2002 
Obituaries and Articles
Compiled by Marcena Thompson

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Las Cruces, Jan 1, 2002

Esparza
MARIA ASUNCION GARCIA ESPARZA, 80, of Las Cruces, Saturday, December 29, She was born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico August 15, 1921 and had been an area resident for the past twenty-two years. Mrs. Esparza was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Jose M. Esparza of the family home; three sons, Jose G., Jose Luis and Carlos Esparza all of Las Cruces; seven daughters, Elvira Morales, Carmen Munoz and Olga Luna all of El Paso, Texas, Irene Melendez of Odessa, Texas, Rosa Esparza, Gloria Gonzales and Lydia Moreno all of Las Cruces; one brother, Juan Garcia of Sacramento, California. Other survivors include forty-eight grandchildren, one hundred and twenty-three great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. The Funeral Mass, January 2, 2002 in Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, 1240 S. Espina.  Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery where she will be laid to rest. Serving as casket bearers will be Juan Reynaldo, Jose Esparza, Victor Victor MUNOZ, Fidel GONZALEZ, Jose SOTO and Jose Luis ESPARZA. Baca's Funeral
Chapels.

Rivera
Ida B. Rivera, 77 of Las Cruces died at her home, Saturday, December 29, 2001. She was born September 3, 1924 in Tulare, California to Victor and Librada Bustamante and was raised in Mesquite, NM. Ida worked for Dr. Hall in Anthony, NM until her marriage to Lupe Rivera on December 7, 1951. She then became a local resident where she was a former member of the MMC Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, a former parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary where she was a communion minister and a member of the altar society. More recently, Ida had been a longtime parishioner at St. Albert the Great Newman Center. She is survived by her children, Patsy Bustamante and companion Bernie Talamantes of Mesquite, NM, Jaime E. Rivera and wife, Virginia, Dorothy A. Rivera, Bernice M. Rivera, Gary Rivera and wife Belinda, John Rivera and wife Nicole all of Las Cruces; two sisters, Lily Lujan and husband Bobby of Mesquite, Anita Anita GOMEZ and husband Frank of La Cruces; one brother Albert BUSTAMANTE and wife Concha of Polvadera, NM; eight grandchildren. Getz Funeral Home.

Las Cruces, Jan 1, 2002

Torres
Lillian VIRAMONTES TORRES died Dec. 27, 2001. Resident of Las Cruces since 1936, born March 2, 1922 to Jose M. VIRAMONTES & Inez ENRIQUEZ in La Union, NM. Graduated from Loretto Academy as valedictorian in 1940. Preceded in death by her parents, husband of 50 years, Lawrence TORRES, infant son, brother, Jose VIRAMONTES, Luis, Armando and Rev. David & Robert VIRAMONTES, sister, Consuelo FLORES. survived by sons, Larry & wife Irma of Sun Valley, Ca, Herb and wife, Lorraine of Las Cruces, daughters, Celina SALAZAR of Albuquerque, Martha BEASLEY & husband Jimmy of Las Cruces, Monica TORRES of Ladd, ILL, Melisa MANJEOT & husband, Lloyd of Frisco, brother, Jimmy VIRAMONTES & wife Alta of Austin, TX, sisters, Corina LOPEZ, & husband Dick of Las Cruces, Teresa HOLGUIN of Dallas & Irene VIRAMONTES of El Paso. Baca’s Funeral Chapels, interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Las Cruces, Jan. 2, 2002

Enriquez
Eva Ramirez ENRIQUEZ "MamaEva" 85 died Dec. 31, 2001. She was a lifelong pioneer of the Mesilla Valley. Born in Mogollon, NM on July 7, 1916 to Cleofas RAMIREZ and Guadalupe De La CRUZ. MamaEva and her husband were prominent chile farmers of the Mesilla Valley for over 65 years. She was a graduate of Las Cruces Union School and NM, A and M College. She also attended International Business College in El Paso, TX. Some of her activities included the Anthony PTA serving as secretary, vice president, membership chairman and room chairman. She was awarded PTA live membership in 1956. MamaEva was a n organist of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Altar Society and held several position within the Girl Scout’s of Anthony. MamaEva was selected by the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority as "First Lady of the Year" in 1957 in Anthony, NM and TX. She is survived by an extensive family as mother and grandmother. Other survivors include two brothers, Cleofas and Joe RAMIREZ both of Santa Fe; two sisters, Susie MENODOZA of Calif. and Ofelia CARRILLO of Las Cruces; 12 great-grandchildren. He parents; her husband, Ray G. ENRIQUEZ; one brother, Manuel RAMIREZ and one sister, Daisy MANIA, preceded her in death. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Baca’s Funeral Chapels.

Moody
Doris Leray TODD MOODY, 93 of Longmont, Colo. formerly of Las Cruces died Sunday in Longmont, Colo. Doris was born to Samual NATHAN and Lou Creasy COOK TODD on Dec. 3, 1908. She grew up and married to Wm. H. MOODY in Durant, OK. she had been a resident and farm wife in the Mesilla Valley for the most of 73 years. With her husband she was a founding member of the University Church of Christ. Doris is survived by one son Billy R. MOODY and wife Barbara of Las Cruces; two daughters, Madge H. BLACKBURN of Bellingham, WA, Karen S. BEALL and husband, Tommy of Mead, Colo; one sister Lula TODD JONES MORE of Silver City, ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Wm. H. MOODY, one daughter, Rebecca L. POWELL, five sisters, Pearl CAHOON, Nellie TAYLOR, Donnie WAYTT, Ora DIETLE and Opal WOOD NORRIS. Graham’s Chapel, Interment at Masonic Cemetery.

El Paso, Texas., Jan 3, 2002

Matthews
Derek Anthony MATTHEWS, 16 passed away Fri. Dec. 28, 2001 of a car accident. He was a lifelong resident to Chaparral, NM and El Paso, TX. He was a the 10th grade student at Gadsden High School in Anthony, Dona Ana Co. NM. survived by his parents, Stephen ASBHAGEN and Jackie MATTHEWS, brother, Steven Lee MATTHEWS, sisters, Patricia Elisabeth ASBHAGEN and Samantha Nicole ABSHAGEN, maternal grandmother, Carmen ARREDONDO, paternal grandparents, Patricia and Salvator VENTURA, g-grandmother, Domitilia LUNA, Godparents, Lucio and Carmen LUNA, best friend, Kenny CHESLOCK and long time girlfriend, Jenny HUGHES. Sunset Funeral Home, El Paso, TX. Cremation.

Las Cruces, Jan. 4, 2002

Silva
Julia PARRA SILVA, 75, of Mesilla Valley died Wed. Jan 2, 2002 at her home. Born Sept. 22, 1926 in San Miguel, NM to Francisco PARRA and Hortnecia PARRA. Julia had been the founder of Silva Sanitation and was active in the Catholic Church. Survived by her sons, Frank Henry and wife JoAnne of San Diego, Ca, Dario David and wife Denise LEONARDI, MD of Las Cruces, Miguel Gabriel of Mesquite, Rev. Andres Zwnon and wife Lorraine of Deming, daughters, Margaret SILVA WHELAN and husband Johnny and Maria SILVA SUTTON and husband Rev. Jeff SUTTON of Las Cruces, brothers, Emilio PARRA of Las Cruces and Francisco PARRA of Mesquite, nine grandchildren and eight g-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Zenon and sister, Maria PARR and brother Andres PARRA. Getz Funeral Home. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Nevarez
Nicolas A. NEVAREZ, 78 of Las Mesa died Tue. Baca’s Funeral Chapels. Interment at Ft. Bliss, El Paso,TX. Survivors include his wife Margaret AVALOS NEVAREZ of La Mesa, sons George of La Mesa, Hector of Amarillo, TX, daughters, Gloria AVILA of Amarillo and Ann NIETO of Las Cruces; sisters, Maria NEVAREZ and Lupe ARCHULETA both of Las Cruces, brother, Ramon of La Mesa; nine grandchildren, four g-grandchildren.

Las Cruces, Jan 4, 2002

Cachia
Emily GARCIA CACHIA, 55 died Tue., Jan. 2, 2002. Born Oct. 14, 1946 in Mesilla. Attended Las Cruces High School and NMSU. Relocated to NYC for 26 years, attended college and pursued a career as an executive personnel manager. Upon retirement, she returned to Las Cruces to be with her family and friends. Survived by her husband, Frank, step children, Frank S. and Gina CACHIA, mother, Cruzita M. GARCIA; brothers and sisters, George M. GARCIA, Jesus GARCIA, Barbar G. MADRID, Vidal M. GARCIA, Jr., Margaret G. APODACA, Maria Thelma G. HARRIS, Valentin GARCIA, Leon GARCIA, Antonio GARCIA, Erma HENDERSON, Dolores GARCIA, John GARCIA. Preceded in death by her father Vidal M. GARCIA. Interment at San Albino Catholic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.

Scoggin
Shirley Marie DECKER SCOGGIN, 88, died Jan. 1, 2002. Born Dec. 29, 1913 on the Decker family farm in Carthage, Missouri, the youngest child of Walter August DECKER and Sarah HESTER LA FOLLETTE DECKER. Preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Van R. SCOGGIN, on Nov. 13., parents and brothers, Charles and Lewis, sisters, Ruby and Luciel of Galveston, TX, Irma Jeanne "Toots" BARNHILL of Las Cruces. Graduated from John H. REAGON High School of Houston, TX with the class of 1930. In 1934 she finished her studies at John Sealy Hospital School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. Worked at various hospitals in TX, OH, and NYC. She also did fashion modeling for clothing catalogs while in NY. 1940 she moved to Las Cruces with her sister Toots and became a surgical nurse at Las Cruces’s first hospital, McBride Hospital. While serving there she met Van R. SCOGGIN, married him on Dec. 27, 1941. WW2 called Van to duty in 1942 so while he was in the Navy, Shirley and her sister, Tools worked the farm and sent packages to Van and his crew in the Pacific. 1949 Shirley and Van moved their family to Mexico where they were involved in agricultural and restaurant businesses. Returned in 1957. As their children grew up in Las Cruces, Shirley served as an office nurse with Dr. Bill SEDGWICK and in the meantime she developed her artistic talent. Her landscapes are seen in many Las Cruces homes and offices. Survived by her daughter Sarah J. and husband Walter SEWARD of Dayton OH. their sons, Tony SEWARD of Albuquerque; Dr. Steve SEWARD and wife, and son Shelley and Eddie; and Dan SEWARD and Jill GALVAN of Ca. , Tony is an engineer in Alb.. Steve is in the Navy and Dan is a Doctoral candidate at U of Texas, also her son, Patrick SCOGGIN of Las Cruces and his children Jacquii SCOGGIN working at Sandia Labs in Alb, Michael SCOGGIN attending NMSU and Kathleen SCOGGIN studying in England while a student of Wellesley College of MASS. and their mother Suzan HAAS. Also survived by one sister, Grace DECKER of Galveston, TX

Tortugas, Jan. 5, 2002

Lopez
Genaro "Jerr" G. LOPEZ, 57 of Tortugas died Wed. in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mex. Baca’s Funeral Chapel. Interment at Tortugas Cemetery. Survives include wife, Maria Dolores SUAREZ LOPEZ; sons, Jamine S. and Johnny S. both of Las Cruces, Jerry S. of Brazito, Jesse S. of Tortugas; daughters, Jessical L. OLIVAS of Vado, Isaura and Yessenea LOPEZ both of Tortugas, brothers, Jose Anselmo LOPEZ of Greenfield, Ca, Salvador of Tortugas, Franciso of Moongate, sisters, Francisca LOPEZ of Chicago, ILL, Maria LOPEZ of Las Cruces, Maria Del Refugio LOPEZ of Palo Alto, Aguascalientes, Mex., and Maria de la LUZ DELGADO of San Luis Potosi, Mex, 4 grandchildren, one g-grandson.

Mesilla Valley

Limon
Julieta G. LIMON, 93, lifelong resident of Mesilla Valley died Fri. Jan. 4, 2002. Born Sept. 19, 1908 in Las Cruces to Cruz GARCIA and Inez QUINTANA GARCIA. Survived by four sons, Johnny and wife, Marty, Bobby and wife, Socorro, Armando and wife Lorenza, Gilbert and wife, Jennie all of Mesilla, NM, sister, Corina GOMEZ and husband, David of Mesilla Park, 13 grandchildren, 12 g-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Juan LIMON and daughter Corine LIMON. Interment at San Albino Catholic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.

Mesilla, Jan. 6, 2002

Cardoza
Leonor MAESE CARDOZA, died Fri., Jan. 4, 2002 at her home. Born on May 24, 1910 in Mesilla to Concepcion MAESE and Cruzita ONOPA MAESE. active with the Catholic Church. Survived by her God-daughter Norma DAVILA of Las Cruces, brother, Ben O. MAESE of Tor C, sister Carlota GAMBOA of Las Cruces, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her husband Bonifacio CARDOZA, brothers, Estanislao, Pete and Jose Maese., sisters, Catarina M. RODRIGUEZ, and Victoria M. CARILLO, Getz Funeral Home, interment at Masonic Cemetery.

Las Cruces

Lopez
Ramiro P. LOPEZ, 77, of Las Cruces died Fri. Jan 4, 2002. Born Dec. 21, 1924 in Anthony to Jose and Paula CADENA LOPEZ. He served his country with the US Army in WW2 and retired as a mechanic from White Sands Missile Range. Survivors include wife, of 54 years, Corinne TELLES LOPEZ, one daughter, Anna M. LOPEZ, and husband, Jerry M. of Las Cruces, 3 grandchildren, 4 g-grandchildren. Baca’s Funeral Chapels, interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers: Phillip LOPEZ, Joe MURILLO, Ray DIAZ, Cecilio QUINTANILLA, Arthur LOPEZ, John De La TORRE, Honorary bearers: Jerry ASHLEY, Yamani and Iyania LOPEZ, Jonathan De La TORRE and George CENTENO.

Montoya
Martin M. MONTOYA, 86 of Las Cruces died Wed. Jan. 2, 2002. Born March 3, 1915 in Las Cruces to Martin B. Sr. and Aurora ALVAREZ MONTOYA. Member of the Catholic Church. survivors include two brothers, Willie A. of Santa Fe, George A. of Las Cruces; three sisters, Emma SOTO, Estella BOURGER, Jennie REL all of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Robert A., Mike A., Eddie A. MONTOYA. Cremation, Baca’s Funeral Chapel. Private inurnment of cremains will take place at a later date.

Las Cruces, Jan. 8, 2002

Mutchnik
Lewis MUTCHNIK, 65 of Las Cruces, died Mon. Jan. 7, 2002. Born Oct. 7, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY to Isidore P. MUTCHNIK and Libby FINKELMAN. He had been the owner and operator of the Brown Business Systems here in Las Cruces. Survived by his wife of 45 years Frances; four children; Stephanie Michelle BUTLER and husband, Joshua of Rio Rancho, NM, Andy B. MUTCHNIK , Scott G. MUTCHNIK and Faith D. YBARRA and husband Joseph all of Las Cruces, grandchildren, Kayla Libby MACAW and Hannah Elizabeth SOLARZ. His dogs Pasha and Peaches. Getz Funeral Home Chapel, burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Deming

Chacon
Ismael G. "Miley" CHACON, 46, of Deming died Sun. at IHS Hospital in El Paso. Survivors include sons, Manuel Jesus CHACON, Jesus "Alex" CHACON, both of Las Cruces and Ismael G. of Deming,: daughters, Diana CHACON PORTILLO of Las Cruces and Andrea CHACON of El Pas brother, Robert CHACON of Albuquerque; sisters, Socorro VASQUEZ, Mary LAUTURNER and Gloria RODRIGUEZ of Deming, Teresa AVALOS and Molly YANEZ of Las Cruces; and 4 grandchildren.

Mesilla Valley

Benavidez
Lydia P. BENAVIDEZ, 83 lifelong resident of Mesilla Valley, died Jan. 4, 2002. Born Aug. 21, 1918 in Derry, NM to Anastacio PADILLA and Alvina SERNA PADILLA. Retired caregiver working with the Autumn House and had been a volunteer with Munson Center. She is survived by her sons, Leo and wife, Lupita, Ernesto and wife Gloria and Marty and wife, Elaine all of Las Cruces, daughters, Viola GONZALES and husband Alfred of Alamosa, CO, Elizabeth BENAVIDEZ of Albuquerque, Jean BENAVIDEZ, Merlinda MORENO Devera MARQUEZ and husband Vincent, all of Las Cruces, brothers, Eliso PADILLA, Amadeo PADILLA, and Gilbert PADILLA, sister Lorraine SOLIZ and many grandchildren, g-grandchildren, gg-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Fidel G. BENAVIDEZ. Getz Funeral Home, interment at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Jan. 9, 2002
La Union

Cordero
Galdino "Dino", 76, of La Union died Mon. Jan. 7, 2002 at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, Born April 18, 1925 in La Union to Francisco and Librada CORDERO. He served in the US Army with the 155th Infantry regiment of the 31st Div who fought the emeny right up until the moment peace was officially declared. Also one of the first men to enter the uncharted swamps in the battleground west of the Agusan River in Mindanao. Avid marksman, fisherman and carpenter. Survivors include his wife, Isabel "Chavela"; one son, Frank X. of Santa Fe; one daughter, Margarita CORDERO of Galisteo; one brother, Lary of Santa Teresa; two sisters, Minnie MENDEZ of La Union, Alicia HERNANDEZ of Loma Linda, CA. Preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Josefa "Pepa" PINON. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church, 1320 Mercantile Ave. La Union, NM. Interment at La Union Cemetery with military honors. Baca’s Funeral Chapels.
 

Las Cruces

Dunacan
Mary Ellen DUNAGAN, 74, of Las Cruces died Jan 5, 2002. Born Jan. 30, 1927 in Shreveport, LA to Flake Henry WELLS, Sr and Jessie Lee LANDFORD. Married Elbert Richard DUNAGAN in Las Cruces, Nov. 19, 1949. Retired from teaching after working 25 years in Ruidoso, Mescalero and Glenwood School systems, and 3 years with the El Paso school district. Member of the Community United Methodist Church in Ruidoso. Survived by her brother Flake H. Well, Jr., daughter, Joey M. DUNAGAN. Preceded in death by her husband Elbert. Graham Mortuary.

Deming, Jan. 10, 2002

Perez
Ramon T. PEREZ, 71, of Deming died Tues. at his home. Baca’s Funeral Home, interment at Mt. View Cemetery with military honors. survivors include his wife, Mary D; sons, Ramon Jr., Rick, both of Deming. Hector D. Ochoa of Topeka, KS, sisters, Eleanor GAVALDON, Eugene PEREZ both of Deming; 17 grandchildren.

Las Cruces, Jan. 14, 2002

Selby
Quenton Dwayne SELBY, 35, of Bayfield, Colo & formerly of Las Cruces died Jan. 8, 2002 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born March 2, 1966 in Las Cruces to Bob G. and Margaret COLLUM SELBY. Survivors include his wife, Karen Allen of Bayfield, Colo, his parents, two brothers, Robert F. of Las Cruces, Shawn of Ruidoso; one sister, Jacquendal L. SELBY of Las Cruces; paternal grandmother, Annie Cox of Las Cruces, maternal grandmother, Lorene FORD of La Mesa. Cremation. Baca’s Funeral Home.

Las Cruces, Jan. 15, 2002

Aldridge
Juanita CARABAJAL ALDRIDGE, 67 lifelong resident of Las Cruces, died Thurs. Jan. 10, 2002. Born Aug. 22, 1934 in Hill, NM. Former Dietary Aide at Memorial Medical Center & sewer at Hanes Plant and homemaker. Survived by her sons and daughters, Mary Lou GONZALES, of Albuquerque, Johnny CARABAJAL, Theodore ALDRIDGE and Ricky CLARK all of Bakersfield, CA, Maria GURROLA, Randy CLARK, Isidra CLARK and David CLARK all of Las Cruces, Rachel JOHNSON of Cincinnati, OH, 23 g-children, 18 g-grandchildren, 1gg-grandchild.. Brothers and sisters, Marcelena CORDERO, Maria DELGADO, Rosa REL, Eugenio CARABAJAL, Delia CARABAJAL, Vickie CARABAJAL & Alberto CARABAJAL. Preceded in death by her parents, Teodoro and Cuca CARABAJAL; son, Thomas Clark; daughter, Rachel CARABAJAL and her brothers & sisters, Ramon CARABAJAL, Monico CARABAJAL, Lala GARCIA, Freddy CARABAJAL and Jose CARABAJAL. Getz Funeral Home Chapel, funeral mass at Our Lady of Health Catholic Church, interment at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Berino

Morales
Blanca Estela MORALES, 35 of Berino, died Sat. Jan. 12, 2002 at Mesilla Valley Hospice. Born Jan. 4, 1967 in El Paso, TX to Yolanda and Fedel MORALES. Employed at Hoover Manufacturing in El Paso. Preceded in death by her father Fidel MORALES, one brother Luis MORALES, and g-mother, Julia VARELA, Survived by four children, Gerado, Ismael, Crystal, Chacon and Eric MORALES of Berino; three sisters, Norma MORALES of Berino, Patricia MARTINEZ of Ciudad Juarez, and Juana MORALES of Albuquerque, mother, Yolanda MORALES; two brothers, Arturo and Jr. MORALES. Funeral at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, interment at Anthony Cemetery. Graham Mortuary.

La Mesa, Jan. 16, 2002

Lucero
Ricardo DIAZ LUCERO, 81, lifelong resident of La Mesa died Sat, Jan 5, 2002 in El Paso, TX. Born April 30, 1920 in La Mesa to Ramon A. and Drancisca DIAZ LUCERO. Retired custodian from NMSU. Survivors include daughter, Irene D. LUCERO of Salinas, CA, son David LUCERO of San Jose, CA, one sister, Josephine LUCERO SANCHEZ of San Jose. Five g-children, 8 ggrandchildren. Interment at San Jose Cemetery. Baca’s Funeral Chapel.

Las Cruces, Jan. 18, 2002

Bellman
Mary GONZALES BELLMAN, 62, of Las Cruces died Thur. Jan. 27, 2002. Born Dec. 24, 1939 in Las Cruces to Miguel and Guadalupe MARIN GONZALES. Survivors include 4 sons, David GONZALES and wife, Fredina of Ft. Scott, KS, Arturo BERNAL, Donald GONZALES, Michael BELLMAN; 3 daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth BERNAL, Christina ARCHULETA & husband, Ruben, her mother, Guadalupe all of Las Cruces, ONE BROTHER, Mike GONZALES & wife Mary Lou of Albuquerque, one sister, Lupe SALAZAR & husband Juan of Las Cruces. 11 g-children, 3gg-children. Her father, husband, Alphonso BELLMAN; one son, Cipriano BERNAL & 1 brother, Eugene GONZALES, preceded her in death.

Tortugas, Jan 22, 2002

Munoz
Ruben T. MUNOZ, 71, of Tortugas died Sat. Jan. 19, 2002 at Memorial Medical Center. Born Jan. 30, 1930 in Tortugas to Efren and Luz MUNOZ and lived in the valley all his life. Retired from the Dona Ana County Highway Dept. where he worked for over 25 years. Survived by his son Oscar MUNOZ of Albuquerque, daughter, Gloria MUNOZ of Las Cruces, seven brothers, Arturo of Seal Beach, CA, Efren Jr. of Las Lunas, Bobby of Carson, Ca, Raul and Ernesto of Tortugas and Hector MUNOZ of Los Lunas, NM, three sister, Alicia LUCERO of Downey, CA, Otilia SINGH of Mesilla Park, NM, Bernice TRUJILLO of Albuquerque; ten g-children and five gg-children. Preceded in death by one daughter Irma MUNOZ, one sister Aurora RICH. Getz Funeral Home. Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Tortugas. Pallbearers: Ricky, Manod and Jaime MUNOZ, Tony SINGH, Frank TRUJILLO, and Nico MAVROLEON.

Las Mesa, Jan 26, 2002

Alaniz
Francisco "Chimuri" ALANIZ, 89, lifelong resident of Las Mesa died Jan 24, 2002 at his home. Born Jan 29, 1912 in Jimenez, Chihuahua, Mex. to Juan and Ignacia GUTIERREZ ALANIZ. Served in the US Army during WW2, member of American Legion Post # 0122 in Anthony, TX. Retired as a cement finisher and construction laborer. Survivors include his wife of sixty five years, Maria SAENZ ALANIZ, four sons, Ruben, of Los Angeles, Ca, Francisco Jr., of Torrance, CA, Willie of Wilmington, CA, Johnny of Las Alamitos, Ca; four daughters, Amelia ALANIZ and Micaela ORDONEZ of La Mesa, Isabel GARCIA of San Miguel, Evangeline APODACA of Farmington., 17 g-children, 12 gg-children. Preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Angela ALANIZ. Interment at San Jose Cemetery with military honors. Baca’s Funeral Chapel.

Las Cruces, Jan 29, 2002

Barrio
Guadalupe E. BARRIO, 77, died Sat. Jan. 26, 2002. Born on Dec. 12, 1924 in Las Cruces to Alfredo and Maria GRIJALVA BARRIO, Sr. and served in the US Army during WW2. Retired from Security Guard at Lockheed at Johnson Space Center, member of VFW Post # 3242 and the Eagles. Survived by his brothers, Willie BARRIO of Lowell, MS, Alfred BARRIO Jr. of Las Cruces and Frankie BARRIO of Dona Ana, sister, Elfida RUBIO, Eva GARVEY, Piedad GUTIERREZ and Gloria GONZALES all of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by his parents, siters, Christine ULIBARRI and Petra ROMERO, brothers, Luis BARRIO, Conrado BARRIO, sammie BARRIO and David Barrio. Mass at St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church, interment at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.

Carlsbad, Jan 29, 2002

Ledford
Leorena LEDFORD, 70 died Wed. Jan 23, 2002 of pancreatic cancer. Interment at Carlsbad Cemetery. Denton-Funchess Funeral Home. Born Wed. August 5, 1931 to Theodore BOUDREAU and Virginia LA BORDE BOUDREAU in El Paso, TX. Grew up in Carlsbad attended St. Edward Elementary School, graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1949. Married Edward M. LEDFORD in Carlsbad, worked for Carlsbad Insurance for 35 years, member of St. Edward Catholic Church and former member of ESA Beta Rho Chapter. Preceded her in death, parents, brother, Ted NBOUDREAU Jr. Survivors include husband El LEDFORD, son Mike LEDFORD and wife Judy of Carlsbad, two daughters, Suzanne ELLIS and husband Paul of Clovis, Kathy LA TOURETTE and husband Jim of Santa Rosa, Ca, borther Vincent BOUDREAU and wife Diana of Las Cruces, 5 g-children. Baca’s Funeral Home.

Las Mesa, Jan. 30, 2002

Monge
Arthur C. Monge, 55, of La Mesa, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002. Born June 16, 1946 in Silver City to Louie and Annie MONGE. Was a veteran of US Navy in the Viet Name Era. Truck driver for Mesilla Valley Transportation. Survived by his wife of nine years Paula MONGE, son Erik ROBSDON; daughter Angela ANDERSON, mother Annie MONGE, sister, Cecilia MONGE. Preceded in death by maternal grandparents Nicolas and Sylvestra CHAVEZ. Getz Funeral Home, interment at Ft. Bayaard National Cemetery with military honors.

