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.
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.
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!
I love you, my beautiful queen. Until I see you again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rena Reynolds, one of the dance team boosters, said they enjoy the relationship they have with the community and want to nurture it.
“We often reach out to the Roswell community,” Reynolds said, “to help support our team in regional and national competitions. Last year, the Roswell community helped us attend five regional competitions and our national competition.”
They felt it was time to give back.
“Each year, there are many students that go without the proper supplies to meet the needs in each of their classes,” she said. “Without the supplies needed, many teachers try to fill the gap out of their pockets. We have gathered our resources, and are putting together 168 backpacks full of supplies for the RISD middle and high school students.”
Each backpack is loaded.
“We have chosen the middle schools and high schools because many other organizations have already supported the elementary schools this year,” Reynolds said.
“We purchased 168 backpacks in various colors.
“Each backpack will have one pencil sharpener, five No. 2 pencils, two pens, one yellow highlighter, two pocket folders, one ruler, one composition notebook, three single-subject notebooks and three sporting goods coupons for sporting apparel and shoes.”
The backpacks were distributed, 28 each to every middle and high school in Roswell.
“Although we cannot help all the students that require help,” Reynolds said, “the HPAD Dance Team hopes that these backpacks and supplies close the gap a little.”
The national competition this year was in San Antonio, Texas in the middle of July and the kids had a blast.
Addison Edmondson, a sixth-grader who is moving out of town said, “It was really fun, especially hanging out with the team and seeing all these other dancers dance, too.”
Edmondson said most of the money for the backpacks came from a performance.
“We had a dance recital in June,” she said, “and for every ticket someone bought, $2 was donated for kids who don’t have enough money for school supplies. We sold out, so it was 500 tickets.”
Kyra Daniels, a seventh-grader at Mountain View Middle School, said they all enjoyed the national competition.
“Nationals was so much fun,” Daniels said. “The first day was for qualifications. Our group got first place. Sunny’s solo got third place and my solo got third place, and the jazz duet and jazz trio both got second. Our group did an acrobatic hip-hop dance routine. It was like hip-hop only really intense.”
Natalie Herrera of El Capitan Elementary School, Ashlyn Montgomery of Del Norte Elementary School and Madeline Blanchard of Valley View Elementary School were excited to meet Ty Riley, a nationally renowned hip-hop choreographer, to compete in front of professional judges and to celebrate with their team.
HPAD can be found online at hpad.weebly.com.
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at email@example.com.
Kathryn Boydstun is the 2017 ENMU-Roswell recipient of the New Mexico Society for Respiratory Care (NMSRC) Cory Sufrin Scholarship.
The award is for outstanding academic achievement and professionalism. Boydstun was presented with the scholarship certificate and a $250 check from Mavis Williams, respiratory therapy program director.
“I am very impressed with Kathryn’s work ethic and determination to figure out solutions on her own,” she said. “She is working very hard at achieving her goal to become a respiratory therapist.”
Boydstun said she was surprised to receive the award, but finds the program challenging and fun. She is looking forward to the clinical training this semester.
Cory Sufrin was a respiratory therapy educator at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque who died of brain cancer. A scholarship was established not long after his death by the NMSRC.
The scholarship was established to assist students in respiratory therapy programs with their education. It is considered by the NMSRC as an “investment in the future of the respiratory therapy profession.”
Each of the respiratory care programs in the state select one worthy recipient.
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.
For those that read their 20 hours during the Summer Reading Program and turned in the order form, T-shirts will be available starting Aug. 16 until Aug. 31, which will be the last day to pick them up. Contact the library by calling 575-622-7101 or visit at 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Book Talk by Robert Briggs
Dragons are found in mythologies around the world. Some cultures feared them as harbingers of death and destruction, and others saw them as a sign of good luck. Whatever the case, there’s no denying how awesome dragons are.
In Gabe Hudson’s “Gork, The Teenage Dragon,” Gork has a hard time fitting in at Warwings Military Academy. He has a huge heart, and his tiny horns are so small, that rather than inciting fear in his enemies, they prompt laughter and mockery. Brutality and betrayal are valued over tenderness in Gork’s society, and his kind nature puts him at such odds with others that slavery is a very real threat.
