Clovis funeral home full of life

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(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Kevin Ducan, left, and Russell Muffley talk as another round of coffee is poured last week at Muffley’s back door during morning coffee. Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer The front door to Muffley Funeral Home brings people face to face with death. Just a few feet away, through the rear […]

Gallegos, Teresa

Teresa Gallegos Services: Have been held. Teresa Gallegos, 51 of Clovis, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born on July 27, 1953, in San Francisco, to Catarino and Stella Garza. She was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith. She was preceded in death by her parents; a […]

Rael, Mary A.

Mary A. Rael Services: Have been held. Mary A. Rael, 92, of Clovis, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at her home in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 10, 1912, in Fort Sumner, to Severo and Olimpia Gallegos Romero. She married Joe G. Rael on June 3, 1929, in Clovis. She was a custodian at […]

Webb, Mabel

Mabel Webb Services: Have been held. Mabel Helen Johnson Webb, 95, of Clovis, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at Laural Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born on Sept. 15, 1909, in Plankenton, S.D., to Hans and Maud West Johnson. She married Creed Webb on Oct. 11, 1924, in Farwell. She grew up in the […]

Uncle: kin’s death still mystery

CNJ staff Air Force officials have still not released information about the Oct. 29 death of 20-year-old Kimberly Susan Novak. Joseph Bollman of Detroit said Air Force officials are even being “pretty tight-lipped” with family members who’ve asked about the death of his niece. Bollman said he doesn’t know how or why his niece died, […]

Lucero, Petra

Petra Lucero Services: Private Family Services will be held at a later date. Petra Lucero, 75, of Clovis, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born on July 29, 1929, in Las Vegas, N.M., to Aurielo and Piedad Gonzales Martinez. She was a licensed practical nurse and a member […]

Mancillas , Michelle

Michelle Rae “Little” Mancillas, 27, of Clovis, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at her home. She was born on Dec. 20, 1976, in Okinawa, Japan, to Dallas Ray Jr. and Frances Annick Phillips Akers. She married Willie Mancillas on April 4, 2003, in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was a certified nurse in Templeton, Calif. She was […]

Bradley, Lawrence

Lawrence “Brad” Bradley, 77, of Clovis, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at his home. He was born on Aug. 28, 1927, in Glen Rose, Texas, to Lawrence Edward and Ima Jean Smith Bradley. He retired from the United States Air Force as a Tech Sergeant in 1972. He was preceded in death by his parents. […]

Kane, Brian

Brian Kane Services: Have been held. Airman 1st Class Brian Martin Oliver Kane, 29, of Cannon Air Force Base, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Oct. 10, 1975, in Ireland, to Bernard and Jeanie McGoldrick Kane. He worked in the Public Affairs office at Cannon. […]

8/15/04 Club Notes

Altrusa International Inc. of Clovis Altrusa International Inc. of Clovis met for its regular program on Monday at Muffley’s Back Door. Hostesses were Margie Reisiger, Beverly Fitz, and Sylvia Bean. They served dinner to the club at 6 p.m. The program was presented by Ricky Burns, a junior at Texico High School. He shared his […]

Starkey, Eula J.

Eula Jeanie Starkey Services: Have been held. Eula Jeanie Starkey, 53, of Clovis, died Monday, July 12, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 6, 1950, in Clovis, to Robert J. “Bob” and Celo Davis Starkey. She was a telephone operator for ENMR/Plateau for 10 years. She was a […]

Brasser, Preston

Preston Brasser Services: Have been held. Preston Louis Brasser, 61, of Clovis died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Jan. 21, 1943, in Escanaba, Mich., to Irving and Vivian Keene Brasser. He came to Clovis in 1979. He was a retired Chief Master Sergeant from the […]

Mills, Vernon Riley

Vernon Riley Mills Services: Have been held. Vernon Riley Mills, 88, of Albuquerque died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Woodmark Uptown Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque. He was born on Oct. 25, 1915, in Ranchvale, to William and Rosa Lane Mills. He began his career in administration as a teaching principal in Claude in 1937. […]

Oyer, Martin Dean

Martin Dean Oyer Services: Have been held. Martin Dean Oyer, 54, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on March 2, 1949, in Concord, Calif., to Dean and Audrey Asmussen Oyer. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked in construction, mostly in remodeling. He […]

Breath of life interrupts embalming

By Darrell Todd Maurina A man declared dead at a Clovis hospital and sent to a funeral home for embalming on Wednesday morning was returned to the hospital after he took a breath. An employee of Muffley Funeral Home called 911 dispatchers when he found Felipe Padilla, 94, of Clovis, was still alive. Sometime Wednesday […]

Calabrese, Martha Jo

Martha Jo Calabrese Services: Have been held. Martha Jo Calabrese, 63, of Clovis died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Sept. 24, 1940, in Manhattan, N.Y., to Asa Paul and Grace Becky Bryant. She married Theodore Calabrese on March 24, 1963, in Little Rock, Ark. She […]

Jackson, James

James Jackson Services: Have been held. Mr. James Edward “J.J.” Jackson, 70, of Clovis, a car salesman, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on June 26, 1933, in Post, Texas, to Charles and Addie Gray Jackson. He played football for the Carlsbad Cavemen and graduated from […]

Piper, Helen

Helen Piper Helen Piper, 84, of Clovis, a housekeeper, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on Nov. 27, 1918, in Beaumont, Texas. She married Elijah Lee Piper in Clovis where she was a housekeeper. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and Order of Eastern Star. She […]