Obits Mar. 18

Alice Ann Keever, 74
Alice Ann Gonzales Keever, 74, of Fort Sumner, died Monday, March 15, 2004, at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque.
She was born on May 21, 1929, in Hooker, Okla., to Elias and Petra Valdez Gonzales.
Her family moved to Los Ojitos, north of Fort Sumner, when she was a child. She attended school at Fort Sumner. She was a homemaker, a loving mother and grandmother. Family members said she enjoyed preparing holiday meals, family gatherings in her home, fishing, crocheting and embroidering. She was a member of The Church On the Hill in Fort Sumner since 1978.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Art Keever; three brothers, Brijido, Johnny and Elias Gonzales Jr.
Survivors include four daughters, Donna Morgan (and husband, Charles) and Mary Montano (Kenneth), all of Vaughn and Miquela Jones (Roger) and Georgia Keever (David Vansickel), all of Fort Sumner; six sons, Jose Aragon of Phoenix, Richard Aragon of Santa Rosa, Nick Aragon of Albuquerque, Bobby Aragon (Ramona) of Las Vegas, Jimmy Aragon (Sue) of Amarillo and J.B. Aragon (Marie) of Fort Sumner; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Parker, Rose Hunter and Cecilia Luttrall, all of Amarillo; and two brothers, Paul Gonzales and Benjamin Gonzales, both of Fort Sumner.
Anna Teeter and Charles Morgan will officiate the services.
Pallbearers are her grandchildren.
Burial will be at Fort Sumner Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Chavez Funeral Home of Fort Sumner.
Services are at 10 a.m. Friday at The Church On The Hill in Fort Sumner.
Julia Ortega, 74
Julia Ortega, 74, of Portales, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at her home.
She was born on Jan. 1, 1930, in Derramadero, to Rita and Miguel Garcia.
She grew up in the Encino/Derramadero area, where she attended school. She married Chris Ortega on Oct. 1, 1949, in Clovis. She and her husband began working at R.M. James Elementary School in 1962, and continued working there for many years. Family members said she was an accomplished artist and was skilled in needlework, including quilting and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Raphaelito Garcia; and by a sister, Eloisa Sandoval.
Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Irene Patterson (and husband, Norman Sr.) of Santa Fe, Genevieve Velasquez (Jim) of Albuquerque and Virginia Hinkle (Richard) of Las Vegas; five grandchildren, Norman Patterson Jr. of Lubbock, Edward Patterson of Roswell, Julie Hinkle of Las Vegas, Jimmy Velasquez and Christopher Velasquez, both of Albuquerque; eight great-grandchildren, Tiana, Annikah, Demitrius and Dennisha Nickson, and Kaylyn, Hunter, Austin and Tristan Patterson; seven brothers, Robert, Tobias, Augustine, Joe, Gabriel, Mike and Elmer Garcia; three sisters, Arcelia Gutierrez, Ciria Gomez and Antonia Peaden; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Father Tobin Hitt will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at St. Helen Church in Portales.
Pallbearers are Robert, Christopher and Augustine Garcia, Jimmy Velasquez, Norman Jr. and Edward Patterson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Norman Patterson, Sr., Jim Velasquez, and Richard Hinkle.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales.

Roy Smith, 76
Roy Smith, 76, of Amarillo, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, in Amarillo.
He was born on April 12, 1927, in Downey, Calif., to Troy and Gladys Smith.
He worked as a truck driver and a heavy equipment operator for many years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Pacific Fleet in the Navy. Family members said he was always ready with a laugh and a good story, was a great father, a loving husband and a good friend to those who knew him.
He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Smith; his wife, Lois Hull; and his wife, Hope Smith.
Survivors include a sister, Clara Auxier of Hesperia, Calif.; a daughter, Katherine Stewart of San Antonio; a son, Terry Smith of Lakewood, Calif.,; a step-son, Lenard Hogue of Porterville, Calif.; a long-time friend, C.L. Barnett of Portales; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Burial was at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Rector Funeral Home of Amarillo.
Services have been held.