Water boil advisory lifted in Artesia


The New Mexico Environment Department late Monday afternoon lifted a water boil advisory order for the city of Artesia and nearby Morningside.

‘Booze plane’ caught in Roswell in the 20s; An excerpt from the book ‘Treasures of History IV’ by Elvis Fleming recalls when a plane was caught carrying alcohol during the Prohibition period

Pictured is an editorial cartoon from the Times of the Prohibition titled “The Thirty Pieces of Silver.” (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

It was November of 1927. Cuba took the lead in the world’s sugar interests, the U.S. president was Calvin Coolidge; “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” directed by Harry A. Pollard, was one of the most viewed movies released. The PGA Championship: Water Hagen took fourth consecutive championship at Cedar Crest CC Dallas. At age 23, Theodor Geisel, also known at Dr. Seuss, married his first wife, fellow author and editor Helen Palmer, 28, on Nov. 29, Vin Scully, American sportscaster (Los Angeles Dodgers) was born in The Bronx, New York, and Prohibition was high on the list of political pros and cons, or wet and dry.
Elvis Fleming came to the archives last week, the times that I cherish, when he is there. He happened to mention Prohibition here in New Mexico, and a story he wrote in his book “Treasures of History IV.” I couldn’t resist sharing this story:

Pro boxing returns to Alien Town

AJ Dickman Photo Roswell's Augustin Perez, in white trunks, won his professional boxing debut against Ricardo Reyes of Belen by unanimous decision Saturday night at the Throwdown in Alien Town boxing event at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center.

Professional boxing returned to Roswell Saturday night for the first time in nearly five years, with a flurry and exchanges and heavy hitting that led to four knockouts in the six bouts at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center.

Young artists can get creative at Farmers’ Market

Lisa Dunlap Photo Pam and Jim Schultz of Roswell help their grandchildren, Colton, 4, and Kendall, 2, paint customized aprons at a youth discovery table at the downtown Farmers' Market on North Main Street Saturday morning. The table is organized each week by the Youth and Professionals for the Arts Collective (YPAC) of Roswell. This week's corporate sponsor is AmeriPride, which covered the costs of the aprons and supplies. About 50 kids a week show up to experiment with art, crafts and other activities, according to organizers. Next week, the table plans to offer activities about solar energy. Farmers' Market occurs each Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m., until Sept. 30, in front of the Chaves County Courthouse.

MainStreet, city pact is under consideration

Lisa Dunlap Photo MainStreet's efforts to boost downtown Main Street activity includes coordinating events, such as the annual UFO Festival, shown in this 2016 photo.

As the city of Roswell prepares to discuss budget matters this week, a topic for elected officials’ consideration is the agreement with MainStreet Roswell and the state organization.

Mike Lanfor is building a new industry in Roswell

Submitted Photo A few thousand feet above the Earth, camera strapped to his helmet, preparing to pull the ripcord, Mike Lanfor combined his two passions, aviation and photography. Lanfor returned to Roswell five years ago and is helping to build the drone industry in this area.

It’d be easy to think that Mike Lanfor steps first and looks later. But if you pay close attention, you’ll see that he’s been observing all along, ready to take the next step, whatever it may be.

Week Ahead


Roswell City Council Infrastructure Committee, 2 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Roswell City Council Finance Committee special meeting, 3:30 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Roswell City Council budget workshop, 4:30 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
City of Roswell Occupancy Tax Board, 2:30 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Roswell City Council special budget meeting, 4 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St.
Roswell Independent School District Board of Education workshop, 1 p.m., Administrative and Educational Services Complex, Special Services Conference Room, 300 N. Kentucky Ave.
Roswell City Council General Services Committee, 3:30 p.m., Roswell City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Southeast Regional Transportation Planning Organization, 10 a.m., Bondurant Room, Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

