4/26 Obituaries

R.L. Borden, 91
Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Portales.
Mr. R.L. Borden, 91, of Portales, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.
He was born on Feb. 12, 1914, in Wheeler County, Texas, to Nellie and Bill Borden.
He came to the Floyd community by covered wagon at the age of 3. He grew up on the family farm and attended school at Floyd. He graduated from Floyd High School in 1933. He worked at the Montgomery Ward Store in Clovis. He married Ola Sweat on Nov. 10, 1935, in Portales. They opened a mercantile store in Floyd. In 1945, they sold the store and moved to Portales. In 1956 they established Borden Peanut Company. He was a member of the Portales Lions Club, Portales Masonic Lodge and First United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harley Borden and Clifford Borden; and two sisters, Nora Francis “Babe” Lee and Billie Nell Williams.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Bobby Borden (and wife, Sheryl) of Portales; three daughters, Lawanda Calton and Marilyn Rigsby (Sam), all of Portales, and Jan Purvis (Rick) of Pendaries; eight grandchildren, Kim Mann (Mark) of Sugarland, Texas, Sandra Fields (Gary), Melissa Martin (Mark), and Kyle Rigsby, all of Portales, Kelly Drangmeister (Ed) of Baton Rouge, La., Cassie Stull (Chris) of Austin, Texas, Michael Borden of Albuquerque and Robbie Borden of Atlanta; six great-grandchildren, Billy, Katie and Lizzie Mann, and Dillon Borden, Graydon Rigsby and Brooke Drangmeister; and a brother, Tom Borden of Portales.
The Rev. Harry Riser will officiate the services, assisted by Dick Hood.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Rob and Michael Borden, Kyle Rigsby, Gary Fields, Mark Mann and Oscar Toliver.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Irene Cole, 78
Services: 2 p.m. today at Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis.
Irene L. Cole, 78, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at her home.
She was born on June 9, 1926, in Cuervo, to Lloyd and Sarah Williams Capps.
She was valedictorian of House High School and graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with honors. She majored in education. She married Stanley Cole on Aug. 3, 1948, in Fredericksburg, Va. Her hobbies included cooking, sewing and gardening. Family members said she left behind a Godly legacy for all her children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and an infant son, Stan Lee Cole.
Survivors include four daughters, Joy McPherson (and husband, Johnny), Cricket Jones (L.K.), Lola Wilcox (Eddie) and Rose Jenkins (Steve); two brothers; two sisters; nine grandchildren, Jake (Kristen) Boazman, Josh (Ashley) Boazman and Lauren Roberts (Ryan), Lee Roquemore, Garrett and Jessica Wilcox, and Leigha, Aaron and Ryan Morgan.
Pallbearers are her grandchildren, Jake, Josh and Lauren Boazman, Lee Roquemore, Garrett and Jessica Wilcox, and Leigha, Aaron and Ryan Morgan.
Burial will be at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis.
Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.

Bobie Sanders, 72
Services: 2:30 p.m. today, Portales Cemetery.
Mrs. Bobie Sanders, 72, of Port Arthur, Texas, died Friday, April 22, 2005, in Port Arthur.
She was born on Nov. 3, 1932, in Portales, to Mary and William Cole.
She grew up in Portales, and was raised by Leo and Mary Stinnett. She married Elton Sanders on April 10, 1951, in Clovis. The family lived in Lovington and California. In August of 1990, they moved back to Portales. Family members said she enjoyed doing various types of handwork, was an avid flower and vegetable gardener, and enjoyed doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
Survivors include five sons, Elton and Steven Ray Sanders, both of Oklahoma City, Calvin Lee Sanders (and wife, Debbie) of Winnie, Texas, Michael Duane Sanders (Becky) of Rotan, Texas, and Charles Dewey Sanders (Carol) of Mineral Wells, Texas; 11 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and six great-step-grandchildren.
The Rev. Hugh Wallis will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers are her sons.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Julia Salazar, 84
Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales.
Mrs. Julia Salazar, 84, of Portales, died Sunday, April 24, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.
She was born on Nov. 27, 1921, in Juan de Dios, to Antonia and Victor Chavez.
She married Emilio Salazar on June 22, 1942, in Puerta de Luna. They lived in various towns in New Mexico and Texas before settling in Portales in 1965. She was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church. In the 1970’s, she started the “Las Guadalupanas” organization and served as the president for many years. She directed many Christian plays and was instrumental in organizing various celebrations at St. Helen in Portales and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Clovis. Family members said she enjoyed helping those in need, and spent many nights caring for sick friends and family members. She enjoyed doing crafts of all kinds, making quilts and baking and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Santiago, Salomon, Doroteo, Jose Inez, Juan, and Abel Chavez; a sister, Dolorita Chavez; and a son, Joe Patrick Chavez.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Patricia “Trish” Hawkins (and husband, Chester “Chet”) of Tulia, Texas; four brothers, Victor Chavez (Thelma) of Albuquerque, Ernesto Chavez (Evelyn “Eva”)of Juan de Dios, Abelino Chavez (Mary), and Cristoval Chavez (Rosa), all of Clovis; four sisters, Eulalia Mirabal, Rita Salazar, and Teresa “Terry” C. Paiz (Raymond), all of Portales, and Josie Paiz (Johnny) of Dora.
A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales.
Father Tobin Hitt will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Victor Salazar, Ray D. Paiz Jr., Johnny, Chris, Raymond, Orlando, and Jerry Chavez, and Raymond Mirabal.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Wilma Skinner, 88
Services: 10 a.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales
Wilma Skinner, 88, of Portales, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.
She was born on March 31, 1917, in Pauls Valley, Okla., to Maggie and William Herbert Hays.
Her family moved from Oklahoma when she was a girl, but she maintained a special feeling for her native state all of her life. The family was living in Sweetwater, Texas, when she graduated from high school in 1935. She married Mark Skinner on Sept. 30, 1936, in Sayre, Okla. They moved to the Rogers area in 1938. Family members said she was a devoted wife and mother and loved the duties of making a home and raising a family. She also maintained a close bond with her siblings. She taught children’s Sunday school classes and was active in the Dora Church of Christ. For a number of years she was a 4-H leader. She enjoyed art classes and other activities at the Dora Senior Citizens. Family members said she was caring and generous and took her civic duties seriously; she was fun loving and had a quick wit.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, J. D. Hays; two sisters, Luava Radcliff and Leona Stevens; and by her husband.
Survivors include a son, Jerry Wayne Skinner (and wife, Myra) of Dora; a daughter, Phyllis Ann Stroup (Adrian) of Dora; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, C.H. Hays of Portales and Herbert Hays Jr. of Amarillo; and a sister, Emma Talley of Portales.
Scott Reeves and John Brumfield will officiate services.
Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dora.
Pallbearers are Brady, Westen, and Tyler Stroup, Jesse Clark, Eldon Hays, Marty Peters, Adam and Chance Skinner, Shane Dill, and Kenneth Shirley.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.