Obits 6/26

Margaret Coleman, 63 Margaret Fern Coleman, 63, of Farwell, a business owner, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at her home. She was born Feb. 28, 1940, in Sundown, Texas, to Lewis and Hazel Matthews Lauhoff. She graduated from high school in Floyd in 1959. She married Jim Coleman on April 30, 1960, in Portales. She [...]

Family believes mold led to Portales man’s death

By Kevin Wilson Marcelino Garcia died in May of 2001. Nearly two years and two months later, his surviving family is still seeking a resolution. Garcia, a longtime Portales resident, died less than two days after a visiting his son at the Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, and the family has filed a claim [...]

Obituaries, June 25

Xavier Valdez, 2 Xavier Elijah Valdez, 2, of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, in Albuquerque. He was born on Sept. 2, 2000, in Albuquerque, to Frank Beltran and Sheila Valdez. Family members said his favorite foods were pizza, Cheetos, tortillas, beans and rice, and he liked to drink juices; his favorite clothes were his [...]

Obits June 22

Mary Hallford, 96 Mary Hallford, 96, of Portales, died Friday, June 21, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on July 7, 1906, in Hall County, Texas, to Ollie and Alexander Cooper. She was the oldest of her family. She lived her early life in the area where she was born. [...]

Good food, good friends at Juneteenth celebration

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Gary Mitchell The catfish, the music and the ribs were hot. The weather and the coming together of friends, family and community made Saturday’s Westside Juneteenth Extravaganza perfect, organizers said. “It’s a real good day,” said food chairman William P. “Pill” Hall. “This year, everybody’s eating good. We had plenty of food, and everybody’s really [...]

Softball league a family affair

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By Kevin Wilson Some people get a summer job. The Quick family has landed a family business. Between Lee Quick, his wife Dedra and his two daughters, the Portales Girls Softball League has become what Lee calls a “family operation.” And the league is keeping the Quicks’ hands full. The league, which Lee is directiing [...]

Q&A with Carmen Pacheco

By Angela Peacock Carmen Pacheco, executive assistant for the La Casa Family Health Center, is trying to pass on the lessons she learned growing up as part of a large, close-knit family on to her two daughters. What do you think about Portales? “I have lived in Portales for 18 years, moving from Tucumcari to [...]

Jones a family woman

By Angela Peacock Whether it was making a quilt for one of her children or having a cookout with friends, Gayle Jones was always doing something for her family, relatives said. Jones’s daughter Deana Privett said she remembers her family was always planning gatherings with her parents closest friends, the Mathis family. She said her [...]

Jones racing team has high hopes

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By Eric Butler CLOVIS — His first rule is nothing gets in the way of family, that’s why Memorial Day weekend will be filled with racing for the Clovis-based Curt Jones Racing team at the Texas Nationals for IMCA-modified cars. Jones, driver Roger Dial and crew chief Art Ferro will make their way to the [...]

Joyce Hill enjoyed dance, family

By Angela Peacock Dancing circles around her husband is how Joyce Hill enjoyed spending her free time, family members said. Joyce’s sons Greg and Brad Hill will always remember their mother as a square dancing enthusiast who was always there to support her family. “Mom loved the interaction and camaraderie of other couples,” Greg said. [...]