Rubie Helen Carmichael, 100, of Clinton, Okla., died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, at the Integris Clinton Regional Hospital in Clinton.
Rubie Carmichael was born on Nov. 12, 1903, in Rush Springs, Okla., to Joe and Elizabeth Sanders Beevers. Her family moved to Quay County in 1907 and homesteaded in the Forrest community. She attended school in Forrest and Clovis and graduated from Portales High School in 1923 where she was valedictorian.
She married Oliver Carmichael on Oct. 28, 1922, in Farwell. She became a teacher and earned a degree from New Mexico Highlands in 1940 by attending ten summer schools. She did graduate work at ENMU. She taught for 37 years in Field, Floyd and Melrose retiring in 1967. She was named Teacher of the Year, and also named to the NEA Southeastern District Hall of Fame and the New Mexico State Educators’ Hall of Fame. She was a charter member of the Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International and a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Doug; three sisters, Pauline Beevers, Myrtie Brown and Thelma Pruitt; and five brothers, Glen, Bill, Jake, Ardis and Harol Beevers.
She is survived by a daughter, Chloe Mitchell (Terrill) of Clinton; five grandchildren, Marla Childers (Shayne) of Clovis, Terra Greer (Eric) of Portales, Shantel Mitchell of Shawnee, Okla., Alissa and KyLeigh Mitchell, both of Clinton; two brothers, Carol Beevers of Logan and Gene Beevers (Jennie) of Farmington; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will have lunch and receive guests at 1 p.m. Sunday at Central Baptist Church in Clovis.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Central Baptist Church in Clovis. Rev. Terrill Mitchell and the Rev. Shayne Childers will officiate.
Contributions may be made to the Baptist Children’s Home. ____________