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In Loving Memory of Alesha Mae Cruz

Alesha Mae Cruz, age 37, died Friday, June 27, 2014 in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Cremation has taken place and no public services are scheduled at this time. 

Alesha Mae Cruz was born on August 23, 1976 in Raton, New Mexico to Domingo J. Cruz and Lori Jane (Kropf) Cruz. She attended school in Des Moines and graduated from Des Moines High School. After high school, Alesha attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma and she graduated with a Bachelors Degree. She worked as a recruiter for OPSU and later for the University of Phoenix as well as working numerous waitress jobs. Alesha was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather; Archie Kropf, 2 uncles; Steve Booton and Ralph Solano and 1 cousin; Berek Solano. 

SURVIVORS: 

PARENTS: Domingo and Lori Cruz of Des Moines, New Mexico. 

Fiancé: Willie Goolsbey of Clayton, New Mexico and his children and family. 

2 BROTHERS: Lonnie Domingo Cruz and his wife Cathy and Brent Alan Cruz all of Capulin, New Mexico. 

MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER: Ruby Kropf of Capulin, New Mexico. 

Nieces and Nephews: Colton Cruz, Cassidee Cruz and Beau Cruz. 

Numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. 

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made to the Alesha Mae Cruz Scholarship fund care of the Farmers and Stockmans Bank in Des Moines or Clayton.

In Loving Memory of Robert Martin Kaiser

Robert Martin Kaiser was born on January 23, 1926 in New York City, New York and died June 27, 2014.

Bob Kaiser was a plumber from New Hyde Park, NY for 26 years and on the Nassau County Plumbing Board in New York for years.  He moved to Raton in 1976 and was co-owner of Kaiser Construction Company until he retired. 

The son of William Joseph Kaiser and Ethel Maud Bennett.  He was a Past Master and Secretary of the Paumanok – Port Washington Masonic Lodge No. 855 in New York.   He was a 50+  year Masonic Member in New York and a member of Gate City Lodge #11 of Raton, NM. , a World War II Veteran, member of the Raton Optimist Club, and a member of St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church of Floral Park, NY and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Raton, NM.

Robert Kaiser is preceded in death by his parents, William and Ethel Kaiser. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Chase Kaiser of Clovis, NM, his son, Robert David Kaiser and wife Judy, of Melrose, NM, his daughters, Susan Kaiser Wortman and husband Tom, of Raton, NM and Millie T Randolph and husband Ram of Kiowa, CO. and brother William Kaiser and wife Friedel of Scottsdale, AZ as well as ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Mr. K was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be enormously missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. K asked that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, STE 1509, New York, NY 10018.

He will be cremated and inurned in the Santa Fe National Cemetery following a military ceremony.  The date is pending.

In Loving Memory of Joe Montano

Joe Montano, age 78, died Thursday, June 26, 2014 in Clayton, NM. 

Memorial Rosary will be recited at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 28 and Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. Joel Bugas, Celebrant. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Joe M. Montano was born on September 12, 1935 in Miera, New Mexico. He was raised by his blind grandmother Agatha Montoya. He married Teresina Marie (Sanchez) Montano on December 1, 1956 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton, New Mexico where he was a member as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus. Joe was a bus driver for 35 years, he worked 11 years at the Union County Courthouse, and worked for the 5 states livestock auction, and drove an escort vehicle for Willie Sanford. They worked a ranch for 18 years for Hugh Pogue and Sam Edmondson and later for Bill and John Doherty. He loved working outdoors and his therapy was cutting wood. He enjoyed working on the ranch where his God given talent was being on the caterpillar building dams. Joe took pride in his work. His hobbies were barb wire and arrow head collecting, welding art work and sitting on the front porch to watch traffic. He loved his personalized vehicles and had a passion for antiquing and auctions. We are going to miss all of his jokes. Joe was preceded in death by his grandmother; Agatha Montoya, Step-father; Ray Padilla, Mother; Lucy Padilla, sister; Beatrice Aragon, brother; Joe Louis Padilla, father-in-law; Eno Sanchez, mother-in-law; Adela Sanchez, brothers-in-law; Raymond Sanchez, Manuel Martinez, Nestor Cordova, Sisters-in-law; Adelina Armijo and her husband Arthur and Gloria Espinoza. 

SURVIVORS: 

WIFE: Teresina Montano of Clayton, New Mexico. 

