Clora Belle Bartlett

May 16, 2012 • Obituaries


Clora Belle Davis Bartlett went to be with her lord and savior on May 15, 2012, with her family at her side. Services will be held at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, Friday, May 18, 2012, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Ernie Amador officiating. Interment will follow in South Park Cemetery.

Clora Belle Bartlett was born Aug. 10, 1926, to H.R. (Kiah) and Irene Fry Davis, who predeceased her. On July 14, 1943, Clora married the love of her life Fred T. Bartlett. They were married 67 years before Fred’s passing on Dec. 26, 2009.

Left to cherish her memory are her son William Lee Bartlett and his wife Liz, her daughter Fredda Sanders and husband Lorin, all of Roswell; two sisters, Dovie S. Hopper, of Roswell, and Betty Lou Ferrell and husband Bud, of Arizona; six grandchildren, William Freddie [auth] Bartlett, Jennifer Ann Johnson, Melissa Mckelvey, and Christa Abbott, all of Roswell, and Russell A. Bartlett, Troy L. Bartlett, and one stepgrandchild Dee Burrows, of Amarillo; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend and caregiver of Fred and her parents Kathy Smith.

Her oldest son Russell Troy Bartlett predeceased her in 2004.

The family would like to say thank you to her grandaughter, Christa Abbott for the excellent care and love she gave her grandmother the past two years of her life. She knew she was loved every day, and she loved Christa very much. To Lorin Sanders her beloved son-in-law, the family thanks him for opening his home and lovingly taking such good care of Clora during this past two years. He was an angel to her and she loved him very much.

Clora was a life member of the Pythian Sisters and served as the grand chief of the state of New Mexico. She was active in politics and worked at the polls. She was a member of the PTA all through the formative years of her children’s education, and was a homeroom mother for all. She was a 40-year member of the Rebekahs in Roswell, and was the noble grand for three years. She spent many tireless hours working in charities for children and for homeless in her early years. She worked during World War II for the war effort while her husband served in Germany and at the Battle of the Bulge. With her young son, she would attend Saturday morning newsreels at the movie theater for information on the war and where her beloved Fred was serving.

Clora was a wonderful wife, a loving and caring mother and grandmother and a mentor for all who needed a special friend. She knew no bounds in her love of her family, friends and her love of her lord and savior. Her favorite spiritual song was “I am only 4’11 but I’m going to heaven and it makes me feel 10’ tall.” Her granchildren called her Momo, but to her children she was Mother and she was the true mother exemplified in every action.

God gave us an angel to enjoy on Earth and now she is in heaven with her husband the love of her life, and her son Russell, whom she loved and cherished. For us left to grieve, we know where she is and that we will see her again someday. Goodbye, precious Mother, Momo, sister, aunt and friend. We love you and miss you.

Pallbearers will be Jeremie Mckelvey, Joshua Mckelvey, Kevin Durbin, all great-grandsons, and Richard Kirkendal, Tommy Ferrell and Tyler Neill.

You can come by where Clora lived the past two years to pay your respects and visit with the family. You are welcome.

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Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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