Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Andres Romero

Andres Romero, age 75, died Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Rosary will be recited at 9:00 AM on Friday, August 15 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 AM, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. Joel Bugas, Celebrant. Arrangements are by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Andres “PeeWee” Romero was born on October 28, 1938 in Farley, New Mexico to John Romero and Isabelle (Tafoya) Romero. He was raised in Farley and Clayton by his grandparents Francesca and Marcelino Romero. He graduated from Clayton High School in 1957. He loved playing sports especially basketball, where he was given the nick name “PeeWee” which stuck with him the rest of his life. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play in all of their sports activities. Andres was a hard worker all of his life and worked various jobs out of town which caused him to miss out on a lot of his childrens activities in life, but he always tried to provide for his family. He was well known for his painting skills which gave him the opportunity to work all over the country. He continued to work up until a few years ago when his health no longer allowed him to continue. Andres loved his children and grandchildren unconditionally and we will miss him greatly. Andres was preceded in death by a son; Frankie Joe Romero, Mother; Isabelle Tafoya Romero, Grandparetns; Francesca and Marcelino Romero, Father; John Romero, Step-Mom; Tilly Romero, 2 Brothers; Junior Romero and Bobby Romero, Sister; Annie Romero and his in-laws; Pula and Petra Valdez. 


MOTHER of his Children: Inez Romero of Clayton, NM. 

4 DAUGHTERS: Debra Thelander and her husband Damon, Pam Jordan and her husband Charles and Andrea Naranjo and her husband Anthony all of Clayton, NM and Tina Farley and her husband Rich of Tulsa, OK. 

2 SONS: Charles Romero and his wife Elma of Clayton, NM and Rick Romero and his wife Roberta of Roswell, NM. 

1 SISTER: Sharon Pineda of Huguton, KS. 

1 BROTHER: Norman Romero and his wife Penny of Baytown, TX. 

2 Friends that were like brothers to him: Sonny Cordova and his wife Chavela of Tecoloquito, NM and Johnny Cordova and his wife Vicky of Stinett, TX. 

15 Grandchildren: Jennifer Romero, Charlie Romero and his wife Lavette, Lydia Romero and Brandon Lopez, Richard Villalobos and his wife Victoria, Tiffany Holcomb and her husband Zach, Michelle Villalobos, Ashley Romero, Leslie Romero, Ricky Romero, Chelsie Thelander, Brittany Thelander, Charlie Jordan, Jacob Naranjo, Logan Naranjo and Andre Naranjo. 

12 Great-Grandchildren: Jasmine Romero, Isabella Romero, Charleigh Steen, Alexis Kimber, Dathan Kimber, Maddox Lopes, Emma Villalobos, Sophia Villalobos, Myah Sosa, Jerzy Romero, Memphis Romero and Gerald Robles. 

And numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In Loving Memory of Elida Valdez

Elida Valdez, age 78, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at her home in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM on Monday, August 11 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 12, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. Joel Bugas, Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 
Elida (Carrasco) Valdez was born January 19, 1936 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico to Erculano Carrasco and Jesusita (Valenzula) Carrasco. She married Jose Lourdes Valdez in 1959 and he preceded her in death on October 26, 1986. They moved to Clayton in 1970 and Elida was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton. She was famous for her Tamales and Empanadas. Her family was always the most important thing to her and she was always their biggest fans. Elida loved to be a hostess to anyone that was a guest in her home. She loved gardening and always had a smile on her face. In addition to her husband Elida was preceded in death by her parents, a son; Beto Valdez, a grandson; Rogelio Valdez, Jr. and a great-grandson; Gabriel Valdez. 


4 DAUGHTERS: Elsa Arguello of Odessa, Texas, Rose Cardenas and her husband Robert and Berta Valdez all of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Becky Valdez of Ojinaga, Mexico. 

4 SONS: Jose Valdez and his wife Susan of Clayton, New Mexico, Roger Valdez and his wife Tammy of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Martin Valdez of Clayton, New Mexico and Maurilio Valdez and his wife Silvia of Odessa, Texas. 

1 STEP-SON: Jorge Valdez and his wife Evelia of Raton, New Mexico. 

28 Grandchildren 

23 Great-Grandchildren 

4 SISTERS: Socorro Vasquez, Elfida Carrasco, Lupe Ramirez and Carmen Tenerio.

In Loving Memory of Orlando Fernando (Fred) Medina

Orlando Fernando (Fred) Medina, age 87, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, August 7, 2014. 

He was born on March 31, 1927 in Chicosa, Colorado to Fernando Orlando Medina and Lupita Trujillo.

 Fred proudly served his country in the United States Navy on the USS Prometheus.  He received his Honorable Discharge in 1946. He married the love of his life, Flora Archuleta from Sopris, CO on January 4, 1947 at Holy Trinity Church. Fred worked for Kendall’s Bakery, Domenic Leone Construction and retired as a Supervisor from the Allen Coal Mine.

