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Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - August 25, 2007  CARLSBAD - Jose L. Acevedo, 20, of Ninth Street, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, off of Highway 62-180. There are no services scheduled at this time. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements were by West Funeral Home Jose Luis Acevedo was born Aug. 26, 1986, in Carlsbad to Oscar Ascevedo and Mary Lou Gutierrez. He was raised and educated in Carlsbad graduating from Carlsbad High School and he attended NMSU-Carlsbad for one year. Jose enjoyed working out at Total Fitness, riding motorcycles, dancing, and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his parents of Carlsbad, two sisters: Alicia and Victoria Acevedo, and one nephew, Dominic Acevedo, all of Carlsbad.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - June 22, 2007  CARLSBAD - A funeral Mass for George V. "Chochi" Acosta, 71 of Ash Street will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2007 at San Jose Catholic Church with Father Valentine Jankowski officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Gardens Memorial Park. A prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at San Jose Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today (June 23) and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at West Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are by West Funeral Home.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - January 13, 2007  CARLSBAD - A funeral Mass for Jose B. Acosta, 57 of Monterey St, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at San Jose Catholic Church with Father Valentine Jankowski O.F.M. Conv. Officiating. Interment will follow in Santa Catarina Cemetery. A prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday,January 15 at San Jose Church. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at West Funeral Home. Arrangements are by West Funeral Home. Jose Baiza Acosta was born February 6, 1949 in Carlsbad to Juan E. Sr. andEliza (Baiza) Acosta. He was a member of San Jose Catholic Church. Hisfavorite things to do were watching cartoons and eating cookies. He waspreceded in death by his parents and Juanita Acosta. Jose is survived by three brothers Juan Jr. and wife Martha, Adan Acosta, Daniel Acosta and wife Patricia and three sisters Delia A. Martinez and husband Julio, Olivia Lara and Eva Morales, all of Carlsbad. Pallbearers are Rudolfo "Bryan" Martinez, Jose Martinez Jr., Rico Morales andChris Morales.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - December 28, 2006 CARLSBAD - Funeral services for Billy F. Adams, 85, of West Howard Street, are scheduled for noon today at Sunset Church of Christ with Michael Joiner and Dr. Tom Andrews officiating. Interment will follow at Hagerman Cemetery. Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard will provide military honors. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Adams died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006, at his home. Billy was born to W.C. and Willie Adams on June 25, 1921 in Stamford, Texas. He graduated from High School in Dexter and completed certification from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Ill. Billy and Willine were married in Roswell on Dec. 26, 1941. During World War II, he served in Europe including France, Germany, and Austria. He received numerous metals during his service and was honorably discharged in 1946. Bill was employed as an electrician at the U.S. Potash mines for 21 years and as an Instrument Foreman at Kerr-McGee for 17 years. He retired in 1986. Bill enjoyed traveling and had covered most of the states including Alaska and Hawaii as well as Europe. Bill was a long-time member of Sunset Church of Christ Church, a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and a strong example for all who knew him. He will be missed. The family wishes to thank Lakeview Hospice for their loving support. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Willine Adams of Roswell; two daughters, Brenda K. Hunt of Ft. Worth, and Mary Evans and husband Ken of Ft. Worth; son Lane Adams and wife Terrie of Ruidoso; granddaughter Shawna VanNoy of Ft. Worth; great-granddaughter Brooklyn VanNoy of Ft. Worth; and very close and special in-laws, many special nieces and nephews and a host of wonderful friends.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - October 5, 2006 PARKER, Colo. - Lee Adams of Parker, Colorado died on vacation in New Mexico on September 12, 2006 from a stroke and injuries sustained in a fall. Born Edward Lee Adams, May 14, 1941 in Las Vegas, New Mexico to Edward William Adams and Louise Russell Adams, Lee grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico, attended the University of Colorado, and graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering. He worked for Martin-Marietta in Denver, Colorado and with the space program in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He became branch manager for Honeywell, Commercial Division (Sales) in Denver and went on to assist and consult with other firms in temperature and security system controls and transaction processing. Lee was a kind and gentle husband, father, brother and uncle. Always helping others to stretch their mental and physical capacities, he will be remembered as an avid golfer and musician. Lee is survived by his wife, Linda Adams of Parker, Colorado, his brother and sister-in-law John R. and Phyllis Adams of Santa Fe, New Mexico and niece, Jessica Adams, of Albuquerque. Keith Adams, Lee and Linda's son, and Lee's parents precede him. A family observance has been held.