Bow, Helen M.

Helen M. Bow
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Mrs. Helen M. Bow, 85, of Portales, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.

She was born on Feb. 28, 1919, in Paul’s Valley, Okla., to Ethel and Jonathan Short. She grew up in Oklahoma and New Mexico. She moved to Farmington where she made her home for some time. For several years she lived in Texas and Arizona before moving to Portales in 1961. She worked at Mattie’s Cafe and later at the school cafeterias until her retirement in 1985. She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church. In April of 1969 she was married to Dow Bow of Milnesand.

Family members said she loved to sew and was an excellent seamstress. She never sewed for the public, but was constantly making things for family members. They also said she enjoyed yard work and gardening and was particularly fond of canaries and the beautiful song they sing.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father; two brothers, Cecil Short and Roy Borders; a sister, Lucille Myers; and her husband.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry Tefertiller and Marshall Kennedy (and wife, Nina), all of Portales, and Sam Kennedy (Missy) of Summerfield, Texas; a daughter, Kay Dillard (Charles) of Portales; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lillian Moore and Joy Vanderpool, both of Montrose, Colo.

The Rev. Walter Huber will officiate the services.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.