Melbourne Fewell

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Melbourne Ray Fewell, 82, was called home by the Lord and Savior of his life on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. He was born Jan. 23, 1932, in Hico, Texas, to Genneva and Orba Fewell. In 1934, when he was 2-years-old, farming brought the family to Deming. His dad worked for various farmers in the area until 1936, when he took a job as surveyor with the highway department. Melbourne attended Deming Public Schools and rode the school bus to town. It was there he met the love of his life, Ruby Joyce Wilcox. They were married Jan. 19, 1950, at the First Baptist Church and had just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary last month. After they married, they moved to Abilene, Texas, so he could attend Hardin-Simmons University. He completed one semester before he was needed to help his dad run the farm in Deming. The two of them owned and worked farms side by side for several years and Melbourne continued to farm until 1962. He then returned to college at Western New Mexico University, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in education. He began teaching at Memorial Elementary School in 1965, where he taught for 11 years. In 1976 he became principal of the school until his retirement in 1994. Melbourne was a member of the First Baptist Church of Deming for over 68 years. He became a deacon in 1951 at the age of 19 and taught Sunday school classes of varying age groups for over 60 years. In retirement, he and his wife enjoyed antiquing and collecting antique patterned glass. His passion was growing and taking care of their 30 rose bushes in the back yard, which produced over 2,000 blooms each year. Melbourne and Ruby Joyce raised four daughters who gave them eight grandsons. Grandpa Fewell never quite knew how to handle boys, but he fell into the job quite naturally, taking them fishing, playing basketball and reading them stories when they would visit. When the great-granddaughters came along, Grandpa Fewell was again in his element. Family was always a priority. Melbourne was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Cheryl McAlpine. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Kay Stewart and husband, Fred, son-in-law, Keith McAlpine, Debbie Anderson and husband, Ken, Jan Zimmerman and husband, Steve; eight grandsons, Keith (Crystal) Armstrong, Zack (Anna) Armstrong and Lance Armstrong, Kris (Jessica) Stewart, Brett (Christine) Stewart, Jason (Sara) Anderson, Jeff (Marisol) Anderson, Mitchell McAlpine and 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at Baca's Funeral Chapels Friday evening, Feb. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. Celebration of life service will be held at the First Baptist Church on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. Concluding services and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Deming, 206 West Pine, Deming, NM 88030. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels. Exclusive provider for "Veterans & Family Memorial Care." To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at 811 S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030. Phone: 575.546.9671
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Bacas Funeral Chapel - Deming
811 South Gold Avenue
Deming, NM 88030
(505) 546-9671
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Published in Deming Headlight on Feb. 12, 2014
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