Shirley Bell, 67, died at Trigg Memorial Hospital Tuesday, May 11, 2004 following a brief illness.
Shirley Bell was born Feb. 7 1937 in Burleson, Texas. She had been making her home in Tucumcari for 25 years. She was a member of the Center Street United Methodist Church of Tucumcari. She had been active in the Pioneer Senior Citizens and was a senior companion.
She is survived by her mother Lois bell of Tucumcari, her sister Marie Sims (Lou) also of Tucumcari; two brothers, Larry D. Bell (Linda) of McGregor, Texas and Mike Bell (Judy) of Mexia, Texas.
She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Dunn Memorial Chapel with rev. Lola Allender of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will follow at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.
Warren Byron Coughenour
Warren Byron Coughenour, 80, died Thursday, May 13, 2004 in Lubbock. He was born in Haswell, Colo. April 27, 1924 to Clay Webster Coughenour and Hazel Philpott Coughenour Ryan.
Warren Coughenour married Evelyn Bach on March 11, 1951 in Artesia. He retired from Mountain Bell in 1979 with 32 years service. He served in the 88th Infantry Division signal corps during World War II in North Africa and Italy. He was also active for 50 years in the volunteer fire departments in both Artesia and Tucumcari. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tucumcari, Kiwanis International, Tucum Sams, served on the Tucumcari City Planning and Zoning Board, served on the Dan C. Trigg Hospital Board, and volunteered with Little League Baseball for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Orland and Gerald Coughenour, on sister Arline Coughenour Ward, and one grandson, Matthew McCord.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn and their two daughters Cindy Payne of Midlothian, Texas and Cathy McCord of Lubbock, and one son-in-law Andrew Payne. He is also survived by his brother Marvin Coughenour (Kay) of Cheyenne and two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in law.
In addition he is survived by four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Monday at the First Baptist Church. Graveside services and burial were later in the afternoon in Artesia.
Donations may be made to Helping Hands Hospice of Tucumcari
Mary Belle Cossiett Dudley
Mary Belle Cossiett Dudley, 73, died at her residence at Conchas Dam on Friday, May 14, 2004.
Mary Dudley was born Jan. 6, 1931 at Roy. She was a member of the Baptist Church at Conchas Dam. She had been an owner/operator of the PLaza de Conchas at Conchas Dam.
She is survived by Willis Bowman, of Roy, Bill Bowman (Lois) of Tucumcari, Katherine Abeyta (Norman) of Tucumcari, Leo Vigil of Albuquerque, Sarah Shipmen of Albuquerque and Marvin E. Loomough of Amarillo.
Funeral services were Monday morning at the Baptist Church at Conchas Dam. Burial followed at the Roy Cemetery.
John R. Garcia
John R. “Bacarito” Garcia, 75, died at Trigg Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning May 18.
Raymond Garcia was born Dec. 2, 1928 in Dalhart, Texas. He was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church and was a former Mason.
He was preceded in death by his son Raymond Manuel Garcia in 2000.
He is survived by his wife Cornelia R. Garcia Tucumcari; seven sons; Tommy and Frankie Garcia of Tucumcari, Richard Garcia of Florida, Bernie Garcia of Moriaty, Gene Garcia of Colorado, David Garcia of Rio Rancho and Michael Garcia of Albuquerque. Four daughters; Frances Moya of Tijeras, Ramona Dominguez of Albuquerque, Helen Sisneros of Bernalillo and Sandra Powell of Tucumcari.
He is also survived by 100 grand and great grand children.
Rosary will be recited Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Dunn Memorial Chapel. A Mass of Resurrection will be offered on Friday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Fr Leo Padget officiating. Burial will follow at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.
Leslie J. Mate
Leslie J. Mate, 96, died Saturday evening, May 15, 2004 following a brief illness.
Leslie J. Mate was born Sept. 13, 1907 in Hungary. For many years he was a machinist for the General Motors Company in Michigan. He had made his home in Tucumcari with his daughter Margaret Mate since 1994.
He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Mary Mate.
An evening funeral service is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Michaels Episcopal Church with Father Gay Wellborn officiating at the services.
Following the services the body will be transported to Southfield Michigan for interment next to his wife.
Mildred Meeks, 57, died in Bullhead City, Ariz. May 8, 2004 after an extended illness.
Mildred Meeks was born Oct. 19, 1946 in Clovis.
She was preceded in death by her parents Gene and Dorothy Roper and one brother Charles Roper.
She is survived by her husband Bill Meeks and two daughters, Quenette and Lynette of Bullhead City; three sisters, Janice Mellies and Dorothy Richardson of Los Lunas and Mary Lou (Hershel) Martin of Tucumcari.
She is also survived by four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, May 22 at 3 p.m. at Anchor Baptist Church in Los Lunas.