Miscellaneous Luna County, New Mexico Obituaries
|DRUMMOND: Jerry Lee Drummond, 31, of Silver City passed
away Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Gila Regional Medical Center. Funeral services
will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bright Funeral Home, with Mr.
Duane Springer officiating. Interment will be in Memory Lane Cemetery.
Mr. Drummond was born June 10, 1969, in Vietnam. He was the son of Patrick
Lee Drummond and Mai Thi Nguyen Drummond. He married Tina Marie Jayne on
July 1, 1999, in Silver City. He is survived by his wife, Tina; his parents,
Pat and Mai Drummond; one sister, Susie Drummond of Montana; his mother-in-law,
Randi Jayne of Tularosa; a brother-in-law, Tony Jayne, and his wife, Melissa,
of Deming; and numerous other relatives. Mr. Drummond grew up in Tyrone
and attended schools in Silver City, graduating from Silver High School
in 1987. He worked with the U.S. Forest Service during the summer. He attended
Western New Mexico University, studying drafting and biology. He worked
at the Video Stop for about 10 years as a sales clerk, and repaired videos
and VCRs. Mr. Drummond was very good at repairing and installing electronic
equipment. He enjoyed carpentry, building several pieces of furniture
for his home. He loved to fish and golf, and to be outdoors. He loved to
play golf with his friends at Scott Park. Mr. Drummond was a very kindhearted
man who loved to work and never complained about anything. Contributions
may be made in memory of Jerry Drummond to the American Heart Association,
2403 San Mateo, N.E., Suite W-14, Albuquerque, NM 88110. Bright Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.
KIRKS: Charles R. Kirks Jr., 66, a resident of Tyrone, entered into eternal rest Monday, Feb. 26, at the family home. He was born April 20, 1934, in Norwich, Conn., to Charles and Mildred (Hagstrom) Kirks Sr. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-55 during the Korean conflict. He married his wife, Charlotte Randall, in 1956 in California. He retired as a loan manager for a finance company, then moved into this area in 1991, coming from California. Mr. Kirks is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte, of the family home; his parents, Charles and Mildred Kirks Sr.; a son, James Kirks, and wife, Debbie, of Farmington; and a sister, Elane Grand of Palm Springs, Calif. He is also survived by two grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and private inurnment will take place at Fort Bayard National Cemetery at a later date. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.
DAVIS: Josephine E. Davis, 59, of Silver City passed away in Gila Regional Medical Center on Sunday, Feb. 25. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Pete Merlo officiating. Interment will be in Memory Lane Cemetery. Mrs. Davis was born March 22, 1941, in Winona, Mo. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bland. She married Clyde R. Davis on Jan. 7, 1962, in Laramie, Wyo. She is survived by her husband, Clyde; two sons, Rocky Alcorn and his wife, Grace, and Clifford Alcorn and his wife, Rose, all of Silver City; three sisters, Dorothena Douglas and her husband, Frank, Pearl Howard, and Janie Hewitt and her husband, Tinker, all of Winona; one brother, Roy Bland, also of Winona; six grandchildren, Clinton and Tyrell Carson of Denver, and Taylor, Ellania, Ashley and Robbin Alcorn, all of Silver City; and one great-grandchild, Savanna Grace Carson of Denver. Mrs. Davis was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MARTINEZ: Abran Martinez, 58, a lifelong resident of Lordsburg, passed away Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Visitation will begin at 6:30 Thursday evening at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where the prayer vigil will start at 7 that same evening. Mass of the resurrection will be celebrated Friday morning at 10 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with Father Tony Clark, pastor, officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow at Shakespeare Cemetery. He was born Jan. 15, 1943, in Lordsburg