Connie Moyers, who attended Eastern New Mexico University from 1969-70 and earned a master’s degree from the university in 1988, recently received the Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award from the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs. Moyers is retiring as the Roosevelt County Extension Office Home Economist, a position she has held since 1997. Her favorite part of the position is “working with the people of Roosevelt County and watching the 4-H Youth grow and mature into productive citizens and leaders in our community.”
The economist’s job duties include overseeing the daily operation of the Roosevelt County Extension Office and the indoor exhibits (fine arts to horticulture) during the Roosevelt County Fair.
The job “varies with the season and the day,” said Mrs. Moyers, who serves as advisor and provides programming for over 88 women who are members of the various clubs of Extension Association of New Mexico.
“It is a very busy job with lots of traveling around the state to various in-service training and statewide activities,” said the Board member of National Association of Extension Home Economics, who served on the New Mexico Ag Expo committee and provided educational programming.
The recipient of the National Communication Award for 4-H Agents Association for 4-H Quilt Curriculum worked as a Southwestern Public Service Co. (Electric Co.) (SPS) marketing representative and home economist from 1975-1997. The position, which Mrs. Moyers calls her “dream job,” required her to give school demos in Home Economics departments on electric range, small appliances and microwave cooking. She hosted public cooking schools for kids and summer, spring and fall cooking schools, such as Festive Foods, Microwave Candies, etc.
She oversaw a program that provided electric ranges in the Home Economics departments of schools and at ENMU, where she did demos and worked closely with the professors.
The “Volunteer of the Month for Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce” award recipient enjoyed the “creativity, the people who I worked with and those who came to my cooking schools.”
The only downside was the repetitious nature of several of the programs, such as the “Basic Range” lessons.
Mrs. Moyers also worked as a substitute teacher and sold animal health products for one year each.
She says her time at Eastern prepared her for the workforce by providing “a good basic home economics education. There are not very many generalists in home economics anymore.”
The recipient of “Continued Service” awards in both the National Association of 4-H Agents Association and the National Association of Extension Home Economics attended ENMU for her first year of college, before getting married and moving to Las Cruces in 1970. The New Mexico State University graduate, who received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education in 1973, and her husband, Tim have two grown sons, Ty and Clay, a daughter-in-law, Hope, and two grandchildren, Kylie and Weston.
Mrs. Moyers returned to Eastern in 1985, earning a master’s in secondary education with an emphasis in home economics in 1988. The former ENMU Home Economics Club member chose to pursue a degree in home economics because she had been involved in 4-H and always wanted to be an extension agent or home economist.
Her hobbies include gardening, crafting, fishing and raising miniature donkeys.
She published a cookbook, “Remember When We Cooked?,” with seven friends from SPS and other home economists from Texas.
“We called ourselves ‘Just Us’ and sold 20,000 copies,” she said.
Mrs. Moyers future plans are to “be a grandmother, spend more time with my family, get organized and travel. I love antiques and going to auctions and places like Canton with my sister, Cathy.”