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Joan Menefee

Memorial services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at West Main Baptist Church for Gloria Joan Menefee of Artesia.

Menefee, 92, went to be with the Lord Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Keith Kilpatrick will officiate the services. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Joan was born April 19, 1926, in Solano, N.M., to Mark and Mary Norris. She was the seventh of 10 children.

She graduated from Carrizozo High School in 144 and attended State College – now known as New Mexico State University – where she met and married Glen Turner Menefee on Oct. 9, 1949. The couple farmed in Cottonwood for many years as they raised their boys and were members of First Methodist Church in Hagerman.

Joan was leader of the Cottonwood Junior Boys 4-H Club for 15 years. She hauled many boys from the Cottonwood area so they could play Little League baseball and a variety of other sports and activities. She enjoyed hauling all the children in the area any time they needed.

After leaving the farm, she worked as a clerk at Ben Franklin, TG&Y, and finally Artesia Cleaners, from which she retired upon its closing. Retirement didn’t slow her down. She stayed busy with her grandchildren and their activities. She also stayed busy caring for loved ones in need and was famously known for giving her all in helping others.

Joan was also well-known for her homemade doughnuts, which were spread far and wide, and her zany sense of humor.

Survivors include sons Stanley Menefee and wife Rhonda, Milton Menefee and wife Camille, and Elton Menefee, all of Artesia, and Randall Menefee and wife Lou Ann of Tyler, Texas; sister Phyllis Moore and husband Gilbert of Monument, Colo.; brother Nathan Norris and wife Francine of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren Mark, Aaron, Matthew, Lauren, Kali and Shelby; and great-grandchildren Brandon, Maia, Sam, Allyson, Rylan, Jayden, Jace, James and Josiah.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen; son Dale; her parents, Mark G. and Mary Norris; two brothers; and five sisters, including a twin sister, Jean Hobbs.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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