2001
Obituaries and Articles
Compiled by Marcena Thompson

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The Las Cruces Sun News©
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February 2, 2001

WRIGHT
Delores Wright (She died Feb. 2, 2001 in Santa Fe.)
David McCollum- Publisher, Harold Cousland-Editor, Sun-News, Las Cruces. When state Rep. Delores Wright, D-Chaparral, was fighting for her constituents in Dona Ana County, it was hard to ignore her. She believed passionately in the causes that most interested her, and made sure anybody she came across understood the depths of her beliefs. She could talk at length and convincingly about the pieces of legislation she sponsored and shared her enthusiasm for the legislative process, whether she was winning or losing on any particular bill. Even though she had fought health problems in recent years, she had taken her persistent attitude to the Capitol to again represent District 52 after winning a very close race in the Nov. 7 general election. Her death Friday morning toward the end of the Third week of the Legislature's current 60-day session was sudden and came as a shock to her family, to her fellow legislators and to her many friends around New Mexico.
Since 1993, she had been serving in the U. S. House of Representatives. She also was a member of the Gadsden Independent School District Board of Education for eight years, part of that time also serving in the House. She was one of the early believers and practical achievers who saw the potential for growth in Chaparral, part of which is in Dona Ana County and part in Otero County. As a real estate agent and developer, she helped spur that growth.
Rep. Wright first proved she was a fighter for her beliefs even before she was elected to the Legislature. She worked vigorously for many years to help make sure that New Mexico's water rights and availability were kept in this state and protected from El Paso, Texas, just across the state line. And, even after New Mexico's rights were upheld through litigation, she served as a watchdog against further attempted water grabs from out of state.
In the last two or three years, much of her effort was devoted to planning and raising money for her pet project; a recreation complex for children in Chaparral. She assiduously sought and obtained funds at the local, state and federal levels for the complex, which in her honor should almost certainly bear her name. Delores Wright was a public servant with passion. She will be greatly missed in Dona Ana County and in the New Mexico Legislature. This was in the Sun-News Saturday, Feb 3, 2001. She died Feb 2, 2001 in Santa Fe. Only two sons were mention, Jeff Rose from her first marriage and Alex Wright second marriage to Larry Wright. Her body laid in state in the Capitol rotunda, and her ashes were returned to Chaparral. I still need to find out when she was born and where. Submitted by Marcena Thompson
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Las Cruces Sun News
Feb. 3, 2001

BYERS
Sandra "Sandi" K. BYERS, 57, of Las Cruces died Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at her home. She was born August 15, 1943, in Chanute, Kansas to Leslie R. and Edna Carpenter BYERS. She had been an area resident the past fourteen years and was a Cosmetologist. Survivors include two sister, Patty KARP and Charlotte FINK both of Las Cruces; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two infant siblings. Cremation has taken place. Inurement of remains will take place at a later date in Kansas. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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DWYER
Herbert Harold DWYER, 89, of Las Cruces, died Wednesday, January 31, 2001. Mr. DWYER was born in Kansas to John C. and Tilda TINSLEY DWYER. He was a test pilot for Lockheed prior to his retirement. Mr. DWYER is survived by his wife Margaret of the family home; his five sons, Eldon DWYER of Columbus, NM; Gale (Linda) HERBERT DWYER of Downey, CA., John C. (Carmen) DWYER of Whittier, CA., Douglas (Jan) DWYER of Fallbrook, CA., Richard (Dustie) DWYER of Chino, CA., his brother, Emery (LaVerne) DWYER of La Puente, CA., his sister, Viola GRAHAM of Derby, KS., and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. Rev. Gary BOWSER of Fairacres Baptist Church. Graham Mortuary.
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Las Cruces Sun News
Feb. 3, 2001

SANDOVAL
Visitation for Thomas G. SANDOVAL, Sr., 32 of Las Cruces will be Sunday at Getz Funeral Home with prayer Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Georgina SANDOVAL of Las Cruces; son, Thomas SANDOVAL, Jr., Las Cruces; brothers, Louis SANDOVAL, of El Paso, and Eddie Joe SANDOVAL and Johnny SANDOVAL both of Alamogordo; sisters, Theresa TERRAZAS of Las Cruces, and Susanne TORRES, Veronica REYES and Gloria SANDOVAL, all of Alamogordo, and Natalia MONTOYA of Grand Prairie, TX.
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Lordsburg

ADAMS
Carol ADAMS, 54 of Lordsburg died Friday. Arrangements are pending with Lordsburg Funeral Home.
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Deming

TORRES
Funeral services for Federico (Lico) S. TORRES, 91, of Deming will be at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Intement at Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements are with Baca's Funeral Chapels. TORRES died Thursday at his home. Survivors include sons, Danny S. TORRES of Wilcox, AZ., and John S. TORRES and Luis S. TORRES, both of Deming; daughter, Carol S. TORRES of Las Cruces; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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PEtrEE
Funeral services for Dale Eugene PEtrEE, 64, of Deming will be at Baca's Funeral Chapel. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery. PEtrEE died Wednesday. Survivors include his wife, Betty PEtrEE of Deming; sons, Dale Eugene PEtrEE, Jr. of Deming, Kenneth Wayne PEtrEE of Grants and Johnnie Lee PEtrEE of Las Cruces; daughter, Ronda Jo NABOURS of Tucson, AZ.; brother, Malcolm PEtrEE of Albuquerque and Windell PEtrEE of Lovington; sister, Faye CURTS of Mt. Lake Terrace, WA; and six grandchildren.
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Hurley

MORROW
Visitation for Jessie Celia "Granny" MORROW, 93, of Hurley will be at Bright Funeral Home. Graveside services at Memory Lane Cemetery. MORROW died Thursday at St. Bayard Medical Center. Survivors include sons James LITTLETON MORROW of Grand Prairie, TX, Olin Winston MORROW of Timerville, VA., and William Dalton MORROW of Santa Fe., daughters, Naomi GRISBEE of Ft. Worth, TX., Nona EASTMAN of Hemet, CA., Romana LEGGETTof Converse, LA., sister, Addie WALLER of Broken Arrow, OK., and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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Santa Clara

RODRIGUEZ
Visitation for Benito Gaytan RODRIGUEZ, 80, of Santa Clara will be at Santa Clara Catholic Church. Interment at Ft. Bayard National Cemetery. Arrangements with Baca's Funeral Chapels. Rodriguez died Friday at his home. Survivors include his wife, Cecilia RODRIGUEZ of Santa Clara; son, Benito RUELAS RODRIGUEZ of Bayard; daughters; Mary Lou RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ and Guadalupe RODRIGUEZ GONZALES, both of Santa Clara; brother, Arturo HERRERA of Las Cruces; Sister Concepcion RODRIGUEZ MARQUEZ of Bayard; 10 grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
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Las Cruces
July 12, 2001

VALDEZ
VALDEZ, Roberto, 43, of Anthony died July 11, 2001, in Tucson, AZ. He was born Dec. 26, 1957 in El Paso, TX. to Jose Antonio and Cruz TORRES VALDEZ. At the time of his death he was a student at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Tucson, AZ., and was a member of the Catholic Church. Survivors include his loving wife, Teresa SIFUENTES VALDEZ, of the family home; one son, Robert VALDEZ and wife Claudia of Anthony; one daughter, Ana MORALES and husband Armando of Chaparral; his parents, Jose Antonio and Cruz VALDEZ of Anthony; five brothers; Javier LOPEZ, Victor VALDEZ and wife Yvonne all of Anthony, Joe VALDEZ and wife Dora CERVANTES of Santa Teresa, Frank VALDEZ and wife Ronnie of Berino, Alfredo VALDEZ and wife, Veronica of Westway; three sisters, Juana LOPEZ of Santa Fe, Guillermina DIAZ and husband, Alejandro of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Connie RAYMOND and husband, Tony HOLGUIN of Las Cruces. West Chapel of Baca's Funeral Chapel. Rev. Mar tin CORDERO officiating.
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July 23, 2001

