Erma Ricketts

Obituary for Erma Ricketts

Farmington
Erma B. Ricketts
October 11, 1924-May 10, 2016

Erma Beachum Ricketts, 91, of Farmington, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Erma was born on October 11, 1924, to Rupert and Grace Beachum in Wichita Falls, TX.

During WWII she worked at Shephard Field Airforce Base in Wichita Falls. On March 23, 1947 Erma married a WWII veteran, Bob Ricketts, and they moved to Farmington, NM. They owned and operated Hustler Press, Inc. until 1984. Our hearts will be lonely without her. All will miss her great example of generosity, strength, kindness and everything else that’s just right with this world.

Erma was preceded in death by her husband, Robert O. Ricketts; her parents, Rupert and Grace Beachum; and her brother, David Beachum. She is survived by her sons, Bobby of Greeley, Colorado, Sam (Karen) of Farmington, NM; her daughters, Betty Brown of Spokane, Washington, Sally (Rick) Ray of Spokane, Washington; her sister, Barbara (Tom) Hendershot of Connecticut; 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and numerous family members and lifelong friends.

A memorial service will be held for Erma at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 28, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church, 865 N. Dustin Ave., with Rev. Glenn Perica. A reception will follow immediately after the service. Memorials or donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church Building Fund or to a charity of your choice.

Erma’s care is entrusted to Alternative Choice Burial and Cremation, 804 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington, NM, 505-325-9611. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at serenityandcompany.com. http://serenityandcompany.com/

Alton James

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George Alton James, 87, of Farmington, returned to his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Albuquerque. He was born Nov. 28, 1928, in Toadlena, to Emer and Adah Currillie James.

Alton served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Central States Mission from 1947 to 1950. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1951 to October 1953. Alton graduated from OCS in April 1952 and was assigned to the 64th FABN of the 25th Division in Korea. He was a forward observer on “Harry’s Out Post,” battery executive and then battery commander. Alton worked for El Paso Natural Gas for 30 years as a laboratory chemist and safety inspector. For the next 15 years, he worked as a contract inspector for pipeline and gas plant construction, and hazardous materials clean-up.

Alton served his community all of his life. He served as a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America for 25 years. Alton was elected to the Board of Directors of the San Juan County Museum Association. He served for seven years as vice president and another nine years as president. Alton led the museum association in many things, including the purchase of the property containing the Salmon Ruins, obtaining funding from the New Mexico Legislature, passing a bond and establishing the Museum and Research Center as it is known today.

Alton’s daughter, Cheri, preceded him death in 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Myrtle LoRelle Hunter James; son, Rick and wife Retta James; son, David and wife Cindy James; and brother, Arthur and wife Kay James. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Apache Building, 400 W. Apache in Farmington. A service will follow at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Farmington with Bishop Carroll Carter conducting. Interment will follow at the Kirtland-Fruitland Cemetery in Kirtland. Full military honors will be provided by VFW Post No. 2182 of Farmington.

Alton’s care is entrusted to the 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 serenityandcompany.com.

