On Monday, March 11, the State House of Representatives passed House Memorial 81, sponsored by Rep. Bill Gray (HD-54, Chaves, Eddy, Otero). The memorial recognizes Estelle Yates’ commitment and service to her community and her philanthropic commitment to the youth of New Mexico. “I am pleased that the House passed this memorial to honor a wonderful woman who truly is a New Mexico treasure,” Gray said. “Mrs. Yates and her family have touched the lives of many in Artesia and beyond. We are incredibly grateful for her influence, service and commitment.” The S.P. and Estelle Yates Family Foundation was created in 1955 to support the arts and human services. The foundation has supported the Artesia Arts Council, the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, and the Assurance Home in Roswell. Estelle Yates also established the Estelle H. Yates Foundation in 2009 and has provided significant funding for the new Artesia Public Library. Pictured are, front row from left, Richard Yates, Peyton Yates, Victoria Hurlbut, Estelle Yates, back row from left, Reps. Bill Gray, Cathrynn Brown, Candy Spence Ezzell and Nora Espinoza. Courtesy Photo
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