 Preceding him in death is wife Flora, son Joseph, daughter Donna Jean, brother Rudy Medina and sister Julia Medina.

 He is survived by children, John (Prudence) Medina, Yvonne (Val) Lucero,, Theresa (Michael) Fernandez, Fred Medina, Frank(Lola) Medina, brother Ernest (Do) Medina, sister in law  Irene McAllister, many beloved nieces and nephews, 20 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren,  and 10 great great grandchildren, whom he loved very much. He will be greatly missed by his loving canine companion Lucky.

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

 Rosary will be Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church. Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with graveside services conducted by the US Naval Honor Guard. Active Pallbearers  are Fred’s grandsons.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of John A. Mahoney

John A. Mahoney of Roy, was called home on August 2, 2014 at the mature age of 95. He was born in Roy, NM, April 9, 1919, to John H. and Isabel Mahoney. John served in the United States Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged on January 15, 1946. 

He is preceded in death by his wife Rena Mahoney, his son John H. Mahoney, step son Reno Joe Bonomo, and sisters Leola Wendland, Dorothy Moore and Lula Vig.

He is survived by his step-daughters Janet Willis and her husband Jim, and Colleen Grogan, daughter-in-law June Mahoney, grandsons, great grandsons, great granddaughters; numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

John was a husband, dad (honey, Johnny, grandpa). Grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a great man with a big heart who honored the value of his country, family and friendships. John was a farmer and rancher with an unquestionable work ethic that extended into his 90’s until he joined friends at the Colfax General Long Term Care facility in Springer.

Services will be Friday August 8, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Mahoney Ranch in Roy with Pastor Ray Clark Officiating. Burial will be in the Roy Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for John A. Mahoney are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. 

In Loving Memory of Antonia (Toni) E. Carrollo

Antonia (Toni) E. Carrollo, 94 died August 3rd, 2014 at her place of residence, Ware Memorial Care Center in Amarillo, TX. Toni was born on October 31st, 1919, in Dawson, NM to Andro and Mary Segotta. She was a member of St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton, NM. She worked many years as a waitress at the “Black” Hood restaurant and the Spur Lanes and Supper Club in Raton, NM. Toni was a loving wife and mother. 

Preceding her death were husbands Kellos Lee Drury and John Joseph Carrollo. Also preceding her in death were brothers Jack, Andrew, Steve and John Segotta, and sisters Mary Williston, Elizabeth Edmondson, Catherine Watier, Josephine Riali and Mildred Trueba. 

Survivors include son Kellos Lee Drury, Jr. and wife Carol; grandsons Robert (Brandi) Drury, Donny (Tammy) Drury of Amarillo, TX; granddaughters Peggy Willis, of Rockwall, TX and Tessa (Tim) Russell of Cromwell, OK and 8 great grandchild and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving Toni is brother Frank (Maxine) Segotta of Lubbock, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. She had many caregivers at Ware Memorial Care Center and Toni considered every one of them her extended family. We thank them dearly for the wonderful care she received. 

Visitations will take place Thursday August 7th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home Chapel. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held Friday August 8th at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Frank Cimino. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of committal and interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton, NM. Funeral arrangements for Antonia (Toni) Carrollo are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton, NM. 

The family suggests memorials in Toni’s memory go to Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 105 Buena Vista St. Raton, NM 87740.

In Loving Memory of Joyce I. Brant

Joyce I. Brant age 94, of Springer, NM passed away Saturday August 2nd, 2014 in Springer,NM. She was born December 23, 1919 in Valpraiso, Indiana; the daughter of Earl William and Iola Knapp. She was 
preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bob Brant; her sister Beverly Moench and her brother
William Earl Brant.

Joyce was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her daughters Jean Martinez and husband Robert of Springer, NM; Lynne Miller and husband Jerry of Westminster, CO.; and her grandchildren Daniel Hartwick and Tammy Ross of California. She will be greatly missed by all.

Graveside services and internment for Joyce I. Brant will be on Wednesday, August 6th 2014 in Springer, NM , at 10:00 A.M. with Father Tim Sexton officiating.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Joyce I. Brant are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long

In Loving Memory of Elaine Floyd

Elaine Floyd passed away on Thursday July 17th at Colfax General Long Term Care. Elaine had resided for 42 years in Springer, New Mexico. She was preceded in death by her infant daughter Kathleen Jensen, her parents and six of her seven brothers and sisters. She is survived by two sons: Darwin Jensen and wife Marcella and Steve Jensen and wife Yolanda all of Springer, six grandchildren; Darice, Mike, Matt, Steven, Devan and Mary, along with six great grandchildren. Elaine is also survived by one sister, Doris Sessom of Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Elaine Annabelle Volden was born on January 2, 1932 to Gilbert and Selma Volden in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, the youngest of 8 Children. She lived most of her early life in Minnesota, where she met and married Wallace Jensen. They had three children together and lived in El Paso, Texas, Minnesota and many places in New Mexico. In 1972, they moved to Springer, where Elaine would choose to live permanently. Later in life, she would find a companion in John Wayne Floyd.

