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Verda Jewell (Joy) Latham

Verda Jewell (Joy) Latham, 94, of Rifle, passed away Dec. 23, 2007, at E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle.Verda was born Aug. 8, 1913, in Weed, New Mexico, to William Richard and Maggie Delene (Watts) Joy. She was born in an era in which her grandparents still talked of Indian raids and the “renegade white man.” Her great-great grandmother and aunt were slain by Indians.Verda married Otis L. Latham in 1933 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. They homesteaded 640 acres in 1934. To this union three children were born. Verda loved gardening and could grow anything she put in the dirt. Sewing and quilting were some of her joys, even making her own patterns. Accompanying Otis fishing, hunting and camping were special times for her.Verda was a Southern Baptist. She saw many changes in the world and was strong, outspoken, sincere and honest. She is survived by sons Dale (Judy) Latham of Silt, and Garland (Rita) Latham of Montrose; sister WillahMae (George) Westall of Ruidoso, N.M.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.Verda was preceded in death by her husband; daughter Charlotte; a great-grandson; two brothers; and four sisters.Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Terpening & Son Mortuary in Artesia, N. M. Rifle Funeral Home and Terpening & Son Mortuary in Artesia are handling the arrangements.


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