4 DAUGHTERS: Priscilla McLeroy of Angel Fire, New Mexico, Levina Herr and her husband Ronald of Amarillo, Texas, Kathryn Montoya of Raton, New Mexico and Lucinda Avila and her husband Mark of Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

1 SON: Joe Montano and his wife Carolyn of Clayton, New Mexico. 

Grandchildren: James McLeroy, Kathleen McLeroy, Andrew Herr and his wife Kaili, Anthony Herr, Harlen Herr, Ali Herr, Angelique Herr, Kayla Montoya, Shane Montoya, Jay Dylan Muse, Brittany Davidson and her husband Zac, Cutter Montano, Felysse Montano, Tanner Montano, Ady Avila and Molly Avila. 
Great-Grandchildren: Audrey Herr, Angel Vidal Montoya, Andre L. Montoya, Adrian Sanchez, Lennox Muse and Avery Davidson. 

2 Brothers: Toby Padilla and his wife Teresa and Floyd Padilla and his wife Maryann. 

3 Sisters: Marie Miera and her husband Arnold, Bertha Padilla and Corrine Trujillo and her husband Eddie. 

Brothers-in-law: Eloy Gonzales and his wife Gloria, Bennie Sanchez, Daniel Sanchez and Charles Espinoza. 

Sisters-in-law: Beatrice Martinez, Lillian Cordova, Eloise Sisneros and her husband George, Carmen Sisneros and her husband Johnnie and Sandra Padilla. 

And numerous nieces and nephews. 

MEMORIALS: The family asks that in Lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Joe Montano Scholarship fund at Farmers and Stockmans Bank.

Victor Esparza RHS Girls Basketball Coach

Raton Schools have announced the hiring of Victor Esparza as the new Raton High School Lady Tigers Head Basketball Coach for the 2014-15 year.  Esparza will also take on the role of Raton High School Athletic Director as part of his duties.

A graduate of Cimarron High School, Esparza comes back to NE New Mexico after serving as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball team at Missouri Southern. Prior to that, he was  an assistant coach for the men’s program at Oklahoma Panhandle State for six seasons. He also served as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach at OPSU during that time. 

At Panhandle, Esparza was responsible for recruiting, player development, scouting and practice planning. He also was in charge of team travel, student-athlete academic progress and film exchange. He got his start in coaching as a student assistant for the 2006-07 season.

As the head coach for the cross country program, Esparza was in charge of everything from recruiting, budgeting, team travel and academics, while also supervising assistant coaches. 

Esparza earned a bachelors of science degree from Panhandle State in 2008, and his masters in education from East Central University in 2013.

Esparza will start as soon as he can get situated, according to Raton Schools Supt. Dr. Neil Terhune and will be assisted in Lady Tiger basketball by Sara Davis.  Davis who is also a graduate of Cimarron High School, was a member of the 2004 Cimarron Lady Rams NM State AA Basketball Championship team.

 

Victor Esparza has taken the Raton High girls basketball coaching position

Victor Esparza has taken the Raton High girls basketball coaching position

Triggers Topple Osos

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

A 2-run homer by CJ Epperson was the only score the Raton Osos could muster against the Trinidad Triggers Wednesday evening as the Triggers put together a seventh and eighth inning rallies for a 12-2 win.

The game was 45 minutes late as the teams waited for substitute umpires to arrive. The second day this has happened as umpires were late for the game Sunday as well.

Kevin McGovern posted the win for the Triggers with a 15 strikeout performance. He only had two walks during the 8-inning game with one of the two hits against him came when CJ Epperson hit a 2-run homer in the fifth. In the seventh inning the Triggers started a six run rally on a double by K.C. Judge. The Triggers then posted a 4-run rally in the eighth to win the game.

The Crew in the booth  Dante Mileta announcing, Ethan Washburn and Blake Washburn

The Crew in the booth Dante Mileta announcing, Ethan Washburn and Blake Washburn


The ball just beats CJ Epperson, the speedster to first base

The ball just beats CJ Epperson, the speedster to first base


What a night for baseball as rain showers hover over the landscape to the south east of Raton

What a night for baseball as rain showers hover over the landscape to the south east of Raton


Shortstop Michael Morris goes for the bunt

Shortstop Michael Morris goes for the bunt


CJ Epperson is tagged out as he gets caught in a pickle situation Wednesday evening at Gabriele Field

CJ Epperson is tagged out as he gets caught in a pickle situation Wednesday evening at Gabriele Field


CJ Epperson is tagged out as he gets caught in a pickle situation Wednesday evening at Gabriele Field

CJ Epperson is tagged out as he gets caught in a pickle situation Wednesday evening at Gabriele Field


CJ Epperson is congratulated after his 2-run homer, the only score the Osos had in the game

CJ Epperson is congratulated after his 2-run homer, the only score the Osos had in the game

 

 

In Loving Memory of Frances C. Aguirre

Frances C. Aguirre age 67 of Raton passed away on Saturday June 14th, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM after succumbing to complicated medical issues. She was born on February 14th, 1947 in Raton to Luke Salazar and Cora Barela.

