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Mildred O. Armstrong
Mildred O. Armstrong died Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998, at her home in TorC. She had been a resident of TorC since 1992.
Armstrong was born in Lake City, Ark., July 4, 1926 to George Allen and Jennifer Murphy.
She was a homemaker who is survived by her husband Glenn A. Armstrong of the family home; two sons, Larry Foster of TorC and Michael Foster of Mt. Vernon, Wash.; two stepsons, Glenn A. Armstrong Jr. and David B. Armstrong of Bellingham, Wash., and five grandchildren.
Armstrong is further survived by three brothers, Charles Allen of Jonesboro, Ark., Jim Allen of Brookland, Ark., and Bill Allen of Lakewood, Calif.; and two sisters, Francis Tyus and Barbara Fore of Casper, Wyo.
There will be no services.
Arrangements are under the direction of French Mortuary of TorC, Inc.

George Franklin Bixby Jr.
George Franklin Bixby Jr. died Nov. 17, 1998, at the New Mexico Veterans Center in TorC.
He was born in Roswell on April 24, 1907, to George F. Bixby Sr. and Anna Lee Bowen
Bixby was retired form the Bureau of Reclamation where he was an electrical supervisor.
He is survived by two sisters, Ruby Spanogle of TorC and Pearl Bordeaux of Arlington, Texas; four nephews, Dale Spanogle of Alaska, Dennis Spanogle of Tijeras, John Spanogle of Dallas and Bruce Bixby of Albuquerque; five nieces, Bernice Spanogle of Cody, Wyo., Ginger Morgan of Tuscahoma, Okla., Lillian Taylor and Peggy Brodeaux of Arlington, Texas, and Liilian Terry of Belen.
A memorial graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 at Hot Springs Cemetery with George Curry of VFW Post #3224 officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Hot Springs Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1180, TorC, NM 87901.
Arrangements are in the care of French Mortuary of TorC, Inc.

Elizabeth Ann Grove
Elizabeth Ann Grove died Friday, Nov. 20, 1998, at her home in TorC.
Grove was born in Ohio on April 3, 1932, the daughter of Dayton R. Tatman and Mary Elizabeth Smith. She retired as head teller of a bank and was a member of the Methodist Church. Grove had been a resident of TorC since 1993.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon M. Grove, of the family home; two daughters, Mary Ann Schalles of West Hills, Calif., and Robyn Rene Inman of Manteca, Calif.; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Dayton R. Tatman Jr. of Van Nuys, Calif., and Jerry Lee Tatman of Carolina Beach, N.C.
There will be no services. The family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Southern New Mexico Cancer Care Center, 1161-#D Mall Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88001.

Loretta E. Reck
Loretta E. Reck died Friday, Nov. 20, 1998, at Sierra Health Care Center.
Reck was born on Sept. 10, 1911, in Danville, Ill., the daughter of Rufus G. Henderson and Anna E. Coffey. She was a retired retail clerk.
She is survived by her husband, Paul V. Reck of the family home in TorC; a son, Thomas E. Reck of TorC; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and a graveside committal service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Vista Memory Gardens with Rev. Jim White officiating.
Arrangements are in the care of French Mortuary of TorC.

Harold E. Clark Sr.
Harold E. Clark Sr. died at his home in Las Cruces on Thursday, Jan. 28, 1999.
He was born in Deming on Aug. 28, 1917. Clark was retired from civil service and was a veteran of World War II.
He was a life member of the Masonic Five Points Lodge #1137 in El Paso and a life member of the Scottish Rite.
Upon retirement, he and his wife Hazel made their home in Caballo.
He was preceded in death by his wife Hazel and his brother Ralph R. Clark Jr.
He is survived by his two sons, Harold E. Clark Jr. and wife Betty of Caballo and David L. Clark and wife Sylvia of Albuquerque. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Harold E. Clark III of Caballo, Karen D. Weber and husband Jim of Caballo and Lee K. Clark and his wife Debbie of Albuquerque. He had seven great-grandchildren, Steven Clark, Mark Burroughs, Jesse Weber, Arthur Weber, Amanda Weber, Jennie Harris and Christopher Weber.
A memorial service for Harold E. Clark Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Caballo Community Church with Rev. Jim Woods officiating.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Getz Funeral Home in Las Cruces.

Maxine D. Cox
Maxine D. ``Mackie" Cox, 72, a resident of Winston for 43 years, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jay. W. Cox; daughters Donna J. Townsend and husband Tommy of Playas, Trudy L. Freeman and husband Russell of Winston, Margaret A. Peters of Azlo, Texas, and Mary M. Morrow and husband James of Las Cruces; a brother, James Davenport and wife Sally; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at the Cox Ranch in Winston. Cremation arrangements were made by the Sunrise Society of New Mexico.

