Miscellaneous Luna County, New Mexico Obituaries



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Aug. 2, 2001

BOUCHER: Mary Boucher, 50, of Silver City entered into eternal rest Monday at Gila Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels. 

POTTER: Homer Frank Potter, 77, of Tucson, Ariz., passed away Sunday at Odyssey Inpatient Hospice in Tucson. Services are pending with Bright Funeral Home. 

FULTON: A service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of God in Artesia for Gary Mark Fulton, 35, of Artesia, who passed away Sunday, July 29, in Albuquerque. Interment will follow in Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia. He was born Oct. 10, 1965, to Charles and Bridget Smith Fulton in White Sands. He grew up in the Las Cruces and Silver City areas of New Mexico. Mr. Fulton served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Michele Cantrell and settled in Artesia. He was a member of the Church of God, served as a music evangelist, and loved to play golf, hunt and fish. He was very involved with his daughters' activities and loved to watch them do gymnastics, and to spend time with them as a family. He is survived by his wife, Michele, and daughters, Amber and Courtney, all of Artesia; his stepmother, Mary Fulton of Las Cruces; one brother, Scott Fulton of Florida; and his "mother- and dad-in-love," Artie and Debbie Cantrell of Artesia. His father, Charles Fulton, preceded him in death. Pallbearers will be Kerry Ryan, Scott Fulton, Gary Roberts, Don Gatlin, Dean Lee and Danny Graciano. Honorary pallbearer will be Wayne Bedingfield. Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. 

DUGUID: Otto Duguid, 95, of Fort Collins, Colo., died Saturday, July 28. A graveside service was held at 10 this morning at Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins. Officiating was Phil Wilgers. He was born March 5, 1906. His father was John Duguid. His mother was Bertha Sevrin. He married Marian Eikenberry in 1930 in Wheatland, Wyo. He ranched in Lusk, Wyo., for 30 years. Mr. Duguid was a rock collector. Survivors include a son, James Otto Duguid of Washington, D.C.; two daughters, Sharon Ferguson of Fort Collins and Nadine Holder of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; a sister, Rose Jones of New Mexico; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Allnutt Funeral Service Drake Road Chapel of Fort Collins was in charge of arrangements. 

DUARTE: Jesusita T. "Jessie" Duarte, 83, a lifelong resident of Bayard, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 28, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Calling hours will be from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at Baca’s Funeral Chapels, followed by the prayer vigil beginning at 7, led by Deacon Bill Holguin. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated Thursday at 10 in the morning at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, with Father Paulus Kao officiating. The rite of committal and interment will follow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. She was born June 26, 1918, in Hanover to Prudencio and Florentina (Martinez) Tellez. She married Cruz Duarte on April 17, 1947, in Hanover. She worked for many years at the Bayard Clinic with Drs. Fowler and Robinson, and enjoyed playing bingo with her lifelong friend, Daria Chavez, and cooking for anyone who came over. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Her humorous nature will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her loving husband; four sons, Robert T. Duarte of Bayard, Rudy T. Duarte of San Dimas, Calif., George T. Duarte of Bayard, and Arthur T. Duarte and wife, Juanita, of Hawaii; two daughters, Lucille Salas and husband, Manny, and Irene Chacon and husband, John, all of Bayard; and two sisters, Paula Esparza of Bayard and Aurelia Ribera of Barstow, Calif. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, one sister and one granddaughter. Casket bearers will be her grandsons, Arthur Duarte, Robert Duarte Jr., Ralph Duarte, Aaron Duarte, James Salas, Benjamin Salas, Juan Cruz Chacon and Daniel Duarte. Honorary bearers will be her three granddaughters, Sandra Salas, and Daniella and Jessica Duarte, and the rest of her great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334. 

CARILLO: Betty Ray Carillo, 53, a Silver City resident, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, July 25, in Las Cruces. A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 10 in the morning at Baca’s Funeral Chapels, with Mr. David Strain officiating. She was born June 22, 1948, in Santa Rita to James Ray and Nettie Alice (Kowalecki) Mohr. She served in the U.S. Army from July 7, 1966, to June 3, 1968. She married Frank A. Carillo on Aug. 31, 1970. She worked as a dental assistant and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Frank; father, James; son, Patrick J. Carillo, and wife, Elizabeth, of Silver City; daughter, Michelle M. Serna, and companion, Duane Frost, of Silver City; three brothers, John, Joe and Jimbo Mohr; and six sisters, Patsy Bell, Susan Britton, Marilyn Westerfield, Melanie Morgan, Roberta Keene and Laura Bernal. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Courtney, Valerie, Candice, Ethan, Ashlyn and Melissa. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nettie Mohr. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334. 

