Mom was wiser than she realized

My mother died one year ago tomorrow. My niece Carol — her primary caregiver and one of several grandchildren and great-grandchildren that my parents raised — and I went through mother’s modest possessions trying to decide who would want what. None of her six kids, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren or six great-great-grandchildren is starving, so […]

Romero, Louisa

Louisa Romero of Fort Sumner died Sunday, June 24, 2006, at University Medical Center in Lubbock from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. She was born in Ricardo to Highino Romero and the former Ricardita Martinez. She attended school at Ricardo. She made her home in Fort Sumner for many years, where she was employed […]

Baldwin, Brian A.

Brian Alan Baldwin, 32, of Clovis died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 26, 1974, to David and Nelda Quinn Baldwin in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a 1992 graduate of Grady High School and was employed as a welder. He was a member of Central Christian Church. Family members […]

Birdsong, Nilen E. “Bird”

Nilen Ellis “Bird” Birdsong, 73, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at his home in Clovis. He was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Hooks, Texas, to Fred and Beaula Triple Birdsong. He married Setsuko “Miko” Tomikawa Sept. 21, 1960, in Okinawa. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1973 as a tech sergeant. […]

Burns Sr., Rodney W.

Rodney Wayne Burns Sr. Services: Have been held. Rodney Wayne Burns Sr., 69, of Clovis, died Monday, April 18, 2005, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. He was born Feb. 9, 1936, in Clovis, to Matt and Elva Burns. He married Diane Curry Hays in 1983. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1954 and […]

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, […]

Like, do first impressions matter, dude?

LIKE, DO FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER, DUDE? “First impressions matter. One is a fool to think otherwise.” So wrote former Houston minister Bill Love. As I read Bill’s words, I thought about an interesting first meeting I had with my wife’s niece’s then-boyfriend who was welcomed to the table a few years ago at Thanksgiving. May […]

Cast, Floyd

Cast, Floyd Services: Have been held. Floyd “Sonny” Cast, 68, of Tucumcari, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, in Amarillo. He was born in Quay. Mr. Cast lived his life as a rancher. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Cast of Tucumcari; two daughters, Teresa Hampton of Tucumcari and Patty Lindsey of Datil; one sister, […]

Scott, Ruth

Ruth Scott Services: Have been held. Mrs. Ruth Scott, 87, of Clovis, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at Laurel High Plains Nursing Center in Clovis. She was born on Nov. 25, 1915, in Milnesand, to Ada Bell and Albert E. Williamson. She was the first baby recorded born in the Milnesand community, where she attended […]

amos visits kinfolk

Editor’s Note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. With the coming of summer and the annual dust bowl weather on the Plains, amos started feeling a little lonely. Every time he saw a little daisy sprouting through the ground or the tender young […]