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LUNA: Sista M. Luna, 76, a lifelong resident of Santa Clara, entered into eternal rest Sunday, June 1, at her home. Visitation will be held today from 4-5 p.m. at Baca’s Funeral Chapels. The prayer vigil will be held this evening at 7 at the Santa Clara Catholic Church, with the Santa Clara Funeral Ministry presiding. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at the Santa Clara Catholic Church, with Father Virgilio Flores officiating. Interment will follow at the Santa Clara Cemetery. Mrs. Luna was born March 28, 1927, in Central to Simona Vega. Her love of children inspired her in attaining a teaching position with the Head Start Program in Santa Clara. Mrs. Luna was one of the original founders of the Head Start program in 1965. She was presented the Child Development Award by Sen. Joseph Montoya and devoted the following 20 years to the program. She then devoted 10 years to Southwest Services to the Handicapped. She was a devoted Catholic, a member of the Sacred Heart Society, Santa Clara Choir and Funeral Ministry, and a Eucharistic minister. Her love of music will always be remembered. Her favorite artist was Ruben Ramos, “El Gato Negro." She attended as many of his performances as her health allowed when he appeared in Grant County. She is survived by her son, Michael Luna, and his wife, Judy, of Las Cruces; and three daughters, Debra Orozco of Silver City, and Norma Luna and Maxine Luna, both of Santa Clara. She was preceded in death by her husband, Max Luna; two grandsons, Tim Orozco and Joshua Crutchfield; a brother, Lorenzo Alvarado; and her sister, Sotera Arrey. Pallbearers will be Able Luna Jr., Albert Collins, Sonny Arrey, Brandon Allensworth, Michael Luna Jr., Adam Luna and Eddie Luna. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


WARD: Memorial services for Donald G. Ward, who passed away Dec. 18, 2002, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, at Fort Bayard National Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post No. 18. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


RAWLS: Faye Deaver Rawls, 74, of Silver City passed away Sunday, June 1, in Silver City Care Center. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Bright Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7, with the Rev. Eliseo F. Montoya officiating. Ms. Rawls was born April 30, 1929, in Staunton, Va. She was the daughter of Gerry Leonard Deaver and Elinice Olivia Fitzgerald Deaver. She is survived by one son, Glen Roger Evans; one daughter, Rebecca Faye Evans; and seven grandchildren, Brian McDonald, Michelle Lobery, Elizabeth Evans, Emily Evans, Jenny Evans, Kathryn Evans and Sara Evans. She was very devoted to the ministry of the Lord. Her desire was to witness to the world about God's word. She often went to Mexico to deliver Bibles and Bible tracts. She also gave Bibles and Bible tracts to the Gospel Mission of Silver City. She spent her life doing the Lord's work. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


TRUJILLO: Michael L. Trujillo, 45, a resident of Silver City, entered into eternal rest Thursday, May 29, at University of New Mexico Medical Center in Albuquerque. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Baca’s Funeral Chapels, with the prayer vigil beginning at 7. Deacon Bill Holguin will lead in reciting the Holy Rosary. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with Father Rod Nichols officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery. Mr. Trujillo was born Jan. 21, 1958, in Reserve, to Orlando Trujillo and Ramona Chavez Trujillo. At the time of his death, he was a Public Works leadman with the town of Silver City. He enjoyed the outdoors and spent much time hunting and fishing. He loved trading for items and will be remembered for his great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Pauline G. Trujillo, and his son, Michael Trujillo Jr., both of Silver City; his mother, Ramona Trujillo of Santa Clara; two brothers, Lawrence Trujillo and his wife, Tommie, of Lordsburg, and Billy Joe Madrid of Prescott, Ariz.; and three sisters, Patricia Nuñez and her husband, David, of Bayard, Mary Diane Trujillo of Santa Clara, and Debbie Montes and her companion, Richard Altamirano, also of Santa Clara. Also surviving are his father and mother in-law, Mickey and Carol Grado; brothers-in-law, Mickey Grado Jr. and his wife, Christine, of Silver City, Robert Grado and his wife, Eva, of Tucson, Ariz., Richard Grado and his wife, Candice, of Silver City, and Carlos Grado and his wife, Brandi, of Silver City; and sisters-in-law, Yolanda Quintana and her husband, Ronald, of Las Cruces, and Linda Hernandez and her husband, Michael, of Silver City. He was preceded in death by his father, Orlando Trujillo, on Feb. 5, 2003, and a sister, Erlinda Mora, on Jan. 10, also this year. Pallbearers will be Billy Joe Madrid, Nicholas Nuñez, Mickey Grado Jr., Ronald Quintana, Joe Barrios and David Garcia. Honorary bearers will be Jesse Mora, Anthony Quintana, Mike Carrillo, Ruben Garcia, Lawrence Trujillo, Richard Armijo, Firpo Fresquez, David Nuñez, Richard Grado, Robert Grado, Carlos Grado, Mickey Grado Sr., Lorenzo Flores, Tony Jacquez Jr., Jimmy Salazar, Richard "Dickie" Escobar, Morris Trujillo, Lalo Castellano and town of Silver City employees. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels, U.S. Hwy. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


GIRARD: Esther Katherine Girard, 100, passed away Thursday, May 29, in Silver City Care Center, where she had lived since January. She celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 29. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Seventh and Texas streets, with the Rev. Robert L. Ihlefeld officiating. Mrs. Girard was born Jan. 29, 1903, in Arlington, Neb., and moved to Chicago at an early age. She married LeRoy Girard in August 1933. She is survived by one son, Phil Girard, and his wife, Joyce, of Silver City. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters and two brothers. Mrs. Girard and her husband retired to Tucson, Ariz., and lived there for 17 wonderful years. They were instrumental in establishing a new church there. The Girards moved to Reston, Va., to be near their son and his family. They lived in Virginia for 13 years, until the death of LeRoy in 1997. Mrs. Girard then moved to Silver City, once again to be with her son and his wife. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


WARD: Memorial services for Donald G. Ward, who passed away Dec. 18, 2002, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, at Fort Bayard National Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post No. 18. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


