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Irene Francis Holly

Irene Francis Holly

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at First Baptist Church for Mary Irene Francis Holly of Artesia.

Holly, 81, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at her home.

Rev. Rick Sullivan will officiate at the services, with interment to follow at Twin Oaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be grandsons Paul Francis, Tino Munoz, Ben Harvey, Jason Winkler, Troy Wallis, Warren Yehl, Luke Woolsey and Conner McReynolds.

Visitation began at 10 a.m. today at Terpening & Son Mortuary. Irene was born Sept. 20, 1934, in Hobbs, the daughter of Julian Westley Robertson and Juanita Grace (Justice) Robertson. She came to Artesia in 1950 from Carlsbad.

On Oct. 20, 1952, she married Jimmy N. Francis. He preceded her in death Jan. 26, 1991. On Jan. 5, 2002, she married Leroy Holly in Artesia. He preceded her in death Dec. 12, 2010. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Marie Thomas.

As an active member of First Baptist Church, she taught several Sunday School classes and worked in the singles’ and children’s departments. She served in the Good Samaritan Helpers Club, Eastern Star, Women’s Missionary Union, Community Bible Study, Emmaus, and on the board of J&J Home Care Inc.

As a homemaker with young children, she led groups in 4-H, Cub Scouts, PTA and Story League. In each of the past 20-plus years, she enjoyed her annual “Sisters’ Reunion,” in which she and her five sisters celebrated their love by gathering at different vacation spots and acting silly.

A world traveler, Irene toured Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Egypt, the Holy Lands and Europe, as well as safaried in South Africa. In her spare time, she loved to be with her family and play games.

Survivors include her children, James Francis and wife Susan of Hobbs, Joyce Munoz of Artesia, Jerry Francis and wife Lisa of Albuquerque, and Jay Francis and wife Tracy of Carlsbad; stepchildren Ben Holly and wife Debbie, Richard Holly and wife Gloria, and Margie Aaron and husband Randy, all of Texas; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters Judy Stratton of Grand Junction, Colo., Dottie Higgins and husband Wayne of Granbury, Texas, Trudy Martin of Monkey Island, Okla., Linda Williams and husband Harold of Sapulpa, Okla., and Joanie McIntosh of Allen, Texas; sisters-in-law Doris Ann Kennedy and husband Bruce of Ruidoso, and Nita Holly of Artesia; and numerous nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, 1356 NM-236, Portales, N.M., 88130, or a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.