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Sierra County, New Mexico

Obituaries and Death Notices

Ralph Bargas
Ralph Bargas, 77, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, and friend, left us without warning on Friday, September 28, 2001. Born on May 29, 1924 in East Los Angeles, California to Albino Bargas and Soledad Duran, originally of Hillsboro, New Mexico, Ralph was the last surviving sibling of six brothers and sisters all of whom he loved and missed very much. Always reserved, meticulous, and hardworking, Ralph grew up during the "Great Depression," when it was not unusual for a very young child to sell newspapers on the street corners of Los Angeles to help support his family. He worked throughout his high school years at Lincoln High, helping his favorite Uncle Al do gardening in the affluent Beverly Hills. Following WW II, Ralph became a Tool and Die Maker and a member of the International Association of Machinists, an honorable union that he was proud to say greatly improved the lives of working men every where. Ralph married his beautiful teenage sweetheart, Frances, in 1947, a partnership that would endure 54 years. In 1963, Ralph fulfilled a life-long dream to move his family to New Mexico and open a magic and novelty retail business in the heart of downtown Albuquerque, on Fourth Street near Central Avenue. With the suggestion of family friend Ernest Stapleton, Ralph named his unique business "Fool's Paradise," and he began a challenging and exciting thirty-year long venture. Working along side of Frances, and his magician son, Roger, later turned lawyer magician, Ralph became involved in the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and fondly remembered these times as some of the happiest years of his life. A life-long Democrat, Ralph was passionate about politics and loved nothing more than to read everything he could about his favorite subject and discuss it with his daughters and to tease his Republican sister-in-law with his great zeal. Above all else, Ralph was a man of integrity and humility. Greatly shaped by a strong family life, his upbringing in the Catholic Church and by the times of his life, Ralph never flinched from responsibility or veered from the high road simply because he couldn't. He was a member of truly, the "Greatest Generation". A gentle, quiet spoken, intelligent man, he will be painfully missed, particularly during family gatherings, at the head of our table. Ralph is survived by his wife, Frances; his children, Roger and wife, Cathy; April and husband, Tony Jojola, and Valerie; precious grandchildren, Ryan, Natasha, Cole, Brynne, and Spencer; and great-granddaughter, Anistasia; and sister-in-law, Marie Ashby. The Service for Ralph will be on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho, with Fr. Clarence Galli officiating. Entombment will follow in Vista Verde Memorial park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your favorite charity supporting the victims and families of the September 11, 2001, National Tragedy. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary, Rio Rancho.
[Albuquerque Journal (NM) - October 2, 2001]

Edith Belton
Edith Belton, who was killed in a recent automobile accident at Fresno, California was brought to Kingston yesterday for interment. Before her marriage Mrs. Belton was Miss Edith Reynolds of Hillsboro.
[Deming Headlight, October 12, 1934]

Frank Bojorquez
Frank Bojorquez, sheriff of Sierra county, died Monday at his home at Hillsboro, according to a telegram received that night. The cause of his death is unknown.
[Deming Headlight, December 3, 1920]

Matias Chavez
Matias "Matt" Chavez, son of Soledad Duran and Clemente Chavez, died Saturday, June 3, 2000. He was 86. Matt was born on May 14, 1914 in Hillsboro, New Mexico. Matt died from leukemia. Matt was employed by Thrifty Drug for 30 years in Los Angeles, California. When he retired 25 years ago, he and his wife, Esther returned to their native New Mexico. Matt spent the last few years at his residence on Tobacco Road, roasting chile for his neighbors, relatives and customers who became friends. Many said his was one of the cleanest chile roasting operations around and they even got a bunch of fresh garlic with their roasting order. Matt is survived by his wife of 60 years, Esther; four daughters, Dorothy, Dinah, Nannette and Debra; one son, James; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister, Cecelia Schultz; and brother, Ralph Bargas. A graveside service will be held for Matt at 11:00 a.m. on June 24, 2000 in Fairview Memorial Park, 700 Yale Blvd. SE. Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE, in charge of arrangements.
[Albuquerque Journal (NM) - June 17, 2000]

Joe Decker
Joe Decker, one of the pioneers of the Hillsboro country, died at his home at Guthrie, Okla., death being due to paralysis. Mr. Decker was a pioneer of the Lake Valley district and in the early days took part in the battles against the Indians.
[Deming Headlight, May 25, 1923]

William Preston Dorsey
William Preston Dorsey, discoverer of the Telegraph mining district in Grant county and who was intimately connected with the development of mining throughout the Southwest, died Sunday at his home in Tyrone, at the age of 74 years. Mr. Dorsey was one of the pioneers of the famous Hillsboro district in Sierra county, and made his way into Grant county when it was overrun with Indians and was considered a remote frontier. Indians had no terrors for Mr. Dorsey and he established a ranch on Bear Creek long before Silver City was considered safe for white people. The rifle which he used in those days still remains in the family as an heirloom and was brought to the west from his home in Missouri. When the work of building the Santa Fe railway was started along the Santa Fe trail Mr. Dorsey returned to Kansas and for several years was a foreman of railroad grading outfits. He returned to New Mexico in 1880 and has been in the mining business ever since. He was well known throughout the Southwest and leaves a host of friends to mourn his demise.
Deming Headlight, Jun 11, 1920

Frenida Fuentes
A most deplorable and fatal accident occurred on the Animus Wednesday forenoon when Frenida, the ten-year-old son of Celto Fuentes was dragged to death by a horse. Celto Fuentes has a ranch some three miles below the Julian Chavez ranch, and it seems that on the morning of the accident Frenida accompanied his sister to the Chavez ranch on horseback. The boy started home alone and it was on the return trip that the accident happened. The horse returned to the ranch at a high speed dragging the boy, whose foot was fast in the stirrup. The boy was released from the stirrup, but died in a few minutes without regaining consciousness. The unfortunate boy's head was pounded almost to a pulp, one eye being knocked out and one leg broken. The burial took place at the Fuentes ranch yesterday.
[Albuquerque Morning Journal, December 28, 1908]

