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Anne Wyman Fladd slipped quietly from this world to be rejoined by her beloved family and Savior Jesus Christ in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 30, 2020. She was born on Monday, September 10, 1945 in Roswell, NM to James Clayton Wyman and Lillie Anne Perry; both of her parents having predeceased her.
Anne grew up in the small, but once bustling community, of Hagerman. Her father, Clayton (J.C.) Wyman, was the local rural letter carrier for the post office and her mother, Lillie Anne, a schoolteacher at what is now called Nancy Lopez Elementary School and, at times, in Roswell schools. Lillie Anne specialized in teaching the many grade one Hispanic children in Hagerman struggling to learn English. That commitment had a profound effect on Anne’s compassion for others.
Daughter Anne was the youngest of five children and the only girl in the family. Her oldest brother Jim was fighting in the European theater at the tail end of WW2 when he received the news of her birth. Growing up with modest means, Anne had the pleasure of having her mother be her personal tailor. She would sew Anne dresses (and matching outfits for her doll) from decorative flour bags and other available material. She adored her mother dearly, so anything made by hand was always an instant smash hit! Another delight young Anne Wyman enjoyed was coffee. While most kids enjoyed chocolate milk and sodas, Anne was busy developing a sophisticated taste for the java bean. Her love for coffee was a passion so strong that it literally infiltrated her to the core and was passed down generation to generation. Her children and grandchildren, together with their cabinets full of dark roast, are testament to this even to this day.
During the pivotal moments in a young lady’s life Anne suffered her first tragedy. At fourteen years old her sweet loving mother Lillie Anne passed away from a 10-year struggle with cancer. Almost overnight, the loss of her mother transported Anne from young naiveté, to adulthood. This transformative experience from carefree adolescent, to accountable adult, was handled with unquestionable grace and absolute dignity. Once she graduated from high school, she spent the next 17 years building her family and creating a foundation for herself and her children to grow from.
She became a seasoned traveler of New Mexico as her husband David Chambers, an employee of El Paso Natural Gas, was moved every so often from one plant to another. From Farmington to Jal and Grants to Clayton they became modern day nomads picking up their tent (and children) and moving to where they were told from the Natural Gas powers-that-be. In 1981 they found their way to Jal, NM. Rather than move into a company provided house, the two bought their first home. Through the 1980’s, Anne saw two of her daughters, Lanna and Barbie, get married, five grandchildren born, a couple of kids off to college, and real stability in life. She attended some evening college courses herself in Hobbs, discovering that she enjoyed the challenge and commitment of a higher education.
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Life has a funny way of throwing you for a loop especially when things seem to be going well. In 1993 Anne moved to Roswell and began work at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. She had enrolled in a college degree program through Penn State University and her husband David had retired early. It was in January 1999 that a diagnosis of cancer was given to her husband and by September of that year she found herself a widow. The world seemed determined to bring her down, but it would take more than that to do so!
She worked hard, finished her degree in Dietary Management, and created a successful career. Her strength was evident in her determination. Her grit was fortified with the spirit of a little red headed girl that began life in Hagerman NM. She welcomed this new professional makeover with all the excitement that you expected from Anne. After several years with ENMMC, Anne received employment with the New Mexico state government as a dietary inspector, and traveled extensively across the state, especially helping retirement and nursing home centers with their dietary needs until she finally took retirement at the age of 72.
With such empowerment what more could she possibly ask for? Well, his name is William “Bill” Fladd. Bill worked as the environmental manager at ENMMC with Anne who was the Dietary manager. Their paths would cross from time to time and over the years this working duo began to develop a friendship which ultimately turned into more. The two were an unlikely couple. Despite some of their obvious differences, they found that they had a chemistry that worked, and worked well. After a brief courtship, the two were married in 2005. Her seven kids and his three boys created a new family that would become unbreakable and inseparable. Bill brought out the best in her and she made sure to challenge his concepts of her every day. The two were together until the very end.
Anne’s legacy was not written overnight. It began from a strong foundation of love from her parents and faith in God as a child. Her legacy was compassion for others and patience and prayer for understanding. Her greatest legacy was that of a mother. Her truly unconditional love and devotional to her children and husband. The rock that an entire bloodline stood on and a compass for her children as they set off to have their own families. Her presence will be painfully missed but our hearts will have some peace knowing that someday we will be reunited. As she always said, “you better be packed up, prayed up and ready to go up.” We will be mom.
Anne is survived by her husband, Bill Fladd; children, Lanna Reeves, Barbie Lelek and Tim, Darcy Shearer and Tim, Deon Chambers and Lisa, Sharon Chambers, Mary Anne Merrill and James Chambers and Wellen; step sons, William Fladd and Laurie, Mark Fladd and Stephanie, and Jessie Fladd; brother, David Wyman and Barbara; sisters-in-law, JoAnn Wyman and Pauline Wyman; numerous nieces and nephews; and 18 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Preceded in death was her husband, David Chambers; parents, James Wyman and Lillie; brothers, James Wyman, Jr., Bert Wyman and Sam Wyman.
Anne’s heart was broken with the passing of her brother Sam Wyman on Sunday, July 05, 2020 in Loma Linda, CA. Per his wishes a cremation was carried out, and to honor him, he will be laid to rest with his little sister Anne.
A viewing for Anne Fladd will be held on Tuesday, September 08, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 2420 N Garden Ave, Roswell, NM 88201, with the service to begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Hagerman, NM. Please visit our online guest book for Anneat www.FrenchFunerals.com.