7/27 Obituaries

Michael Mack
Services: 11 a.m. today at the Chavez Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Sumner

Michael Rostal Mack, 59, of Fort Sumner, died Saturday, July 23, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.
He was born on June 8, 1946, in Safford, Ariz., to Rostal and Madeline Talley Mack.

He was raised in the Gila Valley and graduated from Safford High School. He married Linda Claridge on July 16, 1984. He worked as ranch manager for Harvey Ranches in De Baca, Otero and Torrance counties.

He served as chairman of the De Baca County Republican Party and was in his second term as Fort Sumner councilman. He was appointed mayor pro-tem during this second term.

He was a member of Clovis Ward of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, New Mexico Cattlemen’s Association and Farm Bureau. Family members said he loved to read, enjoyed leatherwork and could “doctor” any animal in his care.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rostal Mack.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jake Mack (and wife, Jennifer) of Pima, Ariz., and Tanner Mack (Jennifer) of Fort Sumner; a daughter, Lacie Miller (Ross) of Fort Hood, Texas; two brothers, William Mack (Diane) of Missouri and Chris Mack (Kim) of Safford, Ariz.; two sisters, Sue Ward (Freddy) and Nina Carpenter (Joel), all of Safford, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Kelsi, Braeden, Brittany, Samantha, Jade Marie, Emily and Caidan Mack and Jayda Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

Max Torres will officiate the services.

A reception will follow the funeral services at the Fort Sumner Community House.

Burial will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at Central Community Cemetery in Central, Ariz.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home.

Mary Mason
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Tucumcari.

Mary Margaret Mason, 90, of Tucumcari, died Monday, July 25, 2005, in Tucumcari.

She was born on June 1, 1915, in Narden, Okla., to Harry and Minnie Alice Roberts.

She grew up in Newkirk, Okla., and graduated from high school in 1933. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1937. She moved to Wichita, Kan., where she worked for a law firm and did part-time modeling. She married Steiner Mason in 1939. They moved to Tucumcari in 1943 to operate the Ford Motor Company. Family members said she loved traveling and fishing. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tucumcari.

Survivors include a daughter, Molly Evetts (and husband, Robert) of Tucumcari; two grandchildren, Julie Evetts of Plainfield, Ill. and Ann Evetts (Michael) of Las Cruces; a cousin, Elsie Weed (Jim) of Edmond, Okla.; and other relatives.

Burial will be at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.

Creao Shiplet
Services: 11 a.m. at San Jon Cemetery in San Jon.
Creao Shiplet, 83, of Logan, died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at Autumn Blessings Assisted Living in Logan.

She was born on Dec. 28, 1921, in Henryetta, Okla.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Logan. She and her husband owned and operated the LP gas company in Logan for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Shiplet; and a brother, Finus T. Curnutt.

Survivors include two daughters, Etta Clara Butler of Del City, Okla. and Barbara Modisette of Clovis; two sons, Kenneth Shiplet of Logan and Billy Jack Shiplet of Raymore, Mo.; two brothers, Albert Curnutt of Portales and G.A. Langford of Conchas; many grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Don Heddin will officiate the services, assisted by Larry butler.

Burial will be at San Jon Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.