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Ida Lou Inge, 75

Ida Lou Inge, 75, of Portales, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1928, in Brownfield, Texas, to Minnie Maude and Richard K. Brown.

The Brown family moved from Brownfield, Texas, to Portales in a covered wagon when she was 4. She attended Portales schools and graduated from Portales High School in 1946. She married James Carl Inge on Dec. 27, 1946, in Portales. They worked for many years in the salvage and recycling business. She loved to bowl and competed in a national tournament in Las Cruces in 1962 and a national tournament in Memphis, Tenn., in 1963. Family members said she enjoyed sewing, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles and her dog, Buster Brown. She liked trips to Laughlin, Nev., and going to the races in Ruidoso. She was a member of Christ Community Church in Clovis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; James Carl Inge, two brothers, Curtis and Jack Brown.

Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Inge of Portales; a brother, Jim Brown (and wife, Marge) of Oracle, Ariz.; and a sister-in-law, Bertha Brown of Long Beach, Calif.

Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.

Scott P. Reeves will officiate the services.

Pallbearers will be Blake, Rick, Mike, Willie, Wallace, John, Danny, Gerald and Bobbie Inge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a memorial fund set up at the Portales National Bank in her name.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales cemetery.

Laura King, 91

Laura King, 91, of Ruidoso, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Ruidoso Care Center in Ruidoso.

She was born on Aug. 22, 1912, in Buffalo, Mo., to Lettie and B.F. Bennett.

At the age of 4, her family moved to the Dora area where she attended school. She married William H. King on Sept. 3, 1927, in Dora. They farmed in the Dora community for over 50 years, during which she also drove a school bus, cooked in the school cafeteria and served as the Dora PostMistress. In 2000 she moved to Ruidoso. Family members said she enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes, horse racing and the family cabin. She was a member of the Dora Baptist Church and the Dora Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Bernard and Revis Bennett; a sister, Avelyn Richards; a daughter, Connie Lynn King; and by her husband.

Survivors include a son, Wayne King of Ruidoso; three grandchildren, Vaunda Stenzel (and husband, Mike) of Ruidoso, Lanny King of Carlsbad and Tena Johnson of Bovina; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Herbert Bergstrom and Scott P. Reeves will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Dora.

Pallbearers will be Gene and Jimmy Neal Richards, Lanny and Tim King, Mike Stenzel and Max Davis.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mack and Marion Richards, Bo Shackelford, Doug Shafer, Billy Prater, Spooky Wilcher, Nathan Belcher, Bill Hagar, Elmer Reed, Delbert Bradley and Whiz Terry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

Arrangments are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Services are at10 a.m. Thursday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales.

Albert Kenneth Leach, 81

Albert Kenneth Leach, 81, of San Jon, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, in Amarillo.

He was born on Dec. 7, 1922, in Belleview, to John and Mary Leach.

He graduated from high school in 1940 and joined the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He married Dessie Lassater on July 8, 1945. They moved to Glenrio where they ranched and operated the State Line Bar. He retired from ranching and moved to San Jon. He raised race horses. Family members said he loved horse racing, rodeos and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife; and by a step-son, Nolan Terrill.

Survivors include a step-daughter, Margaret Terrill Crenshaw of Antioch, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Terrill of Clovis; two brothers, Ernest Leach (and wife, Veda) of Portales and Wallace Leach of Gallup; a sister, Mary Blakley of Rogers; six grandchildren, Randall Crenshaw, Latawna Rice, Kishla Henry, Inola Emerson, Gary Terrill and Lacinda Luna; and 15 great-grandchildren, Travis, Dustin, Tamber, Yatz, Skylar, Zackary, Bailee, Michael, Danielle, Ryan, Douglas, Alicia, Jordan, Bradon and Brittany.

The Rev. Roy Mitchell will officiate the services.

Burial will be at San Jon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo 79176 or to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.

Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.

Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in San Jon.


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