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Ramon (Ray) Claire Farley

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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.

Kathryn “Kathy” Horton

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Beloved Kathryn “Kathy” Horton, 57, passed away on August 13, 2017. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 7 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at St John the Baptist Catholic Church Friday, August 18, 2017, at 10 a.m. A tribute of Kathy’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
Kathy was born to Felipe and Fernanda Horton on August 1, 1960, in Roswell, NM. A wonderful daughter, sister, mother, Tia and grandma, she loved being with her family and friends. Kathy enjoyed listening to music and cruising with her dogs: Blondie, LeeAnn, Leo and Soldier. Whenever you might see her cruising, one of her dogs would be by her side. She was the one who always had something to say that would make you laugh. Kathy also enjoyed family gatherings and listening to her oldies. Even when someone went to visit her, she would be cleaning while enjoying her jams. Kathy was the baby of her brothers and sisters, but boy – was she the life and jokester of them all.
Preceding Kathy in death are her son, Angel Horton; father, Felipe Horton; sisters: Mary Lou Horton, Frances Horton; brothers: Rosito Horton, Agustine Horton; sister-in-law, Rose Salazar Horton; and great nephew, Jeremiah Ray Jaramillo.
Those remaining to cherish Kathy’s memory are sons: Alexis Horton, Gabriel Horton, Ramon Horton; grandsons: Joeray Garcia, Elias Garcia and Nick Gonzalez; sisters: Cruz Dillard, Nancy Garcia, Rose Hernandez, Juanita Rubio, Fernanda Garcia, Sally Chavez; brothers: Adan Horton, Phillip Navarette; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers are: All of Kathy’s nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be: Edward Means, Clayton Means, Michell Aguilar and Pete Ysasi.
After the service everyone is invited to join the family at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3201 S. Sunset Ave., Roswell, NM 88203.

Stop dwelling on the past because the past is forgotten.
Don’t look forward to the future because the future is for God to decide.
Live in the present because that’s exactly what it is, a present from God!
Gabriel Horton

I love you, my beautiful queen. Until I see you again.
Alexis Anaya

John Walter Gray

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John Walter Gray, age 86, of Chino, California. He was entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 23, 2017 following a hospitalization due to illness.
John was born on March 2, 1931 to his beloved parents, Joseph and Grace Gray in Erick, Oklahoma. He moved with his family to New Mexico and settled in the Hondo Valley in 1943. Continuing school in Tinnie, he later graduated from Hondo High School in 1951. Shortly after high school he joined the United States Marine Corps. While stationed in California he met and married his wife Charlene for the next 63 years. John exited after serving proudly in the United States Marine Corps, with a rank of Lance Corporal; Squadron VMF214. He then took on a new career as a sales manager in the food services industry, with the Cargill Corporation.
He was preceded in death by both parents, two sisters, Pauline Poeling, Rose Porter, two brothers Joe Wayne Gray, C.E. (Buck) Gray, and one loving daughter-in-law Silvia Gray. John leaves behind his loving wife Charlene Gray, five loving sons; Kenneth Gray of Camby, Oregon, Ron Gray and his wife Marika of Germany. Doug Gray and his wife Nancy of Chino, California, Jeff Gray of Germany, and Kerry Gray of Riverside, California. He also leaves behind his five grandchildren, Cory Gray, Christopher Gray, Daniel Gray, Janessa Gray, and Dennis Gray along with four great-grandchildren, Isabella, Charlotte, Phillip, and Vayda. He also leaves behind one surviving sister Carrie Sue Mathews of Roswell, NM.
Funeral services were held on July 27, 2017 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California, with full military honors.

Shirley Lynn Doss Buck

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Memorial services will be held at,10 a.m. on Friday, August 18 at First Baptist Church for Shirley Lynn Doss Buck. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Shirley was born February 11, 1937, to Leatrice and Mancel Doss in Pampa, Texas. She joined her Lord in heaven on August 12, 2017, surrounded by her loving family as she told them each goodbye.
Shirley married Freddie Starkey in 1954 and they had two children together. She later married Clarence Sperling in 1969. He preceded her in death on May 16, 2007. On February 14, 2009 she married Charles Buck. Shirley loved helping others. She worked at the Artesia General Hospital as a medical technician for many years. She later earned a license as a LPN and worked at the Pecos Valley Lodge in Roswell. After hard work and dedication to the nursing profession, she became the Director of Nurses at the Good Samaritan Home in Artesia. Shirley had a great love for antiques, traveling, dancing and animals.
Shirley is survived by her husband Charles Buck; beloved daughter and son-in-law Shawn and Randy Kinnibrugh; and precious son Todd Starkey; and seven step-children Lisa Keavenly, Kyle Sperling, Mark Sperling, Joel Buck, Kathy Lynn Harper and Jolynn Green. She was “Mimaw” to her grandchildren Chris Pearson, Amber Glass, Cole Kinnibrugh, Colton Starkey and Trevor Starkey; and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Sherry. Shirley will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, quick wit and determination to succeed at anything she put her mind to.
Memorial contributions may be made to Paws and Claws or to St. Jude’s Hospital.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please remember Mrs. Buck online at artesiafunerals.com.