MONTOYA
MONTOYA, Tomasa "Tommie" B., 79 of Las Cruces, died July 19, 2001. She was born Sept. 21, 1921 in Mesilla and proudly served her country in the U.S. Army during WW2. Tommie was a former member of the Catholic Daughters of America, the Ladies Auxiliary at Memorial Medical Center and VFW Post 3242. Tommie was a lifelong resident of Las Cruces and longtime parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Survived by one son, Arturo "Art" MONTOYA of Las Cruces, four daughters, Cecilia Angel and fiancée John trYON, Anna BRITO and husband, Bobby, Frances LOPEZ and companion Jaime HERNANDEZ, Maria "Trini" FORNI and husband, Mark all of Las Cruces; brother, Jesus "Chuy" BARELA and wife, Petra of Las Cruces; Isabel LUCERO and husband, Ignacio of Las Cruces; seven grandchildren, Sonya and Veronica Angel, Christina SALDOVAL, Dennis and Robby BRITO, Gabe and April MONTOYA; nine great-grandchildren, Joshua DIMAS, Janice MELENDREZ, Kimberly and Angel SANDOVAL , Pablo SOTO, Domonic.
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BARNER
BARNER, Louis Lee, 73 of Las Cruces died Wed. July 18, 2001 at La Posada, Mesilla Valley Hospice. Born June 18, 1928, in El Dorado, KS and had been an area resident since 1983. Served his country honorable in the U. S. Air Force reserves and retired as a boiler mechanic from Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. Survivors include his wife, Louise M. BARNER of the family home; one son, Jeffery B. BARNER and wife, Diane of La Crescenta, CA.; two daughters, W. Lee SMITH of Milliken, Colorado, and Cindy trAUSCH and husband, Randy of Tucson, AZ.; one brother, Ray BARNER of Ft. Wayne, IN; one sister, Lois LANDIS of Mesa, AZ., two stepsisters, Donnna FURLON of Greenville, MA., and Dortha YOST also of Ft. Wayne. Other survivors include fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by a son, Thomas Eugene BARNER. Cremation has taken place. Baca's Funeral Chapels and Baca's Mimbres Crematory.
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VILLA
VILLA, Antonio P., 74 of Las Cruces died Thu. July 19, 2001 at Memorial Medical Center. Born Jan. 10, 1927 in Las Cruces to Antonio and Carlota PINON VILLA. He was a farmhand, a member of Laborers Local Union # 16 and the Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Corina M. of Las Cruces; two sons, Ramon of Glendale, AZ., Antonio of Las Cruces; two brothers, Victor VILLA of Mesilla, Benny VILLA of Sacramento, CA.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ramona AGUIRRE. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Interment at San Albino Cemetery.
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Deming

YOCUM
YOCUM, Fredric Ira, 77 Deming passed away Thu. July 19, 2001 at Memorial Medical Center. Born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania on April 17. 1924 to Robert A. YOCUM and Mary Jane KILMER YOCUM. WW2 enlisted in the US Army, Sept. 1942 and was Sgt. in the 748th Tank Battalion with General Patton's 3rd Army in Europe which participated at the Battle of the Bulge. Made his home in Greater Miami, FL, and was owner of Fredric YOCUM Printing Co. He was active in civic affairs and was past president of the Hialeah Civic Benevolent Association and former member of Fraternal Order of Police Associate and Milander Lions Club. Member of Hialeah Moose Lodge and Legion of the Moose. Retired from the printing business in August 1987. In 1993, he and his wife Geraldine moved to Deming, where he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and also a volunteer at the Deming-Luna Co. Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center. Also member of VFW, American Legion and DAV, Deming Gem and Mineral.
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SAENZ
SAENZ, Ernesto A., 76, of Deming, died Sat. at his home. He was born in Ontario, CA. to Juan SAENZ and Ignacia ARIA SAENZ. He married Maria Guadalupe TERRAZAS in 1951. He was a ranch hand and had been a resident of Deming since 1975. He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Ernesto, Juan SAENZ, both of Deming and Toribio SAENZ of Mexico; a daughter, Nancy SIERRA, of Las Cruces; three brothers, Palemon and Raymundo SAENZ, both of Mexico and Gabino SAENZ of CA., three sister, Emma TERRAZAS of Ft. Bayard, Martha HERNANDEZ of Juarez, Mexico, Maria Elena TERRAZAS of Mexico. Preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters, Ramon, Rodrigo, Olaya and Maria Luisa.

July 25, 2001

JACKSON-BOOTH
JACKSON-BOOTH, Ida Jean, 68, of Las Cruces and formerly of Hatch died Mon. July 23, 2001 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born Sept. 4, 1932 in Ada, OK to Clifford and Ollie Josephine Hale DUNLAP. Survived by her son; Frank JACKSON and wife, Rena, daughters; Rebecca BOOTH, Frankie LUCERO and husband, Marcos, Pauline SHIPLEY and husband Dale; Roxanne NESRSTA, Janice BOYDSTON and husband, Alan, Rita JACKSON and husband, Leroy, Elizabeth JACKSON and husband Jerry Don, Rhonda JACKSON and Janet JACKSON, sister, Ruth CARPENTER. Preceded in death by her parents, brother, Alvie Lee and sister, Inez. Getz Funeral Chapel.
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EVANS
EVANS, Susan C., 92 of Las Cruces passed away on Mon. July 23, 2001 at Casa Del Sol Nursing Facility. She was born in Waukegan, ILL. on Dec. 19, 1908 to Sidney Moses CALKINS and Chloe MITCHELL CALKINS. She married Wm. E. EVANS who preceded her in death in 1977. She was very active in the China Painting Club, Las Cruces, chapter 20 Order of the Eastern Star and the Las Cruces Assembly 149 social Order of the Beauceant. She was the bedside teacher for the Gadsden School District for ten years. Survived by her children, Patricia E. HOWELL, of Las Cruces, Mrs. Janice E. BURROWS and her grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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LEON
LEON, Antonio O., 25, of Las Cruces died Sat. July 21, 2001 in Buckeye, AZ. as a result of an automobile accident. Born March 8, 1976, in Ft. Hancock, TX to Carlos and Gloria OJEDA LEON. He spent his childhood years in Mexico where he attended grade school. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1994, received a Bachelor's Degree in Technical and Mechanical Engineering from NMSU in May 2001. At the time of his death he was employed as a Construction Engineer with Zachary Construction Co. in Arlington, AZ. Survivors include wife, Nancy CONTRERAS LEON of the family home; one daughter, Zaire Teresa LEON; one unborn child; his parents; one brother, Carlos de Jesus LEON; two sister, Kenia and Maria Janet LEON, all of Las Cruces. West Chapel of Baca's Funeral Chapels, Las Cruces. Interment at Tortugas Cemetery.
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Las Cruces Sun News
Wedesday August 1, 2001

BROWNFIELD
John V. BROWNFIELD, 53, lifetime Luna Co. rancher died at his home in Las Cruces on July 28. Services at First United Methodist Church in Deming. Cremation has taken place. Born in Las Cruces on Jan. 25, 1948. He was raised on the family ranch in Deming. He graduated from NM Military Instiute in 1966 and NM Military Institute Jr. College in 1968. Graduated from NMSU in 1971 with a BS in Biology/Ag Engineering. Member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Served in the US Army as a 2nd Lt. stationed in Ft. Hood, TX. Returned to the family ranch in 1973. Served on many local boards such at Farmers Home Admin, US Soil Conservation Service, Farmers Inc, NM Military Institue Alumni Advisory Board, Sun Products, and Luna Co. Hospice. He was recognized as the Outstanding Conservation Rancher in Deming Southwest Conservation District in 1982. Co-owner of several businesses, Goodsight Inc. cattle ranch in Deming, Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Silver City and Sun Products in Deming. Survived by wife, Marsha and two sons, D. Keith and Jesse L. of Las Cruces, brother A. D. Brownfield, # of San Antonio, TX, sister, M. Lea Brownfield of Mesilla. Preceded in death by his father A. D. Brownfield Jr. and mother Grace L. Brownfield. Baca’s Funeral Home. Deming.
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CHERYE
Geraldine "Geri" CHERYE, 81, died at home on July 27, 2001. Born April 25, 1920 in Adrian Missouri to Oscar and Fern Wagner. Graduated from Kansas City University School of Nursing and served in the Army Nurse Corps during WW2. While on leave to the French Rivera, she met Fred CHERYE and married 6 weeks later on Sept. 12, 1945 in Gundelshiem, Germany. Geri and Fred made their first home in Adrian, MO, than moved to Chicago, ILL. Later they moved to NY and then Connecticut. July 1970 they moved to Las Cruces where Geri retired from nursing.Active with the Picacho Hills Women’s Golf Association and Picacho Hills Women’s Bridge Group. Survived by her husband Fred of 56 years, one son, Rick of Austin, daughter, Cherylee TOMBAUGH and husband Al of Las Cruces, brother, Willis WAGNER of Des Moines, Iowa, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren. Interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. Graham Mortuary.
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FLOREZ
Esther PEREZ FLOREZ, 84, of Las Cruces died July 29, 2001. Born Sept. 23, 1916 in Placitas, NM to Jose and Luz PEREZ. She loved gardening and being a foster parent. Survived by her sons, Ray, Andy, Jerry and wife Genevieve, George and Wife Rose and Arthur all of Dona Ana, David and Valentine both of Las Cruces, brother, basilio FLOREZ of Ysleta, TX, also 24 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, 4 great gg grandchildren, two unborn on the way. Preceded in death by daughter, Frances F. ZUNIGA. Getz Funeral Home.
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RODRIGUEZ
Fernando (Nando) R. RODRIGUEZ, 67, died Thurs. July 19, 2001 at home. Born in Las Cruces March 31, 1934 to Guadalupe and Anselma RODRIGUEZ . Served in the US Army. Survived by his wife, Jenny, three sons, Fernando of AZ, Pete of Wisconsin and Johnny of CA; 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; two sisters, Vicken MURILLO (Joe) and Maria Vita ESPINOSA (Fred). Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Jose, Lupe, Arnaldo and Javier. Baca’s Funeral Home. Interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
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SANCHEZ
MANUEL H. SANCHEZ, 74, died Mon. July 30, 2001. He was born May 26, 1927 in Kansas City, KS to Manuel and Gregoria HERNANDEZ SANCHEZ. He retired for maintenance dept. at NMSU in 1989 and a devoted parishioner at Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Suvivors include his wife of 56 years Guadalupe A.; sons, Enrique A., Samuel A., Frederico Freddie A. and Manuel A. Jr. all of Las Cruces; daughters; Dolores s. GARCIA, Ramona S. HEREDIA both of Las Cruces; brothers, Eduardo H, Eugenio H., both of Las Cruces; sisters, Celia S. LUCERO of Mesilla, Angelita S. BENAVIDEZ of Fresno, Ca; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren. Getz Funeral Home. Cremation done and interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery at a later date.
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MEDOFF
Thelma Irene MEDOFF, 88, died July 29, 2001 at her home in Las Cruces. Born Dec. 27, 1912 to Irving and Minna BUTT in Brooklyn, NY. Survived by her sons, Mark and Bud, by their wives Stephanie and Natalie, and grandson Brooks all of Las Cruces; granddaughters Debra MARKS, husband Ross, Melissa MC CAULEY, husband Chris, Rachel HARRISON husband Robert, and Jessica MEDOFF; great grandsons, Kagen and Mason MARKS. As a young woman, she put her husband of 47 years, Lawrence R. MEDOFF through medical school in Chicago. She entered college in 1958, graduating with honors from the University of Miami with a BA in Psychology in 1962. Received her Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from Barry College in 1966. She was a case worker for the Miami Special Youth project and later was named Director of Psychological Testing at Barry College, where she served on the faculty and did individual counseling and testing for 16 years. She reviewed books for the Miami Daily News for may years and was accomplished painter and writer. Avid duplicate bridge player and achieved her Life Master designation as a member of American Contract Bridge League Unit 380 in Las Cruces. Getz Funeral Home.
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Mesquite

