Ms. Mary Yates, age 93, passed away Monday, September 21, 2015 at Lincoln County Medical Center in Ruidoso following an illness. She was born August 23, 1922 in Cuervo to the home of Thomas J. and Minnie (Henley)Yates. Her family homesteaded to a ranch 7 miles north of Cuervo in 1908. She attended True Community School. Mary spent most of her lifetime on the family ranch. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Santa Rosa for many years. She is preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and sisters. Her survivors include 12 nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 24, at 2:00 PM from the First Baptist Church in Santa Rosa with Dr. Charles Harrison officiating. Burial will follow at the Cuervo Cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be Monte Shew, Clayton Harrison, Calvin Bailey, Bryce Dugger and Bill Capps. All services for Ms. Yates have been entrusted to the Chavez Funeral Home, 923 S. Third Street, Santa Rosa, NM. (575) 472-3369.