Barbara Earp Atkinson and Albert E. Atkinson, Jr.

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A combined graveside service is planned for Barbara Earp Atkinson and Albert E. Atkinson, Jr. at 10 a.m. on August 19, 2017, at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Roswell, New Mexico. Reverend Laird Cross of First United Methodist Church in Roswell will be officiating.
Barbara was born February 3, 1928 in Deming, New Mexico to M. L. Earp and Gladys Evans. Barbara went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2017, in Scottsdale, AZ. Al was born February 22, 1925 in Newton, Alabama to Albert E. Atkinson Sr. and Elizabeth Stewart. Al went to be with the Lord a few months after Barbara, on August 1. Al served in the infantry division of the U.S. Army during World War II. Barbara and Al were married on August 18, 1951 in Fort Worth, Texas, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage. They moved to Roswell in 1952. Al worked in the marketing department for Southwestern Public Service Company for over 35 years. Barbara worked in the banking and finance industry. She was fond of her work with young people in 4-H. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi International. Barbara and Al were members of First United Methodist Church and Aldersgate United Methodist Church before moving to Arizona in 1999. Al volunteered at Del Norte Elementary School in Roswell and at Finley Farms in Gilbert, Arizona. They were active members of First United Methodist Church of Mesa.
Barbara and Al were preceded in death by their parents, Al’s sister, Lorena O’Bannon and brother, Niel S. Atkinson.
They are survived by daughter Melanie Brewer of Scottsdale, granddaughter Kim Shumsky of Indianapolis, niece Jane O’Bannon of Alabama, and nephews, Rev. Michael O’Bannon of Tennessee and N. Stewart Atkinson of Florida.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First United Methodist Church of Mesa, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa, Arizona 85210.
Arrangements by Dignity Green Acres in Scottsdale, AZ and local arrangements by LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Roswell, NM.
Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Academy teaches kids to give back

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HPAD dancers spent Saturday packing backpacks for underprivileged middle and high school students of Roswell. Tanya Herrera, left, Fantasia Morgan, Natalie Herrera were among the students working hard that afternoon. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Teaching kids the value of service and of generosity is one of the most valuable life lessons adults can impart. The folks at HPAD (Haley’s Powerhouse Academy of Dance) Dance Team know this, and with parental help, have been giving their young dancers a reason to hold their heads high.

Congrats to ENMU-R student

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Kathryn Boydstun is the 2017 ENMU-Roswell recipient of the New Mexico Society for Respiratory Care (NMSRC) Cory Sufrin Scholarship. (Submitted Photo)

Kathryn Boydstun is the 2017 ENMU-Roswell recipient of the New Mexico Society for Respiratory Care (NMSRC) Cory Sufrin Scholarship.

Story times resume this week

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Story Times are resuming this week, back to their normal schedule of every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. They’ll begin with a “Back to School” theme on Wednesday and focus on the letter “A” for Saturday’s Story Time.

Area happenings for the young and old

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Healthsense set for Friday

Thanks for glass company’s generosity

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I am writing this letter to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to the wonderful people at Southwest Glass.

Back-to-school carnival a success

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Wings for L.I.F.E.’s 10th annual Back-to-School Carnival and backpack giveaway was held Aug. 6.

Some GOP senators have to go

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Putin didn’t help elect President Trump, but if he did I’d make thank you Vlad T-shirts with a picture of them colluding on the front and “Make America Great Again” and “Americans First” written in bold print on the back.

Residents had no vote on facilities

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The city of Roswell is currently expanding the civic center and considering construction of both a swimming pool and recreation center. Residents of Roswell did not have an opportunity to vote on any of the projects and provide significant input on what is needed, wanted and useful for the betterment of our community.