GONZALES
Mauel T. (Pappy) GONZALES, 70, died July 29, 2001. He was born June 22, 1931 to Miguel and Maclovia GONZALES in Elder, Colo. He was a co-founder and builder of San Martin de Porras Catholic Mission in Butterfield Park, NM. Retired after 31 years of Federal Civil Service at White Sands Missile Range. He was a Cursillista since 1985. Survived by his wife of 53 years Mary; son, Mauel (Sonny) and wife Sylvia, daughters Tina FIERRO husband Albino, Lucille MONTOYA husband Don, Carolyn (Carrie) TELLES husband Ruben. 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Interment at St. Joseph’s Catholice Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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Dona Ana

MADRID
Magdalena F. MADRID, 62, died July 30, 2001. She was born May 28, 1939 in Las Cruces to Casimiro and Maria PARRA FERRALES. Graduated for Las Cruces High School in 1955. Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Leo G; two sons, Lawrence of Tucson, AZ, Ruben of Knoxville, Tenn; one daughter, Linda F. SMITH of husband Ralph W. of Las Cruces; five brothers, Frank, Guadalupe and Arturo FERRALES all of Las Cruces, Jose of Tortugas, and Manuel of Tucson, AZ; three grandchildren Eli Matthew MADRID, Heather and Madison SMITH. Preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Casimiro FERRALES Jr. and one sister; Bernadine LUCERO. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Baca’s Funeral Chapel. Services at Our Lady of Purification Catholic Church.
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Deming

MUNOZ
Sony Rey MUNOZ, 35 died in Tallahassee, FL died July 11, 2001. Born July 12, 1966 in Deming. Survived by his father Santiago MUNOZ 3rd and wife Carla of Las Cruces; stepbrother, Kevin EDGINGTON, mothe Sylvia ST. John of Tallahassee, FL; one sister, Sandra WILDER, niece Elizabeth LONGEVER both of Tallahassee, ; paternal grandparents Santiago and Genoveva MUNOZ of Las Cruces; her paternal great-grandmother, Antonia VALENZUELA of Mendota, CA; uncle Gabriel MUNOA and wife Yolanda of Anthony, TX; David MUNOZ and wife Irene of Las Cruces; aunts, Alicia HERRERA of Las Cruces, Elva MONUZ and Jerry RIOS of Las Cruces, Yolanda MUNOZ and Uncle Pete of Las Cruces. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery and services at Hillcrest Chapel.
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Anthony

GOMEZ
Librado GOMEZ, 48, died July 30, 2001 at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, TX. Born April 22, 1953 in El Paso to Librado and Concepcio De La Rosa GOMEZ. He was a farm laborer and member of the Catholic Church. Survivors include one son, Arturo Librado Jr; his mother, Concepcion both of Anthony; three brothers, Valerio of Sunland Park, Jacinto of El Paso, Richard of Canutillo, TX; five sisters, Emilia DOMINGUEZ of Chicago, Manuela GOMEZ, Maria DELGADO and Juana GOMEZ all of Anthony, Marina GOMEZ of El Paso. Preceded in death y his father; one brother, Jose , one nephew, Isaac DELGADO. Interment in Anthony Cemetery. Baca’s Funeral Chapel.
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August 8, 20001

BROWN
Fita MONTOYA BROWN, 80, died Aug. 2, 2001. She was born in Pena Blanca, NM, June 28, 1921 to Miguel and Trinidad MONTOYA. She started her career in 1943 as a nurse with the US Army. From the small town of Pena Blanca, she found herself climbing down the rope ladder of a U. S. ship with a duffel bag on her back onto Normandy Beach. She remained in Europe until the end of the WW2. After the war she married David M. BROWN and settled in Santa Fe, NM. Fita was a superb nurse who devoted her career to the Indian Hospital as a public health nurse. She moved from the position of a floor nurse to become the Director of Nurses at the Santa Fe Public Health Service Indian Hospital where she held this position until she retired. During her career as a Director, she was awarded the Dept. of Health Education & Welfare Public Health Service, Superior Service Award on May 14, 1976, in a ceremony in Washington, D. C. for her life long dedicated service to the Indian people and the PHS in the field of Clinical nursing. Her husband preceded her in death in 1972; siblings, Miguel, Deolinda, Celina, Josefina, Margarita, Annabelle, and Ella. Survived by a sister Molly ANDRES and brother, Antonio MONTOYA; one son Maury and wife Susan BROWN of Las Cruces, three daughters, Jennifer and husband Joel JONES of El Paso, Karen and Jim WEAVER of Hazelton, Idaho, Melanie and Mark Cole of Santa Fe; 8 grandchildren. Interment at National Cemetery in Santa Fe with military honors.
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HIERS-ROBINSON
Cynthia A. HIERS-ROBINSON, daughter of Jean Hiers, died Aug. 4, 2001 after a short illness. Her husband, Eugene ROBINSON and her father Col. Maurice D. HIERS, preceded her in death. Cynthia was born May 26, 1947 in Baltimore, MD. Graduated in 1970 from NMSU with Bs in Biology. She served two years as a Naval Communications Officer at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, returned to complete a Master of Art in Educational Management and Development at NMSU in 1983 completed some course work towards a Ph. D. She worked for the City of Las Cruces in the Wastewater Dept. from 1975-1978. Next 23 years she taught wastewater resources and related subjects at NMSU’s Dona Ana Branch and became a full professor in 1997. She married Eugene ROBINSON in 1974 and lived in Las Cruces. When not teaching at NMSU, she enjoyed vacationing at Martha’s Vineyard Island on the Great Tisbury Pond. survivors are her mother, Jean HIERS of Las Cruces; sister; Jeannine SAMPLE of Alexandria, VA; brothers; Maurice HIERS Jr. of Northoro, MA and Richard HIERS of Albuqueruqe. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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NUNEZ
Jose Guadalupe "Lupe" NUNEZ, 74, died Monday Aug. 6, 2001. Born Jan. 20, 1927 in Parral, Chihuahua, Mex. and had been an area resident for fifty years. Retired as custodian from NMSU. Survivors include wife of forty-six years, Victoria AGUIRRE NUNEZ; two sons, Samuel and wife Paula, Guadalupe Jose and wife Maria all of Las Cruces; four daughters, Ana NYGRE and husband Terry of Tucson, AZ; Gracie GARCIA and husband Carlos of Espanola, Sylvia BRIONES and husband Sal of Las Cruces, Lucy PENA and husband Sergio of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mex, eight grandchildren, his parents preceded him in death, Sanuel and Anita SAENZ NUNEZ. Interment at San Albino.
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Las Cruces Sun News
August 10, 2001
Bernio