Frances is preceded in death by her parents, brother Luke Salazar, Jr., sister Berdina Burgess, Nephew Jeffery Salazar, and partner Anthony Sam Martinez. She is survived by sons; John Fred Salazar and wife Mia of Raton, George (Pepper) Aguirre of Raton, Michael Salazar of Santa Rosa, daughter Christina Aguirre Romero of Raton, Step-father Chris Gonzales of Raton, grandchildren Jaziah Salazar, Ryanna Muniz, Lorenna Gutierrez, Jesse Aguirre, Keira Romero, Neveah Romero, Elisio Romero, Nathanial Salazar, Alex Medina, Domingo Saenz, Josalynne, Isaac, Thomas, and Michael. Brothers; Jimmy Gonzales and wife Bobbie of Raton, George Nick Salazar and wife Loretta of Raton, Pat Gonzales of Raton, Amos Salazar of Raton, Johnny Salazar and wife Sandra of Raton, David (Spider) Salazar of Albuquerque, Sisters; Kathy Gonzales and Joe of Alamosa, Theresa Salazar of Washington, Rachel Martinez and husband Louie of Washington, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Friday June 27th at 9am followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 9:30am. Rite of Committal and Inurnment to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

NM Department of Health Survey Supports Positive Impact of NMAA’s Life of an Athlete Program

SANTA FE, NM – The 2013 Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) recently released by the Department of Health shows that significant improvements have been made in the area of underage drinking in New Mexico since 2011. 

The YRRS showed that New Mexico saw significant reductions in the following key indicators related to underage drinking in grades 9-12 between the years of 2011 and 2013:

 

  • Current drinking decreased from 36.9 percent to 28.9 percent, down 21.68 percent;
  • Binge drinking decreased from 22.4 percent to 17.1 percent, down 23.66 percent;
  • Drinking and driving decreased from 9.3 percent to 8.9 percent, down 4.3 percent; and,
  • Drinking before the age of 13 decreased from 27.4 percent to 23.3 percent, down 14.96 percent.

 

These results support the notion that alcohol awareness programs like NMAA’s Life of an Athlete do have an impact on the reduction of underage drinking. 

New Mexico Activities Association Executive Director Sally Marquez said, “We are very excited to see the survey information released by the Department of Health.  The NMAA and Department of Transportation have worked hard to make the Life of an Athlete program a success and these statistics are definitely a sign that we are headed in the right direction.”

New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division Director Robert Archuleta said, “I believe TSD programs like NMAA’s Life of an Athlete have made a huge difference.  This means better student-athletes and it certainly impacts long term alcohol use and dependence.”

The NMAA, with the support of the NMDOT Traffic Safety Division and the assistance of the American Athletic Institute, launched the Life of an Athlete program on July 29, 2010.   The program’s main focus is on the negative effects of alcohol consumption upon an athlete’s athletic performance and life.  The initial program targeted high school students but a curriculum update in the fall of 2013 has expanded this to reach middle school students as well. 

 

For additional information pertaining to this announcement, please contact Dusty Young, NMAA Associate Director at (505) 977-5385 or dusty@nmact.org

Colorado Primary Election Results

The Colorado Primary Election was held Tuesday, below are results for Las Animas and Huerfano counties. In Las Animas County there was only one local contested race. It was the Democratic race for county commissioner District 3 where Jim Montoya received 943 to Joseph “JoJo’ Martinez 786.

In Huerfano County it was again District 3 Commissioner that was a contested race with Gerald Cicneros getting the Democratic nod with 569 votes to Della Louise Duran 517 Votes.

The democrats chose Vonnie Maier-Valdez for County Coroner with 743 votes to Edward C. Wolahan 303 votes. The Republicans chose Rebecca A. Mitchell to be county coroner with 314 votes to Clint Boehler with 224 votes.

