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Carubbi and John Warner and later served as secretary for the Gray County Attorney. In the 1970s, she and her husband bought his father’s half of Pampa Hardware Co., and in 1998, they opened Top of Texas Awards and Gifts. Elaine was a member of First Methodist Church in Pampa since 1942, and was a member of various PTAs, Beta Sigma Phi and the Panhandle Chapter of TROA. She became a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and volunteered for several years for UNICEF, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Torch Society and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. She also volunteered for several years for her family friend, Gov. Allan Shivers.
Survivors include his wife, Yolanda Telles; five sons, Vincent Lopez and Lawrence Lopez, both of San Diego, Ray Allison and Billy Rodriguez, both of Las Cruces, and Michael Rodriguez of Denver; three daughters, Angel Lopez and Christine Ferrer, both of San Diego, and Dee Dee Lopez of Lake Charles, La.; 14 grandchildren; his mother, Josefita Lopez Coronado of Clovis; five brothers, Christoval Lopez, Alex Lopez, Fredrick Lopez and Rito Lopez, all of Clovis, and Cecil Lopez of Albuquerque; and six sisters, Priscilla Templeman of Ruidoso, Polly Garcia and Terry Menendez of Riverside, Calif., Esther Garcia of Artesia, Mary Jane Tenorio of Clovis and Linda Martinez of Albuquerque.
Mrs. Patterson was a member of the following organizations: president of La Plata Study Club, president of Deaf Smith County Federation of Women’s Clubs, member of the board of directors of West Texas Ex Students’ Association, two term president of Panhandle Pen Women, member of Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, member of the Hereford Council of Camp Fire, lifetime member of Deaf Smith County Chamber of Commerce, life member of Texas PTA and Lubbock Christian College Associates and president and life member of Oklahoma Christian Women’s Association.
Elizabeth Irene Bates joined her Lord on Jan. 6, 2007, after a long, hard fought battle with complications from surgery for lung cancer. She was 71 years old. Irene was born May 5, 1935, in Garden City, Kan., the third child, to Alma and Joseph Roberts. Her youth was spent playing and working with her older brother and sister, Joseph Jr. and Geraldine “Jerry.” In 1952, she met Jack Bates Sr., who became her lifemate and husband for 52 years. Two children, Starla and Jack “Joe” Jr. shared this union, benefitting from the example of unconditional love and devotion their parents displayed for each other.
Irene devoted her life to the field of nursing. In 1962, she graduated from Amarillo College School of Vocational Nursing as an LVN. During the next three years, she worked with Dr. Karl B. Absolon as the only LVN in the state of Texas qualified as a heart lung nurse, pioneering the idea of specialization. She had the privilege to be trained in Palo Alto, Calif., by Dr. Shumway and Dr. Jarvick, the inventor of the first mechanical heart. She returned to nursing in 1965 and attained her associate degree in nursing, becoming an RN. Her love of the field and people gave her the opportunity to experience every aspect of the nursing field. She continued her work as a surgical nurse for two more years, then explored the various opportunities of the field, including director of nursing, flight nurse, emergency room nursing, prison nursing, adolescent nursing and floor nursing. She excelled at all her positions but always kept her family as her number one priority. She always said that pediatric nursing was her favorite specialty. Her final nursing position was as administrator of Superior Home Health Care Inc. in Talihina from 1991 to 1998. This business allowed her to share her strength and hope to the small community of Talihina, and brought her family together. Irene loved her Lord and served Him daily.