Mar 112011

Lee Rue Wood, 89, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at his home in Snowflake. Funeral services were held March 10 at the Pioneer Chapel in Snowflake. Burial will take place on Saturday, March 12, in Chama, N.M.

Lee was born to Lehi and Florence Wood on June 17, 1921, in Colonia Juarez, Mexico, where he spent his first 20 years before moving to Chama.

During Lee’s 46 years in Chama, he was Chama’s first city marshal and captain of the Rio Arriba County Sherriff’s Posse. He always enjoyed being a rancher and cattleman.

Lee married Alice Judd in Albuquerque, N.M.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Alice; two sons, Dave Wood and Jeff Wood; five daughters, Pat Wood, Vickie Martinez, Sandie Kitchens, Alisa Wescott and Beva Wagoner; 30 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Silvercreek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.