Earl F. Jones
Earl F. Jones, 78, died at his ranch home in southern New Mexico on Wednesday, Sept 10, 2001. He was born in West Liberty, Ohio to Frank and Mabel Kauffman Jones on May 26, 1923. He was raised in Ft. Wayne, Ind., and, just after Pearl Harbor, he and his brother, Herman, volunteered into the U. S. Army. Herman, in the Paratroops, was killed in the Normandy Invasion. Earl was in the Invasion also, and fought under General George Patton through all six major campaigns in Europe during World War II in the Third Army. In May of 1943, before he left to go to war, he married Mary Alice Hignett in El Paso, Tex., when he was stationed at Fort Bliss. They have been happily, lovingly married for 58 years. After the war, he returned to Las Cruces and attended New Mexico State University. He then went to work at White Sands Missle Range where he, over the course of time, became Project Manager for Engineering and Testing for the Nike Ajax Missle, then the Nike Hercules and even started the Patriot Missle program. He retired after 28 years of government service. In 1983, he was ordained as a Christian minister by Pastor Sheldon Emry, and was later awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity. He remained active until the day of his death with the publication of a Christian newsletter and speaking at Christian meetings around the country. (Christian newsletter was Chritian Crusade for Truth) Pastor Jones is survived by his loving wife, Mary Alice, and their sons, Stephen Jones of Las Cruces, Richard Jones and wife , Laura of T or C, and Philip Jones and wife Cheryl of Silver City. He is also survived by two sisters, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. The funeral will be held at Graham's Mortuary in Las Cruces at 2 p.m. on Wesnesday, Sept. 26. Services will be conducted by Pastor Peter J. Peters. Viewing was held on Sunday, Sept. 23, Monday, Sept. 24, and Tuesday, Sept 26. Visitation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Graham's Mortuary.
Notes: West Liberty Ohio is in Morrow, Knox, Crawford, and Logan counties. Earl Jones and wife Mary Alice Hignett lived on their ranch in Lake Valley, Sierra Co New Mexico from about 1965 until his death in 2001. Mary Alice stayed there alone for a couple of years but later moved into Las Cruces. Shared by Vinita Lynch Shaw [THE HERALD on Sept 26, 2001]

Ella Penelope (Harrington) Latham
Funeral services were Mrs. Ella Latham, a long time resident of Deming and New Mexico, will be held from the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel at 2 p.m. today. Mrs. Latham died at a local hospital Wednesday morning. She was 76 years old. Mrs. Latham had lived in New Mexico for 46 years, 26 of which were in Deming at the Jefferson Hotel. which she owned. Survivors include three daughters, Pearl Funk of Albuquerque, Eula Mae Mendleson of San Diego, Calif., Bonnie Wilson of Houston, Tex., and three sons, Alvin of Phoenix, James of Lordsburg, and Nelson of San Diego, Calif. Rev. Francis Wheeler will officiate at the services at the Mortuary and burial will be in Mountainview Cemetery. [Deming Headlight, November 20, 1953]

Louis C. Latham
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for Louis Charles Latham who died in his sleep Jan. 23 in San Diego, Calif. Services were held at Wheeler's Mortuary with Rev. Francis Wheeler officiating. Burial was at Mountainview Cemetery. Pall bearers were George Whitenburg, Tom Getzwiller, Alva Eaves, Maynard Helder, Frank Flynn and O. T. Patterson. Honorary pall bearers were Jess Thorn, Bob Reid, Emmett Nunn, Roy Perkins, Henry Opgenorth and Bob Locina. Mr Latham was an old timer of New Mexico and for many years was in the cattle business at Hillsboro. Besides his widow, Mrs. Ella Latham he is survived by three sons, Alvin of Pheonix, Ariz.; Jim, Steins, N. M., Nelson, Carson City, Nev., and three daughters Pearl Funk of Albuquerque, Jodie Mendelson, San Diego, Calif., and Bonnie Wilson, Riverside, Calif.
[Deming Headlight, February 1, 1952]

Jim Mackey
Jim Mackey died Sunday morning at his home in Hillsboro, following a lingering illness. He was a brother-in-law of L. C. Latham of Deming. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Fuller Sunday evening at Hillsboro.
[Deming Headlight, August 10, 1934]

Robert A. Martin
A former state representative and pioneer of Sierra County, Robert A. Martin, 92, died in a Truth or Consequences hospital Monday night after a short illness. Martin first came to New Mexico from Utah in 1888 and settled in the Truth or Consequences area in 1900. He operated a stagecoach line between Engle and Chloride which he purchased in 1902. Martin served in the New Mexico Territorial Legislature as a representative from Sierra County in 1907-8. He was president of the First National Bank of Hot Springs in 1918-1927. The name of the town was changed to Truth or Consequences in the 1950s. Martin also served a two year term on the State Highway Commission and was a member of the Cattle Sanitary Board several years. He is survived by his widow, Alma, and two sisters, Mrs. Lester Monteith, Coronado, Calif., and Mrs. J. R. Campbell, Frankfort, Ind. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Hillsboro Community Church with burial to follow in Hillsboro cemetery.
[Albuquerque Journal, December 22, 1965]

