|Birth: ||Jan. 10, 1912|
New Mexico, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 13, 1997|
New Mexico, USA
Della Stella Mahaffey's biography differs somewhat from the version that was printed in the Portales News Tribune. Some additions and corrections were made.
Della Stella Mahaffey was born January 10, 1912 in Cloudcroft, Otero Co., New Mexico to the home of Emma Zelma Zuhn Jergins and William Edward Jergins Sr. She passed from this life on Sunday morning, April 13, 1997, here in Portales, Roosevelt Co., New Mexico at the age of 85 years.
In the 1920's she came with her parents and siblings from Avis, Otero Co., NM to Portales to live. Her first job was as a cook at the Hensley Hospital. Later she worked as a bookkeeper at the Portales Pump Supply Company. In 1944, she went to work at the Southern Union Gas Company as a cashier and clerk. She retired from that position in 1974 after 30 years. Since the early 1980's she had been in poor health, and for the past 4 years she lived in the local nursing home. She was a member of the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ. She was active for many years as a Pink Lady in the Roosevelt Co. Hospital Auxiliary. She also helped with Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club and also of the Homemakers Club. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, sewing and other handicrafts.
She is survived by her daughter Helena Mahaffey of the home, and sister-in-law, Mildred Jergins, of Clearwater, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, Charles Buster Jergins, and Paul Franklin Jergins; 2 half-brothers, John Barton Jergins, and William Edward Jergins Jr.; 2 sisters, Edna Jergins and Frieda Vada Jergins Haight; and half-sister Mary Lee Gertrude Jergins (Weldy) Howard. She is being laid to rest at the side of her mother and father.
Note: Although the newspaper obituary refers to the children of William and Susan Jergins as step siblings, Della had no step-siblings. William Edward Jergins Sr. was the biological father of all 8 Jergins children. William's first wife, Susan Marie (Phillips) Jergins, was the mother of the 3 eldest children, John Barton Jergins, William Edward Jergins Jr., and Mary Lee Gertrude Jergins (Weldy) Howard. Susan passed away 5 days before her 34th birthday. William remarried a year and a half later. His 2nd wife, Emma Zelma (Zuhn) Jergins, was the mother of the 5 younger children, Edna, Charles Buck, Della Stella, Frieda Veda, and Paul Franklin Jergins.
The above note was composed by Cathey A. (Weldy) Cline, a granddaughter of Mary Lee Gertrude (Jergins)(Weldy) Howard and Joel Warner Weldy.
William Edward Jergins (1872 - 1930)
Emma Zelma Zuhn Jergins (1886 - 1966)
Robert A. Mahaffey (1906 - 1989)*
Helena Mahaffey (1930 - 2004)*
John Barton Jergins (1893 - 1963)**
Mary Lee Gertrude Jergins Howard (1898 - 1975)**
William Edward Jergins (1900 - 1936)**
Edna Jergins (1908 - 1921)*
Charles Buster Jergins (1910 - 1973)*
Della Stella Jergins Mahaffey (1912 - 1997)
Frieda Vada Jergins Haight (1913 - 1985)*
Paul Franklin Jergins (1916 - 1992)*
New Mexico, USA
Plot: Sect. SA. Row 17, Plot 45
Created by: Cathey & Karla
Record added: Feb 27, 2009
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