Betty R. Eastland (1925 - 2018)

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Longtime Melrose and Santa Rosa, N.M. resident Betty R. (Lilley) Eastland, born Nov. 2, 1925, in Las Vegas, N.M., passed away peacefully at her home in Santa Rosa on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, with immediate family and friends by her bedside.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.W. (Walt) Eastland, a former mayor of Melrose and longtime Chief Executive Officer of First National Bank of Santa Rosa, who died in 2008.
During her full and active life, Betty was dedicated to her family and was a leader in community, church, and civic services.
In addition to enjoying serving members-in-need in her community, she held positions of executive leadership in the United Methodist Church organizations, including the United Methodist Women, at local, state, and conference levels.
Among those organizations, she spent several decades of service to the Santa Rosa and New Mexico garden clubs. Along with other distinctions, she was honored by becoming State Life Member, National Life Member, and achieving the rank of Master Flower Show Judge with the garden clubs.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, 2 p.m., at the First Methodist Church of Santa Rosa, 401 4th St., Santa Rosa, N.M. Following the service, a social luncheon will be held in the church's Fellowship Hall.
Interment will be at the Santa Fe National Cemetery alongside her husband Walt on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Chavez Funeral Home, 923 S. Third St., Santa Rosa, NM. 575-472-3369.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Sept. 12, 2018
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