Ann Malott (1914 - 2014)

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Ann Malott, 99
Funeral services for Ann Malott, 99, of Portales, will be at 10:00 AM, Fri., Mar. 14, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Portales with Rev. Michael Brunk officiating. Burial will follow at 10:00 AM, Sat., Mar. 15, 2014, in the Greenmount Cemetery in Durango, CO with Mike Smartnick, Gary Middlebrook, Logan White, Chris Elwood, Logan Michael White, Kyle Elwood, Jay Wood and Cael O'Dougherty serving as pallbearers. Those desiring to make memorial contributions may send them to the Malott Smartnick Scholarship Fund, Friends of Eastern, 1500 S. Ave. K, Station 8, Portales, NM 88130. Anna Marie Malott, daughter of German immigrants, was born May 20, 1914, in Papillion, NE to the home of Katherine and Herman Carstens and died Mar. 9, 2014, in Portales, NM. She grew up on a farm near Papillion. On Dec. 23,1934, she was married to Paul Malott. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Grand Blanc, MI where he worked in the Buick plant, and she remained at home. In 1946, they moved to Madison, NE where they owned a newspaper. They continued in the newspaper business in Lordsburg, NM when they moved there in 1950. They owned and operated the Lordsburg Liberal until 1957 when they moved to Durango, CO. Durango was her home until she moved to Portales in 2004. In Durango, they owned the Basin Star and LaPlata Printing. She was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church in Durango as well as in Portales. In the late 1980's, she was the first person from her congregation in Durango to go on a Walk to Emmaus. Mrs. Malott was a member of the Wesleyan Circle at church, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Portales Woman's Club and an honorary member of Beta Sigma Phi. Her home was always open to friends and family, and she was known for her homemade bread and her fried chicken. Mrs. Malott always wanted to stay busy, so she did volunteer work for the Durango Thrift Shop operated by her church. In Portales she volunteered to fold the church bulletins and monthly newsletters. For many years she delivered Meals on Wheels, and in later years enjoyed riding along on the deliveries. Mrs. Malott also enjoyed board games and card games, especially Scrabble. She enjoyed flower gardening and doing crocheting and handwork. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Art and Harriet Malott of Lordsburg, NM; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jan and Web Smartnick of Portales and Sandy and Craig Wood of Westfield, IN; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Chris) Ellwood, Tracy Malott, Jay Wood and friend, Laura Kusek, Caitie O'Dougherty, Mike (Debbie) Smartnick, Deena (Logan) White and Nancy (Gary) Middlebrook; seven great-grandchildren, Kyle and Ashlyn Elwood, Josh (Felicia) Gomez, Logan M. White, Jessica and Tara Smartnick and Cael O'Dougherty; and one great-great-grandson, Daniel Gomez. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Henry, Fritz and Art Carstens, Three sisters, Martha Fritscher, Lily Storm and Dorothy Carstens, and by her husband, Paul, who died in Feb. 1971. Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. 575-356-4455,
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Wheeler Mortuary
500 East 3rd Street Portales, NM 88130
(505) 356-4455
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Published in the Portales News-Tribune on Mar. 12, 2014
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