Published: Friday, December 30th, 2005
Laheeta Harvey Services: Have been held. Laheeta L. Harvey, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at her ranch home at Encino. She was born Nov. 12, 1918, north of Fort Sumner to John Richard Luna and the former Martha Lou Humphrey. After graduating from Fort Sumner High School, she worked as a bookkeeper and married Buck Harvey in June 1938. Together they began a cattle and sheep ranch at Negra in Torrance County and she went on to be a prominent cattle and sheep rancher in New Mexico. During their ranching days, the couple purchased the Herbert Dooley Ranch, Terrance County’s Red Canyon ranch with his cousin Gerald Farr, the White Lakes Ranch in Santa Fe County and the Loyd Snow Ranch. They also purchased the John Prather Alamo Ranch and the Paul Dean Little America Ranch, both in Otero County. The Harveys went through many crises and developed a strong partnership that was not dissolved with the death of Buck Harvey in January of 1979. Laheeta Harvey continued the ranch operation, and in 1993 she purchased the Dunlap Ranch south of Fort Sumner. She was active in her community and her church. She served on the Torrance County School Board, the Farmer’s Home Administration Board and was a strong supporter of the Encino Methodist Church. She was a charter member of the Encino Extension Club and was a member of New Mexico Wool Growers and New Mexico Cattle Growers Associations. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and two sisters, Sybal Knapp and Opal Luna. She and her husband had no children, but they raised and educated a niece, Janet Harvey Autsin, and provided a summer home of many ranch loving nephews and friends. She is survived by a brother, Lamar Luna (and wife, Melba) of Fort Sumner, along with many nieces, nephews, dedicated ranch employees and friends. Funeral services were held the First United Methodist Church in Fort Sumner with the Rev. Wesley Holland and the Rev. Terry Anderson officiating. Burial followed in the Harvey-Luna family plot in Fort Sumner Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 410; Fort Sumner, NM 88119. Online condolences can be given at www.chavezfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were by Chavez Funeral Home in Fort Sumner.
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