Union County, New Mexico

Posted Entries for March 1998


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Surnames: DEAN, GRAHAM, PRICE
Submission from: roberge@pa.net
Entry Dated: Tuesday, March 3, 1998
My grandfather's half sister was Missouri PRICE Dean, born in Missouri and married to a William E. DEAN. She moved to Union co. and is listed in the 1920 census as living in Clayton on Pine street. She had a daughter Francis L DEAN Graham. who was married to Tarrence P. GRAHAM. Tarrence and Francis L (Frankie) had 2 daughters listed on the 1920 census. Margaret GRAHAM was 3 (born in 1917) and Francis Elizabeth was 3 months old. (born in 1920). Both daughters were born in Clayton and probably grew up there. I am looking for these daughters, Margaret or Francis E. GRAHAM. I have information on the family. Anyone who might help, please contact me. Thanks Scotty Roberge at roberge@pa.net


Surnames: GRIGGS
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Thursday, March 5, 1998
LaJoyce GRIGGS, 51, died Saturday, February 21, 1998, at University Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was a resident of Kenton, Oklahoma. Funeral services were to be held at 2:00 p.m. MST Wednesday, February 25, 1998 (today) at the Kenton Community Building in Kenton with Reverend Selma R. Cullop, pastor of the Kenton United Methodist Church; Reverend L. Dean Cullop and Reverend Galen Smith officiating. Burial was to be in the Kenton Cemetery.

LaJoyce was born February 13, 1947, in Turlock, California to J. W. and Modenia Adeline "Addie" (DAILY) VOYLES. She was raised in Duncan, Oklahoma, where she was a 1965 graduate of Duncan High School. LaJoyce married Louis Allan GRIGGS on March 20, 1965, in Duncan. She attended college at Southwestern University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and following Allan's military service in Ft. Polk, Louisiana, she worked at Southeastern State University in Durant, Oklahoma. In 1970 they moved to Norman, Oklahoma where she was president of the engineers' wives club. They moved to Pearisburg, Virginia where she was active with the Giles County Little Theater. Following two years in Houston, Texas, they lived in Abqaiq and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where in addition to being a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, she played softball and soccer, and was the top spectator in all of her kids' sports, traveling throughout Europe with her family. In 1986, they moved to Kenton, Oklahoma, and started a vineyard. After living in Greeley, Colorado; St. Louis, Missouri; and Woodward and Tahlequah, Oklahoma, they moved back to Kenton in 1993. LaJoyce and Allan have owned and operated the Kenton Mercantile Co. since that time. She was a member of the Kenton United Methodist Church.

LaJoyce is survived by her husband, Allan GRIGGS of Kenton; one son, Aric GRIGGS of Muskogee, Oklahoma; two daughters, Andrea BELL and her husband Dean of Tahlequah and Misty TRAPP and her husband Brian, also of Tahleguah; her parents, J.W. and Addie VOYLES of Harlingen, Texas; one brother, Jerry VOYLES and his wife Pat of Tahlequah; four grandchildren, David MOORE, Andrew GRIGGS, Daisy Paige BELL, and Austin TRAPP; three step-grandchildren, Amber BELL, Candice BELL, and Jonathan BELL. Also surviving are Allan's parents, Carroll and Louise JOHNSTON; his sister, Anita ARMSTRONG and her husband Tom; his step-brother, John JOHNSTON; and step-sister, Tish LUMPKIN and her husband Bill; and serveral nieces and nephews.


Surnames: BLAN, GARCIA, HACKMASTER, JINZO, NARANJO, PADILLA, TRUJILLO
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Thursday, March 5, 1998
Mr. Jose D. TRUJILLO, 72, died Monday, February 16, 1998. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 19, at the Salazar & Sons Mortuary in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Burial was in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers were Daniel Trujillo, Danny Trujillo, Max Martinez, Benny Naranjo, George Garcia and Jimmy Blan. Mr. Trujillo is survived by his daughter, Tina JINZO and husband Lewis; brothers, Daniel TRUJILLO, Louis TRUJILLO, Joseph TRUJILLO and Lawrence TRUJILLO; sisters, Pauline NARANJO, Molly HACKMASTER, Jeanie GARCIA, Beatrice PADILLA and Helen BLAN; grandchildren, Dolores and Vincent; and one great-granddaughter, Felicia.


