Mrs. Mary Hallford, 96, of Portales, died Friday, June 21, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.
She was born on July 7, 1906, in Hall County, Texas, to Ollie and Alexander Cooper. She was the oldest of her family. She lived her early life in the area where she was born.
On July 17, 1924, in Clarendon, Texas, she married Andy B. Hallford. They farmed in various places in Texas and New Mexico before settling in Portales in 1943. She helped her husband with running the farm, and also did seamstress work for a number of local women. Later she was employed as a seamstress for C.R. Anthony’s.
After her husband’s death in 1983, she moved to Golden Acres. Since October 1993, she had been a resident at the local rest home in Portales. Family members said she enjoyed going to the Portales Senior Citizens for lunch and the weekly dances; and playing Skip Bo and dominoes, which she generally won. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Buford and Doc Cooper; a sister, Lorene Brantley; a son, Garland Hallford, who died Dec. 11, 1999; a grandchild and a great-grandchild; and by her husband, Andy, who died Dec. 5, 1983.
Survivors include a son, Lavon Hallford of Portales; a daughter, Wanda (and husband Bill) Sweatt of Artesia; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Hallford of Portales; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Portales Cemetery.
The Rev. Farrell Odom officiated.
Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.