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Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Lily M. Martinez

Lily M. Martinez, age 95, passed away at home on October 28, 2017.
She was born in Engleville, Colorado on February 28, 1922, the daughter of Frances (Dominguez) and Caytano Garcia.
Lily was employed at the Trinidad State Nursing Home for 32 years until her retirement.
Lilly MartinezShe was a member of the Sociedad de Nuestra de Guadalupe and the Senior Citizen Center.
She enjoyed watching movies. She also liked to cook.
Lily was an avid Denver Broncos Fan She loved John Elway . She was faithful, watching every game and even attending them, cheering her beloved team on.
Lily will be missed by those lives she touched.
Preceding her in death are parents, Frances and Caytano Garcia, husbands Irving Henry Ling, John A. Martinez, infant daughter Carol Ann Martinez, daughter Eileen Linker, son Aaron Martinez, granddaughters Juanita Helen Linker and Rachel Linker, brothers Toby Dominguez, Eddie, Alex, Willie, Samuel, Wilfred and Sam Garcia.
Survivors are her children, Anita R. Kahn, home address, Larry (Sharon) Ling, Parker, CO, Iris Martinez, , Denver, Gloria Olson, Az, Elizabeth (Todd) Gibson, Denver, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.
Funeral Mass will be Thursday, November 2, 2017 a 10AM at Holy Trinity Church,
Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Barbara Jo (Bobby Jo) Tieetjen Randles

Barbara Jo (Bobby Jo) Tieetjen Randles, 71, went to heaven on October 26th, 2017 at her home in Springer, New Mexico after a tough battle with cancer.

randlesbBobby Jo was born on November 6, 1945 to Wesley and Melva Tietjen in Bluewater, New Mexico. She owned her own business, Randles Bookkeeping and Tax Service, through which she gained many friendships. Her love was her grandkids, helping people and quilting. She loved music and encouraged her kids and grandkids to take up music and loved to hear her son and grandsons play. Bobby Jo was known for her witty personality, giving heart and never ending strength.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Melva Tietjen, and three sisters, Lavern Carver, Louis Alexander and Jennie Lou Tietjen.

She is survived by her husband, Monte Randles; son, Wesley Randles and his wife Leslie of Moscow, KS; daughter, Lawana Whitten and her husband Butch of Cimarron, NM; daughter, Daelena Potter and her husband Robert of Cimarron, NM; eight precious grandkids, Clay and Frauka Randles, Brandi Whitten, Bubba Whitten, Cayden Potter, Rylen Potter and Tyen Potter; brother, Ted Tietjen of Jarales, NM and brother, Ned Tietjen and his wife Janet of Capitan, NM; numerous nephews and nieces of whom she dearly loved.

Services will be Wednesday November 1, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Dan Harkness officiating. Burial will be in the Springer Cemetery in Springer, NM.

If desired, please make contributions to Children’s Christian Home in Portales.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Barbara Jo (Bobby Jo) Tietjen Randles are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Ralph G. Trujillo

Ralph G. Trujillo age 73 of Raton, passed away Saturday October 21, 2017 in Raton. He was born May 16, 1944 in Raton. Ralph had worked in maintenance for the Count Court for over 20 years. And was a member of St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton.

trujillo,gilbertHe is preceded in death by a daughter, Beatrice Trujillo Ralph is survived by his wife Marryann Trujillo of the home, daughters, Sherley Huge, Rosanna Ford, sons Jeremy Trujillo, Chris Trujillo, Terry Mae and three stepdaughters and three step-sons also survive, one sister, Maria Angelina Albo. And numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday October 26, 2017 from 4:oo P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Friday October 27, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton recited by Deacon Thomas Alderette, Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:30 with Father William Woytavich as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Ralph G. Trujillo are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Charlotte L. Hennigan