Javier Ramon Solis


Javier Ramon Solis, 68, passed away July 21, 2017, at home in Roswell, New Mexico. Viewing will be July 25, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a Prayer Service following from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. A celebration of his life will be at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home on July 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. A tribute of Ramon’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Ramon was born on June 10, 1949, in Van Horn, Texas, to Manual Solis and Paula Bazea Solis. He attended school in Van Horn, Texas. He worked and later retired as carpet installer. Ramon enjoyed fishing, music, going to the Casino, cooking, and camping. Ramon was a compassionate man who would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He was a loving husband, father, uncle, good friend, and an awesome brother-in-law. He loved talking to everyone.
Ramon is preceded in death by his parents: Manuel and Paula Solis; and his son State Police Officer, Ramon Robert Solis.
He is survived by his wife Roberta “Bobbie” Solis.
Pallbearers: Angel Carmona, Pete Solis, Celedino Solis, Cande Candelario Solis, Jesus Solis, and Epi Flores.

Joe Christopher Lozano


Joe Christopher Lozano passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017, surrounded by the love of his family. Viewing will be Monday, July 24, 2017, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. A Prayer Service will be held for Joe Christopher Lozano, 50, of Roswell at 7 p.m., Monday, July 24, 2017, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10: a.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Eugene De Los Santos of El Calvario Baptist Church will be officiating. Burial will follow funeral service at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Joe’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Joe Lozano was born in Roswell, New Mexico, on January 29, 1967. He was the second of four siblings. At the age of 42, Joe met and married his beautiful wife, Rosemary. He was married to his loving wife for eight years. His greatest joys were taking his grandchildren to yard sales, flea markets and spending time with family. Joe’s friendliness and outgoing nature left an impact on anyone who met him. There was never a dull moment when Joe was around. He lovingly supported his family and was willing to face any challenges that came along. Joe’s presence will be missed by his family and friends.
Those left to cherish Joe’s memory are his mother, Adelina Lozano of Roswell, New Mexico; wife, Rosemary Lozano of the family home; son, Daniel Lopez and wife, Ashley of Killeen, Texas; son, Christopher Lozano and wife, Madison of Austin, Texas; daughter, Samantha Camacho and husband, Angel of Roswell, NM; daughter, Geneva Madrid and husband, Ramon of Killeen, Texas; daughter, Tiffany Lozano and husband, Louis of Killeen, Texas; daughter, Jasmine Wright and husband, Ray Ray; son, Robert Silva and wife, Amillaly of Killeen, Texas; daughter, Destiny Doram of Killeen, Texas; brother, Louis Lozano Jr. and wife, Erika of Copperas Cove, Texas; brother, Gary Lozano and wife, Patricia of Moore, Oklahoma; brother, Daniel Lozano and wife, Mercedes of Moore, Oklahoma. Joe’s legacy includes 13 grandchildren and his faithful companion Suzy Q.
He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Lozano Senior.
Pallbearers are: Daniel Lopez, Christopher Lozano, Robert Silvas, Erik Lozano, Isaac Lozano, Augustine Lozano, Andrew Lozano, Gary Lozano, Jacob Lozano, and Louis Lozano III.
You ruin lives and devastate families.
Leaving more questions than answers.
You took my grampo, and now my dad.
I guess you just don’t mess with cancer.
The strongest men I’ve ever known with lots of pride in their hearts; reduced to nothing.
Family crying, going through pain in the dark.
They fought so hard, didn’t show the pain, till you finally knocked them down.
I hate you, cancer, go away, no one wants you around.
I love you, Joe Daddy and Grampo.

Manuel Gonzales Jr.


Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel for Manuel Gonzales, 74, who passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2017 in Roswell. Manuel will be cremated following the services per his wishes. Visitation will be held from 9 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home.
Manuel was born August 29, 1942 in Dexter, NM to Manuel Gonzales and Otillia Castro Gonzales, his parents preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his wife Dorothy and sister Mary Gonzales.
Those left to cherish his memory are his sons Manuel Gonzales III, Jerry Gonzales, Eric Gonzales and Rick Gonzales all of Roswell; daughters Christina Archuleta and Chris of Roswell and Crystal Cardona and Patrick Maturino of Tularosa; brothers Andrew Rocha, Tim Gonzales and Sam Rocha; sisters Helen Rocha, Margie Rocha and Lorine Rocha; grandchildren Daniel Aragon, Manny Gonzales III, Azariah Gonzales, Marina Conde, Arina Conde, Seriya Archuleta, Alexa Archuleta, Loveiah Archuleta, Melodi Gonzales, Ava Salazar, Eric Gonzales Jr., Santana Alaniz, Uzin Alaniz and Gregory Alaniz and great grandchildren Annalih Mondragon, Ernest Mondragon and Sammy Mandragon.
Manuel loved life to its fullest. His favorite thing to do was spending time with his grandchildren and listening to music.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

Sharon Bea Dillard


Memorial services for Sharon Dillard will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 24, 2017, at Midway Family Church with Rev. Danny Sons officiating.
Sharon Dillard went to heaven on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at the age of 69. She is survived by her husband Ken Dillard, they had been married for 47 years; two daughters, Cindy McClain and her husband Jay of Roswell and Lisa Daughtery and her husband Kevin of Odessa, Texas and their children Lindsay Garcia, Sharlie Garcia and Johnathan Gonzales. She had to two stepchildren Terri Dillard and Jerry Dillard of Amarillo Texas, nine grandchildren, three of which she and Ken raised for most of their life Ryan Lay, Breanna Lay and JJ Dillard; six great-grandchildren; two brothers Doyle Washichek and his wife Brenda and Rick Washichek and his wife Shelba; one sister Charlotte Sons and her husband Danny all of Roswell; numerous nieces and nephews and a very special little friend Alexis Sons.
Sharon was a member of Midway Family Church for 48 years
She had been a beautician for 48 years and worked at numerous beauty shops and the last 16 years she was a hair dresser at Peach Tree.
She loved her Lord and savior with all her heart and we are comforted in knowing we will see her again.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid you see.
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now; He set me free.

Donald (Don) V. Wright


Donald (Don) V. Wright, 92, went to his eternal rest on July 21, 2017, at Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell, NM. Viewing will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home in Roswell, NM, at 2609 South Main St. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 24, 2017, at 4 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Tim Arlet will officiate. Interment will occur on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 10 a.m., at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Don’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Don was born June 4, 1925, in Chase County, Nebraska, in his parents’ farm house. Don was the sixth and last child of William Ferd Wright and Elva Irene Akers Wright. He spent his younger years working on the farm, riding horses, and playing with his two older brothers. At the age of 18, Don joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and served 3 1/2 years as a Navy signalman in many parts of the Pacific Ocean. He saw battle, serving on the USS Sierra and USS Ault, and was on the USS Flint when it served as escort and security for the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered in 1945. Don left the Navy in March 1946, with an Honorable Discharge and several medals. Returning to Nebraska, he worked in construction, as a farm laborer, and as a hardware store clerk in Wauneta. The owner of the store was also a mortician and Don worked as his assistant for a short time.

In 1949, Don met his future bride, Irene Crapson, and they married on October 9, 1949. Two children were born to this union, Phyllis Faye and David Lynn. Don continued as a farm laborer until 1953, when the family moved to Denver, Colorado, where he worked as a driver for the city bus line. Don held that position until 1959, when the family moved to Ogden, Utah, and he became an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. In 1965, the postal terminal was phased out, requiring another move, this time to Roswell, NM. Don retired in 1989, with 30 years of service. Don and Irene took up square dancing, where he liked the ‘dosey does’ and especially the yellow rocks. They also enjoyed traveling with their fifth wheel RV, and went to many parts of the U.S. They particularly enjoyed their time in Why, Arizona, and made many friends along the way. Don often enjoyed telling stories of the old days and his many adventures. One of the family’s favorite pictures is of Don on a “Sit n Spin” with granddaughter Jenny.

