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Darlene A. Moutray

May 24, 1935 ~ December 2, 2017 (age 82)

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December 8, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Denton-Wood Funeral Home
1001 N. Canal Street
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Funeral Service
December 9, 2017

10:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
207 N. Halagueno
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Interment following funeral service
December 9, 2017

Sunset Gardens Memorial Park
1406 E. Wood
Carlsbad, NM 88220

   Darlene A. Moutray, 82, of Carlsbad, New Mexico, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at University Medical Center, Lubbock. 

   Visitation will be 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday, December 8, 2017 at Denton-Wood Funeral Home.  Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 9, 2017 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Dan Boyd officiating.   Entombment will follow in Sunset Gardens Memorial Park, Carlsbad, New Mexico.  Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

   Darlene A. Moutray was born May 24, 1935 in Charleston, West Virginia and lived in Webster Springs.  She moved to Borger, Texas, graduated from Borger High School and moved to Carlsbad thereafter.  Darlene was employed at Mansfield Shuler Womack and Pate doctors’ office.  She met James in 1957 at the Bowling Alley in Carlsbad and began dating.  After a short while, Darlene says to James, “You don’t talk much, do you?” And James replied with, “I don’t believe in talking unless I have something to say!”  They were married September 1, 1959 and lived at Seven Rivers until 1964 when they moved to Managua, Nicaragua, Central America for three years.

Darlene had two sons: Terry, born in 1961 and Pardue, born in 1963.  When in Nicaragua, Darlene was elected president of the American Society.  After returning to Carlsbad in September 1964, they bought a home in Carlsbad.  Darlene worked at the Governor’s service center under Governor Appodaca.  She was a member of the New Mexico Film Commission and was instrumental in bringing films to Carlsbad.  Among those films were The Honkers, Gargoyles and Four Days Home.  Darlene was executive director of Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce for several years.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Carlsbad.  In 1979, James and Darlene built a home on the river and had a red kitchen sink which she loved and spent many hours keeping it sparkling.

Darlene never met a stranger and had a spontaneous, welcoming personality.  She loved working outside, sweeping and would even sweep the street.  Darlene loved the community of Carlsbad and was active in many civic organizations.  During Desert Storm/Shield, she organized a “Support Our Troops” campaign which welcomed home our service members returning from combat.

Darlene is survived by her husband, James Moutray; sons: Terry Moutray and wife, Kerry, Pardue Moutray; grandchildren: Stephanie and son, Rylan, Amanda and Elaine Moutray; brothers: Mike Harrison and John Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the First United Methodist Church Christmas Eve offering.

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