Saturday, February 02, 2002
Lordsburg

Ruiz
Maria Ruiz, 99, died. St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Shakespeare Cemetery. Ruiz was born in San Andres, Chihuahua, Mexico to Juan and Guadalupe Escandon Ruiz. Survived by two sons, Elias Ruiz of Lordsburg and Ernesto Ruiz of Santa Fe; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Ernesto Ruiz; a brother, Pete Ruiz; and sisters, Altagracia Mejia and Elena Sepulveda.*

Anthony

Piñon
Maximina A. Piñon, 73, of Anthony died. St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial to follow in Anthony Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapel.*

Las Cruces

Quesada
Margarita Luna Quesada, 89, of Las Cruces. Getz Funeral Home Chapel. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church Burial at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. Survivors include sons, Wille Quesada, Candy Quesada and Martin Quesada, all of Las Cruces; daughters, Lupe Garcia, Lena Ontiveros and Nellie Aragon, all of Las Cruces.*

Sunday, February 03, 2002
Truth or Consequences

Torres
Margaret B. Torres, 84, of Truth or Consequences, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Buried in Vista Memory Gardens. She was born in Garfield to Benjamin Bouvet and Pueblita Garcia. Survived by her sons, Isidro of Prescott, Ariz., David of Las Cruces and William R. of Socorro; daughters, Sylvia McWilliams of las Vegas, Nev., Patsy Munoz of T or C and Mercy Herrera of T or C; sisters, Herminia Torres of Albuquerque, Antonia Cordero of Garfield, Beatrice Bernal of Las Cruces and Mary Baca of El Paso. Preceded in death by her husband Isidro G. Torres.*

Monday, February 04, 2002
Las Cruces

Gonzales
JENARO GONZALES, 89, died Feb. 2, 2002. Interment at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery. He was born September 19, 1912 in Hurley to Concepcion and Candida (Vasquez) Gonzales. Survived by son Conrado G. Gonzales and wife Ysidra of Las Cruces; daughter Senida Ortega of La Habra, CA; brother, Ezequiel Vasquez of, WA. Preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rosa G. Gonzales in 1999; son, Ruben Gonzales in 2000; 3 brothers, Eduardo and Celso Gonzales and Ramon Vasquez; 2 sisters Luz V. Gonzales and Simona Schaffer. Baca's Funeral Chapels of Silver City.*

Wednesday, February 06, 2002
Las Cruces

Castillo
LUIS PEREZ CASTILLO, age 75, of Las Cruces died Wednesday, January 16, 2002. He was born September 17, 1927 in San Ysidro to Jesus Castillo and Josefa Perez Castillo. Survivors include five daughters, Martha Castillo, Yolanda and husband Johnny Flores, Gloria Johnson, Lillie and husband Raymond Marrujo, Gracie Peña; two sons, Luis Castillo Jr. and Jesse Castillo; one sister, Petra C. Medina all of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by his mother and father, and son-in-law Richard S. Johnson III. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.*

Hale
MARY G. HALE, of Las Cruces, died Saturday, January 26, 2002. Born February 9, 1958 to Eldon "Huck" Hale and Dixie F. 0'Bannon of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Survived by her daughter Makala Hale of Las Cruces, Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.*

Thursday, February 07, 2002
Anthony

Tellez
OFELIA D. TELLEZ, age 81 of Anthony, February 05, 2002. She was born November 9, 1920 in El Paso, Texas. Survivors include two sons, Abel D. Tellez and wife, Emma of Yuma, Arizona and Steve D. Tellez and wife, Debbie of Las Cruces; three daughters, Mary G. Swartz and husband, Louis of Albuquerque, Roberta O. Rios and husband, Filbert of Espanola, and Martha A. Olivas and husband, Ruben of Mesquite. Other survivors include Robert G. Tellez, of Anthony, to whom she was married for 45 years; one sister, Evila Villegas of Anthony, Texas. St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Interment at Anthony Cemetery . Baca's Funeral Chapels.*

Brooks
ROMA BROOKS age 80 of Deming, February 3, 2002. She was born August 3, 1921 in Valeron, New Mexico to Manuel and Refugia Cardenas. Survived by one son, William E. Brooks of Deming; two daughters, Betty Jane McBride of Deming, Ruth Ellen Strader of Blytheville, AK; sister-in-law, Felipa Cardenas of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by husband, Emerson William Brooks August 1990; brother, Marcos S. Cardenas May 1989 and two sisters, Julia Laguna and Matilde Trevizo. Getz Funeral Home Chapel, Interment at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.*

Friday, February 08, 2002
Las Cruces

Woods
Alma Blanche Woods, Feb. 6, 2002. She was born Sept. 26, 1920 into a New Mexico pioneer family. Survived by her son James Bourn of Bay City, Texas. Daughter Christine Norris of Las Cruces. Brother Richard Nolan of Silver City, NM. Blanche will be laid to rest at a later date with her late husband Clayton Woods. Getz Funeral Home.*

Las Cruces

Avalos
ANTONIA "GRANDMA T" H. AVALOS, 88,Baca's Funeral Chapels, St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Avalos died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2002. Survivors, sister, Josefa "Pepa" Lopez of Mesilla; sons, Joe Lopez of Hacienda Heights, Calif., Edward "Lalo" Avalos, Ray Montoya both of Las Cruces; daughters, Estella Evaro and Connie Flores both of Las Cruces, Helen Nevarez of La Mesa. Preceded in death by her husband Tomas Avalos.*

Newman
Hugh Allen Newman, 88, passed away February 3, 2002. Getz Funeral Home. Burial at Masonic Cemetery Mr. Newman was born November 16, 1913 in Altus, Arkansas to Edward E. and Pearl Compton Newman. Preceded in death by his wife Kitty. Survivors include his daughter JoAnn Kloppenburg, and her husband Don, of Las Cruces; his son George A. Newman, and his wife Carolyn, of Abilene, TX.*

San Pablo

Carrera
ANTONIO R. CARRERA, age 79, of San Pablo. February 5, 2002. He was born May 22, 1922 in Villa Ocampo, Durango, Mexico. Survivors include his loving wife, Guadalupe Sanchez Carrera of the family home; three sons, Gustavo Carrera of El Paso, Texas, Jerry Carrera, Guillermo Carrera and wife Leticia all of Las Cruces; one daughter, Guadalupe C. Ramirez and husband Marco A. of El Paso, Texas; one brother, Narciso Carrera of Las Cruces; four sisters, Natividad Perez of Sunland Park, Aurelia Alvarez of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Ponciana Gomez of El Paso, Texas and Francisca Dominguez of Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico. Interment at San Albino Cemetery, Baca's Funeral Chapels.*

Sunday, February 10, 2002
Las Cruces

Avalos
ANTONIA "GRANDMA T" H. AVALOS, age 88. February 5, 2002. Born January 17, 1914 in Mesilla to Julio and Maria P. Holguin. Survivors include her sister, Josefa "Pepa" Lopez of Mesilla; three sons, Joe Avalos and wife Julieta of Hacienda Heights, CA., Edward "Lalo" Avalos, Ray Montoya of Las Cruces; three daughters, Estella Evaro, Connie Flores all of Las Cruces, Helen Nevarez of La Mesa. Preceded in death by her parents; her husband Tomas Avalos; brothers and sisters; four sons, Tomas, Willie, Rudy and Robert "Wero" Avalos. Intermemt at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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Dona Ana

Gonzales
JESUS ROBERTO "FORGET IT" GONZALES, age 43, of Dona Ana. February 6, 2002. He was born November 22, 1958 in Rincon to Roman Gonzales and Julia Camargo Gonzales. Survivors include two sons, Jesse and Daniel Gonzales; one daughter, Christina Gonzales all of Las Cruces; his mother, Julia Gonzales of Dona Ana; five brothers, Rudy, Ramon, Richard and Ruben Gonzales all of Las Cruces, Roque Gonzales of Las Vegas, Nevada; one sister, Rebecca Gonzales of Fort Collins, Colorado. His father preceded him in death. Our Lady of Purification Catholic Church, 5525 Cristo Rey in Dona Ana. Interment at Dona Ana Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.*

Villa
CATALINA VILLA, age 33, February 4, 2002. Born June 10, 1968 in Durango, Durango, Mexico. Survivors include two sons, Jose Angel and Marcos Miguel Villa both of Las Cruces; her father, Miguel Villa Vasquez of Durango, Durango, Mexico; mother and step father, Esperanza Vanegas and Rafael Correa both of Las Cruces; one brother, Regulo Villa of Las Vegas, Nevada; seven sisters, Evangelina, Eustolia, Rosa, Maria and Lydia Villa all of Los Angeles, California, Irma and Gregoria Villa both of Las Vegas, Nevada; one stepsister, Guadalupe Correa of Los Angeles, California.*

Villa
CORINA VILLA, age 18, February 4, 2002. Born July 29, 1983 in Los Angeles, CA. Survivors include her father Cesar Alvarado; two brothers, Jose Angel and Marcos Miguel Villa; her maternal grandparents, Esperanza Vanegas and Rafael Correa all of Las Cruces.*

Villa
VERONICA VILLA, age 11, February 4, 2002. Born February 24, 1990 in El Paso, Texas. Survivors include her father, Cesar Alvarado; two brothers, Jose Angel and Marcos Miguel Villa; her maternal grandparents, Esperanza Vanegas and Rafael Correa all of Las Cruces. Baca's Funeral Chapels, Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, Interment at San Albino Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.*

Monday, February 11, 2002
Deming

Arias
Francisco G. Arias, 91, Baca's Funeral Chapel, Cremation will follow and inurnment at Mt. View Cemetery. Born Jan. 1, 1911, in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico to Francisco and Augustina Gonzales Arias. Survived by his daughter, Gloria A. Carreon and her husband Albert of Deming, a step daughter Rita Lopez of T or C. Preceded in death by his wife, Cleofas B. Arias on Aug. 5, 1999.*

Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Las Cruces

Sweet
RALPH EDWARD SWEET. February 9th 2002. Ed was born to Rose and Fred Sweet in Carrizozo, NM on June 10, 1953. Preceded in death by his wife Reintraude Crosswhite in 1989 and his brother Kenneth Victor Sweet, in 1993. Survived by his mother Rose and Dennis Johnson of Akela, his father Fred Victor Sweet, Jr. of Richmond, Kentucky. Ed was survived by three children, Haley Malouff (22) of Mesa, Arizona, Jason Edward Crosswhite (18) and Dylan Gerard Sweet (17) of the family home. Sisters, Rebecca Ann Amati of Las Cruces; Rose Marie Hallock-Sweet of Eatontown, NJ, Tawney, Kirsti and Kenny. Pam and Craig Poitivent, Forrest Lee and Lindsay Rae of Las Cruces. Burial of Ed's cremains will take place at the Angus Cemetery in Bonita, NM. Getz Funeral Home.*

Thursday, February 14, 2002
Las Cruces

Bartee
Visitation for Opal L. Bartee, 86, Baca's Funeral Chapel in Deming. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery.Bartee. Survivors: daughter, Wanda Black of Las Cruces; brothers, Hollis Hooper of Belvedere, S.C., Robert Hopper of Two Rivers, Wis.*

Elephant Butte

Fedric
Albert Felix Fedric, 81. Cremation will take place and a private service will be held at a later date.Survivors include his son, Ronnie G. Fedric of Alamogordo; brothers, John L. Fedric and Marshal Ray Fedric, both of Baton Rouge, La. French Mortuary of TorC Inc.*

T or C

Stout
Ollie Bill Stout, 75. Cremation will take place. Survivors include his sons, Mike Stout of Modesto, Calif., and John Stout of Redding, Calif.; daughters, Robyn Tyler of Turlock, Calif., Nikki of Modesto, Calif., Kimberly of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother Jack Stout of Atwater, Calif. French Mortuary of TorC Inc.*

Deming

Torres
JOHN S. TORRES, 54. Feb. 11, 2002. St. Ann's Catholic Church. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery.Mr. Torres was born Sept. 29, 1947 in Deming to Fred and Ruth S. Torres. Survivors: two brothers: Danny S. Torres of Wilcox, Ariz., and Luis S. Torres of Deming; a sister, Carol S. Torres of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by his parents, Frederico and Ruth Torres, and a brother, David Torres. Baca's Funeral Chapel of Deming.*

Las Cruces

Villines
Visitation for Mary Laura Villines, 64. St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial at Anthony Cemetery. Survivors; her daughters, Tina Gallegos and Velma Perea both of Las Cruces; brothers, Manuel Madrid of Vado and Jesus Madrid of Anthony; sisters, Angie Sanchez and Maria H. Grunska, both of Anthony, and Maria Celsa Madrid of Las Cruces; Baca's Funeral Chapels.*

Wednesday, February 20, 2002
Mesilla

Frietze
Nicanor "Nick" Frietze, 62. February 16, 2002. Born November 16, 1939, in Mesilla to Norberto and Cipriana Guevara Frietze. Survived by sisters; Josie Frietze and Mary Navaraz, brother; Neri and wife Leticia Frietze, all of Mesilla. Preceded in death by his parents, wife Hortencia Frietze and two brothers Norberto Frietze Jr., and Ricardo Frietze.Cremation has taken place at his request. Graham Mortuary, San Albino Catholic Church in Mesilla.*

Las Cruces

Torres
LORENZA NEVAREZ TORRES, age 80. February 19, 2002 in El Paso, Texas. She was born April 7, 1921 in Las Cruces to Miguel and Catarina Almanzar Nevarez. Survivors; husband Marcelino Torres Sr.; one son, Marcelino Torres Jr.; one daughter, Gloria Estes; two brothers, Pete and Billy Nevarez; four sisters, Minga Flores, Virginia Geiser, Eloisa Cardon and Ramona Benavidez. Preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Johnny and Mike Nevarez; one sister, Mary Perez. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church, interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.*

Friday, February 22, 2002
Artesia

Alvillar-Lease
BERTHA ALVILLAR-LEASE age 48. Feb. 18, 2002. Born Jan. 28, 1954 in Las Cruces, NM to Alex and Lupe Garcia. .Survivors: husband Ralph Lease; two stepdaughters, Diana and Monica and one stepson Raphael. One sister Minnie Fierro of Las Cruces. One brother Robert Garcia of Phoenix, AZ. One step sister Beatrice and one step brother Jimmy Garcia. Preceded in death by her father and son Bobby Joe Alvillar. Cremation has taken.*

Las Cruces

Trujillo
Albina Villegas Trujillo, 84. Feb. 19, 2002 in Tucson, AZ. She was born Sept. 13, 1917 in Las Cruces to Theodor and Juanita Carabajal Trujillo. Survivors: sons Pete Trujillo, Edward Trujillo, Ernest Trujillo, Ted Trujillo and David Trujillo all of Las Cruces. Daughter Mary Lou Uranga of Tucson, AZ. Brother Monico Villegas of Watsonville, CA. Sister Juanita Bernal of Tucson, AZ. Preceded in death by her husband Cruz, son Tony and daughter Mary Helen. Getz Funeral Home Chapel. Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery.*

Mesquite

Gomez
JUAN H. GOMEZ, age 83. February 22, 2002. Born June 28, 1918 in La Union to Celso and Manuela Hinojos Gomez. Survivors; four sons, Guillermo Gomez of Belton, Texas, Arturo Gomez of Vado, Joe Gomez of Mesilla Park, and Ruben Gomez of Las Cruces; three daughters, Rosalinda Avila of Anaheim, CA., Jeannie Lopez of Tortugas and Mary Lugo of El Paso, Texas; one sister, Victoria of Albuquerque. Preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Domitila Gomez; two sons, Robert and Ruben Gomez. Baca's Funeral Chapel, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Mesquite. Cremation.*

T or C

Trujillo
ALFIDES L. TRUJILLO, 89. February 22, 2002 at Socorro General Hospital. She was born on December 2, 1912 the daughter of Celso and Margarita (Tafoya) Lopez in Chiz, New Mexico. Surviors; son, Herminio Trujillo of Alta Visa, Calif.; her daughters, Sadie Gutierrez of Arrey, NM; Mary Perez of Whittier, CA.; Eligia Jojola of TorC, NM; Odilia Garcia of TorC, NM; Gloria Luna of Albuquerque, NM; Preceded in death by her husband, Jose Trujillo in 1959 and by her son, Bennie Trujillo. Our Lady or Perpetual Health Catholic Church. Interment at Hot Springs Cemetery. French Mortuary of Tor C, Inc.*

Tuesday, February 26, 2002
Las Cruces

Wiley
Elnora Wiley, February 23, 2002.Elnora was born in Roswell, NM on September 15, 1916 to Jess and Alice Williams. Graham Mortuary Chapel. Interment at Masonic Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her husband and son Joe.*

Wednesday, February 27, 2002
Las Cruces

Billups
WILMA H. BILLUPS. February 24, 2002. Preceded in death in 1978 by Benjamin E. Billups her husband . Wilma was born November 26, 1906 in Nogal, in the Territory of New Mexico. Survivors: daughter Barbara Grider of Las Cruces, her son Daniel Hust of Moriarity, two younger brothers; Maynard Hust of FL. And Howard Hust of N.C. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Getz Funeral Home.*

Deming

French
Michael Dean French, 43. February 21, 2002 in Deming. Mike was born March 25, 1958 in Silver City to Wilber Jr. and Marilyn Hutchins French. Survived by his wife, Debra M. French of Deming; his children, Jason M. French and Elisa M. French of Deming; his parents, Wilbur D. and Marilyn J. French of Silver City; his sister, Pat Kimmick and her husbof Silver City. Baca's Funeral Chapel, Deming, NM.
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Las Cruces

Villa
SANTIAGO "JIMMY" PABLO VILLA, 49, February 23, 2002. He was born May 5, 1952 in Deming. Survivors wife Alice Garcia Villa of the family home; one daughter, Dora Villa of El Paso, Texas; two sisters, Mary Jean Ramirez of El Paso, Texas and Genevieve Morgan of Deming; one brother, David Villa of Truth or Consequences. Preceded in death by his parents, Lupe and Virginia Villa. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church, Interment at West Shelter of Fort Bliss National Cemetery with military honors. Baca's Funeral Chapels.*

Las Cruces

Westbrook
EMILY M. (ULIBARRI) WESTBROOK, 69. February 26, 2002 at Providence Hospital, El Paso, TX Mrs. Westbrook was born December 25, 1932 in San Miguel, NM to Vicente D. and Adelina Moreno Ulibarri. Survived by her husband of 39 years, Dr. Carl 0. Westbrook and her children Vince C. Westbrook, of Tulsa, OK and Carla A. Westbrook, of Dallas, TX. Graham Mortuary Chapel, interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery.*

Thursday, February 28, 2002
Hatch

Porter
VIRGINIA RUTH PORTER. February 26, 2002. She was born on December 17, 1928 in Hatch, New Mexico. Preceded in death by her Parents, H.G. and Nell Underwood, and a Son, Terry Porter. Survived by her husband Brady B. Porter, a Son, Bill Porter, brother, Clyde Underwood, sister, Janell Edgar. Funeral at Hatch Church of God. Interment at Hatch Garden of Memories Cemetery. Graham Mortuary.*

Thursday, February 28, 2002
Morenci

Truelove
Laura Irene Truelove. Thursday, Feb. 21st at home in Morenci. Laura was born December 23, 1954 in Hatch, New Mexico, the daughter of Thomas & Frances Wilson. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Survivors; husband, Pat, of Morenci; daughter Tandy Truelove of Las Cruces; three sons: Roy Lee of Pensacola, FL, Dustin Levi of Safford, & Jesse of Morenci; six sisters: Beverly Jean Caudill of McQueenie, TX, Linda Faye Riddle of Mimbres, NM, Sherry Jane Clement of Silver City, NM, Wanda Elaine Wilson Powe of Las Cruces, NM, Connie Kay Wilson of Houston, TX, and Victoria Me McClaskey of Groton, CT; two brothers: Larry James Wilson of Garfield, NM, and Thomas David Wilson of Farmington, NM. Preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Mary Louise Wilson. Bunker's Caldwell Chapel, Safford, Arizona.*

Friday, March 01, 2002
Deming

Milo
MARY LOUISE MILO was called home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, February 27, 2002. Mass St. Ann's Catholic Church. Burial at Mt. View Cemetery. She was born December 27, 1955 to Aurora and Willie Uzueta in Deming. Mary Louise graduated from Deming High school in 1973 and was employed at the Deming Public Schools. Mary Louise was involved in Luna County 4-H, Luna County Rabbit Club, Deming High School FFA, and Deming High School Skills USA Vica. She is survived by her husband, Frank Milo; her son Raymond Milo and his wife Mona; her granddaughter Lauren Arabella Milo; and by her parents, Willie and Aurora Uzueta all of Deming. She never had brothers and sisters but considered her aunts and uncles as brothers and sisters. They are: Frances Dominguez of Deming, Mary Hamilton of Huntsville, AL, Tony Chaires of Evansville, IN, Mike Chaires of Las Cruces, John Chaires of Anthony, and Joe Chaires of Las Cruces. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joe and Mary Chaires and by her uncle, George "Sonny" Chaires. Pallbearers will be Mike Ellis, David Smith, Luis Gonzales, Marcus Dominguez, Charlie Parnell, and Nicky Damon. Honorary bearers are Lauren Milo, Jacob Aguayo, Aubri Sandoval, Jessica Dominguez, Stephanie Dominguez, Riley Tolman, and Erica Lopez, as well as all the administration, staff, and faculty of the Deming Public Schools and friends and family who have been part of her live through her 46 years of life. Baca's Funeral Chapel, Deming, NM.

Friday, March 1, 2002
Las Cruces

Montes
PEDRO H. MONTES age 77 of Las Cruces died Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at the Veterans Hospital in T or C, New Mexico. He was born February 14, 1924 in Las Cruces to Rafael and Juanita Holguin Montes. Pete was a career Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Army where he served during World War II, the Korean War and then retired August 31, 1963. Pedro considered Las Cruces his lifelong home and was a devoted parishioner at St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Pete was a caring and loving brother and uncle to his family.He is survived by two brothers; Francisco and Miguel Montes both of Las Cruces; nephews and nieces, Frank Montes, Jr, Mary Jane Orona, Natalia Fernandez, Mary Lou Perez, Ralph Montes, Raymond Montes, Christina Avalos, Peter Montes, Edward Montes, Lawrence Michael Montes, Irene Banegas, Patsy Garcia, Alvin Banegas, Kathy Lopez and Theresa Bigott.He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lupe Baca, Isabel Banegas and a niece, Josephine Swartz. Mass at St. Genevieve's Catholic Church with Fr. Sabastian Cunningham, OFM officiating. Burial at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery with full military honors.Pallbearers will be David Nunez, Daniel Fernandez, Patrick Perez, Raymond Montes, Michael Montes, Alvan Banegas.Getz Funeral Home.

Tuesday, March 05, 2002
Lordsburg

Reynolds
Robert Thomas Reynolds passed away on March 1, 2002 at his home in Lordsburg. He is survived by two daughters and their husbands; Roberta "Boo" Gambill and her husband Darren of Tyrone, and Pecos and Darr Shannon of Lordsburg; two grandchildren, Sicily Shannon from Las Cruces and Robert Reynolds II from Hatch; and one sister, Betty Clayton and her husband Frank from Paso Robles, California. He was preceded in death by his son Robert "Curly" Reynolds in 1985 and his wife Frances "Willi" Reynolds in 1995. Lordsburg Masonic Lodge on Main Street. Some people called him Bobby and some called him R.T. Which name you called him seemed to depend on what generation you were from. If you were from his generation, you called him Bobby, but if you are from his kids' generation, you probably called him R.T. Robert Thomas Reynolds was born May 23, 1924, in Lordsburg at the old hospital on south Main Street. His parents were Robert M. Reynolds and Lillian Burns Reynolds. His dad, Robert M. Reynolds "R.M." was born in Marion, Illinois, and came west in 1906 when he was 19 years old. Upon reaching El Paso, R.M. read a notice that the Eagle Drug Mercantile Company in Lordsburg was looking for a bookkeeper. R.M. worked in this capacity for 14 years, all the while homesteading land and buying out homesteaders surrounding Lordsburg until he had acquired a good amount of land, and began his ranch. R.M. married Lillian Burns, from the Oklahoma Territory, after she moved to the Lordsburg area. R.M. made a living for his family with ranching, mining, bookkeeping, banking, and insurance. On February 15, 1919, when the New Mexico Legislature created Hidalgo County from the Southern portion of Grant County, R.M. was appointed by the Governor to serve as the first County Clerk of Hidalgo County. R.M. was re-elected to two full terms as County Clerk. R.M. and Lillian Reynolds homesteaded near Lordsburg. They had two children, Robert T. Reynolds and Betty Reynolds Clayton. R. T. "Bobby" went to school in Lordsburg, sometimes riding with his dad and sometimes walking to school. He said it was only about 3 miles to walk to school so it was not a big deal. He graduated from Lordsburg High School in 1941. If you were to ask him what he remembered about his very young days, R.T. would answer "milking the cow, taking out the ashes, and bringing in the wood so mother could cook breakfast." This was all done before he could go to school. R.T. might also have told you "and I've hated a milk cow ever since." R.T. in his young years rode colts to break and train them. His dad raised and sold horses and also raced them. R.T. was old enough to break and train the horses, but not old enough to jockey though he was probably light enough. They raced in the Hidalgo County Futurity at the Lordsburg Fairgrounds and other places around the country. R.T. says horses came from around the country to race in Lordsburg and they even had para-mutual betting. The racetrack was on the outside of the present day rodeo arena. R.T. has said that his dad tried raising angora goats at one time and that was a business venture that did not work. They sheared the goats right before an unexpected cold snap came up and the next morning it looked like snow on the Pyramid Mountain, but in reality it was dead goats. That was the end of goat raising.
R.T. attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, and then served three years in the United States Navy during World War II. He served from 1943 to 1946 aboard the ship U.S.S. Sanborn in the Pacific Theatre. The U.S.S. Sanborn traveled from the New Caledonian area near Australia in the South, to the Aleutian Islands in the North, and the Philippines and China ,to the East. The ship was an auxiliary troop transport and hauled Marines to different islands in the Pacific for combat. The Marines went ashore first and the Navy followed right after. R.T. has said he halfway joined the Marines since they followed right behind them into battle. Among other battles, he was in the fifth wave at Iwo Jima. During his three years aboard the U.S.S. Sanborn, R.T. had only three days off. One time they were anchored in the Philippines for two weeks. He said it was too hot below decks to sleep so everyone tried to sleep on deck, but it rained every night. He said he did get used to all that water, but was "lonesome for a dirt storm like we had at home." He told that the U.S.S. Sanborn almost sank in the Aleutian Islands when a tugboat ran into their side. R.T. came home from the Navy in 1946. Being close to the 4th of July, almost the first thing he did was go to the Silver City Rodeo and enter the bronc riding. He hadn't been on a horse in 3 years and he left the arena in an ambulance with a broken ankle. After that, rodeo was very limited. It was 1949 when R.T. married Frances Williams. The reason behind the romance varies. Frances' father, Dave Williams, had homesteaded a place on the Redrock road. R.T. said he married her because her family's homestead was right in the middle of his ranch and he wanted the homestead. Frances was also the owner of a fiddle that R.T. always wanted. He teasingly used to claim that he married her for the fiddle. R.T. and Frances had 3 children; Darr Reynolds Shannon, Roberta "Boo" Reynolds Gambill, and Robert Burns "Curly" Reynolds. They raised all 3 of their children in the ranching life. R.T. was a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, the Methodist Church, a past Worshipful Master of the Lordsburg Masonic Lodge, and a charter member of the Elks Lodge which recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Ranching was always R.T.'s way of life. He also worked 14 years as a brand inspector and as a truck driver hauling cattle from around the country to stock pens. The 20 Bar brand was R.T.'s father's brand since 1908 and is still the holding brand for the ranch. R.T. said it was a good brand because it was hard to alter with a running iron. Hereford cattle had always been the breed of choice for him and his father. When asked about crossbred cattle, R.T. has said "it has taken hundreds of years to establish the Hereford breed and it only takes 30 minutes to cross breed and ruin them." R.T. has said that "everything that happens in this country is due to the weather." He talked about the drought of 1951, 1952, and 1953. Everything was different then because they couldn't get hay trucked in like we do today. Ranchers tried to feed salt and meal, but many cattle got salt poisoning. The government brought in cheap corn that the rancher had to grind to feed his cattle. R.T. said all that cheap corn did was to give the ranchers false hope and to hold onto their cattle when they should have sold. There were no sales rings or auctions like we have today. To sell cattle, the ranchers had to ship a railroad car load of them to Los Angeles where they were sold on consignment. They needed to have a whole car load because they paid freight for the whole car whether it was full or not. Normally the Hidalgo Hotel was full of cow buyers, but not during the drought. When it finally did rain, it was with heavy flooding rains, drowning calves that were simply too weak. R.T. said it took 2 years for the grass to come back because it was so far gone. Some cows just plain gave up and wouldn't even get up out of the slew bottom. He would have to walk out and tie a long well rope around their heads, then somebody else would tie onto the pickup and start pulling the cows out. The Fullers from Redrock were delivering cattle to the stockpens in Lordsburg when it finally started raining. Their cattle had to swim across the slew just north of town. R.T. thought the good ol' days were better. He thought times were harder, but people were used to hard work and had a lot of fortitude. He thought people were more congenial then and had a lot more in common. R.T. "Bobby" will be missed very much.

