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Esther C. Helmstetler


Ms. Esther Helmstetler of Roswell NM passed away on August 14, 2017 at the age of 84. Esther was born to Charles Looney and Inez Clinton on February 11, 1933 in Big Springs TX. Both of her parents have preceded her in death.
Born in Texas her family left for New Mexico when she was still a child. Her father was a farm worker and traveled to where the work was. Often times the whole family would help dad by picking cotton in the fields or doing whatever was necessary in order to support the family. Esther saw the example of her parents and their work ethic was ingrained into her nature at a very young age.
In 1950 Esther met and married the love of her life Otis Helmstetler in Roswell NM. Their life together was tragically cut short in 1954 when Otis passed suddenly and Ester found herself a single mom raising two daughters. She worked countless hours to make sure her family would be provided for, with food on the table and a roof over their heads, Esther embodied a strong will of character by always placing her baby’s first. She could easily outwork most men by cutting firewood, raising pigs or working on cars. She wasn’t afraid to get dirty and her own brothers had learned the hard way not to mess with her.
Esther loved to be outdoors and spent some of her free time camping at Baca Camp Grounds or in her garden growing tomatoes and green chiles. She was an amazing cook and was personally responsible for fattening up many guest, friends and family who came over to eat. She was known as Aunt Esther but to her son-in-law she was a second mother. She could be tough as a rattlesnake, she ate like a bird, but her heart was as calm and gentle as a lamb. She was a bible quoting believer who loved the Lord and put her faith in Him.
Ms. Esther Helmstetler is survived by her daughter Dorthy Mulvihill of Roswell NM; sister Arvella Helmstetler of Carlsbad NM; son-in-law Kenneth Beavers of Roswell NM. She is preceded in death by her husband Otis Helmstetler; daughter Alice Beavers; and numerous brothers and sisters.
A graveside service was held at South Park Cemetery on Monday August 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. Chaplain Tim Arlet of Kindred Hospice Care will be officiating the service.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.

Ralph L. Cobos March 8, 1927 ~ August 22, 2014


It has been 3 years since you entered into rest.

You left me beautiful memories,
Your love is still my guide,
And though I cannot see you,
You’re always at my side.
— Your loving wife “Eva”

Elks Lodge to hold charity golf fundraiser

The Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard is shown presenting the colors at a previous Roswell Elks Supporting New Mexico Wounded Warriors Charity Golf Tournament. (Submitted Photo)

The project exists to honor and empower Wounded Warriors from New Mexico who incur service-connected injuries.

A step out of the real world; Little-known ‘princess and the pea’ story to be performed at the Roswell Community Little Theatre

Prince Dauntless the Drab (played by Berkeley Dittman) is begging his mother, Queen Aggravain (played by Kathy Cook) to finally letting him marry. (Christina Stock Photo)

The Roswell Community Little Theatre presents the musical comedy “Once Upon A Mattress” under guidance of RCLT’s director Lynetta Zuber, who is in charge of lighting and also plays the role of Lady Larken.

Andricus Trujillo credited with building old fort in Lincoln

This stone fort in Lincoln, which is still standing, was used for protection against invading Indians more than a century ago. (Photo courtesy of Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

Don’t you just love history and the surprises it holds? Read the following article written Thursday, March 30, 1939, by Amelia Church. It was published in the Roswell Dispatch on the same date.

Lady Coyotes top Goddard 2-0; Roswell takes 3rd place at Alien City Invite; rival Artesia wins title

Roswell senior Mari Meraz scores a goal during the second half of the Lady Coyotes’ 2-0 win over the crosstown rival Goddard Lady Rockets Saturday at the Cielo Grande soccer fields. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Burning rubber at Alien City Dragway

Artesia’s Mike Callaway smokes his tires as he prepares to race Saturday evening at Alien City Dragway. (AJ Dickman Photo)
Larry Kamper of Dexter heats up the tires on his Chevy Camaro on his way to the starting line Saturday. The next event at Alien City Dragway is the Town vs. Town Street Showdown on Sept. 2. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Coyotes fall 1-0 in Hobbs

Roswell senior defender Patrick Brown (3) slide tackles Hobbs’ Keaton Hartman during the Coyotes’ 1-0 double-overtime loss to the Eagles Saturday in Hobbs. (Jason Farmer Photo/Hobbs News-Sun)

Three games into the season and the Hobbs boys’ soccer team has already played three double overtime games. The last came Saturday afternoon as the Eagles beat visiting Roswell 1-0 at Watson Memorial Stadium.

