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Tamara Beth Fresquez


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Tamara Beth Fresquez (Rooskie), 60, passed away after her hard-fought battle with cancer, on the morning of October 11, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 16, 1958, in Lubbock TX, to Mary Beth Tarter (Morgan) and Bill Tarter.

Tamara was extremely loving and caring. She was an extraordinary mother, daughter, wife, sister, aunt, cousin, mentor, and teacher. Her favorite activities included spending time with her family and friends, singing, swimming, organizing family reunions, and baking on cloudy days. She was a past member and president of Delta Kappa Gamma and presently involved in the church choir.

Tamara graduated from Goddard High School, class of 1977. Following graduation, she attended College at West Texas A&M, where she was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. She completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in education and finished with a master’s Degree in Education from Eastern New Mexico University. She taught elementary school for 27 years, most of those being at Berrendo Elementary School, where she was a favorite of many of her students and staff. Following retirement, she worked as bookkeeper, and then most recently worked for the Department of Health, for the program, Healthy Kids Chavez County where she served as coordinator and for Healthy Kids Healthy Communities as state BMI surveillance coordinator.

She met her husband, love of her life, Kenneth Michael Fresquez. They celebrated 29 years of marriage this March. Tamara and Ken enjoyed camping, traveling, and kayaking in Big Bend. Once married, they gave birth to lovely twins, Elizabeth Kendra Fresquez and Alexandra Beth Fresquez in 1991.

She was predeceased by her father Bill Tarter who passed away in January of 2011, as well as her sweet pets, Jessie, Koko, Max, Sassy, and Jessica. She is survived by her husband Kenneth Fresquez of Roswell NM, her daughters Elizabeth and Alexandra Fresquez of Roswell NM, her mother Mary Beth Tarter of Roswell NM, her brother Curt Tarter and his wife Sue, their children, Dylan Tarter of Lubbock TX, and Tashina Lilley (Tarter) and her husband Tim, as well as their two children Lucas and Henry of Parker CO. Also, her brother Steve Tarter and his wife Dorothy, both of Roswell, NM. She is also survived by her father-in-law and mother-in-law Pete and Lydia Fresquez, her sister-in-law Kathy Chavez and her husband Frank, and their daughter Sabrina, and her daughter Lynette, and her sister-in law Tessa Fresquez, all of Albuquerque NM. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Phillip Fresquez, and his wife Sheila and son Christian. In addition to these, her precious miniature Schnauzer, Bella.

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Tamara will be dearly missed by her family and friends and she will forever be in our hearts.

We would like to thank all of our family and friends who have been such a great support during this difficult time. We would also like to thank Kindred Hospice, MD Anderson, Presbyterian Cancer Center, Sun Country Physical Therapy, and Kymera Cancer Center.

A service in remembrance, and to celebrate Tamara’s life, will be held on Tuesday, October 16th at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church at 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Roswell, NM. Those who wish to remember her in a special way can make donations in her memory to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at https://www.bcrf.org or the Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund at The First United Methodist Church. Arrangements have been made by Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

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