Mildred Leonard

Mildred (Parrett) Leonard
1916 – 2016 Obituary

 

Mildred Parrett Leonard was born on July 27, 1916, on the Parrett family farm near South Salem, Ohio, the only child of Lillian Estelle (Porterfeild) Parrett and Edgar Wilson Parrett.

Mildred’s parents were with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (then called the Indian Service) and moved from reservation to reservation around the United States. They lived in Santa Fe, Shawnee, Okla., Busby, Mont., and Fort Bidwell, Calif. In 1930, when Mildred was 14, the family moved to the Four Corners region, where she spent the rest of her life. She attended schools throughout the family’s travels.

Mildred lived in Farmington for 45 years, raising her three sons, Ted, Bob and Jack. In 1978, she and her father moved to the Ignacio Senior Center, where she lived ever since. She cared for her father until his death in 1980.

Mildred enjoyed her life at the Senior Center, volunteering and taking part in its many activities, and she often said, “The center has taken good care of me.” She was an inspiration to all who knew her, with a wonderful sense of humor, a generous heart and stunning good looks.

Mildred was preceded in death by sons, Bob in 1993, Jack in 2009 and Ted in 2014.

She is survived by daughters-in-law, Ann and Patt; three grandsons; three granddaughters; seven great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; and two new great-great-grandbabies.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Ignacio Senior Center, 15345 Highway 172 in Ignacio.

If so desired, donations can be made in Mildred’s name to the Ignacio Senior Center. Mildred will be greatly missed by all.

Arrangements are with Hood Mortuary, 1261 E. 3rd Ave. in Durango, Colo., 970-247-2312. Send condolences at hoodmortuary.com.

Ted Leonard

THEODORE LEONARD

1933 – 2014 Obituary 

THEODORE LEONARD Obituary
COL. THEODORE LEONARD U.S. Army, Retired Col. Theodore “Ted” J. Leonard lost his long and valiant battle with cancer April 11, 2014. Ted was born in Banning, Calif., Sept. 27, 1933. The family moved to Farmington, N.M. shortly after his birth. He graduated from Farmington High School where he was active in all sports. He received a basketball scholarship to New Mexico A&M, which he attended two years. He received his BA degree from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala.. Ted was a distinguished military graduate, entering the regular U.S. Army upon his graduation. He received his MBA from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Ted served 32 years in the Adjutant General Corps. He received the Legion of Merit medal, along with many others. He was preceded in death by his father, John; and two brothers, Bob and Jack. Ted is survived by his wife, of 57 years, Ann; and son, Bill. Ted is also survived by his mother, Mildred Leonard of Ignacio, Colo.; four grandchildren, Billy, Chase, Brandt and Remington; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Willene and Sam Crabb; cousins, Kay Wright and Nevis James; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins. Ted was an avid golfer, playing almost every day after his retirement in 1989, until an injury in 2009. Ted was laid to rest April 18, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. Celebration of his life is pending. He will be greatly missed.

 

Jerry D. Alexander

Jerry D. Alexander

1938 – 2015 Obituary 

Jerry D. Alexander Obituary

Jerry D. Alexander, 77, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at his residence. He was born March 19, 1938, in Borger, Texas, to Oscar A. Alexander and Sibil D. Parks.

He attended and graduated high school in Farmington. He was employed by the Arizona Public Service in Waterflow as a supervisor planner and retired after 27 years of service. After he retired, was owner-operator of Rocky Mountain Home Inspectors. Jerry was a member of the Elks and the L.O.W.S. Jerry spent most of his childhood and adult life in Farmington, where he raised his family and enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting with family and friends.

In 1998, he retired and became a winter Texan at Fun and Sun RV Park in San Benito, Texas. In the fall of 2011, he became a full-time resident. He enjoyed being a part of the many activities, including the singles group, billiards, poker and dancing.

His heart was full of generosity, and it was never held back and always extended to those in need.

He is survived by his daughters, Charisse Teahan and husband Mark, and Kathryn Strube and husband Darrel; sister, Beth Farnsworth and husband Merl; brothers, Kenneth Alexander and wife Dottie, Mark Alexander and wife Barbara, and David Alexander; grandchildren, Timber (David) Everett and children Dakota, Brian, Trevor and Everray, Laura Brown and children Kamryn and Kyle, Chris (Kim) Canon and children Cody, Josh, Gavin, Kamryn, Christian and Christopher, Capri Blevins and son Tyler, Derik McElroy, and Kandice Strube and children Landin and Verlane. Jerry is also survived by his previous wives, Jane McCoppin and Sherlynn McElhiney.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Charlotte Penrod Alexander; brother, Ray Alexander; and grandson, Christopher Canon.

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at the World Harvest Center, 1024 N. Butler Ave. in Farmington.

Please come to share your stories of Jerry. If needed contact daughter, Charisse “Sherry” Teahan at 505-330-8390.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sunny Glen Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1373, San Benito, Texas 78586.

Published in Farmington Daily Times from July 12 to Aug. 2, 2015

 

Lillie Ricketts Fitzhugh

lillie ricketts fitzhugh

Lillie Ricketts Fitzhugh, 99, of Farmington, was called home to the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. She was born on Sept. 27, 1916 in Farmington. She was the first child of Orval and Bertha Ricketts. Her parents were early settlers and homesteaders in Farmington. Her father, Orval, was the founder and editor of Farmington’s first newspaper. She was raised in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School. She went on to earn her BA in Business from New Mexico State College A&M, which is now NMSU in 1940. After graduation she worked for the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. She joined the WAC (Women’s Auxiliary Corps) in July 1943. She served in the Pacific as a statistical clerk under the command of General Douglas MacArthur until her discharge in 1946. She was awarded the Bronze Star for her excellent service. After the war, she married Leon R. Fitzhugh whom she met while attending NMSU. They were married for 54 years until his death in February 2001. Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Leon R. Fitzhugh; her two younger brothers, Colin “Jack” Ricketts and Robert O. Ricketts. This much beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother is survived by her children, Vicky Byars (Larry), and Richard Fitzhugh (Denise); her grandchildren, Eric Byars, David Keith Fitzhugh (Nanette), Keri Salazar (Michael), and Darlinda Fitzhugh; and sixteen great-grandchildren. They have two children, Vicky L. Byars and Richard L. Fitzhugh; five grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Her years after the war were spent as a homemaker, mother, and serving in the church and community. She had a great love for the outdoors and enjoyed drives in the country, family reunions in Colorado, and mountain hikes. She was a talented seamstress and made many beautiful quilts which she gave to her friends and family. She loved to play games and tell stories about her amazing life.

Published in Farmington Daily Times from Mar. 8 to Mar. 15, 2016

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