Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Michael Oney Cole

Michael Oney Cole, age 30 passed away on September 20, 2016.

He was born in Trinidad, Colorado on April 8, 1986 to Sally (Simpson) and Robert Cole.

He attended area schools including Trinidad Catholic and was a 2005 graduate of Trinidad High School.

Michael’s employers included Safeway, Pioneer Natural Resources and Al’s Gas Service.

He enjoyed spending time in the gym lifting weights and hanging out with his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by brother Richard Sanchez and grandparents Josephine and George Cole and Eloisa and Kelly Simpson.

Michael is survived by parents Sally and Robert Cole, Trinidad, siblings Melissa (Shawn) Sears, Colorado Springs, CO, Bobbi (Marc) Giezen, Windsor, CO., James Sanchez, Trinidad, Travis Cole (Megan Walbaum), Trinidad,  numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

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

Rosary will be Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 7PM at Sebastiani Gym.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym.

Interment with Rite of Committal  will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are James Sanchez, Gabe Santistevan, Hugh Harkin, Justin Drapeau, Gina Vigil, Dave Cole, Bill Vigil and his many dear friends.

Active pallbearers are Travis Cole, Anthony Apodaca, John Gomez, Gerald Armijo, Calvin Coley, Tom Armijo.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Phyllis Briscoe

Phyllis Briscoe passed away September 2016.
William, to whom she was married for over 70 years survives her, as does one daughter.
Memorial Service to be held at a later date.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Frances J. Montoya

Frances J. Montoya, age 83, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in Clayton, New Mexico.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Terrell Jones, pastor of the Trinity Fellowship Church in Clayton, officiating. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

montoya-fFrances J. (Fernandez) Montoya was born on August 27, 1933 in Boulder, Colorado to Eliseo Fernandez Eugenia (Quintana) Fernandez. She married Alfredo Aaron Montoya on August 18, 1956 in Raton, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on August 18, 1991. Frances worked in the Boulder Community Hospital for several years. She moved to Clayton with her husband Alfredo when they retired in 1974. After moving to Clayton Frances to Home Health Care work for many more years. She was a member of the Trinity Fellowship Church in Clayton and she loved to tell stories about her life to her grandchildren. Frances was a prayer warrior for all of her family.

In addition to her parents and husband, Frances was preceded in death by daughter Gloria Alvarado, grandson Aaron Gonzales, by nine brothers and sisters and 2 stepchildren Virginia and Angel.


3 DAUGHTERS:  Susan Trujillo and her husband Mike of Lafayette, Colorado, Debra Barajas and her husband Joe of Longmont, Colorado and Sharon Gonzales and her husband Gilbert of Clayton, New Mexico.

1 SON:  Ronnie Ramirez of Denver, Colorado.

6 STEPCHILDREN:  Susan Gallegos, Sandy Griff, Mary, George, Phyllis and Trina.

1 BROTHER:  Joe Fernandez of Denver, Colorado.

13 Grandchildren, 29 Great-Grandchildren, 14 Great-Great-Grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.

VisitationSaturday, September 24, 2016
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Hass Funeral Directors, Inc.
324 Main St.
Clayton, New Mexico 88415
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VisitationSunday, September 25, 2016
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Hass Funeral Directors, Inc.
324 Main St.
Clayton, New Mexico 88415
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Family GatheringSunday, September 25, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Hass Funeral Directors, Inc.
324 Main St.
Clayton, New Mexico 88415
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Funeral ServiceMonday, September 26, 2016
11:00 AM

First United Methodist Church
200 N. Fifth Ave
Clayton, NM 88415

In Loving Memory of Kayla T. Montoya

Kayla T. Montoya, age 25 of Springer, NM, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2016 near Cimarron, NM.


She was born February 11, 1991 in Albuquerque, NM, the daughter of Joe Amador Montoya and Denise Munnerlyn.

montoya-kKayla enjoyed her times at Elephant Butte Lake with her family and loved the Denver Broncos.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather John R. Montoya, maternal grandmother Meriam Munnerlyn.

She is survived by her daughter Faith Allison Baird of Springer, paternal grandmother Elvira Montoya of Springer, maternal grandfather Loyd Munnerlyn of Corrales, NM, mother Denise Munnerlyn of Parker, CO, father Joe Amador Montoya and wife Dee Dee of Springer, aunt Sarah Maddaleni of Raton and uncle Lee Munnerlyn of Farmington, NM, stepsister Raena Gonzales of Albuquerque, NM, two stepbrothers, Matthew Gonzales of Albuquerque, NM and Thomas Gonzales and wife Samantha of Tijeras, NM, nephew T.J. Gonzales, nieces Aspen and Eva Gonzales, her beloved dog Bear and numerous cousins and friends.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer, recited by Frank Cimino, Jr.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am with a funeral service at 11:00 am the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel.

Arrangements and celebration of Love for Kayla T. Montoya are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Katrina Sue Green Fairchild

Katrina Sue Green Fairchild of Sherman, Texas, died at home on September 19, 2016 at the age of 47 after a heroic four year battle with cancer.