Don is survived by Irene, his wife of 67 years; daughter, Phyllis (Wayne) Kemp, of Artesia, NM; son, Dave (Susanne) Wright, of Shingle Springs, CA; grandchildren: Jennifer (Dino) Wilcox, of Roswell, NM, Sam Wright, of Shingle Springs, CA; great-grandchildren: Breanna Tunell of Albuquerque, NM, Sean, Seth, and Scot Henry of Roswell, NM. He is also survived by his last sibling brother, Loran (Irene) Wright, of Palisade, NE; many nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law, Jack Crapson, of Olympia, WA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents: William Ferd and Elva Irene Wright; sisters: infant Susan, Beulah (Howard) Meyer, Esther (Virgil) Fanning; brother, Harold (Verlene) Wright; several nieces and nephews.
Don was a lifetime member of the VFW, Roswell Elks Lodge #969, Cactus Sam’s, and of Roswell’s Senior Circle.
Many thanks to all of the special people at Sunset Villa for their compassionate care of Don.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Don by his family.

“Those we love
Remain with us,
For love itself lives on,
And cherished memories never fade
Because a loved one’s gone…
Those we love
Can never be
More than a thought apart,
For as long as there is memory,
they’ll live on in the heart.”

Jason Wayne Farr


Jason Wayne Farr died in his home on July 18, 2017. At his side was his best friend and life partner Robbie Rogers. Further arrangements will be handled by Bethany Funeral Home.
Donations are of great need, please contact Robbie at 575 317 9700.

Frances Kleinhans Aguilar


CARLSBAD — Frances Kleinhans Aguilar, 84, former resident, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Denton-Wood Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, July 28, 2017, at 9 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church with The Rev. Andrew W. Dimit officiating.
Interment will follow in Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Frances Kleinhans Aguilar was born February 24, 1933 in Bowie, Texas to Alfred W. and Bobbette E. (Roth) Kleinhans. She graduated from Bowie High School in 1950 and received a Bachelor’s in Education in 1954 and her Master’s in Education in 1959 from North Texas State University. After completing school, Frances moved to Carlsbad and began teaching at the Air Field school. She married Pete Aguilar in 1961 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bowie, Texas. Frances also taught at Puckett, Monterey and Sunset Elementary Schools until 1970. They lived in Albuquerque, Roswell, and Lakewood, CO before returning to Roswell during retirement. Frances was active in her church and was a member of LWML and AAL/Thrivent where she volunteered and held leadership positions. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Pete Aguilar.
Survivors are her daughter, Beverly Reid and husband, Bruce of Aurora, CO; son, Keith Aguilar and wife, Lynette of Billings, MT; grandchildren: Brienn Parker and husband, Jason, Briggs Reid and wife, Ashlie Bonicelli and Madison Aguilar; great-grandchildren: Adilynn Bonicelli-Reid and Walter Parker; brother, Edwin Kleinhans and wife, Alta Jo of Bowie, TX; brothers-in-law, Paul and Michael Aguilar; sisters-in-law, Priscilla Salcido and Ester Aguilar and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Ruben Aguilar, Richard Aguilar, Michael Aguilar, Ivan Aguilar, Briggs Reid and Jason Parker.
Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.

