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Mildred Nash , 91

Mildred Nash, 91, died Thursday evening, June 26, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.

She was born Sept. 10, 1911, in Indiahoma, Okla., to Willie and Alex Key.

The oldest of nine children, she graduated from Hagerman High School in 1930. She married Leon Nash on Sept. 12, 1934, and lived in Morton, Texas, and Lamar, Colo., before settling in Floyd in 1942. They moved 11 years ago to Clovis. For 45 years she was the weekly Floyd columnist for the Portales News-Tribune. She was a farmer’s wife and mother who served as a substitute teacher during World War II. She was active in the Floyd Methodist Church as long as she lived there, serving as a member and officer of the Women’s Society of Christian Service in Floyd until it disbanded in 1971.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Richard and Malcolm Key; and four sisters, Marion Main, Doris Jackson, Kova Key and Roberta Key.

Survivors include her husband, Leon Nash of Clovis; two sons, Jerry (and wife, Carol) Nash of Clovis and David Nash of Floyd; a daughter, Elaine (and husband, Jon) Putnam-Nash of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Lex Key of Kenniwick, Wash.; a sister, Maxine Payton of Hobbs; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Wheeler Mortuary. The Rev. Beth Anderson will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Mary Sue Hull.

Burial will be at Floyd Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Justin and Tammy Nash, Gavin Nash, Dawn and Mark Witten, Lacee and Josh Ratcliff, Jerrilynn and Terry Blocker, Jenelle Nash, Honor Nash-Putnam and Keyton Nash Putnam.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Floyd Methodist Church.

Wheeler Mortuary of Portales is handling arrangements.

Una Smith, 89

Una Harris Smith, 89, formerly of Rogers, died June 27, 2003 in Portales.

She was born May 17, 1914, in Portales, to Samuel H. and Della Harris.

She graduated from Rogers High School in 1932. She married Odell Smith Jan. 6, 1934. She was a resident of Roosevelt County her entire life. She was active in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and belonged to the Silver Thimble Homemakers Club of Rogers. After moving to Portales, she joined First Baptist Church and served on the hospitality committee for many years. She was was a member of Golden Circle Sunday School class. Her hobbies included cooking, canning, fishing and family reunion outings in the New Mexico mountains. Family members said she had a passion for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents and stepmother; her brothers, Leon and Orville Harris; her sister, Virgie Littlejohn; and her son-in-law, Billy R. Smith.

Survivors include her daughters, LaVerne (and husband, Holt) Irby of Garland, Texas, Louise Smith of McKinney, Texas, and Doris (and husband, Gerald) Devault of Lubbock; her son, Derrell (and wife, Jody) Smith of Waco, Texas; her sister Ola McCasland of Lubbock; three nephews, Arthur and Melvin Littlejohn of Portales and Jeff Harris of Baton Rouge, La.; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary in Portales.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Wheeler Mortuary in Portales. The Revs. Dr. Herbert Bergstrom and Dr. Philip Fike will officiate.

Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joe Irby, Billy Smith, Jim Irby, Gregg Devault, Kendall Devault, Chad Smith, Scotty Smith, Mike Tunnell, Reed Anton, Stacey Petrich and Corey Self.

Wheeler Mortuary of Portales is handling arrangements.

Karen Warren, 47

Karen Diane Green Warren, 47, of Salem, Ore., died Sunday, June 8, 2003, in Salem.

She was born in February 1956 in Portales, to Beryl and LaVerne Crume Green.

Survivors include her husband, Peter Warren; two daughters, Leslie and Alison Warren; her parents; and two brothers, Beryl Dwayne and Kerry Green.

Services have been held.

Arrangements were handled in Oregon.

Information was submitted by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.


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