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In Loving Memory of Mary Frances Birdwell

Mary Frances Birdwell, age 94, died Friday, February 20, 2015, in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Robert Hunt and Rev. Billy Rammage officiating. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico. 

Mary Frances Birdwell was a Texas girl, born on April 9, 1920 in Thalia, Ford County, Texas to Claude Woodfin “Wood” Roberts and Lola P. (Brown) Roberts. As Mary would say, at the age of 11 or 12 she moved to Clayton with her parents and three sisters in 1931 or 1932. Her dad went in business with his nephew, Finis Roberts, running a dairy. Her dad’s older brother, Dan had moved to Clayton earlier. The dairy was where Bob Isaacs built a home and Paul McNaghten lives today. During that year her older sister, Vestula, died from a ruptured appendix at the age of 14. Her dad wouldn’t let any of the girls work and pretty well spoiled them all. Before they left the dairy on the hill he told them to look over there at that big white house with a steeple and a front porch and told them they were going to live there. Within about a year and a half they moved into that big house and dad started a dairy there. Roger and Rebecca Lord live there now. The land that went with the house is where Fort Jordan and the Union County Feed Lot were later built. They lived there from 1934 to the late 1940’s. Mary went through the dust bowl days there. She graduated from Clayton High School in 1938 and married O.W. Brownie Birdwell on August 21, 1938 in the First Methodist Church in Clayton, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on April 29, 1999. They stayed at the dairy where Brownie worked. Billy was born in 1942. They moved to Bellflower, California when he was very small because he had lung problems and it was too dry and dusty here. Brownie’s parents lived there. After four years they moved back to Clayton as Billy was better and Wood wanted his daughter back home. Shirley Lynn was born in 1947 in Clayton. Mary lost another sister, Rheba at age 14 in 1949 also due to a ruptured appendix. Brownie and Mary bought and ran a laundry for a short time then started a new dairy 11 miles west of town after electricity came to Union County. They sold milk to Bordens in Amarillo, Texas and there were about 12 dairies here at that time.Mary was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clayton and the United Methodist Women’s Love Circle.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by 1 daughter; Shirley Lynn (Birdwell) Smith on September 5, 1984 a great-granddaughter; Ashley Lynn Smith on July 2, 1996 and 3 sisters; Ella Vestula Roberts on July 22, 1932, Rheba Blanche Roberts on May 19, 1949, Wyona Jane Taylor on September 20, 2003 and a brother-in-law; Garton Taylor on November 10, 1982. 

SURVIVORS: 

1 DAUGHTER: Brownell Keeth and her husband Randy of Clayton, New Mexico. 

1 SON: Bill Birdwell and his wife Freida of Clayton, New Mexico. 

7 GRANDCHILDREN: Rachelle Cruz, Danette Simpson and her husband Sam, Jerra Riley and her husband Solon and Chad Keeth and his wife Amaris all of Amarillo, Texas, Justin Keeth and his wife Lynette and Sondra Miera and her husband J.D. all of Clayton, New Mexico and Larry Smith and his wife Amy of Dalhart, Texas. 

15 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: 

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church in Clayton or ro Clayton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

TigerFest Festivities highlight Friday Basketball Games

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Friday’s activities began midday as Raton High students, faculty and staff gathered for a pep rally just after noon Friday in Tiger Gym to begin TigerFest activities and crown a new king and queen. 

The Cheer and Dance teams performed for the crowd and then the basketball teams were presented and finally Royalty made their way on court with Dion Padilla being crowned King and Sabrina Valdez receiving the crown for Queen. The Royalty attendants were  Brent Trujillo, Brianna Pais, Christian Granado, Natalie Castellini, Christian Trujillo, Kate Little, Danny Record, Renee Martinez.

After the coronation Mums and boutonnières were presented to parents. The early presentation was a break from year’s past when parents were presented before the varsity games.

Raton JV boys once again played their game at Raton Middle School and come away with another whipping as they too had a hard time handling the strong Clayton defense. The final score at the buzzer there was a dismal 75-14.

The JV girls played their game at Tiger Gym and they too struggled with the man to man defense that Clayton brought on. Quite often the aggressive defense would create turnovers that resulted in points for the JV Yellowjackettes. When the final buzzer sounded on game it was 73-17 trouncing.

