Elidia M. Valdez
DOUGLAS, Wyo. - Services for Elidia M. Valdez of Douglas will be held at 10 a.m. today at Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas. The Rev. Andrew Duncan will officiate. Services are under the direction of Converse Funeral Chapel.
Burial will follow in Douglas Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Valdez, 83, died Monday, June 18, at Michael Manor in Douglas. She was born May 5, 1918, on the Pagosa Reservation near Pagosa Springs, Colo., to Miguel and Lazareth "Vigil" Gurule. She married Rosendo "Pete" Valdez on Aug. 15, 1935, in Douglas. He preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1971.
During World War II she held dual employment, working for the government as a seamstress, repairing officer uniforms and tents, and as a nurse's aide at the interment camps that housed the Japanese Americans, just outside of the Douglas city limits.
Mrs. Valdez also was employed with Peggy Joss for 25 years, and was a housekeeper for the Rev. Farren of Saint James Catholic Church. She ended her working career with The Green Thumb program, where she was an assistant with the Douglas Schools. She made her home in Hobbs for a few years, living with her daughter and son-in-law, Bill and Vicki Allen of Hobbs.
Mrs. Valdez was an active and past officer of the original Townsend Club, where she was known as the last surviving member. She was also active with Converse County Democrats, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Douglas Senior Citizens, the Guadalupe Society and the Hobbs Senior Citizens Center. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the March of Dimes, and lifelong member of Saint James Catholic Church.
Mrs. Valdez is survived by five sons, Michael Valdez of Oceanside, Calif., Raymond Valdez of Hopkinsville, Ky., Nick Valdez and Cisco Valdez, both of Douglas, and Richard Valdez of Casper, Wyo.; two daughters, Maria Sierocki of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Victoria Valdez-Allen of Hobbs; 25 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and many friends who loved her.
Mrs. Valdez was also preceded in death by her parents; one son; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; seven sisters; and seven brothers.
Billie Cadenhead Smith
Services for Billie Cadenhead Smith of Hobbs, and formerly of Fort Stockton, Texas, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Jim Lacy will officiate.
Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.
Cremation will take place. The cremains will be buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.
Mrs. Smith, 77, died Sunday, June 17, at Lea Regional Medical Center. She was born Nov. 25, 1923, in Carnegie, Okla. She married Harold F. Smith in April 1947 in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Mrs. Smith graduated from Wichita Falls High School and attended Howard Payne University. She was employed by the state of New Mexico as a social worker from 1956-1968.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband of Fort Stockton; one daughter, Vicky Gann of Hobbs; one grandson; a nephew and a niece.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Stephen Charles Smith; and one brother, Lloyd L. Cadenhead.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the attention of Cc Nelson, New Mexico Junior College Foundation, 5317 Lovington Highway, Hobbs, N.M. 88240.
Leona M. Thomas
DENVER CITY - Services for Leona Mae Thomas of Junction, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Denver City Memorial Park. The Rev. Darren Skinner will officiate.
Burial will follow under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Homes.
Mrs. Thomas, 88, died Tuesday, June 19, in Junction. She was born Feb. 25, 1913, in Sagerton, Texas. She married Orlando P. Thomas on Oct. 2, 1937, in Lubbock. He preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 1998.
Mrs. Thomas started teaching for the Hobbs School District in 1952 and retired in 1976. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Methodist Church.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by one daughter, Jan Alexander of Junction; one sister, Lillian Barry of Redlands, Calif.; and two grandchildren.
Memorial services for Allie Parks of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at St. John Baptist Church. The Rev. J.J. Joiner will officiate.
Mrs. Parks, 68, died Saturday, June 16, in Hobbs. She was born Oct. 20, 1933, in Chilton, Texas. She married George Parks in Hobbs. He preceded her in death.
Mrs. Parks is survived by two sons, La Traia Jones of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Darron Burkley of Hobbs; one sister, Carrie Washington of Winchester, Va.; and one brother, Elmer Cummings Jr. of Houston.
Mrs. Parks was also preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Ella Cummings; and three sisters, Stella Mae Pierson, Willie Mae Zeno and Iva Royal.
Ida M. Hines Pickering
LOVINGTON - Graveside services for Ida May Hines Pickering of Cortez, Colo., and formerly of Tatum, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Tatum Cemetery. The Rev. Wayne Brazil will officiate.
Services are under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home of Lovington.
Mrs. Hines Pickering, 86, died Tuesday, June 19, in Cortez. She was born Feb. 14, 1915, in Kiowa, Okla.
She married James Hines on Nov. 7, 1930, in Gore, Okla. He preceded her in death in 1967. She later married Russell Pickering, who also preceded her in death.