Reta
CAROL Y. RETA, age 91, of Las Cruces, died March 2, 2002 She was borne September 24, 1910, in San Francisco, the only child of William and Carrie Yearian. At about the age of 5 she moved to Redwood City to a new house out in the country with her mother and father. She later attended San Jose Normal College, where she obtained her elementary teaching certificate. Early in her career she taught first grade in Redwood City. In those early years she met Homer Spellenberg, also an elementary teacher and principal, whom she married in 1935. In a few years she stopped teaching to be a homemaker for a growing family. In 1957 the family left the Bay Area to a "wilderness home" overlooking the Trinity River in Burnt Ranch, California, where Carol resumed teaching in grades 1-3, and Homer taught grades 4-8, in the two-room Burnt Ranch Elementary School. In 1967 both retired from teaching. In 1982 Carol moved to Las Cruces to be near her son Richard, and began to make new contacts through such activities as a volunteer "pink lady" at Memorial General Hospital. At Munson Senior Center she met Fernando C. Reta, whom she married in 1984, in Palomas, Chihuahua. They spent many enjoyable years actively involved in the community, traveling in the U.S., and to Mexico, the Caribbean, China and the northeastern U.S., enjoying weekly dances with the Big Band at the Elk's Club, and entertaining their many friends with home-cooked meals in their apartment at the Good Samaritan. Survivors include her sons, Richard and his wife Naida, of Las Cruces, and Steven and his wife Sarah, of Burnt Ranch. She has five grandchildren, Michael, Martin, Charlotte, Heather, and Carrie, and two great grandchildren, Sarah and Rachel, one in New Mexico, the others in California. In addition, her stepfamily, all in Las Cruces are Mary Brunt, and Sonny, Manuel, Anthony, and Raymond Reta, their spouses and children. Carol was preceded in death by her first husband Homer, her second husband Fernando and one of her sons, John.

Las Cruces

Boyce
F.K. "Cisco" Boyce, Jr., 47, of Las Cruces, NM passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at his home. Cisco was born on March 5, 1954 in Roswell, NM to Francis Keener Boyce Sr., and Vernese Davis Boyce. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1977 and was an inspector for the State of New Mexico in the mobile home industry. He was a member of the Honda Goldwing Club and had been in the Las Cruces area since 1980.Cisco is survived by his mother, Vernese Pollard of Hagerman, NM; his brother, Gary K. Boyce and his wife, Becky of Albuquerque, NM; his aunt Ditta Mae McCullough; nephews, Sean Boyce and his wife, Jean, Henry Boyce and his wife Alvis, grand nephews, Erik Boyce and Cecil Pollard and wife, Yvonne and. Graham Mortuary Chapel.

Wednesday, March 06, 2002
Las Cruces

Cardon
ANTONIO P. CARDON JR., age 81 of Las Cruces died Saturday, March 2, 2002. He was born June 3, 1920 in Las Cruces and served his country honorably in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Cardon retired as a cook from White Sands Missile Range and was a member of the Catholic Church. Survivors include daughters, Lydia Guerrero of San Diego, CA, Arcilia Barela of San Bernadino, CA and Jeanette Cardon of Las Cruces; three stepsons, Freddie and Eddie Nevarez both of El Paso, TX, Andres Nevarez of Las Cruces; two stepdaughters, Blanca Garcia of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Annette Franco of Las Cruces; three sisters, Angelita Contreras of Las Cruces, Mary Ann and Corina Cardon both of Albuquerque. Other survivors include twenty-one grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren. His parents, Antonio Cardon and Carmen Padilla Cardon; his wife, Julia Cardon; one son, Charlie Cardon and one daughter, Darlene Nava, preceded him in death. Chapel of Baca's Funeral Chapels, St. Genevieve's Catholic Church, interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, with military honors. Serving as casket bearers will be Richard Franco Jr., Andres Nevarez, Jimmy Montoya, Roberta Nevarez, Christian Guerrero and David Flores.

Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Las Cruces

Contreras
FRANCISCO V. CONTRERAS , age 62, of Las Cruces entered eternal life Monday, March 11, 2002 at his home. He was born April 12, 1939 in Las Cruces to Felipe Contreras and Margarita Valenzuela Contreras. Mr. Contreras served his country honorably in the United States Army and retired as a Sergeant First Class after twenty-three years of service. He was a member of the Catholic Church and lifetime member of the VFW Post #3242. Survivors include his loving wife, Consuelo Hidalgo Contreras of the family home; two sons, John Contreras of Doña Ana and Felipe Contreras of Las Cruces; two daughters, Christina Giron of Las Cruces and Margaret Contreras of Hemet, California; his stepfather, Johnny Melon Sr. of Las Cruces; one sister, Mary Paz of Las Cruces; one stepbrother, Johnny Melon Jr. of Albuquerque; three stepsisters, Janette Nevarez and Joanna Guadian both of Las Cruces, Dolores Guadian of Mesa, Arizona. Other survivors include eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two aunts, Corina Ordunez of Mesquite and Martina Aragon of Las Cruces as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. His parents and one uncle preceded him in death. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Health Catholic Church, 1178 N. Mesquite Street. Military honors will be accorded. Cremation will follow and inurnment of cremains will take place at a later date in Fort Bliss National Cemetery.

Garcia
EUVALDO GARCIA, age 75, of Las Cruces passed away to be with the Lord Sunday, March 10. He attended Sierra Vista Community Church. He is survived by his wife Rosie of 53 years; his daughter, Erlinda Sanchez; his son, Eugene Garcia and wife Glenda; his daughter, Stephanie Mecimore and husband Gary. Other survivors include 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, sisters and numerous relatives in Albuquerque where he was born and raised. Mr. Garcia served in the Korean war and as a gunners mate on the U.S.S. Atlanta. He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy after 20 years of service, serving as Chief Petty Officer. He was a postal carrier for the Las Cruces Post Office and commander for VFW Post 10 124.Fishing was his favorite past-time which he enjoyed with his family and his "fishing buddies." "Chief" as he was fondly known was one of the volunteers involved in building Academy of the Crosses. Graveside services will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Garden Cemetery.

Montoya
Died on March 10, 2002, GABRIEL M. MONTOYA He was born July 30, 1985 in El Paso, TX to Danios Sr. and Rebecca Blea Montoya. Gabriel was a talented musician, loving brother and cherished son. He is survived by his parents Danios Sr. and Rebecca Blea Montoya, three brothers; Danios Jr., Carlos R., and Dominic C., Montoya all of Las Cruces, NM, one sister; Beverlee Montoya of Las Cruces, NM. He is also survived by paternal grandparents; Aldofo Sr. and Lela Montoya, maternal grandparents; Manuel and Isabel Blea, paternal uncles and aunts; Aldofo Jr., Eloy C., and Mary Ann Montoya, maternal uncles and aunts; Joe, Manuel Jr., Isidro Tante, and Tony Blea, Molly Montoya, Diane Tapia, Virginia Blea and Robert Cardona, and special friend Karis Black. Getz Funeral home. The funeral mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Pallbearers will be Eloy Montoya, Vicente Cardona, Chris Franich, Steven Castorena, David Kestler, and Darrel Morales. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Gabriel's name to the Mayfield High School Band, Attn. Neil Swapp, 1955 N. Valley Dr., Las Cruces, NM.

Saiz
Visitation for Jessica M. Saiz, 35, of Las Cruces, Baca's Funeral Chapels, where the prayer vigil will be held.The funeral service will be held Saturday in the same chapel. Cremation will follow and inurnment of cremains will take place at a later date. Saiz died Monday. Survivors include her daughters, Czanelle and Stacy Martinez; her mother Dora Perez Castro of Las Cruces; her father, Manuel Saiz of Phoenix, Ariz.; and brother, Manuel Saiz Jr. of Las Cruces.

Friday, March 15, 2002
Tortugas

Gonzales De La Croix
Lorenza Gonzales De La Croix, age 87 of Los Angeles, California and formerly of Tortugas died February 21, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. She was born August 10, 1914 in La Mesa, NM. She was the former owner and operator of Gonzales Grocery Store in Tortugas, NM and a former employee of C.R. Anthony's Store. She was also a former parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Mrs. De La Croix had been a Los Angeles resident for over twenty-five years where she retired as an electronic technician. She is survived by two sons, Robert Gonzales of Tortugas, Daniel Gonzales of Las Cruces; eleven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Frank Gonzales; her second husband, Leo de la Croix; daughter, Teri Gonzales and daughter-in-law, Nellie Gonzales. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 2 PM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and Parish in Tortugas, NM. At Mrs. De La Croix's request cremation has taken place and a rite of committal was held at the Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Anthony

Sedillo
AILEEN A. SEDILLO, age 81, of Anthony died Tuesday, March 12, 2002. She was born September 3, 1920 in Las Cruces to Ben Ames and Adelina Carbonnier Ames. Mrs. Sedillo retired from the Photo Lab of White Sands Missile Range. She was a member of the Catholic Church and former member of the Catholic Daughters. Survivors include her husband, Aurelio Sedillo of Placitas; two sons, Henry Portillo and wife JoAnn Ripley of Las Cruces, Ron Portillo and wife Charlotte of Downey, California; three daughters, Sylvia Martinez and husband Manuel of Anthony, Vivian Nieto of Puerto Rico, Elizabeth Portillo and husband Vern Giffin of Las Cruces; one brother, Ernest Ames and wife Alice of Las Cruces; two sisters, Anna Marie Valdez and husband David of Anthony, Genevieve Hammond and husband Walter of Las Cruces. Other survivors include fifteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Her parents; first husband, Ernest A. Portillo; two sons, Robert and Michael Portillo and one brother, Ben Ames Jr, preceded her in death. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery where she will be laid to rest. Serving as casket bearers will be, Vern Giffin, Raymond Sanchez, Jimmy and Lucas Martinez, Richard Portillo Jr., Gabriel Arroyo. Baca's Funeral Chapels.

Chaparral

Trapp
ROBERT H. trAPP, 55, of Chaparral died Wednesday at Memorial Medical Center. At his request cremation will take place and no services are planned. Arrangements are with Baca's Funeral Chapels.Survivors include daughters, Renee Mattingly of Chaparral and Nikkole Trapp of Calif.; son, Robert Blakely of Corpus Christi, Texas; his mother, Eunice Reynolds also of Chaparral; and two grandchildren.

Valenzuela
ROMAN A. VALENZUELA, age 89, of Las Cruces died Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at Casa Del Sol Senior Care. He was born April 5, 1912 in Las Cruces and was a retired farm laborer and cowboy. Roman was a very loving and caring husband, father and friend. He enjoyed woodworking, singing, playing the guitar and telling stories about his long, full life. Survivors include his loving wife, Hortencia Gutierrez Valenzuela of the family home; one son, Joe Valenzuela and wife Arlene and their children of Las Vegas, Nevada; one daughter, Bertha Samaniego and husband Samuel and their sons, Nicholas and Joe of San Bernadino, California; one stepson, Ezequiel Bucci-Torres and wife Kim and their son, Ezequiel Joseph of Albuquerque; one stepdaughter, Consuelo Quintana-Patterson and husband Chris and their daughters, Naomi and Serena of Brownsville, Texas. Other survivors include numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Calletano Valenzuela and Juventina Almanza Valenzuela; three brothers, Pascual, Agustin and Leonardo Valenzuela; two sisters, Prajedis and Maria Medina. Chapel of Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz Road. The Funeral Service at The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 240 Three Crosses Avenue with Pastor David McLauchlan, officiating. Concluding Services and Interment will follow in San Albino Cemetery in Mesilla. Serving as casket bearers will be Ezequiel Bucci-Torres, Chris Patterson, Aaron Gutierrez, Placido Ramirez, Johnny Medina and Eduardo Hernandez.

Saturday, March 16, 2002

Simmons
DARLENE I. SIMMONS died March 14, 2002 of a prolonged illness at Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces. She was born April 18, 1941 in La Mesa, TX, the daughter of J.D. and Mamie (Jarrett) Driver, both who preceded her in death. Darlene married Donald R. Simmons Sr., February 22, 1958 in San Angelo, TX. They were residents of Roswell, NM and settled in Las Cruces in 1980.She is survived by Don, her husband of 44 years, her son, Donald (Dr.) Simmons, Jr. and his wife Betty, of Florida; her daughters, Donna Simmons Furr, of Maryland; and Susan Fairchild, of Nevada; four grandchildren, Dawn Renee and D'Ann Simmons, of Nevada; Clint and Charlie Furr, of Idaho; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.A well known antique dealer on Picacho Ave., she owned and operated the High Class Junk Joint in Las Cruces for 20 years. Darlene has chosen to be cremated. No memorial has been planned. Graham Mortuary.

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Arellin
Visitation for Julian G. Arellin Jr., 38, of Las Cruces will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at Baca's Funeral Chapels. Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery.Arellin died Sunday as a result of an automobile accident.Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Tarin Arellin of Las Cruces; son, Steven Arellin; daughter, Julianne Arellin both of Las Cruces; his parents, Julian Sr. and Mary Jane Arellin of Silver City; brother, Johnny Arellin of El Paso, Texas; sisters, Arlene Arellin of Albuquerque, Barbara Martinez of Silver City, Toni Gonzales of San Leandro, Calif.; maternal grandmother, Lorenza C. Galvan of Las Cruces; and five grandchildren.

Thursday, March 21, 2002

Tarin
ANDRES N. TARIN, 82, of Las Cruces, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002. He was born Feb. 4, 1920 in La Union, NM to Abram and Maria Tarin. He was a veteran of the US Army where her served his country honorably during WW II, he was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and was just recently awarded the 50 Year Normandy Jubilee Medal.He is survived by his wife of 54 years Beatrice Tarin of the family home. Children, Lee and wife Virgie, Gilbert and wife Tina and Andy Jr., Liz Montoya and husband Fred and Rose Melendrez and husband Ralph; brothers and sisters, Luis Padilla, Abron and Joe Tarin, Rebecca Jasso, Esther and Belen Romero also by 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Andres was preceded in death by his parents, son Willie, sister Felipa Garcia and brothers Isaac and Cruz Tarin. Getz Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with full military honors.

Sunday, March 24, 2002

Jackson
On February 27, 2002, EDWARD L. JACKSON died. Ed maintained his characteristic positive outlook and kind sense of humor throughout a year-long confrontation with cancer. During his illness he had the faithful support of many friends and coworkers.Ed was born in Artesia, New Mexico on July 9, 1958. His parents are William and Genevieve Jackson of Las Cruces.He grew up in Las Cruces and graduated from LCHS in 1976. He attended the Doña Ana Branch Community College where he studied refrigeration and he attended TVI in Albuquerque where he studied landscaping.Ed followed many passions, working in fields that captured his interest, including health care, massage therapy and firefighting. Although he had several jobs in his work career, his favorite was being an area groundskeeper at the University of New Mexico, where he managed the school's landscaping. The campus will honor him with a "Tree of Life" to be planted this fall.Ed loved to work and recreate in the outdoors. A life-long favorite outdoor activity for Ed was stream fishing, a pastime at which he excelled. Many a Trout left the water at Ed's coaxing. Family members close to Ed are his wife, Sylvia, and three children, Jeremy, Rebecca and Jarrod, all residing in Albuquerque. His sisters are Diana Jackson and Janet Hain of Las Cruces. His brothers are Bob Jackson of Albuquerque and Jim Jackson of Deming,A memorial service took place March 1, 2002 at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque.

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Armendariz
BRIJIDO "J.R." ARMENDARIZ, 42, of Las Cruces died Sunday March 24, 2002. He was born July 5, 1959 in Las Cruces, NM to Brijido C. and Ernestina Q. Armendariz. J.R. was a cook for the Las Cruces Public Schools. He will be remembered as a loving son, brother and uncle. He is survived by his ten year old son Ernest Cruz, mother; Ernestina Q. Armendariz both of Las Cruces, NM. brothers; Manuel, and Danny of Las Cruces, and Joe Armendariz of Albuquerque, NM. sisters Carmen Flores of El Paso, TX., Bertha Morales of Eloy, AZ., Angela Soltero, Martha Herrera, Emma Armendariz, Marie Armendariz, Vicki Armendariz, and Elsa Armendariz all of Las Cruces, NM. He was preceded in death by his father Brijido C. Armendariz. Getz Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation will follow the funeral service, and a private family burial will take place at a later date.

Anthony

Griego
SANTOS C. GRIEGO, age 84, of Bedford, Indiana and formerly of Anthony entered eternal life Monday, March 25, 2002 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born October 22, 1917 in Anthony to Ignacio Griego and Delfina Contreras Griego. Mr. Griego was a retired farm laborer and member of the Catholic Church. Survivors include six sons, Ruben Griego of Albuquerque, Raymundo Griego of Bakersfield, California, Santos P. Griego of Bedford, Indiana, Michael Griego of North Hollywood, California, Gabriel Griego of Las Cruces and Chris Griego of Chamberino; four daughters, Maria Magdalena Avalos of Las Cruces, Delfina Aguirre of Reno, Nevada, Antonia Sanchez of Anthony and Michelle Senda of Cornelius, Oregon; two brothers, Ignacio and Jacobo Griego both of Chamberino; one sister, Antonia Gardea of Anthony. Other survivors include twenty-three grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren; twelve great great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Consuelo Griego; two sisters, Prajedes Sanchez and Herminda Gomez. A Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 224 Lincoln Avenue with the Reverend Thomas Devine, Celebrant. The Rite of Committal and Interment followed in Anthony Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. Serving as casket bearers were Ray, Ruben, Santos P., Gabriel, Chris and Santos Griego Jr. Baca's Funeral Chapels.

Friday, March 29, 2002
Garfiled

Gonzalez
Antonio "Tony" Gonzalez, 81, lifelong resident of Garfield, NM died Friday March 29, 2002. He was born June 13, 1920 in Garfield, NM to Thomas and Rosamaria Luchini Gonzalez where he had been a lifetime rancher and farmer. Tony served as a law enforcement officer for over 20 years and retired as Sheriff from the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Dept. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Arcelia Fajardo Gonzalez of the family home. He is also survived by three sons Antonio Thomas II, Samuel, and Errol Joe and his wife Lala Gonzalez all of Garfield; two daughters Rosemary Gonzalez of Las Cruces and Sara Sue Lucero and her husband Gilbert of Ft. Selden, NM; brother Barry Gonzalez of Garfield; sister Delia G. Sanchez of Albuquerque, NM; also by his 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. The funeral mass at San Isidro Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will be at the Garfield Cemetery. Pallbearers are David Ronald Trujillo, Miguel Castro Jr., Tony Thomas Gonzalez III, Steven Gonzalez, Gilbert Lucero and Tommy Fajardo. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Dona Ana County Sheriffs Dept.
Sunday, March 31, 2002

Castañeda 
JOSEPHINE M. CASTAÑEDA, age 73, of Las Cruces died Friday, March 29, 2002. Born on March 21, 1929 in Douglas, Arizona to Ramon Molina and Josefa Saavedra Molina. Baca's Funeral Chapels and Baca's Mimbres Crematory.*

Nov. 13, 2002
Las Cruces

SCROGGIN, Van, 89. Graham's Mortuary.*

Nov. 15, 2001

HANSEN, Ron, 53. Graham's Mortuary.*

Wednesday, April 03, 2002

BLUMKIN
DOROTHY BLUMKIN, 87, of Las Cruces, NM., died, March 31, 2002, El Paso, TX. Born March 1, 1915 in New York City, New York to Max and Lena Lieberman. Graham Mortuary. Interment at Masonic Cemetery.
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Wednesday, April 03, 2002

CHAVEZ
ESTELA CHAVEZ, age 79. Friday, March 29, 2002. Born October 29, 1922 in Anthony to Manuel Tellez and Refugio Gonzales Tellez. San Miguel Catholic Church. Interment at San Miguel Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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Wednesday, April 03, 2002

GUTIERREZ
PEtrA G. GUTIERREZ, age 89, March 31, 2002. Born August 11, 1912 in Jalisco, Mexico and had been a longtime area resident. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Berino. Interment at Berino Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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Wednesday, April 03, 2002

HALSELL
PAtrICIA G. HALSELL, 61, March 31, 2002, Rincon. Born in Hatch, New Mexico August 18, 1940 to Edwin and Anita Gary. St. Getz Funeral Home.
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Wednesday, April 03, 2002

HENDRIX
W.O. "Shrimpy" Hendrix, 90, of Deming. Hendrix died Monday in Silver City. Baca's Funeral Chapels, Deming.
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Wednesday, April 03, 2002

HOLGUIN
Rosie T. Holguin, 52, of Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. Burial at Mt. View Cemetery. Holguin died Monday in El Paso.
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Wednesday, April 03, 2002

SOLIZ
Maria C. Soliz, 78, of Las Cruces. Baca's Funeral Chapels, interment at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Hatch.
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Wednesday, April 03, 2002

TUTTLE
TUTTLE, Mary Martha, 67, of Las Cruces. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Graham Mortuary.
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Thursday, April 04, 2002

GALLAWAY
GALLAWAY, Ivy H., 88, of Truth or Consequences. French Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow at the Hot Springs Cemetery.
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Thursday, April 04, 2002

OJEDA
Nicholas Ojeda of Las Cruces, April 1, 2002. Born December 3, 1926 in Vallede Santiago, Gto, Mexico. Survived by his daughter, Rosalie Henley and her husband Guy of Tularosa. St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church. Interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Tularosa.Getz Funeral Home.
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Thursday, April 04, 2002

ROBERTS
Avo Roberts, 80 of Las Cruces, March 28, 2002 in Las Cruces. Born January 21, 1922 in Lotts County, TN. Survivors: daughter, Gloria Jean Roberts of Las Cruces; two sisters, Deanna Hesling of Winfield, MO and Susie Trambell of Waverly, TN. Husband, Charles E. Roberts preceded her in death in 1982 and a daughter, Dana Jo Wangerow, three sisters and four brothers. Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Abilene, TX. Getz Funeral Home.
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Friday, April 05, 2002

MEDINA
Martin Medina, 76, of Las Cruces died April 1, 2002. Born in Carrizal Chihuahua, Mexico. Nov. 11, 1925 to Juan and Juana Aguilar. Survived: wife, Raquel; his daughters, Manuela P. Aguilar of Herndon, VA, Eva P. Aguilar of Las Cruces; his son Martin P. Aguilar of Fairfax, VA; his brother Andres Aguilar of Chih. Mexico; sister Magdalena Zambrano of Vernon, TX. Preceded in death, son Tony P. Aguilar in 1978 and a sister Marcela Marquez in 1986. Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tortugas. Burial, Hillcrest. Bacas Funeral Chapel.
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Friday, April 05, 2002

EIB
Darrell O.EIB, 81, of Las Cruces, died, March 31, 2002. Born in JolietIllinois. He was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 349 of Miami, Florida. Survived by his wife, Linda. Graham Mortuary.
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BURT
W.W. (BILL) Burt, 87, Deming died, April 1, 2002. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery. Born March 6, 1915 in Haskell, Tx, to Wm. Fletcher Burt and Lillie Gertrude Burt. Survived: wife, Louise T. Burt of Deming; 1 son, William F. Burt of Alamogordo; 1 daughter, Diane Stewart of Pecos, TX. Preceded in death his parents and a sister, Annabelle Whatley. Bacas Funeral Chapel.
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MERYER
Vernon E. Meryer, 78, of Las Cruces died in Deming. Born on April 221923 in Leedey, OK, to Arnold and Katie Meyer. Survivors: wife, Lelah, 4 daughters and 1 son: Linda M. Morgan, Verna Jean Martin, Judith K. Glimp, David E. Meyer, and Darla R. Zarzecki. Preceded in death, parents of Upland, CA, son Gary Don of Las Cruces and sister Vada Goins of CA.,and 2 brothers, Delbert L. Meyer of Leedey, Oklahoma and H. Dale Meyer of Phelen. Graham Mortuary. Interment at Red Star Cemetery, OK
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PITO
Guadalupe Pito, 50, of Las Cruces, died, April 2, 2002. Born May 4, 1951 in Deming, to Elias and Elisa Padilla Morales Pito. Survived by his son Pablo Soto; daughters Yvonne Morales and Sandra; mother Elisa Morales; brothers Ramon, Manuel and Felipe; sister Pauline Morales. Preceded in death: father Elias Morales and sister Jesusita Salaiz. Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Getz Funeral Home.
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Saturday, April 06, 2002

DOUGHERTY
ONARD F.Dougherty, 81 died April 2, 2002. Born Dec. 28,1920 in West Salem Township, Greenville, Pa., a son of Charles C. and Lula B. (Austin) Dougherty. Survived: wife, M. Florence Hosa Dougherty, children: sons, Edward of Niles and Patrick of Warren both in Ohio; daughter, Sheila of Asheboro, N. C. Preceding in death, his first wife, Lucille Tate Dougherty; son, Harold Gary; sister, Grace Alice Fiast and brothers: Austin, Patrick, Theron and Clyde.
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Saturday, April 06, 2002

GREEN
GREEN, Betty Belle, 75, of Las Cruces. Graham Mortuary. Graveside services at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Survivors: her husband, Glenn Green of Las Cruces; and sons David Odenwelder, Fred Green, Frank Green, Leslie Green and Tracy Green.
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Sunday, April 07, 2002

ALVILLAR
Luis Infante Alvillar, died April 4, 2002. Born June 21, 1930 in Strauss, N. M. to Thomas and Carmen Alvillar. Survived by, wife, Josie Privencio Alvillar, children Luis I. Alvillar Jr.of Lancaster, CA.; Levi (Tommy) Alvillar of Saudi Arabia; Jerry Alvillar of Morenci, AZ; Ralph Alvillar of Las Cruces; Henrietta Morales of Las Cruces; Frankie Alvillar of Silver City, NM; Loretta Sanchez of Las Cruces; Andy Alvillar of Lancaster, CA.; and a brother Pete Alvillar of La Mesa, NM. Preceded in death, mother Carmen. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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BURKS
Irma Pierce Burks, 97, died April 5, 2002 of Las Cruces. Survivers: daughter, Maysie Cross of Elephant Butte, and one brother, Brig. General Archie Mayes of Bedford, TX . Boyer Funeral Homes of Desloge, Missouri.
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GARCIA
FELIX Garcia, 95 of Las Cruces died April 4, 2001. Born July 6, 1906 in Santa Clara, Chihuahua, Mexico to Reyes and Felicitas Galdiano Garcia. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Survivors: wife, Anselma Encina Garcia; sons, Reyes Garcia, Eleuterio Garcia both of Las Cruces, Arcadio Garcia of FL; daughters, Socorro Martinez, Manuela Cruz and Juan, Gloria Silva all of Las Cruces, Jesusita De La Cruz of Albuquerque, Alejandra Orona of Cd. Juarez, Chih., Mexico. Preceded in death by his first wife, Rosa Castillo Garcia; his second wife, Anita Ramos Garcia; sons, Felix, Isaias, Ramon, Anastacio and Pilar Garcia. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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Sunday, April 07, 2002

GONZALEZ
Jose B. GONZALEZ, 81, of Las Cruces. Getz Funeral Home Chapel. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Survived by wife, Amalia Gonzalez of Las Cruces; four sons, Jesus Gonzalez, Jose L. Gonzalez, Robert Gonzalez and Rafael Gonzalez; four daughters, Grace Renteria, Lupe Saiz and Margaret Villa, all of Las Cruces, and Leticia Triplett of San Angelo, TX; a brother, Manuel Gonzalez of Haines City, FL.
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KELLER
Bela Wm. KELLER. Cremation. 82, of Las Cruces. Survivers: son, Andrew A. Keller of Las Cruces. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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Tuesday, April 09, 2002

