In Memoriam ...
Charlotte Allyne Jane Garnett Pearce, 89, Lubbock, passed away on December 4, 2014. Jane was born to Ed and Alma Garnett in Lynn County, Texas on February 21, 1925. She married the late Melvin Marcus Pearce, O’Donnell, Texas, on June 10, 1942. They had six children, five boys and one girl. Jane was raised near Draw and O’Donnell. Jane and Melvin resided in Hobbs for 35 years; they then made their home in College Station, and most recently Jane lived at Carillon LifeCare Community in Lubbock. Jane and Melvin were active volunteer adult leaders with their children in 4-H. In 1965 at 40 years of age, she earned dual degrees at Eastern New Mexico University and her master’s degree from Texas Tech University. She began teaching at New Mexico Junior College (NMJC) then later became a guidance counselor at NMJC. As an educator, she encouraged countless people to pursue a college degree to prepare them for job opportunities that may have eluded them before. Jane conducted classes for young women who needed guidance in advancing themselves in life. Jane was led by the Holy Spirit in her spiritual walk. She never wavered. She not only professed her faith, she lived her life in such a way that all who knew her could see Christ living in her. She was a member of the Taylor Street Church of Christ in Hobbs, A&M Church of Christ in College Station, and First Christian Church in Lubbock. Jane is survived by sons, Melvin Michael Pearce (wife, Ann), Littleton, Colorado; Congressman Steven Pearce (wife, Cynthia), Hobbs; Philip Pearce (wife, Karen), College Station; and Gregory Pearce (wife, Nita), Fort Worth; and daughter, Tanis Stanfield (husband, Glen), Magnolia, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters, Venita Garnett, Liberty, Mississippi, Evelyn Chenault, Lubbock, and Wilma O’Briant, Wichita Falls; and brothers, Edwin Garnett, Vernon, Texas, Donald Garnett, Lubbock, and Dennis Garnett, Lubbock.
Howard Olin Boss, 94, Ada, Oklahoma, died November 16, 2014 in Oklahoma City. He was born February 19, 1920 in Douglas, Arizona to Robert Olin and Mary Leona Yates Boss. He graduated from high school in Douglas and continued to work on the family ranch after graduation. Howard married Nancy Jean Matlock on May 18, 1954. In 1956, they purchased a ranch on the west side of the Huachuca Mountains. In 1994, Howard and Nancy moved to Ada, Oklahoma, where he continued ranching until his passing. Howard loved his family, friends, and the outdoors. His family made him the happiest and he loved the Lord. His most memorable times were gathering cows off the mountains with a good horse, cow dog, and calf prices at a dollar a pound. Howard was a cowman’s cowman. Howard is survived by his wife, Nancy Boss; sister Gwen Boss, Douglas; daughter Maryelena Salge (husband, David), and son Art Boss (wife, Debra) all of Roff, Oklahoma; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Verona Gaynell Vaughn, 64, Edgewood, passed away on December 20, 2014 at her home. She was born in Tucumcari on November 11, 1950 to K.P. and Florence Garnett. She attended Fort Sumner High School and went to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. She taught elementary school in Farwell, Texas from 1981 to 1990, and then taught in the Moriarty School system until retirement in 2009. She married Lonnie Vaughn on December 22, 1989. After her retirement, she and Lonnie enjoyed breeding, training and racing horses. She was a member of New Mexico Horse Breeders and has touched many lives all over New Mexico. She is survived by her husband Lonnie, sons Tuck Traynor and Landon Vaughn, parents K.P and Florence Garnett and sister Sandra Garnett Tatom.
José Guadalupe “Lupe” Garcia, 71, Las Cruces, passed away on December 19, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his loving family from complications of double pneumonia. He was born October 23, 1943 in Mesilla Park to Guadalupe A. and Esperanza Lopez Garcia. “Lupe” as he was fondly known to his family and friends was a farmer and USDA agriculture consultant for the socially disadvantaged Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers of America Inc. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Purification Catholic Church. Survivors include wife, Margarita “Margie”; son, David Garcia; two daughters, Marcela Garcia and Victoria “Vicki” Garcia-Morales; brother, Gilbert Garcia (wife, Virginia) all of Las Cruces. Other survivors include four grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Sam King, 92, Stanley, passed away on November 26, 2014 at the Beehive Home in Edgewood. Sam was born in Stanley to Will and Molly King, on August 4, 1922, just a few years after they homesteaded in the Estancia Valley in 1917. In 1932 he started dry land farming and walked behind a horse to plow the land. Sam graduated in the Stanley High School Class of 1941 along with his high school sweetheart Margaret Lacy. They married in October of 1941. When the US entered World War II, Sam continued farming to help the war effort and delivered milk to the Japanese Internment Camp outside of Santa Fe. Sam, his father Will, and his brothers Bruce and Don, grew pinto beans on their dry land farm. Sam and Margaret attended Stanley Union Church where he was Sunday School Superintendent and Church Board President and she played the piano and taught Sunday School. Sam and Margaret raised four children who all graduated from Moriarty High School. Sam served the community in many capacities. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and went on to become a Boy Scout Leader. Later, Sam served on the Stanley and Moriarty School Board for over 35 years. He also served for five decades with the Edgewood Soil and Water Conservation District. Sam was a member of the New Mexico Amigos, enjoying many trips around the country with them. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club in Moriarty and was recognized and honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1985, a few years after the loss of his first wife, Sam married Che Sun Kim. Survivors include wife Che Sun Kim King, sister Leota and husband, Montana, brother Don King (wife, Dorothy), Stanley, son David Will King (wife, Marty), daughter Wanda Fishburn (husband, Mike), son Sam Lester King (wife, Erin); seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; Che Sun’s daughters Teresa Rembe (husband, Matt) and Lisa Houser (husband, Ken) and Che Sun’s three grandchildren. Sam also had many nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and nieces. The family wishes to thank the many caregivers who drove to Stanley to help Sam and Che Sun and the caregivers at the Beehive in Edgewood. Their kindness will always be remembered.
Gerald Levi Gutierrez, 39, Magdalena, passed away on November 28, 2014. He was was born on September 23,1975. Gerald was a very gentle, kind, loving soul and a brilliant person. He was a great son, loving brother, uncle, nephew and friend to many. He is survived by his parents, S.E., Jr. and Lucille Gutierrez, Magdalena, sisters Lynette Gutierrez and Julie Gutierrez, both of Albuquerque, brothers Paul Gutierrez, Washington, D.C., and Carl Gutierrez, Billings, Montana, daughter April Martinez, Magdalena and niece Crystall Herrera, Mike, Brandon, Isabella, Destiny Herrera, all of Albuquerque. He is also survived by numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
New Mexico state Rep. Phillip Archuleta, 65, Las Cruces, passed away on December 16, 2014 surrounded by loved ones after complications from pneumonia. He was born on May 12, 1949 in Taos to Faustin and Clorinda Archuleta. A retired state government employee, was elected to the Legislature in 2012 to represent House District 36, which stretches southward from just north of Hatch into Las Cruces. He is survived by his wife, Diana and children: Tracy, Vicky, Joseph, and Sasha. Grandchildren: Dominick, Matthew, Marisol, and Nalani. Also sisters: Dolores (Ernesto), Temia, Irma and brother Faustin (Ramona); along with many nieces and nephews.