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Leola ‘Pif’ Peed

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Leola ‘Pif’ Peed

Leola Kathleen Peed, a lifelong resident of Roswell, New Mexico passed away peacefully on March 31, 2020 at the age of 98.

Leola was born in Roswell on September 18, 1921 to Harold and Hattie Smith. Her mother died when she was 14, and eventually her father married Claribel Bray of Roswell, who became her ‘bonus Mother.’ Since her father owned a ranch between Roswell and Portales, she was able to have a horse in town and frequently rode out to the Roswell Country Club to go swimming with friends.

She graduated from Roswell High School in 1939 and married David Hubbard of Dexter not long after. They both studied for a year at The University of New Mexico before moving to Texas where Leola gave birth to daughter Sherry in 1941. She and Hubbard divorced in 1942, and she and Sherry moved back to New Mexico, living for a time in Dexter with Hubbard’s parents prior to moving into an apartment in Roswell.

When her high school sweetheart Philip Peed returned home from the war, their romance rekindled, and they married in September of 1945. They were married for 67 years before Philip’s death in 2011.

Known as “Pif” to her friends, Leola was a woman of strong will and determination with a myriad of talents. During her long life, she was a cowgirl working on her father’s ranch, an award-winning barrel racer, a wife, a mother of two, a talented seamstress and cook (especially when it came to cooking authentic Mexican food), a competitive bridge player, a medical office manager for Dr. Henry Hyslop, a piano teacher, an avid reader, and a golfer. Later in life with her husband Philip, she showed her artistry as a square dancer and round dancer, traveling to various events in the Southwest and giving demonstrations.

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Leola was preceded in death by her husband Philip. She is survived by her daughter Sherry O’Bryant of Ruidoso and her husband Doug, her son John Peed of Oxford, Alabama and his wife Shelly, her niece Cindy Anderson of Denver, Colorado, seven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Leola will be put to rest privately, with a memorial service to be held when the threat has passed.

Condolences may be left online at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com

Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.