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Ashdown, Donald  
Donald Ashdown, 96, died on Dec. 31, 2014, with family in attendance. A funeral service will take place at the Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1800 23rd Street at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, followed by interment at Monte Vista Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the church, just preceding the funeral. Ashdown was born April 11, 1918, to Franklin D. and Alfretta B. Ashdown in Bountiful, Utah, where he spent his childhood. He served an LDS mission to east Germany, where he witnessed the uprising of the Nazi movement. He served as a naval officer in the Pacific during World War II. He completed undergraduate work at Utah State University and graduate work at Cornell University. A Ph. D. in entomology, he was a beloved and nationally-recognized professor at Texas Tech University for 30 years. Married to Theresa Hill Ashdown in 1941, he was the father of 7 children, grandfather of 27, and great-grandfather of 80. At retirement in 1984, he moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he remained until his death. He was a faithful, life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a passionate advocate of higher education. He will be long-remembered for his kindly, warm, and supportive nature and his ready willingness to help others. He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Theresa. He is survived by Dr. Franklin Ashdown, of Alamogordo, Kaye Soderquist, of Logan, Utah, Christine Hamberlin, of Alamogordo, Karen Schiffman, of Ephraim, Utah, Dr. Thomas Ashdown, of Lubbock, Texas, Deborah Bowman, of Tijeras, New Mexico, and Theresa Wardle, of Puyuallup, Washington. The Ashdown family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 4 to Feb. 3, 2015
Babcock, Vicki Lynn  
Vicki Lynn Babcock, 55, passed away, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Alamogordo. She was born to John and Blanche Westling on Jan. 13, 1959, in Minnesota. She left behind one sister and one brother, both of Minnesota. She also left behind Larry and her three sons, Shawn Westling, Lawrence and Robert Babcock. She had three grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews. All her family and friends will miss her dearly.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 21 to Feb. 20, 2015
Badjar, Janet Craft  
Janet Craft Badjar passed away on Dec. 23, 2014, in Alamogordo. Janet was born on Oct. 27, 1937, in Torrington, Conn., to Manford and Maude Craft. Janet graduated from Torrington High School in 1956 and soon after met and married Edward Badjar. They were married on April 19, 1958, and had three children. Janet and Edward lived in Torrington, Conn., all of their lives until 1989 when they moved to Alamogordo. Janet had a love for horses and horseback riding. Janet also had a love for country dancing and participated in a local dance group. Janet had a talent for painting and drawing, and she was an avid knitter and crocheter. Janet would share her talents of knitting and crocheting by participating in the local fair. Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Mac and Maude. Janet was survived by her husband of 56 years Edward Badjar of the family home; daughter Jamie Teater and her husband James; sons John Badjar and his wife Toni, and James Badjar and his wife Gale. Janet had six grandchildren: Brian Hyland; Jennifer Dyche and her husband Mark; Jason Hyland; John Badjar and his wife Kim; Ashley Hyland and Heather Badjar. Janet also had 13 great-grandchildren whom she thoroughly enjoyed. Janet took great joy in her family and friends. Janet was an amazing woman who was adored and loved by many. Janet will forever leave a lasting impression on all who knew her and will be missed greatly. Direct Cremation will take place under the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.cremation-pcs.com.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 30, 2014 to Jan. 29, 2015
Beacham, Virginia Beatrice McCrea  
