Lana K. Offutt Hassman, age 67, lifelong resident of Deming, NM, entered eternal life in Heaven, on Thursday, February 8, 2018, joining God and loved ones awaiting her. Lana was a genuine, loving, caring person. She was a beautiful mother, sister, daughter and a friend to all who knew and loved her.

Lana was born on May 3, 1950 in Deming, NM to parents, Ira Joe Offutt and Louella Chandler Offutt. Lana graduated from Deming High School in 1968 and then acquired her BA Degree in Elementary Education, an MA Degree in English and a Specialty Degree in History from Western New Mexico University. Lana's career began in 1972, teaching third grade students for 18 years and then mid high and high school students for the remainder of her 36 years as a teacher. In Lana's own words, "Every student I taught had a special, beautiful, brilliant knowledge within them. I am and always will be thankful for the honor and privilege of associating with and teaching each student I was blessed with."

Lana loved teaching, studying the word of God, swimming, movies, walking, dancing, and especially loved horseback riding in her youth with her grandfather, Harvey Chandler. Lana was a Champion of Hope Partner member of Joel Osteen Ministries Lakewood Church for the past fifteen years. Lana and her daughter Kay Kay were the best of friends and shared great joy in life, no matter the occasion, grand or small. Lana loved and cherished each and every one of her family members. Faith, Hope, Love and Laughter were important values in life to Lana.

Lana is survived by her beloved daughter, Kay Hassman, her sisters, Harvielee Moore (Samuel), Jeanie Coppedge (Bill), Linda Smrkovsky (Bobby), and her nieces and nephews, Brent Moore, Charlene Bickerdike (Jimmy), Jeanie Lynn Lawson (Jason), Rusty Smrkovsky, Crystal Coppedge (Bill Adcock), Ryan Smrkovsky (Angela), Jessica Ballard (Devin), and her great nieces and nephews Megan Guaderrama (Erik), Zach Moore (Vanessa Snyder), Jayme Lynn Lawson, Rowdy Smrkovsky, Chandler, Lillian, and Mallory Smrkovsky, Pecos and Porter Ballard, Basil Adcock, and her great-great nephews, Evan and Maddox Guaderrama, Blake and Bryce Moore.

Lana was preceded in death by her parents, Ira Joe Offutt and Louella Chandler Offutt, her sister JoElla Treadwell, her nephew Shad Moore, and recently her loyal 18-year-old Chow dog, Cha Cha.

On Lana's behalf, her family thanks Euromed, Dr. M Basel Aswad, Yvonne Mouchette of TLC Medical Clinic, Mimbres Memorial Hospital, and Ambercare Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marshall Memorial Library (a children's book), Deming Luna County Humane Society, or to the charity of your choice.

Memorial Services at Baca's Funeral Chapels, 811 S. Gold, Deming, NM 88030 are pending and will be announced at a later date. Cremation has been entrusted to Baca's Mimbres Crematory.

ISAIAH 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like Eagles; They will run and not grow weary; They will walk and not be faint.

NUMBERS 6: 23-27 The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

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