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Federico Ramirez
ARTESIA — A funeral service for Federico “Fred” Hinojos Ramirez, 82, of Clowe Street, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at San Jose Catholic Church in Carlsbad with the Rev. Vincent Petersen of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Artesia officiating.
Interment will follow at Santa Catarina Cemetery, also in Carlsbad. A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Friday at San Jose Catholic Church.
Mr. Ramirez died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at his home.
Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Federico “Fred” Hinojos Ramirez was born Friday, May 25, 1917, to Pasqual and Carlota Hinojos Ramirez in Ruidosa, Texas. 
In 1946 he moved to Otis. He worked on the Weems Farm for 33 years, farming cotton and alfalfa. 
He married Paulita Navarrette in 1949. He was a member of San Jose Catholic Church and an active member of San Jose Senior Citizen’s Center. 
Due to poor health, he moved to Artesia to live with his son in 1998. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Raul, in 1976 and by his wife in 1985.
Survivors include a son, Benjamin Ramirez of Artesia; two brothers, Ruben Ramirez and Frank Ramirez of Carlsbad; four sisters, Jesusita Vasquez, Eloisa Sanchez and Adela Rascon of Carlsbad and Aurora Navarrette of Loving; three granddaughters and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Bonifacio Navarrette, Felipe Ramos, Sammy Porras, Joe Vasquez, Tim Ryan and Ben Madrid.
Friends may visit from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home Chapel.

Adan Rocha
CARLSBAD — A funeral service for Adan Rocha, 55, of North 6th Street, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Spanish Church of Christ at 414 S. Guadalupe St. with Tony Rodriquez officiating. Interment will follow at Santa Catarina Cemetery. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at West Funeral Home Chapel. 
Mr. Rocha died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Carlsbad Medical Center.
West Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.
Adan Rocha was born March 19, 1944, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Jose and Maria Simona Bejarano Rocha. He lived most of his life in Mexico, coming to Carlsbad 16 years ago. 
Mr. Rocha was a permanent resident of Edu-Care and was employed with CARC Inc. in its janitorial department. 
He enjoyed taking walks and van rides, drawing, dancing to Spanish music and looking at pictures of animals.
Mr. Rocha was a member of Iglesia De Cristo. 
He was preceded in death by his father; two sisters, Eva and Armida Rocha; and brother, Elizer Rocha.
He is survived by his mother, Maria Simona Rocha of Carlsbad; brothers, Jose Rocha of Van Horn, Texas, Jesus Rocha, Oscar rocha, Juvenal Rocha and Miguel Rocha, all of Carlsbad; sisters, Licha Juarez and Antonia Ortega of Carlsbad, Bertha Juarez of Lovington, Leonila Rocha of Mexico and Tomasa Martinez of El Paso, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Luiz Juarez, Gerardo Juarez, Francisco Juarez, Elizer Rocha, jesus Rocha jr., mario Ortega, Alonzo Rocha and Carlos Juarez Jr.
Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Maria Simona Rocha’s house, 505 ½ N. 6th and from 5 to 9 p.m. at West Funeral Home.

J.W. Owens
GRENVILLE — A memorial service for J.W. “Jack” Owens, 92, of Grenville, was held Thursday at Alderette Pomeroy Chapel with Mike Hensley officiating. Interment followed at the Grenville cemetery.
Mr. Owens died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Miners Colfax Medical Center.
Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
J.W. “Jack” Owens was born May 7, 1908, in Pottsville, Texas. He moved to New Mexico with his parents in 1917, where the family homesteaded in Gladstone. 
He married Ione Cherry on June 22, 1931. Mr. Owens worked as a mechanic and body repairman for many years, and was owner of Owens Auto Body and Paint in Raton.
While operating this shop, Mr. Owens built the first vehicle that later evolved into the Chevrolet El Camino and Ford Ranchero. 
Later he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad, retiring as an engineer in 1973. 
During World War II, Mr. Owens was a machinist for Boeing Aircraft working on the B-29 project. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying big game and quail hunting as well as fishing.
He is preceded in death by his parents John G. and Verna Owens; sisters Vera Hall, Lillie Mahannah, Winona Elam and Beatrice Vann; and brother, Lonnie. 
He is survived by his wife, Ione, of Raton; daughters Sue Ley of Raton, and Linda Servold and husband, Jack, of Carlsbad; son, John W. Owens and wife, Margaret, of Raton; brother, Asa, of Las Lunas; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers are Al Miller, Bill Gaskin, Wes Kendrick, Gary Ritchie, Joe Bertola, Charles Powledge and Charlie Tolar.
The family may be visited at 125 Maxwell Avenue in Raton.

