July 26, 2005
Services: Have been held.
Ethel Gilman, 87, died Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care.
She was born on Feb. 16, 1918, in Marietta, Okla., to Sophia and Ellis M. Frazier.
She was married to Roy Gilman, on June 2, 1939, in Clovis. She moved to New Mexico with her family as a senior in high school. She worked as a housekeeper for the McDonald family in Portales for some time. The couple had celebrated 62 years of marriage by the time of her husband’s death in 2001. They made their home on a ranch in the Hiway community for many years. For several years she drove a school bus for the Dora Schools. In 1972 they moved to Portales. They eventually began constructing their own home, doing the work themselves. Family members said she was a very good cook and had a gift for hospitality. She was a member of the Southside Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Otto, Calvin, Ellis, Lester and Floyd Frazier; three sisters, Lily Smith, Nancy Lee Carpenter and Julie Emerson; and by her husband.
Survivors include a son, Ralph Gilman (and wife, Lynelle) of Portales; two daughters, Fern Moreland (John) of Portales, and Dixie Usrey (Rick) of Ruidoso; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Marlin Poynor will officiate the service.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Peter Dahlstrom, Paul Williams, Kevin Usrey, Mack Kizer, Gary Cox and Guy Hufstedler.
Honorary pallbearers are Ernest Jaramillo, Kay Skipworth, A. E. Williamson, Charles Anderson, Jack Self, Jake Taylor, Rod Self and J. T. Toombs.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Mexico Christian Children’s Home or to the Church of Christ Student Center.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.