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Lila Sue Barbe Speir


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Lila Sue Barbe Speir, 88, was born on July 14, 1930, in Lawton, Oklahoma. She “crossed over” on Monday, April 22, 2019, after a short battle with cancer. Please take a moment and share a kind thought or memory with Sue’s family at www.andersonbethany.com.

Sue grew up in the Lawton, Oklahoma, area and moved to Dexter when she was a teenager, where her parents operated a grocery store/service station. She graduated from Dexter High School and later married Ottie Speir on February 28, 1949. They purchased the store from her parents and ran it for many years; first West of Dexter on the highway just North of the “Mile Curve” and then later in downtown Dexter.

She and her husband had three children: Charlotte, Ottie Jr., and Mary Kay. Ottie and Sue later moved to Hagerman and then to Artesia, where they retired. Sue worked alongside Ottie all through their married years in several different businesses, but mainly building custom homes in the area. She was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Westside Church of Christ in Dexter, Hermosa Drive Church of Christ in Artesia, and finally Country Club Road Church of Christ in Roswell.

PRECEDED: Ottie preceded her in death on January 10, 2012, and she moved to Roswell one year later. Her heart never left Dexter, where she had many life-long friends that she had gone to school with and raised her children.

SURVIVORS: She is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Williams of Clovis; sister-in-law, Carmen Barbe of Roswell; children: Charlotte English and husband Dale of Roswell, Ottie H. Speir Jr. and wife Linda of Artesia, and Mary Kay Speir-Howell of Roswell; along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

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SERVICES: Sue will be laid to rest beside her husband, Ottie, at Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia. A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019, at 11:00 AM, with Doug Austin, officiating.

PALLBEARERS: Sue’s grandsons will be her Pallbearers.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“Her children rise up and call her blessed.” –Proverbs 31:28

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