Charlotte Hennigan, 82
Charlotte Louise Hennigan, passed away peacefully on October 12th, 2017, at her home in Raton, NM, surrounded by family. Charlotte was a wonderful mother and grandmother, excellent horsewoman, and outstanding cook. She was kind to all she met and had a huge heart.
Charlotte was born January 10th, 1935 in Las Vegas, NM to Rudolph and Sophie Johnson. She spent her formative years in the ranching area of Vaughn and Santa Rosa, NM. There, she found her love of horses and the ranch life. She was a high school rodeo queen and enjoyed life to its fullest. She had a giving heart from a young age, demonstrated by helping raise her oldest brother’s triplets and their sibling, while still in high school and thereafter.
henniganIn 1953, Charlotte married Jim Hennigan of Raton, NM. The two settled on the Hennigan family ranch near Kiowa, NM, where she gave birth to her three children. The family lived and worked on ranches across New Mexico and Nevada. She was a natural with horses, becoming well known for her horsemanship throughout the area. The couple spent a lot of time following their children on the rodeo circuit and Charlotte also participated in horse shows and rodeos herself.
After Jim’s passing, Charlotte met Ray Schuppan and the two were married on April 3rd, 2003. The two enjoyed collecting bits, saddles, spurs and other western memorabilia and were regulars on those circuits. In 2009, they were inducted into the National Bit, Spur, and Saddle Collectors Association (NBSSCA). The couple enjoyed their quiet evenings with a good steak and a toddy, watching wildlife, and visiting with family and friends. She looked forward to weekly visits to her hairdresser, Karen, and from her caring hospice providers, especially Robin, Sandy, and Connie. Charlotte was always a thoughtful person, never missing anyone’s birthday and always sending her love in a birthday card.
Charlotte is survived by her sister-in law Mary Gayle (Bill) Baker, children, Norman (Rose) Hennigan, Sharla (Steve) Kirkman, Debbie (Wes) Floyd, Brad (Darla) Schuppan, Becky (Pat) Havely, and Robyn Schuppan, her grandchildren, Alisa, Brian, J.J., Tara, and Katy, as well as numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first loving husband Jim Hennigan, her second loving husband Ray Schuppan, her parents Rudolph and Sophie Johnson, two brothers Jack and Jimmie, sister Peggy, brother-in-law Norman Hennigan, and sister-in-law Alta Kehoe.
There will be a visitation from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M on Thursday, October 19th at Yaksich-Long funeral home. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on October 20th at Yaksich-Long funeral home, followed by burial at the Hennigan family cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Evergreen Cemetery of Santa Rosa, NM or to a charity of your choice.
We would like to thank Robin, our hospice providers and all those who made it possible for her remaining days to be spent at home, in peace, and surrounded by loved ones.

In Loving Memory of Virginia Jo Jones

Virginia Jo Jones was a bright and beautiful spirit, a loyal friend, and a loving mother who relished in the happiness and successes of her children, family, and friends.

Jo was smart, and ahead of her time in many ways. She graduated from high school 2 years early after having skipped both the 2nd and the 4th grade. At the age of 16 she began college at North Texas State College, majoring in music and was nominated for Yucca Queen that first year. The love of music and singing was a constant throughout her entire life, and we would find her softly singing from time to time right up until her passing.

Jones, Virgina (2)She had been singing a long time. In middle school and throughout high school she would take public transportation by herself into downtown Dallas for voice lessons with money for the bus and enough left over for lunch at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. If she had to change buses, she just ask the bus drivers where to go. It was a kinder, gentler time.

With the loving guidance of Arthur Ewalt, her Father, and a single parent in the 1930’s, Jo took easily to running her own show at an early age. The courage and independence she gained during her early years served her well, as she experienced many physical challenges later in her life including blindness.

Her favorite poem was Invictus by William Ernest Henley. She quoted the last two lines many times echoing her belief…”I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”

Jo was well spoken, and could write beautifully. Throughout her working career she was a great asset to her employers and later to the family business, Zeke’s Inc. in Raton, New Mexico. She instilled a love of music, art, literature, foreign languages, and a continuance of lifelong learning in her children for which they are ever grateful.

Born in Dallas, Texas to Stella Sanderson and Arthur Ewalt on October 30, 1929. Jo transitioned to be with our Creator on Oct. 4, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66yrs, Roy Cecil Jones.

