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Ribble, Irene


Irene Ribble

Services: Have been held.

Irene Ribble, 78, of Portales died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, at her home.

She was born on Sept. 5, 1925, in Portales to Blanche and Murry South.

She graduated from Portales High School in 1943. During World War II she worked in the ship yards in San Diego to help in the war effort. She married Graham “Stooge” Ribble on Nov. 1, 1947, in Lovington. She was employed five years for Southwestern Public Service before taking a position in the Business Office at Eastern New Mexico University in 1957. She retired as the Supervisor of Student Accounts and Investing in 1986 after 29 years of service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for more than 50 years, and the Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Dr. Rheubin L. South; her husband; a son-in-law, David McClary; and a great-grandson, Isaac Danforth.

Survivors include a son, Dick Ribble (and Lori) of Deming; a daughter, Vana McClary of Portales; six grandchildren, John and Jean Schwab of Farmer’s Branch, Texas, Lynlea and Steve Fleischman of Noblesville, Ind., and Lorri and John Danforth, Jennifer and Travis Hardin, Kelly and Sheryl McClary and Stephanie McClary, all of Portales; 12 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Marie Creamer of Garland, Texas, and Betty Wright of Roswell.

Herbert Bergstrom will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Danforth, John Schwab, Travis Hardin, Mark Wright, Robby Newberry and Scott Reeves.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.


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