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Benjamin Asa Christmas
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Benjamin "Ace" Christmas, 78, one of New Mexico's most widely known and successful pioneer ranchers, passed away Sunday at the family home on Crestway Drive in Silver City after a year's illness. Mr. Christmas came to New Mexico from Texas in 1902, locating in Dona Ana County, where he established and operated for many years one of the largest ranch spreads in that area. Moving to Grant County about 20 years ago, Mr. Christmas acquired extensive ranch holdings on the Mimbres River which he operated until ill health forced retirement several years ago. At the time of his death he had ranch properties, in the Raton and Wagon Mound areas of north cast New Mexico, which in recent years have been operated by his son,B. A. Christmas Jr., who has followed in the footsteps of his father as an outstanding rancher. An active member for many years of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, "Ace" Christmas, as he was best known, contributed much to the progress and expansion of the livestock industry in New Mexico. He was an unfailing friend and a good neighbor. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Annie Christmas; son, B. A. Christmas, Jr., daughter, Mrs. Allen Brown, Las Cruces; four grandchildren and a sister, Mrs.Odie Culp, Lovington.Christian Science funeral services were held Thursday at 10 am. at the Cox Mortuary chapel Interment was in the Silver City cemetery.
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