Elizabeth (Elisa) Shanks

March 17, 2011 • Obituaries


Funeral services for Elizabeth (Elisa) Shanks, 90, will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Rosary will begin at 9:30 a.m., with Mass to follow at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Picacho Cemetery.

Elizabeth passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in Albuquerque, surrounded [auth] by loved ones. Elizabeth was born in Picacho, on July 25, 1920, to Juan Ortega Kimbrell and Primitiva (Romero) Kimbrell, who preceded her in death.

On Feb. 22, 1938, Elizabeth married the love of her life Robert C. Shanks. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 2007. She is survived by her children, Hope Wolf, of Albuquerque, Roberta Freeman, of Cleveland, Ohio, Sylvia Federow and her husband Paul, of Blountsville, Tenn., Katherine Gauna and her husband Bonifacio, of Roswell, Charles C. Shanks and his wife Mary Nell, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Billy Shanks, of Roswell. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her son, Robert F. Shanks; daughter -in-law Kathy Shanks; sons-in-law, Tony Wolf and Chuck Freeman; brothers, Averline Kimbrell and Charlie Kimbrell; grandchildren, Kimberly Shanks, Cheryl Shanks, Kenny Federow and Charles C. Shanks Jr.; and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by sisters, Lorena Miscavage, of Roswell, and Merilene Ward, of Colorado; brothers, Fred Kimbrell, of Montana, and Gilbert Kimbrell, of Albuquerque; 33 grandchildren and more than 100 great- and great-greatgrandchildren. She was a wonder ful sister, wife, mother and grandmother. Elizabeth was a woman of great faith, which she passed on to all her family.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and whose lives she touched. Friends and family will be received at the home of her granddaughter, Stephanie Hernandez, 1503 S. Kentucky Ave., in Roswell, NM 88203.

Fallen Leaves Leaves that blow from autumn trees Prepare the way for winter freeze to chart the path of moving time. A cycle plays out nature’s rhyme. Though sometimes leaves do fall in spring The sounds an unfamiliar ring new from buds the leaves they form they grow amidst the sun so warm. So why do some release their bounds And tumble gently towards the grounds to disconnect from what they know And sacrifice the chance to grow? Only god can know these things And why he calls for leaves in spring Perhaps leaves choose to ride the wind To find some place to start again.

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