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50th Reunion - 2011

1959 Coyote Annual Pictures


50th Reunion and Class Updates


"Who Came" list?
Updated 07/27/2011

Class List
updated:  12/11/2017

Year Book Album
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Reunion Photo Pages
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Roswell High School Official Page
Patty's Barringer's Flowers in Roswell

Tribute to New Mexico - video

RHS Class Song 1957 download mp3 by Kay Ayres

Onward, Roswell, Onward, Roswell

Fight unto your fame.

Pass the ball around the field

A touchdown every time.  

Rah, Rah, Rah.

Onward, Roswell, Onward, Roswell

Fight unto your fame.

Fight, fellows, fight, fight, fight

We'll win this game. 


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Slide shows and photographs and zip files    updated 08/08/11

Added the zipped file downloads below.   You should save these on your computer if you wish to print them, either on your printer or burning them to a cd and taking them retail.
These are big files and will take quite a while to download.  Not recommended for dialers.


Slide Show

Gallery to get prints


From Linda (Ed) McLellan

Short Video

Sorry Kodak went Kaput.

Road Runner's Performance

 Click here

sound starts at 25 seconds into the video

First 4 are the ones at the beginning.....
Next 30 are new from Carl as of 8/06/11...6:00 pm CDT

Compilation of all:
           McLellan zip file
          Weathers zip file
Elaine zip file
DonG zip file
Bette zip file
Carl zip file

Sorry Kodak went Kaput.

30th Reunion Group Picture
40th Reunion Group Picture


More videos from Sam Parker
  Linda's Troupe
Silly Song

'Year 50' Class Reunion Planning

July 22 and 23, 2011  in Roswell, NM

Friday, Jul 22, 5:00 PM  @ Country Club
Saturday, Jul 23, AM Golf @ NMMI Course
Here is the menu for Saturday Night...
Saturday, Jul 23, 5:00 PM @ Country Club

Contacts for events:

Fri Event:

Bette Phillips

ed_bette@dfn.com575) 622-6158

Sat Golf:

Bette Phillips
Paul Herring
Paul Herring

Sat Night:

Bette Phillips 


Linda Leopard

Thurs. afternoon, say 4:00, if people get here early and want to meet, we will be at Tia Juan's on North Main...just south of the Hampton Inn.

Fri. meet at the Country Club at 1:00 to decorate.

Fri. 5:00 reunion starts with sign in and pay balance if any owed.  7:00 Linda Weathers and 13 ladies will tap - dance to the oldies, 7:20 The Roadrunners will sing and about 7:45 Linda and girls will be back for a final couple of dances...the rest of the evening, visit.

Saturday - meet at 5:00 - get ready for pictures (hopefully finished by 6:00).  Get ready for dinner at 6:30 - thought we would ask Kenneth Thompson if he would like to do the prayer before dinner.  After dinner Gary Fletcher will have the slide show and then we will have awards (traveled the farthest etc.) - then dancing and fun.

Where to Stay: 
(and who's staying where)

Get your reservations in quickly.  The Goddard 30 yr reunion is the same weekend.  Anyone needing lodging can go on the Google List.  The Sally Port is closed as of now for remodeling .  Here is a list a few of the newer places that would be good.  A group rate may apply if 10 rooms are reserved at one place.


Hampton Inn -  (575) 623-5151
      Robert Martin
      Don Gadberry
      Elaine McFeely
      Barbara Thacker
      Gary Fletcher
      Carmy Cotrufello
      Ferrell Dunham
      Peggy White Parlee
      Sharon Owens Gallup & Gary Gallup
      Edward (Red) McLellan and Linda
      Cecil Marshall
      Susan Wilmot
      Eric Helfers
      Lynn Browne
      Don King

Holiday Inn Express - (575) 627-9900
      Sharon Hallman
      Dot Langford
      Jeannette Fowler

Days Inn - (575) 623-4021
      Sam Parker

Comfort Inn - (575) 623-4567

Comfort Suites - (opened in July, 2010) - (575) 623-5501
      Sharon Bunte

LaQuinta Inn - (575) 622-8000
     Doug Yett
     Bob Peters

Super 8 Motel - (575) 622-8886
      Marsha Clark Hughes

Fairfield Inn by Marriott - (575) 624-1300
     Whitney Blair
     Cynthia Newkam
Leisure Inn - (575) 622-2575    

     Vickie St. John
Your Profile...  Whitney Robinson has created a profile form for you to share your past 50 years with everyone at the class reunion.  Please download the type of document you wish to use to share your information and mail or email it to Whitney ( for her to compile and reproduce it.  She only has dial-up where she lives and word documents are too wieldy for her lines.  Fill it out in Word if you wish and save/print it as a pdf file and email it to her.  You can get a good pdf printing program here for your Word program.  You can also email the Word profile form completed to me and I will convert it to the pdf and send it to Whitney.  Or just sent Whitney a typed out summary of your life so far.