On the eve of graduation day, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. Gork has his eye on the most popular she-dragon, and he and his best friend involve themselves in a series of goofy instances in order to win his queen. In this book, dragons are a space-faring species, conquering planets and spreading mayhem wherever they go. It’s a refreshing and comical take on the mythic beasts, and it combines elements of coming-of-age stories as well. Many will find a lot to like in this silly teenage dragon trying to fumble his way into adulthood. “Gork, The Teenage Dragon” is located in the science-fiction section of the library under the author’s last name, Hudson.
“Dragonslayer” is a classic fantasy movie about Galen, a sorcerer’s apprentice who has been tasked with saving the fictional, sixth-century kingdom of Urland from the fierce dragon, Vermithrax Pejorative. After the death of his master, Galen takes the sorcerer’s amulet and makes the voyage to Urland, where twice a year, a virgin girl is selected by lottery as a sacrifice to the dragon to keep him from rendering Urland nonexistent.
Facing opposition from the king of Urland, Galen must find a way to slay the dragon, so that the horrific practice can come to a halt. It’s a highly imaginative swords and sorcery adventure with a cast of memorable characters. Dragonslayer can be found in the audio-visual section of the library, shelved with all the other fiction DVDs.
“Bringing Up Baby Dragons,” by Ernest Drake, is the No. 1 guide on raising dragons — or at least it would be if dragons were real. It teaches would-be dragon breeders all they need to know about taming baby dragons, housing them, keeping them comfortable and enriching them through play. It provides recipes for dragon treats, and also has the words to classic dragon lullabies.
There are plenty of adorable illustrations that should keep one entertained and prepared for the day they finally get their own pet dragon. That’s assuming that dragons are real, and, well, you never know. “Bringing Up Baby Dragons” can be found in the J-Fiction area of the library, under the author’s last name, Drake.
Amanda Davis is a reference librarian at the Roswell Public Library. She can be contacted at A.Davis@roswell-nm.gov.
Healthsense set for Friday
Ardavan Behbod, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center’s pharmacy director, will speak at Senior Circle’s Healthsense at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug.18. Healthsense is free and open to the public and refreshments are served.
His topic is vaccinations, particularly flu shots as the season nears.
Senior Circle is at 2801 N. Main St., next to Family Dollar. For more information, call 623-2311.
I am writing this letter to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to the wonderful people at Southwest Glass.
We recently took our young people on a trip before school started and ended up with all three of our vehicles having chips in their windshields from the road construction we traveled through.
When we returned to Roswell, we called Southwest Glass to repair the chips. They came to our facility and fixed all three windshields and then gave us an invoice that stated “No Charge” and they thanked us for all that we do for the community.
The only reason we are able to care for homeless and at-risk children is because of the kindness and generosity of so many caring people. The people at Southwest Glass are a shining example of that generosity.
We feel truly blessed to be in Roswell. Thank you!
Wings for L.I.F.E.’s 10th annual Back-to-School Carnival and backpack giveaway was held Aug. 6.
There were carnival games for children of all ages, prizes, craft projects for parents and children to work on together as well as Papa John’s pizza, cookies and punch.
The carnival ended with brand new backpacks filled with school supplies given to children and youth pre-K through 12th grade.
The “E” in L.I.F.E. stands for “education” and that is the theme that runs through all Wings for L.I.F.E. programs. Thank you to Sertoma Club, St. Andrew’s Church, Agape Children’s Legal Services, Papa John’s and all the wonderful individual supporters that helped make this event a success.
Shelly Currier, executive director, Wings for L.I.F.E.
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.
Printed on the shirt is Trump’s agenda, “Repeal & Replace Obamacare, Hire American & Buy American, Stop Illegal Immigration & Limit Legal Immigration, Export Goods & Import Jobs, Cut Taxes & Regulations, Build the Wall and Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!”
