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Mary Skeen

December 19, 1926 — July 15, 2016

We honor and celebrate the life of Mary Helen Jones Skeen who passed into heaven July 15, 2016. She is survived by her children, Mary Elisa Livingston and Mikell Lee Skeen and his wife Gail ; three grand-children, Ross Livingston, Tyler and Clint Skeen, great-grandson, Lane Skeen, her loving and beloved brother, Ralls "Punch" Jones, cousin Genevieve Yoder Richardson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Skeen, son James Hardin Skeen; siblings Ladye Dee Jones Remmele, Dorothy Elizabeth Jones, and Amos Dixon Jones.

Mary was born December 19, 1926, in Roswell, New Mexico. The daughter of Amos Dee and Portia Beard Jones, Mary grew up on the Jones ranch near Tatum, noted for Debouillet sheep, a breed oringinating in tthe United States and perfected by Mr. Jones. Mary married Joseph R. Skeen, also from Roswell, on November 17, 1945. They shared a wonderful 58 years together. Mary and Joe moved to the Buckhorn Ranch, south of Picacho, in 1951 where they raised sheep and cattle.

Mary served on the Hondo Valley School Board, was a member of the New Mexico Wool Growers Association and the National Federation of Republican Women. Mary was also a long-time member of PEO and the Reading Club. She supported the Assurance Home for Children in Roswell for homeless and at-risk youngsters. An experienced ranch woman, Mary served a number of years on the Council for Agriculture Research Extension and Teaching (CARET). She was recognized as Sheepwoman of the Year in 2009 by the New Mexico Wool Growers and was featured in the Stockman magazine.

A true lady, Mary was equally at home on the ranch and in Washington D.C where she would join Joe, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico's 2nd District from 1981-2003. She was passionate about family and ranching. Her gracious charm and keen wit will be sorely missed.

A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Grace Community Church in Roswell, NM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Assurance Home for Children, 1000 E 18th St, Roswell, NM 88201.


Memorial Service

Grace Community Church
935 W. Mescalero Rd.
Roswell, NM  88201
Friday, July 22, 2016
1:00 P.M.

Memorial Contributions

Assurance Home Inc
1000 East 18th St.
Roswell, NM  88201
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