TRUJILLO: Samuel Jacob Trujillo, 19, a resident of San Lorenzo, passed away Wednesday, May 28, at Gila Regional Medical Center. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at Baca's Funeral Chapels. A wake service will begin at 6, with Deacon Bill Holguin.†Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 in the afternoon at Baca's Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. James R. Trewern of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church officiating.†Interment will follow at the Santa Clara Cemetery. He was born June 25, 1983, in Tyrone to George R. and Rosa Ann (Lopez) Trujillo II.†He was a 2001 graduate of Cobre High School, and listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students in 2001.†He was accepted into DeVry University.†He enjoyed his car, hunting and fishing, loved taking broken things and fixing them, and riding his four-wheeler. He is survived by his parents, George R. and Rose Ann Trujillo II, of the home; girlfriend, Elizabeth Cardenas of Vanadium; brother, Jason George Trujillo III of San Lorenzo; sisters, Pauline Virginia Trujillo and fiancÈ, Albert Allen Arrey, of San Lorenzo, and Patricia Suzanne Trujillo, also of San Lorenzo; cousins, Cammy and Kala Carrick of the family home;†maternal grandmother, Pauline Lopez of Santa Clara; maternal grandfather, Albert Lopez of Santa Clara; paternal grandmother, Virginia Rosales of Bayard; paternal grandfather, George Trujillo, and wife, Toni, of Estancia; and paternal great-grandfather, Lupe Trujillo of Hurley.†He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Henry and Diana Alcorta of Silver City, Ernie Sandoval and fiancÈe, Sandra Chavez, of Socorro, Tina and David Chavez of Los Lunas, Daniel and Gayle Lopez of Esparto, Calif., Elma and Joe Renteria of Montebello, Calif., Henry and Hilda Lopez of Lancaster, Calif., Delphi and Todd Orr of Silver City, Ernestine Torrez of San Lorenzo, Mary Lopez of Santa Clara, David and Ina Lopez of Bayard, Virginia De La Torre of Socorro, Elizabeth Yzaguirre of Las Cruces, Tommy Lopez of Santa Clara, Oralia and Jose Cantero of Hurley, Kathy Cardoza of Los Angeles, Marina De La Torre of Bayard and Arnold Chavez of Phoenix. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jose B. Rosales Jr. and Anita Rosales; uncles, Jose Miguel R. Trujillo, Albert Lopez, Joe Lopez, Reymundo Lopez, Jose 'Tirin' De La Torre and Bobby Cardoza; and aunts, Angie Martinez and Susan Vasquez. Casket bearers will be Henry Alcorta Jr., Ernie Sandoval Jr., Jason Trujillo III, Mark Leyba, Diego Chavez, Marty Hernandez Jr., Dennis Chavez and Daniel Chavez.†Honorary bearers will be John Lopez, Jose Trujillo Jr., Keith Romo, Larry Martinez and Ray Lopez Jr. Entrusted to the care of Baca&Mac185;s Funeral Chapels, U.S. Hwy. 180 East at Delk Drive.†Phone 388-2334.


TAYLOR: Dr. Robert E. Taylor, 75, passed away Wednesday, May 28, at Gila Regional Medical Center. Calling hours will be from 3-4 p.m. Sunday at Baca’s Funeral Chapels. The funeral service will be held Monday at 10 in the morning at Baca’s Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. Robert L. Ihlefeld, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; a sister, Margaret Baird, and her husband, Robert; and five nieces and nephews. Dr. Taylor was born Sept. 30, 1927, in Grants Pass, Ore., to Harold Taylor and Edith Grace Taylor. He received his bachelor of science degree cum laude from the University of Arizona in 1952. He was named a Paul Steer Burgess fellow and received his master of science degree in 1953. He served as state supervisor of Agricultural Education and state adviser to the Future Farmers of America in the Arizona Department of Education until 1959 when he began work on his doctorate at Ohio State University. He completed his degree in 1961, and was subsequently named to the faculty as an associate professor. He advanced to full professor three years later. Dr. Taylor was an internationally recognized scholar and leader in the field of work-force preparation. He founded and served as executive director of the National Center for Research in Vocational Education at Ohio State University from 1965 until he elected early retirement in 1986 to establish a consulting firm with his wife, Dr. Barbara Kline Taylor, in Silver City. During his 25-year tenure at Ohio State, he held professorial appointments in the Colleges of Education and Agriculture, and served as associate dean of both colleges from 1974 until leaving the university in 1986. Dr. Taylor served as a consultant to a wide variety of groups — educational and business — including state boards and departments of education, universities, research and development agencies and institutions, community colleges, local school districts, private career schools and colleges. He chaired the Council for Educational Research and Development, the organization of national research centers and regional educational laboratories, and was a member of the organizing board of directors of the Career College Association. Dr. Taylor received a number of awards and recognitions throughout his career. Upon his retirement, the Ohio State University board of trustees established the Robert F. Taylor Graduate Fellowship in Vocational-technical Education. The University of Arizona gave him its Alumni Achievement Award at commencement in December 1987. In 1997, the Association for Career and Technical Education bestowed upon him its highest award, the prestigious Carl Perkins Humanitarian Award. That same year, the National Association of State Directors of Vocational-technical Education conferred its Distinguished Service Award; previously, he had been made an honorary life member of the association. Since location in New Mexico in 1986, the governor appointed him to a four-year term as a member of the Commission on Higher Education in 1987. In 1998, Gov. Gary Johnson appointed him to a five-year term as a university regent at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, one of the West’s premier research universities. It is nationally and internationally recognized for its science and engineering programs. Dr. Taylor was an active member of Rotary, having served as president. He was the recipient of the designation, Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s highest award. Most recently, he became a member of the Western New Mexico University Foundation and was chairing its annual fund-raising committee. Pallbearers will be Chet Hansen, Gene Gruber, Dan Tressler, Dusty Hunt and Roger Hess. Memorials may be made to the Robert E. Taylor Graduate Fellowship Fund at Ohio State University, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1027. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


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DIAZ: Cora Romero Diaz, 75, formerly of Silver City, passed away Friday, May 23, in North Hollywood, Calif. Services were held Wednesday at the San Fernando Mission in Mission Hills, Calif. Interment followed at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Mrs. Diaz is survived by her husband, Fernando Diaz; daughter, Clara Diaz; mother-in-law, Lorenza Diaz of Silver City; four sisters, Ursula Bencomo and husband, Tony, of Silver City, Eva Costello and husband, Robert, of La Junta, Colo., Maria Romero of Pensacola, Fla., and Lucy Baca and husband, Marcilino, of Denver; and brothers, Manuel Romero Jr. and wife, Louise, and Jose Romero, all of La Junta. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Utter McKinley Mortuary of Mission Hill, Calif., is in charge of services.


KENNEDY: Ruth Genevieve Kennedy, 89, died peacefully Saturday, May 17, at The Cottages of Albuquerque, where she had resided since 1999. French Mortuary arranged the cremation and memorial service in Albuquerque on May 20. There was a burial service at Memory Lane Cemetery in Silver City on May 22. Mrs. Kennedy was born Sept. 17, 1913, in Colon, Neb. She graduated from Wahoo High School, and in 1935 received her degree as a graduate nurse from the University of Nebraska. She came to the Southwest, where she was licensed as a registered nurse in Arizona and New Mexico. She practiced most of her nursing in Santa Rita and Silver City hospitals. She married Nicholas L. Kennedy Jr. in 1941. They lived for more than 40 years in Hurley, where Mr. Kennedy worked for Kennecott Copper Corp. They had four children, Nick III, John, Nancy and Jenann. Mrs. Kennedy attended the Hurley Community Church and was a member of the Hurley Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. After her husband died in 1981, Mrs. Kennedy continued to live in Hurley, but moved to Albuquerque in 1987 to be closer to her grandchildren. She is survived by her sister, Marie; her four children; her grandchildren, Karen, Christine, Megan, Miriam, Kimberly, Sheila, Daniel and Nicholas; and one great-granddaughter, Paige Kathleen, who was born May 17, 2003. Bright Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.


