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Lessie (Smith) Porter, 84, Piñon died at her home on February 25, 2011. Lessie was a life-time resident of the Piñon area except for the years she attended school at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU). Lessie was raised on sheep, goat and cattle ranches and continued as a ranch wife until the time of her death. Lessie was preceeded in death, in Sept 2010, by her husband of 62 years, Irving. She is survived by two daughters, three grandchildren & two great-grandchildren who miss her immensely.

Molly Dean Snipes, 66, McAlister, died May 1, 2011, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis following an illness. Molly was born November 15, 1944, in Sundown, Texas. She was reared and attended school at McAlister and House. She married Jimmie Snipes on November 17, 1963. Molly was a ranch and farm wife who loved riding horses and working cattle with her family. She was a member of Abundant Life Church in Tucumcari. Survivors include her husband, Jimmie; three daughters, Deanna Dane (husband, Michael) San Angelo; Sherri Bays (husband, Ty), Silver City; and Nicki Rogers (husband, Gary), Las Cruces; two sons, John Bill Snipes (wife, Valerie) Clovis and Joe Ben Snipes, Fort Benning, Georgia; and eleven grandchildren.

S. Cooper Malone, 90, Lake Arthur, died May 6, 2011 at his home in Lake Arthur. “Coop”, as many knew him, was instrumental in the early development of agriculture in northern Eddy and southern Chaves counties. He was born June 18, 1920 in Roswell, the son of Ernest P. Malone and Mary (Cooper) Malone. He received a Bachelors Degree in Business from the University of Colorado in 1942. He owned and operator Malone Farms, LLC and served on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, as well as First Interstate Bank of Roswell, and United New Mexico Bank of Roswell. He was also a member of the Artesia Industrial Development Committee and the Artesia Library Board. Coop was awarded Outstanding Conservation Farmer of New Mexico in 1976 by the N.M. Association of Natural Resource Conservation Districts, and honored by the N.M. Crop Association for cooperative work in developing improved crop varieties such as Malone Alfalfa. Survivors include a niece Elizabeth Malone of Albuquerque, and a nephew Thomas Malone of Boston.

James Kirby McDaniel, 69, Capitan, passed away May 15, 2011 in the loving company of family and friends after a long battle with cancer. James was born on November 7, 1941 in El Paso to Joseph Alexander and Margaret Elizabeth Harrison McDaniel. James married his life long love, Gwenda, who survives him, in 1962. He is also survived by a son: Ron E. McDaniel (wife, Diane); daughters: Shawna L. Hidalgo (husband, Michael), Marnie L. Gossett (husband, Brent): brother: Roy Edward McDaniel (wife Gloria J.); sister: Vera Emily Lavin (husband, Joe); five grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins. James graduated in 1961 from Roswell High School and received his Bachelors in Range Management from New Mexico State University in 1966. He worked for the BLM from 1966 to 1968, and then moved to the ranch in May 1968 which he ran until his death. A self-made rancher, he built the ranch with vigor, honesty and the joy of knowing he had the best job in the world every single waking day. He served as member and President on the Capitan School Board as well as the Lincoln County Farm Bureau. James served many roles within the Baptist Church including member, Deacon and Elder.

Editor’s Note: Please  send In Memoriam announcements to: Caren Cowan, N.M. Stockman, P.O. Box 7127, Albuquerque, NM 87194, fax: 505/998-6236 or email: caren@aaalivestock.com. Memorial donations may be sent to the Cattlegrowers’ Foundation, a 501(c)3, tax deductable charitable foundation serving the rights of ranch families and educating citizens on governmental actions, policies and practices. Cattlegrowers Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 7517, Albuquerque, NM 87194.