May 18 Obituaries

Lita Faye Marlow Ashbrook, 76
Services: 2 p.m. Friday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales.
Mrs. Lita Faye Marlow Ashbrook, 76, of Portales, died Saturday, May 14, 2005, at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
She was born on Dec. 18, 1928, in Portales to Alma (Traylor) and J. D. Marlow.
She graduated from Portales High School in 1945. She attended classes at Eastern New Mexico University and married Billy Joe George on June 14, 1946. She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and belonged to the Portales Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and White Shrine. While she was employed by ENMU as secretary to the dean of education, she resumed her college classes as a student. She married Ray Ashbrook on July 13, 1969, and moved to his family ranch and farm in the Lingo community. They were avid square dancers. She was a member of the Causey Homemakers Club and began oil painting as a hobby. Family members said she was talented, and received several ribbons at the county fair for her work. She became a Pink Lady for the Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary and enjoyed preparing goodies for their bake sales.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a daughter, Kayla George; a grandson, Billy Joe George II.
Survivors include a son Phillip George (and wife, Marlene) of Las Vegas, Nev.; two grandsons Phillip Wayne George II (Mychelle) of Amarillo and Scott Elliot (Bernadette) of San Antonio, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Garrett, Grace and Gaige George and Justyn, Aaron and Kaylah Elliott; a brother, Ron Marlow (Jean) of Amarillo; and two nieces, a nephew and cousins
Scott P. Reeves will officiate the services.
Burial is at Causey Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Jessie Clayton, 85
Services: 2 p.m. (CDT) today at First United Methodist Church in Morton, Texas.
Jessie H. Clayton, 85, of Morton, Texas, died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at Cochran Memorial Hospital in Morton.
He was born March 17, 1920, in Plainview, Texas.
His grandparents raised him in Lingo. He graduated from Lingo High School in 1940. He married Waydia Green in 1941, and she died in 1942. He served in the Army in 1945 and 1946 in the Philippines. He married Pattie Stinson in February 1947, and moved to Morton two years later, where he farmed until his retirement in 1985. He was an active member of the community and served on many boards, such as FHA, ASCS, Morton School Board and Bailey County Electric Co-op. Family members said he loved fishing and camping, was an active father and coached minor and little league teams.
He was preceded in death by a son.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Norma Walker of Midland, Texas, and Sharon Kemp of San Antonio; two sons, Dennis Clayton of Weatherford, Texas, and Randy Clayton of Hollis, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Joey Pierce will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Morton Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to First United Church at 419 W. Taylor, Morton, Texas, 79346 or the Last Frontier Museum at P.O. Box 735, Morton, Texas.
Arrangements are by Ellis Funeral Homes of Muleshoe.