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Cleda L. Fickel

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Cleda L. Fickel, 95, of Carlsbad, NM went home to meet her Lord on February 11, 2008, in Alexandria, VA.
Funeral services will be at Dunn's Funeral Home in Tucumcari, NM on February 22, 2008, at 1:00 pm with the Rev. Rex Frost officiating. Burial will follow at Tucumcari Memorial Park.
Cleda was born in Sweetwater, OK on January 26, 1913, to Allen and Bessie Rose. She, along with her parents and three brothers, came to Quay County, NM in 1923, where the family expanded to eight children.
Cleda graduated from Porter School in 1931, and attended New Mexico Highlands University where she earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in education. She first taught at Porter School and subsequently at Mesa Rica, Montoya and Wheatland. In 1951, she moved to Carlsbad, NM where she taught at Joe Stanley Smith School the first year it opened and remained there for the next 26 years. After almost 38 years in her chosen profession, she retired in 1977. After her retirement she volunteered for service in many local organizations in Carlsbad, NM.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Max F. Fickel, in 1970 and by her parents, four brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by her daughter Bessie Louis Fickel of Alexandria, VA; by one sister, Mary Helen Frost of San Jon, NM, and many nieces and nephews and their extended families.
Her nephews will serve as pall bearers.
She was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church in Carlsbad, NM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Operation Blessing, 977 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, VA 23465 or Calvary Assembly of God Church, 1105 N. Pate, Carlsbad, NM 88220.
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