to Jose and Manuela De La Rosa Martinez. He attended Lordsburg schools. He was a 1961 graduate of Lordsburg High School. In July of the same year, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving four years. After the Navy, he worked at Phelps Dodge Corp. for 12 years. He later was a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Lordsburg for seven years. Mr. Martinez was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Martinez of Lordsburg; three sons, Greg Martinez and his wife, Kari, of Lordsburg, Joey Martinez of Albuquerque, and Anthony Martinez and his wife, Bernadette, of Tucson, Ariz.; three daughters, Alice Alvarez and her husband, Raymie, of Tucson, Jackie Zenner and her husband, Michael, of Tempe, Ariz., and Nellie Martinez of Lordsburg; three brothers, Ernesto Martinez and his wife, Corrinne, Rey Martinez and his wife, Lorrie, of Lordsburg, and Manuel Martinez and his wife, Gloria, of Anaheim, Calif.; one sister, Adelia Verdugo, and her husband, Chilo, of Lordsburg; 11 grandchildren, Raymie Alvarez Jr., Manuel, David, Elizabeth and Emily Alvarez, Nicole, Marcus, Bo, Ashley and Katie Martinez, and Alyssa Chavez; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends. Pallbearers will be Hector Molina Jr., Jimmy Molina, Tommy, Danny, Brian and Joseph Martinez, Frank Acosta Jr., Daniel Galvan and Raymond Arcariz. Honorary bearers are Joey, Anthony, Greg, Joe, Rey and Manuel Martinez, Michael Zenner and Timmy Holguin. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Deming.
GARCIA: Manuela Murillo Garcia, 80, of Silver City passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, in Silver City Care Center. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, with Father Rod Nichols officiating. Interment will be in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery. Mrs. Garcia was born March 30, 1920, in Silver City. She was the daughter of Gustavo Garcia and Francisca Murillo Garcia. She is survived by three nieces, Celia Valenzuela and her husband, David, of Surprise, Ariz., Clara Grando of Lordsburg, and Theresa Sanchez of Tucson, Ariz.; and four nephews, Severo Granado and his wife, Kathy, of Mesa, Frankie Granado and his wife, Mary, of Silver City, Jose Luis Murillo Jr. and his wife, Lummie, of Lawndale, Calif., and Armando Murillo and his wife, Carmen, of Carson, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Severo Granado and Jose Luis Murillo. Mrs. Garcia grew up in Silver City and attended schools here. She worked many years at Emillo's as a bartender. She never had children of her own, but she loved her nieces and nephews as her own. She always enjoyed life to the fullest and made many friends. She will be missed by her family and many friends. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
EVERARD: Robert George Everard, 85, a resident of Silver City, entered into eternal rest Monday, Feb. 19, at Silver City Care Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 in the afternoon at Baca's Funeral Chapels, with Mr. Dale Rogers officiating. Private interment will take place at a later date. He was born in Silver City on July 4, 1915, to George and Minnie Everard. He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from August 1942 to February 1946. He worked as a real estate and insurance agent most of his life. Mr. Everard is survived by his daughter, Valerie Hopkirk of San Jose, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Donald Hopkirk and wife, Cyndi, of Oakhurst, Calif., Robert Hopkirk of San Jose, Tamara Smith and husband, Byron, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Tanya Everard of Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bette Everard, in 1995, and son, Roderick Everard, this year. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Grant County Unit, P.O. Box 1943, Silver City, NM 88062. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.
MONTOYA: Andres S. Montoya, 72, a resident of Santa Fe, entered into eternal rest this morning at Fort Bayard Medical Center. Arrangements are pending. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels.
