Scotty Barris (1919 - 2012)

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Emma Lenora "Scotty" Barris passed away April 15, 2012, at the age of 92. She was born in Tipton, Tillman County, Oklahoma and reared in Texas and Oklahoma until she came to New Mexico in 1945, where she married Raymond L. Barris in 1946. She has made her home in Clovis since then.
She was a member of the Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis where she attended the Truth Seekers Sunday School Class and also was active with the choir for many years having a great love of music. She became a Christian at the age of five and served her Lord all her life.
Preceding her in death were her parents, William and Effie Scott; brothers, Larry Scott, and Leonard Scott; sisters, Bernice V. Scott, and Morine Scott Lonis; and her husband, Raymond L. Barris.
She is survived by a brother, Bill Scott; many nieces and nephews; and her God-daughter and her family.
Scotty held many degrees, an Associate Degree in Science and Home Economics - 1939-1940 Cameron State Agricultural College in Oklahoma; Bachelor of Nursing Degree - 1940-1944 West Texas Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas; Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education - 1965 and Master of Arts Elementary Education 1973 and an additional 40 hours from Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico.
As a registered nurse she worked for over 50 years in the Clovis area. She began her employment in the area with Clovis Memorial Hospital in 1945; then went to work with Dr. Joel Ziegler as his office nurse from 1946 to 1953; after which she worked as office nurse with Dr. W.D. Dabbs from 1954 to 1957. She valued all her positions, but was most fond of her 29 years working in the Clovis Municipal Schools as Coordinator of School Health from 1958 to her retirement in January of 1986. She enjoyed a few years of retirement then was happily employed by the Senior Citizens Resident Center from 1990 to 1999, when she again retired.
A two month educational trip sponsored by Eastern New Mexico University to visit schools and nursing departments of various South Pacific areas and countries was her most memorable trip. They visited Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Taiwan, Singapore, Fiji Islands, Tahiti, and Vietnam. Her other travels were to areas of the United States.
Mrs. Barris also wrote poetry and loved various craft work, but favored most her calligraphy and oil painting. She studied art under many area artists and was a member of the Pintores Art Club for a number of years.
Professional and other organizations she belonged to were: New Mexico Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, District #4 Nurses Association, New Mexico Education Association, National Education Association, American School Health Association, School Nurse Section N.M.E.A., School Nurse Advisory Committee - (Member and Chairperson until retirement) N.M.E.A., Clovis Educational Association - Executive Committee member, Clovis School Credit Union - Supervisory Committee member, Alumni Board - Eastern New Mexico University - 1982-1985, Clovis Retired Teacher Association, New Mexico Retired Teachers Association, American Legion Auxiliary, Alumni Eastern New Mexico University-Board member, Clovis High Plains Hospital Auxiliary, Disabled Children - Board - United Way, Eastern Star #27, and Christian Women's Club.
Scotty was the recipient of many honors including: Teacher of the Year - Clovis Municipal Schools - 1981-1982, Membership Award - New Mexico Registered Nurses Association - 1985 for 44 years - longest membership in the state, Special Honor - Nurse Change Agent Award 0- 1985 - second place for outstanding work, Special Honor - Today's Woman 1984 - Clovis News Journal, Honor - Nurse of the Month - District #4 - Clovis Nurses' Association, and Educators' Hall of Fame - 1988. All her honors were special to her, but the last honor listed above was especially valued by her.
Closed casket services will be held at Parkland Baptist Church Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 10:00 am with Rev. Wayne Boydstun officiating. Burial will follow at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis.
Arrangements are entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home, (575) 762-4435, www.muffleyfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on Apr. 18, 2012
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