Peggy A. Frederick

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Peggy A. Frederick, age 66, of Roswell, passed away August 10, 2017. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, August 18, 2017, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 19, 2017, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Pastor Sean Lee of Grace Community Church will be officiating.
Peggy was born on December 23, 1950 to Fred Eugene and Frances Medlin at the Howard Air Force Base on Panama Canal, Panama. She loved to listen and dance to country western music, arts and crafts “she was artsy,” rollerskating “she just glided,” bowling at the Red Rooster and the Town and Country Bowling alleys “she was on several bowling leagues,” sports “track,” playing retro video games “her favorite game was Burger Time,” and she liked to beautify herself “primping every chance she got.” Peggy was an assistant manager at Denny’s when she was in an accident that impacted her life in October of 1981; the cause of a drunk driver colliding with her. She was strong-willed and was determined to get well. After her accident her Pekingese dog “Poncho” helped her heal. Peggy attended St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Roswell and was a former member of the Roswell Bowling Association. She was always Grandma to the family “until she came Momoe.”
She is preceded in death by her parents; one grandson Jeremy Conklin; and niece-In-Law Josephine Arias.
She is survived by her daughter: Sheila Ann Bowers (Bert Sanders) of Roswell, NM; sister: Mary Lee Medlin of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren: Adam Lem (Trisha) of Las Cruces, NM, Amber Conklin (Avery Muniz) of Albuquerque, NM, Michelle Ann Barber (Adam Neal) of Roswell, NM, Teryn Lem of Las Cruces, NM; great-grandchildren: Jeremiah Barber of Roswell, NM, Orion Siegler of Albuquerque, NM; nephew: Gene Purcell of Roswell, NM; niece: Wendy Lem (Shawn) of Roswell, NM; and two great-nieces: Jessica Mendez of Roswell, NM and Sierra Purcell of Roswell, NM; as well as numerous aunts and uncles of North and South Carolina.
Our family wish, is for “Momoe” to rest in peace with “Poncho” and Jeremy.
A special thanks to: the Rehab Center, ENMMC-The ICU Staff.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Peggy’s name to the Roswell Human Society, 703 E McGaffey St, Roswell, NM 88203.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Meth cause of death for man found in tree

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Salas

NM Medical investigators find no evidence of trauma

The man whose body was found in a tree in southeast Roswell in June died from complications of methamphetamine toxicity in a manner of death ruled accidental, according to an autopsy performed by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.
Initially, 30-year-old Sergio Alexander Salas was reported missing to the Roswell Police Department on June 2 by his mother. Six days later, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a body found suspended in a tree in a “very difficult position.”
The body was 15 feet above the ground on a farm southeast of East Brasher Road and South Atkinson Avenue.

Red Dirt Black Gold Festival celebrates oil and gas industry

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Submitted Photo Singer and songwriter Bri Bagwell will perform at Artesia’s Red Dirt Black Gold Festival.

The Artesia Arts & Cultural District presents the Red Dirt Black Gold Festival on Aug. 26. The all-day festival features free concerts and entertainment celebrating the oil and gas industry.
The event kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Eagle Draw with Oilfield Olympics. The competition is not only for professionals out in the oilfield, it is also a fun way to see who can handle the hustle and bustle working on the gas- and oilfields. Best teams get awarded for first, second and third place with gold, silver and bronze trophies.

Spirit of ’45 makes seventh salute to veterans

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Curtis Michaels photo LOCAL ARTIST SALUTES VETERANS IN SONG A salute to all veterans was celebrated at Cattleman’s Kounty Kitchen at 2010 South Main Street, Monday night. Andres De Gutierrez provided some of the music for the event.

Many locals will agree that a meal and a “thank you” isn’t enough to properly show the gratitude to the veterans of the United States, but it certainly helps.
Cattleman’s Kountry Kitchen presented the seventh annual Spirit of ‘45 Salute to All Veterans Monday evening. While the “45” is in relation to the year World War II ended, veterans from every aspect were thanked with brisket, music and a good amount of cake.
Former Roswell mayor and announced mayoral candidate Del Jurney spoke at the ceremony, offering thanks to all of the veterans in attendance.

Person on the Street 08-15-17

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Artesia looks at youth suicide, bullying

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Lisa Dunlap Photo An app that has gone viral encourages teens to complete 50 dares, with the last one being to commit suicide, Faith Baptist Church Paul Dunbar, pictured second from right, said at a Friday event in Artesia. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 19. Dunbar was one of six panelists talking about youth bullying and its effects. Others are, from left, Jessica Caballero of the Changing Lives Coalition, Celia Fisher of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico, Stacie Heacox of BBBS and Artesia Park Junior High teacher Ashley Mason. Not pictured are Natalie Perez of BBBS and Facilitator Laurie Schotz of the Artesia Arts Council.

Exactly what will happen now that some Artesia community leaders got together to talk about youth bullying remains uncertain, but panelists and participants said that the important thing was to start a conversation with each other and begin talking with kids.
The Artesia office of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico and the Artesia Arts Council organized an anti-bullying workshop Friday at the Ocotillo Performing Art Center on Main Street for youth leaders to talk about bullying among kids, including online bullying.

Locals to be honored by ENMU-R

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Submitted Photo Oil and gas industry executive Ray Willis is one of two honorees of the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation.

Ray Willis and Roswell Livestock and Farm Supply will receive awards at an upcoming event of the Eastern New Mexico-Roswell Foundation.
Willis and Roswell Livestock and Farm Supply will receive service awards at the 16th Annual Foundation for the Future Banquet Tuesday, Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main St.
Willis is president of Hanson Operating Co. Inc. and McBride Oil and Gas Corp. He will receive the President’s Distinguished Service Award. Roswell Livestock and Farm Supply will be recognized with the Diamond Service Award for its ongoing support of the foundation.
For more information about the banquet, contact Craig Collins, 575-624-7304, craig.collins@roswell.enmu.edu, by Sept. 20.

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