KONOPAK: John "Jack" O'Brien Konopak, son and only child of Farona G. and Lothar T. Konopak, died peacefully Friday, Feb. 16, at the family home in Nambe. He was 81. He is survived by his four children and their families, John, currently of Nambe, and his wife, Bonnie, of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Joan Eng and husband, Christopher Eng, both of Silver City, and their two sons, Nils Eng and wife, Robin, of Albuquerque, and Eric Eng and wife, Barbara, of Silver City; Cary Ann Dirlam and husband, Gordon Dirlam, of Santa Fe; and Peter and his wife, Kathleen, of Ridgecrest, Calif., and their sons, John Peter and Andrew. He was born in Heaton, N.M., in December 1919, and grew up in Santa Fe and in Toledo, Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1941. Mr. Konopak graduated from Kenyon College in 1942, and was commissioned ensign in January 1943. Also in January 1943, he married the former Joan Pace of Chicago, whom he met in college. He served for the duration as a seagoing officer aboard a destroyer in the Pacific Theater and was ranked lieutenant at his separation in 1945. After the war, he and Mrs. Konopak began their family in Chicago, where he worked first in sales, then in insurance and the transportation industry. The family moved in 1950 to Lakewood, Ohio, where he again worked in the insurance industry, until returning to New Mexico in 1962. Then, in cooperation with a lifelong friend, John Dendahl Sr., he launched what was probably Santa Fe's first "merchandise boutique," The Linen Shop, on San Francisco Street. During this period, he was active in Rotary and he was invited to join Quien Sabe, a men's social club. Later, he became a small-business operator in the Pojoaque Valley, establishing first a feed- and ranch-supply store, then opening the valley's first coin-operated laundry. In August 1968, Mr. Konopak joined the faculty of Pojoaque High School, where he remained until retiring in May 1985. A former colleague recalled that he "could not remember ever seeing Jack without a book in one hand and a cigarette in the other." He found constant and enduring pleasure over the years in frequent encounters with former students across New Mexico and the whole Southwest. He was said by former students to have been a tough but fair teacher. He was a member of the Pojoaque chapter of the National Education Association and served one term as chapter president. He was also a member of the Pojoaque Valley Volunteer Fire Department from 1962 until 1980. His post-retirement career consisted of numerous and various civic, cultural, and volunteer activities, including the American Red Cross, the Humane Society, the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and Literacy Volunteers of America. He also had ties with state and private museums in Santa Fe. He was a board member and docent of the Friends of Bandelier, and he, also, with Mrs. Konopak, managed the Blue Gem Shop in La Fonda between 1986 and 1990. His remains will be interred, with the remains of his wife of 57 years, in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at La Iglesia de la Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Pojoaque. A reception will follow at the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Los Alamos, the Humane Association of Santa Fe (or local animal shelters), the American Red Cross, or the Friends of Bandelier.
PONDER: Joel Robert Ponder, 52, a longtime resident of Lordsburg, passed away Monday, Feb. 19, at his home. A memorial service will be held Friday at 10 in the morning at the Lordsburg Church of Christ, with Fred Ewing officiating. He was born Aug. 26, 1948, in Texarkana, Ark., to Aaron and Mozell Campbell Ponder. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam. After being honorably discharged, he entered the U.S. Border Patrol. Mr. Ponder and his family moved in August 1975 to Lordsburg, where they made their home for the last 25 years. He retired in August 1998 as a senior agent after 23 years of service. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Mr. Ponder is survived by his wife, Bobby Ponder of Lordsburg; his mother, Mozell Ponder of Mesquite, Texas; two sons, Benjamin Joel Ponder of Mesquite and Bryan Aaron Ponder of Dallas; two brothers, Aaron C. Ponder Jr. of Mesquite and Jerry Ponder of Weatherford, Texas; and one sister, Judy Ponder George of Mesquite. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Deming and Mimbres Crematory.
REESE: Elton Reese, 82, of Truth or Consequences passed away Wednesday. Services are pending with Bright Funeral Home.
GARCIA: Manuela Garcia, 70, of Silver City passed away this morning in Silver City Care Center. Services are pending with Bright Funeral Home.
