FELESITA KELLEY MORGANSMITH, 103 years, 5 months, 27 days old, a native of Alma, NM, died May 2, at the Silver City Care Center. She was born in Reserve, New Mexico Territory. She and her husband Joe Morgan, ranched in the area until 1969. After Joe passed away she later married Harland S. Smith of Hurley, who died some years later at age 98. She is survived by a sister, a foster daughter, one grandson, a great grandson and two great granddaughters. FRANCES LOUISE BAIRD, 90, died March 5, in Durango, Colorado. She was born in La Plata, N.M., and married Dick Baird in Aztec. The couple raised five children while working on the TO Ranch at Raton, the Diamond A Ranch at Wagon Mound and the UU Bar Ranch at Cimarron. She was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by a daughter, four sons and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. TEDDY “TED” RICHARD CRAWFORD, 68, longtime Jal resident, died June 1. A retired gas company employee, he also worked on the family’s ranch. He is survived by his wife, Jaqutea, three sons, eight grandchildren. DONALD CHARLES MORGAN, 87, who has ranched at Fort Sumner for more than 40 years, died May 26, in Albuquerque. He served in the US Army Air Corps in WWII, taking part in the Battle of the Bulge and the invasion of Czechoslovakia. He attended the School of Mines in Socorro with a degree in petroleum engineering and was employed for a time by Kelly Petroleum in Hobbs. He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn and is survived by a daughter, five grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. WILLIAM “CECIL” AUTREY, 88, lifetime resident and rancher of Mountainair, died May 22 in Albuquerque. He was a WWII veteran. He is survived by a brother, four nephews and a niece. NELLE HARDT, 81, lifelong eastern New Mexico farm and ranch woman, died May 22, in Clovis. He and her husband Emil farmed, ranched and raised five children during their 60 years together. She is survived by her husband, three sons, two daughters, 14 grandchildren, 10 greatgrandchildren and two sisters. HAROLD “BEARTRACKS” LAW, 84, longtime rancher, livestock inspector and equipment operator in the Española Valley, died May 13. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Jackie. He is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren, 12 greatgrandchildren and a brother.
Memoriam FRANCES G. MADRID QUINTANA, 102, who has ranched near Tucumcari with her first husband, Vicente Madrid, where the raised four sons. After Vicente’s death, she married Hipolito Quintana, who died in 2000 after 29 years of marriage. She is survived by two sons, a sister, 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 12 greatgreat-grandchildren. LARRY A. PEREZ, 60, who was raised on the family ranch at Encino, died May 11, in Albuquerque. He attended NMMI and UNM and retired from TVI/CNM after 30 years of service. He is survived by a daughter, a son, three grandchildren, a sister and a brother. JAY E. WOODARD, 86, farmer, state police officer and Grants chief of police, died April 14. He served as a Seabee in the US Navy during WWII in Normandy and the Philippines. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy and is survived by three sons, a daughter, nine grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and a sister. MARVIN F. SHURLEY, 52, 4th generation rancher in the Edwards Plateau area of Texas, died April 20, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the time of his death he was first vice-president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association. He is survived by his wife, Wanda, three stepchildren, a sister, brother, two stepbrothers.
PHIL HARRIS, 81, rancher, owner of the Cow Palace Western Wear Store in Grants, and pilot, died May 6 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly, two daughters, four sons, 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. DELFINA MARIA HANDS LEY, 89, lifelong New Mexico resident, died May 25. She and her husband, Hapy Ley, ran a dairy, a store and an outfitting business that is carried on by their family today. She was a founding member of the Pecos Valley Federal Credit Union and kept books there for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by three children, nine grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. MAURINE FARRIS KENNEDY, 99, longtime Roosevelt County teacher and farm wife, died May 19 in Midland, Texas. She and her first husband, Fred Farris, farmed at Causey, where she taught school. She and her second husband, Hollin Burr Kennedy farmed at Arch for 13 years, after which they moved to Portales. She is survived by two sons, 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Editor’s Note: Please send In Memoriam announcements to: Chuck Stocks, New Mexico Stockman, P.O. Box 7127, Albuquerque, NM 87194, fax: 505/998-6236 or email: chuck@ aaalivestock.com Memorial donations may be sent to the Cattlegrowers’ Foundation, a 501(c)3, tax deductable charitable foundation serving the rights of ranch families and educating citizens on governmental actions, policies and practices. Cattlegrowers Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 7517, Albuquerque, NM 87194.
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