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December 3, 2020

Heath Andrew Husted

Heath Andrew Husted, passed away on the 25th of November surrounded by his family. To respect the restrictions Covid guidelines, there will be no viewing and only a graveside service at the Elida Cemetery, on December 5th at 11 am with Vernon Baker, Todd Salzwedel and Bill Case officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Darrel Chenault, Chris Mullins, Rusty Husted, Travis Husted, Garry Morris, Mario Trujillo, Jon Kuncel, Daniel Hutchins and Brad Bryant as well as all the special people who he had touched their lives and affected their journey.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial contributions will be able to send donations to the First National Bank of Friona for a scholarship fund that will be set up in Heath's name.

All arrangements will be made by Wheeler Mortuary in Portales, NM.

Heath was born in Portales, NM to Andrew and Cora Husted on August 2, 1970. Heath grew up in Elida, NM, where he helped on the family dairy and was active in community activities like little league and 4H. When Heath was a freshman in high school, the family moved to Santa Rosa, NM where his father, Andy, had taken a pastor position with the United Methodist Church. Heath quickly got involved with the sports program at Santa Rosa. He played football, basketball, baseball and ran track for the Lions. Heath graduated in 1988 with many sports and academic honors.

Heath spent time at McMurray, ENMU and Brewer School of Theology. Heath started to help his father with a youth group at Peralta UMC in 1989, where he made the life decision to be a youth worker. Heath spent the next twenty years working at various United Methodist Churches around the New Mexico Annual Conference. During this time he made several life-long friendships and had many opportunities to plan, dean and speak at youth events at Sacramento Methodist Assembly. During his time as a youth director he met his wife Pam, and they were married on April 27 2003 at the Sacramento Assembly. Heath and Pam worked together at First UMC in Roswell, NM and then moved to Alamogordo, NM, where he worked as the Youth Director at Grace UMC. In 2010, Heath had the opportunity to serve the San Jon UMC as a Certified Lay Pastor, and he pastored that church until 2016. During his time in San Jon, Heath helped with little Dribblers, and Little League Baseball and helped with the San Jon 6 man Football Team. Heath also become involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a huddle leader for San Jon Schools. In 2016, he joined the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as the Eastern New Mexico Regional director. Heath took his passion for youth minister and his love for all things sports and worked with coaches and athletes on the Eastern Plains with on-campus huddles, camps and mentoring coaches.

In 2017, the Husted's moved to Friona, TX, where Heath helped to organize and establish a youth sports league. Heath also had the opportunity to serve the Grady UMC, where he was blessed to work with the church as a pastor and the school through FCA. He coached little league basketball and helped with Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball teams. Heath loved all things sports and if he could have an opportunity to discuss his love for Christ with a coach or a team, it was the ultimate reward to him. Heath's love for sports and Christ was shared daily with his three boys. Heath's time was spent going to games, attending church and meeting with coaches.

Heath is preceded in death by his Grandfathers Finis Cannon and Don Husted, Grandmothers Grace Cannon and Grace Husted, his father Andrew Husted, his best friend Adam Anthony and various aunts, uncles and cousins.

Heath is survived by wife Pamela Husted of Friona, TX; his sons, Andrew, William and Grayson Husted of the home; his brothers Travis Husted of Elida, NM and Rusty Husted (Jessica) of Fairview, OK; his sister Heather Husted of Springfield, OH; his mother Cora Eileen Husted of Elida; his Aunts Glenda (Wayne) Harris, Patsy Graham, and Debby Cannon, and uncles Tony (Doris) Husted, and Benjamin (Judy) Husted.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation for the wonderful staff of Parmer County Medical Center, nurses, medical tech and physicians, the Friona EMS services, Air Methods staff and the countless nurses, techs and physicians at Pampa Regional Medical and Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, who helped our family during this time.

Laverne Thatcher

Laverne Thatcher, 79 of Bovina passed away November 24, 2020 in Clovis. Viewing was from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, November 29, 2020 at HANSARD FAMILY with Celebration of Life Graveside Services scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Monday, November 30, 2020 in the Bovina Cemetery with Rev. Larry Mitchell, officiating. Burial following by HANSARD FAMILY Funeral Home of Friona.

Laverne was born December 7, 1940 in Oklahoma City to Earl Bearl and Stella Clema Scot Riley. She later married Eldon Thatcher June 23, 1959 in Farwell.

She was a homemaker and former bank teller. She loved music and dancing and won many dancing contests in the years past. She loved dressing up and looking pretty and had a large collection of jewelry and purses.