DOMINGUEZ
Emilia HERNANDEZ DOMINGUEZ, 62 of Berino, died Wednesday, Aug. 8. She was born Nov. 18, 1938 in Chihuahua, Mex. to Blas and Cruz HERNANDEZ. Emilia was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Berino, where she was a Catechism Teacher. She is survived by her sons, Manny and wife Mary, Jessie and wife Celia, Blas and wife Rachel and Joey and wife Vanessa all of Berino, Frank and wife Anita of Mesquite, Eddie and wife Norma of Las Cruces; daughters, Loren SCHOONOVER and husband Edward of El Paso, and Adela MUNOZ of Berino; brother, Bla HERNANDEZ ; sister, Sevastiania VALENZUELA, Margarita and Estella AGUIRRE, 20 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Rafael. Rite of Committal at Berino Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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La Mesa

MADRID
Roberto "Beto" C. MADRID, 76, of La Mesa died Aug. 8, 2001 at his home. Born Sept. 15, 1924 in Anthony to Arcario and Canuta CANDELARIA MADRID. Survivors include his wife Hortencia "Tencha" APPELZOLLER MADRID, one son, Robert Jr. wife Diane of Tucson, AZ, five brothers, Edward CANDELARIA of Anaheim, CA; Ramon MADRID of Brea, CA; Jose MADRID of Anthony; six sisters, Josefa AVALOS and Herminia MADRID both of Las Cruces, Maria ALDAZ and Magdalena TELLEZ both of Anthony, Nellie BARRON of El Paso and Angie JOHNS of Daleville, Alabama; three grandchildren, one great-granddaughter. Preceded in death by his father, Arcario MADRID in 1958; his mother, Canuta C. MADRID in 1964; one brother, Alejandro MADRID in 1998. Interment at Anthony Cemetery. Baca’s Funeral Chapels.
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Las Cruces

REYES
Maria DE LA LUZ REYES, 26 of Las Cruces died Monday Aug. 6, 2001. Maria was a homemaker and been a area resident for over a year. Survived by her husband Manuel, one son, Jesus REYES, three daughters Maira, Alma, and Karina REYES all of Las Cruces; mother and father, Eloy and Juana BARRON; two brothers Jesse and Eloy BARRON Jr.; three sisters Sandy, Jenny and Abigail BARRON. Interment at Masonic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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Truth or Consequences

WAKEFIELD
Lillian Wakefield, 90 of T or C died Tuesday at NM State Veterans’ Home. Preceded in death by her husband William L. Wakefield. Survivors include her daughter, Elsie L. HENDERSON of T or C; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. No services are planned at this time. Sierra Funeral Home.
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Caballo

WILLIAMS
James Travis WILLIAMS, 81 of Dona Ana and Sierra Counties died July 29, at his home in Caballo. A private burial has taken place at the Hatch Municipal Cemetery. Sierra Funeral Home.
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Las Cruces Sun News
August 10, 2001
Bernio

DOMINGUEZ
Emilia HERNANDEZ DOMINGUEZ, 62 of Berino, died Wednesday, Aug. 8. She was born Nov. 18, 1938 in Chihuahua, Mex. to Blas and Cruz HERNANDEZ. Emilia was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Berino, where she was a Catechism Teacher. She is survived by her sons, Manny and wife Mary, Jessie and wife Celia, Blas and wife Rachel and Joey and wife Vanessa all of Berino, Frank and wife Anita of Mesquite, Eddie and wife Norma of Las Cruces; daughters, Loren SCHOONOVER and husband Edward of El Paso, and Adela MUNOZ of Berino; brother, Bla HERNANDEZ ; sister, Sevastiania VALENZUELA, Margarita and Estella AGUIRRE, 20 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Rafael. Rite of Committal at Berino Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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La Mesa

MADRID
Roberto "Beto" C. MADRID, 76, of La Mesa died Aug. 8, 2001 at his home. Born Sept. 15, 1924 in Anthony to Arcario and Canuta CANDELARIA MADRID. Survivors include his wife Hortencia "Tencha" APPELZOLLER MADRID, one son, Robert Jr. wife Diane of Tucson, AZ, five brothers, Edward CANDELARIA of Anaheim, CA; Ramon MADRID of Brea, CA; Jose MADRID of Anthony; six sisters, Josefa AVALOS and Herminia MADRID both of Las Cruces, Maria ALDAZ and Magdalena TELLEZ both of Anthony, Nellie BARRON of El Paso and Angie JOHNS of Daleville, Alabama; three grandchildren, one great-granddaughter. Preceded in death by his father, Arcario MADRID in 1958; his mother, Canuta C. MADRID in 1964; one brother, Alejandro MADRID in 1998. Interment at Anthony Cemetery. Baca’s Funeral Chapels.
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Las Cruces

REYES
Maria DE LA LUZ REYES, 26 of Las Cruces died Monday Aug. 6, 2001. Maria was a homemaker and been a area resident for over a year. Survived by her husband Manuel, one son, Jesus REYES, three daughters Maira, Alma, and Karina REYES all of Las Cruces; mother and father, Eloy and Juana BARRON; two brothers Jesse and Eloy BARRON Jr.; three sisters Sandy, Jenny and Abigail BARRON. Interment at Masonic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.

Las Cruces Sun News
August 11, 2001

NEVAREZ
Dorothy B. NEVAREZ, 87, died Wed. Aug. 8, 2001. Born Nov. 29, 1913 in Las Cruces to Jesus and Adela FITCH BERNAL. Dorothy was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Society. Survived by her two sons, Gibert and wife Hilda of Las Cruces and Joseph and his wife Patricia of Prescott, AZ; daughters, Irma TORRES and husband Lawrence of Sun Valley, CA, Stella SNODGRASS and husband Milton of Las Cruces, Cynthia NEVAREZ of Rialto, CA; sister, Minnie SANCHEZ of Las Cruces who is the last of 11 children from the union of Jesus and Adela and by 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Joe C. NEVAREZ and by her parents. Getz Funeral Home, interment at San Jose Catholic Cemetery.
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Truth or Consequences

LEIGON
Visitation for Wm. D. "Bill" LEIGON, 89, of T or C at First Baptist Church. Interment at Tucumcari Memorial Park cemetery in Tucumcari. LEIGON died Wednesday. survivors include his wife Faye A. LEIGON of T or C; daughter, Mary Faye SNELL of Richmond, TX; brothers, Ralph LEIGON of Las Vegas, NV and Barney LEIGON of Carlsbad; sister, Lucille SCHOONOVER of Liberal, KS; one grandson and one great-granddaughter. French Mortuary of T or C, Inc.
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Las Cruces Sun News
August 14, 2001
Gasfield

BOUVET
Remigio R. BOUVET, 70, of Garfield died Saturday Aug. 11, 2001 at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. Born Dec. 8, 1930 in Garfield to Benjamin and Pueblita GARCIA BOUVET. Remigio was in the US Army and served our country in the Korean War. He was a long self-employed farmer. Survived by one son Florencio BOUVET, two daughters Pueblita and Josephine BOUVET all of Las Cruces, five sisters, Margaret TORRES of T or C, Herminia TORRES of Albuquerque, Antonia CORDERO and husband Tino of Garfield, Mary BACA and husband Ruben of El Paso, TX, Beatrice BERNAL and husband Ronnie of Las Cruces; one granddaughter Maryssa BOUVET. Preceded in death by wife Maria Q. BOUVET, brother, Martin, Luis, Elias, and Joe Mike BOUVET, sister, Josephine GULLICKSON. Getz Funeral Home. Interment at Garfield Cemetery.
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Truth or Consequences

LA BOUNTY
Richard George LA BOUNTY, 75, of T or C died July 27 at his home. Survivors include his son, Richard James LA BOUNTY of West Minister, Colo., daughters, Mary Jane CHRISTNER of Webster, Wis, and Faye PFUNDHELLER of Beloit, Wis; brothers, Wm. Charles LA BOUNTY of Superior, Wis, and John Jack LA BOUNTY of CA., several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment at Veterans Cemetery in Spooner, Wis. with full military honors. Sierra Funeral Home.
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Deming

YOQUELET
Visitation for Eve L. YOQUELET, 90, of Deming will be held Wednesday at Baca's Funeral Chapel. Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Auburn, IN. YOQUELET died Monday at her home.
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Radium Springs

SCHILLER
Fred SCHILLER, 53, of Radium Springs passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001. He was born March 8, 1948, in Brooklyn, NY to Mortimer & Lorraine ASCH SCHILLER. Fred came to the Las Cruces area in 1982 as an Attorney with the Weinbrenner Law Firm. He was currently with the Miller, Stratvert and Torgerson Law Offices. Member of the Florida, New Mexico and Arizona Bar. Survived by his wife, Cynthia RISNER SCHILLER, daughter, Aschley SCHILLER both of the home, mother, Lorraine SCHILLER of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, brothers; Bruce and wife Karen of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Mark & wife Roberta of Montrose, NY. Preceded in death by his father. Graham Mortuary Chapel, interment at Masonic Cemetery.
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Mesilla