Grant R. McGregor
Grant R. McGregor, 87, beloved husband of June L. McGregor, died of cancer on May 3, 2000, at the Washington Home and Hospice in Washington, D.C. Born on August 27, 1912 in Lake Valley, New Mexico, he grew up on his family's ranch near Hillsboro. He attended New Mexico State and then worked as an electrician and mechanic in mines near Silver City and Magdalena. Mr. McGregor moved to Albuquerque in 1947. In 1948, after convincing Farmers of the advantages of having an office convenient to his clients, he opened his own agent office - Albuquerque's first - on Fourth Street NW. He operated that office for fifty years, until he retired in spring, 1998. Mr. McGregor was honored with membership in the Farmers' Toppers Club on 13 occasions, and he was selected for the President's Council five times. He became a Mason in 1936 and was Master of Magdalena Lodge in 1975 and 1976. He was also a Shriner. He helped to found St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in 1950, where he served on the Vestry several times. Survivors include his wife, June L. McGregor; a brother, Malcolm McGregor; a daughter, Kaye Loughrey; two step-sons; two step-daughters; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An announcement will be made regarding a memorial service being planned for this summer in Albuquerque.
[Albuquerque Journal (NM) - May 8, 2000]

George T. Miller
(Special correspondence from Hillsboro dated May 25)
George T. Miller, for many years past postmaster of Hillsboro and one of the best known men in this section of the territory died last night of ap (appendicitis?).
[Albuquerque Morning Journal, May 27, 1909]

Ruby C. Nave
Ruby C. Nave, lifetime resident of New Mexico and Sierra County, passed away October 23, 2006 at Sierra Health Care Center in TorC. She was born Ruby Coalson on March 7, 1906 to William Coalson and Edna Earl Duncan, at Mogollon Ranch, then the Territory of New Mexico. Ruby attended school in El Paso, TX, through sixth grade. In 1916, her father homesteaded five miles down Percha Creek east of Hillsboro, and the family followed in 1918. Ruby was in the first high school graduating class of Sierra County, attended college at NMSU in Las Cruces, lived with the Gordons between her junior and senior year, and rode horseback to teach at Caballo, graduating in 1927. Ruby married Euel Nave, a federal forest ranger in 1927. Euel was stationed at Kingston, NM and Ruby taught high school there. She was also principal of the high school in Hillsboro and taught at various places in New Mexico and Arizona, wherever Euel was stationed. Ruby is survived by daughter Nadyne Gardner Daves and son-in-law Richard Daves, grandchildren, John Heard, Anne Hallett, Jeff Gardner, Whit Gardner, Jennifer Erickson and Carla Ilfield, 13/great-grandchildren, 10/great-great grandchildren, niece Mary Ellen Snell, nephew, Jimmy Shepard and cousin, Sammy Johnson. Ruby became affiliated with Cowbelles when they were organized in Douglas, AZ and later joined Chamiza Cowbelles in Sierra County, was a member of the Hatch Eastern Star, a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, served on the Soil Conservation Board for 20 years, was a lifetime member of the Fiesta Board of TorC and was honored as the Grand Marshall in the parade of 2004. She was a member of Sierra Vista Hospital Auxiliary, program director of Sierra County Retired Teachers Association and a docent at the Geronimo Springs Museum for many years. Her daughter and grandchildren will tell you that Ruby, also known as "Mimi" was the wind beneath their wings. She was also an avid hunter and fisherman. She rode horseback and killed her last deer when she was 74. She loved playing bridge, continuing until 95 years old. She taught her grandchildren to love the outdoors. Viewing for family and friends will be on Wednesday, Oct 25, 2006 in the Chapel of Kirikos Family Funeral Home from 2:00 to 6:00 PM and Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 2:00 PM at the Hillsboro Community Center with Rev. Jack Cain and Rev. Ed Ostertag officiating. Serving as Casket Bearers are Jack Baker, Jay Johnson, Rod Hille, Barry Ragsdale, Waldo Johnson, Damian Hallett and Jason Vallencourt. Honorary Casket Bearers are Bill Buhler, Smokey Nunn, Stoney Hatley, Ben Cain, Diego Montoya and Joe Spence. Interment will follow in the Hillsboro Cemetery. Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc., (TorC).
[Las Cruces Sun-News (NM) - October 24, 2006]

Asa L. Nowlin
Asa Lee Nowlin, aged 44 died Wednesday morning at Deming hospital. Funeral services are to be held this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the school house at Lake Valley. Rev. J. Hunter Lewis of Mesilla Park will officiate at the funeral and members of the Hillsboro Masonic lodge will have charge of services at the grave. Interment is to be made in the Lake Valley cemetery. Surviving are the widow, the mother, Mrs. J. P. Nowlin, Florence, Texas, and five brothers, Walter B. Nowlin, Jerome, Arizona; Albert P. Nowlin, Pasadena, California; Bryan T. Nowlin and G. Tillman Nowlin, Florence, Texas, and E. Terry Nowlin, Los Angeles, California. Deceased was born August 5, 1893, at Crowell, Foard county, Texas. On November 10, 1917, he was married to Blanche O. Wilson. He had been a Santa Fe railroad agent for 23 years, during 21 years of which time he was stationed at Lake Valley. He was a member of the Masonic bodies at Hillsboro and became a Shriner at the ceremonial held in Deming in 1934. Mr. Nowlin underwent an operation on June 3, 1935, and never recovered, although he waged a valiant fight to regain his health. He spent a year at the Scott and White hospital at Temple, Texas, but was not able to throw off the illness that finally caused his death. Although he had suffered much during his years of illness he died quietly. Death came to relieve him of the pain and torture that had been his lot. The Nowlins were so well known and had so many friends, in Deming that news of Mr. Nowlin's demise came as a distinct shock to the community. All Deming people unite in expressing heartfelt sympathy and in extending condolences to the bereaved survivors.
[Deming Headlight, September 3, 1937]

