Lillian Wynelle English Hickson Crow

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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.
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.

Ricardo “Rick” Valverde-Duran Sr.

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Ricardo “Rick” Valverde-Duran Sr, 41, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Viewing will be Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 2 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow service at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Ricardo’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On June 16, 1976, Ricardo “Rick” Valverde Sr. was born to Alfonso Valverde and Elvira Duran. Rick was a longtime resident of Roswell, NM. A hard worker and good provider, Rick worked for several dairies for many years. Rick’s most treasured memories were when he was with his family and children, he adored them more than life itself. He loved to dance and listen to his favorite Spanish music. Rick had the gift of the gab, an engaging personality and was always going out of his way to help friends and family. He had the most vibrant laugh and an unforgettable smile that made him stand out in a crowd. Rick was loved by so many and brought happiness and laughter everywhere he went. Family and friends will miss his sarcasm, infectious laughter and wisecracks.
Those left to cherish Ricardo’s memory are his son, Ricardo Valverde Jr; daughters: Corina Valverde, Cassandra Valverde; grandchildren: Sofia Marie Gamboa, Yenesis Valverde, Zavier Rey Gamboa; parents: Alfonso Valverde and Elvira Valverde; God-parents: Peter Blanco and Socorro Blanco; brothers: Jose Valverde, Alfonso Jr. Valverde, Saul Valverde; sisters: Irma Cardenas and husband, Raul Cardenas Sr, Maria Duran and husband, Jose Martinez, Joanna Valverde and boyfriend, Alex Thompson, Liliana Fabela; nephews: Raul Cardenas Jr., Ismael Martinez; nieces: Lizet Cardenas, Mariela Martinez, Jennifer Martinez, Monique Valverde, Molly Ledesma, Naomi Ledesma, Cecilia Thompson, and Clarissa Valverde.
Preceding Ricardo in death are his granddaughter, Yesenia Valverde; and nephew, Josue Martinez.
Pallbearers are: Ricardo Valverde Jr., Raul Cardenas Sr., Raul Cardenas Jr., Jose Martinez, Valente Ruiz Sr. and Alfonso Valverde Jr.

Judith K. Scholz October 27, 1939 – July 12, 2017

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Judy Scholz, 77, of Roswell, died July 12 at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. She was surrounded by the love and prayers of friends as she was removed from life support earlier in the day, then quietly and peacefully left her earthly troubles behind.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Judy had early musical training that ultimately resulted in her earning a master’s degree and becoming an accomplished musician. Her career as organist and choir director took her to churches in the Midwest and South. She came to Roswell in 1990 to serve as musician for First Presbyterian Church. In 1993, she began as organist for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, a position she held for more than fifteen years.
Judy lived alone with her beloved dogs until a stroke in 2015 necessitated a move to Casa Maria. She missed her independence and her dogs, and was pleased to know the dogs were living with a friend, who would bring them to Casa Maria to visit her.
Judy’s church family is thankful for all who have helped in her care, especially the staff of Casa Maria. Her music ministry was a blessing to many, and many have blessed her with their ministries of love and care.
A memorial service celebrating her life and mourning her death will be at 10:30 a.m. July 22, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 2911 N. Main St., Roswell. Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall. Interment in St. Mark’s Memorial Garden will take place at a future date.

Elaine “Alice” Smith

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A. Elaine Smith passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, at UMC in Lubbock, TX.
Elaine was a loving mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. She is survived by her children: Shawn Longan of Denver, CO, John Smith of Barberton, OH, Connie Miller of Cambridge, OH, Jeri House of Roswell, NM, Karl Longan of Cambridge, OH; grandchildren: Donovan Longan, Jeffrey, Ryan, Jordan and Jocelynn Miller, Emma Longan; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; brothers: Earl Smith, David Smith; and sister, Beatrice Forman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Smith; son, Donald Longan; mother, Lois Couey; father, Donald Hinson; and sister, Faith Smith. A tribute of Elaine’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
An incredibly creative person, Elaine was master of repurposing objects to reflect their beauty. She enjoyed gardening, farming, sewing, cooking and baking. Elaine was always seeking knowledge and willing to share her knowledge. She was a wonderful mother who taught her children how to take care of themselves by sharing her knowledge of all the things they would need to make their way in this world. Elaine was a fiercely loyal friend, and she will be missed by all of us.
Funeral services will be on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 10 a.m., at the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints. A graveside service will follow at Hagerman Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.
Flowers can be sent to Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Elaine by her family.

Idella (Sparks) (Hebert) Davis

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Idella (Sparks) (Hebert) Davis passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. A further announcement will follow when arrangements are finalized.