or mail it to Whitney
P.O. Box 1327
LaLuz, NM 88337

       1961ProfileForm.pdf    (hand write your responses and mail it to Whitney)
       1961ProfileForm.docx  (type in your responses, save it as a pdf file and email it to Whitney)
       1961ProfileForm.doc  (older word version - save it as a pdf file and  and email it to Whitney))
ROSWELL HIGH 50TH REUNION ---NMMI Golf Course 8:00 am

1:   Bette Leadingham,  Ed Leadingham, Ferrell Dunham, Jerry Hickman

2:   Gary Gallup, Cecil Marshall, Don Gadberry, Linda Comeaux

3:   Frank Gallegos, Harold Rives, Palmer Arnold, Ernestine Sizemore

4:   Don King, Ron Parnell (73 score), Perfecto Apodaca. Ralph Fresquez

5:   Paul Herring, David Winans, Sam Parker


News and Announcements:

Kathryn Payton (
Waggoner) passed away from cancer, December 11, 2017



Margie Klump (Dye)  passed away from cancer, December 31, 2017

Don Letcher passed away in Arizona, May 31, 2017.   R.I.P. to a very nice guy.     His Picture was at the end of the Senior section.

Obituary here

Jerry Peshka passed away in Las Cruces in January, 2017.  A memorial has been sent.


Here is a note from Elaine's son, Danny Flaherty....

"Dear Friends. Thank you for the prayers and condolences. Seeing how many of you had thoughts and prayers for my mother and family was helpful. There will be an informal and small gathering in her memory at the Fountain City Art Center here in Knoxville. The Art Center was one of moms passions in her retirement. She asked that donations be made to the Fountain City Art Center Children's Art program in lieu of any flowers. Thank you again for your thoughts in this difficult time."

The Roswell High School Class of 1961 is sending a donation to the Children's Art fund of the Fountain City Art Center,  213 Hotel Rd, Knoxville, TN 37918   (For Children's Art Fund) and a card to the family. 

Thank you Patty Dodson Johnson, Barringer's Blossom Shop in Roswell.


Sarah Hunter Ellis passed away from cancer August 7. 2016

From Barbara T.   ....
I heard from Sarah's daughter, Kim, and she appreciates our thoughts and prayers so much. The will have a celebration of Sarah's life in the fall and spread her ashes in the mts. of NM in the spring. She will keep me posted. Cards and notes can be sent to the family at 1102 shady hollow, new braunfels, tx 78132. Feel free to pass this info on to others.   Blessings. B



(updated 04/12/2015 below)

Sharon Dutch passed away on April 3, 2015 

"....It is with great sadness  that Sharon Dutch Carr Leamon passed away this afternoon.  All her family were with her after a hard fought battle with ovarian cancer.  Her services are pending at this time.  She is to be cremated and her ashes strewn at her pre designated places.  The will be memorial services in Hide Away Lake, Texas, where she presently lived and another in El Paso where she lived for many years.  I know that she would like for all the golfers to go out and take a shot for her since she was an avid golfer.  Thanks for letting our classmates know that we have lost yet another beautiful classmate.

Dot Prince "

.....Quick update on arrangements. My mom wanted to be cremated so that will be taking place sometime this week. We will be having two memorial services, one in Hideaway and the other in El Paso. The one in Hideaway should be the week of April 20-24 unsure of exact date yet. For those in El Paso we are still working on the memorial plans. I promise to keep you all informed. I still answer my mothers phone if I'm available so if you have any questions please call or text. Thank you all for your prayers and condolences. All my mothers friends were so important to her and she loved you all.

Sharon Carr's Memorial Service
April 24 at 2:00 pm
101 Hideaway Lane Central (clubhouse)
Hideaway TX 75771
Golf Attire or Casual


Kansas woman finds 1961 Roswell HS class ring in woman's estate, looking for owner.


From Linda Youse...


"I received this from Dianne Dumas, Linda Ruth Dumas' sister yesterday evening but didn't read it until this morning.  Linda's death was expected.  She has been fighting COPD and other things for years.  I don't know if you ever post something like this from another class, but thought I would ask.  In case you don't remember, Linda was in the class of 1962."

More information about services will be posted here when finalized.

