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Elizabeth Joan ‘Weems’ Rollins

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Elizabeth Joan ‘Weems’ Rollins Obituary
Joan was born in Alamogordo on March 12, 1935, to Clinton and Ila Weems. She passed away on Dec. 8, 2012, at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.
Joan was preceded in death by both parents, two sisters Verdene Hutchison and Mona Jenkins, a step brother Buddy Bass and grandson Shayne Lee McNatt.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Robert Rollins; her four children and his four children, a sister and brother-in-law Eloise and Bill Boss; her four children Ila Larson, Kim Price and husband, Bill, Cody McNatt, Cal McNatt and wife, Leanne; his four children Kathy Welch and husband, Jeffrey, Debbie Wagner and husband, Johnny, Frank Rollins, and Linda Keagle and husband, Patrick, 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Born in Alamogordo, her family lived in the Sacramento Mountains until she was 5. Her family moved to Eugene, Ore., where she graduated from high school. Shortly after graduation, she returned to the Alamogordo area, married Carr McNatt, and spent her time raising her four children as well as working in the secretarial and accounting field.
After their divorce, Joan worked two jobs to ensure her children had what they needed.
In 1972, she married Robert Rollins (who she affectionately referred to as Bobby) and gained four step-children that she loved as her own.
They lived in El Paso where she worked for the Tony Lama Boot Company for over 20 years. She returned to New Mexico and finished her working career with R.D. Blackenship Sand and Gravel.
Joan and Bobby spent their retirement years living between their house in La Luz and the house they built in Weed.
She enjoyed gardening and always had a garden at both places, knowing what would grow best in the mountains and best in the "flats." She also had a love for cooking and was very good at it.
She always looked forward to preparing large meals for family and friends. She loved art and painting - mostly landscapes of the area. This is something she did for herself.
Joan was cremated as was her request. There will be a memorial service held in her honor on Friday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. The service will be held at The Worship Center, 801 10th St., with Pastor Dave Crispin officiating.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 11 to Dec. 17, 2012
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