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Gilbert Estrada Sera Jr. 
Gilbert "Bubba" Estrada Sera Jr., 49, a resident of Santa Clara, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000. 
He was born in Deming to Gilbert Saavadra and Catalina Estrada Sera on April 9, 1950. 
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Cremation will follow. 

Carmen A. Lucero 
Carmen A. Lucero, 85, longtime Deming resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, in Lewood, Calif. Cremation has taken place. 
A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann's Catholic Church. A graveside service will follow after the Mass at the Mountain View Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Catanach officiating. 

Joe Howard Craig 
Joe Howard Craig, 84, a resident of Albuquerque for nine years, a former resident of Deming, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999. 
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Mountain View Cemetery with the Rev. Darrell Witmer officiating. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 712 Wyoming Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. 
He is survived by his son, John Craig, and his wife, Carolyn, of Littleton, Colo.; three daughters, Sherry L. Eason and Colleen M. Shroyer, both of Long Beach, Calif., and Heyla Bingham and her husband, Craig, of Albuquerque; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Mae Wood of Deming; and many nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma L. Craig in 1997; and daughter, Treda M. Hadley in 1983. 
Craig was interested in railroad history and was an avid railroad modeler, as was his father before him. 
A professional model builder for Hughes Aircraft Co. in California, Craig had some of his models displayed at the Smithsonian Museum. 

Sara Madge Owens 
Sara Madge Owens, 65, former Deming resident, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. 
Cremation will take place, and a memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Carl Zimmerman officiating. 
Owens was born May 21, 1934, in Grand Forks, N.D., to Paul and Mary Owens. She attended Park College in Parkville, Mo., Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She was a member of the Acacia Chapter No. 12 of the Order of Eastern Star in Grand Forks. 
She came to Deming in 1967 and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she had served as elder and was a longtime member of the church choir. She had lived in Las Cruces the last two years and was a resident at Las Cruces Nursing Center, where she served as president of the residents council. 
Owens is survived by a brother, Paul Robert Owens of Larkspur, Colo.; three nephews, Robert, Sean and Michael Owens; grandnephew Jean-Christopher Owens and grandniece Camille Owens. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Margaretta Owens. 
Baca's Funeral Chapels is in charge of arrangements.

SNIDER: Bert Meader Snider Jr., 78, of Seattle, formerly of Silver City, passed away Saturday, Dec. 2, in Seattle. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday in Seattle and burial will be at sea from a submarine. Mr. Snider was born Feb. 24, 1922, in Silver City. He was the son of Bert Meader Snider Sr. and Lillian Garner Snider. He was married to his wife, LaVelle, for 53 years. He is survived by his wife; a sister, Mary Agnes Snider of Silver City; a niece; and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his only child, Bert Meader Snider III. Mr. Snider grew up in and attended schools in Silver City. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when he was a sophomore at New Mexico State Teachers College. He served 30 years in the Navy, 27 of those years in the submarine division. While in the Navy, he served in the South Pacific. After he retired from the Navy, he went back to college in Seattle and graduated with an engineering degree. Mr. Snider then went to work for the telephone company in Washington, where he worked until he retired. Mr. Snider was past president of the Eagles Lodge in Port Orchard, Wash., and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

VEGA: Julio C. Vega, 89, a lifelong resident of Grant County, entered into eternal rest Thursday, Nov. 30, in Silver City. A prayer vigil will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Baca's Funeral Chapels, with Father Virgilio Flores leading in prayer. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Bayard. Interment and committal services will follow at Santa Clara Cemetery. Mr. Vega was born June 19, 1911, to Eraclio Vega and Sotera Cuevas in Pinos Altos. He married Juanita A. Vega in 1963. Mr. Vega was retired from Don Berry Construction Co., where he was a carpenter for 25 years. He also worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for several years, and had worked at mostly all the area mines. Mr. Vega was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. He was a very special person and touched many lives. He will be deeply missed by all his family and friends. Mr. Vega is survived by his daughters, Julia V. Artiaga of Bayard, Gloria Vega of Santa Clara, and Priscilla Parra and her husband, Alberto, of Silver City; numerous nephews and nieces; 20 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita A. Vega; parents, Eraclio and Sotera Vega; brothers, Locario Vega, Isidoro Vega and Juan Vega; a sister, Simona Vega; a nephew, Lorenzo Alvarado; a niece, Sotera Arrey; and a son-in-law, Antonio M. Artiaga. Serving as casket bearers will be Louis Ortiz, Ronnie Placencio, Frank Vega, Raymond Vega, Jesus Vega and David Vega. Honorary bearers are the rest of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.

