Wallace honored for her pioneering spirit

The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women will honor Quay County resident, Maxine Wallace, 79, of Grady with their annual Pioneer Award later this month, according to a news release.
The award, given in partnership with the New Mexico Extension Association of New Mexico, recognizes a woman of outstanding leadership and whose accomplishments in the community and in the state demonstrate a pioneering spirit that has kept New Mexico strong, the release said.
�Mrs. Wallace is a wonderful woman,� said Larry Perkins, vice chairman of the Canadian River Soil and Water Conservation District, which nominated Wallace for the award.
�Mrs. Wallace is almost 80 and she would try to change your tire for you on a hot summer day just so you wouldn�t have to do it. She is a major asset to our community and to the district,� said Perkins.
A member of the Wheatland Extension Association for more than 57 years, Maxine Wallace has served as the club�s president, vice president several times as well as treasurer for the Quay County Council and been the District Cultural Arts chairperson.
The Wallace name is also synonymous with the Quay County Fair, according to her nomination.
In addition, she has been a member of the CRAFTS Club since its inception in 1974, and she sells homemade jewelry and candy.
A native New Mexican, Wallace has also been active in the Canadian River Soil and Water District Annual Tree Sale, the 4-H concession stand, the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute Museum and the Wallace Ranch branding and cooking for a countless number of ranch hands.
The mother of two sons and a daughter, she is also active in the lives of her six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The NM Commission on the Status of Women is a state agency dedicated to increasing the awareness of the rights, responsibilities and interests of women and girls in New Mexico, and to preserve women�s history and contributions to the state.
The award presentation will be at noon Oct. 26 at the Memorial Building at 7th and Aveline in Portales.