GASKINS
JOHN "BIG JOHN" GASKINS A., 74, of Las Cruces. Born January 27, 1928 in NashvilleGeorgia to Robert Franklin Gaskins and Rachel Annie Laura Gaskins. Survivers: wife, Patricia; his children, Blanche Kellett of Greenville, SC; Vince Lucius of Huntsville, AL. Preceded in death: son, John Gaskins., Jr. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Graham Mortuary.
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GONZALEZ
Gonzalez Jose B., 81. Born in Cuahtemoc, Chih, Mexico November 29, 1920 to Felizardo and Refugia Baca. Survived: wife, Amalia Gonzalez; four sons, Jesus Gonzales ; Robert Gonzales, Rafael Gonzalez; four daughters Grace Renteria, Lupe Saiz, Margaret Villa all of Las Cruces. Leticia Triplett presently of San Angelo, TX., one brother, Manuel Gonzalez of Haines City, FL. Preceded in death by his grandson, Gabriel Renteria. St. Genevieves Catholic Church. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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HARARY
Harary,Judith Carol was born November 5, 1953. Survived by her mother Jayne Harary of Ann Arbor MI, her father Frank Harary of Las Cruces, her brothers Thomas of Ann Arbor and Joel of Kandy, Sri Lanka, her sisters Mimi of Ann Arbor and Natalie of Las Cruces. . Preceded in death by her sister Chaya.
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SCOTT
Taylor, VINCENT (VINCE) SCOTT died March 28, 2002. Born May 28, 1961 in Las Cruces, NM. to Glyn and Elva Taylor. Survived: 3 daughters Sandi, Desiree, and Ashley, 1 son Jared and 2 brothers Victor Taylor of Spavinaw, OK., Frank Taylor of Maxwell, N.M., 1 sister Clara Taylor of Maxwell, N.M., maternal grandparents Arley and Myrtle Weatherford of Las Cruces, N.M. Preceded in death by his father Glyn, his mother Elva Taylor, his daughter Nakita Nichole and his paternal grandparents Oakley and Leona Taylor. Hatch Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hatch, N.M.
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CANO
Vicente Cano, 67 of Las Cruces. Bacas Funeral Chapels. Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Survivors: wife, Carmen L. Cano of Las Cruces; son, Vicente Cano Jr. of Hazelgreen, Ala.; daughters, Terri De La Rosa, Pat Gregory both of Las Cruces, Ceci Vasconcellos, Christine Madrid both of Los Angeles, CA., Leti Cano of Clarkston, Ga.; his mother, Refugio Loya Cano of El Paso; brothers, Johnny Cano of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Fernando Cano of El Paso; three sisters, Mary Ortiz of El Paso, Lucy Shaw of Athens, Ala., Julie Nunez of Denver, Colo.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2002

CLEMMENS
JUDITH RHODES CLEMMENS, 59, died 4/6/02 in Clearlake, Wisconsin. Judi had been a resident of Las Cruces since birth until she married her husband, Sonny, from Wisconsin. Survived: husband of 40 years and her three sons: Wayne Clemmens, Minn, Casey and wife, Tracey, of Minn; Cody Clemmens and wife, Andrea, of WI; mother, Barbara Rhodes, of Las Cruces; sisters, Jennifer Craig of Las Cruces, and Sandy Rhodes of Ruidoso, NM. Preceded in death father, Dale Rhodes of Las Cruces. Services held in New Richmond, Wisc.
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JOHNSON
NATHAN H. Johnson, 76, died April 6, 2002 in Truth or Consequences, NM. Born in Portland, Maine on Sept. 18, 1925, the son of Philip A. and Esther Hunt Johnson. Preceded in death: son, Steven Alan Johnson. in 1985. Survived by his wife, Frances S. Johnson, of Las Cruces, a son, Scott David Johnson, of Lake Hiawatha, NJ; a daughter, Dale Ellen Thurber of Temecula, CA. Two sisters, Dorothy J. Cleveland of South Portland, Maine and Harriet J. Currie of Yarmouth, Maine. Burial at Pine Grove Cemetery in Falmouth, Maine.
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RILEY
Gregory Allen Riley, 41, of Truth or Consequences. Survivors: son, Gregory Allen Riley Jr. of Rowlett, TX; parents, Charles and Bonnie Riley of Truth or Consequences; brother, Robert Riley of Truth or Consequences; and grandmother, Helen Harlow of Tucumcari. French Mortuary.
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YELVINGTON
GREG Yelvington, 91, died April 7, 2002. Survived: four daughters, Jean Ann Ko of Honolulu, HI, Judith Yelvington of Portland, OR, Mary Ellen Hall of Albuquerque and Jay G. Biswell of Edgewood; two stepdaughters, Susan Strong of Taos and JoAnne Williams of Austin, TX; stepson, Lee Lampe of Port Townsand, WA. Preceded in death: one daughter, Gregorietta Sue Yelvington. Sunset Memorial Park in Carlsbad. French Mortuary.
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CONRADY
ROBERT Conrady, 78 of Las Cruces died April 6, 2002. Born March 4, 1924 in Milwaukee, WI. Survivors: wife, Elaine D. Conrady of Las Cruces, NM; brother, Ed Conrady; sisters, Mary Brunnelle and husband Wally, Ginna Prill and husband Bill all of CA. Burial of cremains at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, CA. Getz Funeral Home.
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LAMBERT
CHARLES ALLAN "AL"Lambert, 68, of Las Cruces died April 9, 2002. Survived wife, Carolyn of the family home; his son, Ryan and "daughter" Regina of Valdosta, GA; his sisters, Sandra Worstell of Greenville, IL and Janice Troster of San Antonio, TX. Preceded in death, son, Brandon Lambert. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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Friday, April 12, 2002

KEPLER
Norman Kepler, 85, of Las Cruces. Born in Dayton, Ohio February 12, 1917. Survived: wife (Mary) Kay, two daughters, Carolyn Reid, of Denver; and Sue Schmidt of Pacific Palisades, CA. Preceded in death: parents, Walter and Hannah Kepler of Albuquerque and Dayton. Burial at the Ft. Bliss Military Cemetery, El Paso, TX.
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NAZARIO
Nazario S. Chayo Padilla, 78, of Deming. Bacas Funeral Chapel. St. Anns Catholic Church. Burial at Mt. View Cemetery. Survivors: wife Lupe T. Padilla of Deming son, Orlando T. Padilla of West Bloomfield, Mich.; daughters, Yvonne P. Chacon and Sylvia P. Saenz both of El Paso, Gloria Padilla de Garcia of Denver, Colo. and Debra J.T. Padilla of Venice, CA; sisters, Margaret Lee and Sylvia Lopez of Las Cruces.
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SANFORD
Colleen Davis Sanford, 47, of Las Cruces died Wednesday. Cremation. Graham Mortuary Survivors: son, Joshua Sanford; daughter, Stormi Dawn McCormick; her parents, Violet McCormick and Ramsey Davis; brothers, Lorin and Chad Davis, and sister, Dianne Lee.
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SEYMOUR
PETE Seymour, of Mesilla Park died. Survived by his wife, Nell, his children, Jane and husband, Terry Banen and their two children, of Las Cruces, Caroline and husband, Michael Seymour-Jorn and their two children, of Shorewood, WI and Richard Seymour of Marshall, CA. Graham Mortuary.
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REID
REID, Michael, 50, of Truth or Consequences. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Sierra Funeral Home. Survivors: daughters, Destiny Reid of Englewood, Colo., and Tiana Reid of Littleton, Colo.; parents, Dale and Anita Reid of Truth or Consequences; brother, Pat Reid of Poway, CA.; and sisters, Carri Kindvall of Greeley, Colo., and Candi Sage of St. Centennial.
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Saturday, April 13, 2002

SANCHEZ
Nerio G. SANCHEZ, 95, of Truth or Consequences. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial at Hot Springs Cemetery. Sierra Funeral Home. Survivors: son, Manuel G. Sanchez of Las Palomas; daughters, Lugarda Lucero and Terry Landford, both of Truth or Consequences; brother, Ismeal Sanchez of Bayard; sisters, Virgina Moya of Commerce, CA., Romelia Rouse of Whittier, CA, Lula Gurule of Winston and Cristella Tafoya of Truth or Consequences.
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SMITH
William K. "Snuffy", 69, of Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery. Smith died. Survivors: wife, Phalice A. Smith of Deming; sons, Ronald Keith Smith and Clifford Smith of Harleton, TX; daughters, Deborah Dale of Fort Towson, Ok., and Mary Huffman of Alamogordo; brother Ben Smith of Cortez, Colo.; sister Georgia Procell of Shreveport, La.
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VOEGELI
Catherine (Kay) Voegeli, 88 of Las Cruces. Kay was born March 3, 1914 in Stony Point, New York to Willis and Ethyl Bower. Survivers: son, Skip and wife Deanna and Kay's grandson. Preceded: husband.. Burial at Post Oak Mission Cemetery also in Indiahoma, OK. Getz Funeral Home, Las Cruces, Oklahoma by Becker Funeral Home, 622 E. St., Snyder, OK.
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WRIGHT
Jerri Jean WRIGHT died in Las Cruces, April 2, 2002. Born in Montana on Feb. 15, 1935. Survivers: brothers and sisters; Morgan, MaryAnn and Colleen; aunt Betty Sando; uncle Erling Mathiesen. Cremated and at her request her friends June Lagge and Angie Hopper will scatter her ashes in her beloved Montana this summer. Getz Funeral Home.
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DAVIDSON, RICHARD E. "ED", 62, of Las Cruces died April 11, 2002. Born March 23, 1940 in Barnard, Kansas to Forest Davidson and Nora E. Blanding Davidson. Survivors: wife, Donna Marlene Davidson; one daughter, Allyson Lindstrom of OH; mother, Nora E. Lightfoot of Salina, KS; one sister, Mary Elizabeth Mohrman of Illinois. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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Sunday, April 14, 2002

CHANDLER
Gladys Evelyn Chandler, 83, of Las Cruces, April 12, 2002. Born on January 17, 1919 in Weatherford, TX to James G. and Ruby Leota Head Alexander. Preceded in death: parents, her daughter, Marsha and her brother, A.D. Alexander. Survivers: sister, Opal Alexander, of Las Cruces; and seven brothers, J.G. and Byron Alexander both of KS, Robert Alexander, of Deming, George Alexander of Las Cruces, Bill and Don Alexander both of CA. and Charles Alexander of AK. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Graham Mortuary.
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FOSTER

Michael Carl "Mike" Foster, 42, of Las Cruces, died, April 11, 2002. Born Nov. 1, 1959 in Mansfield, Ohio. Survivors: son, Larry Foster of New Alla, OK; a daughter, Samantha Foster of Las Cruces; his parents, Larry and Jane Falin of Alamogordo; a brother, William H. Falin of Westlake, OH; two sisters, Lara Brewer of Cumming, GA, and Kimberly Marvin of Alamogordo. Hamilton-O'Dell Chapel.Cremation. Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home, Alamogordo.
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HASELBERGER
MARY HELEN HASELBERGER, age 70 of Dona Ana, died April 13 2002. Born June 4, 1931 in Auburn, Nebraska to Herbert and Willa Park Kidwell. Preceded in death: daughter Judith Ann Stafford of Albany, NY. Survivers: husband Francis (Fritz) Haselberger; daughter Jacqueline Harvison of Fort Worth, TX; sons James P. Sullivan, Jr. of Panarna City, FL., John L. Sullivan, Jerome Herbert Sullivan and Joseph Michael Sullivan all of Fort Worth; step sons Scott Haselberger of Nova, Ohio and Monty Haselberger of Waldorf, MD.,sister, Nancy Squires and her husband John, Omaha, Nebraska. Cremated. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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WOZNIAK
Healy Kimberly Dawn Wozniak-Healy, 31, of Las Cruces, died April 4, 2002. Born Sept. 11, 1970 in Topeka, KS. Survivors: her mom and dad, Nancy and Ken Wozniak; her brother, Kenny Wozniak of Alamogordo; her sisters, Lisa Harvey and her husband Jim of Attleboro, Mass., her grandmother, Ruth Hill of Westerville, Ohio. Cremation. Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home, Alamogordo.
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LEWIS
Vella Mae Lewis, 80, of Las Cruces. She was born in Hardtner, Kan. Survivers: children, Jeff Lewis, of Portland, Ore, and Ann Kavanagh, of Quincy, Mass. Cremation. Graham Mortuary Chapel.
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PRIESNITZ
Frederick J. Fritz Priesnitz, 93, of Las Cruces, First Baptist Church. Burial at Sunset Gardens Memorial Park in Carlsbad. Denton-Funchess Funeral Home. Born to Joseph and Anna Priesnitz in Olmitz, Kan. Survivers: wife; son, Joe Priesnitz, of Austin, TX; three daughters, Carol Mound of Ruidoso, Elaine Sabre of Albuquerque and Kathy Ray of Las Cruces. Preceded in death: his parents; a brother Joe Priesnitz; and four sisters, Anna, Faye, Elsie and Lena.
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Monday, April 15, 2002

FLORES
Vigil for Ruben Flores, 84, of Las Cruces. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Flores is a Bataan Death March veteran and military honors with be accorded.Survivors: his children, Arturo, Carmelina, Freda and Sandra Christine.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2002

ARAGON
Juan G. Aragon, 70, of Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. St. Ann's Catholic Church. Survivors: wife Connie C. Aragon of Deming; son, Eric Aragon of Indio, CA.; daughter, Lena Jean Aragon of Indio, CA; brother Maurice Aragon of Silver City; sisters, Mary Granado, Teresa Holguin and Mabel Uzueta all of Deming.
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BOYD
Bobby E. Boyd, 61, of Berino died April 13, 2002. Survivers: brothers Tom Boyd of Las Cruces, and Jimmy Boyd of Berino, N. M. Martin Funeral Home West. Restlawn Memorial Park, El Paso, TX.
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CABRERA
ANDY H. CABRERA, 65, of Las Cruces. Holy Cross Catholic Church. Inurnment of cremains in St. Francis Columbarium. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Survivors include sons, Gilbert Cabrera, Rene Cabrera, John Cabrera all of Las Cruces; daughter, Patricia Richie of Albuquerque; brothers, Pete and Alfonso Cabrera; sister, Jenny Cabrera all of Las Cruces.
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DURIO
CAPT. Jack N. Durio, U.S. Navy Retired, age 80, in Houston, TX , 24 March 2002. Born in El Paso, TX on 18 June 1921. Survived: wife, Marion Carter Durio, his brother R.A. Durio and wife Mary. His cremains will be buried with his parents in the Las Cruces Masonic Cemetery.
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GARCIA
Maria Elodia "Loli" B. Garcia age 62, April 13, 2002. Elodia was born October 14, 1939 to Nicanor and Amelia Benavidez. Survived by her father, Nicanor Benavidez; daughter, Norma Carreon and husband Eugenio; brothers, Pat Benavidez and wife of Albuquerque, NM, Elias Benavidez of Las Cruces; sister, Lila Monsivaiz and husband Manuel of Las Cruces. Preceded in death, sister, Esther Cardon of Albuquerque, NM. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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HOLGUIN
Melchor G. "Mel" Holguin, 72, April 14th, 2002 in El Paso, TX. He was born January 6, 1930 in Parral, Chihuahua to Juana Gardea de Holguin and Francisco Holguin Perez. Survived: wife of 46 years, Lilia Fraire. Five children; sons Mel Holguin Jr., Michael Holguin, Frank Holguin, Sal Holguin, his daughter Lil F. Holguin all of Las Cruces. Also his two brothers; Manuel Holguin from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Jose Holguin from Parral, Chihuahua, his sisters, Rita Vasquez from Rosemead, CA. and Alicia Gutierrez from Chihuahua, Chihuahua. Preceded in death parents, his sister Flora Holguin de Torres, his brothers Roberto Holguin and Luis Holguin, and his niece Socorro Torres. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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SALOPEK
JOHN SALOPEK, 80, died, April 15, 2002. Born September 22, 1921 in Ogulin, Croatia to David and Mary Salopek. Preceded in death parents, David and Mary; and brothers, Tony, David, and Frank. Survived: wife, Dacia, of Las Cruces; seven children Ellen Walth of Boulder, CO; Tim Salopek of Santa Fe, Jack Salopek of Las Cruces, Elizabeth Hoffinan of Las Cruces, Patty Kinney of Albuquerque, Steve Salopek of Las Cruces; and Christine Brown of Grapevine, TX; step children Gary and Sandra Steele of Dripping Springs, Tx and Laura Montoya of Las Cruces, sister, Ann Hoffman of Albuquerque, NM; and brother Tom Salopek. Burial at Santa Fe Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.Graham Mortuary.
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TERRAZAS
ESPERANZA Q. TERRAZAS, 60, of Las Cruces. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. St. Joseph's Cemetery. Arrangements are with Baca's Funeral Chapels.Survivors: sons, David and Jerry Terrazas; daughters, Nancy Johnson, Linda Crist, Gloria Schreiner and Liz Clark, sister Teresa Rede all of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by her husband, Raul Terrazas.
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Friday, April 19, 2002

CARRION
Miguel "Mike" Carrion, 67, of Las Cruces. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Died Wednesday. Survivors: sons, Mike Carrion Jr. and Jimmy Carrion, both of Albuquerque, Rick Perez of Phoenix, Ariz., and David Carrion of Dayton, Ohio; daughter, Patsy Merrill of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Carmen Sanchez, Ramona Gonzales and Lupe Holguin, of Las Cruces.
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OTERO
Alice Otero, 93, of Las Cruces. Santa Rita Catholic Church in Carrizozo. Burial at Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery in Carizozo. Otero died Thursday in Las Cruces. LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Ruidoso.

Friday, April 19, 2002

VETtrAINO
Marino Joseph Vettraino, 87, of Las Cruces died Friday. Graham Mortuary. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas. Survivors: son, James Vettraino of Las Cruces.
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GAYDOS
Gaydos Carmen B. Gaydos, 87, of Las Cruces died, April 15, 2002. Born January 15, 1915 in Mesilla Park, NM to Agustin and Amada Baca. Survived: son Claude Harvey and daughter Anna M. Canny. Her adopted children Anthony Majarro and Dawn Montague. Brothers and sisters, Claudio Baca, Eliseo Baca, Abigail Fernandez and Maurilia Baca. Preceded in death: grandparents Magadaleno Baca and Juanita Garcia Serna Baca. Parents Agustin Serna Baca and Amada Marquez Baca. Brothers and sisters Magdaleno Baca, Manuela B. Flores, Frederico Baca, Ciro Baca and Juvenal Baca. Getz Funeral Home.
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HERNANDEZ
JULIA F. HERNANDEZ, age 95, of La Union died April 17, 2002 in El Paso, TX. She was born June 30, 1906 in Chihuahua, Mexico. Survivors: husband of over seventy years, Gilberto Hernandez, adopted daughter, Cruz Fernandez and a grandson, Javier Fernandez, both of La Union. She was preceded in death by numerous brothers and sisters. Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church. The Rite of Committal and Interment at La Union Cemetery. Bacas Funeral Chapels.
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MILLER
William Bill H. Miller, 62, of Deming. Bacas Funeral Chapel. Holy Family Mission Catholic Church in Columbus. Burial at Columbus Cemetery. Died Monday. Survivors include his wife Paula of Deming; daughters, Julie Ann Alexander of Salt Lake City, Utah, Molly Llamas of Long Beach, Ca., Glenda Sanchez of Columbus, Valerie Saldivar, Virginia, Margaret and Suzette Miller of Deming; brothers, Arthur Miller of Columbus, George Miller Jr. of Las Cruces and Ernest Miller of Manhattan, N.Y.; sisters, Jewel Mortensen of Salt Lake City, Ut, and Virginia Boyle of Deming.
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PACHECO
MICAELA O. PACHECO, age 63, of Fairacres died, April 16, 2002. Born Feb. 4,1939 in Las Cruces to Angel Ordunez and Juana Briones Ordunez. Survivors: husband, Jose Pacheco; one son, Francisco Pacheco of Las Cruces; six daughters, Theresa Pacheco, Rachel Christiansen and Leticia Pacheco of Las Cruces, Esther Scherer of Melbourne, Florida, Carolina Borden of Ridgeland, Washington and Cathy Smith of Silver City; mother, Juana Ordunez of Fairacres; two brothers, Gilbert Ordunez of Tortugas and Joe Ordunez of Fairacres; three sisters, Aurora Rivera and Margaret Pacheco both of Fairacres and Susana Montes of Anthony, TX. Her father preceded her in death. St. Genevieves Catholic Church. Interment in San Albino Cemetery. Bacas Funeral Chapels.
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SPRIGGS
ISAAC SPRIGGS, age 100, of Las Cruces died, April 16, 2002. Born January 26, 1902 in Tivoli, TX to Dave Spriggs and Minnie Andrews Spriggs. Survivors: one daughter, Odessa Baker. His parents; his wife, Alberta Spriggs; seven brothers and eight sisters preceded him in death. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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LOPEZ
Teresa Chaparro Lopez, 86, of Las Cruces. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Burial at Masonic Cemetery. Died Thursday. Survivors: son, Edgar Lopez; daughters, Elia Romero and Alicia Chaparro Lopez; brother, Luis Chaparro; sister, Hortencia Cadena, of Las Cruces.
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ULERY
Wyona "Ellis" Ulery, 80, of Truth or Consequences. French Mortuary. Burial will follow in Hot Springs Cemetery. Ulery died Wednesday.
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Sunday, April 21, 2002

CONNELL
A memorial service and celebration of her life is scheduled for MARY LOUISE CONNELL who died February 21, 2002. 
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JONES JR.
HOWARD JONES JR., 87, of Las Cruces, Born May 18, 1914 in Whitesburg, Georgia to Howard and Agnes Jones Sr. Survived by his daughter Elizabeth Rabe of FL, 3. Preceded in death, wife Luonora and by his son Luther. Graveside Service's at Park Hill Cemetery in Columbus, GA. Getz Funeral Home.
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KEMP
DONALD RAY KEMP - 12/30/37-4/18/2002. Survivors: wife, Nancy Jan; three sons, Jim Kemp, wife Lisa, children Ryan, Tausha, Sawyer; Dar Kemp, wife Linda, sons Branhan and Kohl; Chase Kemp, wife Ellen, daughters Kirby and Kendra; two sisters, Judy Davis and family of Sweetwater TX, and Janelle Hausenfluck and family of Eldorado, TX. Cremation was April 19 and his ashes will be spread with the winds over the Sacramento Mountains. Graham Mortuary.
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MILLS
Kenneth A. Mills, 71, of Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Survivors include: wife, Elaine Mills of Deming; son, Jim Mills of Monroe, WA.; daughters, Karen Kays of Sulton, WA, Judy Gies of Bothel WA; four stepchildren, James Nielson of Little Rock, AK., Theressa Wagner of Mountain Home, ID, and Ronald Weeks and Ricky Nielson, both of Las Cruces; sister, Gerlene Griffiths of Nine Mile Falls, WA
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Wednesday, April 24, 2002

CHAVEZ
LUCIO S. CHAVEZ, 87, Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery. Survivors: daughter, Nellie Brown of Bedford, TX. Preceded in death by his wife Emma Chavez in 1982.
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CURLEY
CLARENCE CLIFTON CURLEY, 84, of Las Cruces, Born in Fromberg, Montana he was raised in the San Fernando Valley. He was a member of Our Lady of Purification in Dona Ana, NM. Survived by his wife, Dorothy Kober Curley, of 59 years, son Thomas F. Curley of Medford, Long Island, NY; daughter Suzanne Vreeland of Moscow, Id; his sister Elizabeth Smalley. Graham Mortuary.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2002

GRAHAM
BILLIE B. GRAHAM, born October 22, 1923 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, she married James G. Graham in 1954. Survived by husband James, her sister, Tennidell Campbell. Preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, two sisters and her son James Houston on February 21, 1999. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Graham Mortuary.
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MARTINEZ
LUCIA MARTINEZ, 94, of Anthony. Survivors include three sons, Tomas Martinez, Paul Martinez and Jose Martinez; two daughters Josephine Hays and Lucy Koch. Sunset Funeral Homes, in El Paso. Burial at St. Anthony's cemetery.
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MORALES
Natividad Diaz Morales, 75, of Las Cruces. She was born December 25, 1926 in Worland, WY to Excequio and Cruz Diaz. Preceded in death by her husband Gabriel Morales. Survived by three sons; Efren Morales of Sante Fe, NM., Manny Morales of Alamogordo, NM., Chuy Morales of Las Cruces, NM., six daughters; Elena Harrison, Dina Morales, Ellie Sanchez all of Las Cruces, NM., Lupe Garcia of Albuquerque, NM., Maria of El Paso, TX., and Socorro of Socorro, NM. Also survived by one brother; Jose Diaz of El Paso, TX., three sisters Rufina Alaniz of CA, Josefa Astorga of Las Cruces, NM., Bernie Baeza of AZ, Burial at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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MUNCRIEF
Ernestine S. Muncrief, 88, of Las Cruces. Born June 29, 1913 in Bromide, OK to August and Ellen Dickerson Schultz. Survived by her sons Wayne Muncrief and wife Kirby, Jim Muncrief and wife Arlene all of Las Cruces and Paul Muncrief and wife Mary of Mayhill, NM. Twin daughters Ellen Tyree of South Lyon, Michigan and Clara Wise of Knoxville, TN Ernestine was preceded in death by her husband Ernest and sons Bill, Harrison and Winston. Graveside at Masonic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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SILVA
Joe Esquibel Silva, 65, lifelong resident of Las Cruces. Born Feb. 17, 1937 in Tornuco, NM. Survivers: daughters Liz Chaires of Las Cruces, Joan Howath of Rio Rancho, NM., Dolores Silva of Las Cruces, Jenise Hogsett of McKinney, TX; his son Jose Juan of Juarez, Mexico; brothers Albert of Bonanza, AR and Frank of Las Cruces; Joe was preceded in death by his mother Lola; father Francisco; brothers Lambert and Miguel; sisters Bertha and Herminia. Burial at Masonic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

MCCORMICK
Nancy Mayes Powelson Mc Cormick (74) of Stevensville, Mt., died April 20th, 2002. Born in Sterling, Illinois on 10-11-27 to Abram James Powelson and Esther Mayes Powelson of Sterling, Illinois. Preceded in death by her father, mother and husband Dr. Frank Lee McCormick. Survived by her brother James Sherman Powelson (Alice) of Ft. Meyers, Florida. Survived by her children, Nancy Lee McCormick of Albuquerque, NM, Jamie Esther Damon (Sam) of Las Cruces, NM, Kevin Frank McCormick (Donita) of Albuquerque, NM. and Kelley Abram McCormick (Michelle) of Stevensville, Mt. Graveside services at Memorial Park Cemetery, Galesburg, Illinois.
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Thursday, April 25, 2002

BROWN
Lily Brown, 82, of Las Cruces, died. Born Sept. 10, 1919 in London, England. Survived by her husband of 62 years Jack Brown; children Alan Brown of Massachusetts, Michael Paul Brown and wife Linda and Jacqueline Brown all of Las Cruces.Getz Funeral Home.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2002

ARMENDARIZ
MIGUEL T. ARMENDARIZ, age 75, of Berino. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Berino. Burial at Berino Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Survivors: wife, Amelia Tellez Armendariz of Berino; daughters, Mary Bustillos and Irma A. Rojas both of Berino; brothers, Arturo Armendariz of Mesa, AZ and Eduardo Armendariz of Casa Grandes, AZ.; sisters, Genoveva Gonzales of San Miguel and Frances Burgos of Higley, AZ,
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SHIFLETT
FRANCIS D. SHIFLETT, 72, of Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery. Survivors include: wife Nelda Shiflett of Deming; sons, Dale Shiflett and Gary Shiflett both of Deming; daughters, Terry Song of Columbia, Mo. and Vicki Johnson of Las Cruces; sisters, Oleta Woods of Cyril, Okla., Betty Barnett of Lawton, Okla., Jarvis Edson of Apalachin, N.Y. and Dolores Courtwright of Ward, Texas.