LUNA: Max T. Luna, 64, a resident of Fort Bayard, entered eternal rest Tuesday, May 27, at Fort Bayard Medical Center. Cremation has taken place. A memorial Mass will be said at the Santa Clara Catholic Church on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 8 in the morning. Mr. Luna was born Sept. 16, 1938, in Hot Springs, now Truth or Consequences. He is survived by his "jefita," Sista Luna; brother, Abel Luna, and wife, Celia; sisters, Nadine Collins and husband, Jim, Debra Orozco, Norma Luna and Maxine Allensworth; sister-in-law, Trina Luna; aunts, Lydia Padilla and Elveria Luna; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Max Luna Sr.; mother, Lucy; and brothers, Albert, Frank and Victor. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


REYES: Amador T. “Moyer” Reyes Jr., 57, a resident of Hurley, entered into eternal rest Sunday, May 25, at Gila Regional Medical Center. Visitation will be held today from 4-5 p.m. at Baca’s Funeral Chapels. The prayer vigil will be held this evening at 7:30 at Infant Jesus Catholic Church in Hurley, with Father Dan Porter reciting the holy rosary. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated Thursday at 10 in the morning at Infant Jesus Catholic Church, with Father Porter officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Full veterans honors will be accorded. Mr. Reyes was born in North Hurley on Feb. 3, 1946, to Amador Z. Reyes Sr. and Guadalupe Terrazas Reyes. He retired from Kennecott Copper Corp. as a warehouse floorman. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, from 1966-68. He was an active member of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 358 and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was active in the community, having served as president of the Head Start Program. He coached Little League, Senior League and girls' softball for several years. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Patsy Reyes, of the home; three sons, Amador “Moyer” Reyes III and his wife, Debbie, of Hurley, Albert Reyes and his wife, Michele, of Hawthorne, Nev., and Ray Reyes of Las Cruces; a daughter, Rachel Reyes of Carson City, Nev.; seven sisters, Theresa Murillo and her husband, Ruben, of Hutchinson, Kan., Maria Moreno of Las Cruces, Irma Huerta and her husband, Manuel, of Hurley, Edna Ordonez of Tucson, Ariz., Martha Garcia and her husband, Andrew, of Hurley, Olga Huerta and her husband, Wero, of Hurley, and Rosemarie Quevedo of Hurley; seven grandchildren, Zachary, Jasmine, Joslyn, Amador IV, Victoria, Brandon Lee and Aaron; and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be members of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 358, Richard Marrufo, Robert Sandoval, Leo Ogas, Lorenzo Madrid, Cipriano “Cippy” Ogas and Armando Amador. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels, US. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


ROMERO: Cora Romero, 75, formerly of Silver City, passed away Friday, May 23, in North Hollywood, Calif. Services were held today at the San Fernando Mission in Mission Hills, Calif. Interment followed at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Mrs. Romero is survived by her husband, Fernando Diaz; daughter, Clara Diaz; mother-in-law, Lorenza Diaz of Silver City; four sisters, Ursula Bencomo and husband, Tony, of Silver City, Eva Costello and husband, Robert, of La Junta, Colo., Maria Romero of Pensacola, Fla., and Lucy Baca and husband, Marcilino, of Denver; and brothers, Manuel Romero Jr. and wife, Louise, and Jose Romero, all of La Junta. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Utter McKinley Mortuary of Mission Hill, Calif., is in charge of services.


EVERSON: John L. Everson, 72, a resident of Mimbres, entered into eternal rest Saturday, May 24, at his home. The funeral liturgy was celebrated today at 11 in the morning at the San Juan Catholic Church, with Father Dan Porter officiating. Interment followed at the San Lorenzo Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Everson was born April 16, 1931, in San Francisco to John Raymond Everson and Luella Francis Pino Everson. He was an electrical technician with the Department of Defense until his retirement. Surviving is his wife, Marilyn, of the home; three sons, William "Bill" of Chelan, Wash., John of Penn Valley, Calif., and Steven of Chilo, Calif.; four daughters, Bonnie of Waterford, Calif., Delores "Lori" of Orlando, Fla., Rebecca of Paso Robles, Calif., and Rosemary of Atascadero, Calif.; and a sister, Geraldine Dever. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be family members. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


BLOODWORTH: Letitia Bloodworth, 95, of Silver City passed away Saturday in Fort Bayard Medical Center. Services are pending with Bright Funeral Home.

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BELTRAN: Rumalda S. Beltran of Sierra Vista, Ariz., formerly of Santa Clara, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, May 20, at Sierra Vista Medical Center. Visitation will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at Baca’s Funeral Chapels, where the prayer vigil will be held at 7. Mr. David Castañon will preside. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Santa Clara Catholic Church, with Father Virgilio Flores officiating. Interment will follow at the Hanover Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest. Mrs. Beltran was born Feb. 7, 1916, in Santa Rita to Pedro Saborio and Margarita Ortiz Saborio. Mrs. Beltran’s love of children led her to become a foster grandparent at Central Elementary School. She was called "Grandma" by the many children she worked with. She will be remembered for her kindness, humor, and unconditional love, and teaching her children of God’s love and to always have faith. She is survived by a son, Bonifacio Saborio of Albuquerque; three daughters, Dolores B. Silva and her husband, Tony, of Santa Clara, Virginia B. Arrellin and her husband, Roman, of Tucson, Ariz., and Norma B. Montoya and her husband, Ysidro, of Sierra Vista; a brother, Felipe Saborio, and his wife, Chen, of Hurley; and 15 grandchildren, Richard, Lorrie and Valerie Silva, Elizabeth A. Schillinger, Mike and Mark Arrellin, Monica, Jessica and Israel Montoya, and Alicia Shirley, Margaret, Tony, Elizabeth, Frankie and Johnny Saborio. Twenty great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews also survive Mrs. Beltran. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ricardo Beltran, in August 1970; grandson, Porfirio "Porfi" Silva, on Dec. 27, 1999; brother, Pete Saborio, in March 2000; and sisters, Maria S. Chacon, in December 2002, and Hilaria S. Escoto, in March 2002. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels, U.S. Hwy. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