Virginia Beatrice McCrea Beacham, 92, made it to her heavenly home for Christmas. She passed away in Alamogordo on Christmas Eve. Virginia was born in Vidalia, La., on July 11, 1922, to Walter and Atta Beatrice Townsend McCrea. In 1943 she graduated from Louisiana State Normal College in Natchitoches and became an elementary school teacher. In 1946 she came west with Ruth Turpin Brown to teach for the Alamogordo Public School District at North School. One year later Virginia married her husband of 53 years, Arthur "Buddy" McKinley Beacham, and made Alamogordo her home. Her family and friends will best remember her for her love of family, local history and flowers. Virginia's parents, her husband, Buddy, a brother, Walter and two sisters, Gladys and Clarice, preceded Virginia in death. She is survived by her son, Ron Beacham and his wife, Josie of California; her daughter, Gloria Killian and her husband, Jim of Alamogordo; five grandsons: Christopher Beacham and his wife Rose Anne of California, Steven Beacham and his wife Kristina of California, James Killian and his wife Courtney of Minot, N.D., John Killian and Josh Killian both of Alamogordo. Virginia was blessed to hold each of her six great-grandchildren: Chrisandra and Chanelle Beacham, Evelyn Beacham, Connor, Jacob and Caleb Killian. Her nephew, Jay Aronstein and his wife Adrienne of Louisiana also survive her, as well as many dear Beacham family nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tularosa Basin Historical Society or to The Gideons. Direct Cremation will take place under the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.cremation-pcs.com.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 30, 2014 to Jan. 29, 2015
Booth, Ethel L. (James)  
Ethel Booth, 95, of Alamogordo, passed away on Dec. 18, 2014 in her home. She was born in Camden, N.J. on June 21, 1919. She has lived in Alamogordo since 1985. She was the youngest of eleven children. Most of her early life was spent in Annapolis, Md., with her first husband, Joseph Irving Bird III. They moved to Holiday, Fla., where she worked at St. Petersburg Junior College. When her husband died she moved to New Mexico and married a second time to Gordon Oliver Booth. They had 22 years together before his death in 2006. Ethel was preceded in death by her parents Francis W. James and Annie Garrison James, her ten siblings, her first husband Joseph Irving Bird III, her second husband Gordon Oliver Booth and a granddaughter Debra Lynn Fowler. Ethel is survived by her two daughters Marcia (William) Bird Werntz of Severna Park, Md. and Joanne Bird (Gordon) Booth of Alamogordo. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren including Pamela (Joy) Werntz-Howard of Watertown, Mass., Robert (Anna) Werntz of Annapolis, Md., Steven (Melissa) Werntz of Libertyville, Ill., Julie (Paul) Bresson of Severna Park, Md., Amy Ragan, Kristin (Sam) Butson, Melanie (Clint) Gilmore, James Booth and Jennifer (Joel) Hougon all of Alamogordo, as well as 23 great- grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was especially proud of having been to 49 of the 50 state,s as well as having traveled in Europe. She was a lifelong Episcopalian and is at home with her Lord and in a better place by far. A celebration of her life service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel, with Chaplain Chuck Moon officiating. The family would particularly like to thank Alamogordo Home Hospice for the care they provided Ethel and her family at the end of her life. The Booth family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the services. Cremation will take place at PCS. To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 7 to Feb. 6, 2015
Brown, Laura Jean  
This obituary was written in the memory of our beloved Laura Jean Brown who was born in San Pedro, Calif., on July 18, 1955, and passed away in El Paso, Texas on Nov. 14, 2014, at 59 years old. Laura is survived by her two daughters Gail Cox and Tonya Duck, her mother Jeanne Bowen, and her siblings, Robert Malseed, Lisa Malseed, Lu Ann Malseed and Lynn Malseed. Laura was an amazing athlete, a mathematician, and could put a smile on anyone's face. Laura loved everyone in her life and would have given everything she owned to you if you needed it. Worldly possessions were never anything she cared for; she was the happiest either with her toes in the San Diego beach with her best friend's, Jim Faryar, arm's wrapped around her or snuggled up on the couch with her grand babies. Future arrangements will be made in 2015, and her ashes will be spread by her daughters in California. "She always leaned to watch for us, Anxious if we were late, In winter by the window, In summer by the gate. And though we mocked her tenderly Who had such foolish care, The long way home would seem more safe, Because she waited there. Her thoughts were all so full of us, She never could forget, And so I think that where she is She must be watching yet. Waiting 'til we come home to her Anxious if we are late Watching from Heaven's window Leaning from Heaven's gate."