She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers-R. B. and Larry Riley, 1 sister-Lottie Bandy, and 1 granddaughter-Christy Thatcher.

Those to carry on her legacy include her husband of 61 years-Eldon Thatcher of Bovina, 1 son- Wayne Thatcher of Edgewood, N.M., 1 brother-Earl Gene Riley also of Edgewood, 1 sister-Linda Riley of Tucumcari, and 1 granddaughter-Jenna Heard of Muleshoe.

Ricardo DeLaPaz

Ricardo DeLaPaz, 54 of Friona passed away November 24, 2020. Viewing was held Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. in the Ron Smiley Memorial Chapel of HANSARD FAMILY with Rosary Services at 6:00 P.M. that evening. Mass of Christian Burial was held 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at St. Teresa's Catholic Church in Friona with Father Gregory Bunyan as Celebrant. Burial following in the Friona Cemetery by HANSARD FAMILY Funeral Home of Friona.

Ricardo was born January 26, 1966 in San Diego, Texas to Timoteo and Maria Luisa Guzman DeLaPaz. He later married Frances Ramos October 19, 1991.

Ricardo worked for CHS, Inc. of Friona for 30 years. He loved his family and his moto was family first. He was a great handyman and carpenter that loved bbq and anything Ford.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a step-father-Manuel Calanche.

Those to carry on his legacy include his wife Frances of Friona, 1 son-Tony DeLaPaz and wife Roxanna of Amarillo, 2 daughters-Josie Vera and husband Jorge of Odessa, and Ana DeLapaz and L.J. Lopez of Hereford, 1 brother-Timoteo DeLaPaz Jr. of Carlsbad, 5 sisters-Gloria Tanguma and husband Marin, Sylvia Betterton and Elva Amesquita and husband Ricardo, all of Midland, Maria Elena Fuentes and husband Frank of Carlsbad, and Noelia DeLaPaz of San Antonio, 8 grandchildren-Stephanie Vera, Joshua Vera, Daniel Vera,

Illyana Salinas, Isaac Salinas, Zavier Lopez, Zachariah Lopez and Zahidy Lopez.

Delia Nabor

Delia Nabor, 60 of Friona passed away November 20, 2020 in Lubbock. Viewing was held from 9:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. Saturday, November 28, 2020 in the Ron Smiley Memorial Chapel of HANSARD FAMILY with Celebration of Life Services beginning at 11:00 A.M. on the same day. Cremation and Arrangements by HANSARD FAMILY Funeral Home of Friona.

Delia was born December 28, 1959 in Harlingen, Texas to Simon and Rafaela Madrigal Torrez. She later married Jorge Nabor. Delia loved to make people laugh and never met a stranger. She was a selfless person that loved others, especially her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother-Felix Torrez, 2 granddaughters Hope and Jasmine Garcia.

Those to carry on her legacy include her husband Jorge of Friona, 2 daughters, Claudia Ortiz and husband Jeremy and Rafaela Mireles and husband Paul, all of Amarillo, 2 sons-Fernando Garcia Jr. and Erika Castillo of Friona, and Ricardo Garcia of Amarillo, 4 brothers-Rafael Torrez and wife Maggie, and Julio Torrez and wife Hilda, all of Amarillo, Gilbert Torrez and wife Nena of Baytown, and Simon Torrez and wife Minga of Progresso, 3 sisters Irma Balli and husband Obbie of Friona, Rachel Martinez and husband Ruben of Hereford, and Sylvia Sosa and husband Enrique of Tyler, 11 grandchildren- Jessica, Mya, Ava, Paul Jr., Jeremy, Promise, Jacobs, Jaden, Jeremiah Fernando III, and Jaylen.

Elida Perez

Elida Perez, 57 of Friona passed away November 29, 2020 in Albuquerque, N.M. Viewing will be held from 9:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. Thursday, December 3, 2020 in the Ron Smiley Memorial Chapel of HANSARD FAMILY with Celebration of Life Services beginning at 2:00 P.M. with Jesus Mendoza, officiating. Burial following in the Friona Cemetery by HANSARD FAMILY Funeral Home of Friona.

Elida was born October 9, 1963 in El Porvenir, Chihuahua, Mexico to Sylvester and Elibertha Villa Perez. She worked in housekeeping for Prairie Acres Nursing Home for many years, loved to watch TV, and listen to music.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Those that will miss Elida include 2 sisters-Bertha Mendoza and husband Jesus, Angelica Perez, and 1 brother-Joe Luis Perez, all of Friona.