Barbara Ann Cardwell
August 19, 1941  -  April 14, 2017

Barbara Ann Cardwell

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Memorial Service
First United Methodist Church
500 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, April 21, 2017
10:00 a.m.
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A Memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 A.M., Friday, April 21 at the First United Methodist Church for Barbara Ann Cardwell of Artesia, New Mexico.

Mrs. Cardwell, 75, died Friday, April 14, 2017 at her home with her children and grandchildren at her side.

Rev. Monty Leavell will officiate at the services. Cremation has taken place under the care of Terpening & Son Mortuary. A private family internment will take place at a later date at Woodbine Cemetery.

Barbara was born in Vernon, Texas on August 19, 1941 to Dalton Townson Cox and Iola Beatrice (Johnson) Cox.

On May 26, 1961 she was married to Olen Travis Cardwell in Denver City, Texas. He preceded her in death on May 25, 2014. She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister Betty Culwell; and a brother A.G. Cox.

She and Olen moved the family to Artesia in 1976 from Hobbs, New Mexico.

Barbara worked as an accounting administrator for Navajo Refining, retiring in 1990. In retirement, she spent her time decorating the family home, meticulously grooming her yard, and doting on her family. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Both she and Olen were former members of the Elks Lodge and loved to dance. Barbara was active with the parent boosters when her children were attending Artesia High School, was an avid supporter of the March of Dimes, and helped many Republican candidates with their campaigns. Each summer, Barbara looked forward to attending the annual family reunion. Her greatest joy in life was spending all the time possible with her family and being Nana to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her son Greg Cardwell and wife Melany of Artesia, daughter Shay Ray and husband Randy of San Antonio, Texas; sisters Janell Buchanan of Levelland, Texas and Delta Howard and husband Bobby of Arizona; brother Ray Cox and wife Janie of Azle, Texas; grandchildren Aubany Porter and husband Blair of Artesia, Travis Ray of Houston, Texas, Kayla Cardwell of Artesia, and Kameron Cooper and husband Andrew of Hilltop Lakes, Texas; and great-grandchildren Hudson Porter, Jack Porter, Brady Cooper and Klaire Cooper and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.


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  1. Brett Gray
    Dallas, TX

    Greg, Shay and families - your mom was a terrific lady, and was loved by many, including our family. We are holding each of you closely in our thoughts and prayers, and wishing you God's peace and comfort. Your friend, Brett

  2. Tina Williams
    San Antonio, TX

    Shay, Randy, Travis and Kami,

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I know that she was a very special person to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time.

    - Tina Williams

  3. Jim and Sherry wilburn
    Lubbock, TX

    Melany, We're so sorry to hear about your mom. Many prayers will be for you and family during this time. Jim and Sherry Wilburn.

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