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Deegan, Winnie Lee  
Our sweet and gentle, Mother and Grandmother was born in Manor, Georgia, December 24, 1923 to Emma Corbett Hewett and Robert Henry Hewett - she passed away at 9 a.m. Sunday morning, April 26, 2015. She had seven siblings: Arthur Hewett, Robert H. Hewett; "Buddy" - James David Hewett, Virue Corbett Hewett, Mary Ann Hewett and Ester Mae Hewett, the only surviving and youngest sibling. Winnie graduated from High School in Manor, Georgia. She married John W Deegan on November 11, 1946, 63 years ago. They lived in Florida, California and settled in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in 1963. They have three daughters all born in Jacksonville, Florida. She is survived by daughters; Carol M. Deegan Bruce and Frances M. Deegan Davis; son-in-law, Tim Davis; three granddaughters, Amber Leigh Moffett her husband, Ricky Moffett and their son, John Moffett, John's sons, Jacob Moffett, 11, and Jordan Moffett, 8, April Michelle Bright and her son Jayden Bright, 8, Jessica Saleigh Robinette and husband Levi Robinette and their daughters, Taylor Ann Robinette, 8, and Finley Grace Robinette, 3. She was preceded in death by her husband John W. Deegan, and her eldest daughter Melody Jean Deegan Chessman. Winnie's first and foremost interest was her family. She loved her daughters and grandchildren beyond measure, spoiled each one. There was never a moment in life we didn't know we were loved. She was always grateful for everything she had being raised in Georgia during the Depression and WWII, the daughter of a share cropper farmer. Winnie was cremated Tuesday, April 28, 2015. We will be having a small memorial service for Winnie at our home the end of May. We will be planting a Mimosa tree in her honor. Close family friends will be notified. To sum up Winnie Lee Deegan, she is a sweet and gentle soul and the best Mother and Granny in the universe - in our biased and humble opinion. All who knew her loved her. Direct Cremation has taken 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 May 3 to June 2, 2015
Dockray, Robert Arthur  
Robert Arthur Dockray passed away May 6, 2015. Robert was born on July 29, 1920, to William Hiram Dockray and Laura (Marshall) Dockray at Dexter, New Mexico. He lived there with his four brothers and 1 sister the early years of his life. During the next few years, he lived in numerous communities and attended schools in Elk, Hope, and Mayhill, New Mexico. Robert graduated high school at Cloudcroft, New Mexico, in 1940. The following year, he married Dorothy Helen Chandler on December 27, 1941, just after Pearl Harbor. Robert enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 1942, and served as a hospital corpsman in the United States, aboard ship, and in the Pacific Theater until November 1945. He and Dorothy were married for 71 years and had 3 children, David (deceased), Karen, and Marsha. Robert contributed to the community throughout his life. He was a farmer-rancher near Mayhill, New Mexico, after WWII. In 1959, he began working for the U.S. Forest Service and retired after 28 years of service. Robert served as an elder for the Mayhill Church of Christ for over 50 years - teaching classes, leading singing, etc. He also served on the Mayhill School Board until the school was consolidated with Cloudcroft Schools. While living in Mayhill, he often helped neighbors by mending fences, taking care of cattle, and used his John Deere tractor to help anyone. Robert and Dorothy moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, in 2006 because of health problems. Dorothy passed away in 2013, and Robert moved to Desert Peaks Assisted Living Facility. Robert leaves behind daughter-in-law, Becky Reid and husband, Jerry; David and Becky's children, Geoffrey Dockray, wife, Heidi, and daughters, Peyton and Kelsey; Dan Dockray, wife, Kayla, and children, Chandler, Taylor, and Parker; daughter, Margie Hofstadter, husband, Heath, and sons, Holton and Haze of Canadian, Texas; daughter, Karen McEwen, husband, Jim of Pueblo, Colorado; their daughter, Janine Tenor, husband, Stephen, and son, Andrew of Chico, California; their son, Michael McEwen, wife, Anna, and children, Cameron, Audrey, and Russell of Gunnison, Colorado; daughter, Marsha Vickers, husband, Jon of Las Cruces, New Mexico; their son, Robert Vickers, wife, Mine, and daughter, Laura of Prattville, Alabama; son, Jason, wife, Amy, and son, Chandler of San Antonio, Texas; and son, Richard Vickers of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Survivors also include sister, Marjorie Curtis, sisters-in-law, Pearl and Julia Dockray, and numerous nieces and nephews. Anyone wishing to make contributions in his name may do so to Mayhill Community Center, c/o Patty Posey, P.O. Box 7, Mayhill, NM, 88339. His memorial service will be June 1, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home, 1334 N. Scenic Drive, Alamogordo, New Mexico. There will be a reception following at Peppers Grill, 3200 N. White Sands Blvd, Alamogordo, NM. Also, the family would like to thank Dr. Louis Benevento and Desert Peaks Assisted Living Facility for their exceptional and compassionate care. The Dockray 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 May 16 to June 15, 2015
Duran, Veronica C.  
Veronica C. Duran, 64, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Survivors include her children Judy Montoya, Jimmy Montoya (Carol), Lawrence Montoya (Jolene) and Stephanie Brusuelas (Paul); 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Manuel and Helen Duran; brother George Duran; and sister Cathy Contreras. The Rosary for Veronica Duran will be recited at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in Tularosa. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10 a.m. with Father Carlos Espinoza, Celebrant. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Tularosa. The Duran family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 9 to June 8, 2015
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