DUARTE: Jesusita T. "Jessie" Duarte, 83, a lifelong resident of Bayard, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 28, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Calling hours will be from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at Baca’s Funeral Chapels, followed by the prayer vigil beginning at 7, led by Deacon Bill Holguin. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated Thursday at 10 in the morning at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, with Father Paulus Kao officiating. The rite of committal and interment will follow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. She was born June 26, 1918, in Hanover to Prudencio and Florentina (Martinez) Tellez. She married Cruz Duarte on April 17, 1947, in Hanover. She worked for many years at the Bayard Clinic with Drs. Fowler and Robinson, and enjoyed playing bingo with her lifelong friend, Daria Chavez, and cooking for anyone who came over. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Her humorous nature will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her loving husband; four sons, Robert T. Duarte of Bayard, Rudy T. Duarte of San Dimas, Calif., George T. Duarte of Bayard, and Arthur T. Duarte and wife, Juanita, of Hawaii; two daughters, Lucille Salas and husband, Manny, and Irene Chacon and husband, John, all of Bayard; and two sisters, Paula Esparza of Bayard and Aurelia Ribera of Barstow, Calif. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, one sister and one granddaughter. Casket bearers will be her grandsons, Arthur Duarte, Robert Duarte Jr., Ralph Duarte, Aaron Duarte, James Salas, Benjamin Salas, Juan Cruz Chacon and Daniel Duarte. Honorary bearers will be her three granddaughters, Sandra Salas, and Daniella and Jessica Duarte, and the rest of her great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334. 

LOPEZ: Reymundo D. "Keko" Lopez, 49, of Santa Clara passed away Friday, July 27, at his home. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Bright Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, with Pastor Joseph Gros officiating. Interment will be in Santa Clara Cemetery. Mr. Lopez was born Jan. 8, 1952, in Silver City. He was the son of Albert T. Lopez and Pauline DeLaTorre Lopez. He married Imelda "Millie" Martinez on March 26, 1972, in Palomas, Mexico. Mr. Lopez is survived by his parents; his wife; two daughters, Angela Rose Rios and her husband, Davey, of Albuquerque and April D. Lopez of Santa Clara; one son, Reymundo M. Lopez II of Santa Clara; two grandchildren, Ziena Rose Rios of Albuquerque and Reymundo S. Lopez III of Bayard; four brothers, Daniel Lopez and his wife, Gayle, of Esparto, Calif., Henry Lopez and his wife, Hilda, of Lancaster, Calif., David Lopez of Bayard and Thomas Lopez of Santa Clara; sisters, Elma Renteria and her husband, Joe, of Montebello, Calif., Ernestina Torres of San Lorenzo, Mary Lopez of Deming, Roseann Trujillo and her husband, George, of San Lorenzo, Virginia DeLaTorre of Socorro, Delfina Orr and her husband, Todd, of Silver City, and Elizabeth Yzaguirre and her husband, Andy, of Las Cruces; and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; two brothers, Albert Lopez Jr. and Joseph Lopez; and one sister, Cecilia Lopez. Mr. Lopez grew up in Santa Clara and attended schools there, graduating from Cobre High School in 1971. While in high school, he played football and was on the wrestling team. He was also involved in the fine arts program, receiving awards for his art talents and sculptures. After graduation, he attended Western New Mexico University, taking classes in articultural construction. Mr. Lopez worked in construction, building homes and doing finish work, until he went to work with Chino Mines in Santa Rita in 1979, as a shovel mechanic and truck driver. He worked at Chino Mines until he became ill in 2000. Mr. Lopez enjoyed hiking, camping, fishing and cabinetmaking. He loved his rock collection and constantly compared his collection with those of other family members. His family enjoys the memories of his gold panning and his daughter's anxious moments before he was ready. He had a great sense of humor; his laughter was like gold. He was a member of the Bull Gang at the mine, where he was known as "Keko." This group of friends worked together at the mine. Mr. Lopez was also a previous member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, where he served as a deacon for about 13 years, was a Senior Royal Ranger commander, taught Sunday school classes, and sang in the choir. Mr. Lopez also donated many hours of his carpentry and masonry talents to the construction of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed his Fort Bayard ministry, where he participated with the Glad Tidings Church. He was instrumental in initiating and overseeing the Calvary Patriots, a youth group in Calvary Chapel, where he also taught Sunday school and served as a deacon for several years. Mr. Lopez was a very caring, loving and giving man. He always gave to his family, friends and church before taking any time for himself. He will be remembered not only for his contributions to life, but for his outstanding sense of humor which enlightened even the darkest moments. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. His memory will live forever in the hearts of all who knew him. Pallbearers will be Johnnie Lopez, Ernest Udero, Willie Andazola, Roland Madrid, Demecio Torrez, Alex Madrid, Robert Duarte and Reymundo M. Lopez. Honorary bearers will be Michael Jimenez, Timothy Jimenez, Steven Jimenez, Angel Guerrero, Joe Renteria, Daniel Lopez, Henry Lopez, Andy Yzaguirre and members of the Santa Rita Bull Gang. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

