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Julia E. "Lib" Talley

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Julia E. "Lib" Talley, 94, a longtime resident of Alamogordo, died Saturday, May 30, 2009, at the Aristocrat.
Julia Elizabeth Woodlief was born in Dallas on July 1, 1914, to John C. and Julia (Hill) Woodlief. After the death of her father when she was a teenager, her mother married B.P. Clark and the family moved to San Antonio. She had two older brothers, John Woodlief and Wallace Woodlief.
After graduating from high school at 15, she turned 16 over the summer and enrolled as a freshman at the College of Industrial Arts for Women, which was renamed Texas State College for Women, then to Texas Woman's University, in Denton, Texas. Her family moved from San Antonio to Austin, Texas, where Lib, at the age of 17, spent her sophomore year of college at the University of Texas in Austin.
It was at the University of Texas that she met and married Cecil Asbury "Az" Glover and they moved to Grand Saline, Texas, where they had four children, Charles Asbury "Buddy" Glover, Gary Michael Glover, Julia Sue Glover and Ann Hastings Glover.
After the war, the family moved to Alamogordo in 1948. They established the Gulf Gasoline Distributorship for the area.
Lib was always involved in community activities and service organizations throughout her life. She was also very involved in her children's school activities and spent many hours and days sponsoring, chaperoning and driving cheerleaders, student council members, band members and sport players to their activities and meetings throughout the state.
She was a member of the Alamo Chapter No. 11, Order of the Eastern Star; mother adviser of Rainbow Girls; Grand Cross of Color for Rainbow Girls; past president of the Alamogordo Woman's Club; New Mexico state president of the General Federation of Woman's Club; regional director of five states of GFWC; and past president of the Pan-American Round Table, the Gerald Champion Hospital Auxiliary, PEO and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She played bridge in two clubs, twice a week for over 50 years.
The sudden death of her first husband and the loss of her sons were difficult to accept. But her marriage to Glenn Talley in 1973 gave her many wonderful years of traveling in their Airstream RV, and numerous overseas trips around the world, each one interesting, exciting and educational.
Lib was raised in the Baptist Church, but became a Methodist after moving to Alamogordo.
She enjoyed many different things, from sewing, china painting and piano to exercising at the pool and just being needed.
In her own written words, "Life is such a wonderful gift from God and I've loved every minute of it, even the sad times with all of its memories. So thank you God for having given me these many years of good health, love and happiness. Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, and Today is a gift from God. My Love to each and every one of you."
Survivors include her daughters, Julia Sue Glover Mottinger, of Dallas, and Ann Hastings Glover Warner, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a stepson, David Talley and his wife, Kris, of Leland, N.C.; six grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Asbury Glover, in 1964, and Glenn Talley, in March of this year; two sons, Buddy Glover and Mike Glover; and two brothers, John Woodlief and Wallace Woodlief.
A memorial service will be conducted Thursday at 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andy McGown officiating. Eastern Star services will be given by Alamo Chapter No. 11, Order of the Eastern Star.
Private inurnment will be in Monte Vista Cemetery.
Services and cremation arrangements are under the direction of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 30 to June 17, 2009
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