Surnames: KOEHN
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Thursday, March 5, 1998
Louie KOEHN, 71, of Texline, Texas, died Saturday, February 21, 1998, at Coon Memorial Hospital in Dalhart. Funeral services were to be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, 1998 (today) at the Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church in Texline, Texas, with Reverend Stanley Unruh, of the church officiating. Burial followed in the Texline Mennonite Cemetery.

Mr. KOEHN was born and raised in McPhearson, Kansas. He married Florence NIGHTINGALE August 22, 1948 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He owned and operated a Purina Feed Business in Burns, Kansas before moving to Texline in May of 1976. In Texline, he operated a Feed & Ranch business before retiring serveral years ago. Louis was a member of the Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church in Texline, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Florence of Texline; two sons, DeVon and his wife Becky KOEHN of Texline and Warren and his wife Polly Koehn of Waynesboro, Virginia; two daughters, Mrs. Delbert "Shirley" BECKER of Texline, and Mrs. Lynn "Gayla" KOEHN of Hartley, Texas; five brothers, Arthur KOEHN of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, Arnold KOEHN of Newton, Kansas, Kenneth KOEHN of James Port, Missouri, Chester KOEHN of Walker, Missouri and Willard KOEHN of Phoenix, Arizona; five sisters, Mrs. Orville "Norma" MASTRE of Galva, Kansas, Mrs. Clyde "Vesta" KOEHN of Rich Hill, Missouri, Mrs. Gordon "Doris" KOEHN of Hillsboro, Kansas, Mrs. Galen "Bernice" NICHOLS of Isabella, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Allen "Vada" BOYER of Lindsborg, Kansas; and 15 grandchildren.


Surnames: BRESSLER, COOTS, GATTIS, MAY, MONTGOMERY, SMITH
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Thursday, March 5, 1998
Elizabeth Ann MAY, 50, of Clayton, died Monday, February 23, 1998, in Clayton. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 1998, at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, with Reverend Billy Rammage, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Bertrand Cemetery at Felt, Oklahoma.

Liz was born in Clayton, New Mexico, on October 1, 1947, to Oscar MONTGOMERY and Gladys (COOTS) MONTGOMERY. She was a 1965 graduate of Felt High School and married Donald P. MAY on July 24, 1965, in Clayton. Liz was a graduate of Panhandle State University and was ready to receive her Master's Degree from West Texas A&M University. She taught school in Felt, Oklahoma for nine years and had taught Elementary and Special Education in Clayton since 1980. Most important in her life she was a mother, and for 25 years she was a foster parent to numerous children. Liz was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clayton.

Survivors include her husband, Donald MAY of Clayton; two sons, Christopher MAY and his wife Sonja of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Michael MAY of Clayton; four daughters, Tammi GATTIS and her husband Mark of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Paula BRESSLER and her husband Mike of Guymon, Oklahoma, and Becky MAY and Frances MAY, both of Clayton; her parents, Oscar and Gladys MONTGOMERY of Felt, Oklahoma; one brother, John MONTGOMERY and his wife Ellen of Shattuck, Oklahoma; one sister, Susan SMITH and her husband Bernard of Hugoton, Kansas; eight grandchildren; and numerous foster children. Memorials may be made to the Gideon Memorial Bible Program.


Surnames: BONNY, BYNUM, JACOBS, JTC, MANTZ, MORLAN, SMITH
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Thursday, March 5, 1998
Leland M. JACOBS, 81, of Clayton, died Thursday, February 26, 1998, in Amarillo, Texas. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28, at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, with Reverend Andy Husted, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, officiating. Burial was in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Norman Earle, Bob Maness, Roy Perschbacher, Fred Beatty, Kenny Dellinger, Clyde Turner and Richard Maness.