Katie was born in Racine, Wisconsin on June 25, 1969. While in elementary school she moved with her parents to Raton, New Mexico, where she graduated from Raton High School in 1987. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wisconsin State University, Superior, WI, in 1991. After graduation, she moved to Texas where she pursued her graduate studies at West Texas A & M University in Canyon, TX and became a certified dyslexia reading specialist. Katie was a teacher at Washington Elementary in Sherman, TX until her death. Prior to living and teaching in Sherman, she taught in Whitesboro and Prosper.

Katie is survived by her parents, Harvey and Georgiana Green of Bella Vista, Arkansas; her brother Kyle and his wife Angela Green, niece Alyssa and nephews Cody and Trevan Green of Las Cruces, New Mexico. She was the dedicated and loving mother to her daughters Ellyn Lynae and Erika Kristine, and son Aidan Michael, all of Sherman. Bilmar Garcia was her constant companion and support during the last few months of her life.

Katie had developed many amazing friendships through her work, her knitting and her craft groups. She and her family deeply appreciated their kindness and support during her illness. Guardian Hospice staff members were all a blessing.
Katie attended Fusion Bible Church in Sherman.

A celebration of Katie’s life will take place at the First United Methodist Church in Sherman on Saturday, September 24 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel located on Mulberry St. Father Rob Yaksich, of Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assissi in Santa Fe, NM, and other clergy will participate in the service.

Please take time to remember her enduring legacy of love, generosity, hope, resilience and determination.

In leiu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Washington School, SISD 2701 Loy Lake Roar, Sherman, TX 75090.

Arrangements are under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman, TX.

In Loving Memory of Carrie Mable Troyer

Carrie Mable Troyer age 95, of Raton, passed away Sunday September 18, 2016 in Raton.

troyer-cShe was born June 7, 1921 in Summitville, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Gertrude (Waldroup) Graham. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph G. Troyer, her daughter Shirley Defelice and husband Ross, her daughter-in-law Doris Troyer and three brothers.

She is survived by by her sons, Ron Troyer of PieTown, New Mexico, John and wife Janet Troyer of Richmond, Kentucky, daughters, Judy Skinner and husband Neil of Ocala, Fl. And Cyndy Gealey of Libera, NM, nineteen grandchildren , forty great-grandchildren, eleven great-great grandchildren and four great-great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Maxwell Cemetery in Maxwell, N.M. with Reverend Ellen Swain officiating.

Arrangements and Celebration of Love for Carrie Mable Troyer are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton, N.M.

In Loving Memory of Jennie (Janie) Cunico Scott

Jennie (Janie) Cunico Scott passed away at her home in Roy on September 14, 2016, just about one month shy of her 99th birthday.

She was born October 22, 1917, in Raton, New Mexico to Italian immigrants Joe and Marcalina Cunico. The youngest of eight children, Jennie spent her childhood helping her family on their ranch, milking cows, and daily survival in the 1920’s. She graduated from Kiowa High School and shortly thereafter was asked to play basketball for the American Redheads, a semi-pro team in that day. Her strict parents would not let her however, and she moved on to other endeavors, though she would always wonder if she could have made it playing basketball.

Jennie married Allen Scott in February of 1945. They had a blended family. Jennie had a two year old son from a former marriage, (Skipper); Allen a two year old son, (Ronnie). This might have been an obstacle for most couples but not so with these two. The boys being the same age grew up as brothers. Later they had a daughter (Tootie) and the family was complete.

cunico-jJennie worked various jobs while raising their family including punching numbers at the phone company, clerking at the City Market, and working at Rigoni’s Bar. She was happiest when she was around people. She was an avid sports fan, rarely missing a game played by her children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren. She claimed most of the kids in Roy as her own. She was known lovingly as Mimi Scott and her door was always open to friends and visitors.

After the death of her husband, Allen, in 1990, she worked at the Roy Elementary School helping to take care of the little ones and answer phones. Mimi Scott remained independent and active into her 90’s and could be seen driving her buddies around the community or visiting on the bench in front of the local store. She was a loving wife and mother and her family always came first. Her quick wit and smile was infectious and was with her throughout her lifetime. She was loved by all who knew her and will be missed greatly.

Jennie was preceded in death by her parents, seven siblings, her husband Allen, and her son Ronnie Scott.

She is survived by son, Louis McEwen of Sherman, Illinois and daughter Tootie Clavel of Roy; nine grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 3 great, great grandchildren, and many wonderful friends.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be held Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Harding County Community Building in Roy at 11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests, that for those who wish, donations may be made to the Roy Municipal School or a charity of your choice in loving memory of Jennie C. Scott.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Jennie Cunico Scott are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Richard E. Jones

Richard E. Jones age 81, of Raton, passed away Tuesday September 13, 2016 in Raton.

jones-richHe was born August 31, 1935 in McIntire, IA, the son of Frank F. and Gudrun (Pedersen) Jones. Richard was a Veteran of the United State Marine Corp and a member of the NRA, ATA, AARP, American Legion, the Whittington Center and the Whittington Center Founders Club. He was a retired College Professor and a member of the Baptist Church.