GIBBS: Leonard Gibbs, 76, a resident of Silver City, entered into eternal rest in the early morning of Thursday, July 26, at Gila Regional Medical Center. Cremation has taken place, and no services for the public are planned at this time. Mr. Gibbs was born Jan. 25, 1925, in Abilene, Texas, to Leonard P. and Maye Lucille Jackson Gibbs. He married Dorothy Lane in Albuquerque on Oct. 23, 1965, and they lived in New Mexico for most of their time together, moving to Silver City from Deming three years ago. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a longtime Elk, and loved fishing, hunting, and playing dominoes and chickenfoot. Surviving him are his loving wife of 35 years, Dorothy Gibbs of Silver City; two sons, Sammy L. Gibbs and Ronald L. Wells of New Mexico; three daughters, Sherrie Lyn Garner, and Nola D. Ramsey and husband, Harry, of New Mexico, and Vanda J. Buller and husband, Neil, of Texas; two sisters, Mary C. Stephenson and husband, E.L., and Eillene Meritt Carrington of Texas; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Preceding him in death were his parents, Leonard P. and Maye Lucille Gibbs, and his son, Donald L. Wells. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Mimbres Crematory and Baca’s Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334. 

TAPIA: Gavina Madrid Tapia, 94, of Whittier, Calif., formerly of Pinos Altos, passed away Thursday, July 26, in Silver City Care Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Bright Funeral Home, with Pastor Joseph Gros officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in Pinos Altos Cemetery. Mrs. Tapia was born Feb. 19, 1907, in Pinos Altos. She was the daughter of Leovehildo Madrid and Thomasina Cuevas Madrid. She married Marcelino B. Tapia in 1926. She is survived by two sons, Reymundo Tapia and his wife, Florentina, of Downey, Calif., and Franco Tapia and his wife, Yvonne, of Silver City; one daughter, Julia Alcantara, and her husband, Edward, of Whittier; grandchildren, Cynthia Cates and her husband, Allen, of Sacramento, Calif., Nicole Alan of Hawthorne, Calif., Rhonda Howard and her husband, Eugene, of Rialto, Calif., Juleigh Alcantara of Whittier, and Eddie Alcantara II and his wife, Krizia, of Portland, Ore.; 24 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Tapia was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Norma Lytle; one infant son, Manuel Tapia; three brothers, Ramon Madrid, Roman Madrid and Leonardo Madrid; and one grand-daughter, Renee Alcantara, in 1998. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