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - August 26, 2006 CARLSBAD - Funeral services for John Allen, 88, of North Howard Street, are scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Blodgett Street Baptist Church with Pastor David Prell, Pastor Bobby Fuller and Pastor Gary Wolfe officiating. Mr. Allen died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, at the University Medical Center in Lubbock. Interment at Carlsbad Cemetery will follow the funeral service. Presentation of the American flag by Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard will take place at graveside. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. John Allen was born to John Irma Allen, Sr. and Edith Brown Allen on May 26, 1918, in Mountain Park, Okla. He grew up and attended school in Blair, Okla. John moved to Dora, N.M. where he was self- employed as a truck driver delivering gasoline to rural areas. He joined the Army in June 1942, and in October of that year married the lady who would be his friend and partner for the next 63 years, Dorothy Prater. John spent the next two years in Europe serving his country during World War II. John and Dorothy moved to Carlsbad in 1951 where he was an electrician for Budwine Service Electric and Carlsbad Electric until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Blodgett Street Baptist Church and served as a Deacon and Treasurer for many years. He recently received a 50-year member pin from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. John enjoyed making watches and clocks in his spare time, a craft he learned while in the Army. He loved his family and church, and will be missed by many whose lives he touched. Survivors include his wife of 63 years Dorothy; son Royce Allen and wife MaryAnn of Carlsbad; brother Travis Allen and wife Gladys of Artesia; two sisters, Verla Brown and husband Delbert of Portales and Zona Lee Garrison and husband Alvin of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two grandsons, Christopher Allen, wife Crystal and children Caylei and Carter of Pearland, Texas and Sean Allen of Pearland; step-granddaughter, Farah Coleman and children Hailie and Kenzi Coleman of Carlsbad; and brother-in-law, Billy Prater and wife Peggy of Dora, N.M. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Allen, Sr. and Edith Allen and a sister, Frances Shafer. Pallbearers will be Bob Moss, Berry Pace, Terry Patterson, Dave Bryant, Keith Lacy and Barry Calahan. Honorary pallbearers are Alan Lacy, Willie Smith, Ernest Crowley, J.C. Evans, Billy Johnson, Bill Fincher, Dan Dowhower, Ron Pyeatt, Melvin Pyeatt, Mark Davis, Dirk Ellyson and his church family.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - August 28, 2007  CARLSBAD - A funeral Mass for Monica Elaine Arrey, 28, of Cypress, Calif., will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at San Jose Catholic Church. Father Cyprian Uline of St. Edward Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Carlsbad Cemetery. A prayer vigil will be at 7 p.m. today at San Jose Church. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at West Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are by West Funeral Home. Monica Elaine Arrey, formerly of Carlsbad, born June 26, 1979, in Silver City, was called home by the Lord Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, in Newport Beach, Calif. Monica was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Sotera Arrey; maternal grandparents, Vicente and Dolores Rivera; and cousins, Leigh Ann Galvan and William Yniguez. She is survived by parents, Robert and Zulema Arrey of Carlsbad; sisters: Angel Arrey of Carlsbad and Erica Arrey of Anaheim, Calif.; niece/godchild, Shianne Rojas and brother-in-law, Jessie Rojas, both of Carlsbad; and soul mate Thomas Manner of Cypress, Calif. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her two dogs which she dearly loved, Mia and Hannah. Pallbearers will be Thomas Manner, Jeremy Arrey, Joey Arrey, Steven Arrey, Eddie Rivera, Daniel Colman, Adam Arrey, Eric Arrey and Derry Bleich.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - October 23, 2006 CARLSBAD - Marvin Bailey, 88, of Moore Drive, Carlsbad passed away Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at his home. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Pastor John Hinze and Chaplain Jimmy Ryan officiating. Interment will follow at Carlsbad Cemetery Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard will provide military honors. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Marvin was born to Van Bunyan and Liddie Mae Thorton Bailey on June 6, 1918 in Broken Bow, Okla. He was a veteran of World War II and a survivor of the Bataan Death March. Marvin served in Battery F of the 200th Coast Artillery and survived internment in Japanese prison camps in the Philippines and Japan. He retired from Southwestern Public Service Company after many years of service. Marvin was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, American Ex-Prisoners of War and the Roadrunner Gem and Minerals Club. He was also a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church where he was active in the Senior Adult Ministry. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters and two great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margaret Bailey of Carlsbad; two sons, Marvin Bailey and wife Sandy of Rio Rancho, and Stephen Bailey and wife Jami of Lovington; three daughters, Patricia Gilliland of Carlsbad, Linda Morrow of Carlsbad, and Mary Florek and husband John of Carlsbad; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Shane Bailey, Jason Hotze, Scott Early, Jay Marrow, Alex Bailey and Sean Early. Honorary pallbearers are Marvin's Men's Sunday School Class, Ex-Bataan POW's and Larry Avitia.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - January 13, 2007  CARLSBAD - Connie Bickerstaff, 77, of Ural Drive passed away Jan. 10, 2007 at Landsun Health Services Center. Cremation has taken place and the Bickerstaff family will welcome friends and family Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1601 Ural Drive. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Cornelia Siebenthal wasborn to Charles and Cornelia Siebenthal on Aug. 13, 1929 in San Antonio, Texas. Connie graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1946. She married Gene Bickerstaff on August 2, 1947 in Alamogordo. Connie worked as an administrative secretary for Dr. M.K. Miner for many years and then worked as a legal secretary for the McCormick and Forbes Law Firm for several years. She went to work for Merchant Livestock over 25 years ago, where she worked until June of 2006. Connie was involved with the Carlsbad Community Concert Association, where she served as treasurer. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and sang in the choir at the First Christian Church. Connie was also a member of the Cavemen Sam's Club and Mu Master Beta Sigma Phi. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Bob Siebenthal. Survivors are spouse Gene Bickerstaff, husband of 59 years, three children Cheri Williams of Carlsbad, Lynda Bickerstaff of Carlsbad, Andy Bickerstaff of Carlsbad, seven grandchildren, eight-great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Charles Stanley Siebenthal Music Scholarship Fund, c/o Carlsbad Foundation, 116 S. Canyon, Carlsbad, NM 88220 or Amercian Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. Suite 300 N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87111.

Billings,Richard  3-8-1931     4-6-2009 Cremated
Memorial services will be held at a later date for Richard “Dick” Billings, 30 SKP Ranch Road, Lakewood.Billings, 78, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Artesia General Hospital.Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Billings was born March 8, 1931, in Long Beach, Calif.; the son of Irvin Billings and Lucy (Fleming) Billings.
On June 30, 1984, he was married to Lucile Nichols in Cheney, Wash. He came to Artesia in 2000 from Washington.

He was a HVAC mechanic and member the Escapees R.V. Club. He and Lucile spent the last nine years traveling and living in their R.V. and made Lakewood their home.
Survivors include his wife Lucile Billings of Lakewood; four daughters; a step-daughter; two step-sons; two brothers; fourteen grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. (submitted by Virginia Stanbrough)

Birch, Robert A. Jr. - December 5, 2000
Services for Robert A. "Bob" Birch Jr., 64, of 1002 Vogel Road, Artesia, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Woodbine Cemetery. The Rev. Lewis Mowery will officiate.  Birch died Dec. 2 at Artesia General Hospital.  Pallbearers will be Mike Anderson, Chuck Birch, Harold Birch, Mike David, Mike Goss, Sam Karr, Bill Poe and Doug Warren. Honorary pallbearers are all close friends.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.  Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary.  Birch was born March 6, 1936, in Charleston, Ill., to Robert A. and Vera (Wheeler) Birch. He married Marie Rigdon July 15, 1957 in Pecos, Texas and moved to Artesia in 1953 from Illinois. He was an automobile mechanic and 1954 graduate of Artesia High School. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.   Survivors include: wife Marie Birth of the home; parents Robert and Vera Birch of Charleston, Ill,; one daughter, Patti Pennington of Artesia; two brothers, Hugh Birch and Jim Birch of Illinois; one sister, Sue Warren of Cloudcroft; three grandsons, Brad Carlile, Bobby Carlile and Nathan Olguin, all of Artesia.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Sue Birch, in 1995. 