Coach Victor Esparza noted this will be another game this young team will want to forget. The Lady Tigers struggled with the aggressive man to man defense the Yellowjackettes brought to Raton Friday night. Coach Esparza was a bit disappointed in the way the girls played with the number of turnovers and again the Lady Tigers couldn’t buy a basket as shot after shot bounced around and out. Esparza also noted the girls had a hard time getting inside for rebounds. 

Esparza is hoping the Lady Tigers will regroup and give Santa Rosa a run for their money and take that into the district tourney beginning this week. 

The varsity boys took to the court and from the jump ball struggled, as the 6’4″ Mark Craine easily handled over a shorter Dillon Lemons. It was turnover after turnover and the boys too struggled with putting the ball in the basket. As coach Gilbert San Roman after the game we couldn’t buy a basket. 

The Yellowjackets also played an aggressive man to man defense that Raton struggled with. By the fourth quarter Clayton was playing the bench and Raton seemed to make some headway as they worked the ball inside to Austin Jones who was able to take it to the basket with a short turnaround jumper. Senior Connell Ware back after missing several games took the roll of primary ball handler for the Tigers, yet he and Jodus Gonzales Raton’s other ball handler struggled with the Clayton defense. 

The Tigers will start the district tourney play on Tuesday. 

JV Games

Girls

Clayton 17  17  20  19  73

Raton     4  10    2     1  17

Clayton High Point

Bri Fong 11 1 of 2 free throws

Mason Crisp 12 0 for 1 free throw

Abby Lawerence 10

Kameryn Valdez 14

Amber Crisp 19 1 of 2 free throws

Raton High Point

Andie Ortega 8  2 of 4 free throws

Boys

Clayton  13  35  15  12  75

Raton      2    7    2    3   14

Clayton High Point

Jacob W 21  2 of 2 free throws

Raton High Point

Damien Lewis 8 1 of 2 free throws

Varsity Games

Girls

Clayton 19  21  16  12  68

Raton    4     1    4    4   13

Clayton High Point

Montan Baker 15 3 of 6 free throws

Sterling Walker 10 2 of 2 free throws

Brook Leal 10

Drew Hidalgo 14  3 3pointers and 1 of 2 free throws

free throws 9 of 16 attempts

Raton High Point

Sydni Silva  6 2 of 2 free throws

free throws 3 of 7 attempts

Boys

Clayton  21  21  22  11  75

Raton     8     6    4  14  32

Clayton High Point

Koy Geary 31  6 of 7 free throws

Mark Craine 16 

Free Throws 9 of 10 attempts

Raton High Point

Austin Jones 7  1 of 1 free throws

Jodas /Gonzales 8

Connell Ware 8 1 of 2 free throws

Free Throws 3 of 8 attempts

Raton High Student Senate hosted Tigerfest Friday and Crowned the King and Queen at an assembly of student Friday afternoon in Tiger Gym L to R  Brent Trujillo, Brianna Pais, Christian Granado, Natalie Castellini, King Dion Padilla and Queen Sabrina Valdez, Christian Trujillo, Kate Little, Danny Record, Renee Martinez

Raton High Student Senate hosted Tigerfest Friday and Crowned the King and Queen at an assembly of student Friday afternoon in Tiger Gym
L to R Brent Trujillo, Brianna Pais, Christian Granado, Natalie Castellini, King Dion Padilla and Queen Sabrina Valdez, Christian Trujillo, Kate Little, Danny Record, Renee Martinez

 

2015 Tigerfest King Dion Padilla and Queen Sabrina Valdez

2015 Tigerfest King Dion Padilla and Queen Sabrina Valdez

 

Lady Tiger Daisy Earle and Bri Fong tie up the ball Friday afternoon in Tiger Gym during the last home game of the season.

Lady Tiger Daisy Earle and Bri Fong tie up the ball Friday afternoon in Tiger Gym during the last home JV game of the season.

 

 

A much Taller Abby Lawrence (30) tangles with Syriah Atencio Friday, Despite her small Stature Atencio is a tough little player.

A much Taller Abby Lawrence (30) tangles with Syriah Atencio Friday, Despite her small Stature Atencio is a tough little player.