Lorilei Briseño Perlingos


Lorilei Briseño Perlingos, age 48, went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 20, 2017. Her loving and devoted family never left her side throughout the course of her passing.
Lorilei was born on June 15, 1969, in Roswell, New Mexico to Sal and Viola Briseño. She grew up in Roswell and graduated from Roswell High School in 1987.
Lorilei was a longtime employee of United Airlines. She was a flight attendant and traveled all around the world. She often shared stories about her interesting encounters and adventures in flying. During her last years with United, she traveled to her favorite destinations in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, and various destinations in Europe. She always expressed the need to “hurry and catch a flight.” She is now soaring through Heaven and flying high with the angels.
Lorilei faced Multiple Sclerosis with the same gusto and vigor that she lived her life. She faced MS head-on and refused and did not allow it to take away her life. She maintained a positive and hopeful outlook with regards to finding a cure for the disease and participated in various MS events.
Lorilei never stopped having a passion and appreciation for life which was evident in how she lived and loved her family. Her greatest joy was that of being a mother and a grandmother. Her life was never the same when she was blessed with her son, Caleb. The love of a child and being a mother completed her. She loved Caleb immeasurably. Lorilei was also a doting and devoted grandmother to her three grandchildren. Cassius, Camden, and Cieden were the apples of their grandmother’s eyes. Her son and grandsons provided her with the strength, courage, and motivation to continue her fight against MS.
Lorilei’s beauty radiated through her smile and her magnificent spirit filled any room she entered. Her laughter was contagious. She was a very giving woman who has left a legacy of love for all that had the honor of sharing in her life. We give thanks for the life of this amazing woman and are honored to call her a devoted wife, a beloved mother and grandmother, daughter, and sister. The unique, complex, extraordinary and irreplaceable Lorilei, whose grace and beauty inspired us all, will never be extinguished from our hearts and minds.
Lorilei was preceded in death by her father Sal Briseño Sr., sister, Katie Hamilton, grandparents, Matias and Benedicta Briseño, and grandmother, Dora Daley. She is survived by her mother Viola Briseño; husband David Perlingos; son Caleb Perlingos (Siria); beautiful grandsons Cassius, Camden, Cieden; brother Mike Briseño; brother Sal Briseño Jr. (Laura); sister Melanie Florez (Jonathan); and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of Lorilei’s life will be held at Church on the Move in Roswell, NM, on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10 a.m. A reception will be held immediately following the services for Lorilei.

Richard L. Knadle


In Loving Memory
September 28, 1942 – July 23, 2016
It is hard to believe it has been a year since you passed. You are missed dearly and I wish you were still here. I love you.
Your Precious Pearl Julie Knadle

Lillian Wynelle English Hickson Crow


A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church on July 25 at 11 a.m. for Lillian Wynelle English Hickson Crow of Roswell. The angels sang as this beautiful saint entered into Heaven’s Glory at the age of 90. She passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, with her children at her side.
Wynelle was born on September 19, 1926 to Lawrence Eugene and Lucille Maureen Fortner English in Portales, New Mexico. She and her husband, Bill, owned and operated the Cottonwood Trading Post north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bill and Wynelle sold the Trading Post and moved to Roswell in 1994. She was a homemaker and an accomplished seamstress; she made Indian Dolls that were authentically dressed, even down to the underwear! The dolls were sold, not only in the United States, but internationally. Wynelle loved the Lord, loved her family, loved teaching children about Jesus and loved Gospel music. She was very involved at Tabernacle Baptist Church where she was a member and a Sunday school teacher. She also made unique puppets and used them to perform the skits that she wrote for Children‘s Church and at nursing homes. She was a member of Christian Women’s Club.
She married Floyd Hickson in 1945. They were farmers in Artesia, Hagerman and Dexter. Floyd passed away in 1979. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill Crow in 2005, son-in-law Dan Corn in 1999; and one grandchild, Megan Crow.
She is survived by her son Benny Hickson and his wife Wanda of Belton, TX; stepsons Richard Crow and his wife Pat of Springfield, MO, Carlton Crow of Roswell, NM; daughter Teresa Corn of Roswell, NM; stepdaughters Kay Bennett and her husband Wayne of Colorado Springs, CO, Susan Shaw of Dexter, NM; brother Parker English and his wife Lavada of Mid West City, OK; sister La Gene Verhines of Roswell, NM; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons: Douglas Alton Corn, Danny Ray Corn, Benny Scott Hickson, Joshua Dan Hickson, Hunter Alton Corn, and Elliott Martin Corn.
Donations would be appreciated for the Children’s Ministry at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Roswell, NM.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Idella Norine Sparks (Hebert) Davis


