Harvey, Laheeta

Laheeta L. Harvey, 87, of Encino, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at her home in Encino.

She was born Nov. 12, 1918, north of Fort Sumner to John Richard Luna and the former Martha Lou Humphrey. She was raised on the Luna family ranch and attended a country grade school. She graduated from Fort Sumner High School.

She worked as a bookkeeper. She married Buck Harvey in June 1938. Together they began a cattle and sheep ranch at Negra in Torrance County.

During the drought of the 1940s, they purchased the Herbert Dooley Ranch. Following her husband’s death, she purchased the Dunlap Ranch south of Fort Sumner.

She served on the Torrance County School Board, Farmer’s Home Administration Board, and was a strong supporter of the Encino Methodist Church. She was a charter member of the Encino Extension Club, a member of New Mexico Wool Growers and New Mexico Cattle Growers Associations.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and two sisters, Sybal Knapp and Opal Luna.

Survivors include a brother, Lamar Luna (and wife, Melba) of Fort Sumner; several nieces and nephews; dedicated ranch employees; and many friends.

The Revs. Wesley Holland and Terry Anderson are officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fort Sumner Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Dwight Luna, Joe Russell, Larry Irvin, Kenny Luna, Paul Chavez and Mike Harvey.

The family prefers memorial contributions in Laheeta’s memory to the First United Methodist Church, Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 410; Fort Sumner, NM 88119.

Arrangements are by Chavez Funeral Home of Fort Sumner.