 

Senior Brianna Pais races down the court with Brook Leal (23) running interference as the Yellowjackettes played an aggressive man to man defense Friday night

Senior Brianna Pais races down the court with Brook Leal (23) running interference as the Yellowjackettes played an aggressive man to man defense Friday night

 

Brianna Pais (14)  just inside the three point circle puts one up as Sterling Walker (22) plays the defensive side

Brianna Pais (14) just inside the three point circle puts one up as Sterling Walker (22) plays the defensive side

 

One of the few times the Lady Tigers get inside on the Yellowjackettes as Senior Tarryn Trujillo gets past Sterling Walker(22) and goes for the layup.

One of the few times the Lady Tigers get inside on the Yellowjackettes as Senior Tarryn Trujillo gets past Sterling Walker(22) and goes for the layup.

 

Sydni Silva (30) and Brook Leal (23) scramble for the loose ball Friday night as the Lady Tigers play their last home game of the season.

Sydni Silva (30) and Brook Leal (23) scramble for the loose ball Friday night as the Lady Tigers play their last home game of the season.

 

It was a tough night for the Tigers even from the start as 6' 4" Mark Craine easily wins the jump ball over Dillon Lemons

It was a tough night for the Tigers even from the start as 6′ 4″ Mark Craine easily wins the jump ball over Dillon Lemons

 

Austin Jones (5) gets inside for the turn around jumper, a play that worked well for the Tigers but one they didn't use much until the fourth quarter.

Austin Jones (5) gets inside for the turn around jumper, a play that worked well for the Tigers but one they didn’t use much until the fourth quarter.

 

Senior Connell Ware goes inside for the layup Friday night.

Senior Connell Ware goes inside for the layup Friday night.

 

Koy Geary backs off as Austin Jones goes in for the jumper Friday night in Tiger Gym

Koy Geary backs off as Austin Jones goes in for the jumper Friday night in Tiger Gym

 

Connel Ware races past a Yellowjacket, back after missing several games Ware became the primary ball handler for the Tigers Friday night.

Connel Ware races past a Yellowjacket, back after missing several games Ware became the primary ball handler for the Tigers Friday night.

 

6'4" Mark Craine gets a hand on the ball that Freshman Cole Medina shot

6’4″ Mark Craine gets a hand on the ball that Freshman Cole Medina shot

 

Austin Jones puts up one of his six points on the night late in the game with the Yellowjackets

Austin Jones puts up one of his six points on the night late in the game with the Yellowjackets

 

Connell Ware just misses a an easy layup

Connell Ware just misses a an easy layup

 

Justin Taylor slams Connel Ware as he takes the jumper late in the game with Clayton Friday night

Justin Taylor slams Connel Ware as he takes the jumper late in the game with Clayton Friday night

In Loving Memory of Ruben DeJesus Gutierrez

It is with profound sadness that the family of Ruben DeJesus Gutierrez announces his passing on February 18, 2015. 

He was born to Elifido and Matilda (Mondragon) Gutierrez in Torres, Colorado on May 26, 1933.

Ruben graduated from Primero High School in 1951 and joined the US Navy on May 28, 1952.  He was a Radar Operator for the USS Rendova and veteran of the Korean Conflict honorably discharged May 22, 1956.  He graduated from Trinidad State Jr College in 1958.

Ruben was the sole proprietor of Ruben’s Conoco from 1968 to 1976 and became an agent for Kentucky Central Life Insurance Company in 1972.  He was also employed by Pizza Hut and C&H Restaurant where he is best remembered for his friendly smile, his loving, caring and generous heart and his wonderful sense of humor. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Freddie, Lloyd, and Elfido Jr. Gutierrez and sisters, Jenny Perez, Ida Roybal and Celia Mondragon.

Ruben married his beloved wife Carmen (Martinez), September 26, 1959.  He was a loving and devoted father to Dennis, Dave and Devona.  5 grandsons Bruce, David, Brandon, and Dustin. 4 granddaughters Devondra,  Brittany, Cory, and Dimree.  3 great grandsons Aaron, Dominyk and Danilo, 2 great granddaughters Leilani and Desirae.

He is also survived by sister, Theresa Duran and sister in law Annie Boyer, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Visitation will be Wednesday, from 2PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.