Linda Ruth Files

Linda Ruth Files LUBBOCK-

Linda Ruth Files, 70, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on Jan. 21, 2015, in Lubbock, Texas, where she and her family have resided since 1973. A celebration of her life will be held at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lubbock at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24th. The family would be honored to receive friends at the church beginning at 10 a.m. She was born on April 5, 1944, in Roswell, NM, to her late parents J.E. Jimmy and Ann Dumas. She met Gerald Files at McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, in 1962, where they quickly fell in love and wereon March 7, 1963, in Roswell, NM. Linda graduated from Roswell High School in 1962. She worked as a passionate and loving Kindergarten
Teaching Assistant
in the Lubbock Independent School District for 26 years. She was also a dedicated Avon Representative for many years. She was gifted with a beautiful singing voice, and as a young woman she sang many solos, and was involved in choirs, weddings, and school musicals. Her love for music and singing continued throughout her entire life. Linda's legacy is her unwavering faith in her Lord and Savior. This legacy of faith is instilled within her family and loved ones and will be carried on for generations to come. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Lee Files; daughter, Deborah Lynn Callander and husband, Tim; granddaughter, Laura Elizabeth Martinkewiz and husband, Quinn; grandson, Christopher Michael Callander of Lubbock; son, Kenneth Lee Files and wife, Shar; and granddaughters, Sydney Kate Kim, Madison Grace Files, and Emily Anne Files of Houston. She is also survived by her sister, Diane Dumas of Santa Fe, NM; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Linda chose to donate her body to TTUHSC as a gift for the future of mankind. Her family would like to express their gratitude to Home Instead Senior Care and Crown Point Hospice for their loving care, comfort, and support.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Jan. 23, 2015


Linda Hood


There is a planned memorial service for Frank and Ronald Horton at the LaGrone Funeral home on 06/28/2014 at 4 PM.  More info will follow

There is a memorial service for Danny Adams on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Danny's ranch.  Contact Cathy ( ) for directions and to RSVP.

Donations are always needed to our Class 1961 memorial fund at Barringers Blossom Shop is Patty Dodson Johnson.


Obituary for Danny Adams......


A memorial will be held on September 14th at 2:00pm at the S. Main LaGrone funeral chapel for Raymond D. Hardin in Roswell, NM.(he is the brother of Ida Ann Hardin Vick.


Received this morning from Raymond Doyle Hardin's sister, Ida.

"This morning early, Jerry Hickman called me. My brother and your friend Raymond Doyle passed away.  There are no immediate arrangements.


Ida Ann Hardin Vick"



As most of you know, Danny Adams passed away last Sunday. Details are still forthcoming. Some have written me as to where they can donate.

We have a Class of 1961 fund in Roswell. Patty Dodson Johnson, owner of Barringer's Blossom Shop, is a caretaker of that account. This account now has less than $300.

Donations for our classmates should be by check.... made out to

"RHS Class 0f 1961"

and mailed to: Barringer's Blossom Shop ATTN: Patty
314 N Main
Roswell, NM 88201

The shop number is
Local: (575) 622-1590


Please enter my e-mail address in the web page listing for our class.  I 
really appreciate your work in developing and maintaining the web page, 
especially since I lost my annuals long ago.  I seem to often find 
myself visiting the site to refresh my memory.
By the way, I live in Austin and visit San Antonio two to three times a 
month.  I live near Marsha (Clark) Hughes.  We occasionally meet at a 
nearby  'Jim's Restaurant'  for a dish of  Cinnamon ice cream.  Do you 
know of any others in the area?
Wish I could have made it to the 50th reunion.  Sure have enjoyed the 
pictures you posted.
Thanks again,
Jim Thomas
RHS Class of '61

02/18/2013   From Suzie

Just got an email from Bette and she said my email address is incorrect - therefore not getting some of the emails.  My correct address is:   Was so sorry to hear about Woody - Raymond, if you have an address for his daughter, would appreciate your sending it to me - we have been making a donation to the Assurance Home  from our class for those who have passed away and they usually send an acknowledgement to someone in the family.  Thanks - Suzie

02/13/2013   From Raymond Hardin

Dear Friends,


I am sorry to report that our good friend Woody Beal passed away on February 1st.  Back in September of last year Woody was told that he had lung cancer and the disease had progressed to other parts of his body.  I last spoke with him on Christmas Eve when he told me that his doctors had given him about a month to live.  Gale Ayres, wife of Jimmy Ayres, found the notice of Woody's passing in the San Diego Union Tribune.  Thank you Gale for your work.


Woody was one of a kind.  There will never be another one like him.  He was the ultimate friend.  Like many of you, I will miss him very much. 


Raymond Hardin

Susan Wright:

Suzie Caraway passed away on September 1, 2012

  Echo Henderson:

"I finally talked with Echo's daughter again today and am saddened to let you know that Echo passed away last Monday, the 19th.  She has been cremated but they are having a memorial service next Tuesday, December 27th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary of Virgin, 1408 N. Davis, Arlington, Texas.  We usually make a donnation to the Assurance Home here in Roswell if that is agreeable with everyone. 