Wednesday, May 01, 2002

Arambula
Graveside service for RITA C. NOVAK-ARAMBULA, 31, of Deming. Mountain View Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Survivors: husband, Bill Lockyear of Deming; mother, Ava Rhodes of Deming; father, Charles E. Borders of Ky.; son, Kenneth Slaserick of Deming; daughter, Charity Ann Novak of El Paso; sisters, Kimberly Rose Parra and Shanna Lee Hatfield both of Ky.
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Friday, May 03, 2002

HERNANDEZ
MARCELINA R. HERNANDEZ, age 73, of La Mesa, April 30, 2002 in El Paso, TX. Born July 20, 1928 in San Ysidro, Chihuahua, MX. Survivors: four sons, Carlos Hernandez of El Paso, TX, Raul Hernandez of Twin Falls, ID, Felipe Hernandez and of Las Cruces, Miguel Hernandez of La Mesa; numerous brothers and sisters in MX. Preceded in death: parents, Jose and Juana Buendia Realyvasquez; husband, Felipe Hernandez. San Jose Catholic Church. Interment in San Jose Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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OROZCO
MARIA CORNELIA "CORNY" OROZCO, age 59, April 29, Born September 16, 1942 in Tejamen, Durango, MX. Survivors: one daughter, Ernestina Orozco of La Paz, Baja California, MX; two sisters, Manuela Orozco of La Mesa, Leonor Orozco of Nogales, Sonora, MX. San Jose Catholic Church. Interment will take place in Durango, MX. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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REL
Ernesto (ERNIE) M. Rel Jr. 28, of Las Cruces, April 28. Born Sept. 27, 1973 in Las Cruces to Ernie Sr. and Eva Alvarez Rel. Survived: parents Ernie and Eva of the family home. Maternal grandparents Tacho and Elvira Alvarez. Uncles Rudy, Raymond and Ruben Alvarez and Gilbert Rel. Aunts Juanita Perez and husband Mike and their son Anthony and Mary Lou Luna and husband Ray. Preceded in death: paternal grandparents Manuel and Corine Rel. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Interment at San Albino Catholic Cemetery with military honors.Getz Funeral Home.
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Saturday, May 04, 2002

EDWARDS
Johnny Melton Edwards, 74, of Elephant Butte. French Mortuary. Burial at James Canyon Cemetery in Cloudcroft. Survivors: son Billy M. Edwards of Truth or Consequences; brother Billy Edwards of O'Donnell, TX; sisters, Lucy Palmer and Martha Todd, both of Hobbs, and Joanne Goodjon of Roswell.
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GARCIA
MIGUEL B. GARCIA, 44, of Colonia Milagro, Hatch, died May 1, 2002 in Hatch. Born in Guanajato, Mexico on April 11, 1958 to Jesus and Lupe Balcazar Garcia. Married Maria Victoria Garcia in March 1978 in MX. Survived: wife, Maria; his mother, Lupe Garcia, of Hatch, NM; his children, Sylvestre Garcia, Maria Guadalupe Garcia, Elida Garcia, Dolores Garcia, Victor Garcia, and Alejandro Garcia all of Colonia Milagro, Hatch, NM; his brothers Jesus Garcia, of Albertsville, AL; Juan Garcia, of Dallas, TX; and his sister, Maria A. Garcia of Hatch, NM.. Iglesia de Dios in Hatch. Interment at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Graham Mortuary.
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Sunday, May 05, 2002

ALTOONIAN
ELIZABETH ALTOONIAN, age 82, of White Sands Missile Range. May 1, 2002. Born July 25, 1919 in Garfield, N. J. to Walter and Cornelia Van Varick. Survivors: one daughter, Patricia Grace of White Sands Missile Range; one brother, Larry Van Varick; one sister, Marie Hoffman both of N. J. PrecededL parents; her husband, Paul Altoonian. Baca's Funeral Chapels, and Baca's Mimbres Crematory.
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BARELA
ROSALIA B. BARELA, age 84, May 3, 2002. Born October 24, 1917 in Albuquerque to Rafael and Estephana Burns. Survivors: three sons, Alex "Dickie" R. Barela of Phoenix, AZ, Victor J. Barela, Rudy M. Barela all of Las Cruces; one sister, Isabel Dominguez of Norwalk, CA. Preceded in death: parents; her husband Alejandro Barela; one son, Patrick Barela; one sister, Erlinda Burns . Our Lady of Health Catholic Church, Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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DIAZ-EStrADA
CONCEPCION "CHON" DIAZ EStrADA, age 98, Mesilla Valley, May 2, 2002. Born August 8, 1903 in Mesilla to Apolonio and Dolores Diaz Estrada. Survivors: two sons, Henry D. Estrada of Roseville, California and Ricardo E. Estrada of Citrus Heights, CA; five daughters, Corine Alvillar, Lily Estrada, Mary Alice Avalos, Erlinda Estrada, all of Las Cruces and Rosella Duran and husband, Tomas of Roseville, CA; one sister, Bonificia Ochoa of Mesilla. Preceded in death: wife, Susana Estrada, a daughter, Yolanda Trujillo and a son, Arturo Estrada. San Albino Catholic Church in Mesilla. Interment in San Albino Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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HOLGUIN
MARIANO R. HOLGUIN age 56 of Mesquite, May 03, 2002. Born August 10, 1945 in Valle de Allende, Chihuahua, MX. to Maurilio and Emma Ramirez Holguin.Survivors: wife, Esther Segovia Holguin; two sons, Mario Holguin of Las Cruces; Orlando Holguin of Mesquite; daughter, Norma Holguin of Mesilla Park; six brothers, Guerrero Holguin of Cd. Chihuahua, Chih., MX, Nicolas and Benito Holguin both of Cd. Juarez, Chih., MX. Maurilio, Felipe and Gilberto Holguin all of Hereford, TX; sisters, Cruz Ortega of Hereford, TX, Martha Garcia, Concepcion Garcia both of El Paso, TX, Blanca Odilia Fernandez of Cd. Juarez, Chih., Mexico. Preceded in death: parents and one brother, Ruben Holguin. San Miguel Catholic Church. Interment at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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StrICKLAND
Hughes, Norma Ruth Strickland, born June 15,1936 in Las Cruces, April 24, 2002 in Wiadenmere.. Children, Cheryl Jones McAllister and Gordon Randall Jones. Survived by her brother, Dr. Charles Edward Strickland of San Diego, Ca.,
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GENEVIEVE INGRAM, May 3, 2002. Born March 12, 1917 in Dyer, Arkansas to Moses Franklin Taylor and Maude Amby Wallace Taylor. Her husband, Edwin Ingram; three sisters; one brother and one grandson preceded her in death. Survived by son, Joel Dee Ingram of Espanola; her daughter, Judith Ann Folkman of Las Cruces. Cremation, no services. Baca's Funeral Chapels and Baca's Mimbres Crematory.
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KERNS
SR. JANE MARIE KERNS, SHCJ JUNE 12, 1932 - APRIL 28, 2002
Sr. Jane Marie Kerns, SHCJ was a Sister of the Holy Child Jesus for 51 years and an educator for more than 49 years. Sr. Jane worked at Holy Cross Church from 1988 to the time of her death. Sr. Jane is survived by her sister, Sr. Marie Kerns. RM. Proceeded in death by her parents and three brothers. Holy Cross Church.
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MATTIACE
EVELYN V. MATTIACE, age 87, May 2, 2002. Born in New York City, NY. Children,: Dorothy T. Mattiace of Lanhorne, PA., son Michael R. Mattiace of Ruidoso, N.M., William Mattiace of Las Cruces, N.M. Our Lady of Hope Church at Middle Village, N.Y. Interment at Calvery Cemetery in Queens, N.Y.
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SMITH
Jessie M. Smith (Maudie), 90 years, May 2, 2002. Born on October 27, 1911 in TN. Preceded in death: husband of over 60 years Homer and a grandson, Wayne Riley. Only child Shirley Briggs and husband John. Survived by two brothers Jimmy Sudberry and Ellis Sudberry; two sisters Gladys Coleman and Belle Hensley. Interment at Masonic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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SMITH
HARMON JOSEPH SMITH, 68. April 25, 2002. Survived: wife Jeanette, and children: Bryan, Greg, Rusty and Alisa. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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SOTO
ADOLFO G. SOTO, age 67, May 3, 2002. Born September 27, 1934 in Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua, MX. to Juan and Isabel Guerrero Soto. Survivors: companion, Dina Sosa of Las Cruces. Preceded in death: parents; one sister, Rita S. Olivas. Baca's Funeral Chapels. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
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Friday, May 10, 2002

ARMStrONG
JAMES MAPLE ARMStrONG, 92, of Las Cruces, May 6, 2002. Born, Dec. 29, 1909 in Cordell, OK to James Richard Armstrong and Goldie Arizona Arthurholt. Preceded in death: parents, James (Jim) and Goldie Armstrong, one sister Jewel Kegel, two brothers, Arthur and Foy Armstrong, and his first wife, Jean Pack Armstrong. Survived by his present wife, Pansy, their daughter Wanda Beeman. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Graham Mortuary.
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CARDONA
MARIA DEL ROSARIO C. CARDONA, age 69, May 7, 2002. Born April 4, 1933 in Talamantes, Chihuahua, MX. to Manuel and Beatriz Herrera Carrasco. Suvived: husband Gabino Cardona; seven daughters, Guadalupe Miranda, Rita Morales, Hilda Cardona, Adriana Felix all of Anthony, Luci Cardona- Wesolowski, Lori Perez, and Julie Perez all of Mesquite. Sister, Jesus Carrasco of San Pablb. Preceded in death by her parents and a grandson. St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Anthony. Interment in Anthony CemeterY. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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GANCA
ANGELINA M. GANCA, 84, of Las Cruces,May 7, 2002. Born May 16, 1917 in Wilberton, Oklahoma to Antonio and Rosina Campagna Miceli. .Survives: son, Jimmie Martin and his wife, Linda of Seabrook, TX; three sisters, Frances Dalrymple and Pricella Warden, both of OK, Pauline Alford, of OH. Preceded in death: husbands, Lloyd Martin, Homer Bumgunardner, and Mario Ganca, her sister, Geraldine Keilty, and brother, Frank Miceli.. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Graham Mortuary.
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GOODWIN
Ruth F. Goodwin, 96, of Las Cruces died May 1. Cremation, and burial will take place at a later date. Bright Funeral Home in Silver City.
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HANSON
THELMA KEITH HANSON, 87, May 7, 2002. Preceded in death in 1997 by Carl Hanson, her husband of 61 years, her parents, three brothers, Dwight, Bernard and Charles Keith and two sisters Katherine Keith and Nadine Rodgers.
Born February 23, 1915 in Bentonville, AR. to Sarah Gertrude and Troy Daniel Keith. Survived by two daughters, Kay Rowe of Las Cruces, NM, and Sharon McPherson and husband Jim of Las Cruces, NM. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Graham Mortuary.
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KAVANAUGH
Josie Gallosa Avalos Kavanaugh, 56, of Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. St. Ann's Catholic Church. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery. Survivors: husband Garry Kavanaugh of Deming; sons, Juan T. Avalos of Tucson, Ariz., Michael Gallosa of Las Cruces and Garry Kavanaugh II of Tucson; daughters, Juanita Zamora of Tucson, Roberta Avalos of Deming and Delia Vaughn of Morenci, AZ.; brother, Richard Gallosa of N. J.; sister, Mary Gallosa of Deming.
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SALSA
MARTY PAUL SALAS, 37, May 5, 2002 in Las Cruces. Born April 10, 1965 to Guadalupe and Oralia (Holguin) Salas in Belen, NM Preceded in death: brother, Daniel Salas. Survives: wife, Maryann Saiz Salas; children: Marty Salas Jr. and Andrew Baca, both of Socorro, Mario Salas of Las Cruces, Sherrel Salas of Albuquerque, NM. Parents, Oralia Holguin of Socorro and Guadalupe Salas of Albuquerque, brother, Felix Saavedra of Socorro; sister, Mary Ann Gutierrez of Socorro. San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. Interment at San Miguel Cemetery.
Steadman-Hall Funeral Home,, Socorro, NM.
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TARANGO
Visitation for Mary S. Tarango, 78, of Las Cruces. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Burial at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Survivors: sons, Eddie Tarango and Thomas Tarango both of El Paso, and David Tarango of Las Cruces; brothers Jose Sapien of El Paso and Jesus Sapien of Canutillo, TX; sister, Isabel Lucero of Pittsburgh, Ca.
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DALRYMPLE
BRUCE LAIRD DALRYMPLE, 43, of Las Cruces. April 28, 2002. Born May 17, 1958 in Grand Junction, CO to James W. and Mary Louise Reist Dalrymple. Survived: mother, Mary Lou Gaston, sister Mary Beth Sales, both of El Paso, TX; his brother Robert J. Dalrymple, of Petersburg, AK. Preceded in death by his father, James in 1988. Graham Mortuary Chapel.
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GONZALEZ
RAMONA ARELLANO GONZALEZ, age 86, May 6, 2002. Born June 13, 1915 in Santa Rita to Pablo and Mariana Fuentes Arellano. Survivors: four sons, Juan, Tony and Danny Gonzalez all of Las Cruces, Manuel Gonzalez of Anaheim, CA; four daughters, Dolores Gonzalez, Florence Parker and Rosie Solis all of Las Cruces, Teresa Saucedo of Hohenfels, Germany; one brother, Ted Arellano of La Mesa. Preceded in death: parents; her husband, Juan P. Gonzalez; one brother, Rito F. Arellano; one sister, Manuela Marrujo. Baca's Funeral Chapel. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
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ANDERSON
Beloved reverend, brother, and uncle, FR. JOSEPH K. ANDERSON OSB, former pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Deming. Baca's. Fr. Anderson will be returning to his home monastery in Benet Lake, Wisconsin where interment will take place. Fr. Anderson was born April 16, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY. to Joseph and Florence Anderson and was raised in Day Shore, New York. Survived: sister, Marie Mangas of Las Cruces.
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CEROKY
Norma Ceroky, 79, of Las Cruces. Graham Mortuary Chapel. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Survivors:husband, Ernie Ceroky of Las Cruces; daughters Mary Lou Ceroky Las Cruces and Diana Tompkins of Mesa, AZ.; and sister, Melba Ruth Purucker of Youngstown, OH.
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SOLIS
Paula S. Solis, 70, of Anthony. St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial at Anthony Cemetery. Solis died in El Paso. Baca's Funeral Chapel. Survivors include sons, Frank Montes and Ricardo Solis, both of Anthony, Jaime Montes of El Paso and Martin Solis of Sunland Park; daughters, Flora Montes, Delia Montes and Mary Lou Juarez, all of Anthony, and Bertha Solis of El Paso; brother, Lorenzo Savedra of Norwalk, CA.; sisters, Consuelo Ledesma of Brazito and Genevieve Appelzoller of Las Vegas, NV.
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Sunday, May 12, 2002

Ward
Gary Lee Ward, 56, 5/10/02. Survived: wife Laura, father Matthew Lawrence Ward, of Atwater, CA, brother Larry R. Ward of Eureka, CA., and sister Darla J. Gehres of Atwater, CA. Daughters are, Kimberly Ann Ringer of Modesto, CA., Karen Elizabeth Howard & Chaney Marie Smith, of Bakersfield, son, Raymond Elden Ward. Preceded in death, mother, Billie Marie Davenport Ward, & his infant son, Matthew Wayne Ward. Born August 9, 1945, in Ranger, Tx. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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Monday, May 13, 2002

Breedlove
Jan Breedlove, 68, of Las Cruces, May 11, 2002. Born May 1, 1934 in Ranger, TX to Olen and Betty Lemmond. Survives: husband of 47 years Bill Breedlove, two sons; Rusty of Dallas, TX and Shawn of Austin, TX., one daughter; Kim Hoffman of Pueblo West, CO., one brother; Gary Lemmond of Austin, TX. Burial at East lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Brownwood, TX. Getz Funeral Home.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Martinez
Lucy H. Martinez, 73, of Tortugas, NM, died Saturday, May 11, 2002. Born Dec. 29, 1928 in Tortugas to Juan and Rita Baca Hernandez. Survives: brothers Daniel Hernandez of Tortugas and Gonzalo Hernandez of Las Cruces; sister Eva Benavidez of Tortugas. Preceded in death: husband Cruz Martinez and by her parents. Getz Funeral Home. Burial at Tortugas Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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McElyea

Ulysses (Doc) McElyea, Sr., son of Oscar C. and Beulah Dickerson McElyea, died Sunday afternoon, May 12. Born on September 30, 1913, in Wetumka, Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his wife Hazel, his parents, an infant son, infant twin daughters, and a half brother. He is survived by his son, Ulysses McElyea, Jr., his wife Natalia and their children, Eliseo and Natalia; a daughter, Eula Fern Thompson, and her husband, Dave; a grandson, Michael Thompson; a granddaughter, Shannon Bradley and her husband, Michael; a great-grandson, David Bradley; a great-granddaughter, Michaela Bradley; and his step-mother, Josephine McElyea. Cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time. A joint memorial service will be held at a later date. Graham's Mortuary, 555 W. Amador, Las Cruces, NM 88005.
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Turner
Ruth W. Turner, 74, of Truth or Consequences.Survivors: son William Michael Turner of Truth or Consequences. Preceded in death by her husband William Martin Turner in March, 2002. Bill R. Young age 75 of Las Cruces and formerly of Silver City, New Mexico passed away at Memorial Medical Center Friday, May 11, 2002. Born May 11, 1927 in Alma, Arkansas to James and Minnie Naile Young. Survivors: wife: Fran Young; son, Tracy Young of Phoenix, AZ; daughters Lori Scanlon of Las Cruces, Lisa Hickman of Alamogordo, NM; brothers, Wesley Young, Hughey Young, James Young and sister, Audrey Young all of Bakersfield, CA. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Szymanski
FRANK EDWARD SZYMANSKI, 81, of Las Cruces, May 12, 2002. Born in Danbury, CT. on August 2, 1920 to Francis and Agnes Cirkowski Szymanski. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Survived: wife, Doris, sons, Michael of Las Cruces, NM; David of Alpharetta, GA; his brother, Stanley of Rocksbury, CT. Preceded in death by his mother, Agnes, his brother, Walter, and three sisters, Irene, Elizabeth, and Ann. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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Thursday, May 16, 2002

Abila
Cecilia L. Abila, 88, of Las Cruces, May 14, 2002. Born Nov. 28, 1913 in Mimbres, NM to Jose and Diega Jimenez Lara. Survived: daughter Virginia Chavez of TorC, NM. Brothers Raymond Lara of Las Cruces and Pete Lara of TorC, NM. Sisters Virginia Chacon of Mimbres, NM and Marcelina Otero of Derry, NM, brothers; Mike of Albuquerque, NM., Harry of CA. Preceded in death by her husband Sipriano G. Abila. Masonic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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Jentgen
Russell Walter Jentgen, 55, of Las Cruces died Wednesday at Memorial Medical Center. Cremation. Graham Mortuary.
Survivors: wife, Dinah Lea Jentgen of Las Cruces; daughter, Alanna Jentgen of Las Cruces; sister, Sandra Blanton of Poncha City, OK.; and brother Larry Jentgen of Tucson, AZ.
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Ontiveros
JOSE P. ONTIVEROS, age 76, May 14, 2002. Born June 30, 1925 in Las Cruces to Teodoro and Tellesfora Pena Ontiveros. Survivors: four sons, Ernest Plane, Johnny Ontiveros, Joe Plane, all of Las Cruces and George Ybarra of El Paso, TX; one daughter, Gloria Hernandez of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Petra Ontiveros on May 19, 2001 and one brother, Ernesto Ontiveros, St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Interment in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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Ruoss
MARILYN MILLER RUOSS, 78, of Las Cruces, May 9. Born in Lebanon, PA. and was the daughter of Emanuel S. Miller and Lillian Wolfe Miller. The widow of G. Martin Ruoss. Survived by her three sons, Richard W. Charles, III, husband of Susan A. Charles, David D. Charles, husband of Sue A. Charles, and J. Andrew Charles, husband of Zoe F. Charles, all of Lancaster, PA., sister, Gloria M. Cranford of Harrisburg, PA, her brother, Glenn R. Miller of Heath, OH.

Friday, May 17, 2002

Mendez
ELOISA MENDEZ, born in San Jose, New Mexico, June 28, 1918. Preceded by her first husband, Henry Perrault, son, Rueben Perrault and second husband, Jimmy Mendez. Survived by her brother, Albert Aguilera of Faywood,NM; sisters, Isabel Gonzalez and Annie Chavez both of Deming, NM., daughters: Elmer Perrault of Truth or Consequences, and Olga Madrid of West Hills, CA. Baca's Funeral Chapel in Deming. San Jose Cemetery in Arrey, NM.
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Sunday, May 19, 2002

Peyer
Gustave A. Peyer, 84, of Las Cruces died Friday. Getz Funeral Home Chapel. Burial at Fort Bliss Cemetery.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Brown
Visitation for Gene Lyle Brown, Sr., 76, of Truth or Consequences, French Mortuary. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Survivors: wife Eileen L. Brown of Truth or Consequences; sons, Skip Martin of Tamms, Ill., Texas Martin of Houston, TX, Frank Martin of Bosque Farms, Bobby martin of Anna, Ill., Jim Brown of Virginia, Dell Brown of Rio Rancho, Gene Lyle Brown Jr. of Albuquerque; daughters, Rosalie Kimberline and Jo Allen Myers both of Tamms, Ill., Karol Stamp of Tucson, AZ., Sandy Eddings of Ullin, Ill.; and sister Anita Sarwaltz of Kankakee, Ill.
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Chaires
Joe P. Chaires age 65 of Las Cruces. May 19, 2002. Born on September 8, 1936 in Deming, NM to Joe and Mary Parra Chaires.
Survives: wife Clara Chaires; daughters Selina Chaires of Amarillo, TX; Terri Chaires of Las Cruces, son Paul of Dallas, TX; his step-daughter Bernadette Reding and husband Kenneth of Rockwall, TX; sisters Frances Dominguez and husband Maggie; Aurora Uzueta; Mary Hamilton; brothers Tony Chaires; Mike Chaires; Johnny Chaires. Preceded in death by his parents, brother George Chaires, and niece Mary Louise Milo. Holy Cross Catholic Church Masonic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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Clubb
VIRGIL JOE CLUBB, 54, of Las Cruces, May 19, 2002. Born May 20, 1947 in Heavener, Oklahoma to Homer H. and Iva Story Clubb. Survived by his wife, Carla R. Clubb, of Las Cruces; his children, Joe Clubb Jr. and Oleta Clubb, both of Las Cruces; Carla Sharon Clubb of Albuquerque, NM; his brothers, Homer Dean Clubb of Las Vegas, NV; Elton Clubb, of Sacramento, CA; his sisters, Kay Hust, of Las Cruces; Ann Armijo of Las Vegas, NV; Debbie Zamarripa, of Lockeford, CA; and Donna Paterson, of Lehi, UT. Preceded in death by his infant daughter, Jackie Clubb, his parents, his sister, Patsy Oleta Rowland, and two brothers, Harold and Welton Clubb. Masonic Cemetery. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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Jarman
REVERAND TERENCE R. JARMAN, age 77, died Friday, May 17, 2002. Born March 15, 1925 in Wrexham, North Wales, married Billi D. Mount on January 15, 1954.
Survivors: son, Shawn Jarman of San Jose, CA; daughter Jan Jarman and husband David Mergendahl of New Richmond, WI; daughter Kelley Parker and husband David of Mons, Belgium. Preceded in death by his wife, Billi; parents, Llewellyn and Margaret Jarman; brother, Brian Jarman. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Inurnment at St. Andrew's Columbarium. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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Valdiviezo
MERCEDES C. VALDIVIEZO, 91, lifelong resident of Lordsburg. May 17, 2002. St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lordsburg. Interment at Shakespeare Cemetery. Mercedes was born September 24, 1910 in Lordsburg, one of 16 children born to Pablo and Rafaela Mesa Carrion. Survived: 2 sons, Felix Valdiviezo, Tony Valdiviezo both of Lordsburg; 3 daughters, Eloisa Martinez of Lordsburg, Inez Bejarano of Las Cruces, Manuela Martinez of Tucson. Preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Valdiviezo, her brothers and sisters. Baca's Funeral Chapels of Deming.
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Lara
Carmen C. Lara age 81 of Las Cruces. May 19, 2002. Born October 24, 1920 in Las Cruces to Luciano and Maximiana Rodriguez Ceniceros. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Survivors:husband, Alejandro "Alex" Lara Sr.; sons, Alejandro Lara Jr., Ernest Lara, Ralph Lara all of Las Cruces; daughters, Patsy Beasley of Las Cruces, Alice Lara of Phoenix, AZ, Juanita Perez of Lompoc, CA; sister, Juliet Gonzales of Alamogordo, NM; sister-in-law, Fabiola Ceniceros of Las Cruces; aunt Sr. Manuelita of the Sister of Loretto at Loretto Academy in El Paso, TX. Preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Thomas, Jose and Manuel Ceniceros; sisters, Angela Rodriguez and Natalia Boyan. Inurnment of her cremains will take place on a later date at the St. Francis Garden Columbarium at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Getz Funeral Home.
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Gonzales
LEONOR GONZALES, age 75, of Berino. May 22, 2002. Born April 11. 1927 in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, MX. Survivors: husband, Margarito Gonzales; five sons, Antonio Gonzales of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, MX, Pascual and Eliseo Gonzales both of El Paso, TX, Jesus Gonzales of Portales, Raymundo Gonzales of Chaparral; three daughters, Maria Offutt of Portales, Maria Elena Contreras of Berino and Gloria Segura of Vado; one sister, Guadalupe Fernandez of Fresnillo, Zacatecas, MX. Parents, Cirilo and Francisca Ortiz Garay, preceded her in death. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Interment in Berino Cemetery.
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Navarro
Clara Y. Navarro, 96, of Las Cruces. Getz Funeral Home. Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery. Survivors: sons, Antonio Navarro, Pedro Navarro and Juan Navarro Sr., all of Las Cruces, and Frank Navarro of San Diego, CA.; daughter, Bertha Limon of El Paso.
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Thursday, May 23, 2002

Anaya
David "Wero" Anaya, 60, of Williamsburg. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Burial at Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery. French Mortuary. Survivors: wife Lorenza Anaya of Williamsburg; sons, Michael Anaya of Benkelman, Neb. and David Mark Anaya of Phoenix, AZ.; daughters, Denise Anaya of El Paso, Lorraine Mora of San Diego, CA. and Patricia DeMoss of Denver, CO.; brothers, Apolonio Baca of Houston, TX and Salomon Anaya of Las Vegas, NV.; sisters, Lourdes Anaya and Gloria Alvarez both of El Paso, Virginia Padilla and Tena Chavez both of Truth or Consequences.
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Calzada
GABRIEL C. CALZADA, age 67, of Las Cruces.Tuesday, May 21, 2002. Born August 24, 1934 in Durango, MX.
Survivors: wife, Luz R. Calzada; two sons, Tony Calzada of Brazito, Raul Calzada; five daughters, Gabriela Rivera of Vado, Luz Rosa Lopez of Brazito, Dora Apodaca, Veronica Calzada and Matthew Gutierrez all of Las Cruces, Maribel Mendoza of Berino; one brother, Jesus Calzada of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, MX. Jose Antonio and Francisca Castaneda Calzada; one brother, Amadeo Calzada and one sister preceded him in death. Baca's Funeral Chapels. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Interment in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
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Enoch
Howard G. "Corky" Enoch, age 73, May 21, 2002. Born January 4, 1929 in Amherst, TX to Hayden G. and Pearl B. Welty Enoc. Married Billie Faye Newton on January 26, 1952 in Carlsbad, NM. Survived by his wife Billie; sons Bill of Las Cruces; Joe of Las Cruces; twin daughters Jan Wesley of San Diego, CA; Jeannette Lenko of Bakersfield, CA; sister Juanita Moss of Montecito, CA. Proceeded in death by his parents and brothers M.C. and Durwood Scott. Graham's Funeral Home. Burial at Masonic Cemetery.
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Humphrey
Visitation for Hollis Edward Humphrey, 57, of Truth or Consequences. Sierra Funeral Home. Survivors: wife, Holly Denise Humphrey, of Truth or Consequences; sons, Cory Humphrey and Shane Humphrey both of Houston, TX, Kevin Humphrey of Round Rock, TX; daughter, Karen Gray of Clarksville, TX; brothers, Bob Humphrey of Duncanville, TX. and Gordon Humphrey of Elephant Butte; sisters, Belanie Dishong of Houston, TX and Brenda Tuttle of Glen Heights, TX.
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Salas
FELIX MAXIMO SALAS, 59, of Las Cruces, May 23, 2002. Survived by his wife, Tiburcia Salas; his daughters, Nancy Holguin and Maria Salas, his sons, Max and Steve Salas, all of Las Cruces, five brothers and five sisters. Preceded in death by his daughters, Patricia Salas and Irene Hernandez and his father, Felix Salas. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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Williams
Roy J. Williams, 74, of Las Cruces. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Graham Mortuary. Survivors: wife Mary Jane Williams of Las Cruces; daughters, Jennie Turner of Placitas, and Judith Kirkpatrick of Las Cruces; sons Howard (Chip) Williams of Louisville, Ky.; Kenneth Williams of Sacramento, Calif.; Kevin Williams of San Diego, Calif.; and Karl Williams of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers, Ralph, Richard, Bill and Bob Williams; and sister, Pauline Haines.
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Friday, May 24, 2002

SANCHEZ
JUAN MANUEL SANCHEZ, 54, of Las Cruces. May 25, 2002. Born March 10, 1948 in Ojuelos, Jalisco, MX to Juan Manuel Sanchez and Juana Martinez. Survivors: wife, Teresa Au Sanchez; two sons, Juan Manuel Sanchez and Juan Manuel Estrada of Lordsburg; one daughter Gloria Cardenas of Deming. Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Palomas. Interment at Municipal Cemetery in Palomas. Bacas Funeral Chapels.
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Sunday, May 26, 2002

