Nancy Wilhite-Watkins

Nancy Wilhite-Watkins
December 4, 1935-April 12, 2014

Nancy Wilhite-Watkins, 78, of Farmington, entered into eternal life on Saturday, April 12, 2014, after a long and courageous battle against cancer. Her loving husband, Graham Watkins, was at her side throughout the battle and at her death. She was born Dec. 4, 1935, in Boise, Idaho, to Margaret and Watson Ketchum, both of whom preceded her in death. She lived briefly in Farmington in the early sixties, where she gave birth to two sons, Timothy Wilhite and Andrew Wilhite, who also have preceded her in death.

In 1975, Nancy returned to Farmington to stay. She soon began her twenty-six years of dedicated service to San Juan Regional Medical Center, starting out as Director of Personnel and later becoming Director of Social Services as the hospital grew. During this time, she earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Leslie College in Cambridge, Mass. and became an expert at identifying hospital-related community needs and turning them into reality.

Nancy was one of the founders of Northwest New Mexico Hospice, the first such service in Farmington. She was instrumental in the creation of Air Care, the San Juan Regional air ambulance service. She originated the Angel Fund, which provides money for medications for those unable to afford them. She helped found the Rape Crisis program and for many years, she was the entire rape crisis team, on call 24/7 . She worked tirelessly at Connelly House, a residence for families of long-term patients of the medical center. Nancy was the voice for people who had no voice. She served on the Board of Directors of Childhaven, Connelly House, Halvorson House, San Juan United Way, the Anasazi Foundation, the San Juan Symphony Foundation, the Cathy Lincoln Foundation, and the Farmington Museum Foundation.

Nancy was later inducted into the San Juan Regional Medical Center Hall of Fame and into the City of Farmington Hall of Fame for her outstanding service to the hospital and to the community. She will be remembered not only for her remarkable ideas and hard work, but for her wonderful sense of humor and optimism in the face of adversity, as in telling someone, when appropriate, to “go suck an egg”. She was making family and friends laugh even in her final weeks.

In 2001, she married Graham Watkins, also of Farmington, and they enjoyed over 12 wonderful years together. They traveled to St. Martens, Greece, Costa Rica, China, and Mexico and recently cruised up the Danube. Nancy loved to cook and entertain, to read and to collect southwestern art and rugs. She loved her home and enjoyed remodeling and decorating it. There was no home improvement project that was too tough for Nancy and Graham to tackle together. She was also actively involved in her church, St. John’s Episcopal, often volunteering and inspiring others to step forward and participate.

Most of all, Nancy enjoyed being a grandmother to her combined family.

She is survived by husband Graham and her grandchildren from the Wilhite family,

Derek Wilhite (Petra) of McKinleyville, Calif., Alex Wilhite of Albuquerque, and Devney Wilhite of Albuquerque.

She became a loved and loving member of Graham’s family as well, Wendy Watkins (Paul Koops) of Cortez, Colo., Todd Watkins (Melanie) of Albuquerque, Tony Watkins (Jinx Baskerville) of Albuquerque, and Marc Watkins of Denver, Colo. Her inherited
grandchildren include Ryan Watkins of San Antonio, Texas, Amos Watkins of Albuquerque, Sawyer Koops (Lauren) of Biloxi, Mich., Ruby Watkins of Boston, Mass., Olivia Holbrook (B.R.) of Albuquerque, Casey Koops of Maui, Hawaii, Satchel Watkins of Albuquerque, Wave-Ananda Baskerville of Los Angeles, Calif., and new great-granddaughter Madelyn Pearl Holbrook.

Nancy will be greatly missed by her family, her many friends and the countless residents of Farmington and San Juan County whose lives she touched with her special brand of caring. She leaves a legacy of compassion, competence and love.

The family wishes to thank all who poured forth their love and support during this difficult time, with special thanks going to the Northwest Hospice team.

Following her wishes, cremation has taken place and she will be laid to rest with her parents and her sons in the columbarium at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

A memorial service in celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at a later date at First Presbyterian Church, 865 N. Dustin Ave., Farmington, with Father Guy Mackey and Rev. Glenn Perika officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northwest Hospice, First Presbyterian Church or St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Nancy’s care is entrusted to Alternative Choice, 804 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington, 505-325-9611. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at http://www.serenityandcompany.com http://www.serenityandcompany.com.

