Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Mary Lorenzo Arcangeli

Mary Lorenzo Arcangeli was born in Dawson, New Mexico December 21, 1921 to Joe Lorenzo and Laura Dell Croce. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Everni Arcangeli, her parents and ten brothers and sisters.

Mary, a beautiful well-dressed lady, is best remembered as a wonderful, loving and caring mother, sister and friend. She gave special attention to all her grandchildren and loved having them visit. Mary was an excellent cook and loved baking and giving to others at holidays. She had a great eye for color and design and hand stitched several beautiful quilts. Her door was always open and her home was the gathering place for all her relatives and friends.

ArcangeliMMary was employed by the War Dept. Army Air Forces as a Jr. laborer at Ogden Air Service Command in November of 1943. Many remember her voice as the switch board operator in Dawson for Phillips Dodge as well as the desk clerk at the El Portel Hotel, or the kindness she showed working many years as a nurse for Dr. Keil. After retirement Mary enjoyed volunteering at MCMC.

Mary leaves behind two children, a daughter Elaine Marie and husband Jim Wade, a son Everni D. and wife Nancy Arcangeli; four grandchildren – Jackie and husband George Riley, Jimmy and wife Darla Wade, Anna Arcangeli Walsh, David Enrico and wife Elizabeth Arcangeli; ten great grandchildren – Katie Riley, Darcy Riley, James Wade and wife Barbie, Dustin Wade and finance Cassie, Ashley and husband Aaron Gendron, Lorenzo Wade, Josh Walsh and wife Sabrina, Lucas Walsh, Bella Walsh, and Danny Arcangeli; three great, great, grandchildren – Aiden Riley, Mavrick Wade, and Dominic Gendron. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

In Loving Memroy of James Worth Wilkins

James Worth Wilkins age 88 of Raton passed away peacefully at the family home in Raton Monday October 9, 2017. He was born November 28, 1928 in Grenville, NM, the son of Loyd J. Wilkins Sr. and Grace Taylor-Wilkins. He graduated from Raton High School in 1948, married Mollie Owen July 18, 1953. Worth worked at Wilkins Lumber Company and as manager of the Sands Motel both businesses begun by his father. He was owner and operator of the Sands Turquois Shop and Jimmy Mini Storage. He served the community as a member of the Raton Lions Club for 63 years, helping many years with the City of Bethlehem display. He was also a longtime member of the Gate City Lodge No. 11, AF & AM and Queen Esther Chapter No. 1 Order of the Eastern Star. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a hard worker, dedicated to customer service, who enjoyed visiting with everyone he met through the lumber yard and motel. He was always ready with a smile and a handshake for everyone. He loved traveling with his wife and family, meeting new people and seeing new places. Ane he always loved playing with his children and grandchildren. His infectious laughter filled our lives with joy everyday.

WilkinsJWorth was preceded in death by parents, brother, Loyd Wilkins Jr., sister Peggy Baird and great aunt, Gertrude Spencer. He is survived by his wife, Mollie Wilkins of the family home in Raton, sons, Steve Wilkins and wife Cheryl of Tucson, AZ and Kent Wilkins and partner Marcella of Raton, NM. Daughter, Tina Warder and husband Julian of Raton, NM, grandchildren Shelly Wilkins and husband Jaime Barwell of Tucson, AZ and Sarah and Will Warder of Raton, NM. Great grandchildren Brady and Rowan Barwell of Tucson, AZ, Brother, F.D. Wilkins and wife Beth of Boulder, CO,sister-in-laws, Jan Wilkins of Raton, NM and Naomi Owen of Ocala, FL. And numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial services will be Saturday October 14, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Jon Kuncel officiating, Inurnment will follow at the Fairmont Cemetery in Raton. A luncheon will follow at the First United Methodist Church hosted by United Methodist Women.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Raton Lions Club City of Bethlehem.