US should invest in energy, not war

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In his letter published in the RDR’s July 9 edition, John Yates expressed his concern of the undermining of our energy security by the dumping of light crude by the OPEC nations.

Mayor should hire from his own town

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Why does the mayor go to other states to get an agency to hire a city manager? Roswell has very qualified people to fill the position.

NM Senior Olympics Summer Games taking place

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Albuquerque
July 19-23
The New Mexico Senior Olympics State Summer Games take place at the Balloon Fiesta Park. Spectators can watch athletes compete in huachas, soccer accuracy, softball distance and shuffleboard. There will be also a Sport Health Fair Expo with free health screenings. For details, visit nmseniorolympics.org or call 575-623-5777.

Lamb homers twice, Diamondbacks beat Reds 12-2 to win series

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Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb (22) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jake Lamb didn’t know about Arizona’s late pitching change until an hour before the game. His two homers made it a moot point.

Smoaked: 2 HRs, sun help Blue Jays shade Red Sox 8-6

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Boston Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt dives but can't make the play on a single by Toronto Blue Jays's Steve Pearce during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, July 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — Steve Pearce blooped the ball to the edge of the outfield grass, and Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt was there.

Freeze resigns as Ole Miss football coach after 5 seasons

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In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze waits to take the field before the team's NCAA college football game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Freeze has resigned after five seasons, bringing a stunning end to a once-promising tenure. The school confirmed Freeze's resignation in a release Thursday night. Assistant Matt Luke has been named the interim coach. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze has resigned after five seasons, bringing a stunning end to a once-promising tenure.

Vols believe they can thrive amid lack of preseason acclaim

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In this Sept. 24, 2016, file photo, Tennessee defensive back Todd Kelly Jr. (24) gestures after an interception during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee doesn’t mind adopting an underdog mentality a year after the Volunteers failed to meet preseason expectations. “Right now we’re in the weeds,” senior safety Todd Kelly Jr. said. “No one’s really seeing us, almost like a snake in the grass. Our goal is to end up biting somebody at the end of the day and making them pay.” (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee doesn’t mind adopting an underdog mentality a year after the Volunteers failed to meet preseason expectations.

AP source: Cavaliers talking contract with Derrick Rose

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In this March 25, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks' Derrick Rose stands on the court during a free throw attempt in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a contract with former NBA MVP Derrick Rose. The team is discussing a one-year deal with Rose, said the person who spoke Thursday, July 20, 2017, to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers could be adding another former MVP to their roster.

Udonis Haslem returning to Heat for 15th season

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MIAMI (AP) — Udonis Haslem believes he can still play, and the Miami Heat apparently agree.

Judge denies bail for Spanish federation president and son

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Former President of the Spanish Football Federation Angel Maria Villar, right, is lead by Spanish Civil Guard policeman to enter the Federation headquarters during an anti-corruption operation in Las Rozas, outside Madrid, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Villar, FIFA's senior vice president and a long-time player in world soccer, was arrested Tuesday along with his son and two more federation executives in an anti-corruption investigation. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

MADRID (AP) — A judge denied bail for the Spanish football federation president, his son and a federation vice president arrested in an anti-corruption probe after taking their testimony on Thursday.

CAF executives approve African Cup expansion and date change

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A Thursday, March 16, 2017 file photo of New president of the African soccer confederation Ahmad of Madagascar, speaking at a press conference after being chosen at the general assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. African soccer's biggest tournament could be moved from the start of the year to the European summer months of June and July, with the number of teams being increased from 16 to 24. The proposals for the future of the African Cup of Nations were made at a two-day meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Rabat, Morocco, hosted by the Confederation of African Football. (AP Photo/File)

The Confederation of African Football’s executive committee approved two major changes to the continent’s top soccer tournament on Thursday, expanding it from 16 to 24 teams from 2019 and moving it from the beginning of the year to June-July.

An All-American start to the British Open

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Jordan Spieth of the United States lines up a putt on the 14th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England Thursday, July 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — The wind off the Irish Sea pushed away the rain clouds and bathed Royal Birkdale in sunshine, Stars and Stripes.

Rahm escapes a 2-shot penalty at British Open

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Spain's Jon Rahm plays a shot on the 5th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England Thursday, July 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jon Rahm thought he was moving a loose twig, didn’t realize he had violated a rule and eventually was cleared of a penalty in the opening round of the British Open.

World Cup of Tennis put on hold for at least a year

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LONDON (AP) — The International Tennis Federation is putting off its proposal for a World Cup of Tennis Finals for another year.

Monfils upset by Dutra Silva in 2nd round of Croatia Open

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UMAG, Croatia (AP) — Rogerio Dutra Silva upset second-seeded Gael Monfils 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open on Thursday.

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