Published in Farmington Daily Times from Apr. 29 to May 6, 2016

Billy Roquemore

Billy Roger Roquemore, 80, of Farmington, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016. He was born Dec. 18, 1935, to JD Roquemore and Minnie Eugenia Roquemore, in Bloomfield. He was raised on the farm and learned how to drive a tractor, milk cows and care for his goat, Johnny. As a young boy, Billy contracted polio, but he never let that control his life; he adapted to the right side of his body never being fully developed. He was baptized as a teenager and loved the lord. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1954 and began a career for the city of Farmington’s Water and Waste Water Department and Treatment Plant. He became the superintendent and retired after 30 years. Billy was a wonderful, caring, loving and supportive man. He loved his family and friends. He loved anyone who was a Dallas Cowboys fan! He loved the Dallas Cowboys and stuck with them through the thick and thin. Billy was a loyal fan and owned more Cowboys apparel then someone should own. Billy loved nature, and after he retired, he cared for all the birds in his yard. He loved his pets and cared for them deeply. He had a special relationship with each of his pets but especially his dog, Angel. He loved to shoot guns and was a lifetime member of the NRA. Billy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bloomfield and dedicated himself to bible study. He enjoyed fellowship with other Christian believers. Billy was a proud Republican; he loved our country and showed no hesitation to express his political opinion. He had deep appreciation for all armed forces and displayed the American flag. Billy was proudest of the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was loved and respected by everyone, and will be missed greatly. Billy was preceded in death by his parents, JD and Minnie Eugenia Roquemore; brother, DeRoyce Roquemore; sister, Deborah Bates; son, Billy Wayne Roquemore; wife, Patty Roquemore; grandparents, Henry Spivy Roquemore and Nanny Oldam; and maternal grandparents, W. Crawford and Minnie Bailey Crawford. Billy is survived by his wife, Mary R. Roquemore; brother, Donald Roquemore (Valerie); Barbara and son Martin Christopher Roquemore (Tereasa); Randy Roquemore (Kim); Cheryl Thatcher (Raymond); Sarah and daughter, Beverly Gallegos (Gary); Jennifer Coponiti (David); Sacaunda Markle (Matt); Nicole Rybacki (Nick); 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Pallbearers are Jeffrey Thatcher, Brad Roquemore, Justin Roquemore, Raymond Thatcher, Barrie Roquemore and Dean Roquemore. A viewing will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 8 at the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield. A funeral service for Billy will follow at 10 a.m. with pastor Monty Mullenix. Interment will take place after the funeral service at the Greenlawn Cemetery. Those who would like to can make donation to Gideon International. Billy’s care is entrusted to the Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St. in Farmington, 505-327-5142. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at serenityandcompany.com.

Published in Farmington Daily Times from Apr. 6 to Apr. 13, 2016

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

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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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Carroll Crawford

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1934 – 2016

Obituary for Carroll Crawford

Brigadier General (NMARNG-Ret.) Carroll Edwin Crawford passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Farmington, after a long and hard-fought battle. He is now with the Heavenly Army of his Lord and Savior. He was born on Sept. 14, 1934, in Farmington, to Burrel H. and Dyvena Stiles Crawford. He was raised on the Crawford Farm and graduated from Farmington High School in 1952, where he lettered in football, track and band. He earned an Associates in Arts from New Mexico State University, a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from Park College (Cum Laude), and a Bachelor of Science in General Business from the University of the State of New York. He also attended several military schools including Officer Candidate Course, Command and General Staff College, Graduate of Artillery Officer Basic Extension Course (Air Defense), and Ordinance Branch Officer Advanced Course.

He married the love of his life, Bonnie June French, on Sept. 5, 1953. To this union of 62 plus years, were born two daughters, Diana and Rebecca; and a son, Scott. He worked for over 40 years at El Paso Natural Gas Company retiring as Director of Measurement Technical Operations in 1997. During this time he was on the Instructional Staff at the Texas A and I University-Gulf Coast Measurement Short Course, College of Engineering University of Oklahoma-Southwestern Gas Measurement Short Course, and University of Oklahoma International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement. Upon retirement, he was dba a Consultant/Auditor. When he had nothing else to do, he ran his farm on the old homestead eventually developing it into Vista San Juan Estates.

Carroll served as President on the Bloomfield School Board and as President on the San Juan College Advisory Board before being transferred to El Paso, Texas. In his 33 years with the New Mexico Army National Guard, he served with many fine and loyal soldiers and officers in units in Farmington, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and White Sands. He earned the rank of Brigadier General (Air Defense Artillery and Ordinance Branches). He returned to Farmington in 1998, and served on the Bloomfield Irrigation District Board.

Carroll was ordained a deacon and inducted into the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara. He was a charter member of the Natural Gas Measurement Association, member of the Permian Basin Measurement Society, and a charter member of Emmanuel Baptist Church-Farmington in 1956.

He received the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, BLM NM Oil and Gas Conference Award, BLM NM Director Award for Conservation and Development of an Alternative Measurement Program. He received a Certificate of Achievement for 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. He received Certificates of Appreciation from EPNG, Service in the Armed Forces of the U.S. Air Defense Artillery, and Completion of Active Reserve Service.

Carroll had deep roots in the San Juan County area. His grandfather Dave Stiles, served as mayor of Farmington in the 1940s. His grandfather William Crawford was a pioneering farmer and rancher in Bloomfield and Huerfano areas. Both families came to New Mexico in the first year of Statehood, 1912, from Texas.