Lelah Aho
CARLSBAD — A memorial service for Lelah C. Aho, 90, of North Ash Street, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Dean DeSelms officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City, S.D.
Mrs. Aho died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Lakeview Christian Home, Northgate Unit.
West Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lelah Aho was born Jan. 27, 1910, in Pierpont, S.D., to Kristen and Louisa Halland Osness. She was raised and educated in eastern South Dakota. She attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Black Hills State College in Spearfish, S.D. She taught school for more than 31 years, 21 of those years in Rapid City.
Lelah married Bernard E. Aho on April 12, 1933, in South Dakota. After the death of her husband in 1982, she moved to Carlsbad in 1984 to be closer to her children. 
She was secretary and treasurer of the local Retired Teachers, vice president of the local American Association of Retired Persons, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Nu, member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and a member of the Friendly Helpers Club, the Eddy County Extension Homemakers, where she served as vice president for two years.
She was chosen to represent Friendly Helpers Club as Homemaker of the Year because of her outstanding service. Lelah exhibited articles at the Eddy County Fair, winning a number of blue ribbons. She was also a member of the Lady’s Circle with the Lutheran Church in South Dakota and Sons of Norway also in South Dakota.
Her hobbies included painting, sewing and crocheting. 
Lelah was preceded in death by her husband and one daughter, Barbara Fee in 1976.
Survivors include a son, Dr. James Aho and wife, Lori, of Carlsbad; daughter, Diana Chillion and husband, Bruce, of Marietta, Ga.; grandchildren, Stephanie Tabor of Hobbs, Suzy Nix of Dallas, Kristen Jarchow of Glendale, Ariz., Marc, Matthew and Alexa Chillion of Marietta, Ga., Frank Fee of Seattle and Clark Fee of Fairfield, Mont.; and 14 grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers are Gertrude Langlitz, Becky Starcher, Phyllis Nichols, Elise Smith, Mary Brown, Connie Ramos, Esther Ramirez and Cathey Thompson.
Memorial donations may be made to the public library for the Lelah Aho Memorial Book Fund.

Corenne Waldrop
CARLSBAD — Graveside services for Corenne Waldrop, 66, of North Thomas Street, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Carlsbad Cemetery with the Rev. Leonard Foster of Happy Valley Baptist Church officiating, assisted by Dwayne Compton, Mrs. Waldrop’s nephew.
Mrs. Waldrop died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Carlsbad Medical Center.
Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Corenne Waldrop was born Friday, Sept. 1, 1933, in Ft. Stockton, Texas, to William Henry and Cora Opal Helbert. She graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1952 and married Delbert Waldrop on Sept. 24, 1953.
She was a charter member of Happy Valley Baptist Church and served as a Sunday School superintendent for more than 20 years and church clerk for the same amount of time.
She worked as secretary insurance records clerk for Pulse Air of Carlsbad for the past 11 years.
Mrs. Waldrop enjoyed fishing with her father when she was young and camping with her family. She also enjoyed crocheting, ceramics and beadwork.
She was preceded in death by a brother, W.H. Helbert Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Delbert “D.E.” Waldrop, of Carlsbad; son, Michael Waldrop of Carlsbad; brothers, Everett Helbert of Carlsbad and Robert C. Helbert of Cottonwood, Ariz.; sister, Alta Mae Gregston of Carlsbad; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson.
Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home.