A graveside service will be held for the infant Dennis Lawrence Bliss Jr. at 3 p.m. today at Babyland in Carlsbad Cemetery with the family officiating. There will be no visitation.  Dennis died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Carlsbad Medical Center.  Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  Dennis Lawrence Bliss Jr. was stillborn April 7, 2000, in Carlsbad to Dennis Lawrence and Tonya Kincaid Bliss Sr.  He is survived by his parents of the family home; brothers, Ryan Ellis and Trey Troublefield of the family home; sister, Katelyn Troublefield of the family home; paternal grandparents, Gary Bliss of Kermit, Texas, and Ramona Fuller of Artesia; maternal grandparents, Norman Kincaid of Grove Spring, Mo., and Margaret Condon of Keota, Okla.; and paternal great-grandmothers, Ruby Bliss of Kermit, Texas, and Clarise Lattion of Artesia.
Private graveside services are scheduled for Joshua Wilson Bolanos of 2100 W. Richardson #27.
Bolanos, an infant, was born prematurely and died on Nov. 25,1999 at Carlsbad Medical Center.
Pastor Abelardo Bolanos will officiate. Interment will follow at Woodbine Cemetery.
No visitation is scheduled.
Bolanos was the son of Wilson Bolanos and Elidia (Morales) Bolanos.
He is survived by grandparents Benny and Mindy Morales and Abelardo and Nidia Bolanos, all of Artesia; great-grandparents Enrique and Juanita Perez and Frutoso and Dominga Morales, all of Artesia, and Octavio Duque of Colombia, South America; aunts Erica Morales and Liliana Chavarria, both of Artesia; uncles Stephen Bolanos and Ray Chavarria, both of Artesia; and three cousins.
Albuquerque Journal (NM) - April 9, 2005  Ralph Seymour Bowyer was born April 11, 1914 and died April 7, 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Frank Bowyer and Etta Louise Grout; his beloved wife, Maxine (Mickey) Jones; and his brothers, Bert and Bud Bowyer. He is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Nancy and Chuck Dingess and Dot and Earl Hester; along with five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Ralph was born in Albuquerque where his father owned Five Points Grocery Store. He graduated from Albuquerque High School and the University of New Mexico where he lettered in track, basketball, and football. He coached and taught school in El Paso, TX; Grants, Belen, and Carlsbad, NM; retiring as Athletic Director at Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM. Ralph and Mickey loved the mountains and spent their retirement years traveling around northern New Mexico where Ralph took pictures of scenery and old churches, using them as the basis for many pictures he painted. After Mickey's death in 1985, Ralph moved back to Albuquerque to be near his family. He enjoyed playing golf twice a week with friends until two weeks prior to his passing. Ralph was known as a gentleman coach, respected for high morals and fairness in all he did. He will be missed by family, former players, and friends. His Memorial will be held Monday, April 11, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church where he was baptized as an infant 90 years ago; to be celebrated on his 91st birthday. The church is located at 4th and Lead. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Mickey and Ralph Bowyer Scholarship Fund, 116 South Canyon, Carlsbad, NM 88220 or to Mesa View United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 4701 Montano Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
Rosemary Jean Burgett
Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 10:00 am at Carlsbad Cemetery. Viewing will be held on Monday, April 23, 2012, from 2:00-6:00 pm at the West Funeral Home, 401 N. Guadalupe St. Rosemary Jean Burgett, 88, formerly of Carlsbad, Mayhill, and Animas, NM, died early Friday, April 20, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Everett Dale Burgett of Animas,, daughters, Betty D. Beagles and husband Virgil of Roswell, Jerry A. Malone and husband Malcolm of Animas, and Paula J. Thomas of Los Lunas, NM, six grandchildren, Bobby S. Heard and Michelle Barreras, and husband Andrew of Roswell, NM, Callie