Idella Norine Sparks (Hebert) Davis, 85, passed away July 19, 2017, at home in Roswell, New Mexico.
Idella was born September 17, 1931 in Ima, New Mexico to Richard Franklin Sparks and Amelia Idella Bragg Sparks. Idella spent most of her youth growing up in Roswell, New Mexico. She enjoyed working with her family at “The Barrel” where she fondly remembered serving delicious root beer, hamburgers, and ice cream. Idella graduated from Roswell High School in 1950. She married Edward A Hebert in 1951, and together they had five children. Idella was baptized when she was nine years old in Deming, New Mexico. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and volunteered often. She enjoyed Tuesday game days and dearly loved spending time with her church family. Idella married Curtis Eugene (Jack) Davis in 1972. Jack and Idella were married until Jack passed away in 1975. Idella worked for the telephone company for 32 years and made lifetime friends before she retired in 1983. In her retirement she was involved with the Jingle Bob Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Her favorite pastime was playing Skip-Bo and other games with family and friends. She also loved rooting and encouraging her children and grandchildren at their sporting events. She was well known as a kind, loving, and spiritual woman with a keen sense of humor.
She always felt blessed to have been the oldest and youngest in two families, the Sparks and the Meadows. She always considered her nieces and nephews in the Meadows family as brothers and sisters. Idella is preceded in death in the Sparks family by her parents; brothers, Elvin Sparks (Rachel), Rexel Sparks (Hilda), Avrit (Sandy) Sparks, True Sparks, Orval Sparks and Lee Otis Sparks (Carole); her sisters, Ruby Patton and Elizabeth (Betty) Galloway (Bill). The Meadows family, Clora Sparks Meadows “Momma” and Archy Meadows “Daddy”; “Sister”; Martha Ellen Meadows; “Brother” Archy Meadows (Jan); brother-in-law Don Hudson. She is also preceded in death by her daughter-In-law Debra Hebert.
Idella is survived by her sons, Thomas Hebert (Betty), Peter Hebert and Paul Hebert (Melodie); daughters, Trudy Hebert and Lisa Woods (Ken); grandchildren, Serenity Gomez (Jason), Christy Soto, Ryan Hebert, Theresa Montoya, Destiny Herron (Joseph), Daniel Soto, Brandon Hebert (Kristin), Marissa Soto, Nicole Bridges (Justin), Logan Hebert; and 14 great-grandchildren; “Brothers”, John Meadows (Jan), Bruce Meadows (Gloria); “sisters”; Betty Hudson, Ruth McKinney (Jim), Clora Anderson (Bobby) and Marie Penewit (Gary) and all the many very special nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, stepchildren and friends that she dearly loved.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1009 W. Alameda, Roswell, New Mexico and will be officiated by Pastor Andy Byers and Pastor Joe Sparks.
Memorial contributions may be made in Idella’s memory to Calvary Baptist Church at www.CBCRoswell.com or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Idella by her family.
The tribute of Idella’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.

Protesters say they are concerned about ICE

Protesters lined the sidewalk in front of the federal building Friday morning to show their concern for the actions of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). Claims of terrorizing families and of creating a panic are among the accusations leveled against ICE. An in-depth story on the raids in Clovis of last week will be published in the Daily Record this coming week. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

The director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, Marcela Diaz, came to Roswell from Santa Fe on Friday. She stood alongside Somos Portales members, Somos Lea County members, and Roswell’s Somos Chaves members.

RMAC approves plan to increase visitors, expand

Caroline Brooks, executive director of the Roswell Museum and Art Center, says staff and others will work in coming months to implement the newly approved strategic plan. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The Roswell Museum and Art Center plans to upgrade some of its exhibits, increase visitor numbers, examine the possibility of charging admission fees and determine in more specific ways how to incorporate science into its exhibits and programs.


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