PRHIStrY
PHILIP GEORGE PHIStrY, 74, of Las Cruces, May 24, 2002. Born August 5, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois to Santo Phistry and Angeline Mozden. Survivors: wife, Patricia Barnett Phistry; two sons; Samuel Phistry of Johnsburg, ILL, Philip Phistry of Parker, CO; three daughters; Peggy Buckman of San Diego, CA, Vicky Hubbard of Plano, TX, and Angeline Morgan of El Paso, TX. Other survivors, brother Sam Phistry of Johnsburg, ILL. Our Lady of Purification Catholic Church in Dona Ana. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Bacas Funeral Chapels.
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Monday, May 27, 2002

DiMatteo
Natalia DiMatteo, 81, of Las Cruces. Graham's Funeral Home. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Burial at Hillcrest Cemetery. Born in Las Cruces, July 12, 1920, to Jose B. and Bertha Bombach Lucero. Preceded in death, husband, Joe M. DiMatteo, three brothers Henry, Edward Martin, and Joe R. Lucero; and four sisters, Juliet L. Bass, Isabel L. Beckett, Dolores "Doty" Telles, and Gloria Jean Lucero. Born to a Pioneer family, her great-grandfather, Don Barbaro Lucero, was employed as a teamster under Major Emory on the U.S. - Mexico boundary survey. He was in Mesilla when the American flag was raised over the Gadsden Purchase. He moved permanently to the Mesilla Valley in 1859. He settled at Picacho on the Mesilla Civil Colony Grant where he ranched and raised large quantities of grain for the regional Army posts and stage stations. He was very successful and became a man of means in the valley. Natalia's grandfather, Jose R. Lucero, was elected clerk of Dona Ana County in 1896, succeeding Pat Garrett as sheriff in 1900. He also served on nurnerous boards including: the Las Cruces Board of Education; Dona Ana Bend Colony Grant; Elephant Butte Irrigation Project; and New Mexico A&M. Jose and his brother Felipe Lucero, were sheriffs for all but two terms until 1936. Lake Lucero is named after them and their father. All had ranches on what is now White Sands Missile Range. Natalia's father continued ranching on White Sands until his death. She married Joe M. DiMatteo in 1943.
Survivors: sons Michael A. DiMatteo, Joe R. DiMatteo, five sisters, Rosalie Fierro and husband Margarito, of Las Cruces, Bertha J. Nester of Ventura, CA, Genevieve Apodaca, Mary Lou Rodriquez and husband Johnny, of Norwalk, CA, and Patricia Carrillo and husband Rudy of Albuquerque. Graham's Funeral Home.
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Gonzalez
Maria de Lourdes "Tati" Gonzalez, 73, of Las Cruces, Saturday, May 25, 2002 in El Paso, Texas. Bom February 11, 1929 in Chihuahua City, MX to Roberto and Maria Uranga Hemandez. "Tati" married Isidro S. Gonzalez on April 18, 1927.
Survivors: husband, Isidro S. Gonzalez, her children Jaime Gonzalez of Fairfield, CA, Lucy Leyva, Isidro Gonzalez and his wife Rachael of Las Cruces, Robert Gonzalez of El Paso, TX, and Gabriela Lucero and husband Jake of Las Cruces; two brothers, Hector Hernandez and his wife Martha, Jesus A. Hernandez and his wife Yvonne all of El Paso, TX; one sister Genoveva Amador and her husband Arturo of Chihuahua City, MX. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Baca's Funeral Chapel.
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Kenniff
Mr. James H. Kenniff, 84, of Las Cruces, Sunday, May 26, 2002. Mr. Kenniff was born on June 26,1917 in Brooklyn, NY to Arthur & Kathryn Kenniff, he was one of seven children. Survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy, daughters; Dorothy & her husband Michael Michel of Albuquerque, Margaret & her husband Jack Petrowsky of Las Cruces, brother; George Kenniff of FL. Preceded in death by a daughter; Kathleen. Graham Mortuary Chapel. Lnterment at Masonic Cemetery.
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Moore
Anita Provencio Moore, 88, of the Mesilla Valley, Friday, May 24, 2002 died in El Paso, TX. Born August 16, 1913 in Anthony to Nemecio and Ana Martinez Provencio, a family with deep roots in Southern, New Mexico. Survived husband Paul G. Moore of Santa Teresa; one brother, Ramiro Provencio of Anthony. St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Interment at Anthony Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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Smith
HILLARD L. SMITH, 92, of Las Cruces, May 25, 2002. Born August 22, 1909 in Mt. Hope, Alabama to Joseph Wheeler Smith and Annie Lee McClung Smith. Survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary M. Smith of Las Cruces, NM; his son, Robert E. Smith, of Alpena, MI; daughter, Emily M. Smith, of Santa Fe, NM.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Barrientos
Visitation for Luciano Villagran Barrientos, 79, of La Mesa. St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Barrientos died in El Paso. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Survivors: son, Joe D. Barrientos of La Mesa; daughters, Teri Padilla of Upland, CA. and Delfina Strong of Doña Ana; stepdaughter, Lupe Torres of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by his wife, Siria M. Barrientos.
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Chip
ANITA C. CHIP, age 75 of Bayard, May 26, 2002. Born October 16, 1926 to Jesus and Julia Caro in Santa Ana, CA. Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Survivors: husband of 55 years, George L. Chip Sr.; one daughter, Ida C. Ojinaga; two sons, George L. Chip Jr. and Roman Chip, all of Las Cruces; one sister, Alma C. Rodriguez of Las Cruces and daughters, Julie Rodriguez also of Las Cruces and Ana Virginia Duran of El Paso. Preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Alfred and Antonio, and a sister, Aida. Interment at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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Perea
Micaela Mickey Perea, 73 of Las Cruces, Monday, May 27, 2002. Born September 29, 1928 in Ciudad Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico to Manuel and Antonia Vasquez Marrufo.
Survivors: husband, Charles Chuck Perea, children; Charlie Perea III of Phoenix, AZ, Diane Perea of Austin, TX; Mario Perea of Las Cruces, NM; Cynthia Gomez and husband Gus of Gallup, NM; brothers Salvador Marrufo, Antonio Marrufo and Oscar Marrufo all of Cd. Parral, Chih., Mexico; sister Soledad Marrufo of El Paso, TX. Preceded in death by her parents; and brother Manuel Marruf. Getz Funeral Home. San Albino Catholic Church.
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Hines
COMMODORE W. HINES, of Las Cruces, May 26, 2002. Born on December 25, 1912 in Danville, Illinois. While attending college in Ill. 1941, Commodore met and married Chesna Draper. Survived: wife, Chesna Hines; they celebrated their 61st anniversary January 15, 2002, four sons, Jerry and Connie Hines, Scot and Brenda Hines, Mitch and Terry Hines, and Mark Hines; his brother, Jack and Marge Hines of San Miguel, MX; his two sisters, Clell Grubbs, of Albuquerque, NM; and Betsy and Utah Swain, of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by daughter, Nanalee Mitchell in 1993 and two grandsons, Wayne and Monty Wilton in 1979. Graham Mortuary. Burial at Masonic Cemetery.
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McBrayer
William J. ("Bill") McBrayer, a Las Cruces. Monday, May 27, 2002. Born on July 8 1936 in Salinas, CA. to Esther Marie and James B. McBrayer. Survived: wife, Sue; two daughters, Stephanie Hawkins of Phoenix, AZ, and Brecken Premselaar of Austin, TX; and one sister, Jamee Walker (and her husband, Tommy) of Carlsbad. Other survivors include stepsons Troy Prichard (and wife Leslie) of Albuquerque and Bruce Prichard (and wife Jennifer) of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by his mother, Esther Marie Petersen McBrayer, and his step-father, James Baron McBrayer. Getz Funeral Home.
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Valdez
JOSE ANTONIO VALDEZ, age 78, Anthony, Tuesday, May 28, 2002. Born April 27, 1924 in Durango, Mexico to Refugio and Bruna Valdez. Survivors: six sons, Joe A. Valdez of Santa Teresa, Victor Valdez of Anthony, Frank Valdez of Berino, Alfred Valdez of Vinton, TX, Jesus and Javier Valles both of Torreon, Coahuila, MX; one daughter, Connie Raymond and husband Tony Holguin of Las Cruces; one brother, Manuel Valdez of El Paso, TX., his former wife, Maria de la Cruz Torres of Anthony. Preceded in death by his parents; one son, Roberto Valdez; one sister, Carmen Meraz; two brothers, Ramon and Jesus Valdez. St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Interment in Memory Gardens. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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Long
Roxy Pearl Long, 92, of Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery. Survivors include daughter, Doris Wooldridge Hunter; sisters, Vella Smith and Evelyn Brown; and 17 grandchildren.
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Ritchie
DR. HOWARD B. RITCHIE, 92, of Las Cruces, NM. Saturday, May 25, 2002. Born in Randlett, Oklahoma on March 31, 1910 to Luther Lee Ritchie and Bessie P. Osborn Ritchie. Graham Mortuary Chapel. June 1, 2002 at Graham Mortuary Chapel. Cremation
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Friday, May 31, 2002

Bunch
Memorial service for Thomas Clyde Bunch, 82, of Truth or Consequences will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church. Inurnment at Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery. Died Tuesday in El Paso. French Mortuary. Survivors: son Thomas B. Bunch of Truth or Consequences; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
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Chavez
ESTHER Q. CHAVEZ, age 93, of Las Cruces. May 29, 2002. Born June 12, 1908 in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Survivors: three sons, Enrique Chavez of La Mesa, Felipe Chavez, Jr. of Deming and Arturo Chavez of Colonia Juarez; four daughters, Marina Herrera, Rosa Esther Diaz of Chihuahua, Mexico, Flora Leza of Las Cruces, and Emma Saenz of Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, MX, one brother, Eduardo Quezada also of Deming. Preceded in death by her husband, Felipe Chavez Tovar and a son, Jose "Mono" Chavez.. Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Intermentat St. Joseph's Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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Clubb
VIRGIL "JOE" CLUBB, age 54, (Junior as known to his brothers and sisters, Burial at Masonic Cemetery. Graham Mortuary .
Attending inurnment services were his children, his sister, niece and close friends. He leaves behind his children, Joe and Oleta of Las Cruces and Carla Sharon Clubb of Albuquerque. Two grandchildren, Seth Allen and Issac Anthony. Brothers, Dean and Bobby of CA. Sisters, Kay of Las Cruces, Ann of NV, Donna of UT and Debbie of CA.
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Lytton
MARY E. LYTTON, 47, of Las CRUCES. May 28, 2002. Born in Las Cruces, January 19, 1955. Preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Knight. Survived by her husband, Ed of seventeen years; her sons, Carlos Gomez II, her father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Davis of Columbus, GA and her two brothers Tommy Davis and his wife, Nancy of Kentucky and Mike Davis of Las Cruces; sister, Patricia Wilson and her husband William of Columbia, South Carolina. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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SOLIS
MARIA DE LA LUZ SOLIS, age 74, of Las Cruces. May 30, 2002. Born October 30, 1927 in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico to Pedro Canales Peña and Etelvina Fernandez de Canales. Survivors: four sons, Reverend Antonio Solis of San Pablo, Isaias C. Solis, Pedro C. Solis all of Las Cruces, Samuel C. Solis of Colonia Esperanza, Distrito Bravo, Chihuahua, Mexico; four daughters, Rosa S. Vidaña, Reverend Hermila S. Rosas all of El Porvenir, Chihuahua, Mexico, Amparo Orozco of Rinconada de Mimbre, Chihuahua, Mexico, Meybol Flores of Mesquite; two sisters, Lala and Luisa Canales; one brother, Juan Canales all of Rinconada del Mimbre, Chihuahua, Mexico. Preceded in death, husband, Reverend Ignacio G. Solis. Guadalupe Municipal Cemetery in Guadalupe, Distrito Bravo, Chihuahua, Mexico. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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YOUNG
Leonard R. Young, 83, of Las Cruces died May 29, 2002. Born December 28, 1918 in O'Neill, NE to Ralph and Alma Young. Survived: by three sons; Leonard Jr., David and wife Sue, and Ralph and wife Linda all of Greeley, CO., one sister; Helen Nigro and husband Lou of Bellevue, NE. Preceded in death by: wife Hannah and a son William.
Getz Funeral Home.
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Monday, June 10, 2002

Page
ANTONIA H. PAGE, 90, of Las Cruces, Monday, June 10, 2002. Interments at San Juan Cemetery in San Juan. Born June 25, 1911 in San Juan to Celso and Concepcion (Regalado) Hernandez. Survived by her son, Robert H. Medina of Santa Clara. Preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and five brothers. Baca's Funeral Chapels of Silver City. 
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Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Dowd
Memorial service for Larry Dowd, 74, of Elephant Butte. Our Lady of Perpetual Help. French Mortuary in Truth or Consequences. Survivors include son, Michael Dowd of Truth or Consequences; daughter Ann Pratt of Truth or Consequnces.
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Jacques 
BELEN L. JACQUES, age 65, of Las Cruces. June 9, 2002. Born April 8, 1937 in Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua, MX. Wife of Frank V. Jacques; mother of Frank L. Jacques Jr. of Dallas, TX., D.M. Jacques of Denver, CO, Ruth Madrid of Las Cruces; sister of Dionicio and Herminio Lopez-Galvan and Rafaela L. Ibarra all of Ciudad Delicias, Chihuahua, MX, Maria de la Luz Dominguez of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, MX. Parents, Gabriel L. and Cresencia Lopez Irigoyen; one son, Armando Lopez and one brother, Valentin Lopez-Galvan, preceded her in death. Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery, El Pas,TX. Baca's Funeral Chapele.
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SMITH
HENRY L. SMITH, age 76, of Las Cruces, Born May 1, 1925 in Richmond, Virginia to Iva and Mary Crenshaw Smith. Survivors: wife, Juanita Briggs Smith; five sons, Ralph Smith, Henry Junious Smith, Garry Smith, Rowland Smith all of Las Cruces, Aaron Smith of Langley, British Columbia, Canada; one daughter, Linda Smith also of Las Cruces; one brother, William E. Smith of El Paso, TX. Parents preceded him in death. Baca's Funeral Chapels. 
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Saturday, June 15, 2002

Price
Gene H. Price, age 61 of Mesilla Park, Tuesday, June 11, 2002. Born October 25, 1940 in Lubbock, TX. to Herbert and Polly Price. Survived by wife of 41 years, Glenda; his mother, Polly Price of Hobbs, NM; daughters Bobbi Price of Las Cruces, Becky Horner of Las Cruces; sister, Donna Medlin of Maljamar, NM. Getz Funeral Home. Masonic Cemetery.
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Sunday, June 16, 2002

CLARK
Ira G. Clark Jr. was Professor Emeritus of History and Government at New Mexico State University. Born in Amarillo Texas, 23 January 1909. Survived by his two sons, David M. Clark of Phoenix Arizona, Ira Clark, Joanna M. Clark of Gainesville Florida. Graham Mortuary. St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 
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Monday, June 17, 2002

FORMAN
Ethel A. Forman of Las Cruces. Born August 23,1910, Rogers City Michigan, "Scotty". Husband Jim, preceded her in death in 1993. Survived by son Jim of Monument, CO and her daughter, Martha Graham, of Dexter, MI. Graham Mortuary. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 
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WESSELS
Jerry Henry Wessels, 57, of Deming. Interment at Mountain View Cemetery in Deming. Wessels was born in Bridgeport, Neb. Survived by his parents, Reinhardt and Grace Heath Wessels of Deming; and brothers David Wessels of Deming and Dennis Wessels of Westminster, CA. Preceded in death by his twin brother, John Wessels. Bacas Funeral Chapels of Deming. 
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Tuesday, June 18, 2002

GARCIA
Enrique "Henry" A. Garcia, 80, of Truth or Consequences. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Survivors: wife Mary Garcia of Truth or Consequences; sons, Ruben Garcia and Raymond Garcia both of Las Cruces, David Garcia Krantz of Albuquerque, Bobby Garcia of Tucson, Ariz., Terry Garcia and Ricky Garcia Salcido both of Truth or Consequences; daughters, Annie Garcia, Linda Flores and Shirley Reid all of Truth or Consequences and Dolores Fletcher of Duncan, Ariz.; brother David Garcia of Truth or Consequences; sister, Connie Clark of Alamogordo. French Mortuary. 
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MARISCAL
Fernando Mariscal, 40, of Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. St. Ann's Catholic Church. Burial at Mt. View Cemetery. Died Friday at the Maryvale Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. Survivors include his wife Teresa of Deming; sons, Fabian and Fernando Mariscal Jr. of Deming; daughter Crystal Mariscal of Deming; his parents Refugio and Angelita Mariscal of Deming; brothers, Tony, Refugio Jr., and Rudy Mariscal all of Deming; sisters, Mary Ellen Garay of Borger, TX, Lupe Mariscal, Carolina Soliz, and Angie Garcia all of Deming; and his maternal grandmother, Aurora Ruiz of Deming.
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SAMPSON
GRACE A. SAMPSON, age 87 of Las Cruces, June 15, 2002. St. Albert's the Great Newman Center. Survived by three children, daughter, Barbara Julien of Las Cruces and her husband, Howard, son, Val Sampson of Deerfield, Illinois and his wife, Debra, and son, Gregory Sampson of San Francisco and his wife Susan.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2002

BRDECKO
Robert J. (Bobby) Brdecko, 65, of Elephant Butte. Sierra Funeral Home Chapel in Truth or Consequences. Survivors include his wife Shanon Brdecko; daughter, Sherry Hess; stepson, Keith Bishop; brothers, Tommy Brdecko and Frank Brdecko Jr.; sister, Vergie Gilbert; four grandchildren; and one step-granddaughter. 
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GOMEZ
 DAVID M. GOMEZ, age 82, of Las Cruces. Sunday, June 16, 2002. Born in Morenci, Arizona December 11, 1919. Survived by: wife, Corine Gomez; one son, Everett Gomez of Chatsworth, CA; four daughters, Mary Garcia of North Hollywood, CA, Linda Garcia and Juliet Kinikin and husband, David all of Sun Valley, CA., and Cathy Briosky of Mesilla. Sister, Mary Puga and husband, David of Los Angeles, CA. Preceded in death by parents, a son, David Gomez Jr. and two brothers, Felix and Pete Gomez. Cremation. Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and Parish in Tortugas . Inurnment of cremains in California. Baca's Funeral Chapels and Baca's Mimbres Crematory. 
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MELON
JAMES M. MELON, age 64, of Las CruceS. June 15, 2002. Born May 7, 1938 in Las Cruces to Santiago and Josefina Molina Melon. Survivors: two sons, Paul Melon of Las Cruces, Patrick Melon of CA; three daughters, Debra and Rhonda Melon both of Las Cruces, Shantel Melon of CA; his father, Santiago Melon; five brothers, Robert, Tony, Frankie, George and Jackie; seven  sisters, Josie Welch, Jenny Medina, Mary Yanez, Gloria Primero, Velia, Yolanda and Roseanne Melon all also of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by his mother. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery with the Fathers of the Order of Augustinian Recollects presiding.
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PENA
LORENZO M. PEÑA, 89, of Hurley, Infant Jesus Catholic Church. Interment at Hurley Cemetery. Born Sept. 6, 1912 in Dwyer to Pedro M. and Dorotea (Moreno) Peña. Survived by sons:, Manuel Peña, Arthur Peña and Henry Peña all of Hurley; two brothers, Eloy Peña of  Bayard and Abran Peña of Deming; two sisters, Isabel Hernandez of Las Cruces and Victoria Martinez of Albuquerque. Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Maria Peña, 1989; daughter, Beatrice Maldonado, 1996. Two brothers and two sisters also precede him in death. Baca's Funeral Chapels of Silver City. 
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WADDINGTION
WALTER WADDINGTON. Born June 23, 1919 in Bury, Lancashire, England to Tom and Florence Stubbins Waddington. Survivors: wife, Bernice Waddington of Las Cruces; his son, Michael, grandson, Vincent, and great-granddaughter, Olivia Waddington, all of England; brothers Eric (Margaret) and James (Emmy), of Canada; brother-in-law Leroy Lopez (Patricia), Colorado. Preceded in death: parents.
Baca's Funeral Chapels. Ashes will be placed in San Juan, Colorado.
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Thursday, June 20, 2002

BORUNDA
GLORIA BORUNDA, age 43, of San Miguel, Friday, June 14, 2002. Born August 31, 1958 in Portland, Oregon to Avelino and Teresa Gutierrez Borunda. Surivors: son, Bobby Borunda and fiancée Dana Garcia of Albuquerque; daughter, Ashley Rose Granillo of El Paso, TX; mother, Teresa Borunda of Mesilla Park; brother, Pablo Borunda of Yuma, AZ; sisters, Susie Vasquez of Odessa, TX, Celia Ortega of Mesilla Park, Nicolasa Figueroa of San Miguel. Peceded in death by her father; one brother, Johnny Borunda. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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LEE 
Arivers Lee, 84, of Truth or Consequences, Forest Hills Cemetery in Detroit, Mich., Cremation. Survivors include his son, Stuart A. Lee of Las Cruces. Sierra Funeral Home and Sierra Crematory, Truth or Consequences. 
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Friday, June 21, 2002

JOHNSTON
CHARLOTTE JOHNSTON, age 95, Wednesday, June 19, 2002 in Las Cruces. Born to E. A. and Hattie Parker on June 23, 1906 in Olla, Arkansas. Preceded in death: husband, L. E. Johnston; four brothers and two sisters. Survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Parker and Donna Johnston of Benton, AR; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Pierce Hubbard of Las Cruces, NM; Ashby Funeral Home, Old Rosemont Cemetery, in Benton, AR. Local arrangements, Graham Mortuary.
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Saturday, June 22, 2002

HAMMOND
Freeda Lenore Rager Hammond, 79, of Las Cruces. Survivors: children, Dean Clair Hammond Jr. of Lexington, Ky., Dianna Clair Hammond Cline of Laguna, Anthony Gregory Hammond of Virginia Beach, Va., and Forrest Eugene Hammond II. Getz Funeral Home. *

SEGOBIA-DIAZ
Yvonne G. Segobia, 22, of Las Cruces and Caitlyn Ravae Diaz, infant, Baca's Funeral Chapels. Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and Parish in Tortugas. Burial will at San Albino Cemetery in Mesilla. Survivors: parents Ramon and Irma Garza Segobia; sisters, Sarah Mares and Beth  Segobia; her paternal grandfather, Manuel Segobia all of Las Cruces. Diaz died Tuesday at Memorial Medical Center. Survivors include her father, Zeke Diaz; her maternal grandparents, Ramon and Irma G. Segobia; paternal grandparents, Robert and Diane Diaz; maternal great-grandfather, Manuel Segobia; and paternal great-grandparents Mr. And Mrs. Ben Hernandez.
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Sunday, June 23, 2002

BOURN
James F. "Jimmy-Sancho" Bourn age 91 of Las Cruces. Born March 7, 1911 in Cleveland, Ohio to Ralph Elmer Bourn nd Tina Faurencoph Bourn. Survivors: one brother, Ralph Bourn of Denter, CA; son, James Bourn of Bay City, TX; daughter, Christine Norris of Las Cruces. Cremation. Getz Funeral Home Chapel.
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GARCIA
Lupe Madrid Garcia, Wednesday, June 19, 2002. Born on February 4, 1917 and lived her entire life in Santa Clara. Preceded in death: husband Juan. Survivors: son Donald M. (Gloria) Garcia of  Mesa, AZ; daughters Patricia (Ricardo) Fletcher of Santa Clara and Beatrice (Carlos) Ramirez of Tucson, AZ. Santa Clara Catholic Church. Interment at Santa Clara Cemetery. Bacas Funeral Chapels, Silver City.
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PACHECO
Pilar S. Pacheco, 85, of Deming. Bacas Funeral Chapel. St. Anns Catholic Church. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery. 
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Monday, June 24, 2002

FLORES 
DELIA LOPEZ FLORES, 68. Friday June 21, 2002. Born December 31, 1933 in Mesilla to Francisco T. Lopez and Nemecia Gamboa Lopez. Survives: husband Baltazar Flores, five daughters; Becky Bradshaw, Gloria Evans, Liz Gonzales, Nemie Roberts and Lettie Medina, brothers and sisters; Angie Gordiany of San Francisco, CA, Jose Edmundo Lopez of Mesquite, Margie Keyser, Esther Benavidez, Frank N. Lopez and Priscilla Chiradio all of Las Cruces, Salomon Lopez of Greeley, Colorado, Alfredo Lopez of San Antonio, TX, and Robert Lopez of Portola, CA. Preceded in death by her parents. Bacas Funeral Chapels. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Garden. 
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Tuesday, June 25, 2002

AYRES 
Randall M. Ayres, 46, of Las Cruces. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Ayres died Thursday. Survivors: father and stepmother, Thomas J. and Cruz Ayres of Las Cruces; sister, Dolly Hipple; two half-sisters, Tammy Risley and Lisa Cornelison both of Dallas, Texas.
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GRIJALVA 
Visitation for Cipriano F. Grijalva, 69, of La Mesa. Baca's Funeral Chapels. San Jose Catholic Church. Interment atSan Jose Cemetery. Grijalva died Monday (June 24). Survivors include his wife, Bertha Gonzalez Grijalva of La Mesa; 
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MARTINEZ
Jerry O. Martinez, 41, of Las Cruces. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Burial at San Albino Catholic Cemetery in Mesilla. Survivors: wife, Elva R. Martinez of Las Cruces; sons, Henry Martinez, Michael Martinez, Jerry Martinez Jr. all of Las Cruces; parents, Ramon and Inez Martinez of Mesilla; brothers, Robert Martinez of Mesilla, Steve Martinez of Las Cruces; sister, Martha Martinez-Pettit of Las Cruces; and one grandchild.
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SEGURA 
Feliciana Segura, 87, of Las Cruces died June 6 at her home. Getz Funeral Home. Burial at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2002

CUARON
TOMAS MARTINEZ CUARON, age 77, of Dona Ana. Monday, June 17, 2002. Born March 25, 1925 in Dona Ana to Florencio and Refugia Martinez Cuaron. Survivors: two daughters, Jessie Escalante of Tulare, CA, Polly R. Ortiz of Dona Ana; three stepsons, Ramon Perez of Hatch, Arturo Perez of Dona Ana, Louie Perez of Albuquerque; his mother, Refugia Martinez Cuaron; four brothers, Paul, Isaac Sr., Willie Sr. and Jacobo Cuaron; two sisters, Nettie Miller and Alice Avalos all of Dona Ana. His father and his wife, Felipa Cuaron, preceded him in death. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Our Lady of Purification Catholic Church. Interment at Dona Ana Cemetery.
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TAYLOR
JOYCE F. TAYLOR, age 79, of Las Cruces. June 24, 2002. Born January 4, 1923 in North Hampton, England to Hector and Louise Towers French. Survivors: husband, George E. Taylor of Las Cruces; two daughters, Kathy Arneson of Las Cruces, Barbara Fuertsch of Austin, TX; two brothers, John French of Adelaide, Australia, Arthur French of North Hampton, England; one sister, Kathleen Forbes of Everett, Washington. Parents preceded her in death. Cremation Baca's Funeral Chapels. 
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THOMAS 
M. A. "Tommy" Thomas, died Monday. He was 99 year. Tommy Thomas was born on a farm near Newcastle, Nebraska on January 5, 1903. October 1925 he married Myrtle Sophia Nelson of Bristow, Nebraska. She died in 1974. His second wife Virginia Rierson who died in 1985 also preceded him in death. In 1987 he married his present wife Edna Dahl who survives. Also survived by his sons Stanley and Roland, a stepson Don Rierson, stepdaughters Barbara Dahl and Beverly Petersen. Graham Mortuary.
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DEEB 
Joseph Richard "Rick" Deeb, 65, of Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial at Mt. View Cemetery. Deeb died Tuesday. Survivors: wife, Leta Jane Deeb of Deming; daughter, Jeanette Michel of Fishers, IN.; stepchildren, Melody Miracle of Wabash, IN., Vernon J. Jarvis of Moorehaven, FL., Lisa Jane England of Russiaville, IN.


