PORTALES — Funeral services for Rowena C. Preuit, 94, of Portales, will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel, with the Rev. Wayne Brazil, the Rev. Brad Morgan and Lyman Graham officiating. Burial will follow in the Elida Cemetery with Jeff Medlin, Blake Percer, Garth Coombs, Mickey Burkett, Jason Kizer and Stuart Williamson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Creamer, Lynn Medlin, Hubert Morgan, Toots Bissetti, A.E. Williamson and Carson Crume. Following the committal service, you are invited to join the family and friends at the Elida Community Center for lunch.
Rowena Crume Preuit was born in Elida on Nov. 16, 1918, to the home of Helen and Price Crume, and died Dec. 29, 2012, in Portales. Rowena graduated from Elida High School in 1935, and went on to study at Eastern New Mexico Junior College, where she finished her studies in 1943. She taught school for several years in various schools, and was an instructor at Benson’s School of Commerce in Clovis.
Following the end of World War II, she was married to her high school classmate Top Preuit in Roswell, on March 2, 1946. They ranched near Milnesand, until his death in 1992. She resided at their family ranch, and remained active in its operation until approximately three years ago, when she moved to the Bee Hive Home in Portales.
Rowena was a charter member of the Milnesand Homemakers Club, and a devoted member of the Milnesand Baptist Church. She was the church pianist and treasurer for many years. She loved the Christian way of life and serving her Lord and Savior. She enjoyed reunions and revivals, and was always ready to help in all the community functions. In 2004, she was chosen as the Roosevelt County Pioneer Woman of the Year.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Sandra Preuit, of Milnesand, and Terry and LaVonda Preuit, of Las Cruces; a grandson Lynn Preuit and a great-grandson Price Preuit, both of Portales; a brother and sister-in-law Dr. Elwyn and Pat Crume, of Clovis; a sister Verdine Howard, of Farmington; as well as several nieces and nephews and numerous cousins, including Jim Crume Meadows, of Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Phillip and Wayne Crume; and by her beloved husband Top Preuit, who died Dec. 16, 1992.
Arrangements by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales Inc., 575-356-4455, wheelermortuary.net.