E. Bertaud and husband Edward of McAllen, TX, Brandie J. Malone of Deming, NM, Gregory R. Thomas of Lubbock, TX, and Joshua R. Thomas of Albuquerque, NM., and six great-grandchildren, Rayan Peterson, Ariana Marquez-Heard, Bryce Bertaud, Alexis Barreras, Zane Birchfield, and Laney Bertaud. Jean, the eldest of seven children, leaves sisters, Margie Green of Derby, Kansas, Ramona Scott of Tyler, TX, Bobbie Sue and her husband Robert of Eastland, TX, Ann Higginbottom and husband Lee Roy of Abilene, TX., and one brother Jim Mangum and wife Barbara of Vidor, TX, and sister-in-law Adelina Mangum of Pryor, OK. Also surviving are numerous nephews, nieces and other family and friends. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Owen A. and Bernice (Wade) Mangum, and a brother Owen A. Mangum, Jr., Dale's parents, Elbert B. and Winni Burgett. Jean was co-owner of Dale's Flowers in Carlsbad from 1948 to 1963. She was an outstanding designer and loved working in the business. In 1968, Jean moved to the Cloudcroft, NM, area to help with the greenhouse business that her husband's family owned and operated. In the late 1970's, the family relocated to the southwest part of New Mexico to develop and operate the greenhouse operation using geothermal energy to heat the greenhouses. Dale and Jean headed that operation to make it the largest single greenhouse operations in the country.
Helen Buster
CARLSBAD — A funeral for Helen Buster, 69, of East Orchard Lane, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Sunset Church of Christ with Michael Joiner officiating. Interment will follow at Carlsbad Cemetery.
Mrs. Buster died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Carlsbad Medical Center.
Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Buster was born Sept. 24, 1930, to Jim and Ruby Mae Wilson in Hereford, Texas. At age 10, she moved to Carlsbad where she grew up.
She married Jim Buster on Aug. 6, 1971, in Albuquerque. He preceded her in death on May 9, 1986.
She enjoyed oil painting, made sculptured dolls and loved animals.
Mrs. Buster was a member of Sunset Church of Christ.
Survivors include sons, Shane McGonagill and Sterling McGonagill of Carlsbad; daughters, Judy Bowman of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Charla Grice and Brenda Poe of Carlsbad; brothers, Bill Wilson of Denver and Bob Wilson of Carlsbad; sister, Nell McGonagill of Mansfield, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Steve McGonagill, Randy Wilson, Brad Grice, Michael Bowman Jr., Christopher Bowman and Terry Wilson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Skyridge Christian Youth Camp, c/o Sunset Church of Christ, 1308 W. Blodgett St., Carlsbad NM 88220.
Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home.

Davis, Sabra Wilson - December 5, 2000
Closed casket services are scheduled at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 8, at First United Methodist Church, for Sabra Wilson Davis of 1905 Villa Drive. Davis, 86, died Dec. 5 at her home. Services will be conducted by Rev. Jean Riley with burial at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers are Harold Creswell, Bill Case, Jack Case, Bill Hull, Richard Price and Doyle Davis. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., Thursday, at Terpening and Son Mortuary. Born Dec. 8, 1913, in Lodgepole, S.D., to Gardner Wilson and Carrie Anderson Wilson, she married Homer A. Davis on May 19, 1937, in Hot Springs, S.D. Davis came to Artesia in 1962 from Houma, La., and was a housewife. Prior to moving to Artesia, she lived in Mullen, Neb., Palisade, Neb., and Wichita, Kan.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Artesia Country Club Women's Golf Association. Survivors include her husband, Homer A. Davis, of the family home; sisters LaVina Watson of Hettinger, N.D., and Risby Wilson Sattler of Roswell; brother Clay Wilson and his wife Marge, of Hettinger, N.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Tolof Wilson and Perkins Wilson and by her sisters Lima Wilson and Burness Martino. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.

