Funeral services for Effie Lee Alford-Florence, 84, will be held Monday, April 30, 2012, at 10:00 am at Wheeler Mortuary, Portales, NM, with Dr. Herbert Bergstrom and Rev. Dick Ross officiating. Burial will follow at the Portales Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Ricky, Lonnie, Monte, and Lane Ward, Marty and Pat Miller and Charles Alford. Honorary pallbearers are granddaughters, Debra Johnson, Jennifer Peters, Linda Miller, and Michelle Poole and family and friends. Visitation will be Sunday, April 29, 2012, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Wheeler Mortuary, Portales, NM.
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Effie Lee Alford-Florence passed away at home and went to the Lord on Thursday, April 26, 2012. She was born in Eldorado, OK, on September 9, 1927, to Robert (Bob) and Esta Bates. At the age of five, she moved with her family to Roosevelt County, NM, and resided in the Elida and Portales areas.
She married Charles Junior Alford of Causey, NM, on August 14, 1944. They had two daughters, Luana and Janis, and one son, Milton. They farmed and resided in the Causey and Dora area until 1959 when they moved to Portales, where they owned and operated Southside Wrecking Yard until her husband died in April 1988. Effie Lee worked in the Roosevelt County Assessor's office for approximately 26 years, twelve of those years as Assessor. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Portales, NM.
On June 14, 1996, she married Philip Florence of Amarillo, TX, formerly from Portales, NM. They moved from Portales to Clovis in April 2000 to be closer to family.
Effie Lee enjoyed family, friends, baking, crocheting, and bowling. She bowled on leagues in Portales and Clovis for 49 years. Her long time friend, Callie Wood-Langston of Portales, was her bowling partner for 47 years.
Effie Lee is survived by daughters, Luana and son-in-law, Larry Ward of Clovis and Janis and son-in-law, Danny Miller of Fort Collins, CO, and son, Milton Alford of Mannford, OK; grandchildren, Ricky Ward of Casa Grande, AZ, Monte and Lonnie Ward of Clovis, Debra (Michael) Johnson of Clovis, Jennifer Peters of Portland, OR, Marty Miller of Denver, CO, Patrick Miller of Fort Collins, CO, Linda Miller of Dallas, TX, Michelle (Joe) Poole of Guthrie, OK, and Charles (Vonna) Alford of Bremerton, WA. Also surviving are five sisters, Bobbie (Buddy) Bernard of Payson, AZ, Jackie (Bob) Benham of Mesa, AZ, Mary (Virgil) Strait of Apache Junction, AZ, Patsy (Tom) Melcher of Payson, AZ, and Rona (Larry) Fort of Mesa, AZ and one brother, Jerry "Lucky" (Polly) Bates of Gunnison, CO; sisters-in-law, JoAnn Bates of Levelland, TX, Patty Bates of Oklahoma City, OK, Bobbie Madole of Albuquerque, NM, Jimmie Nunnally of Causey, NM, and Joan Murry of Early, TX; 18 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Charles Junior Alford, and second husband of 13 years, Philip Florence; parents, Bob and Esta Bates; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Charley and Ruth Alford; daughter-in-law, Peggy (Brandenburg) Alford; brothers, Joe Ray, Jesse, Jimmy, Thomas, and Elmer Bates.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales, 575-356-4455, www.wheelermortuary.net
Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on Apr. 29, 2012