Best steps down from rodeo post

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — In a sense, Wendell Best traded one set of children for another. Best, 70, recently retired from his post as the national director for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. He leaves behind 30 years of service to what he considers his extended family throughout high school rodeo. “When […]

Simmonds, Glendell

Glendell Simmonds Services: Have been held. Mrs. Glendell Alice Simmonds, 79, of Clovis, a receptionist/secretary, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at her home. She was born on Aug. 18, 1923, in Wellington, Texas, to Loren and Glendora Gillespie Trout. She married Frank Simmonds on Feb. 7, 1941, in Mountainair, where they were members of the […]

Eldridge, Elsie

Elsie Eldridge Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis. Ms. Elsie Eldridge, 86, of Lubbock, a homemaker, died Sunday, July 27, 2003, at Heritage Oaks Nursing Home in Lubbock. She was born on March 2, 1917, in Melrose to J.C. and Sarah Cooper Stone. She was raised in Melrose. She married James Eldridge […]

Cherry, Ozell

Ozell Cherry Services: Have ben held. Ms. Ozell Higginbotham Cherry, 77, of Muleshoe, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at the Muleshoe Area Medical Center. She was born on May 7, 1926, in Bailey County, Texas. She was a lifelong resident of Muleshoe. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. She was employed […]

Readers invited to share family stories

Gayline Shaw was still 16 when she graduated from Bledsoe High School as valedictorian. Brains were not her only gift. The school’s senior class of 1950, “being of unsound mind and disintegrating memory after four strenuous years,” issued a class will. While Ona Mae left “her most charming looks and personality to Helen” and Wayne […]

Martin, Quessie Mae

Quessie Mae Martin Services: Have been held. Ms. Quessie Mae Martin, 60, of Clovis, a homemaker, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 17, 1942, in Clovis, to James T. and Clara Norman Wauford. She was a lifetime resident of Clovis. She married James Earl […]

Bourne, Lillie

Lillie Bourne Services: Have been held. Mrs. Lillie Estell Bourne, 90, of Durant, Okla., a retired school cook, died Saturday, July 12, 2003, in Durant. She was born Jan. 16, 1913, in Cooper, Okla., to William Jasper and Mellie Lytle Jameson. She was a former resident of Clovis. She married Woodrow Wilson Bourne on Aug. […]

Gutierrez, Juanita

Juanita Gutierrez Services: Have been held. Mrs. Juanita P. Gutierrez, 95, Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born June 28, 1908, in Tigere, to Virginia and Francisquito Casaus. She spent her early life in Puerta de Luna and Fort Sumner. On Aug. 29, 1936, she married Matias Gutierrez […]

Fleming, Junetta

Junetta Fleming Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis. Mrs. Junetta Fleming, 92, of Las Vegas, Nev., a homemaker, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003. She was born March 10, 1911, in Cleveland, Okla. She was a resident of Las Vegas since 1988. She is survived by a son, Charles A. Fleming; […]

Hallford, Mary

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 […]