In Loving Memory of Carrel Elmer Depue

Carrel Elmer Depue was born on November 1, 1930 in Sofia, New Mexico to Elmer Clarence Depue and Nellie Pearl (Robertson) Depue.


depueA longtime resident of Clayton, Carrel first lived in Sofia, New Mexico where he and his family farmed from 1930 until 1944 at which time the family sold the farm and moved to California. After the death of his father in 1946 he returned to Clayton with his mother, two sisters and one brother. Carrel attended Clayton High School and graduated in 1949. In 1952 he was drafted into the US Marine Corps and served two years as an artillery specialist and mechanic in Korea. When he returned home he bought and operated Clayton Taxi Service from 1955 to 1958. After selling the taxi service, Carrel worked several other jobs before eventually going to work as South West Metal Works in 1958, where he continued to work until he retired in 1999. After Carrel’s retirement from South West Metal Works as a welder building horse trailers and cattle feeders, he carried on his creative abilities establishing C & L Horseshoe crafts where he and his wife Laura displayed their work at craft shows throughout New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. Carrel and Laura married in November of 1966 in Childress, Texas and have resided at their South First Street home since.


Carrel, as the last surviving child, was preceded in death by his father, mother, eleven sisters and two brothers.


WIFE: Laura Depue of Clayton, New Mexico.

7 CHILRDEN: Donna Beth Depue Smith and her husband George of Pomerne, Arizona, Ricky Edward Depue and his wife Brenda of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Michael Bell and his wife Laura of Greely, Colorado, David Bell of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Teresa Bell Robinson and her husband Troy of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Linda Bell Siegert and Brenda Bell Vetten and her husband Scott all of Fort Worth, Texas.

15 Grandchildren

22 great-grandchildren

And many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Billy Rammage officiating.


Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

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