Toney Reynolds is a friend of work

Living in Roswell for the past 55 years has given retired veterinarian Toney Reynolds a clear understanding of how the area has changed. Reynolds is shown here inspecting the grape vines in his garden. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Toney Reynolds likes Roswell so much, he moved here twice.

Hawkins arrested in hotel murder case


The man suspected of killing his girlfriend more than two weeks ago in a north Roswell hotel has been arrested.

NM National Guard has local reunion

Dan Judy, at right, a military collector and historian, gives a ride in his World War II Ford GPW Jeep to members of the Kasuboski family of Roswell, during Saturday's reunion of New Mexico National Guard members at the American Legion Hall on North Montana Ave. In front, at left, is Danny Kasuboski. In back are, from left, Kadin, Lukas and Mattheu. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The organizers of the first reunion of people who have served in Roswell with the New Mexico Army National Guard felt the time had come to greet old friends and remember their experiences.

Astronomy Club to host eclipse viewing event


The United States is in for a treat on Monday.

Mike Herrington holds fundraising breakfast

Mike Herrington talks about his candidacy for Chaves County Sheriff at a Saturday morning fundraising breakfast sponsored by High Chaparral Cafe on North Main Street. Herrington, who recently retired from the Sheriff's office after more than 21 years as a deputy, announced in June that he was running for the office. Voting will start in May 2018. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Week Ahead


Roswell City Council Infrastructure Committee, 4 p.m., Roswell City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.

Ramon (Ray) Claire Farley


Ramon (Ray) Claire Farley, age 82, passed away on August 4, 2017 at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa. He was attending a celebration of his hometown of Glidden, Iowa’s 150 year anniversary. He was born on May 3, 1935 in Carroll County, Iowa to Chester (Chet) and Doris (Luke) Farley.
He grew up in Glidden, Iowa, graduating form Glidden High School in 1953. After high school he attended college at Barrington College in Providence, Rhode Island, Taylor University in Upland, Indiana where he received a degree in secondary education.
Ray married Frances (Fran) Ritchel in 1956 in Fairfield, Connecticut after meeting in the summer of 1955 while working at Word of Life Summer Camp in Schroon Lake, New York. They were happily married for 61 years.
He began teaching, administration and coaching career in Marion and Peru, Indiana where he worked for 20 years. During that time he received a master’s degree in education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and pursued doctoral studies in education.
Ray and Fran then moved to Roswell, New Mexico, where he taught and served as the head of the Science Department at Roswell High School for another 20 years. He retired in 1997 after 40 years of teaching and coaching.
He enjoyed more than anything else spending time with his four grandsons every summer as they grew up. Between Family Camp at Bonita Park and summer road trips in the RV they all developed a bond with each other that remains unbroken.
Kevin Farley is his first grandson. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he played lacrosse and was Captain of a champion Navy Cycling Team. He is a Navy Fighter Pilot. He and Grandpa Ray shared love for all things mechanical, hard work, and ice cream. Their work and witness trip to Peru together was a highlight of their lives.
Brian Farley is Ray’s second grandson and is a graduate of the University of California, where he was a three-year letterman and staring offensive lineman for the Golden Bears, he also played lacrosse at Cal. He and his grandpa shared a deep appreciation of football and lacrosse, the outdoors, history, and good food. Brian loved his summers with his Grandpa.
Mitchell McCleery is the third grandson. Mitchell is a graduate of Full Sail University with a degree in computer animation. Mitchell loved taking trips with his grandparents in their RV. Grandpa loved to see all of Mitchell’s computer projects and was amazed by his talent. Mitchell recently taught Grandpa how to play Virtual Reality (VR) video games.
Lucas (Luke) McCleery is No. 4. Being the youngest grandson his Grandpa held on to him even tighter than the rest. Grandpa traveled from Roswell to Fort Worth last fall to all but two of Luke’s football games – including his State Championship victory. Luke enjoyed summer trips with his grandparents and loved attending Family Camp. Luke is attending and playing football at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Ray was a member of the First Church of Nazarene in Roswell, New Mexico. Ray was exceptionally active in his church. He taught Sunday School, served in various church leadership positions, and became the primary facility maintenance expert for the church. In addition, Ray was faithfully active in the missions aspect of the Church of the Nazarene. Over the course of his life he organized and participated in over 20 work and witness trips to help build facilities for missionaries on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. His last trip was in 2016. He also was extraordinarily active as a participant, and leader in the Roswell Camp of The Gideon’s International organization; placing and distributing thousands of Bibles to hotels, high school students, service members and New Mexicans from all walks of life.
Ray is survived by his spouse Fran of Roswell, New Mexico; his son CAPT Randal (Tania) Farley, USN (Ret) of San Diego, California; daughters Rhonda Farley of Watauga, Texas, Robyn (Greg) McCleery of Keller, Texas; sisters Barbara (Aaron) Carlson of Lake City, Iowa and Marcia (Paul) Wentworth of Loup City, Nebraska; his grandchildren LT Kevin Farley, USN of Hanford, California, Brian Farley of Lafayette, California, Mitchell McCleery of Keller, Texas, and Cadet Lucas McCleery, USMA West Point.
A memorial service will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene (501 N. Sycamore Ave.) in Roswell, New Mexico, at 10:30 a.m. on the 9th of September 2017. Friends are encouraged to bring pictures of Ray to add to a display of remembrance.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to be made to The Gideons International, Roswell Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 777 Roswell, New Mexico, 88202. Condolences may be left on Ray’s online guest book at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/ramon-farley-obituary.