GRAY 
Frank E. Gray. 6/25/2002. Survived: wife Helen of Elephant Butte, NM. two sons; Ronald Gray of Dover, NJ, George Gray, RPh of Las Cruces and a daughter Annelle Hand of Las Cruces; brothers Bill Gray and wife Jane of Bayard, NM, Bob Gray & wife JoAnn of Hurley, NM. He was preceded in death by his first wife Frances ( McCan) Gray and his parents Ben and Nellie Gray; brother Ben Gray & sister Myrtlebelle Stretz. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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LOPEZ 
Remy Edward (Chito) Lopez, 44. Monday, June 24,2002 in Las Cruces. Born February 15,1958 in Las Cruces NM. Survived: sons Remy Edward Lopez Jr., Renee Lopez, and daughter Irene Lopez from Kileen, TX; His mother Irene Sanchez Becerril, and three brothers Richard Lopez, and Raul Lopez both from San Jose, CA, and Ronald (Stella) Lopez from Hatch, N.M; sister Irene Velarde from Las Cruces, NM. Preceded in death: brother Renee Lopez, and his grandparents Mr. Jose R. Sanchez, and Mrs. M.V. Sanchez. Graham Mortuary Chapel. Burial at San Albino Catholic Cemetery. 
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MARTINEZ 
Jerry O. Martinez age 41, of Las Cruces, Friday, June 21, 2002. Born September 2, 1960 in Las Cruces to Ramon and Irene Ornelas Martinez. Survivors: wife, Elva R. Martinez of Las Cruces; sons, Henry Martinez, Michael Martinez, Jerry Martinez Jr. all of Las Cruces; mother, Inez Martinez of Mesilla, Father, Ramon Martinez of Las Cruces; brothers, Robert Martinez of Mesilla, Steve Martinez, Joe Raymond Martinez all of Las Cruces; sisters, Martha Martinez-Pettit, Paloma Martinez all of Las Cruces; mother-in-law, Natalia Hernandez of Las Cruces, father-in-law, Henry Martinez of TX. Preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Martinez. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Burial at San Albino Catholic Cemetery in Mesilla. Getz
Funeral Home. 
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TINNEY  
Jack N. Tinney, 79, of Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. Tinney died Mon. Survivors: wife, Alice Tinney of Deming; son, Richard Tinney of Deming; daughters, Betty Lightcap of Key West, FL., Jackie Massagee of Los Lunas, Shirley Tinney of Deming, Brenda Fassio of Seattle, WA.; stepchildren, Dora Campbell of San Jose, CA., Steve Marquez of Gilroy, CA., Arthur Mesa and Kristina Mesa of Las Cruces, Eddie Mesa of Deming and Kathy Perez of Las Cruces; brother, Frank Tinney of NV.; sisters, Nellie Gutierrez of Deming, Dolores Gallegos of Tucson, AZ. and Effie Gardner of Phoenix, AZ.


Sunday, June 30, 2002

ADAMS
James Adams, 81, of Las Cruces died Saturday at Memorial Medical Center. Services are pending with Getz Funeral Home. 
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CHAVEZ
Avelino A. Chavez, 79, of Las Cruces, Friday, June 28, 2002. Born Feb.13, 1923 in Kelly, NM to Flavio Chavez and Marietta Apodaca Chavez an was raised in San Acacia, NM. Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Survived by his wife of 57 years Rosie B. Chavez, son; Avelino D. "Hito" Chavez of Las Vegas, NV. Daughters; Lillian Lucero of Albuquerque, NM; Marcella Frausto of El Paso, TX; Victoria Alvarez and Maria Lourdes Apodaca all of Las Vegas, NV. Sisters; Rosinda Aragon of Albuquerque, NM; Esther Padilla and husband Marcos and Mary Chavez all of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Jose, Nasario and Desiderio and sisters; Dolores Chavez and Onesima Lucero. Getz Funeral Home. Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 
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FORTUNE
Ruth Kerr Fortune, 91, of Las Cruces. Saturday. Cremation and no services. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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GRANILLO
Isabel "Kitty" Granillo. Survived by her husband, Leo; son, Luis and his wife Kathy; son, Raymond; all of Albuquerque; mother, Elena Diaz of Las Cruces; brothers, David, Bobby, Manuel, Gilbert, Ruben and Danny, of Las Cruces; sisters Virginia Maldonado, Dallas, TX and Irma Padilla, Stockton, CA. Preceded her in death: father, Manuel Diaz and sister, Elsie Valenzuela. Burial at Tortugas, NM.
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Monday, July 01, 2002

HERNANDEZ
ANTONIO DE LA CRUZ HERNANDEZ, 58, of La Mesa, Fri. June 28, 2002. Born, June 29, 1943 in Jalisco, MX. to Federico and Maria De La Cruz Hernandez. Survivors: three sons, Tony Jr. and Jeffrey Hernandez both of Albuquerque and David Hernandez of Indianapolis, IN; four daughters, Becky Alvarez and Norma Hernandez of Las Cruces, Jamie Hernandez Batres and Eva Hernandez of Albuquerque; mother, Maria D. Hernandez of Las Mesa; four brothers, Refugio Hernandez of La Mesa, Joe Hernandez, Marcos Hernandez all of Las Cruces, and Federico Hernandez, Jr. of Albuquerque; three sisters, Stella Baca of Phoenix, AZ. and Mary Campos, Victoria Sierra, both of Albuquerque. Preceded in death, his father. San Jose Catholic Church in La Mesa. Burial at San Jose Cemetery. Bacas Funeral Chapels.
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GONZALES
CRUZITA PAULINA GONZALES, 68, El Paso, TX, June 29, 2002. Born Jan. 8, 1934 in Tortugas. Survivors, three sons, Ernest Paul Clark and Carlos Gonzales of El Paso, TX, Felix H. Gonzales of Brighton, CO; two daughters, Cruzita M. Gonzales of Long Beach, CA. and Peggy Sue Gonzalez of El Paso, TX; two brothers, Joe Hernandez of Las Cruces and Benjamin Hernandez of Moreno Valley, CA; four sisters, Delia Montenegro of Tortugas, Magdalena Smull of Van Nuys, CA, Virginia Gallegos of Norwalk, CA. and Sally Saldivar of Phoenix, AZ. Preceded in death: parents, Pablo and Magdalena Molina Hernandez and a brother, Alberto M. Hernandez. Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and Parish in Tortugas. Tortugas Cemetery. Bacas Funeral Chapel.
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Tuesday, July 02, 2002

CLINE
Dorothy Mae Cline, 84, of Las Cruces died Sunday at the Village at Northrise. Graham Mortuary.
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MUNCRIEF
Kirby S. Muncrief, 66, of Las Cruces, June 30, 2002. Born June 8, 1936 in Wewoka, OK. to Ellias McMahan and Elinor Story McMahan. Survived: husband of 49 years Wayne J. Muncrief, three children; Dennis M. Muncrief of Las Cruces, Kirk J. Muncrief of Albuquerque, NM and Diane W. Muncrief of Ames, IA, sister Barbara Rosa of Las Cruces. Masonic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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SWALBY
ATTA E. SWALBY, 84, of Las Cruces, July 1, 2002. Survivors: husband of 64 years, Robert; her son, Jon Robert Swalby of Las Cruces; her daughter, Leslie Lundquist, of Taos; Cremation. Services in Wisconsin at a later date. Graham Mortuary.
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ADAMS
James (Jim) W. Adams, June 29, 2002. Born May 27, 1921 in Clarendon; TX. to James W. and Erma Adams. Preceded in death, parents, son Gary Dean Adams. Married Betty Sparkman on October 1, 1950. Survives: wife of 51 years, Betty, daughter Debbie Cruzan of Trumbull, Ct. Cremation. Getz Funeral Home.
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GARCIA
ANTONIO P. GARCIA, "TONY," of Las Cruces. Born Feb. 7, 1951, died June 9, 2002. Survivors: parents, José and Lupe, and brothers Joe P. and Johnny Ray all of Las Cruces, godparents, Leo and Estella Pacheco of Tortugas. Preceded in death, his sister, Lupita, in 1981. Immaculate Heart of Mary.
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Thursday, July 04, 2002

BUTTERFIELD
Jack R. Butterfield, 75, of Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. Butterfield died Mon. Survivors: children, Debra Feraud of Deming and Dianne Pike of Casper, WY. and Vince D. Muller of Casper, WY. Preceded in death: wife Ruby Butterfield in 1998.
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FAJARDO
Juan B. Fajardo, 71, of Arrey. Our Lord of Mercy Catholic Church. Cremation. Fajardo died Tues. French Mortuary. Survivors: sisters, Emilia Fajardo , Rumalda B. Fajardo both of Arrey and Isabel S. Hernandez of Las Cruces; brothers, Geronimo Fajardo and Albino B. Fajardo both of Arrey and Tomas Fajardo of Tucson, Az.
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TUCKER
Woodrow S. "Woody" Tucker, 85, of Las Cruces, July 3, 2002. Born Dec. 25, 1916 in Mullin, NE to Waldron Tucker and Abbie Howe Tucker. Survivors: wife of 22 years Maxine Tucker, sons & daughters Guy Henry, Bill Melton, James Adams, Ricky Farrell, Ronnie Tucker and Rick Egbert, Rebecca Wood, Freida Jones and Matt Chavez, Mary Lou McMahon, Debbie and Donnie Haynie, brother Louis Tucker. Preceded in death: parents, children Thomas, Bobby, Charles and JoAnn Crowson and sister Eva. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2002

BARNES
Jewel Mae Taylor Barnes. Born September 1, 1915. Died July 6, 2002 in, Las Cruces, NM, age of 86. Had 8 children. Preceded in death: son Ronald Gene, a daughter, Tia May, and grandson, Vince E. Sewrook. Survivors: sons Larry V. Barnes, of Pueblo, CO; Warren D. Barnes, of Poquoson, VA; Randy M. Barnes, of Alamogordo; Jerry D. Barnes, of Carlsbad; daughters, Cheryl K. Steele and Dana J. Barnes, of Las Cruces. She was the granddaughter of Amos Leedy who became the first postmaster of Leedey, OK, and the town took its name from him.
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SPARKEVICIUS
Algimantas Sparkevicius, 71, of Las Cruces. Getz Funeral Home. St. Albert the Great Newman Center. Cremains will be inurned at the Newman Center Columbarium. Sparkevicius died Sunday.
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WEST

Charles F. West, 71, of Socorro. Steadman-Hall Funeral Home. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Burial at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Mancos, Colo. Died Saturday in Albuquerque.
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Thursday, July 11, 2002

BRANSON
Oscar Theodore Branson, 86, of Las Cruces died Tues. Survived by his wife, Maretha Branson. Cremation will take place and no services will be held. Graham Mortuary.
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DAVIET
Dr. Leslie Louis Daviet, 90 years, died July 10, 2002. Born Sept. 27, 1911 in a rural area outside Ludyvine, Lafourche Parish, La. He grew up in nearby Larose. At Tulane University, he met Lady Gay Robertson, daughter of Dr. Albert Sidney and Annie Belle Thomson Robertson, pioneers of Mesilla Valley. Dr. L. L. Daviet and Lady Gay Robertson were married May 7, 1935 at St. James Episcopal Church in Mesilla Park. Practiced medicine with Dr. Roger Pearson in Beaumont, TX for a brief period in 1936 and 1937. Through the urging of his father-in-law, Dr. Robertson, who expressed a great need for more doctors in the Mesilla Valley area, the young couple returned to Las Cruces, New Mexico. In June 1937, Dr. Daviet opened a general medical practice office. He established routine pre-natal care for expectant mothers. In addition, he offered a year of free wellbaby checks for all children he delivered. These services were uncommon before his practice. His practiced flourished with the joyous delivery of thousands of infants. He provided medical care for Las Cruces and the surrounding area for more than 40 years. He served on the New Mexico Board of Medical Examiners from 1950 to 1958, the 3rd District Health Board from 1950 to 1960, and as a member of the staff of Memorial General Hospital from 1950 to his retirement. He was the hospital's first Chief of Staff and served in that capacity several terms. He was also a member of the New Mexico Medical Society, serving on its council from 1956 to 1958. Although he discontinued his obstetrics practice in 1965, he continued his surgical activities until 1978 and general family practice until his retirement in 1980. For his contributions to the medical community, he has been listed frequently in "Who's Who" Southwest, U. S., and World editions. The only interruption to Dr. Daviet's career occurred from 1942 to 1945 when he was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant and promoted to Captain in the U. S. Army Air Corp. During World War II, he served as a flight surgeon in India and China. Dr. Daviet completed his life long goal of visiting every continent in the world in 1994. That year, he and his wife went to Antarctica. His passion, beyond his patients, was photography. He chronicled their travels well. His parents, Louis Etienne and Alice Valerie Guidroz Daviet and his wife, Lady Gay Robertson Daviet preceded him in death. Survivors include his only child, Leslie Louis Daviet 11, Robin Hunt Butler Daviet, his two grandsons Leslie Louis Daviet III and Gregory Thomas Daviet. Also survived by one sister, Sister Mary Beatrice, O.P. of the Dominican Mother House in New Orleans, Louisiana, and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Claude Etienne Daviet and his wife Helen of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Louis Etienne Daviet Jr. and his wife, Julie of Larose, Louisiana. Grahams Mortuary. Holy Cross Catholic Church. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
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HALE
Margery Roberta Hale, born Margery Reid December 17, 1925. Died June. Granddaughter of Margaret McEvoy Reid-Armor who perfected and bred prize winning Angora goats. Margery was a lifetime resident of Hillsboro, New Mexico. Two sisters, Gertrude Casey of Las Cruces, NM and Adeline Miller of Rodeo, NM. Children and Reid McGregor of Bakersfield, Calif., Kathleen Bustamante of Placitas, NM and Roberta Reid-Hale of Albuquerque, NM. Her ashes will be placed in Kingston, New Mexico in the Reid family plot.
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POLLOCK
Ruth Mary Cole Pollock, 84, of Las Cruces died Wednesday (July 10). Graham Mortuary.
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BACA
VALERIE M. BACA, 64, of Las Cruces, July 8, 2002 Born Oct. 12, 1937 in Cleveland, OH to Dale and Margaret Springer Bovard. Member of the Desert Writer's and was active in the Organ Mountain Co-op. Survivors: husband, Jose A. Baca; four sons, Sam Crutchfield of Castroville, Ca, Jack Crutchfield of Columbia, S. C., Jose Baca of Las Cruces and Francisco Baca of Ontario, CA. Preceded in death: parents; her first husband, John Crutchfield. Inurnment of cremains in Masonic Cemetery.
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FIELDS
Johnny H. Fields, 52, of Alamogordo, died Tues. July 9. Born Dec. 23, 1949 in Coolidge, AZ to Lindsey and Effie Harjo Fields. Survived: two sons and their mother John Isaac Fields of Albuquerque, Aaron Fields of Alamogordo, Anita Fields; brothers Darnell Fields of Hatch, Leo Chester Fields of Phoenix, AZ and Moses Fields of Trenton, NJ. Preceded in death: parents and a sister Frances Arrwood. Getz Funeral Home. Church of God in Hatch. Burial at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Hatch with full military honors.
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Saturday, July 13, 2002

TELLES
MARY J. TELLES, 73, of Las Cruces and formerly of Silver City died Tues. July 9. Born Sept. 27, 1928 in Alamogordo to Daniel and Anita Guerra Johnson. Survivors: two sons, Arthur John Telles of Las Cruces, Peter Telles of Tularosa; one daughter, Alice P. Franco of Las Cruces; two brothers, Pete Dan Johnson and Ralph G. Johnson; two sisters, Angelita J. Walters and Teresa G. Johnson all of Alamogordo. Preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Ruth McClarin; two brothers, Henry and Joseph Johnson. Cremation. Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and Parish, in Tortugas. Inurnment of cremains at a later date. Bacas Funeral Chapels.
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Sunday, July 14, 2002

HOWELL
Roy L. Howell, 82, of Las Cruces, died July 12. Born on Aug. 19, 1919 in Hannah, OK to F.F. and Mary Riddle Howell. Survived by his wife of 52 years, Isabel; daughters Linda Howell and Lauri Seward of Las Cruces, sister Elaine Smith of Albuquerque. Preceded in death: parents and stepmother, Susie J. Howell, brother, Raymond E. Howell and his sister, Pauline Wright. Army Air Corp. WWII in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. In1976 he was elected Probate Judge of Dona Ana County where he served two terms. He was a founding member of Dona Ana Daylight Lodge #78 AF & AM. He was also a 33 IGH member of the Las Cruces Scottish Rite Bodies, served as treasurer for over 20 years. Member of VFW Post 3242. Member of St. Pauls United Methodist Church for over 50 years. Graham's Mortuary. Fort Bliss National Cemetery
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LOZANO
Aurelia E. Lozano, 100, Deming resident, died Fri. in Lordsburg. Bacas Funeral Chapel. Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery. Born in San Ventura, Chihuahua, MX to Sixto and Virginia Lozano. Survived by Alicia Crow of Deming whom she raised; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2002

COLLINS
Grant Eugene Collins, 64, of Las Cruces. Baca's Funeral Chapels. Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery. Collins died Mon. at his home.
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Thursday, July 18, 2002

CHRISTENSEN
Richard G. Christensen, 49, of Las Cruces, died Fri. July 12, 2002. Born April 10, 1953 in CA. Holy Cross Catholic Church. Survivors by his parents Glenn and Marian Pratt Christensen of Beaver, UT; brothers John B. Christensen of Salt Lake City, UT; sister Janet M. Christensen of Oakland, CA. Getz Funeral Home.
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PARRA
Fernanda Maynes Parra, 87, of Deming. Baca's Funeral Chapel. St. Ann's Catholic Church. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery. Died Tues. Survivors: son, Rene Parra of Deming; daughters, Gloria Parra Quintana of Bayard and Mary Parra Bravo; brother, Armando Maynes, ; sister, Lucille Maynes all of Deming; Preceded in death by her husband, Pedro C. Parra.
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RIVERA
Raynaldo (Buffy) Rivera Jr., 34, died Sunday, July 14, 2002 at Las Cruces, cause of death was drowning. Born Nov. 14, 1967 to Raynaldo Sr. and Sharon Backman Rivera in North Platte, NE. Survivors, son Michael Raynaldo Rivera, his mother and stepfather, David and Sharon Sandoval, brother David (Manuela) Sandoval, grandmothers Lupe Madagame of Lincoln, Marcella Sandoval of Las Cruces. Preceded in death, father, brother and grandparents. Graham Mortuary Chapel. Cremated. Cremains will be buried at a later date in North Platte, NE.
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SINGLETON
Deborah Singleton, 51, Mesilla Park, Mon. July 15, 2002. Survivors: husband Dan Singleton, sons, Brian Singleton of Las Cruces, NM, P.J. Singleton, Travis Singleton, Casey Singleton and daughter Tracy Pedroncelli all of Mesilla., father James W. McRimmon, of El Paso, TX. Martin Funeral Home West. Memory Gardens of the Valley.
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Friday, July 19, 2002

COLLINS
Master Sergeant Grant Eugene Collins, US Army (Ret'd) age 64, of Las Cruces. Mon. July 15, 2002. Born Aug. 5, 1937 in Warrensburg, MO. to Leonard and Lucille Parks Collins. Vietnam Era.VFW Post 6917. Survivors: wife, Dorothy Collins; three sons, Tony and Grant Collins II of KS, Kevin Hungerford and wife Tomeka of Garland, TX; two daughters, Wanda Blake and husband Kenneth also of Garland, TX, Terri Hayes of Dallas, TX; two brothers, Garland Collins of Kent, WA, Norman Collins of North Chicago, IL; two sisters, Colleen Stone of Oceanside, CA and Elsie Tanker and husband Leroy of San Marcos, CA. Preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, William, Gale and Vernon Collins. Chapel of Baca's Funeral Chapels, Interment in Masonic Cemetery.
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HEATH, JR.
Roy Loyde Heath, Jr. 74. Born Sept. 4, 1928 in Omaha, NE to, Roy and Gerda Heath. Died July 16, 2002. Preceded in death by both parents and his sister, Sharron Brunton. Survivors: wife, Alta, daughter Heather Hitchcock of Abilene, TX; son Roy L. Heath III of Colorado Springs, CO; his brother Douglas Heath and his wife Darlene and their son Shawn of Las Cruces, Cremation. Graham's Mortuary.
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Sunday, July 21, 2002

GOMEZ
Dora D. Gomez, 57, of Mesquite, died Thur. July 18, 2002. Born May 16, 1945 in MX to Alfonso Duarte and Patrocinia Baltierez Duarte. Survivors: by her husband of 39 years Rene Gomez, sons Danny Gomez of Greeley, CO and Arturo Tudy Gomez of Las Cruces. Daughters Susie Gomez of Las Cruces and Alma Gomez of Mesquite, also by 2 brothers, 3 sisters. Burial at Masonic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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HOLLINGSWORTH
Michael L. Hollingsworth, 21, of Las Cruces. Graham Mortuary. Hollingsworth died Wed. Survivors: parents, Terry Hollingsworth and Donna ONeal; daughter, Brandy Hollingsworth; and son Brandon Hollingsworth.
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CAHILL
Jennette M. Cahill, 94 of Truth or Consequences. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Died July 16 at St. Josephs Hospital in Albuquerque. Survivors: sons, Robert Cahill, Gerard Cahill both of T or C., Richard Cahill of Westphil, Mass., John Cahill of Hurst, TX; sister, Dorothy Lee of Casper, WY. French Mortuary.
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GUERRERO
Ruben "the Joker" A. Guerrero, 24, of Las Cruces, died Tues. July 16, 2002 in Ft. Hood, TX. Stationed in Ft. Hood where he served our Country in the United States Army. Survivors wife Patsy, son Ruben Angel Guerrero, parents; Bobby Guerrero of Las Cruces and Cynthia Padilla of Phoenix, AZ, step-mother; Elva Guerrero, maternal grandparents Alfredo and Antonia Guerrero, paternal grand parents; Richard Johnson and Victoria Johnson all of Las Cruces, NM, brother; Eddie Guerrero of Albuquerque, sister Samantha Guerrero of Hurley; step-sister Valerie Ortega of Phoenix, AZ; mother-in-law Polly Garcia and stepfather Richard Padilla, both of Las Cruces, Getz Funeral Home Chapel. St. Genevieve1s Catholic Church. Burial with full military honors will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2002

FERNANDEZ
Ernesto Montenegro Fernandez, 42, of Hatch. Sun. July 21, 2002. Born Jan. 31, 1960 in Las Cruces, NM. Preceded in death, his father Ernesto Cuaron Fernandez in 1961. Survivors: by his mother, Emilia Montenegro of Hatch and his son Ernie Cuevas Fernandez Jr. of Las Cruces and one sister Patricia Beltran of Hatch. Our Lord of Mercy Catholic Church. Buried at Garden of Memories. Graham Mortuary.
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GALLEGOS
Elio A. Gallegos, 78 of Las Cruces. Fri. July 19, 2002. Born April 15, 1924 in Roy, NM to Polo and Eustasia Lopez Gallegos. Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church. Survivors: wife, Cruz Gallegos of Moongate; son, Luis A. Gallegos of Dalhart, TX; daughters, Laura Elia Armendariz of Denver, CO, Delfia Banuelos of Brighton, CO; brother, Macario Gallegos of Rock Fort, CO. Getz Funeral Home Chapel. Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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Wednesday, July 24, 200

BAIRD
Barbara K. Lindsey Baird, 56, of Las Cruces. July 19, 2002. Survivors: father; Thomas "Buster" Lindsay, Daughter; Rhonda & (Dave) Schaefer of Bloomfield, NM. son; Sherman & his fiancee (Denice) of Silver City, NM. Preceded in death by her mother Mary Blackmer in 1995. Graham Mortuary Chapel.
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CAMPOS
ALBERTO CABRERA CAMPOS, 88, of Las Cruces. Tues. July 23, 2002. Born March 21, 1914 in La Mesa de Guadalupe, Mezquitic, Jalisco, MX. Survivors: wife, Maria del Refugio Gallegos Campos; six sons, Lauro and Alberto G. Campos both of Las Cruces, Francisco and Moises Campos both of Zacatecas, MX, Ramon Campos of Visalia, CA and Isauro Campos of Concord, CA; three daughters, Elvira Campos of Visalia, CA, Maria de Jesus Campos of Aguascalientes, MX and Rosaura Campos of Las Cruces; one brother, Antonio Campos of Pasadena, CA; three half brothers, Guadalupe Campos of Reno, NV, Juventino and Salvador Campos both of Zacatecas, MX; three half sisters, Maria Auxilia Campos of Mexico City, MX, Carmen and Magdalena Campos both of Zacatecas, MX. Preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Juan Manuel Campos. Baca's Funeral Chapels, St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
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LEVARIO
Richard "Ricky" Escarsiga Levario, 52, of Fort Bayard died Fri. at Fort Bayard. Cremation Baca's Funeral Chapels, Silver City.
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LOZANO
Visitation for Francisco "Frank" M. Lozano, 88, of Hatch. Our Lord of Mercy Catholic Church in Hatch. Burial at Memory Gardens of the Valley Cemetery in Hatch. Died Sun. at Fort Bayard. Baca's Funeral Chapels, Silver City.
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Friday, July 26, 2002

BLACKWELL
Stanley Blackwell, 39, of Las Cruces, July 20, 2002. Survivors: wife Michelle, daughters: Ashley, Elizabeth and Devin all of the family home, son: Christopher of Virginia. Parents Stanley M. and Lola Blackwell of Albuquerque, a brother, Marcus, of Las Cruces and a sister, Staley Seidler. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.
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MAESE
Benjamin O. Maese, 88, Mesilla Valley. Died in T or C. Born April 15, 1914 in Mesilla to Concepcion and Cruz Maese. San Albino Catholic Church. Survivors by his children; Raymond B. Maese of Boston, MA, Gloria J. Maese of Las Cruces, Alice Maese of Albuquerque, NM, Kenny and Ben Maese both of Las Cruces; sister, Carlotta Gamboa of Las Cruces; his former wife, Emilia Maese of Las Cruces. Getz Funeral Home Chapel. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery with full military honors.
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FERDA
Steve R. Ferda Sr., 75, of Las Cruces,Graham Mortuary. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Burial at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Died Wed. Survivors include his wife Inge Ferda of Las Cruces; sons, Steve R. Ferda Jr. of Lafayette, LA, Mike Ferda of Brazito and Mark Ferda of Las Vegas, NV.
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JENKINS
Florence Irene Jenkins, 88, of Elephant Butte. French Mortuary. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso. Died Fri. in El Paso. Survivors include daughter Betty S. Jones of Elephant Butte; son Sidney F. Jenkins of Elephant Butte. Preceded in death by her husband, Orie Jenkins.
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SALCIDO
John M. Salcido, 70, of Chamberino. Bacas Funeral Chapels. St. Patricks Church in Canutillo. Salcido died Thurs. Survivors: wife, Dora Tellez Salcido of Chamberino; sons, Victor Salcido of El Paso, and John Salcido of Las Vegas, NV.; daughters, Margaret Salcido of Phoenix, AZ. and Christina Salcido of Chamberino; brother, Francisco Salcido of El Paso; sisters, Aurora Rocha of Canutillo, Josie Orozco of Pittsburg, CA. and Guadalupe Gonzales of Los Angeles, CA.
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Sunday, July 28, 2002

HERNANDEZ
Teresa "Terry" Hernandez, 51, of Las Cruces, died Tues. July 23, 2002. Born Feb. 21, 1951 in Morenci, AZ to Isidro and Eva Estrada. Survived by her brother; Ben Hernandez, uncles; Edward Estrada, David Hernandez and Gonzolo Hernandez, aunts; Erlinda Maese, Annie Jimenez and Eva Benavidez, friend; Getz Funeral Home. Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Tortugas, NM. Burial at the Tortugas Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.
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LA COME
ELVIRA V. LaCOME, 84, resident of Questa. Fri. July 26, 2002. Born June 20, 1918 in Peñasco to Edwardo and Piedad Pacheco Vigil. Survivors include four sons, Marshall LaCome of Salt Lake City, Utah; Paul LaCome of Questa; Donald LaCome of Questa; Clarence LaCome of Questa; a daughter, Gerry Ortega of Las Cruces. Preceded in death, husband, Juan Maria LaCome and infant son, Gerald LaCome, her parents, four brothers and one sister. St. Anthony's Parish in Questa. Burial at San Antonio Cemetery. Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home, Taos. & Baca's Funeral Chapels.*

PERRY
Della M. Perry, 86, of Las Cruces, Mon. July 22, 2002. Born May 3, 1916 in Scipio, OK to Mathew and Belle Kelly Middleton. Order of the Eastern Star. Survived by her two sons George Perry of Las Cruces and David Perry of Berthoud, CO. Getz Funeral Home Chapel. Della's cremains will be placed with her late husband Lloyd Perry at Masonic Cemetery.
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ROBERTS
JAMES CHARLES ROBERTS, 62, Sun. July 21, 2002. Born to Louis and Pauline Roberts of Brazito, NM. Survived by his family; Kirt and Christy Roberts of La Mesa, Cecil Roberts of Alaska and Rebecca and Tommy Amato. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.*

