Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Mary Rosella Salazar

Mary Rosella Salazar, age 75, passed away unexpectedly on December 24, 2017 in Walsenburg, CO.

She was born in Trinidad, Colorado on June 4, 1942 to Adelaida (Abeyta) and Joe Medina.

She loved music and was a Denver Bronco Fan.

Rosella loved caring for her dogs, Chico, Precious and Tito.

SalazarMaryPreceding her in death are parents, Adelaida and Joe Medina, husband, Elmer Salazar, infant son Michael, daughter Corrine Salazar, sister Roseann Bernal and granddaughter Jennifer Espinoza.

Survivors are her children, Lori Ann (Tony) Calsadilla, Pueblo, Elmer Salazar Jr., Raton, NM, Diane (Bill) Blatnick, Trinidad, John Salazar, Trinidad, George Salazar, Trinidad, Jamie Salazar, Trinidad,

grandchildren, Jerrica Solano, Rudy Salazar, Jessie Salazar, Laura Salazar, Jessica McClain, Christopher Abeyta, Daniel Blatnick, Amber Blatnick, Tashanda Salazar, Patrick Salazar, siblings, Rachel McDaniel, Ray(Jeanie) Medina,

Theresa (Tony) DeJoy, Mary Medina Stickney, Juanita (Greg) Medina, Joseph Medina, Robert (Lisa) Medina, numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Private inurnment will be held at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Josephine Montoya Zamora

Josephine Montoya Zamora, 99, passed away peacefully at the Colfax General Long Term Care home in Springer on Saturday, December 16, with her family at her side. Josie was a life-long resident of Cimarron, except for a short term, when she lived in Dawson as a young wife and mother. She was born to the union of Ambrosio Montoya and Flora Espinosa from Cimarron. The Espinosas, from Taos, were among the first families to settle along the Cmarroncito Creek on the Maxwell Land Grant in the late 1850s, while the Montoyas left the Jemez Canyon area to settle in Cimarron by the 1870s.
Josephine attended the public schools in Cimarron, and soon after, on October 3, 1936, she was united in marriage to David Zamora from the Springer area. They were blessed in holy matrimony for 75 years, until he preceded her in death in 2011. Josie was also preceded in death by her parents, all her siblings, an infant son, Robert, and three daghters-in-law, Jennie Martinez Zamora, Jean Solano Zamora and Mary Ann Chavez Zamora.
ZamoraJJosie was a devoted mother and grandmother, and her love extend to all her progeny through her great-great grandchildren. During her long life, she cherished the countless friends she had and all the blessings and compassion human friendship offers. Josie was an excellent homemaker and cook and had different hobbies. One interest she embraced with a passion was crochet that she shared with others until her final days. All her handiwork went to her many friends and others she met, including hospital staff and workers at the nursing home—a simple token of gratitude and friendship she shared with everyone.
Josie is survived by her sons, David from Cimarron and Johnny from Denver, and her daughter Helen (Anselmo Arellano) from Las Vegas, New Mexico; her grandchildren and their spouses, Evelyn Zamora (John Cortez); Vicky Zamora (Johnny Romero); Davy Zamora (Jennifer Lucero); Anita Zamora (Alan Solano); Anthony Zamora (Dana DelHierro); Casilda Arellano (Antonio Gallegos); and, Mario Arellano (Carmela Olivas). She is also survived by sixteen great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.
The family would like to extend a heart-felt thanks to all of Josie’s friends and their families for the friendship and support they bestowed on Josie throughout her life. A special thank you is also offered to all the professional and support staff at the Colfax General Long Term Care in Springer for the excellent care they provided Josie. To all, we are grateful.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home, and the Holy Rosary and funeral mass will be held concurrently at Immaculate Conception Church, Cimarron, on Saturday January 6, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Rosary will be recited by Stella Chavez Aguilar, and the mass of resurrection will be officiated by Father Benoit Trieu Van Vu at 10:30 a.m.

In Loving Memory of Brian Ansley

Brian Ansley, age 60, died on Friday, December 22, 2017 at his home in Clayton, New Mexico.

Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time., age 60, died on Friday, December 22, 2017 at his home in Clayton, New Mexico.

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

In Loving Memory of Edwin Neil Bush

Edwin Neil Bush, age 74, died Wednesday, December 27, 2017, in Clayton, New Mexico.

Funeral services are pending at this time.

Edwin Neil Bush was born on August 21, 1943 in Clayton, New Mexico to Edwin and Virgie (Adams) Bush. He grew up in Sedan, New Mexico and graduated from Clayton high School in 1961. He married Donna (Dickson) Bush, his high school sweetheart, on February 8, 1961. After graduation, Edwin moved BushEdwindown to Albuquerque to study electrical engineering at the University of New Mexico. Edwin was employed by Sandia Laboratories for several years as a project leader. Edwin later moved to Dalhart and worked as a plant manager for Coon Memorial Hospital. In 1995, Edwin moved back to Albuquerque, where he and Donna renewed their wedding vows the following Valentine’s Day in 1996. Edwin went back to school and received his accounting degree from National American University. Edwin worked as an auditor for the New Mexico Tax and Revenue Department in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. He retired in August of 2005 and they moved back to Clayton. He served as director of the Herzstein Museum for a couple of years. He remained active on the Library Board and served as Vice President. Edwin was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Stephen Bush.