She is survived by a daughter, Janis Jones Loverin (Richard) of Ruidoso, N.M., and a son, Jerry Lyle Jones (Debbi) of Rio Rancho, N.M. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Brie Sherwin (Rob) of Lubbock, TX, Heather Simpson (Sean) of Ruidoso, N.M., Jessica Jones of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Matthew Jones Fernandez of El Paso, TX. Her great grandchildren are Mia Simpson, daughter of Heather and Sean Simpson, and Aubrey Jones, daughter of Jessica Jones.

Jo was fun-loving and a loyal friend. She was a good listener in a time when they are scarce. She was and is loved greatly, and by many.

In Loving Memory of Ann Margaret Shier Pate

Ann Margaret Shier Pate, 73,  passed away at her home on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Ann is survived by her daughter Rebecca Pate Huff, brother Dave Shier, sisters Jane Shier and Ellie Hadsall as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

ann photo002 (1)Raised in Kip, Kansas Ann attend K-State and migrated to Canada in 1968 where she and her husband Bill Pate taught and farmed. She return to the US settling in Trinidad in 2005.

An avid scholar and researcher, Ann enjoyed spirited philosophical and political discussions. She deeply cared about the world around her and directed her energies toward community building, environmental protection, sustainable food production and all creatures; adopting and sponsoring numerous pets over the years, not to mention rescuing a large number of bugs – and the occasional turtle.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, October 25, at 2:30 PM, at the Trinidad State Park’s Amphitheater.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home

In Loving Memory of Cheryl “Darlene” (Wilkerson) Taft

taftCheryl “Darlene” (Wilkerson) Taft, age, 62, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Raton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Raton, New Mexico. After her battle with a lengthy illness she peacefully went to meet her Lord and Savior with her loving family aby her side.
Darlene was taught early on the importance of good work ethic from daddy and mother.
Growing up in a household of 9 family members her Mother Neoma would have Darlene at a young age stand on a stool built by her brothers so that she could reach the sink to wash the supper dishes. Darlene recalled having to change the water at least 3 times. To earn money to provide for her teenage needs. Darlene did everything form shining her brothers shoes to following her brother Marvin around the streets with a gas can while he pushed her mower.
Darlene was very artistic and had the gift of writing poetry. She composed several very special poems about her daddy and the rest of their family. She was her daddy’s special, “Lady Bug.” Darlene was also an avid gardener and grew some of the prettiest flowers in Raton. She was very proud of her garden and loved to share it with anyone who wanted to come and visit. If you couldn’t find her in the garden you would find her baking the best coconut cream pie and chocolate cream torte. She had a way of translating her love into the food she made.
Darlene obtained her CAN and worked many years at Sunbridge, Casa Del Sol, and the offices of Doctor Tiku.
Most families would utilize WEBMD for home remedies, Darlene MD is what her family would use for their ailments. Her most famous prescription was iodone, Darlene believed iodone would cure just about anything.
Darlene’s influence expanded past the medial field, she was an insightful and enlightened a person to ask for advice. She had a special brand of blunt force honesty wh9ch reduce a person to the 7 stage of acceptance. This special conversation with Darlene would leave you with a renewed vigor of solving your problem.
Darlene is survived by her husband John Taft of 32 years, her daughter and husband Stephanie and Matt Santistevan of Pueblo West, CO. Her mother Neoma Wilkerson of Spearman Texas, her brothers and their wives: Roddy and Stephanie Woodson of Garland, TX, Roy and Melinda Woodson of Lewisville, TX, William and Mary Wilkerson of Flint, TX, Anthony and Linda Allegan, MI, her grandchildren Zeke (boohoo) and wife Alyssa Sanchez of Raton, NM, Jayden, Matthew (Bubba), and Lainey Santistevan of Pueblo West, CO, along with many nieces nephews, family and her dearest friends Loretta Sanchez and Frank Romero.
Darlene was preceded in death by her daddy Will Wilkerson as well as her grandparents and other family members.

A life Celebration for Cheryl “Darlene” (Wilkerson) Taft will be October 21st, 2017 in the chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.  Rite of committal and interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Funeral  Arrangements for Cheryl “Darlene” (Wilkerson) Taft,  are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.  Flowers in memory of Darlene can be sent to the Funeral Home so Darlene may be surrounded by what she loved.

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.