LOPEZ
Pedro B. LOPEZ, 96, of Mesilla died Aug. 1, 2001. Born March 19, 1905, in Silao, Guanajuato, Mex. Retired as a section hand from Southern Pacific Railroad after 45 years of service and was a devotee of Our Lady of Guadalupe and member of the Catholic Church. Survivors, wife of 69 years Teresa B. LOPEZ, daughters, Mary TRUJILLO and husband, Pete, Yolanda LUNA and husband, Tony, Laura GARCIA and husband Edward, Ascension LOPEZ and wife Alicia, Margarito LOPEZ and wife Elena, Alfonso LOPEZ. Preceded in death by his parents; three children, Freddie, Velia and Pedro LOPEZ, Jr., one brother, Pedro R. LOPEZ, one sister, Angela LOPEZ. West Chapel of Baca's Funeral Chapels. Interment at San Albino Cemetery.
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Las Cruces

CARREON
Raymond (Guero-Wero) LUCERO CARREON, 79, died Aug. 11, 2001. He was born in Mesilla on April 11, 1922, to Manuel and Virginia CARREON. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esperanza and son Raymond, Jr. Mr. CARREON owned and operated Mesilla Plumbing and Heating for over 30 years. Retired from the State of NM as a Plumbing Inspector. His family helped pioneer the settlement and development of Mesilla and he contributed much to the growth of Las Cruces through his building and plumbing expertise. With only a 7th grade education, he been working to help support his family; he would eventually join the Civilian Conservation Corps at Hot Springs, (presently T or C) to assist in expanding the Elephant Butte Dam area. Enlisted in the Army during WW2 and was part of the NM Field Artillery Battalion Battery A485, where he was awarded several medals. When he returned for the Pacific Front he married Esperanza HERNANDEZ. Survivors include children; Lawrence CARREON of Albuquerque, Pat CARREON RALSTON, Robert CARREON and wife, Laura, Irene COOMES and husband Todd all of Las Cruces, Teresa trEADGOLD and husband Galen of Dallas, Priscilla PADGETT and husband Bob of Tucson; ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; brothers, Angel CARREON and Arturo LUCERO of Mesilla and sister Candelaria PADILLA of Albuquerque. Cremation. Getz funeral Home.
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CHAVEZ
Visitation for Cuca H. CHAVEZ, 81, at Baca's Funeral Chapels. Interment at Dona Ana Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felipe CHAVEZ, Sr. Survivors, Son, Felipe H. CHAVEZ Jr., Tortugas; daughters, Maria Teresa CONTRERAS of Leasburg, Celina TALMANTES of Las Cruces; stepson, Rigobeto CHAVEZ of Dona Ana, Edmundo CHAVEZ, Humberto CHAVEZ all of Las Cruces; 27 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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POLIAT
Nell POLIAT, 89, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001 at La Posada Hospice Facility. She was born Nov. 14, 1911 in Detroit, Michigan to Solomon and Ida ZIEGELMAN WESSMAN. She was supervisor of the medical accounting dept. at Wayne State University, prior to her retirement. Member of Temple Beth El, Hadassah and active in Mesilla Valley Hospice since its inception. Survived by her sister, Gertrude MENZ, of Winston-Salem, NC, and her niece Rita LIVINGSTON, of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by her husband, Herman POLIAT on April 25, 2000. Gravesides services will be in Levonia, Michigan with Ira Kaufman Chapel. Local arrangements are with Graham Mortuary.
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Las Cruces Sun News
August 15, 2001

WOOD
Prentiss Luther WOOD, 94, of Las Cruces died Sunday, Aug. 12, at La Posada Hospice Facility. Mr. WOOD was born Nov. 24, 1906 in Erath Co., TX, to John and Lela GAITHER WOOD. He and his wife Ruby trEADWAY WOOD were married in Bluff Dale, TX. July 13, 1929. He attended Tarelton College and during the late 20s and early 30s, Mr. WOOD was associated with Ross Wolfe in the Wolfe Nursery Venture, but the depression late forced temporary discontinuance of the business so Ruby and Prentiss moved to NM where Prentiss spent the next 40 years as the horticulturist for STAHMANN Farms. They moved to the La Union and Anthony area in 1933. He worked for STAHMANN Farms as a pecan specialist until 1972 and was a pecan consultant in NM, TX, AZ, OK, and Mexico until 1990. He was a member of La Mesa Methodist Church. Survived by his son, Ross Don WOOD and wife JoAnne CONNALLY WOOD; daughter, LaVerne WOOD GRIFFITHS all of Las Cruces; sister, Nora Frances WOOD EOFF and nieces Wynell and Aubry DOBBS all of Ruidoso, his grandchildren, Monica WALL and husband John of Mapleton, UT; Vicki and her husband Phil MILLENDER of Hobbs, Lori HESTER and her husband Mike, of N. Richland Hills, TX, Ken WOOD and his wife Cindy of Mansfield, TX, Michael GRIFFITHS of Woodbridge, VA, Cory and Laurena SANCHEZ GRIFFITHS of Las Cruces; and 16 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife, Ruby trEADWAY WOOD; sisters, Ola Glyn ROQUEORE, Opal MILLER; brothers, Robert Lee WOOD and Leonard WOOD of Stephenville, TX. Graham Mortuary Chapel, interment will be private.
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Deming

RAMIREZ
Funeral service for Elosia C. RAMIREZ, 70, of Deming will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery. RAMIREZ died Monday at her home. survivors include her husband, Francisco Y. of Deming; sons, Ramiro, Francisco, Jr., both of Deming, and Nahum of Las Cruces; daughters, Hilda JIMENEZ, Chela QUARRELL, Argelia PALOMAREZ, Ana Maria PRIETO, all of Deming, Martha OGAS of Hurley and Josie JAMES of Las Cruces; brothers, Ramon, Jesus, Hugo and Humberto CUEVAS; sisters, Felicitas and Herminia CUEVAS; 39 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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Las Cruces Sun News
August 17, 2001
Las Cruces

ANDERSON
Ethel Julie ANDERSON , 103, of Las Cruces died Monday, Aug. 13, 2001 at her home. She was born Aug. 2, 1898 in McCloud, OK and had been a longtime area resident. Mrs. ANDERSON retired from White Sands Missile Range in 1968 as a Personnel Director with the U. S. Navy and was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include one brother, Austin B. KING of Arapaho, OK; two nephews, Billy A. KING of Las Cruces and Le Roy KING of Fairfield, CA; numerous grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Her husband, Alex ANDERSON in 1951, one son, Donnie ANDERSON in 1951 and one great-nephew, Jeffrey Eric KING in 1993, preceded her in death. Graveside service in Weatherford Cemetery in Weatherford, OK. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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QUINLAN
Verna M. QUINLAN, 90, of Las Cruces, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001 at Memorial Medical Center. Mrs. QUINLAN was born on Jan. 23, 1911 in Greenway, AR. to Samuel and Mimie Bell MATTHEWS. She moved to NM in 1925 and came to Las Cruces in 1973. She worked clothing sales prior to her retirement and was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Survived by her son, Patrick QUINLAN and wife Jean, her grandchildren, Edward P. QUINLAN and wife, Tammy, all of Las Cruces; Kelly SIMON and her husband, Daniel of Glendale, AZ; her brother, Alto MATTHEWS and his wife, Geneva of Silver City, and his sister, Lou SQUIRES of Tucson, AZ. Preceded in death by her husband, Edward S. QUINLAN, who died in March 1978 and her brothers, Clyde and Coy MATTHEWS. Graham Mortuary. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
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RETA
Fernando C. RETA, 80, of Las Cruces died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001 at The Adobe Assisted Living Center. He was born May 30, 1921, in San Antonio, TX and had been a longtime area resident. Mr. Reta served his country honorably in the US Army during WW2 and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He retired from White Sands Missile Range as a locksmith in 1978. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Corporation, American Legion Post # 10, VFW Post # 10124 and founder of the Conservation Corps Organization in Las Cruces. He also assisted the Good Shepherd Convent in Mesilla Park and was President of the Big Band Club. Survivors include his wife, Carol Y. Reta of the family home; four sons, Sonny L., Anthony L. and wife Rachel, Raymond L. and wife Lina all of Las Cruces, Manny L. of Mesilla Park; one daughter, Mary L. BRUNT and husband Cole of Las Cruces, nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sisters, Sara and Nona HERNANDEZ and Julia DE LA CRUZ. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Interment at Tortugas Cemetery with military honors.
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LEISTIKOW
William H. LEISTIKOW, Jr. 65, of Las Cruces died Wednesday Aug. 15, 2001 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born March 13, 1936, in Webb City, Missouri and served in the US Army from 1958 to 1960. He was a n area resident for over thirty-five years and also served locally in the Army reserves. he devoted 24 years of his life to the City of Las Cruces Police Dept. and retired as Corporal of the Traffic Div. in 1991. Survivors include his wife of over thirty-four years, Mary O. LEISTIKOW and their daughter, Christine STARR and husband Kenneth all of Las Cruces. Getz Funeral Home. Interment at Masonic Cemetery with military honors.
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Las Cruces Sun News
August 17, 2001
Placitas