Monday, July 29, 2002

DANLEY
Bill I. Danley, 63, of Otero County, died Fri. July 26, 2002, in Alamogordo. Born Jan. 31, 1939 in Alamogordo. Survivors: four daughters, Ranell Bridges of Raleigh, NC, Starlyn Peacock of Houston, TX, Treva Gruda of Santa Fe, and Marnie Whitley of Tempe, AZ; his mother, Edwina Danley of Alamogordo; two sisters, Norma Nelson and Leona Matthews, both of Alamogordo. Preceded in death by his father, Connie H. Danley; and two brothers, Connie Edwin and Jim L. Danley. Interment in Monte Vista Cemetery. Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral, Alamogordo.*

TAFOYA
George C. Tafoya died on July 26, 2002 of Hillsboro. Born in Los Angeles, CA on Oct. 10, 1931, to Adolfo and Adela (Chavez) Tafoya. A resident of Hillsboro since 1932. Survivors: wife, Ellen Tafoya; his five sone, Rocky Tafoya of Las Cruces. Ricky Tafoya of Hillsboro, Ronnie Tafoya of Las Cruces; Randy Tafoya of Las Cruces, Robbie Tafoya of Las Cruces; daughter, Rosemary Marques of Las Cruces, brother, Raymond Tafoya of Los Angeles, CA; his three sisters, Josie Grijalva of Pecos; Priscilla Peterson of Roswell, Stella Caperton of Dallas, TX. Interment in Hillsboro Cemetery. French Mortuary of T or C.
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BEYER
Evelyn Staron Beyer died July 26, 2002. Born on Feb. 26, 1927 in Wartha-Frankenberg, Germany to Josef Karl Anton Staron and Elfriede Anna Milde. Mother of two daughters, JoAnn Beyer Koopman of Livermore, CA and Roberta Beyer of Albuquerque. Survived by her family and many friends here and in Germany.*

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

HUMPRIES
Keith J. Humphries, 95, of Las Cruces, died on Sun. July 21, 2002. Born June 19, 1907 in Retrop, OK to Eugene A. and Lucy Ann Harris Humphries. Married Gertrude Loomis in Las Cruces, N.M. in October of 1932. Published author in Southwestern Art History books and had numerous articles in New Mexico Magazine, Saturday Evening Post and the Las Cruces Sun-News. Survived by his daughter, Carol "Bunkie" H. Griffith, of Pittsburgh, PA; his sisters Anita Oliver of San Angelo, TX. Graham Mortuary.*

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

GARCIA
ARMANDO G. GARCIA, 64, of Las Cruces, Mon. July 29, 2002. Born Aug. 27, 1937 in Barstow, TX. Knights of Columbus Council #1226, the Elks Lodge #1119 and the Moose Lodge. Husband of Lydia Urquidi Garcia; father of James Garcia of Pueblo, CO, Jack Christopher, Jeffrey and Jason Garcia all of Las Cruces, Jennifer Merkins of Arvada, CO, Jacquelyn Yost of Los Alamos and Jessica Anz of San Antonio, TX; brother of Cheve Garcia, Tina Witt and Cruz Hodge all of Pecos, TX, Jesus Garcia and Dell Moore of Odessa, TX. Preceded him in death; two brothers, both named Emilio Garcia. One died in a house fire and the second died in Vietnam War. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.*

GARIBAY
MANUELA GARIBAY, 58 of Las Cruces, Mon. July 29, 2002. Born May 30, 1944 in Durango, MX. Survivors: husband, Leopoldo Garibay; sons, Agustin, Fernando and Guillermo Garibay all of Las Cruces; daughters, Maria Alvarez, Yolanda Escapita also of Las Cruces; brothers, Jesus and Pablo Hernandez of Denver, CO; sisters, Maximina Gutierrez, Gabriela Cepeda both of Denver, CO, Antonia Saenz of Las Cruces and ten grandchildren. Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Masonic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.*

KAVANAUGH
JEAN KAVANAUGH, 75, July 28, 2002. Born on Feb. 15, 1927 to Carl and Marion Bettinger in Milwaukee, WI. Preceded in death by her son, William Brandt. Survived by son Michael Brandt of Phoenix, AZ and daughter Kathleen of Des Moines, IA. Masonic Cemetery in Las Cruces.*

ONTIVEROS
RODOLFO M. ONTIVEROS, 63, of Las Cruces, Mon. July 29, 2002. Born Aug. 13, 1938 in Marfa, TX to Manuel and Isabel Montañez Ontiveros. Survivors: six sons, Rudy Ontiveros Jr. of Horsham, PA, Paul, Mike and Greg Ontiveros all of Las Cruces, Art Ontiveros of Portland, OR and Ricardo Ontiveros of Lafayette, LA; three daughters, Isabel, Linda and Alicia Ontiveros all of Las Cruces; one brother, Epimenio Ontiveros of Frontera, CA. Preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eva Ontiveros; one daughter, Lupita Ontiveros. St. Joseph's Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels and Baca's Mimbres Crematory.*

ROTH
Evelyn Morgan Roth, 69, died July 19, 2002 in Scottsdale, AZ. Born in Encino, NM. She grew up on ranches in central and eastern New Mexico acting as her father's right-hand man. She broke and trained horses. Survivors; son Norbert Roth of Las Cruces and daughter Nannet Roth of Hatch. Hatch Cemetery (Garden of Memories).*

Sunday, November 17, 2002

AHLGREN
Carl A. Red" Ahlgren, 86, of Las Cruces, died Wed, Nov. 13, 2002. Born Nov. 16, 1915 in Rockford, ILL to Nels and Ameli Ahlgren. Married Marion Berenice Loomer in July of 1938. He worked at Condon Brothers Greenhouse for many years before moving to Las Cruces, NM in 1949. Survived: sons; Richard J. Ahlgren of Jacksonville, FL and Carl R. Ahlgren and wife Anna of Albuquerque, NM; daughters Judy Martens and companion Rick Pierce of Radium Springs, NM and Patricia M. Routh and husband Wayne of Indialantic, FL; brother John R. Ahlgren and wife Mary of Rockford, ILL; sister Ruth Soter and husband Pete of Rockford, ILL. Preceded in death by his loving wife Marion Ahlgren; daughter Jane Eleanor Ahlgren and by 7 sisters. Getz Funeral Home.*

AYLETT
ELOIS AYLETT, 68, of Las Cruces, NM passed away on Thurs, Nov, 14, 2002. Born in Hatch, NM., Sept. 18, 1934 and lived in Las Cruces since 1960. Married Robert Charles "Bob" Aylett on Dec. 16, 1955 in Hatch, NM and they were married for 48 years. Survived by her husband, Robert Charles "Bob" Aylett; her daughter, Debbie Jury and husband Jeff, of Fresno, CA; son Robert Charles "Bob Junior" Aylett and wife Marlene; her mother Thelma Awalt and her brother, Bobby Allen Awalt and wife Jeannie, all of Oklahoma. Preceded in death by her father, Bob Henry Awalt and her sister, Maryann Carroll. Graham Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.*

JOHNSTON
Paul S. Johnston, Jr., age 59 years, died Nov. 14, 2002 at his home at White Sands Missile Range, NM, following a lengthy illness. Born June 24, 1943 in Claremore, OK to Paul S. and Sadye H. Kates Johnston. 1963 he married E. Lorene Cunningham in Juarez, Mexico. Survived by his wife, Lorene, his daughter, Celestia E. Mayasleca of Shoreline, WA, his son Paul S. Johnston III, of Las Cruces, NM, and one grandson, stepfather, Robert C. Pearce, and two stepbrothers. Preceded in death by his parents Paul S. Johnston and Sadye H. Johnston Pearce and grandparents, Hugh L. and Celestia E. Johnston of Hobbs, NM and William C. and Ruth E. Kates of Claremore, Oklahoma. He graduated from Roswell New Mexico High School in 1962. He earned a B.A. in Anthropology from New Mexico State University in 1989, graduating with honors. He was a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society. At the time of his death he was working on an Interdisciplinary PhD., worked as a journeyman welder and fitter early in his life. After health forced his retirement from this field, he returned to NMSU to continue his studies. He worked as a historical military archeologist specializing in Southwest history. Was instrumental in establishing the White Sands Missile Range Museum. Working with the White Sands Historical Foundation, designed and developed the museum. Volunteered hundreds of hours for the creation and maintenance of a website dedicated to finding loving homes for homeless animals for the Dona Ana Humane Society Animal Shelter and the White Sands Missile Range Veterinary Office. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Internment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Graham Mortuary.*

KANE
Ramona T. Kane, 49, of Federal Way, WA died Wed. Nov. 6, 2002 in Federal Way, WA. She was born November 3, 1953 in Las Cruces, NM to Cruz B. Tellez and Olivia S. Tellez. Ramona was a Professional Secretary. Survived by her two sons; Edwin Kane and Christopher Kane and their spouses, her parents, sisters Olivia T. Wright, Linda S. Tellez, Susie Morales, Sandra Sotelo all of Las Cruces. Mary Charleston of Colorado Springs, CO. Brothers Lano S. Tellez of Las Cruces, Gilbert S. Tellez and Ray S. Tellez both of Mesa, AR and Rick S. Tellez of Cumberland Gap, TN. Preceded in death by her brother J.C. Tellez in 1991. A funeral mass and rite of committal will be take place at a later date in Federal Way, WA. Getz Funeral Home.*

SCOTT
Evelyn S. Scott died November 14, 2002 in Fort Sumner, NM after a debilitating siege of Parkinson's disease. Living in Las Cruces since 1958. Born and raised in Cristobal Colon, Panama, and also lived in Lincoln, NE before settling in Las Cruces, NM. Survived by her three children, a son Michael Scott and wife Patti of Fort Sumner, NM, daughters JoAnne Jackson and husband Joe of Springer, NM and Sharon Marshall and husband Bill of Walhalla, SC., former husband George B. Scott of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by her sister Mrs. Anne S. Weldon formerly of Las Cruces. Interment at Masonic Cemetery in Las, Cruces, NM. Chavez Funeral Home of Fort Sumner. *

PRICHARD
James H. (Jimmie) Prichard, Jr., 91 years old, died Nov. 14, 2002 at La Posada, Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, NM. Born in Anson, Texas, Feb. 26, 1911, the Prichard family moved to Silver City, Territory of New Mexico in 1911 and at the age of 14, Jimmie moved with his family to Mesilla Park, N. M. Survived: wife, Cecile Mayfield Prichard, who he married in 1932 following a 4 year courtship. On March 16, 2002, Jimmie and Cecile celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Jimmie was an accomplished pianist who enjoyed performing for the First Baptist Church for over 40 years, the Las Cruces Lions Club for over 53 years, as well as many gatherings throughout the valley. Jimmie was honored to serve his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Dedicated member of the NMSU Aggie Booster Club for over 25 years, and was instrumental in the promotion to build the current Pan Am Center and the NMSU Football field. He was elected to public office as a Dona An County Commissioner and foresaw the need to pave Telshor BIvd. to encourage future growth of the city. The Prichard and Mayfield families were pioneer members of the First Baptist Church of Las Cruces, involved in the church at its inception. Jimmie was an American Legion Life Member, member of VFW Post 3242, and a Scottish Rite Mason at Aztec Lodge #3 AF&AM. Other survivors are his son, Dr. J.T. (Skip) Prichard, D.V.M. and his companion Samette Gilbert. Graham Mortuary.*

TINGEN
A prayer vigil for Keith Tingen, 22, of Las Cruces. Getz Funeral Home. Tingen died Saturday morning in Las Cruces. *         

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

ANDERSON
Memorial service for Rosemarie Anderson, 76, of Las Cruces will be Wednesday . Anderson died Oct. 31 at Mesilla Valley Hospice La Posada. Graham Mortuary.  *

PHILLIPS
John H. Phillips Jr. 82, of Las Cruces died Monday at University Terrace Good Samaritan Village. Getz Funeral Home. *

AGOSTO
Visitation for Maria "Trini" Agosto, 64, of Las Cruces at Getz Funeral Home. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Burial at Masonic Cemetery. Agosto died Monday. Survivors: husband Tomas R. Agosto of Las Cruces; sons, Rafeal R. Agosto, Tomas R. Agosto Jr. and Felix R. Agosto, all of Las Cruces; daughters Esther R. Agosto of Las Cruces, Ramona M.J. Agosto Rendon of Lordsburg and Conception "Trinidad" Agosto Hernandez of Fort Bliss, TX.*

ANDERSON
Memorial service for Leonora "Betty" Andersen, 71, of Las Cruces will be at Getz Funeral Home. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, CA. Anderson died Sat. at Las Cruces Nursing Center. Survivors: husband, Paul L. Andersen of Las Cruces; son, Ron Anderson of Hayward, CA. daughter, Brenda Ortega of Las Vegas, N.M.; and sister, Joyce Ries of Orolla, Mo.*

BYRNES
Dorothy Byrnes, 81, of Las Cruces died Tuesday at Memorial Medical Center. Services are pending with Graham Mortuary.*

CARPENTER
RAYFORD CLARENCE CARPENTER, 83, of Las Cruces, N. M. Nov. 17, 2002. Born September 18, 1919 in Mobile, AL to Col. Clarence Carpenter and Maude Davis Carpenter. Married Theresa Marei Gorney in Aug. 1959 in Monterey, MX. and served during WW II at Marblehead. Survivors: Theresa Marie Carpenter, his sisters Sarah Yano and Betty Koenig both of N. Y.; his children David Carpenter of Las Cruces; Ancel Carpenter of San Diego, CA; Billy Carpenter, of Homestead, FL; Jeanie Faye Carpenter and Susie Stigall (Ronnie) all of Davenport, IA; Mary Bustamante, of Las Cruces; Pauline (Mike) Johansen of Denver, CO; Kenneth (Blanca) Carpenter of Silver City, NM; Kelvin Carpenter, of Las Cruces; Lisa Liles of Dallas, TX; and Del Carpenter of Las Cruces, NM; and. Burial at Masonic Cemetery. Graham Mortuary.*

DAY
Graveside services for Frederic Leon Day, 63, of Las Cruces will be at Masonic Cemetery. Day died Nov. 11. Graham Mortuary. Survivors: wife, Sandra Day of Las Cruces; his children Mike Day of Carrolton, TX; Debbie Eads and Jack Day of Plano, TX; two grandchildren; stepchildren James Morgan and Stephanie Breen; and three step-grandchildren.*

LOPEZ 
Martha V. Lopez, 94, of Las Cruces, died Sun., Nov. 17, 2002. Born July 29, 1908 in Gomez Palacios, MX. Member of St. Genevieve's Catholic Church and was also a member of the 3rd Order of Franciscan Sisters. Survived: sons Marcelo Lopez and Sheri of Phoenix, AZ, Tony Lopez of San Ramon, CA, Juan Lopez and Ida and Richard Lopez and Linda all of Las Cruces; daughters Romana Padilla, Mary Enriquez and husband Joe all of Las Cruces; 22 grandchildren, 35 g-grandchildren, 5 g-g-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Juan Lopez; daughter Blasita Lopez and grandson Ricky Lopez. St Genevieve's Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.*

LOPEZ
Mary M. Lopez of El Paso died Sat. Nov. 16,2002. Born in Las Cruces on May 18,1923 to Amalio and Beatrice Marrufo. Member of St. Raphael Parish for 32 years. Preceded in death by husband Elias, son Louis, sister Evelyn Portillo, brothers Rudy and Edward, and great-grandson Joshua Trushaw. Survivors: son Henry and wife Mary Lu of Sacramento; daughter Virginia and husband Bill Trushaw. Burial at Fr. Bliss National Cemetery. *

PRATT
VIKKI PRATT, 45, of Las Cruces, died Nov. 16th, 2002. Survived by her mother and step-father, Betty and John Dolan, her father, Anthony Lane, her husband of 27 years, Merritt Pratt, her two children Jason and Suzanne Pratt, her two brothers, her Grandmother, Floye McDonald. Graham Mortuary.*

Thursday, November 21, 2002

ANDERSON
EDNA MILDRED ANDERSON, 76, of Las Cruces. Graham Mortuary. Burial at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery. Survivors: husband, Pastor Roy B. Anderson of Las Cruces; her children Paula Tayman of Las Cruces; Effie Saxe, of Minn., Jeff Anderson of Las Cruces, Mark Anderson, of CA. and Erica Van Arsdale of CO.*

BANEGAS
Prayer vigil for Jose P. Banegas, 92, of Las Cruces will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Getz Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at San Isidro Catholic Church. Banegas died Monday.*

CARROLL
Robert (Bob) Carroll, of Las Cruces, died Tue., Nov. 19, 2002. Born June 18, 1938 in Sipe Springs, TX to Garland and Mattie E. Carroll. Bob Carroll retired as Lieutenant Colonel from the New Mexico State Police after 25 years of service. Survived wife of 39 years Doris Carroll, daughter; Lori Evans and husband Bryan of Las Cruces, NM, two sons; Mark Carroll and wife Lisa of Longmont, CO and Dr. Lance Carroll of Bastrop, TX. He is also survived by two brothers Ronnie Carroll and wife Linda of Loving, NM and John Carroll of Lipan, TX one sister; Connie Baker and husband Billy of Loving, NM. Getz Funeral Home.*

CREAMER
Memorial service for Willie Mae Creamer, 91, of Deming at Baca's Funeral Chapel. Creamer died Tuesday at Mimbres Memorial Hospital. Survivors include son, Jack Creamer of Deming; daughter, Virginia Holman of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.*

FIERRO
Visitation for Basilisa Fierro, 85, of Las Cruces at Getz Funeral Home. Fierro died Monday.*

Saturday, November 23, 2002

HUNTER
Raymond Hunter, 81, of Mesilla Park died Fri., Nov. 22, 2002 at his home. Resident of Mesilla park for 11 years and was a retired manager of Sears automotive department. Married Clara Louise Schritter July 8, 1945 in Oklahoma City. Survived: wife Clara Hunter; his son Robert Hunter, and daughter, Dolores Johnson both of Las Cruces; brother Kenneth of Phoenix, AZ; and sister Cora of New York, 4 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild. Graham's Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory.*

KINDT
Arthur L, Kindt, Jr., 80, a resident of Las Cruces for over 40 years, died Mon., Nov. 18, 2002. Survived: daughters, Dana Ceconi and husband, Robert of Houston, TX, Karen Kindt of Dallas, TX and Linda R. Arellano and husband, Michael, of Peralta NM; grandchildren, Danielle Ceconi of Oklahoma City, OK, Chelsea A. Kindt and Aaron M. Arellano, both of Peralta; and sisters, Marilyn Bonney and husband, Robert of Westminister, CA and Carolyn Hauscrath and husband, Gordon of Luray, VA. Served in the U.S. Marines during WWII and the Korean Conflict where he was highly decorated. Active with Habitat for Humanity, he volunteered as a math tutor with high school students and. worked with the space program with the Apollo project. Cremation.*

LOZANO
Antonio "Tony" Aldaco Lozano, 71, of Organ. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Deming. Lozano died Wed. in Bayard. Baca's Funeral Chapels in Silver City. Survivors: wife, Norma A. Lozano of Organ; sons, Tony Lozano Jr. of Deming, Sammy Lozano of Houston, Roy D. Lozano of Tucson, AZ., and Arnoldo Armendarez of Mesa, AZ.; daughters, Rosemary D. Lozano of Goodyear, AZ., Sally Medina of Las Cruces, Diana Dominguez of Phoenix, AZ., and Sylvia Armendariz of Deming; brothers, Henry Lozano of Selah, WA., Manuel Lozano of Bayard and David Lozano of El Paso; sisters, Teresa Salas of Bayard, Dolores Ortiz of Santa Clara, Concha Dalton of Bakersfield, CA., and Margaret Lozano and Lupe Wilkey, both of Uba City, CA.*

Sunday, November 24, 2002

GARNER
RONALD "RONNIE" CURTIS GARNER, 37, of Denver, CO and formerly of Las Cruces died Nov. 21, 2002 at the University of Colorado Hospital after a short battle with Steven-Johnson's Syndrome. Born on April 24,1965 to Vertis Curtis Cochran and Billie J. Garner in Las Cruces. 1983 graduate of Mayfield High School. Ronnie had been living in the Denver Metro area since January of this year, and married Genevieve Bourgeois on October 5, 2002 in Las Cruces. Survivors: wife Genevieve, one daughter; Tiah M. Garner of Phoenix, AZ, his mother Billie J. Garner of Las Cruces, one brother; Stacey Garner of Phoenix, AZ, one sister; Olivia Garner of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Vera Mae Garner, his father Vertis Curtis Cochran, and his aunt Rosie D. Garner and uncle Charles E. Garner. Intermant at Masonic Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.*

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

ADKISSON
John A. Adkisson, 84, of Las Cruces died Sunday. Cremation will take place and no services are scheduled. Graham Mortuary. Survivors: children, Sandra J. Adkisson of Las Cruces and John A. Adkisson Jr. of Avondale, AZ.; and five grandchildren.*

MORA
PIEDAD ALARCON MORA, age 94, of La Mesa, died, Nov. 24, 2002. Born Feb. 5, 1908 in La Cruz, Chihuahua, MX. Preceded in death by her husband, Tranquilino Mora, with whom she pioneered the development of Stahman Farms in the early 1930's. Survivors: four sons, Guadalupe Mora and wife Socorro, Jesus Mora and wife, Emma, Oscar Mora and wife, Mary and Joe Mora and wife, Leticia; two daughters, Delia Madrid and Agueda Mora; one brother, Benigno Alarcon of Conchos, Chihuahua, MX., grandchildren and g-grandchildren. Interment in San Jose Cemetery. Baca's Funeral Chapels.*

ROARK
Margaret Eleanor Roark, 91, of Las Cruces died Monday. Services are pending with Graham Mortuary.*

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

BLACKMON
Mabel Billingsley Blackmon was born November 7, 1916 in Las Cruces. She was the sixth out of nine children born to Pleasant Billingsley and Anna Williams Billingsley. Her father passed when she was nine years old and didnt start school until she was twelve. She cleaned hotel rooms for fifty cents a day, yet she had determination that took her from being a first grader at the age of twelve to receiving an undergraduate degree and becoming a bilingual elementary school teacher for Washington Elementary School. Later on, went back to school and received her Masters Degree in Spanish. After, she retired as a public school teacher. Taught English to Mexican inmates at the New Mexico Federal Prison. She was married to Will Tom Blackmon. Married for 56 years when he passed in 1994. Her husband, Will Tom Blackmon; her parents, Pleasant and Anna Billingsley and her sisters and brothers, Patience Harrison, Evelyna Bradford, Ambrose Billingsley, Smith Billingsley, Merdest Bradford, Edward (Bill) Billingsley, Gertrude Howlett and Robert (Bob) Billingsley all preceded her in death. Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, May Evelyn Snowden, her son-in- law, Charles Snowden, Sr., of Pittsford, New York. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.*

MORRISON
Jessie A. Morrison, 92, of Las Cruces died Nov. 23, 2002. Born August 02, 1910 in Hall Summit, LA to Matt and Blanch C. Allums. Jessie was always interested in education and attended college when that was not a popular option for women, then she taught elementary school for several years. After marriage, she devoted herself to being a homemaker and wife. Jessie and her husband were lifelong fans of the Dallas Cowboys. Survived by one son Kent and wife Pat Morrison of Las Cruces, NM one daughter Floy Phillips and Husband Lew of Cortez, CO and Daughter in-law Nancy Morrison of Los Alamos, NM. Preceded in death by her husband Luther Claude Morrison and son Jerry Morrison.  Burial at Hillcrest Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.*

Thursday, November 28, 2002

SPEER
Ruth Dorbandt Speer (84) died in Las Cruces on Nov. 24, 2002. Survived: husband John D. Speer, brother Robert L. Dorbandt and wife Isabella, and daughter Christine Ware Ramsey and husband Ross, all of Las Cruces. Ruth is the beloved grandmother of Rex Ramsey and wife Michele of Las Cruces, Heather Ruffner and husband Daniel of Mesa, AZ, and Holly Garcia and husband Ruben of Cypress, TX. Preceded in death by her parents Charles and Clara Dorbandt of Rincon, NM, her husband Bill Ware of Hatch, NM, and her husband E. T. Branham of San Angelo, TX. Ruth was born in El Paso, Texas, on February 22, 1918 and spent her growing up years in El Paso, Rincon and Hatch. She served as Postmistress of the Rincon Post Office before becoming Secretary to the Superintendent and Business Manager of the Hatch Municipal School District. She was very active in community affairs whether that community was Rincon, Hatch or Las Cruces, NM, Vernon, San Lifelong member of the Order of Eastern Star, of Delta Kappa Gamma, of PEO. Garden of Memories Cemetery in Hatch, NM. Getz Funeral Home.*

Friday, November 29, 2002

CISNEROS
Visitation for VICTOR I. CISNEROS, 18, of Las Cruces. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Cisneros died Tuesday in Las Cruces. Bacas Funeral Chapels. Survivors include his parents Luis and Lydia Cisneros, sister; Gabriela Cisneros and one brother; Luis Cisneros Jr.., all of Las Cruces; maternal grandparents Ignacio and Gabriela Salcido. *

FERNANDES
Rev. Father Roque S. Fernandes, July 15, 1937 Nov. 26, 2002. A very holy, faithful, Catholic Priest has gone. Many came for miles just to attend his Masses and learn from his sermons. Survived by his brother Peter, Peter's wife Jessie, nephew Ben and niece Rachelle of Elmhurst, New York. His brother Lawrence and family of Goa, India as well as many friends who loved him in El Paso, Las Cruces, San Jose de Picacho and White Sands Missile Range. Internment will take place on Saturday, November 30, 2002 at 10:30 AM, at Saint Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Elmhurst, New York by Bishop Valero.*         

GUZMAN
Visitation for EDWARD A. GUZMAN Sr., age 78 of Las Cruces will at Bacas Funeral Chapels. Burial in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Guzman died Wednesday . Survivors: wife, Esther V. Guzman of Las Cruces; sons, Edward V. Guzman Jr. of Las Cruces and Richard F. Guzman of Truchas; daughter, Sylvia G. Corona of Las Cruces and a sister, Jovita Turner of Chula Vista, CA.; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. *         

Saturday, November 30, 2002

BLYSTONE
Mary Rose Blystone age 78 of Las Cruces died Nov. 27, 2002. Born on May 8, 1924 in Pawhaska, OK. Retired from El Paso Electric Company and was a member of Eastern Star. Survivors: husband of 27 years, Edward; son, Richard A Hays and wife Nylla of Las Cruces; granddaughter, Tanya Rucker of Las Vegas, NV; grandson, Byron Hays of Las Cruces and one great-grandson. Other family survivors include step-sons, Robert Blystone and wife Donna of San Antonio, Kenneth Blystone and Sandra of El Paso, TX; three grandsons; four great-grandchildren. Getz Funeral Home.*

MESSIER
A good friend and one of Santas helpers, was called to from our heavenly father on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002. Ernest C. "Wishbone" (as he was fondly known by his extended family and friends). Messier was born on January 1, 1924 in Concord, New Hampshire to Ernest C. and Mary Louise Messier. Wishbone then entered into the armed forces in 1942. Served in both the Army and Air Force, retiring in 1971 as a Staff Sergeant with the Army. Served in WWII and the Korean Conflict. Member of the Eagles, Elks and VFW., no immediate family. Ft. Bliss National Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.*

MONTANO
DEAN "DINO" MONTANO, 31, of Las Cruces died Nov. 23, 2002. Born October 18, 1971 in Deming to Daniel C. Montano and Alice B. Rodriguez. Survivors: daughter Mary Alice Montano of Albuquerque, father Daniel C. Montano; mother Alice B. Rodriguez, both of Las Cruces, two brothers; Daniel Montano Jr. and his wife Letty of Las Cruces and Jasper Montano of Phoenix, AZ. two sisters; Maria Lisa Montano and Monica Montano both of Las Cruces. Interment in Mountain View Cemetery in Deming. Bacas Funeral Chapels.*

VALDEVIT
Aileen J. Valdevit of Las Cruces, N.M., a devoted and beloved mother, sister, daughter, died, Nov. 24. A lifelong student of knowledge, beauty, and wisdom, Aileen was also an eclectic, accomplished artist. She played piano and guitar, worked with charcoals and painted in watercolors. She was a passionate, starry-eyed poet who loved to walk in nature and quote verse. Aileen was a teacher for 30 years and her legacy lies within the innumerable individuals she touched, including her two children Boris Valdevit, 39, of Las Cruces, and Tashya Valdevit, 33, of NY.*

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