She was a member of Tatum First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Hines Pickering is survived by two daughters, Nadine Stephenson of Yuba City, Calif., and Edith English of Cortez; one stepdaughter, Roetta Keever of Roswell; two stepsons, Robbie Pickering of Amarillo, Texas, and Jimmy Pickering of Lovington; one brother, Robert Franklin of Fayetteville, Ark.; three sisters, Dorma Lee Sanders of Springfield, Miss., Cora Bell Amert and Betty Ruth Ivey, both of Modesto, Calif.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren.
LOVINGTON - Services for Josefa Acosta of Lovington will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Thomas Catholic Church. The Rev. Leopold Gleissner will officiate.
Burial will follow at Lovington Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home.
Mrs. Acosta, 93, died Monday, June 18, at her home. She was born Jan. 19, 1908.
Mrs. Acosta is survived by her husband of 75 years, Antonio; two sons, Carlos Acosta of Santa Teresa and Jose Acosta of Hobbs; four daughters, Rita Rodriguez and Gavina Gonzales, both of Lovington, Juana Castillo of Hobbs and Marcela Jasso of Monahans, Texas; 30 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; and 27 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Acosta was preceded in death by her son, Manuel Acosta.
Services for Ann Erwin, 58, of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Prairie Haven Chapel. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.
The Rev. J. Gorton Smith will conduct the services, and burial will follow in Prairie Haven Memorial Park.
Mrs. Erwin died Saturday, June 16, at her home.
Mrs. Erwin was born Feb. 6, 1943, in Dallas.
She married Ed Erwin in March 1962 in Rockwell.
Mrs. Erwin was raised and educated in Gainesville, Texas. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Erwin was also a Realtor, having worked for First Equity and Professional Management Realty. She was past president and held many offices with the State Board of Realtors. She was also active in the Cancer Support Group.
Mrs. Erwin is survived by her husband of the home; her daughter, Lisa Fields, of Hobbs; a brother, Lamar Curtis Perry, of Tennessee; a sister, Lynn McCaulley, of Killeen, Texas; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and cousins.
Mrs. Erwin was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Judith Thomas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VistaCare Family Hospice, 1515 W. Calle Sur, Hobbs, N.M. 88240, or the Humane Society.
Rhonda M. Valdez
ROWLETT, Texas - Services for Rhonda Marie Valdez will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rowlett with the Rev. Robert Crisp officiating. Services are under the direction of Rest Haven Funeral Home of Rowlett.
Mrs. Valdez, 38, died Friday, June 15.
She was born July 2, 1962, in Hobbs to Kenneth and Deron McPeters.
Mrs. Valdez is survived by her husband, Jon M. Valdez; her father, Kenneth McPeters of Hobbs; three children, Michael, David and Emily Valdez, all of Rowlett; a sister, Yvonne Tabb of Garland, Texas; and a brother, Raoul McPeters, of Hobbs.
The family will welcome friends at a Night of Remembrance service tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice, 5001 LBJ Freeway., Suite 1050, Dallas, Texas, 75244, or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas 75244.
Billie C. Smith
Services for Billie Cadenhead Smith, 77, are pending with Griffin Funeral Home.
Mrs. Smith died Sunday, June 17, at Lea Regional Medical Center. She was born Nov. 25, 1923, in Carnegie, Okla.
She is survived by her husband, Harold F. Smith, of Fort Stockton, Texas; a daughter, Vicky Gann, of Hobbs; a grandson; and a niece and a nephew.
Services for Allie Parks, 63, of Hobbs are pending with Griffin Funeral Home.
Ms. Parks died Saturday at her home in Hobbs. She was born Oct. 20, 1937.
She is survived by her son, Darron Brukley of Hobbs.
Services for Daphne Ditto of Hobbs will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Taylor Street Church of Christ. Eli Borden, Mal Shakra, Jim Powell, Stan Samuels and Ron Matthews will officiate. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.
Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park.
Ms. Ditto, 16, died Tuesday, June 19, in Lubbock. She was born July 3, 1984, in Hobbs.
Ms. Ditto is survived by her parents, Vaughn and Candy Ditto; one sister, Serena Cooksey of Hobbs; one brother, Haydn Ditto of Lubbock; one niece and one nephew.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Daphne Ditto Memorial Fund, in care of American Bank of Commerce, Highway 62-82, Wolfforth, Texas 79382.
Betty S. Reeves
Services for Betty Sue Reeves of Floydada, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at First Assembly of God in Floydada, with the Rev. Vance Mitchell officiating and the Rev. Henry Russell of Trinity Church assisting.
Burial will follow in Floydada Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home of Floydada.
Miss Reeves died Saturday, June 16, at Floydada Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was 52, born Feb. 11, 1949, in Floydada.
Miss Reeves attended school in Floydada and was a member of the First Assembly of God.
She is survived by her mother, Irene Reeves of Floydada; three brothers, Jerry Reeves of Alliance, Neb., Terry Reeves of Slaton, Texas, and Mike Reeves of Floydada; three sisters, Joanne Smith of Floydada, Jeannette Nance of Elk City, Okla., and Dolores Ayers of Hobbs; 8 nephews and 6 nieces.