If you want to send a card -mail it to Mr. & Mrs. Bruce (Mundee)  Lewis, 1810 Winewood, Arlington, Texas 76013.  

Suzie Miller Housewright  

11/18/2011  Elaine sent in this photo of second or third grade at Missouri Elem.  Send her an email if you know any of these characters.

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09/20/2011:  three reunion videos from Sam Parker - here

09/11/2011:  From Sam
I am blown away by Danny's contribution...I have committed to play the 50th for class of '62 as Tommy Weathers asked me to.  I really enjoyed seeing all my classmates again and thanks again for having me....Sam Parker

09/11/2011:  From Bette

$388.00 left over from DVD's

 100.00 balance in account

$488.00 Balance

-$200 to Linda 's group Rack-A-Taps (for travel, etc)

   -75 for a brick at the Convention Center outside that says RHS Class of '61 - 50th Reunion 2011

Leaving us cash in the amount of $213.00 for the next reunion.  We started with $150.00 from last summer in Ruidoso from donations so I feel like most all of the money collected from this reunion will go to the reunion they paid for.


A very nice surprise...Danny Adams sent a check for Sam Parker for all of his wonderful music and making our reunion such a success.  I mailed it to him yesterday and told him it was from Danny.


Thanks, Bette

08/21/2011:  From Gary

The DVD mailing was completed on Saturday so you should be seeing the DVDs in a few days.

08/08/2011:  From Gary
Don, thanks for sending me Ron’s number at the hospital. I talked to him a little bit ago and he is going home tomorrow. Was going to happen today but he asked them to stay over until tomorrow for accommodating a transportation situation for him. He is anxious to get out! Just wanted to update. I don’t have an email for Dave Woolsey so if anyone has it you might want to let him know too.

(Anyone know how to contact Dave Woolsey??)

From Elaine:
Well, the reunion is over, the dust has settled sorta. I’ve quit whining, almost and here are my thoughts:( Assuming you care)

What an outstanding job was done by all! The venue, the entertainment, the centerpieces, the decorations, the organization were excellent. Also ya’ll clean up pretty good as evident by the pictures!
You may not be able to “ go home again” but you can certainly enjoy the people you grew up with.
So my observations are:
1. There just wasn’t enough time. I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to
2. Next time lets just eat and talk…. Perhaps we’ll play musical chairs to get to talk to everyone
3. Lets give Bette, Suzie, Paul etc a break and have it somewhere else…somewhere that you can actually get to (ask Gary and Sharon about their journey). Currently under discussion is Dallas as it is easy and cheap to get to. It’s the people, not the place, right?
4. Nothing formal…just whoever can come, come!
5. I did mention we are going to keep on doing this every year, right? Do I hear an “Amen”?
6. One last observation: Linda L. Weathers and Peggy Whites eyelashes are still far too long and Gloria (both of them) have gotten even more beautiful. Where’s the fairness in that?
Oh yeah, our generous benefactor was pleased….hummmm was she there?


08/08/2011  From Jim Ayres
I attended the reunion and it was absolutely fantastic. Thanks to all the folks who worked so hard putting it together. All of us reminisced about the past and created so many memories for the future. Right below the main menu is the Alma Mater sung by my sister Kay Ayres. What a great surprise for me. My father (deceased) wrote the RHS Alma Mater, my sister sang it and I could hear my mother (deceased) in the background accompanying Kay on the piano. It was such an emotional moment for me. Thanks to Don for putting it on our website and anyone else who may have had that old 45 RPM record.

Just talked to Ron Horton.  He is in a hospital in Houston and expects to be released next week.  Frank Horton is there with him.  He really tried to get to reunion.  His number is 832-921-0490 and he would welcome any calls.

 Carol Burk writes...

Thank you for the update of the reunion. I am sorry I missed it. I was in Crested Butte, Colorado, and could not get down to Roswell. I am in Eagle Nest, New Mexico, right now visiting with friends. Will return home around August 15. You are a good website Builder.   I need a website to sell my books on how to teach students how to love school. I was a retired Special Education Counselor for many years. I have used my photography as a background for my books. ... Carol

07/27/2011:  Jerry McCormack submitted an article for the Roswell Daily Record...    Click here  (pdf)

From Stephen Wolfe on July 27,2011:  I'm a grandpa again! Addie Lou Wolfe born in Virginia today and baby, mom, dad, and both grand mothers are all well! Praise God!






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1959 Coyote Pictures (1961 sophomores)












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