SANDOVAL
Maria Guadalupe SANDOVAL, 59 of Placitas, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born July 31, 1942, in Pueblo Tisonazo Durango, Mex. and had been the Hatch area since 1980. Mrs. SANDOVAL was a homemaker and a member of Our Lord of Mercy Catholic Church in Hatch. Survived by five sons, Eulalio GALLARDO and wife Brenda of Amarillo, TX, Luis GALLARDO and wife San Juana of Roswell; three daughters, Guadalupe GOMEZ and husband Benito, Andrea trEJO, Juana ESCOBEDO and husband Reymundo all of Hatch; three brothers, Bernardo, Seferino and Jose Asencion GUTIERREZ MARTINEZ all of Mex.; six sisters, Herminia GUTIERREZ, Serapia GUTIERREZ, Esther HERNANDEZ, Mere FLORES all of Mex., Emilia LECHUGA, and Cuca GUTIERREZ both of CA.; fifteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Interment at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Hatch. Getz Funeral Home.
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Deming

BENAVIDES
Visitation for Jose "Pingo" DOMINGO BENAVIDES, 71, of Deming will be at Baca's Funeral Chapels. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery with Veteran Honors accorded. BENAVIDES died Tuesday at Thomason General Hospital in El Paso, TX. Survivors include his wife Molly of Deming; sons, Ricardo BENAVIDES of Auborn, WA., Carlos BENAVIDES of Seattle, WA., Daniel VASQUEZ of Germany, Victor VASQUEZ of Ft. Worth TX., and Robert VASQUEZ of San Antonio, TX; daughters, Isabella HEATH of Tacoma, WA., and Morina WILLIAMS of Smith, AL; brothers, Raul BENAVIDES of Las Cruces, Andrew BENAVIDES of Peralta, Armando BENAVIDES of Deming and Carlos BENAVIDES of Valencia, CA; sisters, Inez CEBALLOS, Ernestina SAINZ and Hortencia TARAZON all of Deming, Teresa SHORE of Hollendale, FL and Aurora VEGA of Ontario, CA, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
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Berino

GONZALES
Emilerio GONZALES, age 54, of Berino died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born May 3, 1947, in Mission, TX. to Jose and Santos GALLEGOS GONZALEZ. GONZALEZ was a farm laborer and longtime area resident. Survivors include his wife, Teresa AGUIRRE GONZALEZ of the family home; two sons, Jose Alberto and Emeterio GONZALEZ; three daughters, Maria Margarita, Guadalupe and Edith ZULLY GONZALEZ; his mother, Santos GONZALEZ all of Berino; four brothers; Francisco, Antonio, Jose Manuel and Juan GONZALEZ; four sisters, Maria de LA CRUZ, Maria de La LUZ, Amparo and Maria del Carmen GONZALEZ all of Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mex., five grandchildren. Preceded in death by his father, two brothers, Abelardo and Jose GONZALEZ, and his first wife, Maria Dolores RAMOS. Interment in Anthony Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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BRADD
Belva Elanor BUMGARNER BRADD, 93, died Tuesday, August 13, 2001, at Casa de Oro Care Center. She was born June, 8, 1908 in Garner, TX. to Christopher and Deanna SMITH BUMGARNER. In 1922, at the age of 13, Belva moved with her family to La Mesa, where her family farmed. Belva and her identical twin Elwa both graduated from Las Cruces Union High School in 1925. During the Depression, the family moved to Hidalgo Co. where her father homesteaded at the foot of the Chiracuahua Mountains. Belva taught for a short time at the box School, a small country school near Animas. Belva and Elwa moved to Hollywood, CA. Belva lived in Ca. for may years working as a bookkeeper. In the early 1970s Belva and Elwa retired in Grant Co. near the village of Cliff. Belva and Elwa eventually had a home in Glenwood where they lived for many happy years, gardening and bird watching. Elwa died Aug. 12, 1989. In 1997 Belva moved to Las Cruces to be near her nephew, Raymond BUMGARNER. Belva was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Adron, Iva, Dean, Mattie Jane, May, Mabel; her beloved twin sister, Elwan and nephew, Raymond survived by her nieces, Lenore HENINGER of Pomona, CA. Virginia SHULL of Covina, CA; nephew, Terence STOKER of San Mateo, CA. and Chester GARNER BESLEY of Holbrook, AZ. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardena Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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August 19, 2001

SINGH
Paula G. SINGH, 91, a long time Mesilla Valley farmer, passed away
peacefully at her home on August 15, 2001. She was preceded in death by her husband Lakha SINGH and son, Joe. surviving children are sons, Margarito and wife, Lydia of Ft. Stockton, TX., Lucas (Chito) and wife Otilia, of Mesilla Park; daughters, Isidra MONTES and husband Manuel of La Mesa, Vicenta GALLEGOS and husband Jose of Arlington, TX., Rita SCHLOSSER of Albuquerque, Antonia SINGH, Tomasa BALLENGEE and Teresa KEARNS, all of Las Cruces; Edna BUSTAMANTES and husband Kayo of Mesilla; Catalina SCHAEFER of Las Cruces; 46 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. Graham Mortuary Chapel. Interment at Mesilla with Rev. Fr. Conrad PYTIK of San Albino Catholic Church.
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ORDAZ
Maria L. ORDAZ, 71, of Las Cruces died Wed. August 15, 2001, at Memorial Medical Center. She was born June 7, 1930, in Miguel Auza, Zacatecas, Mex. and has been an area resident the past twenty-four years. Survivors include two sons, Julio and Hector ORDAZ both of Las Cruces; three daughters, Juana ORTIZ of Las Cruces, Maria ROBERTS of Indianapolis, IN., Ana PARRENT of Pueblo, Colo.; three brothers, Fermin, Jose and Jesus RENOVATO all of Zacatecas, Mex., 18 grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Fermin and Andrea ESTEVANE RENOVATO, her husband, Julian ORDAZ and two sisters. Baca's Funeral Chapels, interment at Masonic Cemetery.
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Deming

CASTILLO
Memorial service for Socorro L. CASTILLO, 66, of Faywood will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Deming. CASTILLO died Thursday at Memorial Medical Center. Cremation has taken place. Survivors include her husband Ruben L.; sons Edward (Buddy) of Mimbres, Pete of Silver City; daughter, Dawn CASTILLO of Ft. Bayard; brother, Refugio (Cucu) GUTIERREZ of Deming; sisters, Rosa TINNEY, Manuela LADD both of Deming and Inez GRAY of Clovis; 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Baca's Funeral Chapel, Deming.
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August 20, 2001

PIECHOTA
Patricia "Rene" PIECHOTA, 70, of Las Cruces, passed away on Fri. August 17, 2001, at her home. Mrs. PIECHOTA was a homemaker. she was a resident of Las Cruces for 20 years. Mrs. PIECHOTA is survived by her children, Bill and wife, Sandy of Whiting, IN., Ann PIECHOTA of Lafayette, IN., and Toni PIECHOTA of Las Cruces and one grandson, Wm. PIECHOTA; brother, Frank KELLY of Manchester, England. Graham Mortuary Chapel and Mesilla Valley Crematory. In lieu of flowers, contributions be made to St. Genevieve's Catholic Church.
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Las Cruces Sun News
Nov. 5, 2001
Animas

SANCHEZ
Rodolfo (Rudy) R. SANCHEZ Sr., 64, died Friday at his home. the prayer vigil will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lordsburg. Concluding services and interment will follow at Shakespeare Cemetery. Sanchez was born March 19, 1936, in San Antonio tulle, Chihuahua, Mexico to Librado SANCHEZ and Guadalupe RODRIGUEZ de SANCHEZ. His family includes his wife, Reina SANCHEZ of Animas; four sons, Carlos and wife Ismelda of Lordsburg, Rudy Jr. of Las Vegas, NV, Ruben and wife Maria of Morenci, AZ., Fernando of Phoenix, AZ; one daughter, Irma SANCHEZ and husband Daniel ARVIZO of Lordsburg; three brothers, Manuel of Deming, Antonio, Jesus; three sisters, Silvia CHAVEZ, Tomasa CHAVEZ and Melida SANCHEZ de CAMPUZANO and numerous nieces and nephews. SANCHEZ was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Librado SANCHEZ.
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Las Cruces Sun News
Nov. 5, 2001
Bayard

SANTAMARIA
Soledad POLANCO SANTAMARIA, 86, of Bayard died Nov. 2, 2001 at her home. Born April 2, 1915, in Gila to Julio and Hermila SANCHEZ POLANCO. She resided in Gila and Vanadium before making her home in Bayard in the early 1940s. Survived by five sons, Ernesto and wife Rachel, Jesus "Chuy" and wife Socorro, Alfonso and companion Laura LUCERO, Edward and wife Lucinda all of Bayard; five daughters, Lydia SANTAMARIA of Bayard, Delia JUARDO and husband Emilio of Deming, Dolores "Dolly" SANTAMARIA of Las Cruces, Mary and husband Bill MALDONADO, Connie and husband Tony SOLIZ all of Silver City; two brother, Manuel and Napoleon SANCHEZ both of Silver City, one sister, Concha MAESA of Watsonville, CA. Other survivors include twenty-one grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Zeke SANTAMARIA; three infant sons, four sisters, Christina PONCE, Beatrice MATA, Elena GARCIA and Josefina MEDINA. Baca's Hillcrest Funeral Chapel. the Rite of Committal and interment at Gila-Cliff Mesa Catholic Cemetery.
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Las Cruces

