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Thompson, Darlene  
Our beloved mother, Darlene McCauley Thompson, passed away peacefully at her home on January 16, 2015 with her children by her side. Darlene was born on March 6, 1940 to Halpin and Mary McCauley in Silver City NM. She grew up in Cliff, NM – graduating valedictorian from Cliff High School in 1958. In 1960, Darlene married Billy M. Arnspiger. They had four children. She remarried in 1987 to N.W. "Slim" Thompson. Darlene was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A woman of many interests and talents, she was well known as a great cook, seamstress, artist, dancer, gardener, and fisherman. Darlene is survived by her children Yvonne Spencer of St. Louis, MO, Denise Gould of Deming, NM; Robin and Charlie Parnell of Deming, NM, and Dwayne Arnspiger of Tucson, AZ. She was "Grandy" to 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother Darrell and Becky McCauley of Dallas, TX; niece Kim and Ted Dutton of Sheffield, TX, Uncle Pete and Aunt Joan Wilmeth of Silver City, NM and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Darlene was preceded in death by her husband N.W. "Slim" Thompson, parents Halpin and Mary McCauley, brother HalpinDuane, sister Edwina Manning and brother in law Richard C. Manning, her life-long best friend Aldean 'Puso" Arias and nephew Darrett McCauley. According to her wishes, Darlene will be cremated and interred with Slim at the Cliff-Gila Mesa Cemetery in Cliff, NM on January 31st. Graveside services will be held at 11:00am with Reverend David Goble officiating. A reception will be held immediately after at the Cliff Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the NM Boys and Girls Ranch, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, The Wounded Warrior's Project or the charity of your choice.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 25, 2015
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