Jewel "Billie" Sweet, 91, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at her home.
She was born March 29, 1914, in Floyd, Texas, to Robert Hendryx and the former Nora Burkhalter. She married Edward Sweet on Jan. 12, 1931, in Santa Rosa. They farmed and made brooms for their living. The family moved to Puerto De Luna in the fall of 1936, where they farmed and made mattresses. They returned to Fort Sumner in August of 1939. They built and operated the "Billy the Kid" Museum in Fort Sumner in 1952.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She also taught the primary Sunday school Bible class for more than 20 years. Family members said she loved to paint and write poetry.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her grandson, Terry Lee Sweet; parents; sister, O'Dell Gibson; brothers, Preston Hendryx and Billy Wayne Hendryx; and niece, Mildred Liles.
Survivors include her son, Don Sweet (and wife, Lula) of Fort Sumner; grandson, Tim Sweet (Pam) of Clovis; great-grandsons, Kane Sweet (Keri) of Melissa, Texas, and Devin Sweet of Clovis; sister, Ratha Passafume (Phil); and brother, Alva Hendryx (Trudy), all of Las Cruces; and several nieces and nephews.
Rev. Coy Brewer is officiating.
Burial will follow in the Sweet family plot in Melrose Cemetery.
Pallbearers will include Kane Sweet, Devin Sweet, T.J. Walraven, Dick Haynes and Johnny McMillan.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of the First Baptist Church.
The family prefers memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 287, Fort Sumner, New Mexico 88119.