GOMEZ: Enrique P. "Hank" Gomez Jr., 33, a lifelong resident of Silver City, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock. Visitation was to begin at 12:30 this afternoon at Glad Tidings Church, where the funeral services were to be held at 2 p.m. Concluding services and interment followed at Santa Clara Cemetery. He was born Sept. 5, 1967, to Enriquez P. Gomez Sr. and Angela Padilla in Los Angeles. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping and fishing. He served in the U.S. Army. What he considerd his greatest moments was the quality time he spent with his children. He loved them dearly and they brought nothing but brightness to his life. Survivors include his wife, Melody M. Gomez; his father, Enriquez P. Gomez Sr., and his wife, Ramona, of Silver City; his mother, Angela Padilla of Las Vegas, Nev.; a son, Enrique P. Gomez III, and a daughter, Cheyenne Gomez, both of Silver City; brothers, Jimmy Garcia of Silver City, Michael Padilla of Las Vegas, Nev., Joseph Gomez of Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Titus Turrey of Santa Clara; sisters, Sophia and Jeannette Gomez of Las Vegas, Nev., Patricia and Josie Placencio of Silver City, and Julie Ewer and her husband, Larry, of Phoenix; his grandmother, Cyrilda Gomez of Santa Clara; a brother-in-law, Lee Marland Brewer of Hurley; and a sister-in-law, Molynda Brewer of Silver City. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Andres Gomez II, in 1965; a great-grandmother, Petra Vera, in 1985; a cousin, Robert Ramirez Jr., in 1984; an uncle, Andres Gomez III, this year; and a grandfather, Carpio Padilla. Casket bearers were Jimmy Garcia, Andres Gomez IV, Daniel Gomez, Joseph Gomez, Edward Ramirez and Pete Salas Jr. Serving as honorary bearers were Larry Ewer, Victor Nañez, Stanley Chitwood and Bobby Ramirez. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Gomez's name may be made at AmBank. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.

CABRAL: Louis Cabral, a resident of Redrock, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, after a brief illness. He was 92 years old. He was one of the original members of the Cowboy's Turtle Association and had been a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association since its founding. As a teamster and stunt rider, he did motion picture and circus work, and worked on commercials. His most popular act was Roman jumping three horses over a flaming hurdle. He remained active as a horseman and rancher until his illness. Services are to be held in Hollister, Calif. Memorials may be made to The Tabossa Belles Scholarship Fund, in care of Clyda Frazier at Western Bank in Lordsburg. Lordsburg Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

MOLINA: Refugia M. "Cuca" Molina, 89, passed away Sunday, Nov. 26, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Artesia. Cremation has taken place. The prayer vigil will begin at 7 this evening at Bright Funeral Home, with Father Dan Porter reciting. The memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Newman Center, with Father Marcos Reyna officiating. Mrs. Molina was born July 4, 1911, in Shafter, Texas. She was the daughter of Nieves Muñoz and Au-gustina Rodriguez Muñoz. She married Canuto G. Molina on May 12, 1934, in Mogollon. Mrs. Molina is survived by four children, Ramona Silva and her husband, Miguel, of Deming, Robert Molina and his wife, Connie, of Santa Clara, Olivia Salas and her husband, Damas, of Silver City, and Sammy Molina and his wife, Katie, of Hurley; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sisters, Beta Arzaga of Silver City, and Mena Carrasco and her husband, Jesus, of Cashion, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews, including her nephew Manuel Sierra, who made his home with her for some years. She was preceded in death by her husband, on June 1, 1960; three daughters, Elodia, Refugia and Delores Molina; and her parents. Mrs. Molina was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and gardening. Her hobbies included playing bingo, card games and caniquita with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles. She loved music and visiting friends and relatives. She was a loving mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. Her favorite memories were the holiday gatherings of her family. She was a Roman Catholic and attended St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Prior to her death, she resided with her granddaughter, Rita Molina, in Artesia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Samaritan Nursing Home, 1402 Gilchrist, Artesia, NM 88210-1134 or Vista Care Family Hospice, 601 N. Canal, Carlsbad, NM 88220. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