Mr. Jacobs was born in Hayden, New Mexico, on September 2, 1916, to Clarence Winfield JACOBS and Lula Estella (MANTZ) JACOBS. He married Ethel Elizabeth JACOBS on January 26, 1944, at Williams Field, Arizona, and she preceded him in death on March 13, 1997. Leland attended school in Hayden and Clayton, New Mexico, and graduated from high school in Delphos, Kansas. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps. He was a rancher and owned and operated L. M. Jacobs Wholesale, A1 Texaco Station and JTC Trucking Company in Clayton for 40 years. Leland served for 20 years on the Clayton City Council and was a member of the American Legion, the Clayton Lions Club, and the Baptist Church. In addition to his wife and parents, Leland was preceded in death by two brothers, Loren who was killed during World War II in India, and Ronald, in 1994; and a sister Althea BONNY, in 1990.

Survivors include two sons, J. W. and Jackie JACOBS of Zapata, Texas, and Duane and Donis JACOBS of Fritch, Texas; one daughter, Cynthia (C.J.) BYNUM and Wayne SMITH of La Veta, Colorado; three grandchildren, Kelly MORLAN, Tate JACOBS and Shandra JACOBS; three great-grandchildren, Matthew, Michael and Timothy; and a number of nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Anthony's Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, Texas 79176.


Surnames: FEELEY, RAMSEY, SLAUGH, THOMAS
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Thursday, March 5, 1998
Juanita RAMSEY, 78, of Alpine, California, died February 16, 1998 in California. Juanita was raised in Clayton, New Mexico where she spent her early years. She graduated as Salutatorian of her Clayton High School class. Later she moved to San Diego, California are where she met and married Floyd "Doc" RAMSEY on April 17, 1948. They later became residents of Alpine, California.

A creative and talented homemaker for more than 50 years, Juanita perfected canning, needlework, cooking and taking care of her husband, Doc. She maintained a great love of Indian art and turquoise jewelry. Until retirement, she was a very integral part of their roofing business, but still found time to pursue her avocation with horses. Juanita loved to work crossword puzzles, and she loved to travel through this great land visiting 47 states. She and Doc traveled nearly every year to attend her class reunion in Clayton. She missed last year's because of her health. Juanita loved Clayton. In addition to her husband, F.M. "Doc" RAMSEY, Juanita is survived by a daughter, Patsy Weise THOMAS of El Cajon, California; grandchildren, Donna Giebe of Santee, California, Dianna FEELEY of El Cajon, and Dan and Doug SLAUGH of Park City, Utah; 13 great-grandchildren and two great- great-grandchildren.


Surnames: ARMSTRONG, BELL, DAILY, GRIGGS, JOHNSTON, LUMPKIN, MOORE, MST, TRAPP, VOYLES
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Saturday, March 7, 1998
LaJoyce GRIGGS, 51, died Saturday, February 21, 1998, at University Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was a resident of Kenton, Oklahoma. Funeral services were to be held at 2:00 p.m. MST Wednesday, February 25, 1998 (today) at the Kenton Community Building in Kenton with Reverend Selma R. Cullop, pastor of the Kenton United Methodist Church; Reverend L. Dean Cullop and Reverend Galen Smith officiating. Burial was to be in the Kenton Cemetery. LaJoyce was born February 13, 1947, in Turlock, California to J. W. and Modenia Adeline "Addie" (DAILY) VOYLES. She was raised in Duncan, Oklahoma, where she was a 1965 graduate of Duncan High School. LaJoyce married Louis Allan GRIGGS on March 20, 1965, in Duncan. She attended college at Southwestern University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and following Allan's military service in Ft. Polk, Louisiana, she worked at Southeastern State University in Durant, Oklahoma. In 1970 they moved to Norman, Oklahoma where she was president of the engineers' wives club. They moved to Pearisburg, Virginia where she was active with the Giles County Little Theater. Following two years in Houston, Texas, they lived in Abqaiq and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where in addition to being a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, she played softball and soccer, and was the top spectator in all of her kids' sports, traveling throughout Europe with her family. In 1986, they moved to Kenton, Oklahoma, and started a vineyard. After living in Greeley, Colorado; St. Louis, Missouri; and Woodward and Tahlequah, Oklahoma, they moved back to Kenton in 1993. LaJoyce and Allan have owned and operated the Kenton Mercantile Co. since that time. She was a member of the Kenton United Methodist Church. LaJoyce is survived by her husband, Allan Griggs of Kenton; one son, Aric Griggs of Muskogee, Oklahoma; two daughters, Andrea BELL and her husband Dean of Tahlequah and Misty TRAPP and her husband Brian, also of Tahleguah; her parents, J.W. and Addie VOYLES of Harlingen, Texas; one brother, Jerry VOYLES and his wife Pat of Tahlequah; four grandchildren, David MOORE, Andrew GRIGGS, Daisy Paige BELL, and Austin TRAPP; three step-grandchildren, Amber BELL, Candice BELL, and Jonathan BELL. Also surviving are Allan's parents, Carroll and Louise JOHNSTON; his sister, Anita ARMSTRONG and her husband Tom; his step-brother, John JOHNSTON; and step-sister, Tish LUMPKIN and her husband Bill; and serveral nieces and nephews.