Some of my Democrat friends say they like his jobs plan, but the Democrats they elect don’t. They work, but they feel it’s too harsh to make food stamp recipients get a job unless they lose their livelihoods, then perhaps they may become Republicans like Rust Belt Democrats who lost or feared losing their jobs did. They joined coal miners to elect Trump because Democrats close mines and ship manufacturing jobs overseas.
Democrats aren’t for the working class, and they’re not the party of the poor, either. While it’s true they’ll give them something for nothing, in New Mexico, they won’t cut loan rates from triple digits to 39 percent, keeping them broke from payday to payday.
Most people, small businesses, large corporations, investors and teamster’s unions like Trump’s agenda, but not all elected Republicans do, but ordinary Republicans are smarter than those they elect. They’re seeking to replace Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Dean Heller of Nevada. If they can’t, they may vote for the Democrat because it’s better than being stabbed in the back.
About 20 Senate Republicans have to go. Some want to oust the president and are undermining his authority to make appointments and fire people. Many have been in Washington too long, and they’re there only because they’re not Democrats.
Republicans prefer a nonpolitician president to them, but it just takes three senators to reject what most of us want. The good news is 25 Senate Democrats are up for re-election. They may lose 10 seats, and in 2020 Republicans will get rid of lots of RINOs.
Like Democrats who cried to judges to override Gov. Martinez’s vetoes, Sen. McConnell whines we expect too much. He’d better ditch rules that thwart our will or we’ll ditch Mitch.
Respectfully, your knuckle-dragging, Bible-banging, flag-waving neighbor.
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.
For your information and benefit, what follows is a news clip article from KRQE-TV regarding the design process for another recreational facility.
According to the report “The Hobbs City Council, after touring the country and seeing what worked well in other communities, emulated the best while adding their own twist. We’ve assembled the best of the best, from the architecture team to the design teams to our construction manager. We feel we are bringing the best team together to provide our community an amazing amenity.”
The project has been in the works for five years, giving them ample time to make a multigenerational complex while also consolidating attractions.
“Indoor water-park, indoor soccer facility, competition swimming pool, a three-story indoor play feature, we wanted it all.”
To my knowledge, the city of Roswell has yet to tour the country to see what worked in other communities and assembled design teams to select the best from the best while adding their own twist on what is best for the upcoming projects in Roswell.
City leaders should provide open and responsive government via town hall meetings and workshops to afford input from the community as to what is needed, wanted, useful and ultimately best for Roswell.
The design process for the civic center addition, new recreation center and aquatic center should be expanded to include a comprehensive study of the aquatic, civic and recreation needs and wants of our community, just as done in other areas with public hearings and workshops. The collective wit is greater than the singular wit — and it is time to expand the process with public comments.
These costly amenities should be designed to be multigenerational and last a lifetime just as the Cahoon Pool and Yucca Center. Let us have foresight to take the time and effort necessary to design and build the best for Roswell’s current and future generations.
Thomas E. Jennings
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.
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.
While authorities were unable to make a positive identification, medical investigators confirmed the body as Salas by fingerprinting.
An investigation also revealed that Salas was last seen alive three or four days before he was found by ranch workers in the area.
“This 30-year-old man, Mr. Sergio Salas, died of complications of methamphetamine toxicity,” medical investigators wrote. “According to reports, he was found deceased in a moderate state of decomposition hanging by his legs from a branch of a tree approximately 15 feet from the ground. His head, torso, and arms were hanging down from the branch.”
The autopsy included a full-body postmortem computed tomography scan that revealed there was no evidence of trauma or natural disease.
“Postmortem toxicology revealed a very high concentration of methamphetamine,” medical investigators wrote. “The high concentration of methamphetamine could explain the death in and of itself.”
Medical investigators said positional asphyxia, from being trapped upside down, while under the influence of methamphetamine might have been a contributing factor to Salas’ death.
“The cause of death is best certified as due to complications of methamphetamine toxicity,” medical investigators said. “The manner of death is accident.”
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
At the RDBG Kid Zone children can enjoy carnival games, rubber duck races down the fountain, crafts, sidewalk chalk and a photo booth in the Heritage Walkway.
