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Mable Clara Howard Tilmant Janes

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Mable Clara Howard Tilmant Janes Obituary
Sunrise: Jan. 11, 1919
Sunset: Oct. 5, 2009
Mable Clara Howard Tilmant Janes passed away Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, due to complications from a stroke and Alzheimer's at Paramount Parks Assisted Living in Eagle, Idaho. She was born Jan. 11, 1919, to Carl and Hanna (Grizzle) Howard in Caprock. She attended schools in Roswell, graduating 10th in her class, and later enrolled at New Mexico State University School of Engineering and was only the second female to enroll in engineering. She met Joseph August Tilmant Jr. at school and they were married on Nov. 11, 1939. They had one daughter and three sons. They resided in Phoenix and in Lynwood and Monrovia, Calif., and later divorced.
Mable and her sons moved to Cloudcroft to be near her family. She worked for telecomputing as an electronic technician at Holloman Air Force Base, retiring in 1976. When her parents passed away, she bought the Cloudcroft Hotel from her parents' estate. She met and eventually married George M. Janes on Aug. 1, 1969. They ran the hotel together until they retired, moving to their home on Burro Street in Cloudcroft. In 1993, they sold their home in Cloudcroft and moved to Alamogordo. Mable and George enjoyed square dancing, bowling and many community activities, as well as fishing and traveling, until his death in March 1999. Mable was active in the garden club in both Cloudcroft and Alamogordo and state chairman for the butterfly committee. She loved catching butterflies, competing in flower arranging - especially in petite and miniatures - quilting, pottery, basket weaving and swimming.
She was preceded in death by both parents; a sister, Inez Blanton; a brother, Carl Howard; her husband, George M. Janes; her daughter Vansel Jeanine Tilmant; stepson George Janes and his wife, Alma Ann; a grandson, Johnathan Tilmant; and a great-grandson, Christopher Osborne.
She is survived by her sons Joe Tilmant and wife, Merle, of Eagle, Idaho, Jim Tilmant and wife, Bobbie, of Fort Collins, Colo., and John Tilmant and wife, Hiromi, of Koriyama, Japan; daughter Yvonne Voss and husband, Lance, of Placitas; stepdaughter Alma Ruth Osborne and husband, John, of Alamogordo; a brother, Robert Howard, of Slidell, La.; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at the Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home chapel, 1334 N. Scenic Drive, Alamogordo.
Inurnment will be at South Park Cemetery in Roswell.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions in Mable's name be made to: Flowering Desert Garden Club, c/o Mrs. Donna Turney, P.O. Box 49, Alamogordo, NM 88311-0049 or your favorite charity.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Paramount Parks in Eagle, Idaho, for the wonderful care they gave to Mable. We would also like to thank Boise Memorial Hospice of Eagle, especially Trish and Jan for the loving care they gave her.
The Janes family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the services.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 23 to Nov. 5, 2009
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