Elizabeth Nunn-Burris
Elizabeth Nunn-Burris, 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 13, 2004, on her beloved Burris Ranch, south of Belen where she was surrounded by her loving family. She was a member of the Episcopal Church and a long time member of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the Alkali Ann Garden Club and the Pilot Club. Elizabeth was a true woman of the west. She was born and raised on a ranch in Lake Valley, New Mexico, where in her earlier years she taught school. She married Weldon Burris in 1940 at the Lake Valley Ranch. Weldon was a longtime rancher. The couple then moved to the Lazy E Ranch between Deming and Las Cruses, New Mexico. They owned and operated many ranches throughout the state of New Mexico before finally settling on the Burris Ranch between Belen and Socorro. After Weldon's death in 1991, Elizabeth remained on the Burris Ranch but continued to run the day to day operations of the Lazy E Ranch. Elizabeth was a kind, gentle spirit who was loved dearly as a grandmother to all her nieces and nephews who lovingly called her Sissy. She was known for her generosity. She never said no to a good cause in need of help. Elizabeth will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Weldon Burris; her parents; her two brothers; and one sister. She is survived by her nieces, Mary Fagan of Socorro, and Nancey Jones and her husband, Pat of Hillsboro; her nephew, Sonny Nunn and his wife, Margie of Tucson, AZ; her great nieces, Macky Fagan-Padilla and her husband, Frankie of Socorro, Petra Fagan-Kehler and her husband, Jacob of Lemitar; and Katie-Nunn of Ammon, Jordan; her great-nephews, Casey Jones of Las Cruces, David Jones and partner, Henry Elliot of Las Cruces, Will Nunn and his wife, Betsy of Wickenburg, AZ, and Brandon Nunn of Tucson, AZ; her four great-great nephews and two great-great nieces. She is also survived by her personal assistant and dear friend, Shirley Kaiser. All services will take place at Romero Funeral Home in Belen, NM. beginning with a visitation Thursday, April 15 at 9:00-10:00 am with a funeral service at 10:00 am. Interment will follow in the Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro, NM. Pallbearers will be David Jones, Henry Elliot, Frankie Padilla, Brandon Nunn, Russel Burris, Macky Fagan-Padilla. Honorary pallbearers will be Casey Jones, Buddy Major, Will Nunn, Petra Fagan-Kehler.
[Albuquerque Journal - Apr/15/2004]

James P. Nunn
James Pryor Nunn, prominent New Mexico cattleman and rancher, suffered a heart attack and died at Hillsboro Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Nunn was returning to his Tierra Blanca ranch with a load of grain from Truth or Consequences. He had lived at the Tierra Blanca ranch for the past 61 years. He was born at Lake Valley, August 20, 1888. Funeral services will be held at Tierra Blanca Saturday afternoon at 2:30 with the Masonic Lodge in charge and under the direction of Mahoney's Funeral Home. Mr. Nunn had pioneered the ranching industry in New Mexico and was prominent in the Bureau of Land Management, a member of the executive board of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association and a member of the American Livestock Association. Surviving are his wife, three sons, A. E. Nunn of Taos; Pryor William Nunn, Deming; Dick Nunn, Ysleta, Texas; a daughter, Ida Bell of Hillsboro; two brothers, Ed of Deming and Emmett of Lake Valley; a sister, Mrs. Lowry, Mesilla.
Deming Headlight, May 26, 1950

Mary Jane Nunn
Mary Jane Nunn, 86, passed away at the Sierra Health Care Center on May 11, 2005. Mary Jane was a longtime Rancher and resident of Hillsboro since 1960. She was born in Douglas, AZ on June 17, 1918, the daughter of James E. and Petra Bryan. Mary Jane was a Charter Member of the Chamiza Cowbelles, a member of the El Valle #4308 Eagles Lodge; New Mexico Cattlegrowers Association and the Republican Party. She enjoyed bowling and dancing. Mary Jane is survived by her daughters, Nance and husband, Pat Jones of Hillsboro, NM; Mary Fagan of Lemitar, NM; by a son, Sonny and wife, Margie Nunn of Tucson, AZ; seven grandchildren - Casey Jones, Macky Padilla, David Jones, Will Nunn, Brandon Nunn, Petra Fagan, and Katie Nunn; and by eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Nunn and a brother, Ed Bryan. Serving as Casket Bearers are Dean Griffith, Jim Bason, Kirk Amis, Latham Morris, Rufus Kelch, and Frankie Padilla. Services will be held on Friday, May 13, 2005 at the Hillsboro Community Center at 3:30 p.m. with Rev. Peter Cacoperdo officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillsboro Cemetery. Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, 303 N.Cedar St., T or C, NM. [Albuquerque Journal (NM) - May 13, 2005]

Margaret E. Owens
Margaret E. "Liz" Owens, 80, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2005 after a battle with breast cancer. She was born in El Paso, TX on August 18, 1924 and was raised in Hillsboro, NM. She preceded the love of her life, her husband, Frank D. Owens, in death. She is survived by her two children, Linda Owens and Jim Owens, his wife Rudi, and one granddaughter, Sydney Owens. This lady had such a huge heart and dearly loved her family, friends and the land. And, she never knew a stranger. Liz will be greatly missed and remembered by all who knew and loved her. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the Hillsboro Union Church in Hillsboro, NM. Family and friends are invited to share their memories at the Memorial Service.
[Deming Headlight (NM) - August 3, 2006]