The New MexiCAN BrewFest is located at the parking lot of Western Bank, 320 W. Texas Ave., close to the main stage. Only those 21 years and up can purchase a ticket to attend. There will be regional, local beer and cider on tap.
At 1 p.m., the Oilfield Cook-off takes place at the Heritage Plaza. The cook-off features some of the best cooks in the oil patch and onlookers can purchase meals to sample and vote for the people’s choice award.
Live music starts at 2 p.m. at the main stage at the Heritage Plaza parking lot with country singer Shari Rowe.
At 3:30 p.m., Callahan Divide is performing on the main stage. The band’s RDBG performance is one of the last performances as part of its final farewell tour before the band members go their separate ways.
At 5 p.m., the groove-oriented, old school rock ‘n’ roll band Statesboro Revue performs on the main stage.
Country singer Dalton Domino takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Domino is filled with the wandering spirit of a storyteller that’s never content with simply drawing from the tales of others.
At 8 p.m., Bri Bagwell is set to perform. Together with her band, The Banned, Bagwell filled many triumphs that were won on her own terms. In addition to delivering the musical goods, Bagwell’s stage presence embodies a kind of flirty yet tough magnetism that allows her to quickly connect with her audience while singing songs that reveal her heartfelt, often vulnerable side.
Bagwell’s brand of Texas country undeniably rocks the house and rattles the walls.
This is Bagwell’s second performance in Artesia having performed last year at Smokin’ on the Pecos.
Bagwell started her band, The Banned, in 2011, after a top 10 finish on CMT’s “Next Superstar,” a singing competition and reality show. She released her first album “Banned” from Santa Fe in the summer of 2011, and a self-titled EP in September of 2013. Both have sold through multiple printings, and she has had impressive success on the Texas Music Chart.
“I do write my own songs,” Bagwell said. “I had a publishing deal at Sony ATV in Nashville for three years, and I wrote a lot of songs during that time. I used to write only about my own life and my own experiences; but after getting the publishing deal I was writing so much that I was gathering inspiration from everywhere: My life, others’ lives, movies, and even Facebook. I’ve been blessed to have people buy and listen to the songs I write, whether I wrote them by myself or with another great songwriter. Singing my own songs is truly the best feeling in the world.
“I always stay and meet any fans that would like to meet me, whether it takes 20 minutes or two hours. It is my favorite part of the show. If anyone wants pictures or autographs, we can totally make that happen. My fans make my world go ‘round.’”
Asked what she had worked on the last year after her show in Artesia and what her plans are, Bagwell said, “I am now five-time Texas Regional Radio Female Vocalist of the Year. I’m currently working on a new full-length album in Nashville to be finished this year or early next year.
“I have a new duet co-write on Brandon Rhyder’s newest album as well as a couple more songs recorded by fellow Texas artists. I was also named one of the Top 10 Best Live Acts in Texas Country by the Houston Press.”
At 10 p.m., Southern headliner band Whiskey Myers will take the stage. Some call the band’s style rebel music, but it’s more like everyday soul. Their songs are stories, with characters and situations that are immediately relatable. Stories of celebration, mourning, trials and triumph. Through the quality of these songs, and their undeniable power in concert and on record, the band has attracted a devoted army of outspoken fans who pack venues, sing the band’s praises online and continue to make Whiskey Myers a growing word-of-mouth sensation.
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Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at email@example.com.
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.
“What we have is something that we many times take advantage of — we take for granted,” Jurney said. “I thank God for the fact that we have the ability to regain that patriotism, and to all that we are here for, I believe, good and noble reasons, but we’re here because of you. We’re here because you sacrifice, you gave up your time, you gave up your talents and you gave up your treasures.”
Jurney spoke from the perspective of someone who didn’t serve in the military. He said he wanted to, but couldn’t due to a car accident he was involved in when he was 9 years old.
“I would’ve been standing there beside many of you, fighting for what is right, fighting for our nation,” he said. “As to that, those of us that did not serve, we say thank you.”
Jurney said he saw how veterans were treated during the late-60s and early 1970s.
“Many of you were treated so poorly, coming back from Vietnam,” he said. “That was a very difficult time, and it was an unfortunate occurrence down in our nation’s history.”