Funeral Mass will be Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Active pallbearers are Kash Alvaro, Dustin Asevedo,   John Boyer,  Ed Griego, David Gutierrez and Lester Larsen. 

Honorary pallbearers Devondra and Dimree Asevedo,   Bruce, Mike, Chuck, Randy, Brittany, Cory Gutierrez, and Randy Griego.

Arrangements under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Marcelo Lucero

Marcelo Lucero, age 77, died Thursday, February 19, 2015, in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 22nd by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Monday, February 23rd at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. Joel Bugas as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery in Clayton by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Marcelo F. Lucero was born on October 20, 1937 in Roy, New Mexico to Jose Nemecio Lucero and Alice (Trujillo) Lucero. Marcelo lived most of his life in Clayton and worked for the Town of Clayton for a few years when he was younger. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church . Marcelo was preceded in death by his parents, a sister; Agnes Archuleta, 4 brothers; Fernando Lucero, Johnny Lucero, Charlie Lucero and Frank Lucero and 3 brothers-in-law; Ralph Martinez, Clyde Trujillo and Freddie Archuleta. 

SURVIVORS: 

1 DAUGHTER: Katrina Lucero of Colorado. 

1 GRANDSON 

3 SISTERS: Mary Ann Martinez of Clayton, New Mexico, Mary Alice Trujillo of Dumas, Texas and Annie Sisneros of Amarillo, Texas. 

3 BROTHERS: Joe Lucero and his wife Gloria and Chris Lucero and his companion Julia Cruz all of Clayton, New Mexico and Ray Lucero of Raton, New Mexico. 

1 UNCLE: Manuel Trujillo and his wife Polly of Clayton, New Mexico. 

And numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, including a niece Angela Montoya of Clayton, New Mexico who took care of him for the last twenty years.

In Loving Memory of Frances B. Sandoval

Frances B. Sandoval age 85 passed away February 15, 2015 in Raton, NM. She was born November 12, 1929 the daughter of Rebecca and Daniel Leal Blea. She was a resident of Springer and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Sandoval and brothers Ben Blea, Tony Blea and Danny Blea.

Frances loved to read and listen to Spanish music. She enjoyed crafting and spending time with family at the family restaurant in Springer.

She is survived by her daughter Rita Gonzales and Frank of Maxwell, NM, sons John Sandoval and Alice of Cuba, NM, Alex Sandoval of Albuquerque, NM, Chris and Isabel of Albuquerque, and Paul Sandoval of Raton, brothers Jim Blea and Sally of Raton, Elalo Blea and Betty of San Pablo, CA, 8 grandchildren and 17 great children.

Cremation has taken place and inurnment will follow at the Springer Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements for Frances B. Sandoval are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Rueben D. Gutierrez

Rueben D. Gutierrez, age 81, passed away on February 18, 2015 at the Colorado State Veteran’s Nursing Home in Walsenburg, Colorado.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel.

Rosary will be Wednesday February 26, 2015 at 7PM a Holy Trinity Church.

Funeral Mass will be Thursday February 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Holy Trinity Church.

Interment at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery in Trinidad, Colorado.

Complete obituary to follow.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Joyce Marie Massey

Joyce Marie Massey, age 68, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015, in Dalhart, Texas. 

Cremation has taken place and memorial services are pending at this time. 

Joyce Marie (Hollingsworth) Massey was born on September 9, 1946 in Athens, Henderson County, Texas to Elton Taylor Hollingsworth and Nelma Marie (Whitney) Hollingsworth. She married Paul Massey on September 28, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Joyce was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Dallas, Texas and she drove a truck for about thirty years. Joyce loved driving trucks and spending time with her grandchildren. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and by an infant brother. 

SURVIVORS: 

HUSBAND: Paul Massey of Clayton, New Mexico. 

2 DAUGHTERS: LaDonda Mosher and her husband Kevin of Terrell, Texas and MyLinda Garcia and her husband Raul, Sr. Of Lubbock, Texas. 

4 GRANDSONS: Brandon Mosher and his wife Kendra of Royse City, Texas, Justin Mosher of Edmond, Oklahoma, Raul Garcia, Jr. and his wife Erica of Lubbock, Texas and Reuben Garcia of Lubbock, Texas.