Mom enjoyed her cup of coffee, crossword puzzles, going to the casino, card and board games and jigsaw puzzles; and she loved to laugh.

In accordance with Mom’s wishes, the family will have a private inurnment at a later date.

The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff of Colfax County Long Term Care for the care Mom received in the last months of her life.

Arrangements for Elaine Floyd are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Davida Lee Pierce

Davida Lee Pierce of Raton, NM passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Raton. She was born July 10. 1955 in Big Bear, CA., the daughter of John and Mary Lee Berry. Davida lived a life of compassion for her loved ones and ranch animals, with a special place in her heart for her horses. She was preceded in death by her sister, Bertha Ann Berry, grandparents Dick and Sarah Murray and Patrick and Bertha Berry, and great-aunt Mary Moore.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Pierce of the family home, two daughters, Mary Lynn Mataska of Albuquerque and Cindy Pelton and husband James of Santa Anna, TX; Two Sons, Troy Pierce and wife Mindy of Hewitt, TX, and Casey Pierce and wife Shannon of Raton, NM; sisters Jo Ellen Ladenburger and husband Jeff of Denver, CO; Sarah Shubert and husband Gary of Roswell, NM; two brothers, John Richard Berry and wife Jackie of Trinidad, Co; and Patrick Berry and wife Carmella of Raton, NM. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Davida will be greatly missed by her loved ones.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society in Davida’s memory.

A memorial service will be Saturday, August 2nd at 2:00 PM at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Davida Lee Pierce are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Lewis Dick Quintana

Lewis Dick Quintana went to meet his heavenly father July 21, 2014. He was born in Springer, New Mexico April 10, 1956. Lewis was preceded in death by his mother Helen Quintana and his brother Freddie Quintana.

He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Bylinda Diann Quintana, his treasured sons Scott (Angie) Quintana of Hardy, Arkansas, Eric Quintana of Lafayette, Louisiana and Nicolas Quintana of Paragould, Arkansas, cherished Grandchildren – Rebecca Quintana, Beth Thomas, Natalie Gray, Leryn and Aubrey Quintana, Jillian and Nate Quintana, Great Grandchildren – Constance and Cheyenne Thomas, Haley, Brayden and Emma Gray, his brothers Richard (Margie) Quintana of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Lorenzo (Anita) Quintana of Lacy, Washington. Henry (Lorraine) Quintana of Paragould, Arkansas. Carlos (Stacy) Quintana of Paragould, Arkansas, and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

Lewis was an amazing man of honor and dignity. His love for his family was endless. Words cannot express the love and kindness of this man. Lewis was the strength of his entire family. His greatest dream in life was to become a Marine and he succeeded. Once a Marine Always a Marine. After retiring in 1989 his life was devoted to his family.
Pallbearers: Joe Jones, Freddie Hatch, Sam Blea, Lorenzo Hatch, Richard Ortiz, Dennis Jones, Randy Johnson & Art King 
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday at Heath Funeral Home. His life will be celebrated at 2:00 PM Friday at Heath Colonial Chapel. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

In Loving Memory of Linda L. Murray

Linda L. Murray, age 50, died Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Memorial Services will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Hass Funeral Home in Clayton, New Mexico with Deacon P. Louis Montoya, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico. 

Linda L. Murray was born on January 17, 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Raymond Murray and Gloria Garcia. They lived in Albuquerque and then Las Cruces before moving to Clayton. Linda attended school in Clayton and graduated from Clayton High School in 1982. She attended college at ENMU in Portales for three years, then returned to Clayton where she worked as a secretary for AnnaMarie Durbin at the First National Bank in Clayton and then as a manager at the Eklund before moving to Salida, Colorado. While in Salida, Linda worked for High Country Bank as a bank teller and as a loan officer. Linda and John returned to Clayton in 2012 and Linda did volunteer work with many different organizations, wherever she was needed, especially anything associated with St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and the ladies altar society. Linda was preceded in death by a brother; Roger Lee Gutierrez, maternal grandfather; Steve Garcia, paternal grandmother; Rosie Hightower and by John’s father; Jack Raines. 


1 DAUGHTER: Rojalei Hodge of Clayton, New Mexico. 

1 SON: Kaleb Barnes and Holly of Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

HER MOTHER: Gloria Garcia of Clayton, New Mexico. 

HER FATHER: Raymond Murray of Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

1 BROTHER: Terry Murray and his wife Deree of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. 

1 SISTER: Hilaire Farias of Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

HER PARTNER: John Raines of Clayton, New Mexico. 

MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER: Josephine Garcia of Clayton, New Mexico. 

And numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.