Nora Romero

Services: At 7 p.m. Sunday a rosary will be recited at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Tucumcari. At 10 a.m. Monday a Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Anne’s. Nora Romero, 84, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2008, in Albuquerque following an extended illness. Mrs. Romero was born Aug. 22, 1922 in Curevo, […]

Isabel H. Valverde

Isabel H. Valverde Services: Visitation from 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. today, immediately followed by a memorial mass at Santuario de San Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 8301 Camino San Martin, S.W., Albuquerque. Isabel H. Valverde, 76, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006 in Albuquerque. Mrs. Valverde was born in Anton Chico and was most recently a resident […]

Seniors say goodbye at graduation

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By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun The pair of cooling fans by the doors of Rattler Gym did wonders for the crowd as scorching heat pushed into Friday evening’s Tucumcari High graduation, but it wasn’t much help to graduating seniors who tried to keep their caps, sashes and gowns presentable when they walked by the […]

Veteran asks for help to keep office open

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday vowed to write letters in hopes of keeping the local veterans’ affairs open and agreed on the first phase of renovating the local wastewater treatment facility. Joe Valverde, a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War, told commissioners he was concerned about […]

Students deck the cookies at High Desert

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By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Tucumcari Middle School student Louie Leyva said he never baked anything before in his life, much less Christmas cookies. And neither Leyva nor anyone in his home economics class, now known as family consumer science, had ever taken a couple batches out to decorate with anyone. But Friday found five of […]

11/26 Obituaries

Gerald Sonleiter Services: Have been held. Gerald Sonleiter, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, in Altus, Okla. He was born March 16, 1920, in St. Charles, Mo., to John and Lillie (Meise) Sonleiter. He graduated high school in Cotton Valley, La., and then joined the U.S. Air Force. He married Kay Wilson in March of […]

Setpuagenarian gets high school diploma

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By Ryn Gargulinski It may have taken 56 years, two wars and five children for him to do it, but Tucumcari resident Joe Valverde finally got his high school diploma — at age 73. “I made the military my career,” Valverde said, “and I never finished high school.” Although one cannot say he did not […]

Seniors find companionship through program

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By William Thompson Tucumcari resident Marina Valverde, 88, gets a visit from Dora Anaya, 66, two hours a day, five days a week. Anaya enrolled in Quay County’s Senior Companions program four years ago. Valverde was her first client. “Dora is like a relative to me now,” said Valverde. “We crochet together, we sing old […]

1/19 Obituaries

Lloyd Ray Hampton Lloyd Ray Hampton, 59, of Tucumcari, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at his home. He was born on May 28, 1946, in Clovis, to Gus and Lillis Hampton. He was a Vietnam Veteran. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and owned his own truck for hauling cattle. For the past 12 […]