Dutchover, Matilde S. - November 29, 2000
Services for Matilde S. Dutchover, 73, of 404 Quail St., Artesia, who died at home Tuesday, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Lake Arthur, with Fr. Vincent Peterson officiating. Burial will be at Lake Arthur Cemetery.  A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. today at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Lake Arthur.  Pallbearers will be Ray Chavarria III, Kris Luna, Tommy Baeza, Lupe Salazar, Jesus Aguilar and David Ramirez.  Matilde Dutchover was born June 3, 1927, to Miguel and Tomasita (Lujan) Salazar in Artesia. She was a lifetime Artesia resident, and was a housekeeper at Sunset Villa Nursing Center.  She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, a foster parent and belonged to Curillistas. Survivors include: one daughter, Gina Chavarria and Ray of Artesia; one sister, Mary Baeza of Lake Arthur; four grandchildren, Ray Chavarria III and Liliana of Artesia, Regina Chavarria of Artesia, Rhonda Luna and Kris of Artesia and Renee Chavarria of Artesia; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.  

Fenn, Ruth - December 3, 2000
Graveside services for Ruth Fenn, 1402 W. Gilchrist Ave. in Artesia, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Seminole Cemetery, Seminole, Texas.  Ruth Fenn, 100, died Nov. 30 at Artesia Good Samaritan Center.  Visitation will be at Terpening and Son Mortuary beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Vision 2000 Building Fund, 322 W. Grand Ave. in Artesia.  Fenn was born June 28, 1900, in Clairmont, Texas, to Joseph Howard and Lucy Frances (Jay) Grice. She married Herbert K. Fenn May 26, 1919, in Roswell. She came to Artesia from Seminole in 1983. She was a housewife and a member of First Baptist Church in Seminole.  Her husband, Herbert K. Fenn, preceded her in death May 17, 1967.
Survivors include: one son, Herbert Fenn of Salt Lake City, Utah; four grandchildren, Bill Fenn of Roswell, June Fenn of Salt Lake City, Sherry Fenn of Salt Lake City and Glen Fenn of Salt Lake City; and 6 great-grandchildren.
Hanna, Beulah E. - September 3, 2000
Services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 4 at Hope Church of Christ for Beulah E. Hanna of 2713 Menefee.
Hanna, 86, died Sept. 1 at Artesia General Hospital. Clarence Forister will officiate the services. Burial will follow at Upper Hope Cemetery. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today at Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Hanna was born July 7, 1914, in Wild Cherry, Ark., the son of Eli Benjamin Forister and Mary Elizabeth (Hale) Forister.
Her first marriage was on June 2, 1934, to Bill H. Madron in Dexter. He preceded her in death in 1970. She married Tom Young on Sept. 29, 1976, in Artesia. He preceded her in death in 1993. Her final marriage was on March 8, 1997, to Charlie (Jack) Hanna in Artesia.  She moved to Artesia from Arkansas in 1929. She was a housewife and a member of the Church of Christ.  Survivors include her husband Charlie Alma (Jack) Hanna, of the home; daughters Barbara June Ripley of Artesia and Betty Grace Ripley of Saraland, Ala.; sons Billy Eugene Madron of Romance, Ark., Bobby Joe Madron of Artesia, Lonnie Roy Madron of Irving, Texas, Harold Lee Madron of Alexander, Ark., and Gerald Dee Madron of Artesia; brother Clarence Lee Forister of Hope; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

Holder, Gracie - October 24 , 2000
Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at West Main Baptist Church for Gracie Holder of 6521 Seven Rivers.
Holder, 91, died Oct. 23 at her home. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Leo Pennington and I. J. Bizzell, with burial at Woodbine Cemetery.  Pallbearers are Perry Holder, Wayne Holder, Charles Holder, Kent Bush, Jim Bush and Harmon Bush.
All senior members of West Main Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.  Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Terpening and Son Mortuary.  Born Dec. 3, 1908, in Bowie, Texas, to Sam and Lula Mulleaux Williams, she married J. P. Holder in 1961 in Lubbock, Texas.  Holder came to Artesia in 1962 from Idalou, Texas, and was a housewife.
She was also a member of West Main Baptist Church where she was a longtime Sunday school teacher.  Survivors include sons Harmon Bush and his wife, Marilyn, Wayne Holder and his wife, Deanna, and Charles Holder and his wife, Nancy, all of   Artesia, and Perry Holder and his wife, Wanda, of Roswell; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Holder was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, a sister and one grandson.

