Services: Have been held.
Carol Lavon Kemp Depperman, 68, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at her home.
She was born on Sept. 4, 1935, in Muleshoe to Walter A. and Grace Fish Kemp.
Her family moved to Portales where she graduated from high school in 1953. She married Warren Bell Depperman on Oct. 3, 1953. She moved to Clovis with her daughters in 1968. In 1975 she became a secretary for the Cannon Air Force Base fire department and in 1976 became their first civilian woman firefighter. She was in the first graduating class in fire science at ENMU-Clovis in 1985. She became a fire inspector and transferred to Kirkland Air Force Base until she retired. She moved back to Clovis in 2000. She helped to organize the girl’s softball program in 1970 and a women’s program in 1972. She was the first woman to register as an umpire in New Mexico in 1975. She was a ruling elder in Clovis’ First Presbyterian Church and president of the Jet Bowling League.
She was preceded by her parents, two brothers and six sisters.
She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Depperman (husband, William Nance) of Clovis and Peggy Manz (Boyd) of Aurora, Colo.; five grandchildren, Mario Depperman, Cecilia Aranda, Amanda “Mandy” Manis and Keshia and Brett Manz; five great-grandchildren, Daniel and Joshua Aranda, Mario II, October and Naomi Depperman; a brother, Walter Kemp of New Castle, Colo.; five sisters, Lola Mae Tipton of Parachute, Colo., Angilee Millen of Fort Worth, Texas, Cora Snyder of Friona, Florene Carby of Clovis and Doris Parker of Muleshoe.
Lance Clemmons will officiate. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home of Clovis.