Harry J. Karas
CARLSBAD — A funeral for Harry J. Karas, 83, of Idaho Street, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brad Rei-mers of Blodgett Street Baptist church officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Gardens Memorial Park.
Mr. Karas died Friday, March 3, 2000, at his home.
Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Harry J. Karas was born Sunday, July 2, 1916, to John Frank and Rose Rice Karas in Hartshorne, Okla., where he was raised and graduated from high school.
He lived in Chicago and Ohio where he became a precision machinist. He served in the U.S. Army Engineer Corps during World War II.
In 1953, he came to Carlsbad. He worked for U.S. Borax and retired from Mississippi Chemical in 1980.
In 1976, he married Opal Royall. They made their home in Carlsbad.
Mr. Karas was a life member of DAV Chapter 30 in Carlsbad and Good Sams. 
He had been a Catholic by faith.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Karas, and a stepdaughter, LaVane Albritton.
Survivors include his wife, Opal Karas, of Carlsbad; sons, Ted Karas of Carlsbad and Ronnie Karas of Fort Worth; stepson, Elvin Royall of Petaluma, Calif.; daughter, Karen Spoczynski of Chicago, Texas; stepdaughter, Marsha Shackelford of Gorman, Texas; sister, Laura Anderson of Oklahoma City; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are John Yankovich, Harold Grandi, Larue Harper, Franklin Mize, Ronnie Karas and Richard Edmonds.
Honorary pallbearers are the members of DAV Chapter 30.
Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vista Care Hospice Foundation, 601 N. Canal St., Carlsbad NM 88220 or to a charity of choice.

Juanita Buster
GRANBURY, Texas — A funeral for Juanita Lee Buster, 77, of Granbury and formerly of Carlsbad, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Carlsbad Cemetery.
Mrs. Buster died Friday, March 3, 2000, in Granbury.
Wiley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Juanita Lee Buster was born April 23, 1922, in Red Oak, Okla.
She had worked as a bookkeeper for Sears for 30 years.
Mrs. Buster was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Carlsbad.
She was preceded in death by her husband and four brothers.
Survivors include a son, Donald Vaughn of Albuquerque; daughter, Nancy Reed, of Granbury; brothers, Bobby G. Lee and Billy D. Lee; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wiley Funeral Home.

Frances Severino
CARLSBAD — Frances Severino, 78, of Carlsbad died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Lakeview Christian Home, North Canal Unit.
Direct cremation has taken place under the direction of Sunset Gardens Direct Cremation Service. There will be no local services.
Mrs. Severino is survived by a son, Richard Islieb, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and a daughter, Marie Whitaker, of Odessa, Texas.

Raymond Grantham
ARTESIA — Raymond Grantham, 79, of Artesia, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at the Good Samaritan Center in Artesia.
Direct cremation has taken place under the direction of Sunset Gardens Direct Cremation Service.
Raymond Grantham was born Dec. 11, 1928, in Floyd.
He married Alice Campbell on Oct. 5, 1952. They had been married 47 years.
He worked most of his life farming and driving a propane delivery truck.
Survivors include his wife, Alice, of Artesia; sons, Willard Grantham of Texas, and Wayne, Lloyd and Buddy Grantham of Artesia; brothers, Sam Grantham of Arkansas, Floyd Grantham of Cottonwood, and Roy Grantham of Roswell; sisters, Irene and Sarah of Arkansas and Delores of Washington; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Vera B. Herbert
CARLSBAD — A funeral for Vera B. Herbert, 100, of North Canal Street, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, cryptside at Sunset Gardens Mausoleum, with the Rev. Herb Robbins of Artesia officiating.
Mrs. Herbert died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Lakeview Christian Home, North Canal Unit.
West Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Vera Beatrice Herbert was born Aug. 1, 1899, in Wadsworth, Nev., to Robert and Belle Budden Wickland. She was raised and educated in Nevada, graduating from the University of Nevada in Reno in 1923.
She married Ira Allyn Herbert in June 1929 in Berkley, Calif. They made their home in Old Mexico for 20 years.
She and her family moved to Carlsbad in 1950 and made this their home.
Mrs. Herbert was a member of Grace Episcopal Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1975.
Survivors include a son, Frank E. Herbert of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughter, Beryl H. Lyon of Carlsbad; five grandchildren; and several great- and stepgreat-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at West Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 508 W. Fox, Carlsbad NM 88220 or Lakeview Christian Home, 1300 N. Canal St., Carlsbad NM 88220.