Link to all of the results by County    http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CO/51557/134927/en/select-county.html

This is the link to the statewide results   http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CO/51557/134927/en/summary.html

Below are the results for Las Animas County 

UNITED STATES SENATOR – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Mark Udall   1299 100
UNITED STATES SENATOR – REPUBLICAN PARTY Cory Gardner 723 100
REPRESENTATIVE TO THE 114TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS – DISTRICT 4 – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Vic Meyers   976 100
REPRESENTATIVE TO THE 114TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS – DISTRICT 4 – REPUBLICAN PARTY Scott W. Renfroe 179 22.29
REPRESENTATIVE TO THE 114TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS – DISTRICT 4 – REPUBLICAN PARTY Ken Buck   296 36.86
REPRESENTATIVE TO THE 114TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS – DISTRICT 4 – REPUBLICAN PARTY Steve Laffey   129 16.06
REPRESENTATIVE TO THE 114TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS – DISTRICT 4 – REPUBLICAN PARTY Barbara J. Kirkmeyer 199 24.78
GOVERNOR – DEMOCRATIC PARTY John Hickenlooper 1263 100
GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN PARTY Mike Kopp   142 17.55
GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN PARTY Scott Gessler 291 35.97
GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN PARTY Tom Tancredo 190 23.49
GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN PARTY Bob Beauprez 186 22.99
SECRETARY OF STATE – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Joe Neguse   1149 100
SECRETARY OF STATE – REPUBLICAN PARTY Wayne W. Williams 678 100
SECRETARY OF STATE – AMERICAN CONSTITUTION PARTY Amanda Campbell 6 100
STATE TREASURER – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Betsy Markey 1192 100
STATE TREASURER – REPUBLICAN PARTY Walker Stapleton 685 100
ATTORNEY GENERAL – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Don Quick   1176 100
ATTORNEY GENERAL – REPUBLICAN PARTY Cynthia Coffman 661 100
STATE REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 64 – REPUBLICAN PARTY Timothy Dore 651 100
COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 3 – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Jim D. Montoya 943 54.54
COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 3 – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Joseph JoJo” Martinez” 786 45.46
COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 3 – REPUBLICAN PARTY Mack Louden 723 100
COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Patricia Peach” Vigil” 1434 100
COUNTY TREASURER – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Donna J. Leonetti 1573 100
COUNTY TREASURER – REPUBLICAN PARTY Ed Trommeter 696 100
COUNTY ASSESSOR – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Jodi M. Amato 1429 100
COUNTY SHERIFF – DEMOCRATIC PARTY James W. Casias 1539 100
COUNTY SHERIFF – REPUBLICAN PARTY Tony Fatur   640 100
COUNTY SURVEYOR – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Gary L. Terry 1532 100
COUNTY CORONER – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Dominic A. Verquer 1570 100
         

Results for Huerfano County

UNITED STATES SENATOR – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Mark Udall   878 100
UNITED STATES SENATOR – REPUBLICAN PARTY Cory Gardner 500 100
REPRESENTATIVE TO THE 114TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS – DISTRICT 3 – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Abel J. Tapia 826 100
REPRESENTATIVE TO THE 114TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS – DISTRICT 3 – REPUBLICAN PARTY Scott R. Tipton 443 81.43
REPRESENTATIVE TO THE 114TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS – DISTRICT 3 – REPUBLICAN PARTY David Cox   101 18.57
GOVERNOR – DEMOCRATIC PARTY John Hickenlooper 820 100
GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN PARTY Mike Kopp   125 22.52
GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN PARTY Scott Gessler 190 34.23
GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN PARTY Tom Tancredo 118 21.26
GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN PARTY Bob Beauprez 122 21.98
SECRETARY OF STATE – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Joe Neguse   750 100
SECRETARY OF STATE – REPUBLICAN PARTY Wayne W. Williams 449 100
SECRETARY OF STATE – AMERICAN CONSTITUTION PARTY Amanda Campbell 2 100
STATE TREASURER – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Betsy Markey 784 100
STATE TREASURER – REPUBLICAN PARTY Walker Stapleton 467 100
ATTORNEY GENERAL – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Don Quick   752 100
ATTORNEY GENERAL – REPUBLICAN PARTY Cynthia Coffman 455 100
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION – CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 3 – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Henry C. Roman 787 100
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION – CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 3 – REPUBLICAN PARTY Barbara Ann Smith 207 44.33
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION – CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 3 – REPUBLICAN PARTY Marcia Neal   260 55.67
STATE REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 62 – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Ed Vigil   839 100
STATE REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 62 – REPUBLICAN PARTY Marcy Freeburg 456 100
COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 3 – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Gerald Cisneros 569 52.39
COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 3 – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Della Louise Duran 517 47.61
COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 3 – REPUBLICAN PARTY Keith E. Varner 470 100
COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Nancy Cruz   967 100
COUNTY TREASURER – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Debra J. Reynolds 998 100
COUNTY ASSESSOR – DEMOCRATIC PARTY L. Chuky” Sandoval” 949 100
COUNTY ASSESSOR – REPUBLICAN PARTY Wilma C. Martinez 434 100
COUNTY SHERIFF – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Bruce Newman 932 100
COUNTY SHERIFF – REPUBLICAN PARTY Jim Chamberlain 458 100
COUNTY CORONER – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Vonnie Maier-Valdez 743 71.03
COUNTY CORONER – DEMOCRATIC PARTY Edward C. Wolahan 303 28.97
COUNTY CORONER – REPUBLICAN PARTY Rebecca A. Mitchell 314 58.36
COUNTY CORONER – REPUBLICAN PARTY Clint Boehler 224 41.64

