Suanne Green Delk, 71, met face-to-face the God she had served so faithfully all her life on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
Suanne was born to Charles Clinton Green and Betty Jane Neal Green on December 24, 1950, in Artesia, New Mexico. She graduated from Artesia High School in 1968 and attended New Mexico State University, where she met James Richard Delk. She married Jimmy on August 15, 1970, and received a degree in elementary education with a minor in home economics in 1972. They lived on the family ranch near Hanover, New Mexico, and she taught 6th grade in San Lorenzo. In 1973, they moved to a ranch west of Deming, New Mexico. Suanne loved her home and yard and made it a place of beauty. She managed the bookkeeping for the ranch and raised her daughters. She cooked, sewed, quilted, and gardened. She walked in the mornings and loved watching the wildlife, especially birds. Suanne had a passion for Bible study and taught many people – both children and adults – about the Bible. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and P.E.O. She served as a 4-H leader for over a decade and taught many young girls to sew. Suanne also served on the Deming School Board, the Library Foundation Board, and the Luna County Farm Services Committee.
Suanne is survived by her husband, Jimmy of the home; daughter, Jennifer Shafer (Will) of Deming, NM, and daughter Amy Yost (Nathan) of Los Alamos, NM. She was affectionately known as “Amma” to her five grandchildren: Warren and Truett Shafer and Cade, Bailey, and Seth Yost. She is also survived by her brothers, Robert Green (Kelley) of Los Lunas, NM, and Roy Charles “Taz” Green of Lakewood, CO, and her nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind the caregivers at the Deming BeeHive Home who took care of her in her last years.
Suanne was preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of life will take place on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 10 o’clock in the morning at the First United Methodist Church in Deming. Donations can be made in her memory to the First United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association. Cremation has been entrusted to Baca’s Mimbres Crematory.
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