Lydia Luna Padilla
Lydia Luna Padilla, 92, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 15, 2006 in Tucson Arizona her residence for the past 3 years. Lydia was born on February 12, 1914 in Hillsboro, New Mexico. Throughout her life she volunteered for several charity organizations and was active in the Senior Olympics. She was also a member of the Hurley Infant Jesus Catholic Church where she participated in church functions for 40 years. Lydia had a favorite motto that she used which was "Live one day at a time". She also believed that we should all love one another as God loves us. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. Her family loved her, she will never be forgotten and she will greatly miss for all the good deeds and kindness she showed. She is survived by one daughter, Ella and her husband Frank from Tucson, AZ, two sons, Robert and wife Carmen from Santa Clara, and Danny "Congo" from Houston, Texas, a dear cousin Fred "Foy" Luna and wife Susie from Santa Clara,12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren, and several beloved nephew, nieces, and friends. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Elias of 47 years in 1982, her loving son, Martin in 1999, her parents, four brothers, one sister, several nephews and nieces. The visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 21, at Terrazas Funeral Chapels from, 4:00-7:00pm with the Prayer Vigil beginning at 7 and Deacon Jerry Miller reciting the Vigil Service and Holy Rosary. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday, June 22, at Hurley Infant Jesus Catholic Church at 10:00am with Father Dan Porter officiating. The burial will follow the Mass at the Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro, New Mexico. Pallbearers will be Jerry Gonzales, Robbie Padilla, George Padilla, Eli Padilla, Daniel Ray Padilla, and Stanley Luna. Honorary pallbearers will be Fred "Tony" Luna, Abel T. Luna, Andy Padilla, Freddie Duran, Henry Sedillos, and David Padilla. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels.
[Las Cruces Sun-News (NM) - June 19, 2006]

Pedro Ramon Rios Pena
Born July 29, 1917 in Hillsboro, NM. He passed away on January 10, 2005 at his residence in Santa Maria, CA. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents: Ramon and Braulia Rios Pena; sister, Isabel Vera; nephew, Ray; and a very special cousin, Juan Herrera. Pedro served in the Navy during WWII. He then worked for five years at Lockheed, retiring in 1989. Pedro loved life and people, generously giving of his time and money to tutorial programs, drug rehab programs, clinics and orphanages in Mexico, scholarships for the disadvantaged, child sponsorships and to unnamed poor and needy person. Pedro is survived by his daughters: Judith Pena, Yvonne Flores; grandchildren: John Bannister, Greg and Ally Pena; nephew, Lee Vera; grandniece, Juanelle Trujillo; grandnephew, Ray Vera; as well as the families of his deceased uncles and aunt: Jesus Rios Geronimo and Candelaria Rios, Galacion and Romanita Rios and Sirina and Elisandro Herrera. Pedro, we hold you in our hearts. Thank you for sharing your compassionate, kindness, your quick wit, brilliant mind and generous spirit, descansa en paz. Mass of the resurrections will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, January, 31, 2005 at Cristo Rey Church. Cremation has taken place. Private interment in Dawson, NM.
[The Santa Fe New Mexican - January 30, 2005]

Margaret E. Reid
Margaret Ella Reid, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Reid, Steins and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Latham, died last Thursday after a week's illness. Miss Reid had just completed her sophomore year in the high school at Lordsburg. Funeral services were held last Friday at Hillsboro, the Rev. J. A. Kearns of Deming officiating. Burial was in the Kingston cemetery.
Deming Headlight, June 17, 1938

Simpson G. Reid
Simpson G. Reid - Funeral services for Simpson G. Reid, 59, Kingston, New Mexico, will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock. The services will be in Hillsboro and the burial will be in Kingston. Mr. Reid was a rancher from Kingston. Mr. Reid died in Red Bluff, California at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Gertrude R. Casey. The body was received here by Mahoney's who will be in charge of the burial. Survivors are John R. Reid, a son, Long Beach, California; Gertrude R. Casey, Red Bluff, California; Adoline Miller, daughter, Rodeo, New Mexico; Marjorie McGregor, daughter, Truth or Consequences; two brothers, Robert W. Reid and Percy Reid, both of Hillsboro; and two sisters, Mrs. Edith Pinkey, Truth or Consequences; and Mrs. Mary Earwood, Sonora, Texas.
[Deming Headlight, August 25, 1950]

Natividad Rivera
(Special correspondence from Hillsboro dated March 12) -- Natividad Rivera, the 20-year-old daughter of Thomas Rivera, met death in a horrible manner here this (Monday) morning. The girl was subject epileptic attacks and while suffering from one of these she fell into the open fireplace, where she was burned. No one heard her cry out, as she could not speak when attacked by her illness and when she was found accidentally she was too badly burned to recover. Medical aid was called at once, but nothing could be done to save her. Fortunately, she never regained consciousness and probably she never knew anything about the accident, so that she did not suffer as she would have had she been conscious when the accident occurred. The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved family who have been having some ill luck during the past few months.
[Albuquerque Morning Journal, March 14, 1912]

Phillip J. Roybal
Phillip Joseph Roybal, age 93, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2006. Born in Las Cruces, NM on March 19, 1912. He was raised throughout the cities of New Mexico. He served our country in the United States Navy and New Mexico National Guard. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theatre at the submarine base Pearl Harbor. Before moving to Jacksonville, FL in 1998, he was a lifelong resident of Hillsboro, NM, where he was a Master craftsman, specializing in the renovation of early New Mexico style adobe homes. He was a member of the Hillsboro volunteer fire department, Water Works, reserve sheriff deputy and also served as a Sierra county commissioner. He is survived by four sisters: Annie Anderson, Julia Murphy and Mary Lucy Moreno of Albuquerque, NM, Clara Williams of CA; his only son, who he resided with in Jacksonville, FL, Raymond Phillip and wife Elizabeth; two grandchildren: Edward Phillip of Santa Fe, NM, and Diana Elizabeth of Jacksonville, FL; and two great-grandchildren: Shawn Michael and Justin Patrick of Santa Fe, NM. The burial of Phillip Roybal will be scheduled at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM. Please contact the family for any details. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville Beach, Fl.
[The Santa Fe New Mexican - February 7, 2006]