Surnames: BLAN, GARCIA, HACKMASTER, JINZO, NARANJO, PADILLA, TRUJILLO
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Saturday, March 7, 1998
Mr. Jose D. TRUJILLO, 72, died Monday, February 16, 1998. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 19, at the Salazar & Sons Mortuary in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Burial was in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers were Daniel Trujillo, Danny Trujillo, Max Martinez, Benny Naranjo, George Garcia and Jimmy Blan.

Mr. TRUJILLO is survived by his daughter, Tina JINZO and husband Lewis; brothers, Daniel TRUJILLO, Louis TRUJILLO, Joseph TRUJILLO and Lawrence TRUJILLO; sisters, Pauline NARANJO, Molly HACKMASTER, Jeanie GARCIA, Beatrice PADILLA and Helen BLAN; grandchildren, Dolores and Vincent; and one great-granddaughter, Felicia.


Surnames: BECKER, BOYER, KOEHN, MASTRE, NICHOLS, NIGHTINGALE
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Saturday, March 7, 1998
Louie Koehn, 71, of Texline, Texas, died Saturday, February 21, 1998, at Coon Memorial Hospital in Dalhart. Funeral services were to be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, 1998 (today) at the Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church in Texline, Texas, with Reverend Stanley Unruh, of the church officiating. Burial followed in the Texline Mennonite Cemetery. Mr. Koehn was born and raised in McPhearson, Kansas.

He married Florence NIGHTINGALE August 22, 1948 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He owned and operated a Purina Feed Business in Burns, Kansas before moving to Texline in May of 1976. In Texline, he operated a Feed & Ranch business before retiring serveral years ago. Louis was a member of the Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church in Texline, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Florence of Texline; two sons, DeVon and his wife Becky KOEHN of Texline and Warren and his wife Polly KOEHN of Waynesboro, Virginia; two daughters, Mrs. Delbert "Shirley" BECKER of Texline, and Mrs. Lynn "Gayla" KOEHN of Hartley, Texas; five brothers, Arthur KOEHN of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, Arnold KOEHN of Newton, Kansas, Kenneth KOEHN of James Port, Missouri, Chester KOEHN of Walker, Missouri and Willard KOEHN of Phoenix, Arizona; five sisters, Mrs. Orville "Norma" MASTRE of Galva, Kansas, Mrs. Clyde "Vesta" KOEHN of Rich Hill, Missouri, Mrs. Gordon "Doris" KOEHN of Hillsboro, Kansas, Mrs. Galen "Bernice" NICHOLS of Isabella, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Allen "Vada" BOYER of Lindsborg, Kansas; and 15 grandchildren.


Surnames: BRESSLER, COOTS, GATTIS, MAY, MONTGOMERY, SMITH
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Saturday, March 7, 1998
Elizabeth Ann MAY, 50, of Clayton, died Monday, February 23, 1998, in Clayton. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 1998, at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, with Reverend Billy Rammage, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Bertrand Cemetery at Felt, Oklahoma.

Liz was born in Clayton, New Mexico, on October 1, 1947, to Oscar MONTGOMERY and Gladys (COOTS) Montgomery. She was a 1965 graduate of Felt High School and married Donald P. MAY on July 24, 1965, in Clayton. Liz was a graduate of Panhandle State University and was ready to receive her Master's Degree from West Texas A&M University. She taught school in Felt, Oklahoma for nine years and had taught Elementary and Special Education in Clayton since 1980. Most important in her life she was a mother, and for 25 years she was a foster parent to numerous children. Liz was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clayton. Survivors include her husband, Donald MAY of Clayton; two sons, Christopher MAY and his wife Sonja of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Michael MAY of Clayton; four daughters, Tammi GATTIS and her husband Mark of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Paula BRESSLER and her husband Mike of Guymon, Oklahoma, and Becky MAY and Frances May, both of Clayton; her parents, Oscar and Gladys Montgomery of Felt, Oklahoma; one brother, John Montgomery and his wife Ellen of Shattuck, Oklahoma; one sister, Susan SMITH and her husband Bernard of Hugoton, Kansas; eight grandchildren; and numerous foster children. Memorials may be made to the Gideon Memorial Bible Program.


