Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Ruby Bonds

Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Enns, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Raton, NM. 

Ruby Bonds was born on March 6, 1927 in the Spurlock Community in Sherman County to Guy and Mary Sweny. She graduated from Stratford High School and attended college at West Texas Teachers College. She returned to Stratford and worked at the First State Bank of Stratford for seven years. She married Gene French in 1944 in Dalhart. In 1953 they moved to Raton, NM and lived there until Gene’s death in 1979. She was employed by La Mesa Park for 21 seasons. She also served as a substitute teacher for many years in the Raton school system. She moved to Amarillo in 1983 where she was employed with Garrison Legal Service and Panhandle Court Reporters. She married G. J. (Bus) Bonds in 1989. He preceded her in death in 1996. Ruby loved golf and bridge and was an avid reader. She also volunteered at Canyon Public Library. She loved being with her friends and family. Ruby was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Flo Hudson and Carol Kyle, and two brothers, Bill Sweny and Jim Sweny. 

Survivors include her children, Kelly Freeman and husband, John of Hideaway Lake, TX, Kyle French of Canyon, Linda Pratt and husband, Fred of Amarillo, Maureen Gill and husband, Randy of Grand Prairie; grandchildren, Casey Jones and wife, Shannon, Michael Gill, Jonathan Gill, Kelsy Pratt, and Morgan Pratt; and great grandchildren, Victoria Jones and Weston Jones. 

The family suggests memorials be to the First United Methodist Church, 1818 4th Avenue, Canyon, Texas 79015, or Hospice of the Southwest, 1301 S. Coulter Ste. 404, Amarillo, Texas 79106.

In Memory of John Dillon

John Dillon, age 71, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014 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. 

John Dillon was born on September 5, 1943 in Lamar, Colorado to Wally Dillon and Ruth (Stein) Dillon. He moved to Clayton with his mother in 1961 to open the bowling alley in Clayton. While living in Clayton, John met Janet (Wright) Dillon and together they had three children. John enjoyed working on old cars and stock cars when he was younger. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Donna Lee Thomas. 


2 DAUGHTERS: Teri Dillon of Raleigh, North Carolina and Tina Parkhill and her husband Lance of Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

1 SON: Brett Dillon and his wife Jennifer of Clayton, New Mexico. 

4 GRANDCHILDREN: Devon Dillon and Emily Dillon both of Clayton, New Mexico and Dillon Parkhill and Julia Parkhill both of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Memorial Service for Joe A. Guerra

A memorial service for Joe A. Guerra will be held on October 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM. Services will include a potluck and a little get-together to talk about all the memories we have shared with Joe.


The service will be held at the family house which is at 667 Collier Avenue in Raton, New Mexico.


At 4:00 PM the scattering of the ashes will take place at the J/G Ranch, east on Highway 87/64.


For any questions call 575-303-3898.

In Loving Memory of Eldon Redd

Eldon Redd, 90, of La Junta, Colorado died Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in the Crowley County Nursing Center.

Eldon was born August 12, 1924 in Albany, Missouri to George and Laura Redd.  He married Maxine McCallister in 1941, and they raised seven children in Raton.

Eldon served in the Army Air Corp during World War II.  He owned and operated the Raton Tire Service for approximately 20 years while also working as an fireman and engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad before retiring in 1982.

Survivors include his wife Jessie, son Norman (Marilyn) Redd of Littleton, CO; son Chuck (Beverly) Redd of Clovis, NM;  daughter Lynda (Dennis) Heider of Highlands Ranch, CO; daughter Marilynn Breyer of Albuquerque, NM; and son Darrel Redd of Sandia Park, NM; fourteen grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his first wife Maxine, sons Joe and Glen Redd, grandson Wes Castleberry, and great grandson Johnny Castleberry.

Services will be held Saturday, October 18 at the First Christian Church in La Junta, Colorado at 10:00 a.m.

In Loving Memory of Meredith Susan Hamilton

Meredith Susan Hamilton, 60, of Trinidad, Colorado, formerly of Lafayette, Colorado passed away on October 11, 2014.  Meredith, known as Sue by family and close friends, was born in Denver Colorado to Joyce Ellis Hamilton and Robert Douglas Hamilton on April 29, 1954.

Sue worked in accounting all her life. She completed an Associate of Arts degree in history at Arapahoe Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Phoenix. She worked for Montgomery Wards, for the Boulder Valley School District as an accounting assistant, and at Trinidad Junior College as a payroll administrator. Her accounting work was primarily in payroll and benefits, an area in which she was passionate and skilled. Sue was a member of the Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette and served on their greeter committee. 

