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Martha Emiline Yates

1925 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Martha Emiline Yates Obituary

Martha Emiline Yates, 89, passed away on July 31, 2015, in Roswell, N.M. She was born September 10, 1925, to Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Hardcastle, of Roswell, in Slaton, Texas.

Preceding Martha in death were her parents, baby daughter, Dona Ann Conboy, of Oklahoma City and sister, Ferne Louise (Green) Adair, or Roswell.

Martha married Thomas S. Yates, of Clintwood, VA, on December 12, 1957, he also precedes her in death.
A resident of Roswell since 1934, she graduated from Roswell High School with the class of 1944. Martha went to work with the Mountain Bell Telephone Co., in 1943 and retired in 1979, with 32 years of service, after 1 week of retirement she went to work at the Security National Bank as their switchboard operator and then retired with 16 years of service. Named #1 switchboard operator in 1985, chosen out of 20 switchboard operators employed by Sunwest Bank.

Martha is a Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church. She enjoyed her family, dancing, fishing, traveling and her Organizations.
Joining the Roswell Fraternal Order of Eagles #3187 in 1975 and since then has held the office of Madam President, Jr. Past Madam President, Past 13 year Secretary of her local Auxiliary, Madam State President, Jr. Past Madam State President, Past 13 year State Secretary and was State Membership Chairman for 7 years.
Martha was a Four Corners Regional President and a past Grand Madam Chaplin; she was inducted into the Fraternal Order of Eagles Grand Auxiliary Hall of Fame in 1997. Martha also joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary #2575 in 1975 and held the office of Auxiliary President, and Auxiliary Treasurer for 10 years, she also served as District 7 President for 3 years, as well as several other offices in the District 7 Auxiliary.
A member of the Women of the Moose Lodge #1035, she held the office of Past Senior Regent, and holds the Academy of Friendship Award, the College of Regents Degree and has earned her Red Stole.
Martha was a past President of the Telephone Pioneers, Jingle Bob Club and was still very active in all of her Organizations.

To carry on Martha's legacy are her daughter, Angela R. Jenner, of Calif.; son, Larry L. Yates and wife Carolyn, of Wellsville, PA; brother, John S. Hardcastle and wife Dian, of Roswell; sister, Rose K. Baggett, of Corsicana, Texas; two grandsons, Michael Geurin and wife Lisa and Mark Geurin, all of Roswell; four adopted grandsons: Brandon and girlfriend Ketsie, David, Shane and Nathen Yates, of Wellsville, Pa.; six great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Roman, Brittney Geurin, of Roswell; Nyla Yates and Konnor Yates, both of Pa.; great-great-grandchildren, Jude Meyers and Kaitlyn Marie Geurin, of Roswell. Also surviving Martha are eight nephews: John Baggett and wife Karen, of Allen, Texas; Mark Baggett and wife Shari, of Corsicana, Texas; Ricky Green, of Ruidoso, N.M.; Darrell Green, of Roswell, Jan Green and wife Susan, of Las Cruces, N.M.; Kenneth Green, Granada, Calif.; four nieces: Lynn Hickman and husband Phil, of Mesa, Ariz.; Pam Teel and husband Kyle, of Caliemte, Nev.; Jennifer Rogers and husband Ron, of Oxnard, Calif. and Katheryn Ann Green Loyd, of Las Lunas, N.M.

Martha loved life and all of her friends, she will truly be missed.

To Those I Love
And Those Who Love Me

While I am gone release me, let me go.
You have many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears.
Be thankful for our beautiful years.
I gave to you my love. You can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
Thank you for the love you each have shown.
But now it's time I traveled on alone.
So grieve a while for me, be comforted by trust.
It is only for a time we must part,
So bless the memories in your heart.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart,
You'll hear all my love around you soft and clear

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015, 7 p.m., at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 3201 S. Sunset Ave., Roswell, NM.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to .

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories of Martha with her family in the online register at

Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 6 to Sept. 5, 2015
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