Marshall Keith James
Marshall Keith James victoriously entered eternity Jan. 18, 1999, at the Veterans Hospital in Albuquerque.
He had a three and a half year battle with multiple melanoma (bone cancer).
James was born Feb. 6, 1940 in Atwood, Kan. He was a diesel and heavy equipment mechanic whose employment included Rusk Tractor and Cobre Mines. James served in the U.S. Navy.
James is survived by his loving wife Shirley and son Jeremiah of the family home; his son Kelly and wife Tammy, grandson little Henry of Hobbs, Merry James of Carlsbad, and son David, wife Mandy, grandsons Austin and Dalton and son D.J. of Lansing, Mich. He is also survived by his brother Jim and wife Sue of California and a sister Kathryn and husband Bill of West Virginia and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Hazel James, his step mother Mabel, a sister Claudette and a precious little granddaughter, Mariah.
His family would like to especially thank Pastor Dale and the Nazarene Church family for all their support, prayers and help during his illness.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Church of the Nazarene, 220 W. Fifth Ave. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be set up at Bank of the Southwest.
His willingness to help others, his sense of humor and eagerness to learn will be greatly missed, but we rejoice that he is out of his pain and suffering.

Iola M. Norris
Iola M. Norris, 89, of TorC died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999.
She was born June 6, 1909, in Clinton, Okla., to Jesse and Bessie Shaw.
She was a New Mexico pioneer, coming to Mountainair from Oklahoma City by covered wagon in 1915. Her father homesteaded 11 miles southeast on the west mesa near Mountainair.
Norris attended and graduated from Mountainair High School in 1927. She attended two years at Las Vegas University. Norris taught at some of the country schools she attended as a child.
She accepted Christ and was baptized in the First Baptist Church in Mountainair in 1925. Her membership was moved to Estancia in 1946 and to TorC in 1972. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star #23 in Estancia and served as Worthy Matron in 1955. She was voted a life member in 1971. Norris loved young people and was active in 411 work and the Estancia Teenage Club. 
She was a loving mother and devoted wife. Norris married Milton Norris Feb. 14, 1930. He preceded her in death in 1993.
Survivors include one son F. Lee Norris and wife Pat of Albuquerque; sisters Elnora Caswell and Milly Vanderburgh, both of California; grandsons Lee K. Norris and wife Donna, Bud Norris and wife Michelle all of Albuquerque; a granddaughter, Velda Eckhardt and husband Bill of Colo.; four great- grandchildren, Shawn Norris, Jessica, Ashley and Billy Eckhardt, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who include a cousin, Connie Blake of Albuquerque, neice Oneta Klatt and husband Calvin of Padre Island, Texas and a nephew Charles Norris of Mesquite, Texas; sisters-in-law Charlene Scott and husband Edward of Estancia and Vera Norris of El Paso, Texas; and special friends Bob and Laura Duderstadt of Albuquerque.
She was preceded in death by her parents, stepmother, two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Harris-Hanlon Mortuary Chapel in Mountainair with Rev. John Spruitt officiating. Burial followed at the Mountainair Cemetery with Bud Norris, Lee K. Norris, Shawn Norris, Calvin Klatt, Monty Klatt and Bryan Pollard serving as pallbearers.

Thelma L. Rex
Thelma L. Rex, longtime Deming resident and former TorC resident, died Monday, Jan. 25, 1999, at Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home in Deming.
Rex was born Oct. 25, 1921, in Eakley, Okla., to Robert and Sarah Greer Gallaher. She was a homemaker and also an Avon representative for 20 years. 
Rex had been a resident of Deming since November 1987, having previously lived in Elephant Butte for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband Albert M. Rex of Deming; two sons, Leroy Rex of Albuquerque, David Rex of Colorado Springs, Colo.; four daughters, Dalphna Beckman of Aurora, Okla, Marvetta Taylor of Heavenor, Okla., Marlene Bourget of Deming and Iva Atkins of Columbus, Miss.; a brother Derl Gallaher of Cortez, Colo.; two sisters, Doris Weems of Mesa. Ariz. and Derene Massey of Floral, Ariz.; 20 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth M. Rex on March 8, 1992, and by two brothers, V.I. Gallaher and Curtis Gallaher.
Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 and funeral services were held Friday morning, Jan. 29, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. W.C. Stephens officiating Pallbearers were her grandsons. 
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Memory Vista Gardens.