Holguin, Mary V. - November 16, 2000
Mass of Christian burial for Mary V. Holguin, 57, of Hobbs, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Artesia.Burial will follow at Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia, with Father Vince Peterson officiating.  A rosary was recited Wednesday at Bethany Funeral Home Chapel in Hobbs, with Father Jose Reyes, OPM, Conv. and another rosary is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Grace, with Deacon Pablo Merjil as celebrant.  Holguin was born Feb. 17, 1943 in Candelaria, Texas, to Manuel and Refugia Villanueva. She was a resident of Hobbs for the past 30 years and worked as a caretaker in people's homes. She passed away Nov. 14 in Lubbock, Texas.  Survivors include: one son, Jesse Armendariz and wife Suzie of Artesia; one daughter, Roseann Arcidez and husband Rudy of Midland, Texas; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two brothers, Tony Villanueva of Phoenix, Ariz., and Manuel Villanueva of Pecos, Texas; mother Refugia Villanueva of Artesia; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father in 1990 and one brother, Juan Villanueva in 1970.

Huerta, Manuel S. Jr. - October 19, 2000
Funeral services for Manuel S. "Jr. Bo" Huerta Jr., 49, of 507 Cleveland Ave., who died Oct. 17 at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Fr. Alcuin Hunter will officiate. Burial will be at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steven Huerta, Sebastian Huerta, Sammy Madrid, Ben Huerta, Johnny Huerta and Chilo Huerta. Honorary pallbearers are Louis Garcia, Danny Ybarra, Richard Cardenas and all other friends.
Visitation at Terpening & Son Mortuary will begin at 10 a.m. Friday. Vigil service will be at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace.
Huerta was born May 10, 1951, in Artesia to Manuel S. Huerta Sr. and Lola (Segoviano) Huerta. He married Socorro Herrera on Jan. 28, 1970 in Artesia. Huerta was a lifelong resident of Artesia and was a bus driver for FLETC. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church. Survivors include: wife Socorro Huerta of the home; mother Lola Huerta of Artesia; three sons, Manuel Huerta II and wife Johnnie of Artesia, Steven Huerta and wife Carolie of Artesia and Sebastian Huerta and wife Venus, of Artesia; one daughter, Michelle Madrid and husband Sammy of Artesia; three brothers, Ben Huerta of Artesia, Johnny Huerta of Albuquerque and Chilo Huerta of Artesia.; six sisters, Sally Carrasco of Carlsbad, Angie Martinez of Artesia, Betty Hernandez of Artesia, Helen Huerta of Artesia, Corina Gurrola of Artesia and Gracie Huerta of Artesia; seven grandchildren, Cynthia, Skye, Starr, Steven, Rheana and Federico "Lico" Huerta and Ashley Madrid, all of Artesia.  He was preceded in death by his father, Manuel S. Huerta Sr. in 1997 and by a brother in 1991.

Kaspar, Virginia Carol - October 11, 2000
Graveside services are scheduled at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20, for Virginia Carol Kaspar, of Hobbs.  Kaspar, 54, died Oct. 16 in Hobbs.  Services will be conducted by the Rev. Jerry Chapman and Bob Gonzales of Roswell Christian Center, with burial in Woodbine Cemetery.  Pallbearers are William Phillip Chapman II, Jason Lucero, Daniel Chapman, Hiram Hudson Jr., Gerald Sentell and Travis Cochran.  Damian Hudson, Jeremy Chapman, Mary Chapman-Cochran, Susan Chapman, Sarah Chapman, Tabitha McKaskey, Charity Calvert, Michele Hartford, Geneva Clements, Sherry Chapman and all great nieces and nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.  Kaspar was born April 8, 1946, in Artesia to Bolivar and Virginia Chapman. She was a country-gospel singer and songwriter, having written and performed "A Tribute to Tex Ritter," "Marines on Sunday," "You Call Me Angel," "That's the Way Love Goes" and many other gospel songs.  She was known to close friends and family as an outgoing lover of people, who loved Jesus Christ.  Survivors include her mother, Virginia Hudson of Roswell; children Terra Arrellano of Albuquerque, Angela Weber of Little Rock, Arkansas, Shaine Allan Kaspar and Aaron Kaspar, both of Conway, Arkansas; brothers Larry J. Chapman, Rev. Jerry E. Chapman and Hiram Laray Hudson, all of Roswell, and William Phillip Chapman of Artesia; sister Beverly F. Moore of Roswell; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Bolivar Chapman and her step-father Hiram H. Hudson.

