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8-7-05 Obituaries


August 6, 2005

Elfigo Montano, 56

Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales.

Mr. Elfigo Montano, 56, of Portales, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005 in Portales.

Mr. Montano was born June 21, 1949, in Portales to Rosa and Juan F. Montano. He lived in Portales all of his lived. He served in the New Mexico National Guard for several years, and was transferred to active duty. During active duty he served for a time in Germany.

He worked for several years as a mechanic and a carpenter, but had been disabled and unable to work for the past several years.

He was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church.

He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing, family members said.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Connie Montana.

He is survived by two sons, Anthony Elfigo Montano of Amarillo and Teofilo Juan Montano of Portales; two daughters, Mary Ontiveros (and husband, Chris) of Portales and Tina Lee Moore (Andre) of Temple, Texas; four grandchildren, Alexandra and Montano and Mireya and German Ontiveros; four brothers, Seferino Montano, Isaac Montano and Rudy Montano, all of Portales, and Jerry Dean Montano of Bossier City, La.; four sisters, Nina Baca and Rose Carter, both of Portales, Patsy Jaquez of Hobbs and Lucy Cancino of Roswell.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Monday at St. Helen Catholic Church.

Tobin Hitt will perform the services.

Pallbearers will be Seferino Montano, Isaac Montano, Rudy Montano, Jake Lopez, David Montoya, Steven Ryen and Jerry Montano. Honorary pallbearers are family and friends.

Burial will follow at Portales Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Victoria Lesly, 44

Services: No formal services are planned at this time.

Mrs. Victoria Lesly, 44, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, at her home in Portales.

Mrs. Lesly was born Dec. 18, 1960, in Clovis to Nadine and Rodney Tidwell. She lived her entire life in Clovis until a short time ago, when she moved to Portales to assist in the care of her mother, who was seriously ill. She was employed as a home health care worker in Clovis.

Family members said she was a devoted daughter and mother and was always outgoing and fun-loving.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Randy Tidwell.

She is survived by her parents (though her mother died the following day); a grandmother, Velma Dana of Portales; her husband, Ivy Lee Lesly of Estancia; a daughter, Natalie (and husband Joseph) Cimarron of San Felipe Pueblo and one grandchild, Karissa Hall of Germany.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Services Pending

Mrs. Nadine Tidwell, 64, of Portales, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.

Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Obituary Policy

The Portales News-Tribune does not charge to publish obituaries. Space constraints and deadlines may limit what is published. Information for obituaries must come from funeral homes.


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