Anna Jean Cloud, a longtime resident of Hobbs, New Mexico died on Tuesday, August 29th in Lubbock, Texas. She was born December 11th, 1930, to Dwight and Clara Stephens of Selma, Kansas. As a young child, she and her family moved to Walsenburg, Colorado where they had a ranch. In 1948, Anna Jean graduated high school in Del Norte, Colorado before enrolling in Central Business School in Denver. After graduating, she moved to Pueblo, Colorado where she would start her own family.
On January 1st, 1952, she married Tommy G. Cloud in Pueblo where they had four children, Douglas, Cloyd, Becky, and Kevin. The Cloud family moved to Kermit, Texas in 1958 before settling in Hobbs, New Mexico in 1964 where Tommy opened a new Safeway grocery store.
Anna Jean worked for the libraries of the Hobbs Municipal School system for 20 years before retiring in 1998. As a school librarian, she influenced countless students through her passion for reading. Her love for books lasted her entire adult life and she passed this interest on to her children and grandchildren. Anna Jean also loved her pets, her regular appointments at the beauty shop, volunteering at her church, dancing, and George Strait. Most of all, she loved her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Tommy on July 8th, 1983, and by one son, Cloyd D. Cloud, on May 10th, 1990. Anna Jean is survived by Douglas and Mary Jo Cloud of Slidell, Louisiana, Becky and Buddy Strickland of Lubbock, Texas, and Kevin and Suzanne Cloud of Roswell, New Mexico. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren; Aron, Jennifer, Justin, Ashley, Meagan, Jarred and Josh and her nine great-grandchildren, Brayden, Addison, Carrigan, Makenna, Quade, Dalas, James, Chanlei, and Benjamin. Also surviving are a sister, Maudine Aydelotte of Las Cruces, New Mexico, a niece, Dee Ann Gibbs and husband Neil, and a niece, Sheila Williamson and husband Jerry of Midland, Texas.
The family would like to thank Mrs. Cloud's earthly Angels for their immeasurable love and support. Denise McCain and staff of Angels Arms of Lubbock, Texas; April Bybee, Tacoiya Harris and the entire staff of Interim Hospice of Lubbock, Texas.