A memorial service for Clara Mae Talbert, 78, of Roswell will be held Friday, April 29, 2011, 2 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church with Cecil Kimberlin officiating. She passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011, in Roswell. Clara was born Jan. 14, 1933, in Hope, to Robert Ernest Middleton and Elizabeth May Scoggin. She married Leonard Talbert on Feb. 9, 1950, in Truth or Consequences, â€œHot Springs.â€ He preceded her in death.
At the age of 62, she got her GED, and then went on to college to get her associate degree. She substitute taught until she was 75. [auth] Before that she was a secretary. She loved to play the piano at home with family and at church, along with singing. She will be missed by all her family and close friends. Survivors include five children, Mary Green of Ozark, Mo., Douglas Talbert and wife Mary, Linda Roberts and husband Marvin, Barbara White and husband Dale, and James Talbert with Wanda; all of Roswell; fourteen grandchildren, Alan Knight and wife Patty of Nehauka, Neb., Mary Foote and husband James of West Columbia, Texas, Melanie Simpson and husband Jeff of Ozark, James Green and wife Karen of Phoenix, Michael Green and wife Michelle of Maple Valley, Wash., Pamela Roberts of Roswell, Kimberlee Brickeen and husband Paul of Virginia Beach, Va., Brandy Talbert, Casie Talbert, Shenay Torres with Shandy, Shane White and wife Anna, all of Roswell, NM, Sandra Braziel and husband Chris of San Antonio, CJ Conner, Robert Talbert and wife Kalie of Farmington; twenty-four great-grandchildren, Jamie, Derrick, Kyle, Krislen, Aaron, Felicia, Devin, Jeffery, Dusty, Aaron, Katie, Samantha, Devon, Tabytha, Nathan, Shane, Nicholas, Halie â€œDominiqueâ€, Cody, Woran, Jacob, Gracie, Micah, and Cailyn; five great-greatgrandchildren, Brooklyn, Alizaylen, Jaydynn, Jaylee, and Desirae; brother Gayle Middleton of Truth or Consequences; sister Ernestine Bumgardner of California; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a sister Peggy Koenig, brother Johnny Middleton and his wife Helen, brother-in-law Scott Bumgardner, sister-in-law Ruth Middleton and her parents. The family would like to give special remembrance to Only By Faith members, and special friends, â€œThe Bert Murphy Family.â€
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