3 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Laynie Mosher, Rayden Garcia and Rhyten Garcia.

1 UNCLE: Henry “Hank” Hollingsworth and his wife Nancy of Brownsville, Texas.

1 AUNT: Frances Hollingsworth of Waxahachie, Texas.

2 SISTERS-IN-LAW: Fran Massey of Canton, Texas and Janet Langford of Mesquite, Texas.

And numerous nieces and nephews.

MEMORIALS: The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

In Loving Memory of Laurie M. Chiaramonte

Laurie M. Chiaramonte age 62, of Raton, NM, passed away Monday February 16, 2015 in Raton. She was born August 5, 1952 in Raton, NM, and was a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Luciano and Cora Castillo, and sister Mary Lee Roybal. She is survived by one son, Steven Chiaramonte , sisters, Margaret Thompson and husband Vern of Raton, NM, Sally Blea and husband Jim Sr. of Raton, NM, and Lena Alba and husband Hanario of Raton, NM, two brothers, Vince Chiaramonte and wife Cathy of Raton, NM, and Carl Chiaramonte and wife Isabelle of Raton, NM. Two grandchildren Jordyn and Joie Chiaramonte and numerous nieces and nephews.

A prayer service will be Friday February 20, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Thomas Alderette officiating. Inurnment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Laurie M. Chiaramonte are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Janet Lynn Maniscalco

It is with profound sadness that the family of Janet L. Maniscalco announces her passing on February 17, 2015. The Lord took our warrior at 4:01 pm. She was 50. 

She was born in Fresno, California on November 1, 1964. All Saint’s Day. Nov. 1 is a day that commemorates all those who have attained beatific vision in Heaven. However, her heart remained loyal to Trinidad, Colorado. Janet was the daughter of Arturo and Mary (Melvin) Martinez. She is preceded in death by her Godson, Devon Martinez; grandparents Rafael and Carmela Martinez, and grandfather Leslie Melvin.  

She is survived by grandmother, Sally Melvin Hawthrone, Florida,  her three children , Jessica (Luis) Guzman, Kyle Maniscalco and AshleyManiscalco. Her brothers Rick Martinez (Judi Martin) of Colorado Springs and Joe (Phaedra) Martinez of Trinidad, her four beautiful grandchildren: Lexi, Arianna, Luis Antonio and Annalyse, nieces and nephew, Kennedy (Goddaughter), Haylee, and Joseph Jr. 

She graduated Trinidad High School with the Class of 1983 “1983 Free To Be.” She was a bookkeeper for Majestic Fencing & Lanscaping most of her life. A busy bee to say the least, always at work to ensure she could raise her three children. When she was at home you could find her either reading, taking a bubble bath or watching the ID or Lifetime channel. Her grandchildren warmed her heart in a way that no one else could.  

A beautiful woman taken to soon but she is at rest with her Lord. You are our sunshine, our only sunshine.  

Visitation will be Tuesday, from 3PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel. 

Rosary will be Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church. 

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church. 

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. 

Active Pallbearers are Kyle Maniscalco, Joe Martinez, Rick Martinez , Luis Guzman, Colin Caldwell, and Ryan Scott.

Persons wishing to do so may mke contributions to the family in care of the Comi Funeral Home. 

Arrangements made under the directionof the Comi Funeral Home. 

 

In Loving Memory of Eloy Mares

Eloy Mares, 78, of Littleton, CO, passed  away on Friday ,February 13, 2015.

He was born in Trinidad, CO to the late Joe and Rose Mares.

Eloy married his beloved wife Virginia (Vigil) Mares in 1968.

He was the loving and devoted father of Jeffrey (Jessica) Mares, daughter Kimberley Mares, sister Shirley (Gilbert) Garcia, sisters and brothers in law, Patricia (John) Bachicha, Trinidad, Cathy (Mike) Conway, Patrick(Sandy)Vigil, six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by brother Sam Mares.

Eloy will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, kindness, generosity and friendly disposition.

Memorial Service will be held March 12, 2015 at 10:30AM at the Light of the World  Catholic Parish, Littleton, CO.

Persons wishing to do so may make contributions to the American Heart Association.

Courtesy Comi Funeral Home