ARIAS: Cecilia G. Arias, 61, a lifelong resident of Deming, passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Albuquerque. A prayer vigil will be held this evening at 7 at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Mass of the resurrection will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 10 at St. Ann's, with Father Jorge Soria officiating. The rite of committal will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. She was born April 27, 1939, in Deming to Antonio and Josephine Garcia Gonzales. She was a homemaker and was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband, Jesse Arias of Deming; two sons, Alfred Arias and his wife, Millie, of Deming, and Lonnie Arias and his wife, Tara, of Silver City; one daughter, Tricia Masciale, and her husband, Barry, of Ashburn, Va.; two brothers, Luis Gonzales of Phoenix and Lorenzo Gonzales of Deming; one sister, Sally Hurley of Deming; four grandchildren, Jarrod, Jesse, Jake and Cassie Arias; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Antonio and Josephine Gonzales, and her grandson, Brett Arias. Pallbearers will be Jarrod Arias, Joe Pastran, Richard Pastran, Fernie Escobar, Charlie Quarrell and Larry Zumwalt. Honorary bearers are Jess Alan Arias, Raul Garcia and Jake Arias. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Deming.
NELSON: Philip Fraser Nelson, 87, a resident of Silver City since 1991, died Sunday, Feb. 18, at Fort Bayard Medical Center. Mr. Nelson was born July 10, 1913, in Pasadena, Calif., the oldest of four children. At age 14, when his father died, he began working at before- and after-school jobs to help support his family during the Great Depression. After graduating from high school, he worked nights and attended trade school by day to study drafting. Pursing a lifelong love of airplanes and flight, he became a flight test engineer and worked for many years at Northrup, Lockheed, Douglas and North American Aviation companies. During World War II, he went to England to assist pilots learning to fly Lockheed's famous P-38 Lightning twin-engine fighter plane. Mr. Nelson met his wife, Mary Sloan, at Lockheed, where she also worked. They were married in 1945 and raised six children. In 1968, following completion of his work on the Apollo/Saturn moon rocket, Mr. Nelson retired from the aerospace field. He then started Nelson & Sons Pool Service, a business now carried on by his sons and grandsons in California. After attending meetings and conventions of Jehovah's Witnesses for many years with his wife and children, he became a baptized Witness in 1974. He unfailingly encouraged his children and 19 grandchildren to live their lives guided by Bible principles. Mr. Nelson is survived by his wife, Mary Nelson of Tyrone; sisters, Grace Nelson of Camarillo, Calif., and JoyAnn Gallagher of Superior, Colo.; daughter, Julie Kettenhofen of Tyrone; son, John, of Encinitas, Calif.; daughter, Lela Joslin of Carnelian Bay, Calif.; son, David, of Costa Mesa, Calif.; daughter, Bonnie Tweed of Oceanside, Calif.; and son, Matthew, of Las Vegas, Nev., and their families, including five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2415 Pinos Altos Road, Silver City.
VILLALOBOS: Frances Sanchez Villalobos, 86, entered into eternal rest Friday, Feb. 16, at her residence in Los Lunas. Visitation will be held today from 3-7 p.m. at Baca's Funeral Chapels, followed by the prayer vigil at 7, with Dave and Jayme Schwantes leading in prayer. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 in the morning at St. Francis Newman Center, with Father Marcos Reyna officiating. Burial and committal services will follow at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery. She was born Aug. 21, 1914, in Torreon Coahila, Mexico, to Tomas Ybarra and Rita Sanchez. She moved to the United States as a small child. She married Antonio T. Villalobos. A mom, grandma, and "grammi," Mrs. Villalobos was a special, loving, caring "angel." She loved everyone and always took time for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and taught them so many things: how to bake wonderful pies, cookies, tortillas and all the goodies. She taught them how to embroider and sew. She made them all feel special and taught them to do their best. She always supported her family in anything they wanted to do. She was the greatest cheerleader for her children's and grandchildren's sports activities. She taught them how to be like her and help and be kind to everyone. Mrs. Villalobos was a lady of many talents. She was a bookkeeper at J.C. Penney for many years; she was a cook at a nursing home; she cleaned houses; and worked with Kirby's vacuum cleaners. She was a manager for Credit Counselors and also managed the Mode O Day. Her special memories and times were the six years she volunteered at Sixth Street Elementary School with the kindergartners. She loved the kids; she was grandma to all of them and even as they grew up and were teen-agers, they always went up to her, when they saw her, and hugged her. This was a special time for her and she made many friends there — parents and teachers alike. "En todo andava Grandma!" Her kind and gentle spirit will be missed, but her family knows God and Grandpa needed her. She and Grandpa are dancing together, for they loved to dance. She is celebrating her new life in paradise. She is survived by her children: a son, Donald S. Villalobos, and his fiancee, Anna Fedele, of Albuquerque; four daughters, Natalia Armijo of Silver City, Elizabeth "Betty" and Irene S. Villalobos, both of Los Lunas, and Estelle V. Gallegos and her husband, Tony, of Bosque Farms; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren' and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Villalobos, and a son, Valente Tomas Villalobos. Casket bearers will be David Armijo Jr., Robert Armijo Sr., Gabriel Gallegos, David Villalobos Jr., Benny Gonzales, Edward Solis and Mark Gomez. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.
