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A6 Thursday, June 7, 2012 OBITUARIES

Elfida Chacon

Services are pending for Elfida Chacon, 77, of Roswell, at AndersonBethany Funeral Home and Crematory. She passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

Bess Webre Tally

On Monday, June 4, 2012, Bess Tally passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ. Bessie Irene Sandoz was born on a lovely day in New Orleans. Bess was raised in New Orleans, attended Catholic schools and graduated high school with honors. She married James Oliver Webre in New Orleans. Two children resulted from

OBITUARIES that union, Dianne and James Jr. While her children were growing up, Bess was active in several volunteer causes including PTA, March of Dimes and Meals on Wheels. Later the family moved to Dallas, where Jim was employed as an executive vice president for Eli Lilly. Upon retirement, Bess and Jim moved to San Diego. Jim passed away in 1993. Bess was always very active in her church. She was a lector and chalice bearer and was known for her special talent for pulling together receptions and luncheons for special occasions. It was while serving as a lector that she met her beloved (the Rev.) Bob Tally at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. As Bess and Bob got to know each other, Bess shared stories about her growing up years. She said, “When I was a young girl I wanted to be a nun; but then I discovered boys!” Bob proposed to Bess on Christmas Eve 1996 and when he asked her to marry him she responded, “Sure.” She had thought that Bob was kidding her. One of Bess’ loves was the theater. She worked as a volunteer at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, working in the costume shop and various other capacities as a longtime member of the Globe Guilders auxiliary. She was also very active working in St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church thrift store. Bess loved the Lord and loved serving him in the church. She developed Alzheimer’s near the end of her life, but was blessed to know Bob and her daugh-

Roswell Daily Record into its Hall of Fame in 2009. He was a member of the Capitan Methodist Church. On May 25, 2012, L.C. was honored when the Portales schools renamed its administrative office the L. C. Cozzens Administrative Offices. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Mary Lou (Cooper) Cozzens, daughter of the late Hampton Joseph Cooper and the late Jessie (Foreman) of Silver City. L.C. is also survived by four children, Gary and his wife Shirley Crawford, of Capitan, Glenda Sears and her husband Jeff, of Flower Mound, Texas, Gail Scott and her husband Dickie, of Olney, Texas, and Grace Moore and her husband Mike, of Rio Rancho; two sisters, Cornelia Grannis, of Monrovia, Calif., and Marilyn Cozzens, of Roswell; two brothers, Doyle, of Roswell, and Ken and his wife Pauline, of San Marcos, Calif.; brother-inlaw Jack Cooper and wife Margaret, of Wilton, Conn.; sister-in-law Billie Cooper; seven grandchildren, Kristi Crawford, of Roswell, Sydnee Scott, of Stephenville, Texas, Lauren Moore, of Las Cruces, Jack Sears, of Lubbock, James Sears, of Flower Mound, Shawn Moore, of Rio Rancho, and Kodee Scott, of Olney; and one great-grandchild Ridley Crawford-Rains, of Roswell. L.C. was preceded in death by five siblings, Wayne, of Albuquerque, Eileen Parsons, of Roswell, Franklin, of Capitan, a baby brother, of Capitan, and Jane, of Roswell; and brothers-in-law, Walter Grannis, Bob Parsons, Hampton Cooper and George Cooper; and sisters-

in-law, Jean Cozzens and Jo Cooper. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories in the online register book at andersonbethany.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Traylor Gym in Capitan, for Lowell C. (L.C.) Cozzens, 90, who passed away on June 2, 2012, in Roswell. L.C. was born Nov. 18, 1921, in Tulia, Texas, to Seymour “Primo” Cozzens and Sallie Goode Cozzens. The family moved to the Nogal Mesa area in 1924. He attended public school in Capitan, where he was a stellar athlete in all sports.

He attended the University of New Mexico on a basketball scholarship, where he lettered and was named to the All Border Conference basketball team in 1947. In 1943, while at UNM, Cozzens joined the United States Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He returned to UNM and graduated in 1947 with a degree in education. He later obtained a Master of Arts, also from UNM. Following graduation, L.C. taught social studies and physical education and coached basketball and football in the Lovington School District for 10 years. He was a coach of the 1951 State Champion football team. Also in 1951, he was recalled to active duty in the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. He married Mary Lou Cooper in December 1952, in Lovington. In 1959, the Cozzens family moved to Dora, where L.C. was superintendent for six years. During this time he passed his first bond issue and rebuilt the Dora schools. In 1965, Mr. Cozzens was named the Portales Municipal Schools business manager, and in 1968 became the Portales superintendent, serving 17 years before retiring in 1985. While in Portales, he passed bonds to renovate every school in the district. Cozzens returned to education in 1987 when he was the interim superintendent of the Capitan schools for six months. L.C. was a founding member of the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators and was inducted