HORCASITAS: William Horcasitas, 87, of Santa Clara passed away Tuesday, May 20, in Silver City Care Center. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. today at Bright Funeral Home. The prayer vigil will follow at 7. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Santa Clara Catholic Church, with Father Virgilio Flores officiating. Mr. Horcasitas was born Dec. 8, 1915, in Santa Clara. He was the son of Joe and Adela (Lucero) Horcasistas. He is survived by his daughter, Christy Miller, and her husband, Rick; son-in-law, Danny Perez; eight grandchildren, Christopher Perez, Hector Madrid Jr., Lorraine Tipton and her husband, Rob, Jennifer Bair and her husband, Zach, Jessica Johnson, Diane Maldonaldo and her husband, Manny, Megan Miller and Jonothan Miller; eight great-grandchildren, David Torrez, Phillip Torrez, Michelle Torrez, Brandon Tipton, Matthew Bair, Rochelle Perez, Angelique Maldonaldo and Anna Marie Maldonaldo; and two sisters, Elizabeth Horcasitas of Las Cruces and Connie Contreras of El Paso, Texas. He was preceded in death in 2002 by his wife of 61 years, Minnie Horcasitas; his daughter, Anna Marie, in 2001; his daughter, Rosella, in 1974; his parents, Joe and Adela; his sisters, Margaret Mendez and Rita Gonzalez; and his brother, Fred Horcasitas. In his younger years, Mr. Horcasitas was a very successful baseball player. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the European Theater. Upon his return home from the war, he and his father ran the Trujillo General Store in Santa Clara. After his father's death, Mr. Horcasitas owned and operated the store for many years. He also served on the Cobre school board. He was known in Santa Clara for his beautiful yard, in which he took great pride. Pallbearers for Mr. Horcasitas are Donald Gonzales, Raul Gonzales, Rick Miller, Danny Perez, David Torrez Jr., Phillip Torrez, Jonothan Miller, Rob Tipton and Manny Maldonaldo. Honorary bearers will be Christopher Perez, Hector Madrid Jr., Sam Contreras Jr., Mark Mendez, the family of Roberta Polanco, Hector Myers, Les Swindel, Mauro Montoya Jr., Robert Montoya Jr., John Lee, Stephen Lee, Zach Bair, Patsy Gonzalez, Cathy Duran, Tommy Gonzalez, Tony Duran, Anthony Romero, Bernard McCullough and Raymond Ed Holguin. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PHILPOTT: Lou Era Philpott, 46, of Las Cruces passed away Saturday, May 17, at La Posada Mesilla Valley Hospice. She was born in Carlsbad to William and Lula Philpott on Nov. 5, 1956. She is survived by her brother, Kenneth M. Philpott, and wife, Liz, and her nephew, Michael, all of Silver City. She is also survived by two great-nieces, three great-nephews, an uncle, three aunts, numerous cousins, and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her father, in 1975, and her mother, in 1997. Ms. Philpott was a teacher for the hearing impaired at Oñate High School. She was also involved in theater. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Temple Baptist Church, 2300 E. Missouri Ave., Las Cruces, with Pastor Max Perkins officiating. Service arrangements are with Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory, 555 W. Amador, Las Cruces.


ROTH: Herman B. Roth, 86, of Silver City passed away Wednesday, May 21, at his home. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home. No services are planned at this time. Mr. Roth was born Sept. 27, 1916, in Hagerstown, Ind. He was the son of Raymond Roth and Bessie Brown Roth. He married Jenevieve Ramsey on July 23, 1945, in Dalton, Ga. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jenevieve, of the family home; two sons, James Michael Roth and his wife, Joann, of Richmond, Ind., and David W. Roth and his wife, Rhonda, of Silver City; two sisters, Helen Hudson and her husband, Lay, of Richmond, and Betty Anderson of Salisbury, Ind.; one sister-in-law, Genevieve; five grandchildren, James Michael Roth Jr., Angela Marie Wesler and her husband, Scott, of Richmond, Carrah Knee and her husband, Jeremy, of Las Cruces, Candice Roth of Silver City, and John Roth and his wife, Kathleen, of Williamsburg, Ind.; two great-grandchildren, Krystal Roth of Williamsburg, and Keegan Roth of Silver City; numerous other relatives; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Herman Duwayne Roth; four brothers, Russell Roth, Bob Roth, Jack Roth and Tom Roth; one sister, Roseann Roth; and one grandson, David Allen Roth. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, 111 W. Broadway, Silver City, NM 88061. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


ABALOS: David O. Abalos, 77, of Silver City passed away Sunday, May 18, in Fort Bayard Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. today at Bright Funeral Home. The prayer vigil at 7 p.m. will be recited by Deacon Jerry Bustillos. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with Father Rod Nichols officiating. Mr. Abalos was born Jan. 11, 1926, in Deming. He was the son of Juan Abalos Sr. and Isabel Ochoa Abalos. He is survived by five daughters, Virginia Bustillos and her husband, Jerry, of Silver City, Delia Sherman of Arenas Valley, Sally Abalos and her companion, Leo, of Rio Rancho, Isabel Gonzales of Rio Rancho, and Ernestine Abalos of Albuquerque; two sons, David Abalos of Albuquerque, and Robert Abalos and his companion, Annadel Maestas, of Albuquerque; 14 grandchildren, Edwardo Bustillos and Katrina Bustillos, both of Albuquerque, William Bustillos of Denton, Texas, Vanessa Sherman and her companion, Rudy Mesa, of Santa Clara, Nathaniel Sherman and Amanda Sherman, both of Silver City, Joshua Abalos of Rio Rancho, Rene Gonzales of Tucson, Ariz., Rachael Gonzales of Albuquerque, Michelle Abalos and Joseph Abalos, both of Albuquerque, Paula of Ruidoso, Ray Abalos Jr. and Stephanie Abalos; eight great-grandchildren; four brothers, Mike Abalos and his wife, Carmen, of Hurley, Alfredo Abalos and his wife, Eva, of Omaha, Neb., and Johnny Abalos, and Edward Abalos and wife, Cecilia, all of Silver City; and numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Anastacio Abalos; one sister, Socorro Carney; and two sons, Reynoldo O. Abalos and Steven Joseph Abalos. Mr. Abalos served with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. He was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad and by various grocery stores in Silver City. Mr. Abalos enjoyed playing the guitar, singing and running. He won several medals for running in the Senior Olympics. He was a Crusillista, a lector and a choir member at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. His favorite dessert was vanilla ice cream. Pallbeaers for Mr. Abolos will be his sons, David Abalos Jr. and Robert Abalos, and his grandsons, Ed Bustillos, Joshua Abalos, Nathan Sherman and Mark Lopez. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


UNDERWOOD: John M. Underwood, 74, of Bayard passed away Sunday, May 18, at his home. He was born July 10, 1928, in Thorton, Ark. He was a military policeman in the Army from 1946-47. He and his wife, Mattie, moved to Silver City in 1955. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mattie; sons, C.F. and Brenda Underwood of Quinlan, Texas, Doug and Lynne Underwood of Clovis, and John Underwood of Warren, Ark.; daughters, Wanda Underwood of Arenas Valley, and Brenda Gaussoin, Marie and Pat Peebles, and Betty and Larrie McCanna, all of Farmington; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his brother, Ray, and Doris Underwood, of Loving, Texas; a sister, Mary-Virginia, and Donald Thompson, of Del Norte, Colo.; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and too many friends to count. He was preceded in death by his parents, Coy and Mary; his brothers, C.F. and Franklin Underwood; and his sister, Alice Roper. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to any cancer society. The graveside service was held today at 2 p.m. at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. "If tears and sorrow could build a stairway to heaven, we would never be apart."