Arthur L. Hazen Sr.
CARLSBAD — Arthur L. “Ott” Hazen Sr., 77, of West Pierce Street, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Lakeview Christian Home of the Southwest Inc., Northgate Unit.
There will be no visitation or local services. Cremation has taken place.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Arthur L. “Ott” Hazen Sr. was born Friday, Nov. 10, 1922, in Bryant, Okla., to Otis Lewis and Aileen Galloway Hazen. He spent most of his formative years in Oklahoma and Texas.
He worked for LTV Aerospace in the Dallas area and later worked for the Department of Defense in the Navy dry docks in San Francisco. He was an accomplished communications equipment technician.
In February 1999 he moved to Carlsbad when he became a resident of Lakeview Christian Home of the Southwest Inc.
Survivors include sons, Lewis Hazen of Aurora, Colo., Roger Hazen of Midland, Texas, and Paul Hazen of Anchorage, Alaska; brothers, Bob Hazen of Blanco and Bill Hazen of Arlington, Texas; sisters, Faye Dillard of Arlington, Texas, Thelma Pinson of Artesia and Velma Harriger of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association, New Mexico Chapter, 1330 San Pedro NE No. 205, Albuquerque NM 87110. 

George Cook
CARLSBAD — A funeral for George “Gayle” Cook, 83, of Westridge Road, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Joe Wood of First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Gardens Memorial Park with honors by the Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard.
Mr. Cook died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Landsun Health Service Center.
Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
George “Gayle” Cook was born Monday, Oct. 16, 1916, in Hope, New Mexico, to John Forest and Ruby Bell Pruit Cook. He married Wanda Johnson Cowart Dec. 31, 1953, in Carlsbad at the home of her grandmother, the late Mrs. James B. Moutray.
Mr. Cook started his work experience with Wilmont Hardware in Roswell as a key and gunsmith. He later went to Long Beach, Calif., to work for Douglas Aircraft, returning to Roswell, where he was employed by the Roswell Depot Airfield as an aircraft mechanic.
He enlisted in the United States Army at Fort Bliss, Texas, in September 1942. His first assignment was at Camp Lee, Va., where he took a machinist course. He was sent to the South Pacific for active duty, returning to New Mexico and was honorably discharged Jan. 5, 1946. While in the service, Mr. Cook received the Meritorious Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal.
He worked two years for Wilmont Hardware until starting to work for U.S. Borax and Potash Mine as a maintenance machinist, training several apprentices before becoming millwright foreman. After 28 years, he retired from the U.S. Borax and Potash Mine and worked for Greer Construction for several years.
Gayle was a 50-year member of Carlsbad Elks Lodge No. 1558 and belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an excellent craftsman, making beautiful turquoise jewelry as well as woodworking. He has built several homes.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda, of the home; daughter, Karen MacDonald, of Odessa, Texas; granddaughter, Wanda Renee McGuire and great-grandchildren, Trent, Morgan, Hope and Ryan of Carlsbad; grandson, Kit Dennis and wife, Laura, and great-grandchildren Zachary and Casey of Odessa, Texas; grandson, Jon Dennis and wife, Lisa, and great-grandchildren, Ana, Melanie, Morgan, Barbara, Erin and Jeffrey of Memphis, Tenn.; grandson, Van Dennis and wife, Cherie, and great-granddaughter, Stevie, of Hobbs; niece, Betty Jo Broussard and husband, Roy, of Capitan; and his twin brother’s widow, Frieda Cook, of Capitan.
Pallbearers are Kit Dennis, Jon Dennis, Van Dennis, Trent McGuire and Roy Broussard.
Honorary pallbearers are Andy Rice, A.J. Brandon and the North “Y” Coffee Group.
Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Landsun Homes Inc., Caring Hands Fund, 2002 Westridge Road, Carlsbad NM 88220; First United Methodist Church, 207 N. Halagueno St., Carlsbad NM 88220, or to a charity of choice.

