Sentina “LaBelle” Walton of Raton, NM passed away February 14, 2015 at Miners Colfax Medical Center where she lost a short battle with cancer.
LaBelle was born December 13, 1922 in Dawson, NM to Joseph and Mary Pacetti who came from Italy to America in 1909 and 1910. LaBelle married Millard Walton who preceded her in death in 1999. She is survived by sisters, Jennie Pasquale, Carmela Buliach, and Lucy Richards. Preceding her in death were two brothers, Steiner Pacetti, Merico (Boach) Pacetti and one sister, Theresa Beard. LaBelle and Millard shared seven children, Richard Beard, Linda Bogel, James Beard, Lynette Wesselhoft, all of whom are deceased; Mary Jo Armijo, Shirley Berry and Morgan Walton survive her. LeBelle had 11 grandchildren and multiple great and great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, as well as many friends and three special friends, Peps Biundo, Kathy Beard, and Linda Mapes Blasingame. LaBelle was known by many of her grandchildren’s friends as Nonna.
LaBelle and Millard owned the Walton Ranch where Sugarite Ski area and The Lodge were located. Upon learning of LaBelle’s Death, many people reflected on memories they had of skiing, dancing and eating a fine steak at the ski area. LaBelle was a very gracious host and everyone enjoyed a good time in her presence no matter where you were if she was there you had a good time.
LaBelle spent her life working hard, enjoying her family and friends and tried not to dwell on the sorrow she had through the years. There were few people in Colfax County who did not know LaBelle and everyone will miss her jokes, laughter and companionship.
LaBelle’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held on March 7, 2015 at 10:00am in the Chapel of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home. In Lieu of flowers please donate to LaBelle’s end of life expenses or a charity of your choice.