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 27, 2014 to Jan. 26, 2015
Clark, William (Bill) A.  
William (Bill) A. Clark, 56, passed away on Dec. 25, in his home in Alamogordo. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Juanita and Oree Clark. Survivors include three brothers Edward and his wife Karen Clark of Las Cruces, Robert A. Clark of Alamogordo, and David and his wife Brenda Clark of Alamogordo; three daughters Dolly and husband Patrick Johnson of Alamogordo, Margaret and husband Time Lucero of Kansas City, Mo., and Brandy Parker of Wisconsin; stepdaughter Liz Flores of San Antonio. He had nine grandchildren and one great-grandson, a friend Jimmie Turner who is like family. He also is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A viewing was held for the immediate family Dec. 31, 2014, at Alamogordo Funeral Home. There will be a memorial service for him on March 25, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 16 to Feb. 15, 2015
Clark III, William  
William (Bill) A. Clark, 56 of Alamogordo, passed away on Dec. 25, 2014, of natural causes. Bill worked for Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center and the contractor ARAMARK for 14 years. He will be greatly missed by his work family. Bill also served his country in the Army. He was born to Juanita and Oree A. Clark. Survivors include: his girlfriend Bobbie Stone; brothers James and Robert of Alamogordo, and Eddy of Las Cruces. He is also survived by four daughters: Elizabeth Flores, Dolly, Margaret, and Brandie along with many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Juanita and Oree A. Clark, a brother, Oree A. Clark IV and a sister, Alice Sida. We have entrusted our loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place at PCS. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 30 to Feb. 28, 2015
Clarke, Carle H.  
Master Sergeant, U.S.Air Force, Ret. Carle H. Clarke, 76, passed away on Jan. 26, 2015, in El Paso, Texas. He was born on Feb. 13, 1938, in Augusta, Maine, to Warren and Marian (Worcester) Clarke. Carle Clarke retired as a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force in 1978. He was a lifetime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 1897 and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7686, the American Legion, the Loyal Order of the Moose 2016 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Airie 4101. Survivors include his wife, Margret Clarke of the family home; two daughters, Jennifer Hyde along with her partner Wayne Boesch of Alamogordo; Rhonda Moreno and her husband Hector Moreno of Alamogordo; two sons Stephen Hyde and his wife Katherine of Tennessee, and Robert Hyde and his wife Tammy of Hobbs, along with 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson. The family will greet friends from 9-10 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2015, at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home. The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home Chapel, with BPO Elks Lodge, 1897 officiating. Burial will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery with military honors provided by the Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard. Pallbearers include Hector Moreno, Wayne, Boesch, Christopher Moreno, Daniel Moreno, Jesse Hyde and Donny Darling. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to BPO Elks Lodge, #1897, located at 2290 Hamilton Road, Alamogordo. The Clarke family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 28 to Feb. 27, 2015
Daugherty, Joan - Crestview  
Joan Daugherty, age 79 of Crestview, Fla., passed away on Dec. 27, 2014, at North Okaloosa Medical Center. She was born in Silver City on Nov. 1, 1935. Joan has lived in Crestview for the past 10 years. She was a member of Victorious Life Worship Center. She loved her family and kept in close touch with them. Joan was preceded in death by her husband Aubrey L. Daugherty and son Mark Daugherty. Joan is survived by her children: Christine Hobson and her husband Bruce; Sherry Gillespie; Jeanne Daugherty; Dee Holland and her husband John. Joan is also survived by brothers Norbert Gaskins, Ted Gaskins, Jerry Gaskins, and daughter-in law Rae Daugherty. Joan also left behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. at the Daugherty Family Cemetery, 6263 Highway 393, Crestview, Fla. Reverend Donnie Cadenhead will be officiating. The family asks that donations be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or St. Jude Children's Hospital. Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Those who wish to sign the guest book or send condolences, these are available online at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 31, 2014 to Jan. 30, 2015
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