Harriet “Toodie” Gregory went home to be with her Savior on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 9, 2018 at First United Methodist Church Hobbs, NM, with burial to follow at Prairie Haven Cemetery. Toodie will be in state on Thursday from 12pm-6pm at Griffin Funeral Home.
Toodie was beloved by many due to her giving, kind, and generous spirit. She always had a smile and optimistic view on life, and rarely if ever, complained. She graduated from Hobbs High School where she was the drum majorette for the marching band. Following graduation, she worked nine years for the Hobbs Schools after which she became a full-time homemaker and mom. She has always been an ardent supporter of all things Hobbs Eagle, being a fixture in her second-row seats at the basketball games since the 1970s, and coordinating many reunion events for her graduating class. She was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church where she was very active and where her grandmother was a founding member of the congregation. Toodie took up playing the autoharp several years ago and attended many bluegrass festivals, cruises and workshops, as well as playing “gigs” in Hobbs in recent years. She participated in all kinds of activities and clubs over the years and currently served on the boards of the Southwest Symphony and the Lea County Museum. Toodie also belonged to the Hobbs Literary club, the Lea’s Great Expectations investment club, Republican Women of Lea County, and had been a member of the Lea County Extension Club since the 1960s. In 1976 she was a member of the Bicentennial Citizens Committee which held a celebration and erected an historical marker for the United States Bicentennial. Toodie loved to travel, loved playing music, gardening, and driving her 1962 Studebaker in parades amongst too many things to list. She will be greatly missed by all of us who love her.
Toodie was born on December 9, 1935 at home in Hobbs, NM. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Sam and Lora Cain, early Lea County settlers; parents Iola Henry and Jack Gray, fiancé Sam Campbell, half-sister Georgia Lee Kell, and former husband Larry Gregory.
Survivors include her daughter, Susan Yates and husband, James; Son Doug Gregory and wife, Lisa; brothers Terry Henry and wife Nikki, and Chris Henry; her cousin Joy Sullivan who was more like a sister, sister-in-law Judy Gore and husband J.W.; Niece Julie Rodriguez; grandchildren Larry Gregory, Haley Gregory, Vanessa Gregory, and Ciara Jeter, and three great grandchildren; also life-long friend Lela Collins, and close friends Jim and Dortha Collins; and numerous relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Gregory, Bruce Bearden, Randy Poucket, Derrill Pruitt, Chris Rodriguez, and Sonny Rodriguez.
Donations in Toodie’s memory may be made to First United Methodist Church or the Southwest Symphony
Toodie was the connection many of her 1954 Hobbs High School Classmates. She will be missed by us all!
Patty Ragsdell BlairJacksonville, OR
Our condolences to Toodie's family. We have many good memories of ballgames and RV trips with Toodie while our son, Brent, was in school with Susan in Hobbs. Toodie
was a wonderful friend!
Bill and Lela LawsonKerrville, TX
Toodie was a dear friend. We met through the Bluegrass Association many years ago, and became fast friends. She will be sadly missed by many. Our condolences to her family.
John and Marilyn SoursSpokane Valley, WA
Our prayers and thoughts go out to Susan and Doug and their families. Mrs. Gregory will be surely missed.
Chris and Alane ZielinskiSan Antonio, TX
Toodie was my great forever friend and Classmate since Elementary. We were just there at the end of April and took her and Lela to dinner and talked about the next Class Reunion. She looked wonderful and like she could live forever. I know the angels in Heaven are rejoicing with her and she is probably playing a harp. We will miss her and know our Class of 1954 will never be the same without her. She was a wonderful Christian friend and we know we will be seeing her later! Love and prayers to all her family!
Bobbie JonesEast Wenatchee, Wa 98802, WA
Always in our hearts~ we love you aunt toodie
Mr. & Mrs. Chris RodriguezHobbs, NM
Toodie was such a wonderful person. It was such a privilege to have known her and been a friend. She will be missed.
Ruth Ann PruettHobbs, NM
So sorry for the loss of your mother. Prayers and thoughts and are with you.
Laura DennisOdessa, TX