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Edith Lea (Haught) Roach


1918 - 2008 Obituary Condolences
Edith Lea Roach, 89, of Alamogordo, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008. Edith was born Nov. 16, 1918, in Jemez Springs to Leander Haught and Gertrude Cox Haught.
Edith's mother died when she was 5 and she came to southern New Mexico when her widowed father took a job with the Ben Longwell Logging Company and brought his three children to Marcia, a logging camp located in the Upper Peñasco area south of Cloudcroft.
She often told the story of her train trip from Jemez Springs via El Paso, Texas, to Cloudcroft.
On this journey, her family spent one night in Alamogordo at the Weigle Hotel, located at the corner of 9th Street and New York Avenue. She said she could view the whole town from the hotel's second story balcony. She remembered her father giving a penny to each of the three children. They had a good time buying candy at a store across the street from the hotel.
Edith attended grade school in Marcia and high school in Cloudcroft. To attend high school, she rode horseback four miles each morning to catch the school bus that would take her to Cloudcroft.
Edith and her husband Vance farmed and ranched in the Sacramento Mountains until they moved to Alamogordo in the early 1950s. At this time, Vance farmed cotton in Tularosa and Edith worked as a telephone operator for the Mountain Bell Telephone Company. She retired in 1978.
Edith was preceded in death by her husband Vance; son Ralph Roach; brother Wesley Haught; and a sister, Delpha Wright. She is survived by one daughter, Barbara McDonald and son-in-law Clif; six grandchildren, Candice McDonald, of El Paso, Cyd Collischonn, of Albany, N.Y., Shannon Roach, of Jordan, Utah, Wayne McDonald, Shanella Carter, and Brandon Roach, all of Alamogordo; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Edith donated her body to the University of New Mexico Medical School. She requested no services. Memorials may be made to the Alamogordo Foundation, care of NMSU-A, 2400 North Scenic Dr., Alamogordo NM 88310. These memorials will help support the college's scholarship and educational programs.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 26 to Feb. 9, 2008
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