Arrangements and celebration of love for James Worth Wilkins are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton

In Loving Memory of Edward N. (Sonny) Jeffers

Edward N. (Sonny) Jeffers age 86 of Springer, NM, passed away Saturday October 7, 2017 in Raton. He was born December 3, 1930 in Springer NM the son of Edward N. Jeffers Sr. and Esther G. Dreher-Jeffers. He was a long time Rancher and a member of the United Methodist Church in Springer and a member of the Maverick Club and the USTRC.

JerrersESonny was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Ann Jeffers and sisters Viola, Dorothy and Shirley. He is survived by one daughter, Fara Garcia and husband Johnny of Springer, four sons, Eddie Jeffers and wife Shirley of Folsom, NM , Lehmer Jeffers and wife Dawn of Gladstone, NM, Joe Jeffers of Springer NM, and Casey Jeffers and wife Gayanne of Cimarron, NM. Sisters Norma Newton of Springer, NM and Connie Allen and husband Billy Gene of Scott City, KS, twelve grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Friday October 13, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Springer with Pastor Chuck Wiggins officiating, burial will be in the Miami Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the United Methodist Church in Springer.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Edward N. (Sonny) Jeffers are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Earl Bada Beard

Earl Bada Beard, age 80, died on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at his home in Gladstone, New Mexico.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Gladstone Community Center in Gladstone, New Mexico and burial will follow in the Gladstone Cemetery in Gladstone, New Mexico by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

Earl Bada Beard was born on December 29, 1936 in Gladstone, New Mexico to Floyd W. :Bub” Beard and Fannie Francis (Bada) Beard. He worked most of his life doing Road Construction for the Colfax County Road Department. Earl was preceded in death by his father on August 13, 1993 and by his mother on October 22, 1997.


WIFE: Lois Beard of Gladstone, New Mexico.

COUSINS: Alice Murray of Montana, Janet Gearhardt and her husband John and Barrett Beard all of Kansas, Ronald Bada and his wife Rene of Oklahoma, Jerry Bada and his wife Sue of Gladstone, New Mexico and Yvonne Headrick of Walsenburg, Colorado.

Funeral Service
Thursday, October 12, 2017
2:00 PM

Gladstone Community Center
4618 Springer Highway
Gladstone, NM 88422

In Loving Memory of Dolores Marie (Martinez) Urioste

In the early evening houre of October 4, 2017 Dolores Marie (Martinez) Urioste was called from this earth to her eternal restring place in heaven after valiantly fighting a long illness.

Dolores was born May 22, 1938 at Miner’s Hospital in Raton, New Mexico to Charles and Jennie ( Bargas) Martinez, the oldest of 5 children.

UriosteD.phpDolores grew up in the coal mining camp of Koehler N.M., moving with her family to Raton in 1954. Dolores graduated from Raton High School in 1957. After graduation, Dolores worked in the Colfax County District Court office of Judge Federici for 3 years. In 1960 she married Leroy Urioste.

Dolores was preceded in death by her father Charles, her brother Leroy Martinez and her godson and nephew Joseph Martinez.

Dolores is survived by her two sons, Mack of Albuquerque N.M. and Carlos of Denver, CO. Mother Jennie Martinez of Raton, sisters Marcella Laube and husband Ron of Cave Creek , AZ. Yolanda Martinez of Albuquerque N.M. and Phyllis Martinez of Raton, N. M

Also surviving Dolores are William Pichardo, Blaine and Leona Kukowski and Ida Ulibarri, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dolores worked as an Administrative Assistant at Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute (CNM) for 28 years.

Dolores enjoyed sewing, working on her many craft projects and tending to her plants. Dolores also loved to cook and bake, the kitchen was where she was most at home. Nobody could make better biscochitos and her tortillas, hamburgers and milk shakes were always the best.

The family of Dolores would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Home Care Assistance, Ana Arrellano and especially caregiver Francis Cordova, God Bless you Francis for all your loving care and compassion.

