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Frankie Mae Lara

February 6, 1926 — December 13, 2021

Frankie Mae Lara

Frankie Mae Lara, 95, of Carlsbad, NM passed away on Monday, December 13, 2021. Frankie was born on February 6, 1926, in Roswell, NM to James W. and Frankie Viola Laman.

There will be no visitation, and a graveside service is scheduled for 3:30 PM Monday, December 20, 2021, at the Carlsbad Cemetery in Carlsbad, NM. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Frankie grew up in southeast New Mexico, and help herd cattle and goats across the land. She also worked as a nurse’s aide during WWII. Throughout her life, Frankie always arose to whatever the occasion needed. She always pushed herself, and she went back to school and completed her GED in 1986. She enjoyed doing puzzle books, and watching Mary Higgin Clark movies and Dr. Pol veterinarian TV show. She was even able to play as an extra in a few films. Frankie will be dearly missed by all her loved ones.

Frankie was preceded in death by her father, James W. Laman; mother, Frankie Viola Laman; husband, James G. Lara, Jr.; two daughters: Patricia McCarty and Paulette Angel; and brother, James “Jim” Laman.

Frankie is survived by her two sons: Louis Henry Stephens of Carlsbad, NM; and James Gabriel Lara of Carlsbad, NM; six grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three siblings: Jess Laman and wife, Della of Carlsbad, NM; Jane Shott of Carlsbad, NM; and Lula Laman of Carlsbad, NM; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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