Ellen Reese, 89, of Portales died Friday, May 12, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home.
She was born Oct. 30, 1916, to Maude and David L. Fife in Weatherford, Texas, where she grew up. She married W.A. (Bill) Reese on June 23, 1946, in Yuma, Ariz. They made their home in California for a brief time before moving to Sudan, Texas. Shortly after her husband’s death in 1965, she moved to Littlefield, Texas, but soon returned to Sudan. In 1982, she moved to Portales to help care for her brother, David, until his death.
She was a member of the Church of God in Andrews, Texas.
Family members said she enjoyed cooking, sewing, quilting and all types of handwork.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Clarence and David Fife; a sister, Carra Sager; a grandson, Tracy Wood; a great-grandson, Cody Reese, and her husband.
She is survived by a son, William A. Reese Jr. (and wife, Brenda) of Portales; two daughters, Maudie Wood of Nashville, Tenn., and Doris Reese of Portales; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter Fife of Weatherford; a sister, Minnie Lou Phillips of Springtown, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pastor Sam Kaufman and James Horne, regional overseer of the Church of God, will officiate services.
Memorials may be made to Vista Care, 2708 N. Prince St., Clovis, NM 88101.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.