ROTH: Herman B. Roth, 86, of Silver City passed away this morning at his home. Services are pending with Bright Funeral Home.


BUENO: Domingo “Sunday” Bueno, 80, a resident of Silver City, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, May 13, at Fort Bayard Medical Center. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 22, beginning at 4 p.m. at Baca's Funeral Chapels, where the prayer vigil will be held at 7, with Deacon Jerry Bustillos presiding. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated Friday, May 23, at 10 in the morning at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with Father Rod Nichols officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Bueno was born Feb. 19, 1923, in Silver City to Miguel Bueno and Juana Madrid Bueno. He was a barber and a communicant at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. His brother, Daniel Bueno, and his wife, Rosie, of San Bernardino, Calif., and several nieces and nephews survive him. Pallbearers will be family members. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


HOOD: Thomas Barka Hood, 60, of Lordsburg passed away Tuesday, May 13, in Gila Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Lordsburg Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Lordsburg, with the Rev. Loren W. Turner officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Mr. Hood was born April 7, 1943, in Lordsburg. He was the son of Franklin Hood and Inez Barka Hood. He married Deborah Jelenich on April 21, 1973, in Palomas, Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Deborah, of the family home; his mother, Inez Hood; five children, Thomas D. Hood and his wife, Charlie, Alice J. Hood, Michael W. Hood and his companion, Teresa King, Kathryn J. Hood and her companion, Richard Cramer, and Joseph N. Hood; and seven grandchildren, Colton C. Carver, Hayden T. Hood, Daniel H. Alba, Bradley T. Hood, Hope M. Hood, Faith M. Hood and Tomrie J. Hood, all of Lordsburg. He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin Hood, and one daughter, Lori Ann Hood. Mr. Hood liked to participate in athletics while he attended school. A pilot and architect, he was a classic car enthusiast and enjoying playing pool. He was a very good businessman and enjoyed going to work every day. He was a great friend to all who met him. Mr. Hood was a great father to all of his children. He loved his entire family with his whole heart. He held his children and grandchildren closest to his heart. He will be missed very much by all. Pallbearers for Mr. Hood will be Thomas D. Hood, Joseph Barka Hood, Gabriel R. Lopez, Michael W. Hood, Lorenzo Hood and Richard S. Cramer. Honorary bearers will be Larry Hood, Franklin Hood Jr., Marcos Playier and Drew Playier. Lordsburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


McCURDY: Mikle Dean McCurdy, 43, of Reserve passed away Wednesday, May 14, in Gila Regional Medical Center. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home. No services are planned at this time. Mr. McCurdy was born Sept. 22, 1959, in Santa Ana, Calif. He was the son of Dean McCurdy and Nelly Edwards. He married Rhonda Fannin on July 8, 2001, in Las Vegas, N.M. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda; his parents; and four sisters, Cindy McCurdy, Vickie McCurdy, Bonnie McCurdy and Dorothy McCurdy. Mr. McCurdy was a manager for Goodyear Tire Stores. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


CONNELL: Oletta Minerva Connell, 90, of Hurley passed away Sunday, April 27, at her home, sur-rounded by her family and loved ones. Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3755 N. Swan, Silver City, on Saturday, with visitation starting at 9 a.m. and funeral services at 10 a.m. The graveside service will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery. Mrs. Connell was born June 29, 1912, in Dalton, Randolph County, Ark. She was the daughter of John Marbrook Benskin and Lucinda Emmaline Farley Benskin. She married Isaac Lorenzo Connell on July 15, 1932, in Silver City. He preceded her in death April 7, 1990. Mrs. Connell is survived by four daughters, Delva Coldwell and her husband, George, of Hurley, Zoe Van Heel and her husband, Gerhard, of Bakersfield, Calif., Kay Cook and her husband, Richard, of Hurley, and Fay Farr of Provo, Utah; a son-in-law, Lewis Farr, also of Provo; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family members who preceded her in death and are waiting to embrace her are her parents; her beloved hus-band, Isaac; their son, Wiley Lorenzo Connell; two grandsons; one granddaughter; two brothers, Marion Oscar Benskin and Joseph Leo Benskin; and three sisters, Sarah Eveline Benskin Lee, Alma Neomi Benskin Childers and Ada Naomi Benskin Dodge. Mrs. Connell had been a resident of Hurley since 1952. She held numerous positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mrs. Connell was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting, sewing, embroidery and painting. She was the best apple pie baker ever. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Pallbearers for Mrs. Connell will be George Coldwell, Gerhard Van Heel, Richard Cook, James Lamoreaux, Edwin Lamoreaux, Seth Whitworth, Paul Van Heel and Kenneth Farr. Honorary bearers will be Edward Lamoreaux, Isaac Lamoreaux, Greg Cook, Bryan Cook, Cory Farr, Kenneth Howse, Lewis Farr and Donald Sitze. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


LOVELESS: Jamie Alsip Conner Loveless passed away Friday, April 25, at the age of 48. She is survived by her son, Joe Wheeler, and daughter, Joni Wheeler, three grandchildren, her parents and four siblings. Graveside services will be held Monday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at the Glenwood Cemetery.


DOMINGO: Bueno Domingo passed away Tuesday at Fort Bayard Medical Center. Arrangements are pending. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels.


CHAPMAN: Dr. Carroll Winston Chapman, 69, of Silver City passed away Sunday, May 11, at his home. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home. No services are planned at this time. Dr. Chapman had been a Silver City resident since 1998. Born in Austin, Texas, on July 22, 1933, to Walter and Singie Chapman, he is survived by his wife, Glenda; daughters, Teri and Sheri; and a brother, Wayland. He attended Austin public schools until, at age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951 for a three-year tour of duty. He served in the 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, as an artillery telephone wireman in the Korean war from December 1951 until January 1953. After being honorably discharged from the Corps, he attended the University of Texas (Austin), where he received bachelor of science, master of science and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering; did research in upper atmospheric physics and electromagnetic wave propagation; and taught part-time courses in electromagnetic theory. Dr. Chapman also worked in industry for about 30 years, including a brief stint at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, Calif. He spent the bulk of his career in the petroleum industry, beginning in 1966, when he joined the California Research Corp. (Chevron) to work in the general area of geophysical research. He held several patents on electrical well logging techniques and methods as a result of his work. "We knew and appreciated him for his integrity; his exceptional intellect and his seeming exhaustible wit. He will be greatly missed." "Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." — Rossiter Worthington Raymond. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


