Stokes, Nell

Nell Stokes
Have been held.

Mrs. Nell Riley Stokes, 88, of Portales died Thursday, March 31, 2005, at Covenant Lakeside Hospital in Lubbock.

She was born on March 19, 1917, in Big Spring, Texas, to Ima Orene and Jerry Scott Riley.

She grew up in the Arch community at Portales Springs. She graduated from Portales High School in 1934. She graduated in 1936. She married Robert Stokes on March 14, 1938, in Portales. She taught for a short time at the Arch school. She served on the Camp Fire Board and a Camp Fire leader. She was a member of the Fourth Street congregation of the Church of Christ. Family members said she was known for her colorful quilts and needlework.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Junior, Bud, and Pat Riley; and her husband.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Stokes of Portales Springs and Bob Stokes (and wife, Alice) of Portales; three daughters, Ida Nicholson of Fort Worth, Texas, Jeanie Stokes of Santa Fe and Betty Stokes of Portales; eight grandchildren, Richard Nicholson, Alicia Nicholson King, Myra Stokes Skinner, Dawn Stokes Score, Melissa Stokes Haraughty, Kristie Stokes, Jeana Nicholson Schou, and Marla Stokes Bashaw; eight great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Jennifer King, Kassandra and Jesse Clark, Deserai Haraughty, Kehlet Schou, Taylor Bashaw and Terin Score; a brother, James Riley of Denver; and five sisters, Eva Partin, Neva Wilhoit and Imogene Arnold, all of Portales, Joy Williams of Abilene, Texas, and Merle Corbin of Arch.

Leroy Thomas will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers are various family members.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Eastern Scholarship Fund or to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.