Vivian Bianchi
CARLSBAD — The graveside service for Vivian Roy Bianchi, 76, will be Wednesday, March 15, at Fort Bliss Cemetery in El Paso, Texas, with the time to be announced.
Visitation will be today at Harding Orr and McDaniel Funeral Home in El Paso.
Mrs. Bianchi died Friday, March 10, 2000, at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.
Harding Orr and McDaniel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Vivian Bianchi was born June 25, 1923, to Savanah and Linda Roy in Kentucky.
Mrs. Bianchi was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Bianchi; two daughters, Victoria Bianchi and Virginia Davis; a brother, Wendell Roy; and a granddaughter.
She is survived by a daughter, Helen Lucille Haggard of Carlsbad; two sons, Edward Michael Bianchi of Las Cruces and Patrick Steven Bianchi of Oceanside, Calif.; two sisters, Edna York and Betty Bennett, both of Rantoul, Ill.; and eight grandchildren.
  
T.J. Cappell
CARLSBAD — The funeral for T.J. Cappell, 75, of West Pierce Street, will be 2 p.m. today at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Hinze of Hillcrest Baptist Church officiating.
Burial will follow at Sunset Gardens Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Bill Hammett, Don Hammett, Sam Bradley and Jim Callaway.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home.
Mr. Cappell died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Lakeview Christian Home of the Southwest.
Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
T.J. Cappell was born April 27, 1924, to Thomas Jefferson Sr. and Ada Irene Shaffer Cappell in Dublin, Texas. He was raised in Ranger, Texas, where he graduated from high school. He studied accounting at Ranger Junior College. In 1943 he joined the Army, where he served during World War II in the South Pacific. Upon return, he moved to Carlsbad and worked at PCA. He was hurt while working there and retired in 1951. He worked for Joe Bryan Dairy and Clardys Dairy for 25 years. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Cappell is survived by a brother, Bobby Cappell of Carlsbad; and a sister, Pat Ethridge of Pasadena, Texas.

Margie McCarty
CARLSBAD — The graveside service for Margie L. McCarty, 80, of West Ridge, will be 11 a.m. today at Carlsbad Cemetery, with the Rev. Bob Bacon of First Baptist Church officiating.
Visitation will be from 8 to 10 a.m. today at West Funeral Home.
Mrs. McCarty died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Landsun Health Center.
West Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Margie L. McCarty was born Jan. 20, 1920, to Emit H. and Audie Mae Morre Lewis in Hollis, Okla. She was raised and educated in Hollis. At 17, the family moved to Friona, Texas, where she graduated from high school. She then moved to Lubbock, Texas, and attended nursing school at Lubbock Methodist. She married Harry W. McCarty on July 2, 1942, in Carlsbad. She returned to Lubbock to finish her training and moved back to Carlsbad in 1943. When she first came to Carlsbad, she worked for doctors Hillsman and Starke. She loved all the mothers and babies she helped during those 25 years of employment. She volunteered with the Campfire Girls, Rainbow Girls and Cub Scouts. She was a member of First Baptist Church, attended North Mesa Senior Recreation Center and loved to play bridge.
Mrs. McCarty was preceded in death by her husband in 1968 and a brother, Dan Lewis.
She is survived by a son, George W. McCarty of Carlsbad; a daughter, Sally T. Massey of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Hop Lewis of Guthrie, Okla.; a sister, Wanita Taylor of DeSoto, Texas; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Kevin Harper
ARTESIA — The closed-casket funeral for Kevin W. Harper, 47, of West Center Avenue, will be 2 p.m. today at Hermosa Drive Church of Christ, with the Rev. Bill Smith officiating.
Burial will follow at Woodbine Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mark Byers, George Moreau, Richard Price, Joe Smith, Curtis Tolle and Frank Yates Jr.
Mr. Harper died Saturday March 11, 2000, at Artesia General Hospital.
Terpening and Son Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Kevin W. Harper was born Dec. 8, 1952, to B.W. and Betty Sue Morton Harper in Norman, Okla. He married Juanel Briscoe on Dec. 15, 1994, in Artesia. He moved to Artesia from Midland, Texas, in 1960. He owned Kevin Harper Accounting Services. He was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and served the Artesia Country Club as board member and president. He was a Navy veteran.
Mr. Harper was preceded in death by his mother in 1964.
He is survived by his wife of the family home; his father of Artesia; two sons, Darrell Adam Harden of Artesia and Eric Harden of Phoenix; a daughter, Joanna Harper of New Mexico; a brother, David Harper of Artesia; a sister, Glenda Harper of Artesia; two step-sisters, Eireen Carson and Eileen Richardson, both of Artesia; and three grandchildren.