Surnames: BONNY, BYNUM, JACOBS, JTC, MANTZ, MORLAN, SMITH
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Saturday, March 7, 1998
Leland M. JACOBS, 81, of Clayton, died Thursday, February 26, 1998, in Amarillo, Texas. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28, at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, with Reverend Andy Husted, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, officiating. Burial was in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Norman Earle, Bob Maness, Roy Perschbacher, Fred Beatty, Kenny Dellinger, Clyde Turner and Richard Maness.

Mr. Jacobs was born in Hayden, New Mexico, on September 2, 1916, to Clarence Winfield JACOBS and Lula Estella (MANTZ) Jacobs. He married Ethel Elizabeth JACOBS on January 26, 1944, at Williams Field, Arizona, and she preceded him in death on March 13, 1997. Leland attended school in Hayden and Clayton, New Mexico, and graduated from high school in Delphos, Kansas. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps. He was a rancher and owned and operated L. M. Jacobs Wholesale, A1 Texaco Station and JTC Trucking Company in Clayton for 40 years. Leland served for 20 years on the Clayton City Council and was a member of the American Legion, the Clayton Lions Club, and the Baptist Church. In addition to his wife and parents, Leland was preceded in death by two brothers, Loren who was killed during World War II in India, and Ronald, in 1994; and a sister Althea BONNY, in 1990.

Survivors include two sons, J. W. and Jackie JACOBS of Zapata, Texas, and Duane and Donis JACOBS of Fritch, Texas; one daughter, Cynthia (C.J.) BYNUM and Wayne SMITH of La Veta, Colorado; three grandchildren, Kelly MORLAN, Tate JACOBS and Shandra JACOBS; three great-grandchildren, Matthew, Michael and Timothy; and a number of nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Anthony's Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, Texas 79176.


Surnames: DEAN, GRAHAM
Submission from: roberge@pa.net
Entry Dated: Tuesday, March 10, 1998
I need help! The daughters of Tarrence P. GRAHAM and his wife, Francis L. DEAN GRAHAM were born in Clayton Union co, NM in 1917 and 1920. They are listed in the 1920 census of Clayton. They must have gone to the Clayton schools. Does anyone remember them??? Did they stay in Clayton and marry? Their grandmother Missouri Price King Dean was the sister of my grandfather. I would dearly love to find either of the girls. Margaret GRAHAM and Francis Elizabeth GRAHAM. Can anyone researching in the town help me? Can anyone involved with the Alumni help me? Margaret would have been in the graduating class of 1934 or 1935. Francis Elizabeth would have been in the class of 1937-38-39 I would appreciate any help. Thanks


Surnames: BATES, CHRISTIAN, HEPHNER, PERKINS, SAYRE, WOMACK
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Wednesday, March 11, 1998
Ledene SAYRE, 66, Died Tuesday, December 9, 1997, in Amarillo, Texas. Funeral services were held Friday, December 12, 1997, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, with Reverend Billy Rammage, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Kenton Cemetery at Kenton, Oklahoma.

Ledene was born June 5, 1931, in Rolla, Kansas, to Walter PERKINS and Effie (WOMACK)PERKINS. She married Shirley George "Buster" SAYRE on August 31, 1952, in Clayton. Ledene lived most of her life in Union County and was a 1949 graduate of Clayton High School. She and Buster ranched on the dry Cimarron prior to his death in 1966. She was Union County Treasurer from 1971 to 1974 and County Clerk in Union County from 1977 to 1980. Ledene served on the Board of Directors of the Union County Medical Offices and for the past 11 years she was owner and operator of the Phillips 66 Truck Stop in Clayton. She was preceded in death by her husband on March 30, 1966; her parents; a brother, Riley PERKINS; and two sisters, Mary HEPHNER and Helen BATES. She is survived by two sons, Mark Lauren SAYRE and his wife Sharon of Clayton, and Joe Keith SAYRE and his wife Susan of Aztec, New Mexico; her twin sister, Delene CHRISTIAN and her husband Alfred of Dumas, Texas; two brothers, Walter George PERKINS and his wife Barbara of Carlsbad, New Mexico, and John L. PERKINS and his wife Nan of Phoenix, Arizona; four grandsons; six granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Union County General Hospital, 301 Harding Street, Clayton, NM 88415.


