In Memoriam

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. She participated in many clubs and activities and senior year was ‘El Coyote Queen’ and class secretary. She attended Texas State College for Women (Texas Women’s University) and the University of New Mexico (UNM). While at UNM she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and was recently honored with a 75-year pin. Frances’ goal was to be “an efficient legal secretary” and began her career as secretary for G. T. Watts Esquire. While working, she met James T. Jennings, who practiced law with the Watts firm, and they were married on June 30, 1942. Family was always top priority and her grandchildren loved her famous bear hugs and chocolate chip cookies. Frances was a life-time member of the Roswell Reading Club as were her mother, Fern Schultz, and daughter, Mary Maloney. She is survived by her children: James T. Jennings, Jr. (wife, Ann); Mary J. Maloney (husband, Dick); John M. Jennings (wife, Mikele); Thomas E. Jennings; Timothy Z. Jennings; and Carol J. Rolfs (husband, Michael); 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. A special thanks to long time assistants Estella Marquez and Peggy Voigt, and health care givers Rose, Margaret and Dora.

Robert LaVoy Finicum, 54, Cane Beds, Arizona, was murdered the day before his 55th birthday on January 26, 2016. LaVoy was born to David and Nelda Finicum on January 27, 1961 in Kanab, Utah. He had six siblings, Sherre, Guy, Jody, Jill, Misty, and Tadi. LaVoy was married to Dorthea Jeanette Finicum on February 18, 1994 and together they have eleven children, Thara, Belle, Tell, Tawny, Arianna, Brittney, Mitch, Thomas, Challice, Danielle, and Tean. Combined they have 19 grandchildren with three more on the way. LaVoy went to school in Page, Arizona. He served a full time mission in the Dakotas for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of which he was a faithful member his whole life. He served in many church positions; among them: the Young Men’s program, Ward Mission leader, Elders Quorum president, a High Priest leader and a member of the Bishopric. LaVoy worked many years in property management but his passions were helping children and ranching. LaVoy had over 50 foster boys whom he was able to have in his home and mentor over the course of the past 19 years. He loved working on his ranch and teaching his children how to ride horses, brand cows, and most of all, to follow Christ. LaVoy loved God, his family, and his country. He believed that the Constitution of the United States was inspired by God and he was willing to, and did, die while defending our freedoms stated within.

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