Needham, John Wesley - November 12, 2000
Graveside services for John Wesley Needham, 70, who died Saturday are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia. Pastor Rick Sullivan of First Baptist Church will officiate. Needham was born Dec. 28, 1929 in Artesia to Wesley L. and Flora Wilson Needham. They both preceded him in death as did a sister, Bonnie Parrish and brother-in -law, John Cockrum. Survivors include one son, John Wesley Needham Jr. and wife Tina; one daughter, Jana Bartlett and husband Tony and two grandchildren, Kyle Smith and Kieran Bartlett, all of Roswell; two sisters, Nora Cockrum of Artesia and Carolyn Plummer and husband Bill of Texas; one brother-in-law, Harold Parrish of Artesia; and several nieces and nephews. Needham will be remembered by numerous close friends including Keith Judd, John August Nelson, Jackie Spence, Floyd and Joan Howard and Bob Collins, a special uncle, Bob Needham and all the coffee drinkers at Big T in Artesia. Although spending most of his life in Artesia, he had lived in Roswell for 17 years. He served in the Army. After returning from service he joined in partnership with his dad to form Needham and Son Pump Company. He remained in the water well business until retirement with Smith Machinery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Post Office Box 719, Roswell, N.M., 88202 and Roswell Hospice, 1107 S. Main St., Roswell, 88201. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Home.

Olivas, Ygnacio L. - October 8  2000
Funeral services for Ygnacio L. (Nacho) Olivas will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Grace Church. Olivas, 89, of 1614 Oak St. in Artesia, passed away at Artesia General Hospital on Oct. 6. Father Vincent Peterson will officiate at services. Pallbearers will be nephews and sons. Burial will be at Woodbine Cemetery. Visitation at Terpening & Son Mortuary will begin at 10 a.m. Monday. A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church. Olivas was born July 31, 1911, in Chihuahua, Mexico and married Celia Munoz in May of 1974 in Artesia. He moved to Artesia as a teen-ager and had been retired from the City of Artesia water department since 1971. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church and was a volunteer custodian at the Artesia Center and was a former member of the Moose Lodge. Survivors include: wife Celia Olivas of the home; eight sons, Ygnacio (Junior) Olivas of San Diego, Calif., Ygnacio Olivas III of Lovington, Arturo Olivas of Roswell, Manuel Olivas of Albuquerque, Paul Olivas of Artesia, Jimmy Hernandez of Artesia, Cruz Munoz of Artesia and Albert Munoz of Roswell; nine daughters, Maria Chandler of Austin, Texas, Janie Olivas Segura, of Artesia, Nellie Sanchez of Levelland, Texas and six daughters who live in Mexico; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Urias, Bernabe "Bill" - December 1 2000
Services are scheduled at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 4, at Spanish Assembly of God, for Bernabe "Bill" Urias of 2005 W. Bullock Ave. Urias, 80, passed away Nov. 30. Services will be conducted by Rev. Manuel Carrera, with burial at Twin Oaks Memorial Park. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will began at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Terpening & Son Mortuary.
A prayer service is scheduled for 6 p.m., Sunday, at the Spanish Assembly of God Church. Born Aug. 5, 1920, in Redford, Texas, to Eugene Urias and Manuella Catano Urias, he married Maria De La Luz on Aug. 5, 1948, in Redford, Texas. Urias came to Artesia in 1963 from Texas and was a farm laborer. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was also a member of Spanish Assembly of God. Survivors include sons Manuel Urias of Artesia, Mario Urias of Clovis and Rey Michael Urias-Strawbridge of Lubbock, Texas; daughter Maria Louisa Orosco of Lubbock, Texas; sister Celia U. Catano of Marfa, Texas; brother Livorio Catano, also of Marfa; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Urias was preceded in death by his wife, Maria, in January 1988.
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