Artie M. Kayser, 84, of Deming passed away peacefully May 9 at her home and surrounded by her family. She was born in Lubbock, Texas, on Dec. 7, 1932 to John and Louise Dunlap. Artie was a successful woman who could work circles around most people. She ran a tight ship but always encouraged her employees to be their best. She was an avid reader, quilter, cross stitcher, gardener and loved a good laugh. In Hobbs, she was a Rural Postal Carrier and had a truck garden. She could grow just about anything. Artie is survived by her brother George (Juanita) Dunlap of Albuquerque; sister-in-law Pat Dunlap Dunn of Hobbs; daughters Terrel Bourbon, Carrie Hicks of Anthony, Texas, Juanita (Jim) McGowen of Hawkins, Texas, Kathie (Michael) Denman of Albuquerque, Beverly Kayser, and Kristie (Phil) Hobbs of Deming; five grandchildren, Donald Bourbon, Courtney Perez, Ashley Kayser, Dustin Hobbs, Charity (Chris) Quarrell; seven great-grandchildren, Dani, Emma Jane, Lauren, Addison, Brisa, Christian and Chandler; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Louie Kayser; her parents, John and Louise Dunlap; her brother James Dunlap; her daughter Evelyn Kayser and grandson Zachary Kayser. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Mountainair June 10 at 10 a.m., with Pastor Tony Reynolds officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Baca’s Funeral Chapels. To sign the online guest book or to send a card, visit bacasfuneralchapels.com.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.