HIS WIFE: Donna Bush of Clayton, New Mexico.

2 DAUGHTERS: Darla McMain and her husband Henry of Clayton, New Mexico and Debra Schaefer and her husband Jeremie of Edgewood, New Mexico.

1 SISTER: Eva Murdock and her husband Scott of Felt, Oklahoma.

6 GRANDCHILDREN: Brandon Bush, Cara McCain, Stephanie Caron, Robert McCain, Tiffany Caron and Brian McCain.

And five great-grandchildren.

In Loving Memory of Alice Garcia

Alice Garcia, age 87 went peacefully at, to be with the Lord, on December 26, 2017.
Alice was born January 9, 1930 to Joe N and Elvira Martinez in Ocate, NM.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Albert B. Garcia; Son, Bennie Garcia; Grandson Bennie Garcia Jr. Parents Joe and Elvira Martinez, Sisters, Julia Cordova, Flora Salazar.
Alice is survived by Son; Albert Garcia Jr. and spouse Carol. Daughters; Gloria Rose and husband Delbert, Jane Medina. Daughter-In-Law, Juanita Garcia of Odessa, TX. Sisters; Viola Avila and Manuel of Albuquerque, Nancy Valdez of Raton, Nora Cruz of Springer, and Dolores Fernandez and Donnie of Raton. Brothers; Gilbert Martinez and Julia of Raton, Johnny Martinez and Ernestine of Springer.
Alice is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 22? Great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren.
Alice was a homemaker almost her entire life. She did work at SRF Products for a brief while on the assembly line and later as an inspector. She also worked some at Newbery’s soda fountain, and the Grandview Motel here in Raton as a maid for a while.
Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be on Friday December 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, recited by John Medina. Solemn Mass of The Resurrection will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Bill Woytavich as the Celebrant.
Pallbearers: Kevin Garcia, David Garcia, Nathan Medina, James Garcia, Gilbert Martinez and Johnny Martinez, Honorary Pallbearers: Derrick Garcia and Richie Tyler Gonzales.
Rite of Committal and Internment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Funeral Arrangements for Alice Garcia are under the Direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Rose Isabelle Vigil (Mitchell)

Rose Isabelle Vigil (Mitchell)
Born July 7, 1930 – December 23, 2017
I was given the gift of life and now I must give it back. I was blessed to have lived a long life of 87 years. I died peacefully at home after being diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. I was under the care of Hospice with my three daughters providing around the clock care. My daughter Sandi, was on duty at the time of my departure and held me in her arms.
I was born and raised in Trinidad, leaving here as a young adult. I then married and started a family with John Rascon in San Francisco, CA, returning to Trinidad in the summer of ’69. I worked as a Nurse aide at the Trinidad Nursing Home for several years, then worked for Alta Vista Group Home for a few years, and attended TSJC for a certificate in cosmetology. My hobbies included sewing and cooking. I was a member of the SDA church and served as a deaconess, hospitality ministry.
My family meant the world to me. Preceding me in death were my parents Ray and Mary Vigil, my brother Rudy Vigil, and sister Grace Lopez. I leave behind my beloved children, Gale and Randy Martinez from Las Cruces, NM, John and Loretta Rascon from California, Martin Rascon from Raton, NM, Sandra Rascon Teague from Trinidad, and Mary and Dave Gonzales from Trinidad. My children provided me with a total of 12 grandchildren which begat 27 great grandchildren, and I was delighted to see my 2 great great grandchildren recently.
Memorial Services will be held Friday, December 29, 2017 at 2PM at the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Private inurnment to be held at a later date.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of James E. Kidd

James E. Kidd, age 68, died on Thursday, December 21, 2017, in Clayton, New Mexico.

Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

James E. Kidd was born on July 13, 1949 in Hearne, Texas to Claude Kiddand Birdie Reese (Barnett) Kidd. He worked most of his life as a traveling carnival worker and later worked for the railroad for about ten years before he retired due to disability. He moved to Clayton, New Mexico in 2010. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by 2 sisters; Dorothy Ondrasak and Denise Price.


1 DAUGHTER: Shannon Kid of Louisville, Kentucky.

1 GRANDSON: Spencer Rose of Louisville, Kentucky.

2 SISTERS: Deborah Vann and her husband Jimmy of Cameron, Texas and Joyce Crocker and her husband Don of College Station, Texas.

1 BROTHER-IN-LAW: Jon Price of Clayton, New Mexico.

In Loving Memory of Jonathan Steve Fernandez

Jonathan Steve Fernandez, age 29, died on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, in Clayton, New Mexico.

