Modean Stone

November 24, 2012 • Obituaries

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Modean Stone, 85, of Roswell, who passed away on Nov. 21, 2012. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bill Bird, Earl Haas, Jason Heritage, Bryce Smith, Randy Spear, and Kyle Traylor. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, as well as up until the service on Nov. 26, 2012.

Modean was born on July 21, 1927, in Lohn, Texas, to Robert Long Butler and Grace Roberts Butler. She was the second of 10 children. The family moved to [auth] Kerrville, Texas, when she was very young and she grew up there. She married Preston Lee Stone on Dec. 24, 1943, in Kerrville, Texas. Although reared in town, she quickly adapted to the ranch life that came with marriage to Preston and grew to love it. They lived in Texas until moving to New Mexico in 1957. Preston and Modean were married a few months less than 60 years when he died in 2003.

Modean was known for her delicious meals and enjoyed cooking for others. Her desserts and fresh baked breads were a favorite of those who joined her table, a result of the time she spent working in a bakery as a teenager. She enjoyed playing dominoes and card games, especially canasta, with friends and family, and seldom turned down an invitation to play. Although she had not sewed in the last several years, she was a talented seamstress making anything from formals to suits. She enjoyed reading, especially non-fiction. If asked what was important to her, she would tell you, after her faith, her family was most important. She also cherished her friends and considered them extended family.

Modean was preceded in death by her parents, as well as two sisters, Lola May Butler and Roberta Butler Robinett, and a brother Robert L. Butler Jr.

She is survived by her son Preston Stone Jr., and wife Willa, of Capitan; daughter Gail and husband Kenneth Brinson, of Hillsborough, N.J.; her brother Frank Butler, of Kerrville; sisters, Collene Baker, of San Angelo, Texas, Rachel Calentine, of Prosper, Texas, Catharine Butler, of El Paso, Texas, Lila and husband Wayne Crow, of El Paso, Ruthie and husband Richard Staley, of El Paso; grandson Troy Stone and wife Kimberly, of Capitan, granddaughter Tracey Stone, of Stevensville, Mont.; and great-grandsons Eleck and Bryce Stone. Modean is also survived by brother-in-law Robert L. Stone and wife Annie, of Kerrville, and sister-in-law Pauline Stone, of Amarillo, Texas, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends may pay respects online at

Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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