Raton City Commission Speeds Through Meeting Tuesday Evening

Raton City Commission Speeds Through Meeting

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

The Raton city commission sped through an uneventful agenda Tuesday evening.  

Mayor Pro-Tem Neal Segotta read the Relay for Life Proclamation then heard from commissioners about their appointed board meetings. Of note there Lake Maloya is one foot below the spillway. Raton Public Service has a new general manager, Dan Dible, who took over the reins on June 16. Jason Phillips was chosen to be the new Solid Waste Manager.

Commissioners then approved the May 2014 financial report. In that report it was noted that the GRT is down 4.14% from last year yet the cash balance as of May 31 was $936,784 just over $200k over the beginning balance of $726,486.

Commissioners approved a New Mexico Environment Department grant that will pay for the transportation of tire bails from the landfill to an approved site. The grant is for $35,568. 

Commissioners then approved the Lodger’s Tax board recommendation to give Main Street an additional $201.54 as the advertising budget for Mexico Vive. The original amount approved was $2700 with the total advertising expewnse being $2901.54.

Commissioners approved the street closure for the St. Patrick’s St. Joseph’s Parish Fiesta and the July Fourth street dance at the Raton VFW Post 1793.

The contract with Service Organization for Youth to serve as the sub-contractor on the Juvenile Justice Grant was approved.

City Manager Butch McGowen informed the commission that the interim budget was approved an the final budget would be ready at the last meeting in July for fiscal year 2014-2015.

The Multimodal project is still delayed this time because of vacations at the state agencies involved namely the Environment Department.

The Solid Waste Study is progressing and it is expected to be completed soon and a meeting will be held in August to present the study to the public.

The roof on the Wells Fargo Building is complete and there is money being budgeted to complete the other repairs on the building this next year.

Computer problems have delayed things on the GRT ordinance but it will be ready for the last meeting in July. 

Commissioners will meet again next month on July 8th at 6:00 p.m. 

 

 

Raton City Commissioners

Raton City Commissioners

 

City Manager Butch McGowen gives his report to the commissioners Tuesday evening

City Manager Butch McGowen gives his report to the commissioners Tuesday evening

In Loving Memory of Nelma Lee Martin

Nelma Lee Martin, 76, died at her home in Raton, New Mexico, June 19, 2014. She was accompanied in death by her faithful dogs, Boomer, Hobie and Little Lady.

Nelma was born October 21, 1937 in Red Oak, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde Lee Martin and Eula Irene Coy, sister Velma Jean Griffith and brothers Randy Steven Martin and Clyde Lee Martin, Jr.

She is survived by her children: Martin Wayne Muse (Loretta) of Des Moines; James Kent Muse of Raton, and daughter Angelica Alirez (Joe) of Las Vegas. She is survived by grandchildren Paul Abrain Nigg, Jay Dylan Muse, and Lillian, Joe, Riley and Adalyn Alirez and by three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Thelma Coker of Cimarron and Jody Jones (Gene) of Clovis and by many nieces and nephews and a host of faithful friends.

Nelma Lee grew up in Red Oak, Oklahoma. She attended Red Oak High School and then Oklahoma City Business College. She spent 27 years working for the State of New Mexico in the Human Services Department Income Support Division. Nelma provided a home for over 30 foster children and fell in love with each one of them. She was always “Sissy” to her family and she was an artist with her yarn and crochet hook. She loved talking and socializing and she always had time for a conversation with a friend. She was a member of the Raton Church of Christ. Her family wishes to thank special friends who offered continuing comfort and support and daily conversation during her years of invalidism: Nancy Fry, Pearl Ulibarri, Clara Lester, Ward Shrake, Kathryn Karnowsky, and Helen Vukonich.

Cremation has taken place and a private family inurnment will take place at Cimarron Mountain View Cemetery at a future date. Friends who wish to honor Nelma Lee may contribute to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life or to the Raton Humane Society.

Arrangements for Nelma Lee Martin are under the care and direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.