Carroll was preceded in death by his parents, Burrel and Dyvena Crawford; daughter, Diana Crawford Keith; and brother, Lloyd Burrel Crawford; grandparents Flora and Dave Stiles and William and Minni Sota Bailey Crawford.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bonnie June, of the family home; daughter, Rebecca “Becky” (Lauren) Puepke; and son, Scott of Farmington; brother, Dr. Terry (Jane) Crawford of Las Cruces: sisters-in law, Ibbie Crawford of Austin, Texas, Anna Jean (Wayne) Shults of Texas, Catherine Graminski of Alpine, Calif.; grandchildren; Kirsten (Ricky) Lofton of El Paso, Texas, Ryan Hatch of Albuquerque, Melissa (Micheal) Munoz of Farmington, Amanda Rojo of Farmington, Shae Lynn (Allen) Young of Amarillo, Texas, Marshall Crawford of Farmington, Taylor (Kyler) Kirkland of Amarillo. Katelyn (Cimaron) Hernandez of El Paso; great-grandchildren, Noah Lofton, Elena and Emmanuel Munoz, Nathanael Rojo, Malakai Kirkland, Brycen Hernandez; and two on the way; many nieces and nephews who will miss him.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home in Farmington.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 211 W. 20th St. with the Rev. John Preston officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery with full military honors. Pallbearers are Scott Crawford, Marshall Crawford, Micheal Munoz, Lauren Puepke, Allen Young and Kyler Kirkland. Honorary Pallbearers are Ryan Hatch, Ricky Lofton and Cimaron Hernandez.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the DementiaSociety.org or Diabetes.org.

Carroll’s care is entrusted to the Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688.

Katheen Foutz

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Kathleen Foutz (1946 – 2016)

Obituary

Kathleen Foutz came into this world born to Joseph Russell and Helen Foutz in Farmington on June 11, 1946. She left us on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, after a long battle with ALS.

Her parents owned Teec Nos Pos Trading Post, where she grew up until time to attend and graduate from Farmington High School. After high school, she was taught an amazing ability for business by her father, a U.S. licensed Indian trader.

Her first love and lifetime devotion was to her son, Russell Jay Deluzio, of Farmington. Kathy and Jay enjoyed snow skiing, and she instilled in Jay a deep appreciation of reading. Kathy is survived by Jay and her brothers, Bill Foutz and wife Kay of Farmington, Andy Foutz of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jacque Foutz, widow of her late brother, John Foutz; her cousin, Ed Foutz, and wife Jackie, along with many nieces and nephews of the family.
Her lifetime achievements were many. She and her business partner established Mary Murfin’s, a ladies apparel shop, and had many women addicted to their fashion sense. She was featured in Redbook Magazine as a New Mexico beauty as pictured above.

Kathy ran the wholesale division of Foutz Indian Room and featured Navajo rugs, baskets and folk art at shows across the country. At those shows, she took many “Best of Show” awards. This gave so many Diné cottage industries esteemed recognition for their work, which was featured in Robert Redford’s Sundance Catalog and many other museums and galleries across the country.

Kathy’s current business, Foutz Teec Nos Pos Pawn at 307 W. Main St., is managed by Priscilla Saltwater, who has worked with her for 20 years.

Her deepest appreciation was for the Navajo rugs and her knowledge of the weavers, their history and their families. Kathy compiled a wonderful book, “Trees in a Circle, The Teec Nos Pos Story,” featuring her family’s 100-year collection of extraordinary Teec Nos Pos rugs. That collection was gathered by Ed and Jed Foutz and Kathy and was hailed at the opening of the Farmington Museum and traveled to museums throughout the United States and Europe.

Kathy’s respect for the Diné people was deep rooted and nurtured by her throughout her life through her businesses and personal friendships. Her devotion and respect for many weavers throughout the Four Corners is extensive, including supporting and nominating outstanding weaver Lucy Whitehorse (1925-2015) for New Mexico’s outstanding artist and she won that commendation.

Kathy traveled with Roy Kady, a new age weaver and naturalist, around this area, as well as New York, for lectures regarding this indigenous art form.

Her services are pending.

Funeral arrangements are with Farmington Funeral Home, 2111 W. Apache St., 505-325-2211. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at farmingtonfuneral.com.

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