COOK: Florence E. Cook, 83, of Silver City passed away Friday, Feb. 16, in Gila Regional Medical Center. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bright Funeral Home, with the Rev. Robert Reese officiating. Mrs. Cook was born Oct. 1, 1917, in Mason City, Iowa. She was the daughter of Stacey Dingman and Gertrude McKercher Dingman. She was married to Jamieson Cook. She moved in 1993 with her husband of more than 48 years, Jim, to Silver City from Fullerton, Calif. Mrs. Cook much enjoyed meeting with new friends through the California Club. Her great joy was her home in Indian Hills. She was an avid reader and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. She made a comprehensive scrapbook of newspaper articles about Silver City history. Until her recent illness, she delighted in cooking gourmet foods. Mrs. Cook is survived by her husband, Jamieson; two sons, Jeffrey of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Roland of Washington state; and one daughter, Judi, of Las Vegas, N.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1599 Clifton Road, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
BALL: Elma Bernice Pennington Ball, 66, of Silver City passed away Friday, Feb. 16, in Gila Regional Medical Center. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home. Family graveside services will be conducted at a later date. Mrs. Ball was born Oct. 17, 1934, in Cottage Sans, N.M. She was the daughter of Abe Pennington and Dovie Marcum Pennington. Mrs. Ball is survived by her husband, Robert Ball; one son, Marcum Ball, and his wife, Kim, of Burnsville, Minn.; two daughters, Susan Harris and her husband, Cliff, of Aztec, and Kelly Ball of Hurley; nine grandchildren, Jason, Erin, Steven and Stacy Witterman, Ryan, Mary and Michael Ball, Monica Harris and Kyla Massengill; and other extended family members and friends. Mrs. Ball was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Letcher Marcum Pennington; and two sisters, Sally P. Sharp and Abbie Ruth Pennington. Mrs. Ball's grandchildren were the joy of her life. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Wonderful memories of Mrs. Ball will live on in many hearts. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grant County Humane Society, 3050 S. Cougar Way, Silver City, NM 88061. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
EVERARD: Robert Everard, 85, a resident of Silver City, entered into eternal rest Monday at Silver City Care Center. Arrangements are pending. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels.
FITZHUGH: Leon R. Fitzhugh, 85, a longtime resident of Las Cruces, entered eternal life Sunday, Feb. 18, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born July 8, 1915, in Lancaster, Texas, to Plainor and Cora Davis Fitzhugh. Mr. Fitzhugh served his country honorably in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He retired from Chevron Oil in 1977 as a marketing specialist and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lillie Ricketts Fitzhugh of the family home; one son, Richard Fitzhugh, and wife, Denise, of Farmington; and a daughter, Vicky Byars, and husband, Larry, of Los Alamos. Other survivors include three grandsons, Eric Byars of Las Cruces, Keith Fitzhugh of Williamsburg, Ky., and Larry Gunter of Corbin, Ky.; two granddaughters, Keri Salazar of Los Alamos and Darlinda Fitzhugh of Farmington, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Cecil and Reeves Fitzhugh; and two sisters, Vera Hiatt and Edna Long. At Mr. Fitzhugh's request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces, with Pastor John C. Poling officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces, NM 88005. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces and Baca's Mimbres Crematory.