Jurney left veterans with the words given by President Harry S. Truman in an excerpt from Aug. 14, 1945.
“It talks about me, and it talks about many who have come since that time,” Jurney said. “Future generations, they don’t want to reflect on the achievements of this historic year to fully appreciate the greatness of America, and as the men and women of the World War II generation truly deserve to be called America’s greatest.
“Today, our country, having achieved a victory over the forces of aggression … (and) dedicated itself to building a more peaceful world in an unprecedented effort to ensure a better future for the children in both its friends and former foes.
“In my heart, ladies and gentleman, that wraps it up.”
Interesting voter facts
Roswell had 23,269 registered voters at the time of the 2016 municipal election.
Of those, 5,012 registered voters actually voted.
Voter turnout was 21.54 percent. That’s higher than the national average.
According to whovotesformayor.org, most municipalities have a turnout of less than 15 percent for mayoral elections.
Most who do vote, according to the site, are 65 and older.
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.
“We started the conversations as adults, because that is where the conversation needs to start, and now y’all will take it to the kids,” said Laurie Schotz, executive director of the Artesia Arts Council and the facilitator for a panel discussion.
She added that she and a panel member, Jessica Caballero of the Changing Lives Coalition, plan to organize a bullying prevention effort in January that will have youth creating videos on the topic. Caballero is involved in several programs in schools for at-risk youth.
About 21 people attended the workshop, movie screening and panel discussion, representing such organizations as local schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Grammy’s House, 702 4 U, Faith Baptist Church and Altrusa.
The first workshop was intended only for adults working with youth, but the fictional movie “Cyberbully” and the following question-and-answer session with panelists were open to the public.
No youth attended the event, but panelists encouraged those present to talk to youth about the topics raised in the movie. The movie is similar to the real-life case of Megan Meier of Missouri, who committed suicide at age 13 after experiencing social media harassment when people created a fake profile to make her think a boy liked her and then began shaming her once she shared personal information and began to care about the online persona. “Cyberbully” also is about the attempted suicide of the main character and the subsequent efforts of teens and adults to change laws and the school environment. (New Mexico has laws and policies against bullying and cyberbullying of youth.)
Caballero said modeling and teaching healthy behaviors has to begin at basic levels.
Also one of the facilitators of the GIrl Power Lunch group at the Artesia junior high, she said that youth are sometimes struggling at young ages with issues of addiction, abuse and neglect, in themselves and their families. They need help defining what respectful behavior means and learning how people behave when they care and listen to each other.
Stacie Heacox of Big Brothers Big Sisters added that adults also need to explain and model to youth what it means to stand up for themselves and each other. They also need to understand the difference between the ideal of assertive conversation versus submissive or aggressive statements.
Panelists and attendees also talked about the importance of adults and school officials initiating the discussions about mental health concerns following such difficulties following divorce and deaths in families and to address suicidal thoughts before situations reach a critical point.
“They think they are alone,” said teacher Ashley Mason. “I’ve heard it called the Superman syndrome, where they think they are invincible and that this couldn’t happen to me. They feel like they are alone in their struggle, even though every single person at the school has probably experienced something like that.”
Youth minister Paul Dunbar of Faith Baptist Church, who works with fifth graders and younger children, said he feels it is important to remind youth of the value of their lives. He said younger kids don’t have the ability to understand the permanence of what they say and do. He stressed the importance of such talks in the today’s world, one where an app has gone viral that encourages teens to complete 50 dares, with the last one being suicide. (Suicide was the second-leading cause of death in 2014 for people 15 to 19, according to a National Vital Statistics Report issued by the Center for Disease Control in 2016.)
“Every day when they come in, I remind them that they were created for a purpose, that they are important and that they are special,” he said, “and when I leave I tell them the same thing. … The people in this room are a catalyst for making something happen.”
The panelists also talked about the importance of training youth to counsel other youth, recognizing that adolescents and teens often will pay more attention to what their peers say. An audience member also suggested getting youth involved in service projects that will show them that they have talents and abilities that are valued and appreciated by others.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com, by Sept. 20.