We would also like to say thank you to Dr. Antoine Jakiche, Chritine Ohberg and the staff of Southwest Gastroenterology and Ambercare Hospice for all their care of Dolores.

Visitation will be Tuesday October 10, 2017 from 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Tony Ortega, Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:30 with Father John Brasher as the celebrant, rite of Christian burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Dolores Urioste are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Barbara M. Gonzales

Barbara, the third child of Robert Loofbourrow and Lula Sims, was born in Beaver Oklahoma during the Great Depression. She lost her father at an early age and was adopted by Dr. Edwin McGrew. Growing up she enjoyed swimming, riding her pony, and exploring the Beaver River. She graduated from Beaver High School and became a sorority girl at the University of Oklahoma where she loved playing pranks on friends and opponents alike and even on herself – once, on a dare, she put a whole orange in her mouth, then panicked when unable to remove it! Attaining her Bachelor’s degree, she married a young engineer and varsity track runner Phillip Beeler and moved to Chickasha Oklahoma. Their two children, Flip and Joan, were both born with cystic fibrosis and died very young, though after attaining the use of reason. Their child, Sims, an accident blamed on Mazatlán & margaritas, was born in Albuquerque where Phillip was working for the SEC Corporation. SEC later moved them to Midland Texas then to Solano New Mexico, where Phillip managed the dry ice plant. Various issues causing tension, Barbara moved to nearby Roy and began teaching 6th grade. From Roy she returned to the University of Oklahoma, acquired a Master’s degree, and began teaching in Ardmore Oklahoma. Entering into a relationship with Lorence Gonzales, they married and she and Sims joined him and his children Andy, Bill, and Carol in Mills New Mexico. That fall, 1972, Lorence became the new grade school Principle in Springer and Barbara instructed the remedial reading students. The family resided in Springer during the school week and in Mills on weekends, summers, and holidays. Barbara worked full time and cooked three full delicious meals every day – though there were some sketchy experiments like spaghetti in the pancakes. She was a dedicated mom and loved the ranch and worked tirelessly towards its improvement. She liked to read during her free time and enjoyed vacations to Colorado and places new to her. She held family as most important. After retiring from Springer, she and Lorence made the ranch their full time home. In 2000, after a fall down some stairs, she began to exhibit memory issues. Gradually worsening, she in time became a resident of Colfax General Long Term Care in Springer and it is not possible to give adequate thanks for the kindness and care she received there. Finally succumbing to her infirmities, at 4:30 pm on October 1st, she breathed her last. She is survived by Lorence Gonzales, her husband; Andy Gonzales, his wife Bea, and their children AJ and Jacob; Bill Gonzales and his children Joseph and Leticia and her husband Richard Chavez; Sims Beeler; Carol Crutchfield and her husband Randy. A memorial service will take place Saturday October 7th 2017 at 11 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Springer with Justin Garrison Officiating inurnment will take place at a later date. Funeral Arrangements for Barbara M. Gonzales are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Brian ” B.J.” Shaw

Brian ” B.J.” Shaw
And then, God created the butterfly, to remind us that change is a beautiful thing.
God seeks the strong and, at 22, He chose you!
B.J. graduated from Trinidad High School in 2013. He also attended and graduated fro Wyotech in 2014.
B.J. worked two summers with the Trinidad City Parks , and Shell before working for Eastern and Regency well services.
Brian Shaw pic 1He was currently employed with Sema Construction.
Preceding him death are grandparents Debbie and Jack Armijo, great grandparents, Carmen Lopez, Mary and Frank Sanchez, great great grandparents, Matilda Edwards and Della Trujillo and cousins Jarod Sanchez and Danessa Garduno.
Left to cherish his memory are Mom and Dad JoAnne and Rich Gallegos, siblings, Kayla, Xavier, Laryssa and Arthur, Nana and Pampo Joan and John Sanchez, Great Grandpa Joe Lopez, Aunts, Amanda (Alfredo) and Shawna (Tony) Sanchez, numerous cousins including special cousins, Jovani, Joseph, Jose, and Dontae, aunts, uncles, close friends and his “Many brothers” and extended families. Also surviving are Scott, Andrea, Charlene and Bryanna.
Celebration of Life will be held Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Community Center beginning at 11AM and lasting until 3PM with potluck and refreshments.
Please come and share you memories and celebrate B.J.’s life with his family and many friends.
The family respectfully requests that persons wishing to do so may make contributions in care of the family in order to complete a project Brian was currently working on.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Mary “Louise” Gonzales