LOPEZ: Reymundo D. "Keko" Lopez, 49, of Santa Clara passed away Friday, July 27, at his home. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Bright Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, with Pastor Joseph Gros officiating. Interment will be in Santa Clara Cemetery. Mr. Lopez was born Jan. 8, 1952, in Silver City. He was the son of Albert T. Lopez and Pauline DeLaTorre Lopez. He married Imelda "Millie" Martinez on March 26, 1972, in Palomas, Mexico. Mr. Lopez is survived by his parents; his wife; two daughters, Angela Rose Rios and her husband, Davey, of Albuquerque and April D. Lopez of Santa Clara; one son, Reymundo M. Lopez II of Santa Clara; two grandchildren, Ziena Rose Rios of Albuquerque and Reymundo S. Lopez III of Bayard; four brothers, Daniel Lopez of Esparto, Calif., Henry Lopez of Lancaster, Calif., David Lopez of Bayard and Thomas Lopez of Santa Clara; sisters, Alma Renteria and her husband, Joe, of Montebello, Calif., Ernestina Torres of San Lorenzo, Mary Lopez of Deming, Roseann Trujillo and her husband, George, of San Lorenzo, Virginia DeLaTorre of Socorro, Delfina Orr and her husband, Todd, of Silver City and Elizabeth Yzaguirre and her husband, Andy, of Las Cruces; and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; two brothers, Albert Lopez Jr. and Joseph Lopez; and one sister, Cecilia Lopez. Mr. Lopez grew up in Santa Clara and attended schools there, graduating from Cobre High School in 1971. While in high school, he played football and was on the wrestling team. He was also involved in the fine arts program, receiving awards for his art talents and sculptures. After graduation, he attended Western New Mexico University, taking classes in articultural construction. Mr. Lopez worked in construction, building homes and doing finish work, until he went to work with Chino Mines in Santa Rita in 1979, as a shovel mechanic and truck driver. He worked at Chino Mines until he became ill in 2000. Mr. Lopez enjoyed hiking, camping, fishing, and cabinetmaking. He loved his rock collection and constantly compared his collection with those of other family members. His family enjoys the memories of his gold panning and his daughter's anxious moments before he was ready. He had a great sense of humor; his laughter was like gold. He was a member of the Bull Gang at the mine, where he was known as "Keko." This group of friends worked together at the mine. Mr. Lopez was also a previous member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, where he served as a deacon for about 13 years, was a Senior Royal Ranger commander, taught Sunday school classes, and sang in the choir. Mr. Lopez also donated many hours of his carpentry and masonry talents to the construction of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed his Fort Bayard ministry, where he participated with the Glad Tidings Church. He was instrumental in initiating and overseeing the "Calvary Patriots," a youth group in Calvary Chapel where he also taught Sunday school and served as a deacon for several years. Mr. Lopez was a very caring, loving and giving man. He always gave to his family, friends and church before taking any time for himself. He will be remembered not only for his contributions to life, but for his outstanding sense of humor which enlightened even the darkest moments. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. His memory will live forever in the hearts of all who knew him. Pallbearers will be Johnnie Lopez, Ernest Udero, Willie Andazola, Roland Madrid, Demecio Torrez, Alex Madrid, Robert Duarte and Reymundo M. Lopez. Honorary bearers will be Michael Jimenez, Timothy Jimenez, Steven Jimenez, Angel Guerrero, Joe Tenteria, Daniel Lopez, Henry Lopez, Andy Yzaguirre and members of the Santa Rita Bull Gang. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
VASQUEZ: Juan Vasquez Jr., 63, of El Paso, Texas, passed away Tuesday, July 24. He was born July 3, 1938, in Shafter, Texas, and had been an El Paso resident since 1949. He was a member of the Catholic Church all of his life. Mr. Vasquez was a 1957 graduate of Jefferson High School. A standout in football for four years, he was All-District and was captain of the football team. He was a member of the Golden Gloves and was heavyweight champion, and was also a member of the baseball team. Mr. Vasquez graduated with honors from Western New Mexico University in 1962. He also played football at WNMU, where he was named the Most Valuable Player in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference all four years of his college career. He was the leading rusher in the conference for four years. He was All-American in his senior year of college. Mr. Vasquez was inducted into the WNMU Hall of Fame in 1989, and his football number, 44, has been retired. