Published: Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
Edna Collins Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Logan United Methodist Church. Edna Collins, 89, of Logan, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005, at Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari. She was born on Oct. 2, 1915, on the family homestead east of Nara Visa. She was active in the community. She was a member of the Logan United Methodist Church, Women's Christian Temperance Union. She was a substitute teacher in the Logan School System for many years and was still teaching piano to the children and adults in Logan. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Alford Collins; two sons, Charles Alford Collins and Eldred Elmo Collins; a brother, Elmer Mullin; and a sister, Eunice Foster. Survivors include a daughter, Charlotte Ross (and husband, Tom) of Kathy, Texas; a sister, Violet McLendon of Dallas; 10 grandchildren, Crystie Dodson, Coy, Creighton, Michael, and Chad Collins, Kimberly Mikeska, Melody Holman, Jenifer Palomar, and Douglas and Gregory Ross; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. The Rev. Sue Mortensen will officiate the services, assisted by Jim and Mike Ross. Pallbearers are her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are friends and neighbors, including Melvin Keith, Jack McCarty, James Rinestine, Doug Bullock, Lynn Jarry, Ray Clark, Eugenio Lujan, and Merejildo Gutierrez. Burial will be at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari. Gladys Hutchens Services: A memorial service will be scheduled at the Scotty Phillips Cemetery in Ft. Pierre, S.D. Gladys Ruth Hutchens, 86, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, in Alvin, Texas. She was born on April 19, 1919, in Phillip, S.D. A long-time resident of Roswell and Clovis, she was a member of Eastern Star and met many people in her journeys through her careers, from the State Brand Board of South Dakota to Boeing Aircraft. Her family said she was a beloved mother and friend, and will be missed by family and everyone who crossed her path. She was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers, two sisters, one grandson, and her son-in-law, Stephen Weaver of Alvin, Texas. She is survived by two sons, Robert Hutchens of Libertyville, Ill., and Ralph Hutchens of Clovis; a daughter, Sandra Weaver of Alvin, Texas; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Cremation has occurred. Arrangements are by Jeter Funeral Home in Friendswood, Texas. Teddy Best Services: No services are scheduled. Teddy Morgan Best, 74, of Raton, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, in Pueblo, Col. He was born on May 11, 1931, in Forrest to Ernest and Neely Straton Best. He attended Forrest Schools and graduated from Tucumcari High School in 1950. He was active in football and basketball and was on Tucumcari’s state championship teams in 1950. He worked for L.A. and Linnie White on their farm southeast of Tucumcari for 25 years. He moved to Raton in 1976 and operated the Radio Shack on Park Avenue until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Hollis Best, Ernest Lee (Bud) Best, and Emmert Felix Best; two sisters, Lorene Gox and Carnelia (Sis) Lovejoy; nephew Gary Best; and niece Suzie Best. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Bonnie Best; a son, Alan Best (and wife, Dorothy) of Raton; a daughter, Sheri Keith (Jim) of Tucumcari; five grandchildren, Alana Best Horner (Chris) of Raton, Desiree Sappington (Ryan) of Raton, Dwaine Best (Samantha Patton) of Cincinnati, Nathan Best (Heather Ewers) of Boston, and Justin Keith (Juanice Martinez) of Tucumcari; and three great-granddaughters, Jayd Sappington and Erika Bailey of Raton and Jasmine Keith of Tucumcari; a sister, Arlene Wilcox of Farmington; a mother-in-law, Linnie White of Raton; and numerous nephews and nieces. Arrangements are by Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.
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