Viva Irene Gonser Laney|
Viva Irene Gonser Laney, 86, of Melrose went home to be with her Lord on May 1, 2014. On April 10, 1928, in Doby Springs, OK, triplets were born to Frank and Jessie Gonser. Vada was the first-born, followed by Viva, then Veda. These triplets were the final addition to the family of eight kids. The Gonser family moved to New Mexico during the Dust Bowl and settled as farmers in Melrose. Viva attended Melrose High School where she met GH (Jr.) Laney and they were married December 20, 1947. GH (Jr.) and Viva were blessed with two daughters Donna (Laney) Lay of Melrose and Sherolyn (Laney) Bostwick of Clovis.
Viva was an active member of First Baptist Church Melrose. There she served in the Church Choir, was a Sunday School teacher and a co-director of the kitchen for many years. She was a lifetime member of the Melrose community and was very active in all community events. At Plains Regional Medical Center Viva served with the Pink Lady Auxiliary for over twenty years.
Viva activity participated in the lives of her five grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters Donna, wife of Jim Lay of Melrose; Sherolyn, wife of James Bostwick of Clovis. Grandchildren, Levi Lay of Dimmitt, TX; Laney and Jubal Pierce of Melrose; Toby and Kimberly Bostwick of Melrose; Liberty and Frank Sobey of Amarillo, TX; Tandee and Neal Delk of Melrose, twelve great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Viva was preceded in death by her husband GH (Jr.) Laney, Logan Houston Lay her great grandchild, and all brothers and sisters.
The Rev. Durward Woffard will officiate the service at Melrose First Baptist Church on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Melrose Cemetery. Casket bearers will be her grandsons and grandsons-in-law. Honorary casket bearers are her Thursday afternoon Coke ladies.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Steed-Todd Funeral Home and Crematory, 800 E Manana Blvd., Clovis, NM (575) 763-5541. You may also sign the online guest registry at www.steedtodd.com .
Published in the Clovis News Journal on May 3, 2014