Cutest baby contest
The Tucumcari Alco store recently held its annual cutest baby contest. The winner, Abrianna Martinez, raised $923.44 which was donated to The United Way of Quay County by Alco manager Kent Avery. Martinez is the daughter of Jocelyn DeBord and Mark Martinez.
— Submitted by Leslie Osborn
Thank you letter
I’d like to thank the New Mexico Association of Counties, along with the National Fire Plan and Bureau of Land Management, for funding of $9,100 that made it possible for fire-danger signs to be installed throughout the county.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation installed the signs on state roads entering Quay County and local fire districts will regulate and post the degree of fire danger for the area. All of these agencies have joined together to raise citizens’ awareness in efforts to prevent wildfires in Quay County.
— Submitted by Cheryl Simpson, Quay County administrative assistant
Daughters of the American Revolution
Tucumcari Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution had their annual Community Recognition meeting on April 9. DAR likes to recognize and express appreciation to local people who impact our community in very special ways. Three awards were presented at the meeting:
Jeannette Maddaford presented Doyle Frasier with the Community Service Award. Doyle was co-founder of the Quay County United Way, a member of the Kiwanis Club and a county commissioner for four years. He was instrumental in getting the 911 rural addressing in Quay County. He is an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church and volunteers at the Ministry of Hope. He is also on the Trigg Hospital board. He will always be remembered, especially by the employees of the Quay County Courthouse, for his role as Santa Claus at Christmas.
Glenda Reid presented Roger and Paula Wakefield with a certificate of award for the proper display of the American flag at a residence. Mr. Wakefield is a Vietnam vet and was a gunner on a helicopter. Roger and Paula fly the US flag at the top of the flag pole with a POW and/or MIA flag just below. Also flying on a separate pole will be a Marine flag. Beneath the flag poles is a memorial garden of red and yellow roses planted in honor of the U.S., Canadian and English veterans who never came home from war. As you drive down First Street you can't help but notice the flags, flying properly in our New Mexico wind.
Susan Taylor presented the DAR Women In American History award to Billy Fay Braithwaite. Billy Fay came to Quay Valley with her parents in 1930. The family moved around a bit but Billy Fay and her husband, George Braithwaite, eventually put down roots in Tucumcari and have been a vital part of the history in this area. She has been a member of First Baptist Church for 53 years and has taught Sunday school and worked in Vacation Bible Schools. She was a member of Bethel Chapter of Eastern Star and is currently a member of the Gideon Auxiliary and Trigg Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She is also a founding member of Tucumcari Chapter DAR, which was formed in 1966.
— Submitted by Susan Taylor
Meet Your Neighbor
Name: Anna Colette Lawrence
Profession: She’s a “domestic diva.”
Family: She’s married to Anthony Lawrence. They have six girls — Mikaela, 12, Jacee, 9, Hannah, 9, Kamber, 8, Ally, 4, and Sadie, 3.
Her idea of a perfect day: “Warm and sunny. No wind. Spending time with my husband and our girls riding motorcycles and the 4-wheeler. Laughing and squealing and having a blast!”
Her theme song: “French Kissing Life,” by Kenny Chesney. “No matter how hard times get or what I have been through, I love my life. Ups and downs, good and bad, sickness and health, laughter and tears ... it’s all good.
Her favorite TV show: ‘“That ’70s Show.”’ Hands down. I think that Anthony is like Red and I am like Kitty. LOL!
When you were a child, what did you think you’d be doing as an adult? “Even as a little girl, I always wanted to be a mama!”
What is your greatest fear? “Losing my loved ones.”
What is your greatest hope? “My hope is that we raise all of our girls to be responsible, respectful, well-rounded women that are confident in all that they do ... use their common sense every day (and) that they will have determination and drive (and) a good work ethic and (they will) love God and their family.”
Favorite taste: “I love, Love, LOVE a good cup of coffee, cherry cheesecake, black cherry snow cones and steaks cooked out on the smoker. Yummy.”
Favorite smells: “Coffee, rain, leather, horses and a clean baby.”
What’s your favorite part of your job? “I get to come and go as I please, I can wear my boots and jeans all the time and no one cares.”
How did you meet your spouse? “We grew up together and were friends growing up, but life led us on our separate paths until late December 2007 when we bumped into each other at TNT Super Stop and we have been together ever since.”
What is your most prized possession? “My most prized possession is the XIT poster that I have with my Uncle Bob and his horses painted on it. Anthony had it framed for me and he has been given strict orders in the event of a disaster, he has to get that picture, the baby books and my wedding dress!”
Zach and Denise Phillips of Tucumcari are the parents of a 6-pound, 11-ounce baby boy born on April 7, 2010, in Clovis. Zoriah Clayton Phillips' grandparents are myself, Dennis Garcia Sr and Christy Garcia, all of Tucumcari. Great-grandparents are Jim and Phyllis Morgan of Tucumcari. He is the nephew of Justin Phillips and Dennis and Janck Garcia all of Tucumcari.
— Submitted by Trish Phillips
Analysia Marlene Welch celebrated her second birthday on April 12. She celebrated with a princess theme party at her Popo’s house with family and friends.
Her parents are Richard Welch II and Natasha Rutherford of Tucumcari. Her grandparents are Richard Welch Sr. and the late Martha Welch and Rich Rutherford, all of Tucumcari.
She enjoys reading books and being silly.
— Submitted by Adrenne Lopez
Aylee Marie Elebario will celebrate her second birthday on April 21.
She is the daughter of myself and Cruz Elebario of Tucumcari. She has a brother named Aidyn Elebario of Portales.
Her grandparents are Frank and Francis Elebario, Carol Hull and Salo Valverde, all of Tucumcari.
Her great-grandparents are Diane and the late Richard Hull of Conchas, Raymond and Linda Trujillo, Celina Elebario and JD and Mary Elebario all of Tucumcari.
Her great-great-grandparent is Gloria Quintana of Albuquerque.
— Submitted by Jackie Hyslop