Surnames: BACON, BENSON, DOITCHINOFF, HILLMAN, MORLEDGE, NEUHARTH, WATTERS, WOODARD
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Wednesday, March 11, 1998
Maxine DOITCHINOFF, 85, died Thursday, December 11, 1997, in Clayton, New Mexico. Memorial services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 15, 1997, at the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, with Reverend Andy Husted, pastor, officiating. Honorary Pallbearers were James E. Atkins, Leroy Howard, James Lobb, Abade Sisneros, Gerald Gove, Daniel Hernandez and Charles Brown.

Maxine was born a Pawhuska, Oklahoma, on February 8, 1912, to William Ralph MORLEDGE and Ida (HILLMAN) MORLEDGE. She married Doitchin DOITCHINOFF on November 9, 1946, in Clayton. A resident of Union County most of her life, she was a 1930 graduate of Clayton High School and attended Oklahoma Women's College at Chickasha, Oklahoma. During World War II she was head of the O.P.A. She was a bookkeeper and served as deputy county clerk and deputy treasurer in Union County along with being active for the past 30 years with the agriculture census. Maxine enjoyed playing bridge. She was a member of the New Mexico CowBelles, the Clayton Garden Club and the First United Methodist Church. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Dorothy WATTERS in 1981. She is survived by her husband Doitchin DOITCHINOFF of Clayton; one daughter, Jacquelyn NEUHARTH of Clayton; one sister, Elizabeth "Betty" WOODARD of Colorado Springs, Colorado; three grandchildren, Jeff BENSON and his wife Wanda of Bismark, North Dakota; Michelle BACON and her husband Randy of Aberdeen, South Dakota; and Scott BENSON and his wife Amy of New Castle, Wyoming; six great-grandchildren: Jeff's children, Skyler, Tristan and Riley Benson; Michelle's children, Leigh and Eric Bacon; and Scott's son, Brody Benson; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Clayton Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 187, Clayton, NM 88415.


Surnames: BIGGART, BROWER, HATLEY, HOOVER, MIT, NIX, PETERSON, RCA, WALLIS
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Wednesday, March 11, 1998
William Walter WALLIS, 78, died Thursday, December 11, in Albuquerque. A memorial service was held Sunday, December14, at 3:30 p.m. at the French Mortuary Lomas Boulevard Chapel, with Reverend Thomas V. Collins officiating.

Mr. WALLIS was born September 3, 1919 in Hope, Arkansas, to W. C. WALLIS and Neal HATLEY WALLIS. The family moved to Clovis, New Mexico in 1920. Mr. Wallis attended grade school and high school in Clovis and graduated from Clovis High School in 1937. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico Junior College in Portales (now the University) in 1939, and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in mathematics in 1941. Mr. Wallis taught mathematics at Eastern New Mexico University until Pearl Harbor. He became a Civil Service instructor for Air Force Radar Schools in Florida until he joined the Navy as Ensign and became an instructor at the Navy Radar school at MIT until he went on to the Navy Research Lab in Boston for one year. He returned home to New Mexico (Alamorgordo) to work on Aribe as the assistant director of Systems Engineering Laboratory at Holloman Air Force Base. He was one of the early pioneers in Rocketry. At RCA he worked on the Talus (White Sands) and Atlas (Nandenberg). At Hughes Aircraft he worked on the Surveyor and Mintue Man. He retired from Hughes Aircraft in 1976 and began a new career in Motels--in Clayton: the Sunset Motel (now the Best Western Kokopelli Lodge). At one time, Mr. WALLIS was a member of the International Association of Lions Clubs at Alamogordo, New Mexico, and the National Rifle Association. He married Bertha Elizabeth NIX on August 31, 1940 and they shared 57 years together.