CARR
Diane S. CARR, 57, of Las Cruces, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001. She was born on Dec. 1, 1943 in Hugo, OK. to Wafford HINSLEY and Nettie HARRED. Retired waitress and was a collector of pigs, which she had from all over the world. Survived by her husband of 40 years, Samuel CARR, son Robert and wife Michelle CARR of Tucson, AZ, daughter Melissa OEFINGER of Las Cruces, brothers, Don HINSLEY of T or C, and H. D. HINSLEY of Hugo, OK, sister, Opal HINSLEY of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by her parents, 3 bothers, and one sister. Getz Funeral Home. Interment at Masonic Cemetery.
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Las Cruces Sun News
Nov. 7, 2001

BARELA
Cristobal S. BARELA, 79 of Las Cruces, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001.
She was born on Sept. 28, 1922 in Las Cruces to Jose and Ernestina BARELA. He was a veteran of the US Army serving his country during WW2 where he earned the American Theater Medal, (EAMET) Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal. He was also a retired plumber with Glover Plumbing in Las Cruces. Survived by his wife of 55 years. Rafaela BARELA of the family home. Five sons, Martin and wife Susie, Joe and wife Ellen, Larry and wife Esther, Chris and wife Ann and Andy and wife Kathy also by his daughter, Mary L. BARELA, brothers; Ralph and Vicente BARELA, sisters, Carmen B. LEYVA, Natalia B. VIGIL, Ernestine and Josie B. BARELA. Eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, sister, Consuelo B. MADRID and brother, Wm. S. BARELA. Getz Funeral Home Chapel.
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MULLEN
Donald Lee MULLEN, passed away Nov. 5, 2001 after a ten month fight
with cancer. He was born in El Paso, TX., June 10, 1933. Married Myrtle SHELTON in 1954 and settle in Las Cruces. Owner of T & M Sheet Metal. Later he owned MULLEN Sheet Metal. Survived by his wife, Myrtle of the family home; mother, Thelma TERRY, of El Paso, brother, K. O. MULLEN and wife Lilly of Las Cruces; sons, Phillip and wife Shirley and Wayne all of Las Cruce; Richard and wife Cora of Alamogordo; daughters, Debra PREECE and husband, Lee Wayne and Barbara MILLER and husband Wesley all of Las Cruces. Graham Mortuary. Masonic Cemetery.
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RAZO
Martina RAZO age 86 of Las Cruces passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001 at Casa de Oro Nursing Center. She was born Nov. 11, 1914 in Ft. Davis, TX., to Santiago MINJARES and Teodora RAZO. and had resided in Van Horn, TX until 1956. Survived by one daughter, Gloria Lee HERNANDEZ and her husband Joe of Las Cruces and six grandchildren; one brother, Jose MARTINEZ and his wife, Anna from Alpine, TX; sisters, Maria MARTINEZ JACQUEZ of Alpine, TX., Magdalena MUNOZ and husband, Sebastian of Las Cruces. Interment at San Albino Cemetery in Mesilla. Getz Funeral Home.
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SAMFORD
Private graveside service for A. C. SAMFORD, 83, of Las Cruces will be held Thursday in Mayhill. SAMFORD died Monday at Memorial Medical Center. Survivors include his daughters, Charlotte CANNON, Sandra ALVAREZ, Claudia RIOPELLE all of Las Cruces; sisters, Ethel FISHER of Silver City, Claudia HOLT of CA., seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Arrangements are by Baca's Funeral Chapels.

Las Cruces

AGUILAR
JOE H. AGUILAR, age 84, of Las Cruces died Tuesday, December 11. He was born April 17, 1917 in Santa Rita to Antonio and Francisca HERRERA AGUILAR. Mr. AGUILAR retired as a custodian from Eastern New Mexico University and was a member of the Catholic Church. Survivors include one son, Joe L. and wife Lucinda; one daughter, Mary Ann BACA STEVENS and husband Tom all of Las Cruces; one brother, Rodrigo of Kingman, Arizona. Other survivors include seven grandchildren, Marcus, Matthew, Tom and Naomi Aguilar, Yvette Cruz, Samuel and Alex Marin; six great-grandchildren, Dane and Taylor Marin, Brandon Clark, Lucky, Legend and Legacy Cruz. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martina Lara AGUILAR; two brothers, Rafael and Tom; two sisters, Lucia SERRANO and Juanita MORALES. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
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BARNES
SEDRA LOUISE BARNES, 91, died Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at Casa De Oro Nursing Center. Mrs. BARNES was born in Chicago, IL on January 1, 1910 to Phillip Louis and Alice STEWART SCARLETTE. She was a bookkeeper prior to her retirement. Mrs. BARNES is survived by her daughter in law, Theresa BARNES, of Las Cruces, NM; grandchildren, Connie LONG and husband, Bob, of Deming, NM; Keith BARNES and wife, Kathy and Dale BARRETT and her companion Joe Lackey, all of Las Cruces; her sister, Neva RENALDO of North Carolina and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Alva BARNES, her son Alva, grandchild Meg BARNES, and great great granddaughter, Cassie LEWIS. At her request cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory, 555 West Amador, Las Cruces, NM 88005.
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BROOK
Mary Lou Phares BROOK died December 7, 2001, at Good Samaritan Village. She was born October 9, 1920 in Clinton, Louisiana, to Alphise Gholson CHANCE and David Lewis PHARES. After leaving Clinton, she earned a bachelor's degree in home economics from Louisiana State University where she followed her sister in being recognized as outstanding freshman in the College of Agriculture. Following her marriage to Arthur H. BROOK in 1941 she moved to various military installations around the U. S., then to Texas, Maine and California. While in California she earned a master's degree from San Jose State University and then taught junior high school for a year followed by 18 years on the faculty at Long Beach City College. After retirement she and her husband were volunteers for South Coast Botanic Gardens and for a tutoring program. Whenever she had the opportunity, she enjoyed watching the whales migrate. 
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BOREN
ARCHIE VERNON BOREN, 89, died December 12, 2001 at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was born November 3, 1912 to William BUCHANAN and Thena Corley BOREN in Lamar County, Texas. Mr. BOREN was a former resident of El Paso, TX and has resided in Las Cruces for 15 years, with the last five years at the Aristocrat Assisted Living Center. Prior to his retirement in 1977, Mr. BOREN had been in the grocery business for over 50 years. Mr. BOREN was preceded in death in 1983 by his wife of 47 years, W. Louise BOAtrIGHT Boren. His sisters, Verda Lee BAILEY and Georgia BUSH, and his brother, Sam BOREN predeceased him in death. Mr. Boren is survived by his three children: Judie A. RENFROW (Rufus) of Tucson, AZ; William Riley BOREN (Frances) of Las Cruces; and Janet L. CHICOINE (John) of Los Alamos, NM.

Mr. Boren is survived by 11 grandchildren, Lynn R. Odell, Christy Huizar, Scott Boren, Steven Boren, Michael Boren, Sara L. Pearcy and Erin L. Pearcy, Janette Clarke, Janelle Lowey and Jackie Chicoine and John Chicoine III. Mr. Boren also has eight great grandchildren.

Mr. Boren will lie in state from 12:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, December 14, 2001 at Graham Mortuary with the family greeting friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2001 at Evergreen Cemetery, 12400 E. Montana, El Paso, TX. Service arrangements are with Graham Mortuary, 555 West Amador, Las Cruces, NM 88005.
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CARLSON
LEONA MABEL CARLSON, died Wednesday, December 5, 2001. Leona was born in Galesburg, Illinois on September 16, 1907 and was the oldest of Orville and Julia Carr's seven children. She graduated with honors from Moline High School in 1925 and then briefly attended Monmouth College. Later, she would teach in a rural one-room country school at Cherry Park, Illinois before beginning bookkeeping for a nearby livestock feeding enterprise. In 1932, while working as a clerk at Knox College in Galesburg, she married Elmer Leonard Carlson who preceded her in death on October 18, 1984 and is buried locally in the Masonic Cemetery. The Carlson's moved to the Rio Grande Valley with their two sons in 1947. 

They settled amid cotton fields on then-dusty University Avenue between Mesilla Park and the college and built a home. At that time, Leona entered into a limited partnership with furniture-upholsterer Guy P. Loomis where she made drapes and slipcovers for local residents. Later, she would regain her clerical skills and become bookkeeper for the Frank O. Papen Insurance Company on South Main. Being a lifetime member of the Republican Party, she then served as Postmaster at N.M. A. & M. College during the Eisenhower Administration. However, Democratic Party-stalwart Papen soon lured her back into non-federal employment at the First National Bank of Doña Ana County as his personal secretary where, in time, she rose to become Vice-President for Women's Affairs. During that era, Leona would often travel to Santa Fe to provide clerical support for Senator Papen during his stints on the State Legislature. 