Earl Kennedy
ARTESIA — The funeral for Earl Raymond Kennedy, 76, of West Runyan Avenue, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hermosa Drive Church of Christ with the revs. Bill Smith and Ken Reynolds officiating.
Burial will follow at Woodbine Cemetery.
Mr. Kennedy died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Artesia General Hospital.
Terpening and Son Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Earl Raymond Kennedy was born Dec. 16, 1923, to John W. and Lola M. Maybee Kennedy in Dewey, Okla. He was a longtime resident of Artesia. He worked as an oil field pumper for Arco. He was a member of Hermosa Drive Church of Christ. He was a Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Mildred, of the family home; a son, Johnny Kennedy of St. Francisville, La.; and two sisters, Rozella Matthews of Artesia and Ada Camp of Lovington.

Larry Weston
COOS BAY, Ore. — A memorial service for Larry E. Weston, 63, formerly of Carlsbad, will be 3 p.m. today in Coos Bay, Ore.
Mr. Weston died Friday, March 10, 2000, at his home.
Coos Bay Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Larry E. Weston was born Jan. 7, 1937, to Cecil Frederick and Anne Mary Morff Weston in International Falls, Minn. He married Deanna Margaret Allen Weston on June 24, 1956, in Carlsbad. They had no children, but because of his mother’s death, the couple raised several of Weston’s younger brothers. The couple also later cared for two nephews, Jerry Jr. and Forrest Weston.
Mr. Weston served in the Army Infantry from 1960 to 1962 in Germany. After his release, he returned to work for South Coast Lumber in Brookings, Ore. He moved to Coos Bay in 1963, working as a mechanic. He later worked for Georgia Pacific and Coos Head Plywood. He also worked at West Brook Lumber in Coquille, Ore., and later at Rosenburg Lumber in the same town. He retired in 1995 because of a disability. He was a member of unions TOC IWA and WCIW-TOC. He spent his retirement fishing, hunting, visiting family and friends and gardening.
Mr. Weston was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Weston of Florida; and a sister, Belva Jean Wagner of North Bend, Ore.
He is survived by his wife of the family home; sisters, Zelda Smith of Coos Bay, and Margaret Patton of Brookings; and brothers, Jerry and Mryon “Butch” Weston, both of Coos Bay.
Memorial contributions may be sent to The Salmon Trout Enhancement Program, PO Box 4201, Coos Bay, Ore. 97420.

Armin Grado
ARTESIA — The funeral for Armin B. Grado, 71, of Lake Arthur, will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Grace Church in Artesia, with the Rev. Vincent Petersen officiating.
Burial will follow at Hagerman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mr. Grado’s grandsons Andy Rincon Jr., Paul Rincon, Mark Mermis, Edmar Villalobos, Eric Ruiz, Jason Medrano, Michael Rincon, Rudy Cartier and Josh Ortega.
A rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. today at Our Lady of Grace Church in Artesia.
Mr. Grado died Monday, March 13, 2000, at his home.
Terpening and Son Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Armin B. Grado was born Oct. 22, 1928, to Jose Valenzuela Sr. and Patricia Rodriguez Bejarano Grado in Redford, Texas. He married Gloria Armendariz on March 6, 1953, in Mulat, Chihuahua, Mexico. They moved to Artesia from Redford in 1955. He worked as a farm and ranch laborer. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Lake Arthur.
Mr. Grado was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife of the family home; three sons, Armin A. Grado Jr. of Ruidoso, Jaime A. Grado of Hagerman, and Mario A. Grado of Artesia; eight daughters, Elida G. Villalobos and Marissa G. Rodriguez, both of Artesia; and Dora G. Ruiz, Margarita G. Rincon, Ninfa G. Rincon, Noelia G. Medrano, Gloria G. Franco, and Jane G. Peralta, all of Hagerman; five brothers, Manuel B. and Ysidro B. Grado, both of Lake Arthur; Marcos B. Grado of Lubbock; Jesus B. Grado of Morton, Texas, and Frank B. Grado of Carlsbad; two sisters, Maria Cruz Soto of Lake Arthur and Socorro G. Grado in Presidio, Texas; and 31 grandchildren.

