Hooker, Joe Rice
Jackson, Nancy Gail
Wheeler, Francis McKeen
Betty Lou Kelly Miller December 11, 1943 - September
A rosary was held on
September 19 at Assumption Catholic Church for Betty
L. Kelly, 67 years of age, who passed away on September
17, 2011 surrounded by family and friends at a local
The Resurrection Mass was held September 20 at Assumption
of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with Fr.
Joe Pacquing officiating. Interment was September
21 from Frisco Catholic Cemetery near Reserve, New
Mexico. Father Bill McCann officiated.
Betty Lou was born December 11, 1943 in Albuquerque,
New Mexico to William Kelly, Jr. and Fannie Romero-Kelly,
who have both preceded her in death. She was also
preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Kelly and
Wilford J. Kelly.
She was raised on a ranch between Glenwood and Reserve,
NM (AKA "Gut Ache Mesa"). She went to grade school
in Glenwood and graduated from Reserve High School.
Betty was proud to have been a lifetime resident
of New Mexico and had resided in Roswell for 40 years.
For more than a decade, she served as one of the
nursing faculty members at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell
(ENMU-R). She was also an alumni of ENMU-R receiving
her A.D.N. degree in 1988.
She received her B.S.N. degree from the University
of New Mexico in 1992, and completed her M.S.N. degree
at the University of Texas at El Paso in 1995. Her "passion" in
life was instructing nursing students and following
their successes. She thoroughly enjoyed outdoor sports
and loved to travel. She cherished and enjoyed time
spent with family and dear friends.
Betty is survived by her wonderful children, Tracy
J. Laney (son) and his wife Lupe, and Terri Lynn
Harlow (daughter), and husband Jim. She is also survived
by 8 grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. She is
also survived by her two much loved sisters, Sue
Greear and Lucy Dorr, and one brother Emmett Kelly,
plus several nieces, cousins, and aunt.
Pallbearers were Karen Curtis, Gloria McDaniel,
Chris Goodyear, Rachel Gallagher, Teresa Luna, Barbara
Whitten, Candi Miller, Felicia Harvey, Toni Hall,
Dova Callihan, Fran Haas, Fran Wallis, Judy Hobson,
Karolyn Anderson, Violet Mills, Viola Jaramillo,
Nan Hudson, Shirley Scott Downey, Connie Wehrheim,
Carol Ann Ritz, Jacque Fryar, and Linda Oberg.
Honorary pallbearers included all nursing students
she encountered and loved during her nursing career.
Betty was an active member of Assumption of the
BVM Catholic Church and she loved belonging to this
Catholic community, whom she credits in guiding her
into a deeper relationship with God the Almighty.
Betty loved the life that God bestowed upon her
- and thanking God, she daily recited the "Twenty-
Third Psalm" in his honor. She professes that through
this Psalm, God granted her the special grace to
love, plus the strength to live, the strength to
endure, and the strength to die.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials
be made to All Saints Catholic School, c/o Assumption
Catholic Church, 2808 N. Kentucky, Roswell, NM 88201. www.lagronefuneralchapels.com
Joe Rice Hooker 1923 - 2011
Joe Rice Hooker, 88, of Cliff, passed away Friday,
Sept. 23, 2011, at Silver Care Center. He was a resident
of Bee Hive Homes.
A funeral service was held September 27 at the Trinity
Presbyterian Church in Cliff, New Mexico, and interment
followed at Mesa Cemetery in Gila with full military
Mr. Hooker was born Christmas Day, 1923, to Joseph
Horace Hooker and Ethel Gladys (Rice) Hooker. He
is survived by daughters Joella McNally of Cliff,
Toni Wetzel of Ruidoso, and Jennifer Ehrman of Los
Angeles - a sister, Mary Agnew of Cliff - six grandchildren
- 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and
Bright Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Nancy Gail Jackson
1946 - 2011
Nancy Gail Jackson passed away on September 27,
2011 in Lordsburg, New Mexico at age 65. A Memorial
Service was held at the Lordsburg Special Events
Center in Lordsburg, NM on October 3, 2011. Bright/Lordsburg
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Nancy was born May 4, 1946 to James W. (Bill) and
Daisy Phelps in Fall River, Massachusetts where she
resided the first 10 years of her life. Nancy spent
the summers at her grandparent's cottage on a private
beach, called horseneck beach, on the Atlantic Ocean
where she ran wild and barefoot through the sand
The winter of 1955-56 brought 2 blizzards within
1 week that left snow drifts to the eaves of their
2 story home. Her parents decided then to move to
a warmer climate. The summer of 1956 her family and
grandparents moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where
they lived for 3 years. Nancy got her first horse
here and learned to ride.
In 1959 her father got a job in northern Utah and
the family and grandparents moved to Hyrum, Utah
in Cache Valley.
In December of 1963 they all moved once again to
Pleasanton, California and Nancy spent the last half
of her senior year here. Her father went to Saudi
Arabia for a year x-raying welds on oil pipe lines.
While he was there the family decided to move back
to New Mexico and got in touch with a real estate
broker named George Jackson, Sr. In June of 1964
they rented a house from Mr. Jackson in Gila, New
It was there that Nancy met the love of her life,
George Jackson, Jr., and they were married December
24, 1964 in Gila. Nancy and George spent the next
46 years residing in Grant and Hidalgo counties in
Southwest New Mexico ranching and the Insurance and
Real Estate business. Nancy was not only George's
wife but his partner, friend and lover.