later. “I started writing every day. I never stopped.” Many of his stories were fueled by the nightmares he suffered as a child growing up poor in the Midwest during the Great Depression. At the same time, though, they were tempered by the joy he found upon arriving with his family in glitzy Los Angeles in 1943. Decades later he would still boast of hanging out at film studios and cajoling actors to sign autographs and pose for photos, even once getting 1930s movie queen Jean Harlow to kiss him on the cheek. His writings ranged from horror and mystery to humor and sympathetic stories about the Irish, blacks and Mexican-Americans. Bradbury also scripted John Huston’s 1956 film version of Moby Dick and wrote for “The Twilight Zone” and other television programs, including “The Ray Bradbury Theater,” for which he adapted dozens of his works. He rose to literary fame in 1950 with The Martian Chronicles, a series of intertwined stories that satirized capitalism, racism and superpower tensions as it portrayed Earth colonizers destroying an idyllic Martian civilization. The Martian Chronicles was a Cold War morality tale in which imagined lives on other planets serve as commentary on human behavior on Earth. It has been published in more than 30 languages, was

made into a TV miniseries and inspired a computer game. The Chronicles also prophesized the banning of books, especially works of fantasy. It was a theme Bradbury would take on fully in the 1953 release, Fahrenheit 451. Inspired by the Cold War, the rise of television and the author’s passion for libraries, it was an apocalyptic narrative of nuclear war abroad and empty pleasure at home. It was Bradbury’s only true science-fiction work, according to the author, who said all his other works should have been classified as fantasy. “It was a book based on real facts and also on my hatred for people who bur n books,” he told The Associated Press in 2002. Although involved in many futuristic projects, including the New York World’s Fair of 1964 and the Spaceship Earth display at Walt Disney World in Florida, Bradbury was deeply attached to the past. He refused to drive a car and shunned flying, saying a fatal traffic accident he witnessed as a child left him with a lifelong fear of automobiles. In his younger years he got around by bicycle or rollerskates. Bradbury’s literary style was honed in pulp magazines and influenced by Er nest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, and he became the rare science fiction writer treated seriously by the literary world.

Until near the end of his life, Bradbury resisted one of the innovations he helped anticipate: electronic books, likening them to

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ter, her son Jim, and sonin-law Chuck until her passing on June 4, 2012. A funeral service will be held at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 101 S. Lea St., on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 2 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Stephen’s Anglican Church or the Roswell Community Little Theater. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register at andersonbethany.com. Services are under the direction of AndersonBethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

Lowell C. Cozzens

Jesse Ray Ratliff

A celebration and memorial service for Jesse Ray Ratliff will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 8, 2012, at the gravesite in South Park Cemetery. Jesse was born July 13, 1943, in Roswell, and passed on Jan. 2, 2012. He was an artist and entered many times and won many ribbons at the State Fair. He is survived by his stepmother Jewel, of Cross Roads Community; Edward, of Albuquerque; Maggie, of Farmington; his twin sister Essie Mae, of Abilene, Texas; Danny, of Las Cruces; Beverly, of Anchorage, Alaska; Don, of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews. Jess was the favorite uncle of all of them. Jess lived his life as a happy cowboy and an artist.

Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, dies at 91

Ray Bradbury, Jan. 29, 1997.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ray Bradbury imagined the future, and didn’t always like what he saw. In his books, the science fiction-fantasy master conjured a dark, depressing future where the government used fire departments to burn books in order to hold its people in ignorance and where racial hatred was so pervasive that some people left Earth for other planets. At the same time, his work, just like the author himself, could also be joyful, whimsical and nostalgic, as when he was describing the magic of a Midwestern summer or the innocence and fearlessness of a boy who befriends a houseful of ghosts. Bradbury, who died Tuesday at age 91, said often that all of his stories, no matter how fantastic or frightening they might be,

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were metaphors for everyday life and everything it entailed. And they all came from his childhood. For more than 70 years, Bradbury spun tales that appeared in books and magazines, in the movie theater and on the television screen, firing the imaginations of generations of children, college kids and grown-ups across the world. Years later, the sheer volume and quality of his work would surprise even him. In many ways, he was always that 12-year-old boy who was inspired to become a writer after a chance meeting with a carnival magician called Mr. Electrico who, to Bradbury’s delight, tapped him with his sword and said, “Live forever!” “I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard,” Bradbury said

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