MADRID: Louis W. Madrid, 74, of Redlands, Calif., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Loma Linda, Calif. He was born in Georgetown, N.M., to Jose and Rosa Madrid of Silver City, who preceded him in death. He was a descendant of the Indian chief, Geronimo. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46 during World War II. He worked at the copper mines before going to California. Mr. Madrid was employed by Zimmerman Furniture Service, and took ownership in 1981. He was known for his work in custom restoration of antique furniture. Survivors are his wife, Eustolia Madrid of Redlands; a son, Antonio Madrid of Highland, Calif.; and daughters, Viola Lujan of San Bernardino, Calif., Lucy Larriba of Redlands, and Lydia Alderete, also of Redlands. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph the Worker in Loma Linda.
BAKER: Dorothy M. Baker, 80, of Silver City passed from this life to God on Sunday, Feb. 18, in Gila Regional Medical Center. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at Bright Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 25th and Swan, Silver City, with Pastor Joseph Pellegrino officiating. Interment will be in Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Mrs. Baker was born Feb. 22, 1920, in Tularosa. She was the daughter of David C. Rains and Neva Lamar Rains. She married David E. Baker on Aug. 14, 1938, in Silver City. Mrs. Baker is survived by her husband of 62 years, David; two daughters, Louise Bigelow and her husband, Bill, of York, Ariz., and Lynnette "Rikki" Lockwood of Fort Bayard; seven grandchildren, David Lockwood, Daniel Lockwood, Lucius Lockwood, Bill Bigelow, Mary Bigelow, Timothy Bigelow and Stephen Bigelow; eight great-granddaughters; and three great-grandsons. Mrs. Baker had five siblings, who all preceded her in death, Elizabeth Barnum, Lela Cooper, Hattie Cooper, Louise Rogers and Bill Rains. Mrs. Baker's family came to Silver City in 1923. Her father, "Dad Rains," was an employee of New Mexico Teacher's College and then Western New Mexico College. Her family lived in Silver City until her dad bought Cherry Creek Ranch. She and her family rebuilt a rock house and planted a large orchard there. She learned to be a full-fledged cowgirl and then went to cosmetology school in El Paso, Texas. She met David Baker shortly after graduation and they were married in Silver City. After the births of their daughters, World War II interrupted their happy family life. Mr. Baker went to fight for our country. Mrs. Baker endured many hardships during the war, but her most difficult was being separated from her love. When Mr. Baker was discharged from the Army, the young couple moved to Oregon for a short time. Then New Mexico called them home. Housing was difficult to find and the couple physically built a home on Silver Street. Mrs. Baker grew a yard of beautiful flowers, loved and took care of her parents, and raised her family. In the early 1950s, they bought the DAV Ranch just below Cherry Creek Ranch and again they built their home. Mrs. Baker, like the pioneer stock of her ancestors, plowed her fields and planted her crops. She never feared hard work of any kind. In the late 1950s, they moved to Bisbee, Ariz., where Mr. Baker worked until he was transferred to Tyrone. Again, Mrs. Baker built her home, on 20th Street. She labored hard, laying rock to make her home, and had not a home, but a creation. After Mr. Baker's retirement, they traveled and enjoyed life until Mrs. Baker's illness began. After a long illness, Mrs. Baker succumbed to death and met her savior. "We bury you on your birthday and now you begin life everlasting. So long, our sweet loved Wife, Mother and Grandmother. We'll all see you again in Heaven." Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LONG: Loyd Long, 83, of Glenwood passed away this morning in Gila Regional Medical Center. Services are pending with Bright Funeral Home.