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions and also received an offer from the Canadian Football League. Mr. Vasquez was a varsity football coach at Jefferson High School in El Paso from 1966-78, and at Cobre High School in 1978-79. He also coached at Silver High School, from 1980-82. He was a varsity football coach at Crane High School in Crane, Texas, from 1983-96. The family moved back to El Paso, where he taught at Jefferson High School until his retirement in January 2000. He was a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association, the Moose Lodge and the Elks Lodge. Mr. Vasquez is survived by his wife, Mary Dolores Vasquez; three sons, John David, James Daniel, and Joseph Dean Vasquez; and five grandchildren, John Casey Vasquez, Jenna Dawn Vasquez, Chance Christopher Vasquez, John Robert Manning and Lisa Maria Manning. Mr. Vasquez is also survived by his mother, Pilar Vasquez; his brother, Piti Vasquez; and his sisters, Josefina Vallejo, Maria Luisa Spencer, Luciana Lyon and Elodia Calderon; several nieces and nephews; and his lifelong friend, Raymundo Garcia. He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Vasquez Sr.; his brother, Eduardo Ramon Vasquez; and his compadre, Robert "Chicky" Castaneda. Pallbearers will be Joseph Burgess, Jeno Calderon, Bob Vallejo, Sean Vasquez, Frank Ogas Jr. and Billy Ogas. Honorary pallbearers will be Rudy Vallejo Jr., Eduardo Vasquez, John Alfred Vasquez, Jose A. Spencer Jr., Gilbert Spencer, John William Spencer, Bobby-James Vasquez and Eddie Vasquez. Visitation will begin at 4 this afternoon, with rosary services being said at 7 this evening at Harding Orr & McDaniel Funeral Home in El Paso. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at noon at St. Patrick's Cathedral in El Paso. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens of the Valley Cemetery in Santa Teresa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. 
CARSON: Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles Edgar Carson, 88, of Silver City passed away Saturday, July 21, in Gila Regional Medical Center. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1915 N. Swan St., with the Rev. Bob Reese officiating. Interment with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post No. 18 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3347 will follow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Col. Carson was born March 14, 1913, in Hancock, N.Y. He was the son of Edgar Paul Carson and Bertha Mohn Carson. He was married to Ellen Harriette Hollingsworth, who preceded him in death after 56 years of marriage. He is survived by one daughter, Elaine Montague, and her husband, Gary, of Albuquerque; one son, Bob Carson, and his wife, Alma, of Silver City; and two grandchildren, Kevin Carson and his wife, Kristy, of Hurley and Brian Carson and his wife, Cheresse, of Surprise, Ariz. Col. Carson was a man of science. He was a professor of physics at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., until joining the U.S. Army in 1943. At the end of World War II, he joined the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed a challenging career managing scientific research facilities, including assignments at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque; Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio; the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.; the Office of Aerospace Research in Washington, D.C.; and Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo. After his military retirement in 1967, Col. Carson taught high school physics and chemistry in Taos. He retired from teaching in 1977, and he and his wife moved to Santa Fe, where they lived until moving to Silver City in 1982. Col. Carson and his wife were avid volunteers, donating more than 10,000 hours of service to the hospital auxiliaries in Taos, Santa Fe and Silver City, and for a time he was the volunteer manager of the auxiliary gift shop at Gila Regional Medical Center. He was an active member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Silver City. He was a member of several community organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Silver City, the American Legion and the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, where he volunteered as an information specialist. Col. Carson was a member of the New Mexico Education Association, the Grant County Retired Teachers, the Westerners, the Silver City Museum Society, and the Friends of the Library Association. He was a member of the New York Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Retired Officers Association, and the American Association of Retired Persons. He was also a member of the Beta Kappa Social Fraternity, the Chi Beta Phi Scientific Fraternity and the Gamma Sigma Journalistic Fraternity. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 1915 N. Swan St., Silver City, NM; or El Refugio, 800 S. Robert St., Silver City, NM. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

