March 22, 2006 Obituaries

Maxine Fife

Services: 9:30 a.m. today at the Fife Family Ranch Cemetery near Norton.

Maxine Fife, 88, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, in Tucumcari.

Mrs. Fife was born June 28, 1917, in Norton. Following her graduation, she attained her teaching certificate and was a teacher at the Rose Bud School.

She had been active on the family ranch for many years and was a member of the First Christian Church.

Mrs. Fife was preceded in death by her husband J.R. “Bob” Fife; a son, Gary Fife; a grandson, Jon Hunsucker and three sisters, Joan Rusk, Johnnie Gifford and Mary McDonald.

She is survived by three daughters, Vonnie Massey of Tucumcari, Ronney (and husband Donald) Curnutt of Orofino, Idaho and Nell (Lee) Hunsucker of Amarillo; a son, John (Paula) Fife of Flagstaff, Ariz.; two sisters, Sue Tucek and Ona Tillman; two brothers, Joe Wallace and Jack Wallace; six grandchildren, Gary and Levi Massey and Robert, Dallas, Lara and Camron Curnutt; nine great-grandchildren, Jonna Lee and Hally Hunsucker, Cody and Dillon Massey, Keith and Logan Massey and John, Ben and Elena Curnutt and two sisters-in-law, Minnie Dennis and Maxine Newby.

Albert Thornberry will officiate services.

Gary Massey, Levi Massey, Dickey Massey, Camron Curnutt, Don Curnutt, Jason Jack, Denny Welch and Tommy Wallace will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.

Juanita Shiplet

Services: 1 p.m. today in the San Jon Cemetery.

Juanita E. Shiplet, 80, died Saturday March 18, 2006, in Logan.

Mrs. Shiplet was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben David Shiplet Jr., and a son, Rex Shiplet.

Mrs. Shiplet is survived by her son, Gary Shiplet of Tucumcari, two grandchildren and other relatives.

L.R. Haisten will officiate services.

Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.

Georgia Hamel

Services: Have been held.

Georgia Elaine Young Hamel, 68, died Saturday, March 18, 2006.

Mrs. Hamel was born April 22, 1937, in Shreveport, La., to Leonard C. and Emogene Young.

She had been a registered nurse for 42 years before her retirement in 2003. She worked both as a private duty and traveling nurse in Ryad, Saudia Arabia, doing cancer research. Family members said she enjoyed the outdoors, viewing wildlife, camping and fishing with her family.

Mrs. Hamel was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Ronald Pat Oldham.

Mrs. Hamel is survived by her husband, Ted Hamel of Conchas Dam; a daughter Sharon Dianne (and husband Doug) Quarles of Tucumcari; two sons: Everette C. Oldham of Livingston Mont., and William D Bixby of Dayton, Ohio; four sisters, Maxine Pittman, Patsy Bennette, Ruth Ellis and Alice Marie Stover; a brother, John Allen Young and seven grandchildren.

Jim Witcher officiated services. Burial followed in the family plot of the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.

Mary Maxine Smith

Services: Have been held.

Mary Maxine Smith, 93, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at the Farwell Convalescent Center in Farwell, Texas.

Mrs. Smith was born Aug. 31, 1912, in Spade, Texas. She was a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas.

Mrs. Smith was a school teacher at Plaza Largo and later for the Vic Stewart children. She had been a member of the Center Street United Methodist Church in Tucumcari. She was active in the Democratic Women of Quay County and had been a member of the Rebekahs and was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Smith.

Mrs. Smith is survived by two daughters, Johnnie Parish and Sue (and husband Bronson) Moore of Tucumcari; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Tom Broom and Leo Padget officiated services. Burial followed at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.