Memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 16 at West Main Baptist Church for Gloria Joan Menefee of Artesia, N.M.
Keith Kilpatrick will officiate at the services. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Mrs. Menefee went to be with the Lord, May 13,2018, at the age of 92. She was born April 19, 1926, in Solano, NM to Mark and Mary Norris. She was the seventh child of ten children.
She graduated from Carrizozo High School in 1944. She attended State College, now known as New Mexico State University, where she met and married Glen Turner Menefee on October 9,1949 They farmed in Cottonwood, NM for many years as they raised their boys and were members of the First Methodist Church in Hagerman, NM.
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 anytime they needed.
After leaving the farm she worked as a clerk at Ben Franklin, TG&Y, and finally Artesia Cleaners where she retired upon their 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.
She was also well known for her homemade donuts which were spread far and wide, and her zany sense of humor.
She is survived by four sons Stanley and wife Rhonda, Milton and wife Camille, and Elton all of Artesia, and Randall and wife Lou Ann of Tyler, Texas; sister Phyllis Moore and husband Gilbert of Monument, CO, Brother Nathan Norris and wife Francine of Tucson, AZ. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Mark, Aaron, Matthew, Lauren, Kali, and Shelby; nine 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 please make memorial donations to American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's Foundation.
To the Menefee Family,
I'm so sorry for your loss! May god lift you up and give you all comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jeanette Johnsoncottonwood, NM
Grace and Peace to the Menefee family: May the love of God embrace you each individually and as a family during this difficult time......my condolences!!
LindaLos Angeles, NM
Guys, I’m so sorry I didn’t make it to the service this morning. I just couldn’t break away from work chaos. But my heart, love and prayers were with you today, and your sweet momma. I love you all! 💕
Kathy Klein WellsRoswell, NM
Offering my sincerest sympathy on the loss of your mother. I've known her since our move to Artesia. She was so friendly and always helpful in the fabric department of TG&Y. She was a proud mother of her boys and supported them in athletics and FFA. I'm glad I had the honor of knowing her.
Anita HarveyArtesia, NM
Randall, so sorry to read of your Mom's passing. May God hold you close at this time. "A Mother is she who can take the place of all others....but whose place no one else can take". (copied) I have always liked this because it is so very true. Love you guys.
Bennie ShawHagerman, NM
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I have such fond memories of her and your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Becky BradleyLas Vegas, NV
Aunt JoAnn was a wonderfully kind soul with a witty sense of humor. She did indeed make the best donuts in the land .
I know she will be greatly missed by her family and all who loved her . May GOD provide comfort to their hurting hearts.
Tracy WadeRuidoso, NM
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Jo Lynn SchneiderArtesia, NM
I am so sorry to read about Joan, she was a precious lady and I consider it an honor to have shared a very small portion of her life. God comfort this family as only He can
Stephanie McQuayHolly Lake Ranch, TX
Randall, we are very sorry for your loss and prayers for God’s peace for your family
Russell KirkpatrickAlbuquerque, NM