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Category: In Memoriam

George Price Smith Jr., 92, No Agua, New Mexico passed away on February 22, 2016. He was born to George Price Smith and Annie Mae Rush Smith on April 28, 1924, in No Agua. He married Lynneta Rae Schofield in Albuquerque on January 6, 1947.  They combined their brands and raised Hereford cattle. Caring for livestock was the joy of his life. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service planting wheat grass when Carl was born. He was working for F.E.… Read the rest


Frances Schultz Jennings, 96, Roswell,  passed away peacefully surrounded by her children at the family home January 31, 2016. She was born on March 29, 1919 in Stevenson, Alabama to Paul Gibbons Schultz and Fern Mitchell Schultz. The Schultz family along with life-long friend, Sallie Ann Austin, relocated from Stevenson to Roswell for a drier and healthier climate in 1926. Frances attended Roswell schools, graduating from Roswell High School in 1937.… Read the rest


James Arthur Laney, 38, Deming passed away on January 24, 2016. He was born December 26, 1977 in Truth or Consequences, lived in the Deming area most all his life and was affectionately known as “Jack Rabbit”. He had done ranch work mostly and was talented in welding and operating heavy equipment. He enjoyed being in the outdoors while hunting, fishing, rock hunting and exploring. He is survived by his wife Trisha, Deming; daughter Brooklyn Ann Laney, San Antonio, TX; his mother Tonya Laney, Shady Point, Oklahoma; stepfather Mike Laney, Idabel, Oklahoma; brother Tommy Laney, Angel Fire; sister Katy Laney, Las Cruces; grandparents, John Tulk and Mildred “Millie” Dodenhof; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Read the rest


Kenneth Olwell “Sonny” Major, 89, a former resident of Belen, died on December 10, 2015 in Prescott, AZ. He was born on December 29, 1925 in Magdalena, NM, and was the fifth of eight children of Malcolm S. Major and Lily Field Major who were pioneer ranchers in NM and CO. In his preteen years, Kenneth was a jockey; riding race horses for his father in NM and CO and “Doc” Pardee at the AZ Biltmore Stables in Phoenix. He was a lifelong rancher in CO, NM and AZ and in the late 50s and 60s, managed the Luera Ranch near Magdalena.… Read the rest


Hanna Farbo, 24, Roswell, died on November 23, 2015 as a result of injuries suffered in an auto accident on November 21, 2015. Hanna was an inspector for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers.

Acie Van (Gabby) Hayes, 80, died peacefully in his sleep with his children by his side on April 9, 2015 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Gabby was born August 2, 1934 in Caddo and raised on his family farm in nearby in Bokchito, Oklahoma before making his life and career in New Mexico.Read the rest


James Craig “Jim” Ogden, Loving, passed away in his home on October 24, 2015 at 94. Born in Carlsbad in 1921, Jimmie Ogden, as family called him, was the son of Jay Reed Ogden and Pearl Birt Ogden. Jimmie, raised on the family’s farm near Malaga on Black River, attended elementary school in Loving, and graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1938. In the fall of ’38, Jim attended New Mexico
A & M (NMSU), crediting his mother’s egg and butter money for enabling him to go to college.
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Trudy Cox Freeman, 67, a lifelong resident of Sierra County, died in Las Cruces on September 1, 2015. She was born on June 9, 1945 to Jan and Maxine (Davenport) Cox. Trudy worked on the Cox Ranch in Winston all of her life and was the best cowboy Jay and Russell ever had. She battled Multiple Sclerosis the last 24 years of her life and then was diagnosed with lung cancer in the end. She wouldn’t smoke a cigarette or drink a beer for a million dollars.Read the rest