Mabel R. Wilcox
CARLSBAD — Graveside services for Mabel R. Wilcox, 98, of North Eddy Street, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Carlsbad Cemetery with the Rev. Ed Kneeland of Church Street Church of the Nazarene officiating and honors by the DOES Drove No. 43.
Mrs. Wilcox died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at Carlsbad Medical Center.
Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mabel R. Wilcox was born Thursday, Feb. 20, 1902, to Lee Robinson and Charlotte Cook Robinson in Lakewood. She grew up in the Lakewood area, graduating from Lakewood schools. She attended Normal School in Silver City where she received her teaching certificate. She later returned to Lakewood to teach school and later taught in the Capitan area.
She married Luther S. Wilcox in 1924. She worked as a bookkeeper at Corner Drug for about 16 years and later worked for Mine Supply for 14 years during which she also was an office manager for the BPOE No. 1558 Lodge for five years. She was a charter member of Patriotic Order of DOES Drove No. 43. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She worked for the Hospital Auxiliary for 26 years.
Mrs. Wilcox was an avid bridge player, playing with the North Mesa Senior Citizen Center groups on Monday and Friday.
She was preceded in death by her husband in December 1953.
Survivors include a son, Raymond L. Wilcox of Carlsbad; sister, Margaret Means of Alamogordo; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers are North Mesa Senior Citizen Bridge Club, Elmer Skinner, Sonny Adcock, Everett Wheeler, Ray Camp, Bud Gerrels, Marshall Dallas and Randy Boles.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospital Auxiliary Fund, c/o Carlsbad Foundation, 116 S. Canyon St., Carlsbad NM 88220.
Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home.

Mirardo Valencia
ARTESIA — The funeral for Mirardo “YaYo” Valencia, 70, of Cleveland Avenue, will be 10 a.m. today at Terpening and Son Mortuary Chapel.
Burial will follow at Woodbine Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mr. Valencia’s grandsons.
Mr. Valencia died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Artesia General Hospital.
Terpening and Son Mortuary Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mirardo “YaYo” Valencia was born June 4, 1929, in Presidio, Texas. He married Maria R. Parra in 1971 in Carlsbad. He moved to Artesia from Marfa, Texas, in 1946. He worked as a farm laborer. He was a Catholic.
Mr. Valencia is survived by his companion, Maria Paz of the family home; three step-sons, L.H. Paz of Midland, Texas, Richard Paz of Lovington, and Benigno Paz of San Angelo, Texas; six step-daughters, Virginia Rodriquez of Artesia, Socorro Reeves of Alamogordo, Hope McGinnis of Heath, Texas, Rosa Gilyard of Garland, Texas, Josephine Rendon of Midland, Texas, and Amy Galvan of Rio Rancho; a brother, Willie Valencia of Artesia; a sisters, Anna Valencia of Odessa, Texas; 29 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Janet Cole
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — The funeral for Janet Ann Wagner Cole, 54, formerly of Artesia, was held Thursday, March 9.
Mrs. Cole died Monday, March 6, 2000, due to complications during surgery. She was a resident of Tullahoma, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvyn and Joan Wagner; and a daughter, Melissa Funk.
Mrs. Cole is survived by a son, Tommy Funk of Tennessee; four daughters, Billie Jo and Sherri Ann Funk, both of Tullahoma; Janetta Summers of Pell City, Ala., and Allison Michelle Ussery of Los Banos, Calif.; a brother, Corky Wagner of Camp, Ark.; a sister, Kay Simer of Carlsbad; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Leona Vandergriff
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The funeral for Leona G. Vandergriff, 83, of Memphis, will be held Wednesday, March 16.
Memphis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Vandergriff died Sunday, March 12, 2000, as the result of heart failure. She was a retired executive secretary.
She is survived by her husband, Bruce, a daughter, Mary Vandergriff Winter of Warwick, N.Y.; a son, William Hal Vandergriff of Carlsbad; a sister, Marquerite Guild of Belleville, Ill.; a brother, Clarence Guild of Tamms, Ill.; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


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