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Hazel Montague

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Funeral services for Hazel Montague, 83, of Portales will be 2:00 PM, Friday, July 25, 2008, at the University Baptist Church in Portales with Rev. Steve Smith officiating.  Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Kelley Charboneau, Jason Charboneau, Clois Montague, Robert Montague, Monty Porter and Jared Tucker serving as pallbearers.  Stacy Montague, David Charboneau, Travys Montague, Clint Montague, Pat Nicholson, Gary Essary, Jason Smith, Tim Amos and Rob Kile along with all her other grandchildren will be honorary pallbearers.
Hazel Marie Montague was born October 9, 1924, in O'Donnell, TX, to Sallie and Bill Helm and died at her home in Portales on July 22, 2008.  Her family moved to this area in 1932, and homesteaded on a farm on what is now Air Base Road.  She lived the remainder of her life in this general area.  On October 26, 1941 in Portales, she was married to Fred Montague.  They farmed in the Floyd area for a time before moving to the family homestead in 1948.  In 1989, she moved in to Portales to make her home.  She was a member of the University Baptist Church.  Mrs. Montague enjoyed crocheting, and would often go to Elida Senior Center when they had their gatherings to eat and do various crafts together.  She was an avid reader, and an excellent cook.  Mrs. Montague was especially known for her good cookies.
She is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Dorman McGann of Hobbs, NM, Kaye and Sonny Rowlett of Portales and Beth and Dan Tucker of Hobbs, NM; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bert and Roberta Montague of House, NM, and Lewis and Marsha Montague of Andrews, TX; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Lawanna Crawley of Clovis; a brother-in-law, Clyde (Trixie) Montague of Clovis; two sisters-in-law, Mayrene Betts of Portales and Essie Helm of Lincoln, AR. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jess Lee Helm and Bill Helm, Jr.; a sister, Dorothy Upshaw; a son, Travys Ray Montague who died June 2, 1958; 1 grandchild and by her husband, Fred Montague who died Dec. 10, 1977.
Arrangements by Wheeler Mortuary, 575-356-4455.
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