Mr. Wallis is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bertha WALLIS; two daughters, Dr. Neal BIGGART, and Karan BROWER of Clayton; one son, W.W. WALLIS, Jr.; two sisters, Lyda HOOVER (Mrs. Marvin Hoover) and Eunice PETERSON (Mrs. George Peterson); six grandchildren, Michael BROWER, Heather BIGGART, Frank BROWER, Mitchel BIGGART, Nancy BIGGART, and Christopher BROWER; and one great-granddaughter, Jessica BIGGART.


Surnames: DAVES, SAMPIER, SPANELLI, STREU, WILLIAMS
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Wednesday, March 11, 1998
Jack M. DAVES, 93, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, November 19, 1997, at his home. Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 1997, in Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, in Amarillo, with a nephew, Reverend Clifford SAMPIER of Colorado, officiating. Services concluded in the Chapel. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. DAVES was born in Hollis, Oklahoma. He moved to Amarillo in 1974 after having lived in Hereford, Texas and Clayton, New Mexico. He was the owner of Boots and Saddles in Hereford. He married Ruth WILLIAMS in 1925 at Clayton. Mr. DAVES is survived by his wife; a son, Orville DAVES McBee of Aztec, New Mexico; a daughter, Wanda STREU of Amarillo; a sister, Mary SAMPIER of Clayton; a sister-in-law, Ruby SPANELLI; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Surnames: CODIGA, GASS
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Wednesday, March 11, 1998
Former Newberg, Oregon resident Steven Alan CODIGA died December 14, 1997 in Clayton, New Mexico. He was 42. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 20, 1997 at Attrells Funeral Home in Newberg.

Steve was born June 14, 1955 to Frances (Stonebrink) Codiga and Louis Codiga in Port Hueneme, California. Steve attended Catholic school in California before moving back to Oregon where he finished elementary school and then graduated from Yamhill-Carlton High School in 1973. After high school Steve served in the U.S. Army until he was medically discharged. He attended various classes at P.C.C. and worked for Payless Drug Stores for many years in warehouse-shipping. After leaving Payless, Steve worked for a painting contractor in McMinnville, and then in the electronic field in Beaverton. Steve loved nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking and working on various family ranches in eastern Oregon and New Mexico. He was an avid reader and a wonderful cook. While in Oregon, Steve attended the Catholic Church in Sherwood and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. In February, Steve moved to Clayton, New Mexico to make his home.

He is survived by his daughter, Ashley GASS; his parents, Frances Tessman of Newberg and Louis Codiga of Beaverton; his grandmother, Clara Codiga of Lodi, California; sister, Danita Sprague of Salem, Oregon; two brothers, John Codiga of Newberg and Tim Codiga of Newberg; his stepfather Dean Tessman of Newberg; step-brother Tom Tessman of Newberg; and stepsisters, Carol Tessman of Newberg, Deana Soucek of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Sherry Scott of Spokane, Washington; many aunts, uncles and many nieces and nephews.


Surnames: DAVIS, LOVIN, MORRISON, SWORDS, WETSEL
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Thursday, March 12, 1998
Roy T. LOVIN, 93, of Clayton, died Tuesday, March 10, 1998 in Clayton. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 12, at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, with Reverend Billy Rammage, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery.

PRoy Travis LOVIN was born on June 3, 1904, in Josephine, Texas, to Oscar Morris LOVIN and Clara Zeporah (MORRISON) Lovin. He came to New Mexico with his family in 1916 and they homesteaded 30 miles north of Clayton. He farmed and ranched in the Clayton area and for four years at Maxwell, New Mexico, moving back to Clayton in 1929. Roy married Louise SWORDS on March 2, 1941, in Clayton and they lived in Dalhart and later in Albuquerque where he worked as a butcher. The last several years prior to his retirement in 1965, he worked for Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque.

In 1972 Roy and Louise moved back to Clayton and have both been residents of Salida del Sol Nursing Home since 1996. Roy was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clayton. Roy was preceded in death by two brothers, Jesse LOVIN and Clyde LOVIN, and one sister, Myrtle WETSEL. Survivors include his wife, Louise LOVIN of Clayton; one brother, Buddie LOVIN of Clayton; one sister, Willie Mae DAVIS of Albuquerque; and several nieces and nephews. The family prefer memorials be made to the First Baptist Church, Clayton, NM 88415.


