Miller, J. Howard

Longtime photographer J. Howard Miller, 86, of Dallas died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, in Dallas. He was born in Wellington, Kan., on Dec. 15, 1918, to Carl and Viola Miller. He grew up in Clovis. While in college, he worked newspaper assignments for the Clovis News Journal. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1936 […]

Discipline changes for every generation

By Grant McGee: Local columnist To paddle or not to paddle — that was the question raised at a recent Clovis Municipal School Board meeting. This discussion is nothing new. On one side there’ll be the “If you spare the rod you’ll spoil the child” crowd. On the other will be those who believe if […]

Local churches perform living nativities

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Mary, played by Cas Velez, left, and Joseph, played by Kolton Miller, 12, await the arrival of the three wise men during a performance of the First United Methodist Church’s Living Nativity Wednesday at the church. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Nativity sets are a popular holiday decoration in many […]

Mother Mary holds place in many hearts

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist When Pope John Paul II was buried in April, his simple coffin had an engraved cross and letter “M” for Mary. John Paul II held a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, declaring her “Patroness of the Americas.” Since the Virgin Mary, also known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, was […]

Pinson, Victoria “Vicky”

Victoria “Vicky” Pinson, 68, of Vaughn died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis following an illness. She was born April 26, 1937, to the home of Cleofes and Elvira Duran Rael. She attended schools in Vaughn. She worked as a cook for the various restaurants in Vaughn for several years. […]

Mary “LaLa” Romero

Mary “LaLa” Romero, 74, of Clovis, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at her home. She was born May 11, 1931, in Clovis to Frank and Dolores Zamora Sanchez. She married Joe “Maro” Romero on Aug. 22, 1949, in Clovis. She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Family members said she […]

Stapleton, Mary

Mary Stapleton Services: 10 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday at Resthaven’s Abbey Chapel in Lubbock, Texas. Mary F. Stapleton, 82, of Lubbock died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005. She was born on Sept. 10, 1922, in Woodson to Patrick and Lela Jernigan. She married Joe R. Stapleton on March 8, 1942, in Lubbock. Joe and Mary owned the […]

Bauer, Mary

Mary Bauer Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Mary Theresa Bauer, 90, of Clovis, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis She was born April 30, 1915, in Bird Island, Minn., to James and Ellen Lanigan Brown. She was a home-care worker for the state of California. […]

ENMU edges St. Mary’s in men’s soccer

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Despite a slow start to their season, Eastern New Mexico University’s Brian Swan thinks the Greyhounds can make some noise in the men’s Southwest Soccer Conference. Swan assisted on ENMU’s final goal Sunday, and the Hounds held on for a 3-2 victory over St. Mary’s at the […]

Lopez, Mary

Mary Lopez Services: Have been held. Mary Lopez, 60, of Portales died Friday, July 8, 2005, at her home. She was born Jan. 3, 1945, in Artesia to Dominga and Frutoso Morales. She was married Manuel Lopez on Oct. 15, 1965 . They moved to Pecos, Texas, in 1968, and remained there until 2004 when […]

Carter, Mary

Mary Carter Services: Have been held. Mrs. Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Norris Carter, 65, died Friday, July 1, 2005, at her home in Clovis. She was born Jan. 9, 1940, in Clovis, New Mexico to Onis “OB” and Edith Norris. She graduated from Clovis High in 1958. She married William “Bill” Clark Carter on Feb. 8, […]

Grinde , Mary

Mary Grinde Services: Have been held. Mary K. Grinde, 84, of Clovis, died Monday, June 20, 2005, at her home. She was born on April 5, 1921, in Gotebo, Okla., to Ernest J. and Nannie Dee Bland Killough. She married H.F. “Rip” Grinde on Jan. 19, 1945, in Clovis. She was a legal secretary for […]

Sparwasser, Mary

Mary Sparwasser Services: Have been held. Mrs. Mary Maxine Brown Sparwasser, 73, of Clovis, died Monday, June 20, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Jan. 30, 1932, Clovis, to Columbus A. and Margrette Bryant. She married Curtis Sparwasser on Dec. 4, 1971, in Clovis. She worked as a caregiver […]

Crowley strove for exemplary Christian life

By Judy Brandon Sometimes it seems that we can be touched in ways we do not anticipate. It was any normal day in my life and I was on my way to work by my typical route. I turned on the car radio and the host introduced a taped speech by Mary Crowley, then CEO […]

Tombstone race trademark of Old Fort Days

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Ryan Autrey of Texico prepares to toss an 80-pound headstone over the first barrier in the finals of the Billy the Kid open division race during Old Fort Days in Fort Sumner. (CNJ correspondent: Andrew Chavez) By Andrew Chavez: CNJ correspondent FORT SUMNER — Since its conception, the Billy the Kid Tombstone Race has been […]

Smithee, Mary

Mary Charlotte Smithee, 77, of Benton, Texas, died Friday, May 6, 2005, at Saline Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 29, 1927, in Quitaque, Texas, to Clyde and Agnes Tunnell. She received her master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Arkansas in 1971 and was an actuary for Citi Group Insurance for 20 […]

Boyd, Mary

Mary Boyd Services: Have been held. Mary E. Boyd, 69, died Tuesday, May 3, 2005. She was born Nov. 29, 1935, in Frankell, Texas. She worked in custodial services at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales before retirement. Family members described her as a wonderful mother and an avid gardener. Survivors include two daughters, Dusty […]

Aragon, Mary

Mary Aragon Services: Have been held. Mrs. Mary Stella Zamora Aragon, 75, of Portales, died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on March 11, 1930, in Roy, to Benito and Valentina Zamora. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sons, Jose de La Cruz Aragon, Eddie […]

Clark , Della May

Della May Clark Services: Have been held. Della May Clark, 75, of Clovis died Thursday, May 12, 2005, at her home in Clovis. She was born Sept. 15, 1929, to Kenneth A. and Mary Margaret Janckycki Miller in Mishawaka, Ind. She married Leonard Clark on Dec. 22, 1951, in Yuma, Ariz. She was a LPN […]

Beeckler, Ruby

Ruby Beeckler Services: Have been held. Ruby Beeckler, 95, of Clovis, died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on July 18, 1909, in Elida, to Billy Latth and Mary Elizabeth Stewart Moffitt. She was a salesperson at Casual Corner in Atlanta and a member of the Church […]