MORALES: Miguel S. Morales, 90, a resident of Silver City, passed away Friday, May 9, at Fort Bayard Medical Center. He was born Sept. 28, 1912, in Silver City to Santarosa and Domitila (Salais) Morales. Mr. Morales left Silver City and worked for many years on the production line with Hunts Food. Upon returning to Silver City, he worked many jobs. He is survived by and lived with his great-niece, Yolanda Barrera, and her husband, Saustino, of Silver City. He also leaves many other nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Private services will be held at a later time. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


TIEDE: Joy Frederick Tiede, 77, of Tyrone passed away Sunday, May 11, at his home. The family will receive friends from 7–8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bright Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Swan Street in Silver City, conducted by Bishop Billy Billings. Interment will be in Ramah Cemetery in Ramah. Mr. Tiede was born April 7, 1926, in Cumro, Neb. He was the son of Karl F. and Edna Fay (Ashbaugh) Tiede. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude, of the family home; four sons, Billy Tiede and his wife, Linda, of Inman, S.C., Jesse Tiede and his wife, Barbara, of Palestine, Texas, Douglas Sullivan and his wife, Ilean, of South Jordan, Utah, and Bruce Sullivan and his wife, Vivienne, of Sandy, Utah; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Marvin Tiede and his wife, Donella, of Overton, Neb., Murl Tiede and his wife, Ilene, of Elwood, Neb., Karl Dean Tiede and his wife, Buelah, of Overton, Fred Tiede and his wife, Ruby, of Belen, and Jim Tiede and his wife, Cathy, of Lincoln, Neb.; and two sisters, Marvelle Lahm and Martha Tiede, both of Kerney, Neb. He was preceded in death by his parents. As a child, he learned to work at an early age on the farm with his father. After high school, he was drafted into the Navy, in July 1944. His first ship was the U.S. Polana AKA35. He served on many ships and submarines. His favorite was the submarines. He always said, “I traveled over, under and on most of the oceans and seas in the world." While he was in training in Virginia, he met and married Mary Maxine Gunter. From this marriage there were two boys, Billy Ray and Jesse. He was divorced from Maxine in 1970. While in the Navy, he learned the trade of an electrician. He served for 20 years and retired in 1964. After the service, he went to work for RCA in Thule, Greenland, and was then transferred to ROI Nimore Pacific Missile Range. After the contract expired for RCA, he went to work in Korea and Thailand. One of his favorite places in the world was Thailand. He said “the country is beautiful and the people are very warm and friendly." In 1972, he went to Gallup to visit his brother, Fred. There he stayed after he met Gertrude. He joined the Mormon Church in August 1973 and married Gertrude Rogers Sullivan in October of that year. She had two sons, Douglas and Bruce Sullivan, and this made four boys for Joy. He served in many callings in the church, and enjoyed helping and serving others. He also had many hours of service at Gila Regional Medical Center and loved all the people there. He was an extremely good man and dearly loved his family. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Pallbearers for Mr. Tiede will be Richard Tiede, Brian Tiede, Murl Tiede, Jim Tiede, Chuck Sullivan and Sterling Hamilton. Honorary bearers will be Smokie Sullivan, L.H. Rogers, Fred Tiede and Andy Lucero. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


MADRID-TIBBS: Diane Madrid-Tibbs passed away suddenly at her home in Roswell on Sunday, May 4, at the age of 47. She was preceded on death by her son, Jeramie Ramirez. She is survived by her father, Eliseo Madrid; mother, Alice Mendoza Madrid; husband, Don Tibbs; sisters, Marlene Chavez, Sandra Rodriguez, Nancy Madrid, Jeannett Otero and Brenda Madrid; brothers, Leo Madrid Jr., Jessie Madrid, Robbie Madrid and David Madrid; daughter, Crystal Ramirez; sons, Amon Sanchez, Tommy Ramirez Jr., Gabriel Ramirez and Isaac Ramirez; and other family members and friends, who loved and will miss her. The funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church in Belen on Friday at 10 a.m. The burial service was held Saturday afternoon at the Catholic Cemetery in Silver City. Arrangements are by Direct Funeral Services of Albuquerque.


LONG: Thelma B. Long, 98, of Tyrone passed away Tuesday, May 6, at her home. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Monday at Bright Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, also at Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Massey officiating. Interment will be in Memory Lane Cemetery. Mrs. Long was born Oct. 4, 1904, in Turtle Creek, Pa. She was the daughter of Charles Boden and Nellie Milner Boden. She is survived by her son, Wilfred Long Jr. of Tucson, Ariz.; two grandsons, Andrew Long of Tacoma, Wash., and Jason Long of Portland, Ore.; one great-grandson, Aidan Long of Tacoma; her former husband, Wilfred Long Sr. of Tucson; and numerous other relatives and friends. Mrs. Long was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Norma Gunther; an infant son; two sisters; and four brothers. Mrs. Long was a transplant from the Northeast and loved the milder climate of Silver City, including the more frequent blue skies with cotton clouds. Old friends from Maryland would ask, but, she had to say, she never found any silver in Silver City. At 91, she hiked the rugged Gila cliff dwellings tour, needing help with only the steepest steps due to her short stature. She attributed her stamina to all the running after children she did while caring for her own and friends' families. Until her last days, she enjoyed watching children play in the local park. Mrs. Long lived independently from 1978 until last June. The loss of her daughter, Norma, in 1998 seemed to be a turning point in her long life. She was devoted to church and regularly served on various women’s committees. Mrs. Long was a very loving and caring person, and will be missed dearly by her family and friends. Pallbearers for Mrs. Long will be Sam Lowen, Jeff Glenn, Pat Peralta, Art Veeder, Dwight Simpson, Jack Reese and Mac Jones. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


MEAD: The Rev. Deward Jesse "D.J." Mead, 76, died Wednesday, May 7, at his home in Peoria, Ariz., with his wife of 12 years and his family present. Funeral services will be held at 1 in the afternoon Monday at the First Baptist Church in Silver City, with Dr. Radford Hutcheson officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery with veteran honors accorded by the Grant County honor and color guards. He was born June 16, 1926, in Morris, Okla., to Artie Burr and Bessie Lee Oney Mead. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46 during World War II. For the past 30 years, he served the Lord as a Baptist minister, pasturing in more than 10 churches in the years. They were Mountain View Baptist Church in Alamogordo, South Manor Baptist Church in Roswell, Klamath Baptist Church in Klamath Falls, Ore., Macomes Baptist Church in El Paso, Texas, First Baptist Church in Allied Gardens, Calif., Crestview Baptist Church in Farmington, First Baptist Church in Raton, Urbandale in Dallas, Sixth Street Baptist Church in Silver City, Mimbres Baptist Church in Mimbres, and Bethel Baptist Church in Deming. The Rev. Mead is survived by his wife, Theta; four children, "D.J." Jr., Vicki, Gerald and Sheri; three stepchildren, Wendy, Robert and Randall; four brothers, Emil Victor Mead, Arvil Burr Mead, Artie Agusta Mead and Arbury Ernest Mead (Tode); and two sisters, Emma Naomi "Sis" Basinger and Bessie Fern "Betty" Phillips. The couple together had 25 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Ila-Ray "Betty" Mead. Casket bearers will be his grandchildren. The Rev. Mead was a man who touched every person he came in contact with. He was a truly special man who loved his family and will be missed by all. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