ORLING: Juanita Little Orling of Portland, Ore., passed away of lung cancer Tuesday, July 10, in Portland. A private service was held at Memory Lane Cemetery with the Rev. Earseye Ross officiating. She is survived by her husband, John, of Portland; one son, Joe, and his wife, Susan, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; one sister, Gerry Hawk of Silver City; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clara and Ora Little of North Hurley; one son, Mike Cole; and one daughter, Kaleen Nesser. She was a former resident of North Hurley and had attended Cobre High School in Bayard. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

MARTINEZ: Catherine Dorothy Horton Martinez, 93, of Silver City passed away Wednesday, July 18, in Gila Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. today at Bright Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, also at Bright Funeral Home. Cremation will take place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home and interment will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Memory Lane Cemetery. Mrs. Martinez was born June 22, 1908, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was the daughter of Charles Edwin Smith and Catherine E. Trainor Smith. She is survived by one son, Ed Horton, and his wife, Soledad, of Silver City; two daughters, Dee Ann Burkhart and her husband, Bob, of Houston and Diane Mullen of Michigan; 12 grandchildren, Patricia Saponaro and her husband, Randy, of Silver City, Edwin Horton and his wife, Rosie, of Laguna Nigal, Calif., Kathleen Esparson and her husband, Mark, of Edgewood, Lyle Horton and Lance D. Horton of Silver City, Lory Horton of Boulder, Colo., Andrew Horton of Silver City, Michael Burkhart of New York City, Bryan Burkhart and Cathy Burkhart, both of Houston, Jennifer Mullen and Joseph Mullen of Minnesota, and Janet Mullen of Michigan; great-grandchildren, Amy Saponaro of Boulder, Heather Saponaro, Tona Saponaro, Brooke Saponaro, Randy N. Saponaro and Julie Saponaro, all of Silver City, Danielle Horton and Tyler Horton of Laguna Nigal, and Chanc Luna and Noah Esparson, both of Edgewood; and numerous other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands and one brother, Fred Smith, on Sept. 14, 1994. Mrs. Martinez grew up in Brooklyn and attended schools there. After graduating from high school, she kept books for a New York City cigar manufacturing company for many years. She married Henry Kratochvil in New York. He passed away of pneumonia three years after their marriage. On Aug. 30, 1934, she married Edwin Lyle Horton. They lived in Long Island for many years until they moved to Ramsey, N.J. Mr. Horton passed away of cancer in 1955. She remained in Ramsey for many years, working in the office at Ramsey High School. She then moved to Dallas to be near her daughter, Dee. There she was employed as an assistant manager of a large wholesale hardware distributor. In the late 1960s, she want back to Bellaire, Long Island, N.Y., to care for her dying sister-in-law. On June 27, 1970, she married Manuel Martinez in Jamaica, N.Y. Being retired by this time, the couple enjoyed traveling and retirement life in Leisure Village in Lakewood, N.J. Mr. Martinez passed away Nov. 18, 1973. After his death she continued to live in Leisure Village. She loved traveling and spending time with her children at their homes. She lived with her daughter, Diane, for several years in Minnesota until she moved to Silver City in the early 1990s. Mrs. Martinez loved her Bible study group with the Church of Christ in Silver City. She enjoyed tending her flowers and still loved to go for rides around Grant County and, most of all, spending time with her family. Mrs. Martinez was a very giving and compassionate, loving person, always being the care-giver when and wherever she could be of help to anyone. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

CARSON: Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles Edgar Carson, 88, of Silver City passed away Saturday, July 21, in Gila Regional Medical Center. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1915 N. Swan St., with the Rev. Bob Reese officiating. Interment with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post No. 18 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3347 will follow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Col. Carson was born March 14, 1913, in Hancock, N.Y. He was the son of Edgar Paul Carson and Bertha Mohn Carson. He was married to Ellen Harriette Hollingsworth, who preceded him in death after 56 years of marriage. He is survived by one daughter, Elaine Montague, and her husband, Gary, of Albuquerque; one son, Bob Carson, and his wife, Alma, of Silver City; and two grandchildren, Kevin Carson and his wife, Kristy, of Hurley and Brian Carson and his wife, Cheresse, of Surprise, Ariz. Col. Carson was a man of science. He was a professor of physics at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., until joining the U.S. Army in 1943. At the end of World War II, he joined the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed a challenging career managing scientific research facilities, including assignments at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque; Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio; the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.; the Office of Aerospace Research in Washington, D.C.; and Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo. After his military retirement in 1967, Col. Carson taught high school physics and chemistry in Taos. He retired from teaching in 1977, and he and his wife moved to Santa Fe, where they lived until moving to Silver City in 1982. Col. Carson and his wife were avid volunteers, donating more than 10,000 hours of service to the hospital auxiliaries in Taos, Santa Fe and Silver City, and for a time he was the volunteer manager of the auxiliary gift shop at Gila Regional Medical Center. He was an active member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Silver City. He was a member of several community organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Silver City, the American Legion and the Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, where he volunteered as an information specialist. Col. Carson was a member of the New Mexico Education Association, the Grant County Retired Teachers, the Westerners, the Silver City Museum Society, and the Friends of the Library Association. He was a member of the New York Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Retired Officers Association, and the American Association of Retired Persons. He was also a member of the Beta Kappa Social Fraternity, the Chi Beta Phi Scientific Fraternity and the Gamma Sigma Journalistic Fraternity. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 1915 N. Swan St., Silver City, NM; or El Refugio, 800 S. Robert St., Silver City, NM. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

