator with Armstrong Construction for over two decades. He enjoyed his work as he always said, “I get to play in the dirt all day.” He was an avid hunter and life member of the NRA. Wayne spent all of his free time hunting, fishing, camping, shooting, or enjoying the high country. He also enjoyed reloading, collecting guns and knives, watching old westerns and anything about American history. Wayne was always there to help friends and family. He loved his children, his family and especially his dogs!
Wayne is survived by his two children: Nolan Armstrong and his wife JoLee of Capitan, NM; Dara (Armstrong) Jackson and her husband Matthew Jackson of Midland, TX; three brothers: Leslie Armstrong and his wife Glenda of Ft. Sumner, NM, Marty Armstrong and his wife Michaela of Roswell, NM, Chet Armstrong and his wife Todie of Hagerman, NM, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Wynon Armstrong.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Angus Church of the Nazarene, 103 Bonita Park Rd, Angus, NM with Reed Wheeler officiating.
Serving as honorary pallbearers Leslie Armstrong, Marty Armstrong, Chet Armstrong, Deacon Jones, Chris Hefner, Jarrett Allensworth, Rodney Armstrong and Clifford Armstrong.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

Even with our progress some things stay the same. Cattle still need brandin. There are horses yet to tame.

Cowboys will always ride. They’ll head, heel, and haze. Making lasting memories, these are their “good old days.”

As the lonesome sun is setting on our last sky of blue, I’ll think back on good times and friends who helped make dreams come true.

The only favor I would ask before I’m called away, is let me be a cowboy again for one more day.

Robert Dale McGill


Robert Dale McGill was born in Sherman, Texas on August 6, 1943. He was the beloved son of Robert Lee McGill and Mary Joyce Arnold McGill. He joined the United States Navy at 17 years old and served his country honorably aboard the USS Gunston Hall for six years. He later married Joan Tarwater McGill on July 25, 1975. They resided in Fort Worth, Texas and then moved to Roswell, New Mexico where he was a transport semi-truck driver for many years. They then moved to Georgetown, Texas in March of 2017.
Robert was a kind loving Christian husband and was greatly loved by his family and many friends. He was preceded by death by his parents and two brothers Sammy and Eddy and leaves behind his wife, Joan; two sisters, Vivian and Cynthia; a sister-in-law; and many nephews and nieces. Robert will be greatly missed by all greatly.
A graveside service was held on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas.
Arrangements under the direction of Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512) 863-2564

Glinda McPherson


Glinda McPherson died January 16th at the age of 70 in Roswell, NM. She was born on October, 16 1947 to Nellie and Logan West. She was the youngest of 6 children. She married Gene McPherson on November 19, 1964. They were married for 53 years. Glenda was proceeded in death by her parents and also her siblings; Steven West, Lewis West, Bobby West, Marvin West, and twin sister Linda Lance. All are now together forever. She is survived by her loving husband, 3 daughters, brother-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Glinda McPherson requested there be no service and wanted to be remembered in a moment of silence and a smile.

Seniors express creativity

Sherry Witt, a professional artist and teacher, has taught two classes at Senior Circle, drawing and portraiture. This Friday, an oil-painting class begins at Senior Circle. To wrap up the classes last year, the group had an open house and exhibit of the students’ works. Pictured are some of their artwork. (Submitted Photo)
Sherry Witt, a professional artist and teacher, has taught two classes at Senior Circle, drawing and portraiture. This Friday, an oil-painting class begins at Senior Circle. To wrap up the classes last year, the group had an open house and exhibit of the students’ works. Pictured are some of their artwork. (Submitted Photo)

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