LANG: Donald Lang, 73, of Tyrone passed away Thursday, May 8, in Gila Regional Medical Center. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home. No services are planned at this time. Mr. Lang was born April 9, 1930, in Toledo, Ohio. He was the son of Lawrence Lang and Rose Mason Lang. He was married to Carolyn Jarrett. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of the family home; five sons, Terry Lang of Silver City, Greg Lang and his wife, Pam, of Clermont, Fla., Kevin Lang and his wife, Cem, of Longwood, Fla., Jeff Lang and his wife, Tema, of Honolulu, and Mike Lang of Longwood; six grandchildren, Jacob Lang of Clermont, Scott Lang of Mason, Fla., and Brendnen Lang, Dea Lang and Nikki Lang, all of Honolulu, and Rachel Capuzzi of Houston. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


GARFIELD: Merle Raymond Garfield Jr., born July 14, 1925, died Monday, May 5. He was born in Canton, Ohio, to Merle and Hazel Garfield Sr., one of seven children. He had five brothers and one sister. He moved to Fort Collins, Colo., at an early age and graduated from Fort Collins High. He served in the Army Air Corps as a bombardier in World War II. Mr. Garfield returned to Fort Collins and married Shirley Huffman on Aug. 21, 1949. After he graduated from Colorado A&M in 1950, the couple moved to Reserve. He bought the Reserve Water Works and taught high school for the next nine years. He later established Garfield Electric and went into partnership with Emil Kiehne on the Apache Gas Co. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley; three daughters, Gaythel Hawkins of Thatcher, Ariz., Gellen Atwood of Sylvania, Ohio, and Gwen Bounds of Elk Grove, Calif.; six grandchildren; three brothers, Larry, Wilbur and Duane; and one sister, Nancy Amend. Memorial services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Reserve Community Center.


CARRILLO: Ruben R. Carrillo, 60, of Kent, Wash., died Sunday, May 4. Born May 11, 1942, in Santa Rita, he served in the U.S. Navy, and retired from the Boeing Co. in 1997. He was an electronics engineer. Survivors include his wife, Rodora; mother, Herlinda Carrillo of Silver City; sons, Nolbert, Benjamine, Ruben and Robert; daughters, Linda Maya, Rosa Chavez, Julia Lua and Virginia Murrillo; stepsons, Dante and Romeo Pattuinan; stepdaughter, Fe Palmer; brothers, Rudy Carrillo, Ernie Carrillo and Benny Arellano of Silver City; sisters, Priscilla Mathena of Silver City and Adela Garcia; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation was to be held today at Marlatt Funeral Home in Kent. A vigil service will be held tonight at 7 at the St. Anthony Chapel of Holy Spirit Parish. The funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Kent. Burial will follow at Hillcrest In Kent.


MICHAELS: Richard A. Michaels, a resident of Pinos Altos and former resident of Madison, Wis., entered into eternal rest Friday, May 2, at Gila Regional Medical Center. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service was to be held today at 10 a.m. at Baca's Funeral Chapels, with Father Dan Porter officiating. Mr. Michaels was born June 9, 1930, in Madison to Benjamin Michaels and Mary Rock Michaels. He retired from the city of Madison as an athletic-field caretaker. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and riding horseback. He was a members of the Back Country Horseman Club. He is survived by his wife, Judith, of Pinos Altos; a brother, Raymond Michaels, and his wife, Marie, of Middleton, Wis.; and a sister, Barbara Erickson of Madison. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive, phone 388-2334, and Baca's Mimbres Crematory, 811 Gold St., Deming.


PLACENCIO: Lorenza “Lore” Placencio passed away Monday, April 28, at her home in Albuquerque. Calling hours will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at Baca's Funeral Chapels in Silver City with the prayer vigil beginning at 7, led by her beloved brother-in-law, Deacon Molina. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated Friday at 10 in the morning at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Bayard, with Father Marcos Reyna presiding over the Mass. The rite of committal and interment will follow at the Gila Cemetery, where she will be laid to eternal rest. She was born Sept. 11, 1940, in Santa Rita to Eustacio O. Placencio and Jacinta Chavez Placencio, and lived in Santa Rita and Bayard during the first several years of her life. She served on the financial committee and was a Eucharistic minister at the Church of the Risen Savior and Prince of Peace in Albuquerque. She devotedly loved and served the Lord. She provided the means to shelter the homeless, helped those in need, gave generously to the needy, and raised money for the poor in her annual Crop Walk. She had a deep and unconditional love for people who surrounded her. She was compassionate, caring, loving and generous. She served in BMX racing of Albuquerque in various capacities for many years. She was the president and CEO of Water Conservation Instruments, and owner and manager of Business Solutions in Albuquerque. She is survived by her son, Gus Parker, and granddaughter, Haley, of Albuquerque; eight sisters, Rufina Polanco and her husband, Gilbert, and Rosenda Armendariz and her husband, Gavino, of Bayard, Epifania Ybarra and her husband, Manuel, of Tucson, Ariz., Lupe Molina and her husband, Eddie, and Maria Elena Chagolla and her husband, Norbert, of Peoria, Ariz., Natalie Rolf and her husband, Allan, of Tidewater, Ore., Socorro Placencio of Henderson, Nev., and Doris Marin and her husband, George, of Silver City; two brothers, Ben Placencio and his wife, Rosie, of Alamogordo, and Nick Placencio and his wife, Genevieve, of Phoenix; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Eustacio “Venado” Placencio. Casket bearers will be her beloved nephews, Robert Udero, Michael Armendariz, Eddie Molina, Raymond Molina, Greg Ybarra, Rick Placencio, Norbert Chagolla Jr. and Eugene Chagolla. Honorary casket bearers will be Carlos Chagolla, George Marin Jr., and Richard Ben Placencio, and the rest of her nieces and nephews. Her hands are still now and her lovely heart has stopped beating, but her precious memory and the scent of the loveliest rose will remain with us forever. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


LONG: Thelma B. Long, 98, a resident of Tyrone, passed away Tuesday at her home. Services are pending with Bright Funeral Home.