Richard is survived by two daughters, Dr. Gwen Elizabeth Jones of NJ, and Dr. Maura Alison Jones Moyle of WI, one brother, Edward R. Jones of MN, a niece, Lisa Sue Svobodny of SD, a nephew, Brian Jones of MN, and four grandchildren, Cameron and Liam (Gwen), Lauren and Erin (Maura). He is also survived by his faithful companion, Kirvana.

Funeral services will be Monday September 26, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Crotinger officiating, burial will be Tuesday September 27, 2016 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Richard E. Jones are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

Full Military Honors will be provided by the Colfax County Young Marines.

In Loving Memory of Carolyn June Belarde

Carolyn June Belarde of Washington D.C. passed September 13, 2016 after a lengthy illness.


Please take time to remember her enduring legacy of love, generosity, hope, resilience and determination.  We look to the sky from this day forward and see her in the soaring of eagles, feel her in the whisper of  the winds, and hear her in the sweet song of the birds. She is free.  Into paradise may the angels lead her.


Carolyn was the fourth child born to Steve and Nora Belarde on June 27, 1946.  She was mother to seven children. 


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Miguel Martinez; her third born child Baby Gilbert Trujillo, her brothers Bernard, Steve, Thomas, Lawrence, and Mark; and her brother-in-law Eddie Santistevan. 


She is survived in death by her children (Robbie Padilla, Vincent Duran (wife Susan), Marty Trujillo (wife Alethea), Sylvia Trujillo, Edna Stone (husband Daniel), and Melinda Duran); her grandchildren (Louis Salas (wife Jen), Miranda Herberger (husband Alan), Sarah Carter (husband Bret), Colleen Salas (partner Gary De Leon), Robert Salas (fiancé Natalie Benavidez), and Karl Trujillo}; her great grandchildren (Robert Jr., Elijah, Atticus, Genesis, Jayleen, Josleen, and Miranda’s soon to be born baby).   She is also survived by  her siblings Eva Sandoval (husband Gene), Anna Santistevan, Beverly Smith (husband Rick), Kathy Spicola (husband Joe), Martin Belarde (wife Veronica), Nora Belarde, Fred Belarde (wife Peggy), Angie Fuqua (husband Terry), and David Belarde and a large and loving number of nephews and nieces. 


belarde-cIn life, Carolyn stood in as a loving mother to many individuals over her lifetime up until the very end and her spirit will also endure with those who cared so tenderly for her and who she viewed as her children. 


Her family extends a heartfelt thank you to her extraordinary caregivers and the dedicated team of health care providers of the Medical House Call Program at MedStar Washington Hospital for their medical care and family support.


Services are Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10 am at 811 Cameron Street, Alexandria, Virginia. 


Colorado service celebrating her life will occur in the Spring of 2017


In lieu of flowers, please forward donations to:
House Call Program
c/o Washington Hospital Center
Office of Philanthropy, Attn: Mona Rashidi
110 Irving Street NW, East Bldg, Suite 1001,
Washington, DC 20010
Indicate on the check that funds are to be directed to the House Call Program

In Loving Memory of Shelby Erlinda Vigil


Everyone that knew Shelby, felt her love.  Even though Shelby left us physically on September 10, 2016, the memory of her 25 years of life, filled with her kindness, respect and her beautiful smile, will be forever instilled in each and every one of us.   

Her family as is…Mother and best friend, Irene Vigil, Brother, one and only, Gene (Karleigh) Vigil, Grandparents, Higinio Vigil, Nadine Vallejos, Aunties and Uncles, Corrine Vigil ,Carolyn (Rich) Claflin, Yvonne (Steve) Baca, Barbara (Paul) Dominguez, Anthony Vigil, Rudy Vigil, Donnie Vigil,  Gary MichaelAmendarez, Elizabeth (Darrin) Duran, the Young family, Father, William Michael Young, Uncles and Aunt, James Young, Robert (Raquel) Young, Grandparents, William (Zeny) Young, Cousins, Vanessa Garcia, Gary A. Garcia J., Seth P. (Danielle) Garcia, Azuredee  Trujillio, Wayne (Nya) Trujillo, Melanie (Jerry) Baca, Joshua (Rachael) Baca, Jacob Baca, Elias (Lori) Baca, Paul Dominguez Jr. Adrian (Fidelity) Dominguez, Mario Dominguez, Tonio Vigil, Sherri Lynn (Kurt) Baca, Dawn Joy Vigil, Paul (Stacey) Chavez, Darren (Sarah) Duran Jr., Luke Duran , Jordyn Davis and many dear friends. 

Funeral Services will be held Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10AM at the Comi Chapel. 

Private family inurnment at a later date. 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.