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Wilma Coleyne Groom

November 7, 1928 — May 3, 2024

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Wilma Coleyne Groom

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Wilma passed away peacefully at Lakeview Christian Home on May 3, 2024, at the age of 95. 

Visitation is scheduled from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Friday, May 10, 2024, at Denton-Wood Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Denton-Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Michael Hurley and Chaplain Terry McKean officiating. Interment will take place at the Carlsbad Cemetery in Carlsbad, NM. 

She was born in Fort Sumner, New Mexico on November 7, 1928, to Beatrice and Clinton F. Hurley.  Wilma had two brothers, Clinton Hurley Jr, and John Hurley, who she often cared for while her mother and father worked during the depression and World War II.  She lived in Mountainair, NM through much of her early life and in Carlsbad, NM for most of her adult life.

In 1947, Wilma married Oscar Lee Groom from Mountainair, NM.  Oscar and Wilma had two sons, Alan Groom and Randy Groom and a daughter, Jan Groom.  Wilma was a loving Christian woman, always encouraging, and making time for her children.  She supported Alan and Randy’s love of math and their fascination in the engineering field.  She encouraged Randy’s love for soccer and tennis.  She supported Janet’s love for music by enrolling Jan in piano and voice lessons as well as in her field of education.  Wilma’s support allowed all three children to graduate college.

Wilma was a very talented artist.  She began her journey in art at an early age by winning an Art correspondence course.  This course, along with many others throughout her life improved her talent in various mediums, including oil, acrylic, and pastels.  She was a member of the Carlsbad Area Art Association, participated in numerous contests, and won many ribbons. She was known for her Southern New Mexico southwestern landscape paintings. She painted over a thousand paintings, selling her art to people from all over the world visiting Carlsbad. She also made and painted pottery, molded and made dolls, and was a talented seamstress. 

Wilma was a quiet, kind and very caring woman.  As an adult she often cared for others.  She was an active member of the Sunset Church of Christ for many years and then Fox and Lake Church of Christ.  She helped others by teaching Bible classes, coaching Bible bowls, making food for others, and sewing clothes for numerous children from Portales Christian Children’s Home.  She participated in a women’s group at Fox and Lake where she made many quilt squares for Lakeview’s hospice quilts.  She often was requested by families due to her talent as a seamstress, which she started as a child by making clothes for her cherished doll collection.

She was preceded in death by her father Clinton, mother Beatrice, husband Oscar, and brothers Clinton Jr and John.  Wilma is survived by her children Alan, Jan, and Randy along with many beloved grandchildren, great grandchild, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  She will be greatly missed.

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Friday, May 10, 2024

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

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