BLACHFORD: Rosalina A. Blachford, 53, a resident of Arenas Valley, passed away Wednesday, April 30, at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. Funeral services were to be held at 2 p.m. today at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, located at 11600 U.S. 180 East, with the Rev. Jim Trewern officiating. Interment followed at Memory Lane Cemetery. She was born Aug. 9, 1949, in Bayard to Manuel and Lupe (De La Torre) Alderete. She married David Blachford on May 8, 1984, in Bayard. She was a homemaker and enjoyed volunteering in school and her church. She enjoyed collecting bears and angels. Her world revolved around her son and her husband. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her husband, David R. Blachford, son, Jacob Blachford, and mother, Lupe Alderete, all of the family home; brother, Rudy Alderete, and wife, Barbara, and their son, Nathan, of Anthony, Texas; and sister, Anna Morales, and her husband, Jesse, and their children, Ryan and Sarah, of El Paso, Texas. Mrs. Blachford was preceded in death by her father, Manuel, and brother, Daniel Alderete. Casket bearers were Jacob Blachford, Ryan Rivera, Jesse Morales, Gilbert De La Torre, Victor Nanez and Dennis Wagner. Honorary bearer listed was Sarah Rivera. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


GOMEZ: Rafaela Rios Gomez, 80, of Turnerville passed away Friday, May 2, in Gila Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. today at Bright Funeral Home. The prayer vigil will follow at 6 p.m., recited by Mrs. Francis Genera. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, with Father Virgilio Flores officiating. Interment will be in Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Mrs. Gomez was born April 12, 1923, in Lordsburg. She was the daughter of Julian Rios and Presentation Mesa Rios. She was married to Manuel A. Gomez, who preceded her in death Jan. 7, 1976. She is survived by six children, Linda Gomez Salas, and Esther Gomez Quesada and her husband, Cristobal, all of Albuquerque, Andy Rios Gomez of Turnerville, Dolores Rios Pennington and her husband, Robert, of Tucson, Ariz., Viola Gomez Amador and her husband, Daniel, of Albuquerque, and Virginia Rios Arriola and her husband, Francisco, of Tucson, Ariz.; two brothers, Joe "Lendo" Rios and his wife, Mariana, of Bayard, and Santiago Rios and his wife, Gloria, of Tucson; one sister, Sara Rios Flores of Arenas Valley; 18 grandchildren, Felix Salas Jr. and his wife, Rhonda, of Los Lunas, Elizabeth Salas and her fiancé, Pete Guevera, of Albuquerque, Edward Salas of Albuquerque, Robert Harvey and his wife, Lucia, of Guadalajara, Mexico, Theresa Quesada, Christina Quesada Sullivan and her husband, Tim, Andy Gomez Jr. and his wife, Esmeralda, and Manuel U. Gomez and his companion, Roxanne Sanchez, all of Albuquerque, Gabriel Underwood of Arenas Valley, Desiree Gomez and her companion, Mark Delgado, of Albuquerque, Angel Luis Pennington, Robert Renee Pennington, Edward Daniel Pennington, and Michael Shae Pennington, all of Tucson, Francine Gomez Amador of Durango, Colo., Sara Ann Alirez of Chicago, and Lynette Arriola and Francisco Arriola Jr., both of Tucson; 23 great-grandchildren; one aunt, Carmen Verdugo of Lordsburg; and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Francisco Gomez; and two brothers, Manuel Rios and Avel Rios. Mrs. Gomez first and foremost loved ALL her family. She loved to go exploring while camping, hiking or rock hunting. Her garden was her pride and joy. She worked for the Cobre School District in the cafeteria and as a foster grandparent. She was active with the Catholic Church and was a well-known member of her community. Pallbearers for Mrs. Gomez will be her grandsons, Felix Salas Jr., Edward Salas, Robert Harvey, Andy Gomez Jr., Manuel Gomez and Angel Pennington. Honorary bearers will be Gabriel Underwood, Frankie Arriola Jr., and Robert Renee Gomez. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


MICHAELS: Richard A. Michaels, a resident of Pinos Altos and former resident of Madison, Wis., entered into eternal rest Friday, May 2, at Gila Regional Medical Center. Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Baca's Funeral Chapels, with Father Dan Porter officiating. Mr. Michaels was born June 9, 1930, in Madison to Benjamin Michaels and Mary Rock Michaels. He retired from the city of Madison as an athletic-field caretaker. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and riding horseback. He was a members of the Back Country Horseman Club. He is survived by his wife, Judith, of Pinos Altos; a brother, Raymond Michaels, and his wife, Marie, of Middleton, Wis.; and a sister, Barbara Erickson of Madison. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive, phone 388-2334, and Baca's Mimbres Crematory, 811 Gold St., Deming.


PLACENCIO: Lorenza "Lore" Placencio, 62, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Tuesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels.


ACOSTA: Samuel J. Acosta, a lifetime Grant County resident, passed away Wednesday, April 30, in Houston. The prayer vigil, beginning at 7 Sunday evening at Baca’s Funeral Chapels, will be led by Dr. Gilbert Arizaga. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Newman Center, with His Excellency Bishop Ricardo Ramirez presiding and Father Marcos Reyna as co-celebrant. Concluding services and interment will follow at the San Lorenzo Cemetery. He was born Dec. 10, 1938, in Silver City to Augustine Acosta and Martina Jimenez Acosta. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956-58. He returned to Silver City and held positions as finance manager with TransAmerica Corp. and the town of Silver City. He was president/CEO of Chino Federal Credit Union until his retirement. He will be remembered for having served on the board of directors for St. Mary’s Academy until its closure. He was also an active parishioner at St. Francis Newman Center. He served on the Parish Council, directed the United in Ministry Campaigns, as well as being a lector for many years. He also served on the finance committee for the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces. Surviving are his two daughters, Anna Acosta Estrada and husband, Antonio Estrada, of Dallas, and Deborah Acosta Conder and husband, Carl Conder, of Houston; three grandchildren, Vincent Conder, and Gabriel and Sara Estrada; two brothers, John Acosta of Los Angeles, and Alex Acosta and wife, Gloria, of San Manuel, Ariz.; one sister, Connie Garza, and husband, Roger, of San Antonio, Texas; mother-in-law, Amalia Dominguez of San Lorenzo; and sister-in-law, Josie Dominguez Cochrane and husband, Dan, of Whittier, Calif. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora Dominguez Acosta, on Dec. 26, 2002. Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Jacoby, Martin Rael, Tommy Ryan, Ernie Gomez, Roger Garza Jr. and Peter Acosta. Honorary bearers are David Conway, Bill Acosta, Eddie Acosta, Soledad Horton, Jim and Ardis Hughes, Karen and Matthew Morant, Carl and Betty Woodward, Grace and John Clements, Brenda Gonzales Huerta, Gilbert Gomez, Dr. John O. Bell, Phil Kiss, John DePlazes, Eddie Ortiz, Tammy Gomez Avila, Amanda, Felicia and Candace Ortiz, Fermin Lopez, his godchildren, Lance Horton, Lorraine Horton, Annette Gomez Ortiz, Maxine Rael, Adrianna Ortiz and Robert Armijo. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


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