Surnames: GREEN, HINES, LEE, REESER, STICE, ULMER, VANDIVER, WESTERMANN
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Saturday, March 14, 1998
Mrs. Odessa REESER, was born April 14, 1907 at Stamford, Tex., and departed this life April 27, 1963, at Clayton, New Mexico, at the age of 56 years and 13 days. She united with the Methodist church early in life. On June 1, 1926 she was united in marriage to Mr. Joe Wheeler REESER, and to this union were born eight children, all of whom are still living, five boys and three girls: Irvin REESER, Springfield, Mo., J.W. REESER, Clayton, Chester REESER, Clayton; Wayne REESER, Tahoka, Tex.; Mrs. Louise HINES, Keene, Tex.; Mrs. Fay STICE, Tahoka, Tex.; and Mrs. Nellie VANDIVER, Sedan. Mrs. REESER was the grandmother of 16 grandchildren. She is survived by the above mentioned besides her mother, Mrs. Anna L. GREEN of Clovis, N.M.; 2 sisters and 3 brothers. They are: Estel GREEN, Hereford, Tex.; Weldon GREEN, Slaton, Tex.; Mrs. Doris LEE, Portales, N.M.; Mr. Alvin WESTERMANN, Portales, N.M.; Mrs. Beatrice ULMER, Ft. Worth, Tex.; and many friends.

Funeral services were held at the Clayton Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Tuesday, April 30, with interment in the Texline cemetery.


Surnames: GREEN, HINES, REESER, STICE, VANDIVER
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Saturday, March 14, 1998
Funeral services for Billy Ralph REESER, Tahoka, were held Wednesday afternoon, 2:00 p.m. at the Sweet Street Baptist Church. Burial was in Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park, under the direction of White Funeral Home. Mr. Reeser, age 34, was an electrician for an electric company in Lubbock. He was killed by an electric shock Monday afternoon while working on wires at a church parking lot. Officials said he apparently was knocked from a basket lift when he came into contact with overhead wires. Survivors include his wife, Eva Nell; a daughter, Dana Leigh; three sisters, Mrs. Louise HINES of Keene, Mrs. Fay STICE of Tahoka and Mrs. Nellie VANDIVER of Sedan, N.M.; four brothers, Irvin of Rogersville, Mo., J.W. and Chester of Clayton, N.M. and Wayne of Sedan, N.M.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe REESER of Clayton N.M.; and his grandmother, Mrs. Annie GREEN of Clovis.


Surnames: PADILLA, SAAVEDRA
Submission from: Beverly Ann Gonzales
Submitter's Email: Bgon5618@aol.com
Entry Dated: Saturday, March 14, 1998
Looking for information about Rapheal M. SAAVEDRA. I am his grand daughter. He was the mayor of Des Moines in the early 1900's and was a probate judge for Union county from 1912-1918


Surnames: REESER
Submission from: Union Co Leader, Clayton, NM
Submitter's Email: kj@3lefties.com
Entry Dated: Friday, March 20, 1998
Funeral services for Joe Wheeler REESER, 81, of Clayton were at 2:30 Monday afternoon, December 28, in the First United Methodist Church with the pastor, Rev. J.O. Norred, officiating. The eulogy was read by Joe Reeser. Burial was in the Texline Cemetery. Born in Beaver County, Oklahoma, on December 25, 1899, REESER died at 2:45 Wednesday morning, December 13, in the Town Hall Estate Nursing Home. Reeser had been a Union County farmer and rancher most of his life. Survivors include his wife, Cora; three sons, Irvin of Rogersville, Missouri, J.W. of Clayton and Wayne of Lovington, New Mexico; three daughters, Louise HINES of Keene, Texas, Faye STICE of Tahoka, Texas and Nellie VANDIVER of Sedan; 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Suzie CRITTENDEN of Stillwell, Oklahoma, and Rachel MCQUITTY of Westville, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Odessa GREEN, in April of 1963. The family has recommended that memorial contributions may be made to the Union County General Hospital.


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