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Jo Ellen Hawkins Tallent


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Jo Ellen Hawkins Tallent Obituary

Jo Ellen Hawkins Tallent, age 89, died peacefully on July 8, 2016, surrounded by family in Mesa, Ariz. She was born to Frank and Maude Pruitt on August 23, 1926, in Binger, Okla.

Jo Ellen was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her infectious smile lit up a room and she had a wonderful sense of humor that made her the life of every party. She taught adults to read through a literacy program, fed everyone that walked through her door and was always there to offer a hand or an ear. Jo Ellen's greatest gift was her love for others which came through in every thoughtful interaction.

In 1950, she married Alvin Hawkins; they resided in Alamogordo, N.M., where they raised their family and owned a business together, Hawkins Masonry. They were blissfully married until Alvin's untimely passing in 1981. In 1995, after a whirlwind romance, Jo Ellen married Archie Tallent and they enjoyed a wonderful 18 years together.

Jo Ellen is survived by her daughter, Mary Ellen Ledbetter and husband Tommy; daughter, Brenda Peninger; son, Roger Hawkins and wife Joan; step-sons, Dick Tallent and wife Debbie; Donald Tallent and wife Louise; a step-daughter, Diane Spaeth and husband Norm; five grandchildren, Leon, Stacy, Michelle, Amanda and Carrie; nine step-grandchildren, Michelle, Kevin, Jenny, James, Jonathon, Matthew, Nick, Sam and Mariah; ten great grandchildren, Tony, Isaiah, Sarah, Katie, Ryan, Jared, Caleb, Emme, Pepper and Conrad; four step-great grandchildren, Ella, Isaac, Tanner and Lavis; two great great grandchildren, Gavin and Aria; a brother, Donald Pruitt and wife Dellia; sister-in-law, Barbara Pruitt; numerous loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of long-time friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Alvin Hawkins and Archie Tallent; brothers, Otis and Oren Pruitt; grandson, Russell Ledbetter.

A graveside memorial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Monte Vista Cemetery in Alamogordo, NM. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to New Mexico Christian Children's Home or New Mexico Coalition for Literacy.

The Tallent family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 24 to Aug. 23, 2016
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