PETER: John Frank Peter, 76, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Gila Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the Mimbres Round-Up Lodge in San Lorenzo. Mr. Peter was born Oct. 21, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Frank Peter and Elizabeth Bohenke. He was a schoolteacher for more than 25 years at various schools throughout New York state. He loved the outdoors and moved to the Mimbres Valley five years ago. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Mr. Peter is survived by three sons, Bruce Peter and his wife, Lisa, Jonathan Peter and Chris Peter, all of New York state; a daughter, Lynne Schultz of Mimbres; and four grandchildren. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels and Baca's Mimbres Crematorium.
STEWART: Margaret Ruth Lane "Maggie" Stewart, 67, a resident of Gila, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Fort Bayard Medical Center. A memorial will be held Monday at 11 in the morning at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Cliff, with the Rev. David Goble officiating. Private inurnment will follow at the Cliff-Gila Mesa Cemetery. She was born Feb. 24, 1933, in Deming to William V. and Neva Ruth Durham Lane. She attended school in Deming, graduating in May 1950. She married her husband of 39 years, Jack Q. Stewart, on Oct. 8, 1951, in Silver City. Mrs. Stewart was employed by Phelps Dodge Corp. as a secretary in the accounting department. She loved horses and made many pack trips in the Gila Wilderness. She also enjoyed hunting and fishing trips. She is survived by two brothers, William E. "Bill" Lane of Gila, and Bennie R. Lane and wife, Jo, of Fort Meyers, Fla.; nine nieces and nephews, Pete T. Lane and wife, Sonja, of Round Rock, Texas, Neva and Leisha Lane of Dallas, Charles Lane of Chandler, Ariz., Margaret Alcorn and husband, Melvin, of Irvine, Ky., Ruth Lane Green and husband, Dennis, of Kalispell, Mont., Joseph Lane and wife, Sherry, of Pikesville, Ky., Rebecca Barnet and husband, Louis, of Richmond, Va., and Jack Jerniean of Albuquerque. She is also survived by 10 great-nieces and great-nephews, and many loving friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Billy; and her husband, Jack. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, U.S. 180 East at Delk Drive, phone 388-2334, and Baca's Mimbres Crematory of Deming.
BERG: Erich J. Berg, 29, passed away Monday, Feb. 12, in Cheney, Wash., from injuries received in a car accident. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons, Austin and Jordan, of Cheney; parents, Jim and Kathie Berg of Cheney; brother, Jason Berg of Denver; grandparents, Doris Berg of Lincoln, Ill., and Kenneth and Marjorie White of Lakeland, Fla.; and godparents, Michael and Veronika Berg. He was born Aug. 23, 1971, in Elgin, Ill. His family later moved to Juneau, Alaska, where he attended school. He was a member of the Juneau High School Class of 1989. After high school, he attended Doña Ana Community College in Las Cruces, where he received his associate's degree in radiology in 1997. He was married to Jennifer D. Stailey in 1993 in Cliff. Mr. Berg loved his boys. He enjoyed the outdoors and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cheney. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Following the committal at the grave, friends are invited to 2212 Annie Place in Cheney for a gathering. Memorial contributions may be made to the Berg family fund, 611 Sunrise Drive, Cheney, WA 99004. Cheney Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
GREENHALGH: Ned L. Greenhalgh, 66, of Animas passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Gila Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Lordsburg, with the Rev. Ron Cross officiating. Interment will be in Valley View Community Cemetery in Cotton City. Mr. Greenhalgh was born Feb. 24, 1934, in Santaquin, Utah. He was the son of Blanchard Greenhalgh and Edna Stickney Greenhalgh. He married Lucretia Evans on June 10, 1967, in Las Vegas, Nev. Mr. Greenhalgh is survived by his wife, Lucretia; one son, Michael McCarley, and his wife, Kim, of Vernal, Utah; six daughters, Dawn French and her husband, Larry, of West Jordan, Utah, Bonnie Thomas and her husband, Chris, of Payson, Utah, Cheryl Brown and her