A memorial service for Lovena Clark is scheduled for Monday, March 21, 2011, at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church. Lovena Ethel Clark passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. â€œVeniceâ€ or â€œVeneâ€ as she was also known by her family and friends was welcomed into the arms of God on a bright sunny afternoon with her family by her side.
Lovena was born in Elliott County, Ky., on May 10, 1925, to J.E. and Myrtel Waggoner Rice. At the age of 17, Lovena married her first husband, Thomas Paul Hay, on Dec. 19, 1942, in Springfield, Ohio. In September 1943, they were blessed with a son, Jim. The Hay family moved to New Mexico for the sake of Thomasâ€™ health. He passed away on Nov. 28, 1954, leaving Lovena with a young son to provide for.L ovena worked for the Roswell Police Department as a meter maid in the early 1950s.
Venice and her co-workers would frequent Jeans, a little cafÃ© on Third Street, for their lunch and coffee breaks. It was there that she became acquainted with her second husband George Clark. They were married on Dec. 2, 1960. In November 1961, they were blessed with a son, Burney Joe.
In 1964, they would lose a son in infancy. During their married life, Lovena helped George with his arcade business. They supplied many establishments in the area with pool tables, jukeboxes, and pinball and arcade games. In addition to this, she also spent many years babysitting in her home.
Lovena had great love of flowers and working in her yard and garden. Every spring and summer her front yard would greet you with a profusion of blooms overflowing with color. She spent many hours over the years tending her flowers and was always sad when the outdoor growing season ended.
In addition to her flowers, she also planted many seeds of love with her family and friends. She loved all her grandchildren dearly and always showed great interest in their lives and their accomplishments.
People would meet her once and take an instant liking to her. She was a very cheerful lady who had a great spirit for fun and enjoyed the simple things in life. Lovena was also a wonder ful cook and spent many hours satisfying appetites with her Down Home cooking style. One of her familiesâ€™ best memories will be of eating Mexican food at her table every Christmas Eve.
Those left behind to cherish her memory are her son Burney and wife Vicki, of Roswell, and their children Anne and Thomas Clark, both of Roswell; grandsons, Chris Hay and wife Suzy, and their daughter Jayme Sue, of Manhattan, Kan., and Wes Hay and wife Julie and their children, Aidan Ryan and James Wesley Hay, both of Dallas; sister Juanita Felton, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; daughterin- law Betty Hay Jackson and husband Larry, of Kearney, Neb.; sister -inlaw Millie Hurley, of Bellville, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins in the Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas areas. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; her infant son; and her son, Jim Hay; brothers, James Rice, William Rice and Kenneth Rice; sisters, Elsie Rice Howard, Eula Hampton, Mabel Rice Jone, and Leatta Belle Rice.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the following for their efforts in the recent care of Lovena: Dr. Reynaldo Martinez and staf f, Comfort Keepers staf f, Casa Maria staf f, nurses and other health care staf f at ENMMC, Roswell Home Care and hospice.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the ministry of your choice at First United Methodist Church in Roswell, NM: Silver Chords, Heaven Connection Youth Choir, the Nurture Committee, or Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register book at andersonbethany.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.