Roy Fredrick Schoenradt
Roy Fredrick Schoenradt went to be with his Heavenly Father on February 28, 2005. He was born in Lafayette, Indiana on November 11, 1927. Roy came to Hillsboro, New Mexico with his mother, Emma Schoenradt in September, 1931, at the age of three. His mother met and married John E. Oliver in Hillsobro and they ran Bill's Camp which became the Hillsboro Garage and Grocery. Roy helped his parents run the business and attended school in Hillsboro and then attended NMSU for a while. He married Mary Louise Peaden on June 8, 1949 in Truth or Consequences and Roy continued to work for his parents as he and Mary were raising their family. He was the Fire Chief for the Voluntary Fire Department in Hillsboro for 12 years and served on the Sierra Electric Co-Op Board of Directors from 1967-2001. He also did the weather reading for the National Weather Service for 45 years. Roy and Mary took over the business when his mother was no longer able to. They had many friends and customers that they deeply cared for. Roy was preceded in death by his step-father, John E. Oliver in 1963, by his nephew, Joseph Boyer in 1987; by his brother, John Walter Schoenradt in 1988; by his mother-in-law, Frances Etheridge in 1990; by his mother, Emma Oliver in 1996; by his sister, Ruth Boyer in 2001; and his wife of 54 years, Mary Louise Schoenradt in 2003. He is survived by his sons Bill Schoenradt & wife, Nita and their two children - Jeremy and Amanda of Albuquerque, NM; by a daughter, Pam Davidson & husband, Leo and their three children, Troy Davidson of Chandler, AZ, Tamara Davidson & companion Joseph Rowan of Midland, TX; Amber Davidson of Scottsdale, AZ; by son, John E. Schoenradt, Retired U.S. Navy, & wife, Susan and three children, Angelica Schoenradt-Montoya & husband, Joseph of Ramstein, Germany; Ashley Marie of TorC, NM and Stormy Dawn of Hillsboro, NM; by son, Roy Fredrick Schoenradt, Jr. & wife, Kathy and their three children, Jennifer & Donnie Sheele companion, Mark, and Ashley Shannon of TorC, NM; by a niece, Nancy McCauley and her two children, Tara & Yancy McCauley and spouses and great nephews and great nieces of Silver City, NM; Denny Saunders (nephew by marriage) of Anthony, NM; Georgia North (sister-in-law) and son, Cassey Dagger of Glendale, AZ; Skip Moses (brother-in-law) and wife, Mary of Grover City, CA and their 5 children, spouses and numerous great nieces and nephews and two of the most beautiful great-grandchildren -Mikaela Rae Davidson and Jaden Warren Hopkins-Sheele. Graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 2, 2005 in the Hillsboro Cemetery with Rev. Theodore E. Allwardt, Sr. officiating. Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. (TorC).
[Deming Headlight - Mar 3, 2005]

Frank/Fred Shaw (Headline says Frank obit says Fred)
Frank/Fred Shaw, aged 63 years, was stricken with appoplexy at Nutt Station while enroute home from a trip to Hillsboro. He was brought to the Deming hospital Thursday morning and never regained consciousness. He died Sunday morning at 3 a.m. He is survived by his wife, Mary Shaw. He came to Deming and the Southwest when a boy and has been engaged in ranching and cattle raising in the vicinity of Deming, Hillsboro, and on the Rio Grande. He has lived the past year on a ranch near Spaulding.
[Deming Headlight, June 8, 1923]

William D. Slease
William D. Slease, age 59, prominent business man and miner of Hillsboro for over thirty years, died while being brought to the Deming Hospital yesterday. Mr. Slease was staying at one of his mining properties in the Black Range. Early in the evening of the 25th, he stepped from the cabin and accidently fell over a small cliff approximately 15-feet high. In the fall he struck his head and received injuries from which he never regained consciousness. Funeral services conducted by Kingston Masonic Lodge will be at Hillsboro at 4:00 p.m. Friday.
[Deming Headlight, October 27, 1933]

