Local mom hopes for help with Christmas celebration

By Eric Butler Catching up on finances is easier said than done, especially when the holiday season rolls around. Sandy (not her real name) knows that as well as anyone. Several months ago, chance intervened on the life of Sandy and her three children when the single mother got into a car accident. A resident […]

She styles memories for the grieving

Don McAlavy Not every hairdresser would work at a funeral home. The former Verdine Crume, now Mrs. Duane Howard of Clovis, has been praised by many husbands, fathers and children of the deceased with the wonderful work she performs. Verdine received her cosmetology license in 1938 and was soon called by a funeral home to […]

Mother sees hope in fund’s gift

Eric Butler Tangible, material goods are what most people hope to give during the Christmas season. June and Roger (not their real names) won’t be able to do much of that this year for their four children. And community assistance, which June is hoping to receive from The Salvation Army through its Empty Stocking Fund, […]

Knowles, Charles

Charles Knowles Services: Have been held. Mr. Charles Knowles of Portales, 73, of Portales died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, in Farmington. He was born on June 6, 1930, in Waco, Texas, to Virginia and Fred R. Knowles. He came to Portales as a young boy. He has driven trucks his entire life, and was out […]

Schillings, Onita

Onita Schillings Services: Have been held. Mrs. Onita Schillings, 74, of Clovis died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Nov. 3, 1929, in Floydada, Texas, to Zela Mae and Leland W. Garrett. Her family moved to the Spur, Texas, area when she was a child. She […]

Tillman, Craig Alan

Craig Alan Tillman Services: Have been held. Mr. Craig Alan Tillman, 47, of Cedar Crest, formerly of Clovis, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at his home. He was born on April 8, 1956. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, I.D. and Lucile Shaw and Berchel and Elda Tillman. Survivors include his parents, […]

Russell, Lethaonua

LETHAONUA RUSSELL Services: Have been held. Mrs. Lethaonua Russell, 96, of Portales, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2003, at the home of her granddaughter in Bakersfield, Calif. She was born on Oct. 24, 1907, in Cleveland, Tenn., to Mercer and Ida Mae Cardin Gregory. Her family moved to New Mexico in 1914 and settled at Lingo. […]

Family of six turns to fund during bad year

By Eric Butler He pays his taxes, he works when there is work. So Dan doesn’t hold a grudge or keep a chip on his shoulder when he thinks about what he won’t be able to afford for his wife Tara and their four children this holiday season. “I have no complaints,” Dan said. Still, […]

Arvizu, Hilda

HILDA ARVIZU Services: Have been held. Hilda Arvizu, 90, of Roswell, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003. She was born on Sept. 1, 1913, in Azusa, Calif., to Pedro and Ramona Romero. She married Ruben Arvizu on Jan. 4, 1930, in Arvin, Calif. She was a resident of Roswell since 1976 where she was a homemaker. […]

Urioste, Joe

Joe Ubaldo Urioste, 68, of Clovis, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born June 30, 1935, at Lawton, Okla., to Anastacio and Rita Encinias Urioste. He was the second of 17 children and most of his family grew up in Sena after the family moved to New Mexico. […]

Edwards, Orville

ORVILLE ‘JODY’ EDWARDS Services: Have been held. Orville “Jody” Edwards, 86, of Clovis, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born on May 24, 1917, in Colorado City, Texas, to Claude James Edwards and the former Vesta B. Stephens. He was raised and attended school in Fort Sumner, and married […]

Fite, Edward Jr.

Edward “Ed” Wylie Fite Jr., 80, of Clovis, owner of the Book Exchange, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 13, 1922, in Grimshaw, Texas, to Ed Sr. and Myrtle Lee Fite. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He married Cassie Booher on May 3, 1941, in Las Cruces. He […]

Netzel, Ada J.

Netzel, Ada J. Services: Have been held. Ada J. Netzel, 81, of Albuquerque, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at Albuquerque Manor. She was born May 21, 1922. Mrs. Netzel lived in Clovis from 1946 until she moved to Albuquerque in 1990. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clovis from the early […]

Allen, Bernice

Bernice Allen Services: Have been held. Mrs. Bernice Allen, 88, of Portales died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on March 17, 1915, in Comanche, Texas, to Ellen and C.C. Westfall. While she was in grade school, the family moved to Dexter. Then they moved to Portales where she […]

Couple wish for love and gifts for family

Eric Butler A few generations ago, the children of Cammie and Jesse might be trading in their school books for work tools. But sacrificing the children’s education, in the long run, will not produce the best results for the two boys (ages 12 and 10) and three girls (11, 10 and 7). And so Cammie […]

Family of five faces stark holiday without help

Eric Butler Five kids in one local family may not know how bad things are these days. But their mom Jennifer does. And that’s why she is applying for help from the Empty Stocking Fund, which is conducted through The Salvation Army. Jennifer (not her real name) cleans houses for a living and is without […]

Luxuries not possible for this family’s holiday

By Eric Butler A Christmas tree with lights on and gifts underneath, a big dinner with turkey and dressing and pies for dessert — this is the picture of the holidays that Christine would like to paint for her family this year. But there’s another scenario that’s closer to reality for Christine (not her real […]

Disabled parents don’t want to be a burden

Eric Butler Beth and Wayne know life isn’t likely to get easier for them. But even considering the difficulty of paying bills and feeding themselves, maybe the toughest thing for the couple is the thought that they’ll be a burden on their own children. Residents of the area for the past eight years, Beth and […]

Betts, Kathleen

KATHLEEN BETTS Services: Have been held. Kathleen Betts, 69, of Portales, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Sept. 7, 1934, in Birmingham, Ala., to Miss Sallie Mae Campbell. She grew up in Smyrna, Tenn., where she attended schools. She married Charles William Betts on May 27, […]

Ciancio, Ralph F.

Ralph Ciancio Services: Have been held. Ralph F. Ciancio, 78, of Clovis, died Saturady, Oct. 25, 2003, at his home. He was born on Aug. 14, 1925, in Alder, Colo., to Anthony and Agatha Perri Ciancio. He joined the Army during World War II and served under Gen. George Patton. He re-enlisted because he was […]