Kathryn S. Williams

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Kathryn S. Williams, 90, of Farmington passed away of natural causes in her sleep on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in her home. She was born May 30, 1923, in Lockney, Floyd County, Texas, the daughter of John F. Starkey and Kathryn McLaughlin Starkey.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, “Woody” Williams; step-son, Gary Brewer; and brothers, Jim, Bob and John Starkey. She leaves behind her sisters, Nina Brewer of Abilene, Texas, and Eula Mullen of Idaho Falls, Idaho and three step-children, Annice Wilson, Ann New and Ken Williams.

Kathryn taught school in the Farmington School System from early 1950 until her retirement in the late 1970s.
A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 211 W. 20th St. in Farmington, with Pastor John Preston officiating.

Cremation has taken place.

Interment was at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Kathryn’s name to your favorite charity or to Emmanuel Baptist Mission, 211 W. 30th St., Farmington, NM 87401.

Kathryn’s care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at http://www.serenityandcompany.com.

Irene Elizabeth Leming Menkhoff

Irene Elizabeth Menkhoff, 83, of Farmington, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Farmington. She was born November 11, 1930 in Flora Vista, NM, the daughter of Nell and George Leming.

Irene was an active member of First Methodist Church of Farmington and her ceramics group. She often enjoyed attending the Bar-D Chuck Wagon. Irene was a kindergarten teacher’s aide of many years. Irene enjoyed traveling and camping.

She made a difference in people’s lives and was loving to family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all her family. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Menkhoff; son, Duncan; her parents and siblings. She leaves behind her daughter, Tina Bates; brother, George Leming; sister, Marie Knowlton; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and many friends.

Funeral services for Irene at at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14 at First United Methodist Church, 808 N. Monterey, in Farmington, with Pastor Dave Blackwell officiating. Internment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 6917 E. Main St., in Farmington, Irene is in the care of Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St., in Farmington, (505) 325-8688.

Evelyn Rae Benge Reid

Evelyn Rae (Benge) Reid, 93, of Farmington, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. She was born on September 12, 1920, in Plaska, (Hall County) TX, to Johnnie Newton Benge Bentley and H.S. Benge, and V.W. Bentley (stepfather). Evelyn grew up in West Texas graduating from high school in Wheeler County, TX. In 1942, she graduated college from North Texas University in Denton, TX. She moved to Farmington to teach school in September of 1942. Evelyn taught high school, junior high, and grades 4th thru 6th, for 32 years. Most of her teaching career was spent at McKinley Elementary. She loved her students and would always remember them by name. She was married to Arthur “Art” R. Reid on May 11, 1946, in Farmington at the First Baptist Church by Ron Pryor. Art and Evelyn loved to travel and retired to Forest Lakes in 1980. In 1992, Evelyn moved back to Farmington. She enjoyed being with family, playing bridge, working cross word puzzles, and watching Jeopardy and wheel of fortune. She loved Sunday school and church services for many years at the First Baptist Church. Evelyn became another mother to Scott (Grandson) as she promised her only son whom died in 1993. We love you and miss you Gram!!!! Evelyn is survived by her grandson, Scott Reid; daughter-in-law, Carol Keppler of Chicago, IL; sister, Judy (Deeh) Thomas and family of Longview, TX; nieces, Marsha Merrit of Clovis, NM, and Glenda Duncan and family of Austin TX; special niece Jan Goss (Bruce) and family; sister-in-laws, Rita Jameson (Pat) and their families and a number of nieces, nephews, and close cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989, son, J. Michael Reid, in 1993, and close cousin, Lucille Foster. Viewing will be from 6-8 pm on Monday, April 7th, at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 East Ute, Farmington. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, April 8th, at the First Baptist Church in Farmington 511 W. Arrington St, with Pastor Keith Berryman officiating. Interment will follow at Pine River Cemetery in Bayfield, Colorado. Evelyn is in the care of Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St., in Farmington. (505) 325-8688.