husband, Mark, of Elk Ridge, Utah, Julie Blackhurst and her husband, Kelvin, of Payson, Nancy "Sam" Bean and her husband, Ken, of Riverton, Utah, and Teresa Nixon and her husband, Charlie, of Fort Bridger, Wyo.; 30 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Carol McClellen and Edna Greenhalgh, and one brother, Blanchard Greenhalgh Jr. Mr. Greenhalgh was raised in Santaquin, Utah. He worked for the state road department in Utah and Colorado, and moved to Cotton City in May 1996. Lordsburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ROSE: Ira Bernard Rose, 84, passed away in Cypress Garden Nursing Home in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 10. Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Duncan Valley Cemetery in Duncan, Ariz., with the Rev. Van Spry officiating. Mr. Rose was born May 23, 1916, in Ashland, Okla. He was the son of Bernard Rose and Martha Sizemore Rose. He is survived by two sisters, Ione R. Martin and her husband, Robert, of Redrock, and Imogene Booth and her husband, Lonnie, of California; six nieces; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Irene Ashley. The family moved to Virden in 1917. Mr. Rose attended the school for the blind in Alamogordo and Duncan. He graduated as valedictorian of his class at Duncan High School in 1937. Mr. Rose was an avid sports fan, especially enjoying baseball, with the California Angels being his favorite team. Pallbearers for Mr. Rose will be his nephews, Steve Gula, Rick Black, Bill Bruce, Bob Martin Jr., Mike Martin and Matt Kinney. Lordsburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MATHERS: Earnest Francis Mathers, 76, of Silver City passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Gila Regional Medical Center. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bright Funeral Home, with Brother Bill Trafton officiating. Mr. Mathers was born July 20, 1924, in Arkansas. He was the son of Alvin James Mathers and Josie Elizabeth Abbott Mathers. He married Geneva Potts Mathers on Oct. 11, 1970, in Palomas, Mexico. She preceded him in death in 1999. Mr. Mathers is survived by one sister, Eula Mae Hatler, and her husband, Odell, of Santa Clara; two brothers, Harvey Mathers and his wife, Luola, of Alamogordo, and E.H. Mathers of Beebe, Ark.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Mexico Baptist Children's Home in care of the Baptist Church of Santa Clara, P.O. Box 283, Santa Clara, NM 88026. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LARA: Petra Verdugo Lara, 81, a longtime Lordsburg resident, passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. Visitation will begin at 6 Tuesday evening at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lordsburg. The prayer vigil will begin at 7, led by seminarian Herman Jimenez. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated at St. Joseph's on Wednesday at 10 in the morning, with the rite of committal and interment following at the Shakespeare Cemetery. Her grandson, Father Eric Tellez, will officiate at the services. She was born to Aniceto Torres and Tomasa Enciso on June 29, 1919, in Santa Maria de Los Angeles, Chihuahua, Mexico, and went to Lordsburg in 1923. There, she married Carlos Gutierrez Lara on Nov. 13, 1938. She was a homemaker, was a devoted member of the Roman Catholic Church, and was active in the Altar Society at St. Joseph's. Survivors include two daughters, Alice and her husband, Carmelo Tellez, of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Mary and her husband, Russell True, of Benson, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Father Eric Tellez and Stephen Tellez of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Christi Cervantes, Veronica Tapia, and Elizabeth, Velorie and Anna Marie Tellez of Flagstaff; two great-grandchildren, Cerrisa Tellez Cervantes and Eric M. Tapia; and five nieces and nephews, Helen Jimenez, Tomasa Gandara, Candelario Diaz, Nick Diaz Jr. and Hortencia Oku. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos Lara, on July 3, 1994. Serving as pallbearers will be Ray Diaz Jr., Manny Gandara, Herb Tapia, Stephen Tellez, Ian Gill and Randy Scholler. Honorary bearers listed are Carmelo Tellez, Russell True and Manuel Gandara. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Deming.