Graveside services for Clara Elliott, 86, of Portales, will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, October 28, 2021, in the Floyd Cemetery with Steve Adkins officiating. Brandon Fuqua, Bobby Vaughan, Bryan Fuqua, Justin Vaughn, Jason Fuqua, Dillon Fuqua, James Fuqua and Scott Elliott will serve as pallbearers. Those desiring to make memorial contributions may send them to the Floyd Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Georgene Nixon, P O Box 88, Floyd, NM 88118.
Clara Belle Elliott was born October 14, 1935, in Floyd County TX to the home of Frances (Payne) and Virgel Martin, and died at her home in Portales on Saturday, October 23, 2021. She grew up on a ranch in the Floyd community. In the mid 1960's she earned her beautician's license. In 1965, she moved into Portales, and commuted to Elida where she had a beauty shop for several years.
On September 19, 1967, in Clovis, she was married to John Elliott. For a number of years, they owned a trucking company, and Clara not only kept the books, but also was a driver. All of her life she enjoyed being outdoors. She and her husband had a small farm and ranch where she enjoyed riding horses and checking on her cattle. Mrs. Elliott enjoyed bowling in a league with several local ladies. They began bowling at the university, and later bowled in Clovis.
She is survived by her husband, John Elliott of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Tammy Fuqua of Carlsbad, NM; 9 grandchildren, Brandon Fuqua, Bobby (Wendy) Vaughn, Jason (Mandy) Fuqua, Bryan (Stephanie) Fuqua, Justin (Corenza) Vaughn, Brooke (Andy) Roseberg, Dillon Fuqua, James Fuqua and Shoni Fuqua; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, J. M Fuqua in 1993.
Services under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales, Inc., 500 E. Third St., Portales, NM 88130, wheelermortuary.net
Published by Eastern New Mexico News from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2021.