For several decades, Mrs. Carlson was continually active in, held countless offices and received awards for community service with the Las Cruces Women's Club (WIA), the local Cancer Society, the New Mexico Bank Women's Association, the NM Federation of Women's Clubs and many other worthwhile causes that needed an unwavering workaholic on their team. Leona is survived by her two sons, Warren who was on the faculty of Humboldt State University, Arcata, California and Stuart who resides with his family in Park City, Utah. A memorial service will be held in the Stucky Auditorium at the Good Samaritan Village, 3025 Terrace Drive at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2001. Mrs. Carlson was a long time member of St. James Episcopal Church in Mesilla Park, where for many years, she enjoyed singing soprano in the choir. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that an act of kindness be rendered to the less fortunate in her name or that a gift be considered for one of Leona's favorite charities, possibly the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches. Graham Mortuary.
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ELEPHANT BUTTE

BALDWIN
Funeral service for Lola Marie Baldwin, 77, of Elephant Butte, will be at Sierra Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery. Baldwin died Sunday. Survivors include her husband, Peter E. Baldwin of Elephant Butte; sons, Peter L. Baldwin of Moriarty, Rick Hardaway of Medford, Ore.; daughters, Susan Johnson and Pam Nazelrod both of Albuquerque; sister, Nettie James of Nowata, Okla.; and four grandchildren.
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Mesilla Park

BARELA
MARGARET S. BARELA, 62, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001. She was born on July 6, 1939 in Mesilla to Roberto Sanchez and Marciana Mirabal. She had been a retired hairdresser working in the Las Cruces area. Margaret is survived by her two sons, Aaron Barela and wife Lorena of Mesilla, NM and Paul Barela and wife Angelica of Las Cruces. Daughter, Valerie Saggerson of Las Cruces, NM and by sisters Martha Klein and Natalia Pockrandt both of Red River, NM. Five grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son Abel and by a brother Rudy Sanchez. Getz Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carrol Blevins officiating.
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Dec. 19, 2001

ALANZI 
Visitation for Marcelino "Boy" R. Alaniz Jr., 38, of Las Cruces will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church where the prayer vigil be held at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at 10 pm. Friday at 10 p.m. in the same church. Burial will follow at Anthony Cemetery. Alaniz died Dec. 14 at Memorial Medical Center.
Survivors include his son, Tony Alaniz of Las Cruces; daughter, Crystal Alaniz of Anthony; mother, Francisca R. Alaniz of Las Cruces; brother, Joe Ronquillo of Anthony, Texas; sisters, Mary Lou Martinez of Amarillo, Texas, and Jenny Luna of Aurora, Ill; and one granddaughter. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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CADENA
ELVA G. CADENA, 46, lifelong resident of the Mesilla Valley, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001. She was born on March 4, 1955 in Las Cruces to Manuel Gutierrez and Maria Gonzalez. Elva was with the Health Department of New Mexico until her retirement. Elva is survived by her husband of 22 years Robert Cadena and by her son Marcos Cadena both of the family home. Mother; Maria Gutierrez of Mesilla Park, NM. Brother; Manuel Gutierrez Jr. and wife Martha of Las Cruces. Sisters; Dora Delgado and husband Louie of Las Cruces and Delia Rivera and husband Michael of Tennessee. Uncles; Tomas and Tony Gonzalez of Texas and Aunt Eloisa Cavazos of Alabama also by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Manuel Gutierrez. Getz Funeral Home. The funeral mass at San Albino Catholic Church. Interment at San Albino Catholic Cemetery.
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HOWE
TY JASON HOWE age 29 of Las Cruces passed away Sunday, December 16, 2001 in Las Cruces. He was born September 20, 1972 in Bismark, ND to Ronald and Linda Howe and was raised in the Buckeye and Prescott, Arizona area. Ty was then a resident of Durango, Colorado where he married his wife, Wendy. Ty has been a resident of Las Cruces for 6 years and owner and operator of Big O Tires. Ty was a loving and giving husband, son, father and friend who touched the lives of all who knew and loved him. He was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman. Ty lived and loved life to the fullest. Survivors include his wife, Wendy J. Howe, their 19 month old daughter, Taylor Ashton and their second daughter due in April. Other survivors include his parents, Ronald and Linda Howe of Prescott, AZ; brother, Bryce Howe of Phoenix, AZ; sisters, Sharla Mortimer and Malan Howe; paternal grandparents, Wallace an d Bertha Howe of Presc 
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KINCHELOE
HOWARD MALLOW KINCHELOE of Las Cruces died December 16, 2001. He was born July 6, 1913 to Orton T. and Mary Belle Mallow Kincheloe in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Jack and Eugene, and his first wife, Shannon Stanley Kincheloe. He is survived by nieces, Lynn Stephen of Wichita, KS, Judith Fechtner of Round Lake Beach, IL, and Karen Dabney of New Smyrna Beach, FL, a step-daughter, Sarah Stallings of Boston, a step-son, Charles Stallings of Raleigh, NC, a step-grandson, Clayton Coldren also of Boston, and a loving wife, Edna S. Kincheloe of Las Cruces. Mr. Kincheloe was a graduate of North High School in Wichita and attended Wichita State. When he was in high school, he spent most of his time at the Wichita Municipal Airport. There he became acquainted with Kansas Aviation pioneers like Walter Beech, Roscoe Turner, Clyde Cessna, Jimmy Do olittle, Benny Howard, *
FELIX M. SALAS SR., age 92, of Las Cruces entered eternal life Tuesday morning, December 25, 2001 at Las Cruces Nursing Center. He was born November 20, 1909 in Concepcion de Oro, Zacatecas, Mexico and had been a longtime area resident. Mr. SALAS retired as a maintenance man from New Mexico State University in 1975. He was a member of the Catholic Church. Survivors include five sons, Felix Ramiro and wife Petra, Mario, Felix Maximo and wife Tiburcia, Jesus and wife Bertha, Pepe and wife Lorraine all of Las Cruces; six daughters, Maria ORTEGA of Albuquerque, Leandra Estela PECORE and husband Norman of San Diego, California, Carmen BENTLEY of Santa Cruz, California, Emma SALAS, Maria ENRIQUEZ and husband Tomas, Sara SALAS and companion Jack GEREKE all of Las Cruces. Other survivors include forty grandchildren; sixty-two great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death.
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TORRES
LILLIAN VIRAMONTES TORRES, died Thursday, December 27, 2001. She was a resident of Las Cruces since 1936, having been born on March 2, 1922 to Jose M. Viramontes and Inez Enriquez in La Union, NM. Mrs. Torres, a devout Roman Catholic, graduated from Loretto Academy as valedictorian in 1940, was a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order and served as Regent of the Catholic Daughters of America. She also served Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral as a Eucharistic minister, lector, and marriage preparation counselor. She will be remembered for her remarkable generosity and hospitality to all who entered her home, her cooking, her strong sense of family and as an avid bingo player. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Torres was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Lawrence Torres, infant son, and by her brothers, Jose "Conke" Viramontes, Luis Viramontes, Arman do "Porky" Viramontes, 
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Mesilla Park

SANCHEZ
CATARINA (KATE) APODACA SANCHEZ, 85, lifelong resident of Mesilla Park, NM died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001 at the home of her daughter Celina where she lived and received loving care for the last five years of her life. She was born on Nov. 24, 1916 in Mesilla, NM to Antonio Apodaca and Josefa Alvarez. Kate was a retired housekeeper working in many of the homes around Las Cruces. She is survived by her son Luis Apodaca of Albuquerque, NM and by daughter Celina Flores and husband Gonzalo of Butterfield Park. Sister Celestina Geck and husband L.J. of Las Cruces also by 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren many nieces, nephews and cousins. Kate was preceded in death by her husband Pantaleon Sanchez. Getz Funeral Home. Rite of Committal will be at San Albino Catholic Cemetery.
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Las Cruces Jan. 3, 2001

MATTHEWS
Derek ANTHONY MATTHEWS, 16, passed away Friday, December 28, 2001. He was a lifelong resident of El Paso, Texas and Chaparral, N.M. He was a 10th grade student at Gadsen High School. Derek is survived by his parents, Stephen ASBHAGEN and Jackie MATTHEWS, brother Steven Lee MATTHEWS, sisters Patricia Elisabeth ABSHAGEN and Samantha Nicole ABSHAGEN, Maternal Grandmother, Carmen ARREDONDO, Paternal grandparents, Patricia and Salvator VENTURA, Great-grandmother, Domitilia LUNA, Godparents, Lucio and Carmen LUNA, best friend, Kenny CHESLOCK and long time girlfriend, Jenny HUGHES. Visitation will be on Friday, January 4, 2002 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home N.E. located at 4631 Hondo Pass. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. followed by a scripture service, both on Friday at the Funeral Home Chapel.
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