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Mary Pounds

June 16, 1923 — May 27, 2016

Services are scheduled for Mary Pounds, longtime resident of Roswell, NM and most recently of Artesia, NM, on Wednesday, June 1st, at 10 am at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park. Mary was born June 16, 1923 to her parents Leo Strub and Catherine Corrigan Strub at home in Lansing Township, Gruber Ridge, Iowa. She was the oldest of six children: Mary, Dolores Damon of LaCrescent, Wisconsin, Theresa Grzecka of Buena Park, California, Leeanette Whalen of Elkador, Iowa and twins James Strub and John Strub of Lansing, Iowa. Mary passed from this earthly life on May 27, 2016, at her home in Artesia, at age 92.

Mary grew up on a farm in Iowa and was no stranger to hard work up until very recently. She attended "sister school" (a convent) through 8th grade, and stayed at the convent with the sisters through the winter. Her parents paid for her boarding by providing food for the school that they raised on their home farm.

During her teenage years, Mary worked on the farm, cleaned for local people and worked in the town's button factory.

She met Edward Knopf in 1941, and they married in 1942. To this union 6 daughters were born: Margaret Christianson, Catherine Zahn, Cecilia Gray, Ruth Wall, Agnes Garin and Joan Yeager. To these six daughters and their husbands were born 15 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Mary grew acres of gardens and helped build a motel where she worked as an owner/operator until 1973. She loved to ride horses and mules, sew, crochet, cook and bake for relaxation. She was famous for her amazing Christmas cookies.

Mary moved to Roswell, NM in 1973. She married L.C. "Buck" Pounds in 1975 and they were together for 25 years until his passing in 2000. She loved and was loved by Buck's family: Doyle Pounds and his wife Dixie and Verna Owens and her late husband Ray, all of Artesia, as well as their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She attended Assumption Catholic Church and First Baptist Church in Roswell and, most recently, First Baptist Church in Artesia, where she particularly loved her Sunday School class.

Mary was preceded in death by her brother John Strub, her mother Catherine Strub, her father, Leo Strub, first husband Ed Knopf and second husband L.C. "Buck" Pounds.

Mary was one of the most thankful people we have ever known, even for small things, and very often expressed this to others with phrases we will we always remember: "Many thanks!" and "Thanks, thanks, thanks!" She consistently expressed thankfulness for her Heavenly Father's loving care and blessings.
Pallbearers will be Dwayne Pounds, Donnie Pounds, Jason Starnes, Cooper Rickman, Justin Cabe, Matt Bennett and Brooke Owens. Honorary pallbearer, and one of Mary's biggest fans, is Dylan Baker.

Obituary was lovingly written by the family.

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at



LaGrone Funeral Chapel
900 South Main
Roswell, NM  88203
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
10:00am to 7:00pm


Funeral Service

LaGrone Funeral Chapel
900 S. Main
Roswell, NM  88203
Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Memory Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
2605 E. 19th St.
Roswell, NM  88201
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