Gertrude R. Roberts
Gertrude ``Missy" R. Roberts died Jan. 31, 1999, at Sierra Vista Hospital. She was 95 years old.
She was born April 8, 1903, the daughter of John Benjamin Robertson and Violet Maude Tong in Detroit, Mich.
Roberts was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church.
Roberts is survived by her son Jack Lee Roberts of Winston; a sister, Martha Robertson of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Layfayette ``Bill" Roberts, in June 1990 and by her son Billy Roberts who died in 1923, Robert J. Roberts who died in1995, and by a grandson, Billy Roberts, in 1996.
Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 5, at the French Mortuary Chapel from 2 to 5 p.m.. Graveside funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso with Rev. Shon Wagner officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorial be made in Roberts name to the First Baptist Church, 220 Broadway, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are in the care of French Mortuary of TorC, Inc.

Paula Sanchez
Paula Sanchez, 53, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Edward Sanchez of Elephant Butte, seven children and 11 grandchildren.
Services were held at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at French Mortuary-Lomas Chapel. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque.

Willine Sweet Day
Willine Sweet Day, a resident of Truth or Consequences since 1982, died on Thursday, Oct. 28, at her home. She was 85.
Born Jan. 13, 1914, in Collinsworth County, Texas, she was the daughter of Albert Olanda Sweet and Florence LeVana Pruitt.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Day was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Winston Day, in 1995.
She is survived by a daughter, Billie Lowe of TorC; two grandchildren, Shirlene Garrett of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jimmy Bohannon of Lusby, Md.; five great grandchildren, two great-grandchildren at a sister, Noveline Schonover of TorC.
Visitation was held Friday, Oct. 29. Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 30, at French Mortuary Chapel, with the Rev. Brandford Cosway officiating. Interment followed at Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Arrangements are by French Mortuary of TorC, Inc.

Lewis Miller Koons
Lewis Miller Koons, a 15-year resident of Truth or Consequences, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Sierra Health Care Center. She was 90.
Born Jan. 20, 1909, in Ringwood, Okla., he was the son of George Koons and Ora Miller.
The retired Rock Island Railroad Agent was a member of Sierra Church of Christ and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He is survived by his wife, Nellie Koons, of the family home in TorC; three sons, L.D. Koons of Wewoka, Okla., R.L. Koons of Chicago, Ill., Ronald D. Koons of Albuquerque; a daughter, Diana Paxton of Wheat Ridge, Colo., six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Oct. 30, at Sierra Church of Christ, with Mr. Don Carlile officiating.
Arrangements are by French Mortuary of TorC, Inc.

Luciano M. Armijo
Luciano M. Armijo, 72, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000, at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces.
A lifelong resident of Sierra County, he was born Nov. 22, 1927, in Las Palomas to Rosendo J. Armijo and Remedios (Montoya) Armijo.
Armijo was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving the U.S. Army. He was also a rural route carrier for the U.S. Post Office from 1943-1974, and a carpenter.
Armijo was preceded in death by his parents, Rosendo and Remedios Armijo; a sister, Gladys Armijo and by his two brothers, Elias and LeRoy Armijo.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 50 years (having celebrated their 50th Anniversary in August 1999), Sesaria (Rivera) Armijo of the family home in TorC; two brothers, Eutimio M. Armijo and wife, Cecilia of Las Palomas, and Leo M. Armijo and wife, Orfita of Las Cruces; a sister, Lita Perez and husband, Chino of TorC; several nieces and nephews.
Mass was celebrated on Friday, Feb. 18. Private burial will be held.
Arrangements are by French Mortuary of TorC, Inc.

George Yates Hurley
George Yates Hurley, 66, a resident of Truth or Consequences for 14 years, passed away Friday, Feb. 18, 2000.
Hurley was born in Santa Ana, Texas, on Dec. 23, 1933.
He spent 42 years in the oilfield industry, and the last 10 years prospecting in the area.
Survivors include his loving wife, Sherry A. Hurley of the family home in TorC; a sister, Boddie Dean Slay; five children, Robert James Hurley, Danny Wayne Hurley, Timothy Yates Hurley, Tammy Lourie Hurley and Kyra Wharton; five grandchildren, Bobby Wayne Hurley, Joshua Eli Bailey, Meghan Jena Hurley, Colton James Hurley, Christopher Yates Hurley and Haley Amber Dirks.
In lieu of flowers, any donations to help with the funeral expenses would be greatly appreciated by the family, as there was no insurance. Please send donations to Sherry Hurley, P.O. Box 816, Williamsburg, NM 87942.

