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Eula Marley, 95

Eula Mae Marley, 95, formerly of Portales, a retired schoolteacher, died Saturday, May 3, 2003, in Carlsbad, Calif.

She was born on May 10, 1907, in Morgan Mill, Texas, to Frank and Daisy Bass.

Her family moved to the New Mexico Territory by covered wagon and homesteaded north of Tatum in 1911. After graduating from Tatum High School in 1925, she began her 30 years of teaching in a one-room school in Pitchfork. In 1928, she married David Marley, a classmate since the eighth grade. She moved to Portales in 1944, and taught elementary grades for 32 years in Dora, retiring in 1969. After celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 1978, the Marleys followed their four children to California.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Florence Dean Chansler, in 2000.

Survivors include her husband, David, of Carlsbad, Calif.; three sons, Dr. Albert D. “Buddy” Marley of Agoura Hills, Calif., Donovan Marley of Denver and Dr. Gerald Marley of Santa Ana, Calif.; one sister, Yuneva Kirk; and eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Services were held Saturday in San Diego.

Arrangements were handled by Featheringill Mortuary of San Diego.

Richard Morgan, 80

Richard C. Morgan, 80, of Raton, died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at Sunbridge Retirement Center in Raton.

He was born Aug. 12, 1922, in Mundy, Texas, to Alma and Chesley Morgan.

He and his family moved from Lubbock in 1934 and settled in Portales. He married Doris Rhodes on Feb. 14, 1942, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps later that year. For much of World War II, he was stationed in England serving as an aerial engineer. After his discharge in December 1945, he returned home and began farming. Except for brief periods during his life when he worked as a finish carpenter, he lived and farmed in the Portales area. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Primitive Baptist Church. Due to failing health, he lived the last few years in Raton. Family members said he will be remembered for his loving kindness, his ready smile and his sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Marie; three brothers, Herschel, Hillery and Vaughnie Morgan; and his wife, Doris, who died Jan. 20, 2001.

Survivors include a son, Jimmy Morgan of Portales; a daughter, Sue McGowen of Raton; a brother, Robert Morgan of Clovis; a sister, Lois Fox of Portales; and eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services will follow at 10 a.m. Monday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel. Wayne Venable will officiate.

Burial will follow at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bradley Morgan, Dustin Morgan, Don Morgan, Barry Wilhoit, Ronald Fox and Don Pemberton.

Wheeler Mortuary of Portales is handling arrangements.


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