MARTINEZ: Catherine Dorothy Horton Martinez, 93, of Silver City passed away Wednesday, July 18, in Gila Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Bright Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, also at Bright Funeral Home. Cremation will take place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home and interment will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Memory Lane Cemetery. Mrs. Martinez was born June 22, 1908, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was the daughter of Charles Edwin Smith and Catherine E. Trainor Smith. She is survived by one son, Ed Horton, and his wife, Soledad, of Silver City; two daughters, Dee Ann Burkhart and her husband, Bob, of Houston and Diane Mullen of Michigan; 12 grandchildren, Patricia Saponaro and her husband, Randy, of Silver City, Edwin Horton and his wife, Rosie, of Laguna Nigal, Calif., Kathleen Esparson and her husband, Mark, of Edgewood, Lyle Horton and Lance D. Horton of Silver City, Lory Horton of Boulder, Colo., Andrew Horton of Silver City, Michael Burkhart of New York City, Bryan Burkhart and Cathy Burkhart, both of Houston, Jennifer Mullen and Joseph Mullen of Minnesota, and Janet Mullen of Michigan; great-grandchildren, Amy Saponaro of Boulder, Heather Saponaro, Tona Saponaro, Brooke Saponaro, Randy N. Saponaro and Julie Saponaro, all of Silver City, Danielle Horton and Tyler Horton of Laguna Nigal, and Chanc Luna and Noah Esparson, both of Edgewood; and numerous other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands and one brother, Fred Smith, on Sept. 14, 1994. Mrs. Martinez grew up in Brooklyn and attended schools there. After graduating from high school, she kept books for a New York City cigar manufacturing company for many years. She married Henry Kratochvil in New York. He passed away of pneumonia three years after their marriage. On Aug. 30, 1934, she married Edwin Lyle Horton. They lived in Long Island for many years until they moved to Ramsey, N.J. Mr. Horton passed away of cancer in 1955. She remained in Ramsey for many years, working in the office at Ramsey High School. She then moved to Dallas to be near her daughter, Dee. There she was employed as an assistant manager of a large wholesale hardware distributor. In the late 1960s, she want back to Bellaire, Long Island, N.Y., to care for her dying sister-in-law. On June 27, 1970, she married Manuel Martinez in Jamaica, N.Y. Being retired by this time, the couple enjoyed traveling and retirement life in Leisure Village in Lakewood, N.J. Mr. Martinez passed away Nov. 18, 1973. After his death she continued to live in Leisure Village. She loved traveling and spending time with her children at their homes. She lived with her daughter, Diane, for several years in Minnesota until she moved to Silver City in the early 1990s. Mrs. Martinez loved her Bible study group with the Church of Christ in Silver City. She enjoyed tending her flowers and still loved to go for rides around Grant County and, most of all, spending time with her family. Mrs. Martinez was a very giving and compassionate, loving person, always being the caregiver when and wherever she could be of help to anyone. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

PEELER: The family of Mrs. V. Jane Peeler extends an invitation to all who wish to participate in the dedication of her headstone to attend a memorial service at noon Saturday at Memory Lane Cemetery. The Rev. Jesse Liles will officiate. Mrs. Peeler was born Feb. 24, 1917, in Texas. She passed away Nov. 1, 1999, in Las Cruces of undetermined causes. She is survived by two daughters, Dena Denton of South Carolina and Jane Kriglstein LeVie of Illinois; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Peeler loved music. She sang in the Baptist choir, was an avid country-western music fan and also liked Elvis. During World War II, she was anxious about the veterans at Fort Bayard, and she and her husband purchased them a jukebox complete with every record the music store had to offer. She lovingly gave $50,000 to the Disabled American Veterans of Silver City in memory of her husband, T.C. Peeler, and made other generous contributions over the years to law enforcement and other charities. She could make anything grow: kids, grandkids, flowers, vegetables and money. She put effort and love with ambition. She grew beautiful roses. She had no problem with her belief that the Lord helps those who help themselves. Mrs. Vestle Jane Peeler was a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a sharp lady with an ability to take great pleasure in the little things as well as the big; a beautiful Texas Irish redhead with a boundless spirit. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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