Mary “Louise” Gonzales went to be with the Lord on September 29, 2017 after a year-long battle with Cancer.

She was born on August 24, 1949 in Raton, NM, the daughter of the late Epifañio and Mabel Martinez. She was the youngest of 5 siblings.

Louise’s favorite times in her life were spent water skiing, doing arts and crafts, walking her dogs, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her Sister Frances, Brother Richard “Lefty” and Special Nephew Joey.
She is survived by her Son, Bernie (Kim) Gonzales; Daughter, Bernadette (Ian) Gonzales Watermeier; Grandchildren, Brodie and Kendall Gonzales; Brother, Joseph Martinez, Sister, Thelma (Gene) Lujan. Special Sisters, Yolanda Martinez and MaryAnne Martinez. Many amazing and wonderful Nieces, Nephews , Great Nieces, Great Nephews , her “Neighbor Neighbors” Lydia and Danny Shea and her puppy Zeba, also survive.
A service will be held Friday, October 6, 2017 at 2:00pm at Comi Funeral Home Chapel in Trinidad, CO.

In lieu of Flowers, please donate your time to walking dog at Noah’s Ark, one of Louise’s favorite past times.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home

In Loving Memory of Jesus Rodriguez

Jesus Rodriguez age 71, passed away at St. Mary Corwin Hospital on September 28, 2017.
He was born in Mexico on January 22, 1946.
In 1977, Jesus was united in marriage to Dolores Sandoval who preceded him in death.
Jesus Rodriguez pic (2)He was employed as a contractor for several years until his retirement.
He was a kind and generous person who enjoyed being with his family and having a social drink with his many friends.
Survivors are his children, Jeanette Mares, Maria Deacon (Jerry Lujan), Rosalie Mares, Manuel (Theresa) Gamboa, Norma (Joaquin) Galvan, Danny (Michelle) Mares, grandchildren, Lance, Sabrina, Jessica, Adam, Eric, Christna, Christopher, Christina, Anthony, Dolores, Nadine, Joaquin, Minerva, Danielle, Daniel, Gabby, Sebastian, several great grandchildren, sister Nena, nieces , nephews and other relatives.
Funeral Services will Friday October 6, 2017 with Rosary at 9AM at Comi Chapel, followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.
Active pallbearers are Antony Gamboa, Christopher Deacon, Daniel Mares, Danny Mares, Victor Herrera and John Wakefield.
Arrangements made under the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Roger Allen Woodard

Roger Allen Woodard age 47 of Albuquerque, NM, formerly of Springer, NM, passed away Thursday September 21, 2017 in Albuquerque. He was born September 30, 1969 in Raton the son of James and Carol Markosky-Woodard.

woodardHe is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Eugene Woodard, Grandfather Marlin David Woodard, Paternal grandparents, Arch Glenn and Mildred Adella Wadlington, Maternal grandparents Charles E. and Josephine C. Scheier Markosky, Step grandfather, Samuel Madrid and numerous aunts and uncles. He is survived by his parents James Woodard and wife Ruth of Springer Mother Carol Woodward of Springer one sister, Kimberly Apodaca of Springer, nephews, Bryan and Adrian Sanchez of Albuquerque, NM niece Danielle Mujezinovic of Jacksonville, FL, Step grandmother, Julia A. Madrid of Albuquerque, NM and numerous Aunts and uncles.

Memorial services will be Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Crotinger officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Roger Allen are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.