Important to visit family

I got lost finding my uncle and aunt’s house. Yes, it was that simple. I was going to visit my Uncle Mel and Aunt Joann, on my recent trip back to western Pennsylvania and I got lost. They live on a state route which connects Butler County and Beaver County, and I became confused because […]

Our people: Taking center stage

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Courtesy photo Mendoza and her aunt Rachel Cassillas do everything together, Mendoza said. Name: Christy Mendoza Birthday: Nov. 28, 1949 Hometown: Clovis Profession: Film and theater instructor and director, Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series director Family: My mom Mary Mendoza and my aunt Rachel Cassillas Christy Mendoza was born in Los Angeles. She moved […]

Aug. 10, 2008 Reunion

Carlton The family of Aubrey and Elmina (Crow) Carlton, formerly of Friona, held their 22nd annual reunion. It was held July 19 in the home of Joe and Margie (Carlton) Rexrode of Lockney, Texas. Special guests were Aunt Zula Carlton of Plainview, Texas; Aunt Sue Inman of Hereford, Texas; Cousins, Dub and Virginia Cleveland of […]

8-19 Reunions

Carlton The family of Aubrey and Elmina (Crow) Carlton, formerly of Friona, Texas, held their 21st annual reunion July 21 at the home of Joe and Margie (Carlton) Rexrode of Lockney, Texas. Special guests were Aunt Zula Carlton of Plainview, Texas, and Aunt Sue Inman of Hereford, Texas; cousins Jack and Claire Johnson of Georgetown, […]

Childhood memories change with time

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The day after Thanksgiving, in my memory at least, there was inevitably an inch dusting of snow. The snow had all fallen overnight and was finished by 6 a.m., when we arose early for the first day of deer season. The rifles had all been cleaned and oiled, and the […]

Holiday time to count blessings

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist This Thanksgiving my husband will not be with us. Like countless other families whose loved ones are serving in the armed forces, we’ll do our best to keep the holiday spirit alive, and show our children that we have lots to be grateful for, despite the fact that Daddy is […]

Election chatter heard ’round table

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist An exhaustive political season and its climatic November showdown still have people talking. Snippets of conversations that might take place at Thanksgiving dinner tables around New Mexico. At a mansion in Santa Fe: “The thing I am most grateful about, and I think most New Mexicans are grateful about, is […]

Sometimes death defies all temptations

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I was still in high-top shoes when my Uncle Claude, a luckless man, tried to cash in a one-way ticket to eternity. He tried to commit suicide. It was in the autumn years of the Great Depression, and Uncle Claude’s luck fit the economic catastrophe. He was thousands of dollars […]

Relay for Life: Clovis 10-year-old battling cancer

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Jeffrey Pierson, 10, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February after suffering for three years from migraine headaches, according to his mother, Becky Pierson. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer At first glance, Jeffrey Pierson looks strong and healthy, but closer inspection reveals the heart-breaking signs of a young boy […]

Hubbard, Kenneth

Kenneth Hubbard, 85, of Portales, died Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital, Portales. Born Jan. 20, 1921, in Afton, Okla., to Gladys and Osgood E. Hubbard, he grew up in Oklahoma and Missouri, graduating from high school in Festus, Mo. He came to Portales in 1939 to attend Eastern New Mexico Junior College, […]

Merrill, Kathy

Kathy June Merrill, 53, of Clovis, died Sunday, April 9, 2006, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Born June 28, 1952, in Clovis to Hollie Bruce and Joyce James Merrill, she graduated in 1969 from West Mesa High School in Albuquerque. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Clovis. She was preceded in […]

Super Bowl could use canine perspective

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It can really be an eye opener, or perhaps an ear opener, to listen to conversations between your pets — in this case, dogs. Their perspective on life is sometimes refreshing, sometimes amusing and never what you might expect it to be. As an example, I overheard this conversation in […]

Aunt’s good stewardship shows Christmas spirit

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist This time of year, I invariably receive anonymous letters because I write about Christmas. They chastise me for giving credence to the pagan holiday of Christmas. Well I am bracing for a new batch of anonymous letters because I have four columns lined up all about Christmas. At Christmas we […]

Roberson, Carrie L. (Cones)

Carrie Lauray (Cones) Roberson, 39 Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at House Cemetery. Carrie Lauray (Cones) Roberson, 39, of Caldwell, Texas, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, in Gatesville, Texas. She was born Oct. 26, 1965, in Deming. She moved to Caldwell in January from Mineral Wells, Texas, and was the assistant manager of Golden Chicken in […]

Pre-paid funerals can lock in today’s rates

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Steed-Todd Funeral Home is among the area mortuaries that offer pre-paid services. Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer * Proponents tout savings, less stress as major advantages. While addressing the inevitability of death can be uncomfortable, planning ahead for a funeral can save money and lessen stress, according to financial advisors and funeral service providers. Prepaid […]

Lewis, Damien

Damien Lewis Services: Have been held. Damien Dajuan Christopher Lewis, 5 months, of Clovis, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Feb. 16, 2004, in Lubbock, to Marques Lewis and Derenda Tate. He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, A.V. “Blue” Tate. Survivors include his […]

Family remembers ‘gentle’ woman

By Michelle Seeber The simple things in life were what excited Imogene Godfrey, who died Dec. 11 at her home in Clovis. She was 74. Her nephew, Tommy Firestone of Clovis, described his aunt as “quiet and gentle,” and said she loved Christmas. “She … really enjoyed receiving presents,” Firestone said. “She got really excited,” […]

Family remembers quiet and gentle woman

By Michelle Seeber The simple things in life were what excited Imogene Godfrey, who died at the age of 74 on Dec. 11, 2003, at her home in Clovis. Her nephew, Tommy Firestone of Clovis, described his aunt as “quiet and gentle,” and said she loved Christmas. “She enjoyed Christmas a lot and really enjoyed […]

Adams, Thomas C.

Thomas Adams Services: No services are planned. Mr. Thomas Claude Adams, 54, of Clovis, a retired welder, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on March 3, 1949, in Clovis, to Gene Evelyn and Art Morris and A.J. Adams. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1967 and […]