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Eileen Hemby Vann

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at First Baptist Church for Eileen Hemby Vann of Artesia.

Vann, 78, passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at her home.

Ty Houghtaling will officiate at the services, with interment to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brady McDonald, Frank Glass, Larry Tupper, Billy Drake, Blane Wallace and Hunkey Wallace.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday at Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Eileen was born Aug. 11, 1938, in Cortez, Colo., to Charley and Carrie (Chandler) Marsell.

On Oct. 6, 1955, she married Jackie Ray Hemby in Farmington. She was a longtime Artesia resident after moving here in December 1955. She later married Pete Vann on Jan. 13, 1990.

Eileen was a devoted mother, grandma, great-grandmother and friend to many. She founded Eileen’s Tac-Ole and operated the restaurant before selling the business after 20 years. Before that, she worked at the old A&W for Mary and Cecil Hill for many years.

Eileen was of the Baptist faith and, in her free time, enjoyed travelling, dancing, and working in the yard, and loved spending time with her family.

We are so lucky and proud to have had this beautiful lady as our mother. She was never selfish, always thinking of us kids, working hard to provide for all of our needs as we were growing up. She taught us all to be hard workers and independent. Our Mom was the strongest woman we will ever know. She will be dancing with the angels and greatly missed by all.

Survivors include her loving daughters, Shelly Webb and husband James “Bubbles,” and Sonya Venturella, both of Artesia, Rhonda Kosloskie of Hagerman, and Becky Hammond and husband Mike of Dunlevy, Pa.; grandchildren Christina McDonald, Vanissa Anderson, Celeste Eastwood, Jenny Connors, Luke Connors, Brooke and Mikayla Hammond, Michael Kosloskie, and Jamie Warf; and great-grandchildren Brady McDonald, Sysylya Harris, and Lilly and Willyum Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her second husband, Pete Vann, in September 2000; her parents; four brothers; and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Artesia Paws & Claws humane society.

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