Andy Sullivan, Jr.
Andy Sullivan, Jr., was born in Hillsboro, NM on February 6, 1936. He entered eternal rest in Alamogordo, NM on August 15, 2005 on his last car adventure. He was preceded in death by his father, Andy Sullivan, Sr.; mother, Beatrice Carabajal; spouse, Molly Sullivan; and favorite cuniao and singing partner, Robert Chavez. Andy is survived by his three children: Beatrice M. Sullivan of Elephant Butte, NM, Darwin A. Sullivan of TorC, NM and Jeffrey J. and wife Stacey Sullivan of Elephant Butte, NM; grandchildren: Kaylin, Jesse, Andrew Bridgett and Emily and "Tuffy". He is also survived by step-mother, Veronica Sullivan of TorC, NM; sisters: Nancy Chavez of Monticello, NM, Lucy Gonzales of Las Cruces, NM, Connie and husband Andy Baca of TorC, NM, Dolores and husband Tony Orosco of Albuquerque, NM, Louise and husband Rick Masingale of TorC, NM, Elizabeth and husband Calvin Cryer of Luis Lopez, NM and Virginia and husband Phillip Sedillo of Silver City, NM; brothers: Ronald and wife Jeanette Sullivan and Jerry Sullivan of TorC, NM, Gary and wife Carol Sullivan of Las Cruces, NM, and Mark Sullivan of Tucson, AZ; cousin whom was like a brother, Robert "Titters" Benavides of Santa Fe, NM; along with numerous nieces, nephews and primos. Mr. Sullivan had many nicknames, such as: "Pado", "Sonny", "Lefty", "Sully", "Cuz", "Big G", "Big S" and was known in Santa Fe as "Ramblin Sandy Ullivan." While still just a child, he made his dying mother a promise to care for his two younger sisters, Nancy and Lucy, which he adamantly kept until his last day on earth. Mr. Sullivan was affluent in Spanish, and when asked how he learned to speak Spanish, and his reply was - "We spent the summers with my grandmother in Central, NM, where everybody spoke Spanish. They used to beat me up because I only spoke English! By the end of the first summer, I learned Spanish." In the Fall, we lived with my other grandmother, in Santa Fe to attend school, and those kids beat me up too, because by then, I would hardly speak English. Mr. Sullivan was a 1954 graduate of St. Michael's High School in Santa Fe, where he proudly attended his 50th Class Reunion in October, 2004. He loved athletics and participated in football, basketball and track, and wore the #21 jersey proudly. After graduation, Andy was employed by the N.M. Highway Department as a Surveying Engineer. While surveying the highway between Kingston, he met and soon married the woman he always loved, Molly (Garcia) Sullivan of Hillsboro, NM. He also worked for various surveying and engineering firms, including, Wilson & Co.; and Molzen & Corbin. Later on, he co-founded and operated Albuquerque Surveying Company. Mr. Sullivan returned to Sierra County in1975 to take over his father's business - General Auto Sales, which he owned and operated for 30 years. He is fondly remembered as a wonderful father, the hardest worker in New Mexico who always helped his family. He was a former member of the B.P.O.E. Elk's Lodge, the TorC Recreation Board, Sierra County Democratic Party, New Mexico National Guard, Moose Lodge, Sierra County Sheriff's Posse. His hobbies included Quarter Horse Match Racing, mountain trout fishing, mule deer hunting, motivating local Tiger athletes and would foot race anybody, anytime, anywhere for any amount and never lost. He also enjoyed singing corridos, treasure hunting, seeing new country in a 4x4 vehicle and mostly landscaping to perfection. He will be greatly missed by his family, many friends and business associates. "Vaya Con Dios". Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, August 19, 2005 in the Chapel of Kirikos Family Funeral Home from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and a Prayer Vigil will be held at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church led by Deacon Adam Sanchez. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Sean Garrity, CSB officiating. Serving as Casket Bearers are Jessie Sullivan, Andrew Sullivan, Robert Chavez, Lawrence Chavez, Eric Chavez and George Biel. Honorary Casket Bearers are Andy Baca, Francis Teeter, William Renfro, Eric Armijo, Ray Chavez, Mike Gonzales, Jared Butterworth and Robert Benavides. Cremation will follow. Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. & Sierra Crematory, LLC. 303 N. Cedar St (TorC).
[Santa Fe New Mexican - August 18, 2005]

Bob N. Sullivan
Bob N. Sullivan, 70, a resident of Santa Fe, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 1997. Mr. Sullivan was born in Hillsboro, New Mexico on January 2, 1927, to James and Lucy Bourguet Sullivan who have preceded him in death. Also preceding Mr. Sullivan in death was a brother, Andy Sullivan and a sister, Susie Garrison. Mr. Sullivan married Dolores Rodriguez in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on August 7, 1950. He was a graduate of Santa Fe High School. Mr. Sullivan retired after 33 years of service with the New Mexico Highway Department. He was recently employed with Rodeo Plaza Liquor. Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He is survived by his loving wife, Dolores Sullivan of Santa Fe; daughters: Kathleen Ortiz and husband Ray of Santa Fe, Teresa Anaya and husband Chris of Tesuque, NM; son, Jim Sullivan and wife Jaymie of Santa Fe; grand daughters: Andrea Sandoval, Hillary Ortiz, Rachel Sullivan, Kathleen Roybal; grandsons: Derrick Roybal, Robert Sullivan, Raymond Ortiz, Jr.; sisters: Gwen Pitt, Mamie Sullivan, Eva Mead, Ethel Romero, Mable Gallegos, Mary Stone, Frances Quintana and husband Benny; sisters-in-law: Carlota Medina and husband Edward, Margaret Trull; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visitation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where a rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service.
[Santa Fe New Mexican, - February 8, 1997]

James W. Thwaits
James William Thwaits, 79, of Silver City formally of Hillsboro passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2001 at his home. Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 10, 2001 at the Hillsboro Community Center in Hillsboro, NM with Reverend Dick Hall and Mr. Russell Bowne officiating. Interment will be in Hillsboro Cemetery and dedication of the grave will be offered by his son, Dr. Richard Thwaits. Mr. Thwaits was born September 17, 1922 in Tyrone, NM. He was the son of Thomas Reunie Thwaits and Ivana Jackson Thwaits. Mr. Thwaits married Irma Nell Meyers April 7, 1944 in Lordsburg, NM. Mr. Thwaits is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nell; three sons, Thomas Ray Thwaits and his wife, Connie of Richland, WA, William Dennis Thwaits and his wife, Jo Rachel of Los Lunas, NM, Richard Neal Thwaits and his wife, Janet of Orem, UT; nine grandchildren, Leslie, Terri Jo, John Bruce Barnard, James Duane, Thomas Patrick, Preston, Terry, Wendy, Julie and Sandy; one sister-in-law, Mildred Thwaits. he was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jean Clark and Mary Elizabeth Smith; one brother, Thomas Jackson. Mr. Thwaits served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner on the USS Maryland. He was in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1944 and at the signing of the cease fire in Tokyo Bay. Mr. Thwaits retired from Mountain Bell Telephone in 1983. The Thwaits had resided at the family home in Hillsboro for the past 12 years, before recently moving to Silver City. Pallbearers for Mr. Thwaits service will be Tom Thwaits, Dennis Thwaits, Rick Thwaits, Bill Thwaits, Jim Keith Clark, Duane Thwaits. Honorary bearers will be Don Bell, Richard Spellman, Trevor Roberts, Ben Lewis and Ron Hawk. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
[Albuquerque Journal (NM) - November 10, 2001]