Rosary will be recited at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 23, 2017 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. following the Rosary at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Fr. Joel Bugas as Celebrant Burial will follow on the Fernandez Ranch near Farley, New Mexico by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

FernandezJonathanJonathan Steve Fernandez was born on November 7, 1988 in Santa Fe, New Mexico to Steve Fernandez and Dixie (Silversmith) Fernandez. He graduated from Clayton High School in 2007 and received a scholarship to New Mexico State University for Bull Riding. Jonathan was a welder, rancher, cowboy, and heavy equipment operator. He loved his family and loved spending time with his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother; Elsie Fernandez and his maternal great-grandmother; Mary Silversmith.


PARENTS: Steve and Dixie Fernandez of Clayton, New Mexico.

2 SISTERS: Erica Michelle Morfin and her husband Gary of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Tenaya Danielle Davis and her husband Joseph of Amarillo, Texas.

PATERNAL GRANDFATHER: Steve Fernandez, Sr. of Springer, New Mexico.

MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER: Alice Silversmith of Gallup, New Mexico.

5 NIECES & NEPHEWS: Ashlyn Morfin, Bria Morfin, Calen Morfin, Seth Cooper Davis and Miles Alexander Davis and two more on the way.

Numerous Aunts and Uncles including some that he was especially close to: Rose Marie Esquivel, Catherine Ann Vandyke, Barbara Jean Madrid, Betty Louise Segura, Rita Veronica Palacios and Ronald Silversmith.

Numerous Very Close Friends and other loved ones.

Prayer Service
Saturday, December 23, 2017
9:00 AM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415

Funeral Service
Saturday, December 23, 2017
10:00 AM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415

In Loving Memory of Mary Miller

Mary Miller, age 80, died on Thursday, December 14, 2017, in Clayton, New Mexico.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Hass Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth W. Tidmore, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, New Mexico, officiating. Burial followed in the Grandview Cemetery north of Clayton, New Mexico by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

Mary Miller was born on August 11, 1937 in Seneca, New Mexico to Ollie T. Campbell and Esther Pearl (Havens) Campbell. She was raised in the Seneca community and graduated from Clayton High School in 1955. She married Buck Miller on October 24, 1963 in Raton, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on June 13, 2006. Mary was a lifelong housewife and ranchers wife, she enjoyed gardening, quilting, reading and most of all her grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by an infant sister and a brother, Theo Campbell


1 DAUGHTER: Hilma Swagerty and her husband Danny of Clayton, New Mexico.

2 SONS: Buck S. Miller, Jr. And his wife Mary of Buffalo, Oklahoma and George R. Miller and his wife Brandeis of Moriarity, New Mexico.

5 Grandchildren: Morgan Miller, Clifton Miller, Wayne Swagerty, Emily Murdock and her husband Cade and Baylen Miller.

3 SISTERS: Jean Kear of Clayton, New Mexico, Joy Hanson and her husband Richard of Cherryvale, Kansas and Leta Burton of Felt, Oklahoma.

1 SISTER-IN-LAW: Emma Jean Miller of Stratford, Texas.

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Mary’s Memory to a charity of your choice.

Funeral Service
Saturday, December 16, 2017
2:00 PM

Hass Funeral Home
324 Main Street
Clayton, NM 88415

In Loving Memory of Bill Erwin

Long time Raton resident, Bill Erwin, passed away peacefully on December 12, 2017 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. William Carl Erwin was born to Woody and Jane Erwin on May 18, 1943 in Raton. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jenny, his sister, Jane, his parents, Jane and Woody Erwin, and his nephew, Ross Erwin. He is survived by Jackie Erwin, his daughter and son-in-law, Lura and Donny Amparan, his granddaughters, Breanne and Jordan Amparan, his brother,Ralph Erwin, and nephew, Rees Erwin, and many close friends.

ErwinB illBill attended school in Raton and played football, basketball, tennis, and ran track for the Raton Tigers. After high school, Bill attended Texas Western University in El Paso, Texas. He worked on the railroad and as an announcer at the racetrack to put himself through college and law school. While attending UTEP, he met his future wife, Jackie Erwin. They moved to Denver while Bill attended law school and then on to Raton to raise their two daughters, Lura and Jenny. He started a law practice in Raton and soon after was elected the youngest president of the State Bar of New Mexico. He later went on to practice law in Angel Fire.

Bill was always an outdoorsman. He was an Eagle Scout and guide at the Philmont Boy scout Ranch during his youth. He loved to hike, mountain bike, ski, play tennis, and pilot his small plane. Bill had many opportunities to travel and hike all over the U.S. as well as Napal and Machu Picchu. His favorite thing to do was blend into a new place and visit with the locals over coffee while soaking up their culture.

He loved horse racing and working on his land in Yankee. He spent many years announcing the races at La Mesa Park in Raton. Bill was very involved in every community he lived in. He was generous with his advice and tried to help anyone achieve their dreams. Bill always believed in the power of education. He encouraged many people to attend college, and ensured that his own children and granddaughters were able to attend college and grad school.

He leaves us all with so many wonderful memories and will be missed dearly by many people. Per his wishes, an informal celebration of life will take place in Yankee Canyon in late Spring.Information about this will be provided at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made to the the Amyloidosis Foundation in his name http://www.amyloidosis.org.