Dorothy “Marie” Rodgers


‘Jesus put a yodel in her soul.’ Dorothy “Marie” Rodgers, 85, saw her Savior face to face on August 9, 2017. There will be no service at this time at the request of the family. A tribute of Marie’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
Marie was born on December 26, 1931, in Clarinda, Iowa, to Arthur and Gladys Freemyer. In 1951, she married the love of her life, David ‘Terry’ Rodgers, who preceded her in death. If Marie was involved in something, it was with great passion. Her dedication to her Heavenly Father was known by all who knew her, first and foremost. A very close second was her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marie was a tireless homemaker, even being awarded by the Home Extension Agency as a Master Cook. She spent countless hours volunteering for her church and Cowboy Camp Meetings. Marie will long be remembered for her ‘Yodel.’ She loved to sing, sew, read and feed wild birds.
A small bundle of a woman with so much love to give – whether in her mountain home, to the people of Weed and her church family, or to the many people whose lives she touched over the 85 years she lived on this earth. She was a true reflection of God’s love.
Surviving to cherish and honor Marie’s memory are sons: Layne Rodgers and wife, Ellen, David Rodgers and wife, Vickie; daughter, Jerusha Tucker and husband, Kevin; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Dennis B. Mahaffey


Dennis B. Mahaffey of Lubbock, formerly of Roswell, New Mexico, passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at the age of 88. He was born August 26, 1928 in Braxton, Mississippi to Davis Buford and Nanabel (Caraway) Mahaffey. He worked as an engineer for Southwestern Public Service in Artesia for 17 years and served in the National Guard. In 1957, he formed a partnership and lifelong friendship with Don Bartlett. Together they acquired the A & W Root Beer in Roswell and later the Tastee Freez franchise in New Mexico and West Texas. Their partnership lasted 50 years. Dennis was also a real estate broker and contractor for many years.
Dennis married Betty Haney on December 21, 1950 in Roswell. He was a member of Country Club Road Church of Christ where he was baptized at the age of 72. In 2014, the couple moved to Lubbock to be closer to their children, where he was a member of King’s Ridge Church of Christ.
Dennis is survived by his wife of more than 66 years, Betty; daughters, Denise Pernell and husband Randy of Dougherty and Kathy Dawson of Lubbock; siblings, Joann Stanley of Lubbock and Dee Mahaffey of Braxton; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; twin sons, Dennis and David in 1952; brother, George David Mahaffey; and son-in-law, Gary Dawson in 2013.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Combest Family Funeral Homes. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. (MST) at South Park Cemetery in Roswell, New Mexico.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NM 88130; Assurance Home, 1000 E. 18th St., Roswell, NM 88201; or Hospice of Lubbock, 3702 21st Street, Lubbock, TX 79410.
Please celebrate the life of Dennis by visiting combestfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Martha Louise Hutsen