John B. Tittmann
When John B. Tittmann was a law student in the early 1930s, professors liked to tell their hard-charging charges that "brains are cheap -- judgment is what's expensive." "John had both," said one of Tittmann's classmates, Bob Botts. Tittmann, whose legal career spanned more than 60 years and earned the respect of many of his peers, died Saturday in Albuquerque after a short illness. He was 88. Described by daughter Lynn Mullins as "truly the kind of person who wanted to help people who needed help," Tittmann grew up in Hillsboro, N.M. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1929 and Harvard Law School in 1932. He began his legal career in Kansas, then joined the District Attorney's Office in Raton. After World War II, he practiced in New York. In 1952, he joined the firm of Keleher & McLeod in Albuquerque. William B. Keleher, a senior shareholder in the firm, said Tittmann cared little about money and had a variety of clients, from corporations to individuals of modest means. "He'd represent his barber as well as he'd represent the Public Service Company (of New Mexico)," Keleher said. Botts, who continues to practice law in Albuquerque, said his friend was "a helluva good lawyer -- a top-flight lawyer." But Tittmann's passion for the law was always balanced by his love of family, other people and the outdoors, Mullins said. "That's not to say he didn't fight tooth and nail for his clients," Mullins said. "But he also found time for other things. He was very involved in his family -- that was the most important thing to him." Tittmann, who spoke Spanish fluently, played baseball as a young man in Hillsboro and also enjoyed tennis, golf, fishing and hunting. Tittmann is survived by three children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral arrangements are pending.
[Albuquerque Journal (NM) - April 21, 1996]

Mina Augusta (Vaden) Walsh
A beloved mother, grandmother and 'GG', died March 3, 2003 after a courageous battle against cancer. She was born in Hillsboro, NM on April 13, 1926 to Mary and Clay Vaden. They preceded her in death, along with her brother, Samuel Vaden; first husband Wilis Chambers; second husband, William B. Walsh; sons: Brian Walsh and Bruce Walsh; and grandson, Brady Walsh. She is survived by her sisters: Rosemary Brown and Jean Pierce of Albuquerque NM. Surviving children include: Samuel Chambers (Joan), Sandra Dye (Scott), Brad Walsh (Bonnielee), Pamela Dobson, James Walsh (Connie), and Tom Walsh (Melly). She was blessed with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Friday, March 7, 2003 at 1 p.m., a mass will follow at 1:30 p.m., Rosario Chapel. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street, 984-8600.
[Santa Fe New Mexican, The (NM) - March 6, 2003]

Mabian Douglas Wenslay
Mabian Douglas Wenslay, 59, formerly of Albuquerque, died Monday, September 20, 1999 of heart failure. Upon graduation from the University of New Mexico, Mr. Wenslay resided in Des Moines, IA and taught school. He was active in the American Legion. He is survived by his mother, Gladys Wenslay, Hillsboro, NM; two daughters Elana Wenslay, DeSoto, IA and Jennifer Wenslay, Norwalk, IA; sister, Beverly Wenslay, Hillsboro, NM; and his longtime companion Betty Skalicky, Norwalk, IA. He was preceded in death by his father "Ole" Mabin Wenslay. Services will be Thursday, September 23, at 10:00 a.m. at the Dunn's Funeral Home in Des Moines.
[Albuquerque Journal (NM) - September 22, 1999]

O. Mabin Wenslay
O. Mabin Wenslay, 82, of Hillsboro, NM died Friday afternoon at Memorial Medical Center. He was born January 21, 1916 in Enid, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Family Motor Coach Association. The Rosicrucian Order and had worked at Continental Machining in Albuquerque. He also taught Ballroom dancing in Albuquerque. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Wenslay of Hillsboro; a son, Douglas of Des Moines, Iowa; and a daughter, Beverly of Albuquerque; two granddaughters, Jennifer and Elena Wenslay; a brother, Arnel and his wife, Eileen Wenslay of Los Alamos, NM; and sisters, Marie Cavrera of Grants, NM and Dottie and her husband, Bill Bivings of Missouri. Cremation has taken place and Memorial services will follow in Hillsboro. Arrangements by Graham Mortuary, Mesilla Valley Crematory 555 W. Amador, Las Cruces, NM.
[Albuquerque Journal (NM) - October 11, 1998]

Datames B. Whitham
Datames B. Whitham, 66, cattleman of Hillsboro, died Saturday at Deming hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday at Hillsboro.
[Deming Headlight, March 11, 1938]

Minerva Wolford
The remains of Mrs. Minerva Wolford are to be shipped to Deming from California Friday for burial at Hillsboro, Mahoney Funeral Home said Thursday. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Hillsboro. Other information was not available.
[Deming Headlight, December 18, 1953]

Elfigo Gonzales
Killed In Accident
Mrs Luisa Gonzales and sons, Antonio and Fred, were in Arrey Tuesday to attend the funeral of their cousin, who was killed in a car accident Sunday afternoon.  Mr Gonzales was employed at the Santa Rita Mines.  He was on his way to Arrey to visit his father when the accident occurred.  His car was completely demolished when it was hit by a large truck when the two vehicles collided while going over a narrow bridge between Hot Springs and Arrey.  (The Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico, October 27, 1950)


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