Leona May Wells
Leona May Wells, 79, passed away at Sierra Health Care Center on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000.
A resident of TorC since 1990, Wells was a retired grocery clerk.
She is survived by a son, Farrell L. Farmer of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, Van Strawn and wife, Erva of Williamsburg; and by a sister, Thelma Langford of Taft, Calif.
There were no local services.
Arrangements are by French Mortuary of TorC, Inc.

Ida May Harkey
Long-time prominent resident, Ida May Harkey, 98, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2000 at Sierra Health Care Center, where she had resided since 1992.
Harkey was born in Texas on Feb. 18, 1902, to James Francis Jones and the former Lucenda Jane McDaniel.
She moved to TorC along with her husband, Jack in 1957 from Canutillo, and was instrumental in helping build the Bartoo Sand & Gravel Company, and was one of the founding members of the Full Gospel Tabernacle.
She was voted ``New Mexico Grandparent of the Year" in 1993 and was well-known to the community as ``Granny." 
Harkey was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Harkey in 1961; and by a daughter, Evagene McDonald in 1971.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her children, Josephene Spilsbury of El Paso, Dorothy Bartoo and husband, Howard of TorC, Jack Harkey and wife, Millie of Las Cruces, Wannita Smotherman of LaLuz, Sharon Brown and husband, Lane of Georgetown, Texas; 22 grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren; and numerous great-great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Full Gospel Tabernacle with Rev. Mike Skidmore officiating. Burial will follow in the Hot Springs Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory can be sent to the Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1300 Broadway, TorC, NM 87901.
Arrangements are by French Mortuary of TorC, Inc.

George Michael Harriss
George Michael Harriss, 56, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2000 at Sierra Vista Hospital.
He was born in Hemit, Calif. on April 7, 1944 to Claggett Haskell Harriss and former Alberta Jamison.
Harriss was a resident of Elephant Butte since 1984 and was the meat department supervisor at Furr's Supermarket in TorC.
He was a member of the Sierra County Men's Bowling Association and the United Food & Commercial Workers Union.
Harriss was preceded in death by his parents, Claggett & Alberta Harriss; one brother, Steve Harriss; and two grandchildren.
He leaves behind his wife, Toni P. Harriss of the family home in Elephant Butte; two daughters, Jessica Hearn of Williamsburg, and Melissa Sullivan of Missoula, Mont.; a son, John Michael Harriss of Las Vegas, N.M.; one sister, Almarie Nielson of Santa Ana, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Celine, Cheyenne, Cody, Nicole, Morgan, Ashley and William; and several nieces and nephews.
Viewing was held Thursday, May 11, and services were conducted Friday, May 12 at Full Gospel Tabernacle with Rev. Mike Skidmore officiating. Interment followed in Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Arrangements are by French Mortuary of TorC, Inc.

Brenda Lea McCormick
Brenda Lea McCormick, a 40-year-old resident of Elephant Butte, passed away unexpectedly early Saturday morning, May 13, 2000 at Sierra Vista Hospital.
She was born on April 2, 1960, to Gene and Donna E. Hatton. Born and raised in Missoula, Mont., she later married Christopher McCormick on Sept. 27, 1979.
She worked as a secretary/officer manager for the Hot Springs Medical Clinic. She loved the great outdoors, flowers and animals.
McCormick is preceded in death by her husband, Christopher McCormick; and her grandparents, Noah and Sylvia Hatton and Elizabeth Williamson.
She is survived by her parents, Gene and Donna Hatton of Florence, Mont.; a foster daughter, Cheryl Snyder of TorC; three brothers, Steven Hatton of Deer Lodge, Mont., Bret Hatton and Scott Hatton both of Seattle, Wash.; two sisters, Debra Ramsey of Sauk Rapids, Minn. and Tammy Sturt of Seattle, Wash.
Services are pending with Sierra Funeral Home.

Christopher McCormick 
Christopher McCormick, 48, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Elephant Butte early Saturday morning, May 13, 2000.
He was born on April 11, 1952. He married Brenda Lea Hatton on Sept. 27, 1979.
McCormick is survived by his father, Edward McCormick of Reno, Nev.
Services are pending with Sierra Funeral Home.

Alan J. Ross
Alan J. Ross, 56, passed away at his home in Truth or Consequences on Friday, April 28, 2000.
Born to Harry W. Ross and Fannette D. Ducas on May 30, 1943, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the United States Army. He worked as a custodian throughout most of his life.
Survivors include his brother, Richard A. Ross and wife, Alice of Narrowsburg, New York.
No local services are planned at this time.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sierra Funeral Home.


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