Martha Louise Hutsen, 98.5, died August 15, 2017, at her home in Roswell, New Mexico.
She was born in Jonesville, Indiana, January 10, 1919, to Bertha Kruse Hill and Harry Gore Hill. She was one of five children, Laverne Artz, Kenneth Hill, Maurice Hill and Audrey Johnson. They were all raised in Columbus, Indiana.
Louise was married to Sidney Earl Hutsen August 23, 1941. Sidney preceded her in death in 2005.
They lived in Columbus, Indiana, where they raised five children. Survivors include her children, Karen Jean Remmele of Roswell, New Mexico, Sidney Randolph “Randy” (Carolyn) Hutsen of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Suzanne Laverne (Larry) Gaye of Portland, Oregon, Jane Ellen (James) Plank of Jacksonville, Florida, and Katherine Louise Hutsen (Rex) Baumgart of Columbus, Indiana. Louise had seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Sean (Stephanie) Edward Schooley, Courtney Hutsen, Brandon (Valerie) Hutsen, Christopher Gaye, James V. Plank, Katherine “Katie” Jane Plank and William Gabriel “Gabe” Hilt.
Louise graduated from Columbus High School in 1936. She received her teaching degree with a minor in music from Hanover College, where she was a member of the Phi Mu sorority. Upon graduation she taught in a one room school house, which is now a church across from Southside Middle School. Louise taught in the Bartholomew County School system full-time upon graduation and substitute taught while raising her children.
She worked at her husband’s company, Insurance and Management, serving on the board and was secretary / treasurer. Louise was active in the First Christian Church, was a member of Grandview Yacht Club and Grandview Garden Club, a former Bartholomew County President of the Republican Party Workshop, past-president of Delta Theta Tau, and past president of Zonta International in Columbus, Indiana.
Louise and Sidney moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in 1997. They were members of the Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church and lived at the Carriage Club of Jacksonville, Florida, where they enjoyed ballroom dancing. They were active and loyal fans of their grandchildren’s interests attending all their activities; golf, swimming, baseball, softball, and music performances.
In 2013, Louise moved to Roswell, New Mexico, where she lived independently until her death. She was an avid New Mexico Military Institute basketball fan and enjoyed her grandson’s and great-grandchildren’s basketball, baseball, volleyball and music pursuits.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017, at Columbus City Cemetery in Columbus, Indiana with Rev. David Burnett officiating. Calling will be prior to the service from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Fund-The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, 538 Franklin St., Columbus, IN 47201.
You are invited to send a message to the family via the internet.
Local arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Jon Scott Bliss


Jon Scott Bliss of Mesa, AZ, passed away on August 5, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Scott was born in Roswell on October 28, 1956, to Alice Hyatt Bliss and Jon Peter Bliss. He attended Goddard High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served in South Korea before returning to Roswell where he worked for Ginsberg Music Company for many years.
He married Melinda Rodgers of Alamogordo on December 30, 1978. They moved to Mesa, AZ in 1987.
Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Bliss, and his aunt, Rosemary Stephenson, both of Roswell, and his uncle and aunt, Evan Howard and Lorene Hyatt of Albuquerque.
He is survived by his wife Melinda Bliss of Mesa, AZ, and his cousins Sandra Stephenson Pearsall and her husband Ken, of El Paso, their daughters Amy of New York City and Nancy of Austin, TX, Nancy Hyatt Rankin, Carol Hyatt Hawk and her husband James and their daughter Jadyn Hawk Walker and her husband Shane, all of Midland, TX.
Per Scott’s wishes, he has been cremated, and no formal services will be held.

Delfina Elisa (Reyes) Franco


Delfina Elisa (Reyes) Franco, 70, passed away on August 3, 2017, her birthday, in Riverside, CA.
She was born August 3, 1947 in Roswell, NM, to Elisa Flores Reyes and Fernando Reyes.
She is a longtime resident of Riverside and Corona, CA. Delfina grew up in Roswell, NM and graduated from Roswell High School in 1965. She married Pedro Franco and eventually they moved their family to Corona, CA.
She attended Riverside Community College where she received her AA degree in 1982. She completed her BA degree in education at Cal State San Bernardino, graduating with honors in 1989.
Delfina had a long and fulfilling profession career. First with the Riverside County Registrar where she served as the County Registrar. Then after retirement from the county, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a teacher and served as a second-grade teacher at Edgemont Elementary School, Moreno Valley for the last 17 years.
Delfina was very dedicated and creative in her work and transferred those values to her employees and students. Her students were very special to her. She instilled in them an awareness and appreciation of the world around them and strived to give them skills to succeed in life.
She also nurtured this same education in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren by having mini classes for them in her home during the summer breaks and taking every opportunity to encourage them to grow and learn new things.
Delfina is survived by her son Raymond Franco and daughter Deirdra (Armando) Rocha, grandchildren Stephen Franco, Miranda Rodriguez (Daniel), A.J. Rocha, Marcus Rocha, Monica Rocha, Jimmy Rocha, and Cruz Rocha. Also her great-grandchildren Desiree Rodriguez, Andrea Rodriguez, Eva Rodriguez, and Daniel Rodriguez Jr. In addition, Delifina is survived by her brother Fred (Gloria) Reyes of Roswell, NM and sisters Rita (Ernest) Montoya of Roswell, NM; Corina (Frank) Gallegos of Glendale, AZ; and Mary Ann Jojola of Albuquerque, NM.
She is pre-deceased by her Daughter Jeanine Franco, and her parents. Pallbearers were Ray Franco, Stephen Franco, A.J. Rocha, Marcus Rocha, Mary Ann Jojola, and Fred Ray Reyes.



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