GOMEZ: Enrique P. "Hank" Gomez Jr., 33, a lifelong resident of Silver City, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock. Visitation will be Monday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Glad Tidings Church. The funeral services will follow at the same location, with interment and committal services following at Santa Clara Cemetery. He was born Sept. 5, 1967, to Enriquez P. Gomez Sr. and Angela Padilla in Los Angeles. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping and fishing. He served in the U.S. Army. What brought him the most happiness was the quality time he spent with his children. He loved them dearly and they brought nothing but brightness to his life. Survivors include his father, Enriquez P. Gomez Sr., and his wife, Ramona, of Silver City; his mother, Angela Padilla of Las Vegas, Nev.; a son, Enrique P. Gomez III, and a daughter, Cheyenne Gomez, both of Silver City; brothers, Jimmy Garcia of Silver City, Michael Padilla of Las Vegas, Nev., Joseph Gomez of Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Ti-tus Turrey of Santa Clara; and sisters, Sophia and Jeannette Gomez of Las Vegas, Nev., Patricia and Josie Placencio of Silver City, and Julie Ewer and her husband, Larry, of Phoenix. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Andres Gomez II, in 1965; a great-grandmother, Petra Vera, in 1985; a cousin, Robert Ramirez Jr., in 1984; an uncle, Andres Gomez III, this year; and a grandfather, Carpio Padilla. Casket bearers will be Jimmy Garcia, Andres Gomez IV, Daniel Gomez, Joseph Gomez, Edward Ramirez and Pete Salas Jr. Serving as honorary bearers are Larry Ewer, Victor Nañez, Stanley Chitwood and Bobby Ramirez. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.

MONTOYA: Reyes C. Mon-toya, 75, a lifelong resi-dent of Silver City, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Gila Regional Medical Center. Calling hours are from 4-6 p.m. to-day at Baca's Funeral Chapels. The prayer vigil will begin at 6, led by Deacon Bill Holguin. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated Friday at 10 in the morning at St. Francis Newman Center Parish, with Father Marcos Reyna officiating. The rite of committal and interment will follow at Fort Bayard National Ceme-tery. He was born May 11, 1925, in San Lorenzo to Tomas E. and Luigarda (Chavez) Montoya. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II from 1944-46. He married his wife of 57 years, Ramona Hill, on Oct. 31, 1943. He was retired from the Civil Service. He is survived by his loving wife, Ramona, of the family home; son, Armando Montoya of Las Cruces; three daughters, Priscilla Tafoya and husband, Albino, of Tucson, Ariz., Sally Ortega of Albuquerque, and Susan Gutierrez and husband, Gilbert, of Tijeras; and three brothers, Don C. Montoya and wife, Della, of Deming, Thomas Montoya of Albuquerque, and Augustine Quintana and wife, Angelia, also of Albuquerque. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Reyes Holguin and wife, Pam, Michelle Holguin, Denise and companion, Mario Duarte, Brenda and companion, Anthony Polanco, Joseph "J.D." Ortega, Tanya and Sonia Gutierrez, and Armando Montoya Jr.; 10 great-grandchildren, Reyna and Marissa Holguin, Mathew and Alyssa Belmont, and Sylvia, Jordine, Ashley, A.J., Adonis and Bianca Ortega; and 24 godchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Hermineo Montoya and Manuel Quintana. Cas-ket bearers will be Arthur "Tudy" Sierra, Jano Aguilar, Reyes Holguin, Randell Montoya, Joseph "J.D." Ortega and George Mesa. Honorary bearers are the rest of his grandchildren, family and friends. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.

GROBL: Richard L. Grobl, 85, of Silver City passed away Monday, Nov. 27, in Silver City Care Center. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. today at Bright Funeral Home. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with Father Rod Nichols officiating. Interment will be in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Grobl was born July 26, 1915, in Chicago. He was the son of William Grobl and Mary Sieger Grobl. He married Violet Behounek on Feb. 24, 1940, in Cicero, Ill. Mr. Grobl is survived by his wife, Violet; one son, Lawrence "Rick" Grobl of Pinos Altos; and one sister, Teresa Keenan of Phoenix. Mr. Grobl was a photo engraver. He enjoyed photography, woodworking and cabinetry. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MULCHAHEY: Alice Marie Mulchahey, 84, of Silver City passed away Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Silver City Care Center. She was born in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 11, 1916, and later moved to El Paso, Texas, where she met and married Henry Raymond Mulchahey in 1955. They moved in 1976 to Mimbres, where they built a trilevel home overlooking the valley. Mrs. Mulchahey was employed as a secretary for Southern Pacific Railroad for many years. She raised German shepherd dogs and was a judge for American Kennel Club shows. She was a member of the Eastern Star. A private burial service will be held Sunday in Mimbres. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, in 1982, and by a daughter, Marie, in 1944. She is survived by three stepchildren. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.


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