She was very active in the New Mexico Farm and Livestock
bureau, the New Mexico Cattle Growers , the Copper
Cowbelles and the Tabosabelles. Nancy was the arena
director and chairwoman of the Cliff-Gila Fair Junior
Rodeo Committee for many years. She also was in charge
of the beef concession stand for the Taboasabelles
and Cattle Growers at the Hidalgo County Fair.
Nancy is survived by her husband George Jackson,
Jr. and daughters Stacy Zunich and Connie (Stewart)
Rooks. Four grandchildren Todd (Elsie) Jackson, Sammi
Zunich, Calvin (Amy) Rooks, Kelsey Rooks and three
great grandchildren Keith Jackson, Tyler Jackson
and Callie Rooks.
She is also survived by her father James W. Phelps,
Sr., stepmother Grace Phelps, mother -in- law Dorothy
Jackson and Sister Linda (Richard) Hall. Brothers
-in-law Tom (Thorma) Jackson, Joe (Melba) Jackson
and Sandy Phelps sister-in-law and numerous nephews
Nancy was preceded in death by her mother Daisy
I. Phelps, brother James W. Phelps Jr. and Father-in-law
George Jackson Sr.
Nancy will always be remembered for her love of
life, people, her animals and her big ready smile.
|Francis McKeen Wheeler
1923 - 2011
Francis McKeen Wheeler passed away October 3, 2011
in Dallas, Texas at the age of 88 years. Francis
was the last of her generation. She was born in Alma,
New Mexico on June 6, 1923.
Her parents were Hugh and May Balke McKeen, who were
pioneer ranchers in Alma. Her brothers were Hugh
Brunson McKeen and John A. McKeen, and her sister
was Eva Faust, all who have passed away.
Francis attended school in Alma as well as high
school at New Mexico State Teachers College High
School in Silver City.
She married John A. Wheeler August 24, 1942 before
he was sent to Italy during World War II. They lived
most of their married life in Lubbock, Texas where
they owned a farm and feedlot machinery business
and raised four children: Steven, David, Kathleen,
Francis is survived by Douglas and Steve and many
nieces and nephews and friends who loved her dearly.
In Francis and John's retirement, they lived in El
Paso, Texas. After John's death in 1998, Francis
moved to Dallas to live with her son Douglas. She
could not have had better care for 6-1/2 years.
graveside funeral was held for Francis in the City
of Lubbock Cemetery, next to her husband, John
|Georgia Bird Perry Klumker
1918 - 2011
Georgia Klumker, of
Glenwood, New Mexico and formerly of Toponas, Colorado,
went to join our Lord on October 20, 2011.
She was born in Yampa, Colorado on November 25,
1918 to Ora Scott and Mary Jane Bird Perry, the oldest
of four children. She graduated from Yampa Union
High School and met and married Kelly, who was working
for his sister Helen and her husband George on a
ranch at Toponas, CO. They later purchased the ranch
Georgia and Kelly were married on December 23, 1936
in Arvada, CO before returning to the ranch at Toponas.
Upon purchase of another ranch in the same area,
they moved and spent 36 years before selling and
relocating to Glenwood, NM in 1974. They purchased
two ranches in the Alma area, finally retiring in
1987. They were married over 70 years before Kelly
Georgia and Kelly were very active in promoting
the agriculture industry. They were longtime members
of the Farm and Livestock Bureau and the Klumker
family was awarded the prestigious Farm Bureau Family
of the Year in 2001. They also belonged to the Cattlemen's
Association and various other organizations. She
was a communicant of the Santo Nino Parish in Glenwood,
Georgia was very active in a number
of organizations in both Colorado and New Mexico.
She was a 4-H leader for over 30 years, was named
Colorado Rancher & Farmer "Homemaker
of the Year," and belonged to the Homemakers
Club. She was a director on the Catron County Fair
Board for many years and was a charter member of
the 'Frisco Cowbelles and the Glenwood Woman's Club.
She loved showing her horses at local fair and competitions.
Helping her children and grandchildren with their
4-H projects and attending their school and athletic
events were some of her greatest joys.
Georgia is survived by six children - Kathleen Schuster,
Richard (Peggy), Klumker, Tom (Jane) Klumker, Eileen
(Jay) McKeen, Janeen Jump (Brian Richard), and Tim
(Phyllis) Klumker. - Grandchildren - Mike (Toni)
Gisler, Kelly (Shelley) King, Shawn (Diana) King,
Alisa (David) Estrada, Missy (Gary) Romero, William
Klumker, Eric (Liz) Klumker, Brian Klumker, Paula
(Junior) Aley, Pam Shields, Paul (Kim) McKeen, Jayleen
(Aaron) Elza, Jerry (Brandi) Jump, Kelly Jo (Cody)
Sparks, and Arissa Klumker. - Great Grandchildren
- Philip, James, Kirstie, Emily King, Jonathan King,
Marc & Larisa Estrada, Layne Kellar, Hayley Romero,
Lee Klumker, Georgia & Evelyn Klumker, Brionna
Klumker, Tyrell Holloway, Koby Aley, Chandler & Breiona
Elza, Kian McKeen, Clayton & Jake Jump. -Great-great
Grandchildren - Hannah & James (Jr.), Kamden
and Gabrielle King and her sister Ina Muntzert.
Georgia's husband Kelly, her parents, Ora Scott
and Mary Jane Perry, and brothers Junior and Kay
Perry preceded her in death.
Burial was at the Alma Cemetery at 10:00 p.m. on
October 21st. A Memorial to celebrate her life will
be held on November 5th at the Glenwood Senior Center
at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to
the 'Frisco Cowbelles scholarship fund or the Glenwood
Senior Center in her name. She will be missed by
all who knew and loved her.