Funeral services for Cora Jean Armitage, 80, of Roswell, will be at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 4, 2012, at the Kenna Community Church with Peter Dahlstrom officiating. Rhonda and Stephanie Bailey will provide musical arrangements. Burial will follow at the Kenna Cemetery with Bobby Carroll, Chris Francis, J.D. Kibbe, Tommy Skipworth, Buddy Vaughan and Dale Vaughan serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are John Skipworth, Gary Don DeGraw, Roy K. (Buddy) Skipworth, Jake Barnes, Melvin (Butch) DeGraw, Rocky Tivis, Joe Gilbert, Johnny Clark and all her family and friends.
Cora Jean was born on Sept. 3, 1931, in Elida, to Odus Vaughan and Nannie (Deering) Vaughan, and passed away on May 30, 2012, in Hobbs.
She was one of five children. She attended elementary school at Olive, which is west of Kenna. Later she attended Elida public schools. Cora Jean worked as a telephone operator in Tatum, Elida and Portales.
She married Glen Edwin Armitage on Aug. 3, 1957. Shortly afterward, they moved to Roswell, where she continued to work as an operator for Mountain Bell. She has two sons, Clyde Dwayne Kibbe and daughter-in-law, Karen, of Portales and Gary Edwin Armitage, of Lovington; a stepson Russell Armitage, of Udall, Kan.; five grandchildren, Kasi Holland and husband Brad, J. D. Kibbe, Jodi Kibbe, Kenna Armitage and Kodi Armitage; two great-grandsons, Jordan and Derrick Holland. She is survived also by two sisters, Jenene DeGraw of Neosho, Mo., and Virginia (Tootsie) Barnes, of Bloomfield; two nieces, Roma Colbert and Nancy Browner, and Jane Hedeman; and numerous cousins.
Cora Jean was affectionately known as “Granny Jean” to all her grandkids. She loved watching her children and grandchildren at junior rodeos and basketball games. She filmed hundreds of hours of video tape while they participated in rodeo events. Glen and Cora Jean were both active in the Chaves County Sherriff’s Posse and helped with play days and served people at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair every fall for many years.
After working 25 years for Mountain Bell, she retired and was active in the Jingle Bob Chapter of the Pioneers.
Cora Jean was an avid seamstress and enjoyed crafts when she and her sisters would get together. They were a creative and artistic group, making wind chimes, hooked rugs, macramé plant hangers and Christmas ornaments. Many happy hours were spent playing board games and dominoes with family and friends.
Cora Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 37 year, Glen; her parents; her brother Jesse Odus (Junior) Vaughan; an older sister Jo Juana Skipworth; one granddaughter and one great-grandson.
A special thank you to the Desert Gardens’ nurses and staff, who provided for her with love and care during the last months of her life. Any memorial in her name may be made to the Center for Dementia Research, Nathan Kline Institute, 140 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg, NY 10962.
Condolences may be offered online at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Home.