She loved meeting new people and she enjoyed growing and tending herbs, cooking, traveling with her family, history, watching sports, and was an avid softball player in Denver for many years. Her eldest niece described her Aunt Sue as “a fierce athlete, soulful musician, storyteller, keeper of memories, traditions and connections, and devoted daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend”.  She devoted her love and attention to her two nieces and three nephews as they were growing up and they each have treasured memories of her singing to them, playing softball, and keeping up with their lives.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Hamilton of La Junta, Colorado. She is survived by her mother and brother, Joyce Hamilton and Tom Hamilton of La Junta, Colorado, a sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Jerry Dawkins of Spring, Texas; two nieces, Stephanie Rust Tucker and her husband Jeff, of Kingwood, Texas and Katy Rust Curtiss and her husband Andy, of Houston, Texas; three nephews, Jake Hamilton and his wife, Cassi, of Los Angeles, California, Matt Hamilton and his wife, Rachel, of Lakewood, Colorado, and Taylor Hamilton and his wife Jennifer, of Parker, Colorado; and eight great-nieces and nephews. 

Memorial Services will be held Friday October 17, 2014 at 2PM at the Comi  Funeral Home Chapel, 1804 E. Main Street, Trinidad, CO, with Mr. Jerry Dawkins officiating. 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

The family of Meredith Sue Hamilton wishes to thank our family and friends for their prayers and many acts of kindness.

In Loving Memory of Betty A. Short

Betty A. Short 91, Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed from this life September 26, 2014 in Albuquerque. Betty was born August 11, 1923 in Pretty Prairie, Kansas to Ora and Flossie Holdemen Manny.

After Betty and younger sister Marge graduated from high school, her family moved to California. Betty worked as “Rosie the Riveter” in an airplane factory. She went to Johnson Mesa to visit a cousin and met Oscar Short. They were married shortly after on February 27, 1944 in Raton, New Mexico. Betty lived most of her married life around the Folsom area.

Betty was Postmaster in Folsom for 20 years.

When her daughters were old enough to be in 4-H, Betty became an active leader and also enjoyed extension clubs. She enjoyed all kinds of crafts, sewing, crocheting, making things out of wood and wood carving. She was a founding board member and officer for the Folsom Museum and was very active in various community projects.

Betty is survived by daughters Judy Rife, La Junta, Colorado, Patsy (Larry) Blundell, Las Animas, Colorado, Billie (Joe) Salas, Albuquerque, New Mexico Lucinda (Alan) Horn, La Junta, Colorado, 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren and 1 sister Marge (Sprug) Burgman, Leonardville, Kansas and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Oscar, twin sons Gerald and Jerald Short, 1 great grandson Riley Newkirk, 2 sisters Velva Bradford and Dorothy Harrah and 1 brother Melvin Manny.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Folsom Museum, PO BOX 464, Folsom, NM 88419.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 1501 South 4th Street, Raton New Mexico. 


In Loving Memory of Adeline Martinez

Adeline Martinez, age 87, passed away at Mt. San Rafael Hospital after a short illness. 

She was born in Garcia, New Mexico, on November 6, 1926 to Cleotilde (Guerin) and Casilio Leal. 

On December 30, 1944, Adeline was united in marriage to Abel Martinez at Holy Trinity Church in Trinidad, CO. She was a cook for many years, having worked at the Ramada Inn, Best Western ,the El Capitan and the Trinidad Diner until her retirement. She loved caring for her yard and keeping house. Adeline was devoted to her family and will truly  be missed .

Preceding her in death are parents , husband Abel Martinez, daughter Darlene Vigil, grandson R. J. Molinaro, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

Survivors are daughter Eleanor (Rudy) Espinoza, Trinidad, CO., grandchildren, Genevieve, Anthony, Michael, Mandi, Jesse, Leroy, great grandson Christopher, 4 great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

Visitation will be Tuesday from 3PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel. 

Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 15, 2014 with Rosary at 9AM at the Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church. Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Active pallbearers are Anthony Armijo, Armijo, Rudy Espinoza, Arnold Espinosa, David Espinosa and Ernie Barela.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Eugene H. Case

Eugene H. Case, age 83, died Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in La Junta, Colorado. 

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Mills Cemetery in Mills, New Mexico with Rev. Billy Rammage officiating. Viewing will be at 10:30 AM before the service at the Mills Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico. 

Eugene H. Case was born on January 18, 1931 in Mills, New Mexico to Earl R. Case and Opal M. (Burton) Case. He went to elementary school in Mills, New Mexico and graduated from high school in 1950 from Roy. Gene served two years in the U.S. Army in the Korean Conflict. He went to Barber School on the G. I. Bill and barbered in Farmington, New Mexico until the late 1960′s when he moved back home to Mills, New Mexico to help his dad farm and ranch. Gene also ran the mail route from the Mills Post Office for 28 years retiring in 2010. Gene was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Opal Case, 1 sister; Pearl, 3 brothers; Bill, Ervin and Howard, 2 nephews; Weldon and Melvin Beard, 1 niece, Lena Lee Case, 1 brother-in-law; Fred Beard, 1 sister-in-law; Kay Case Hillock, 2 newborn infants Bella Pearl Beard and Casey Gale Everett. He is survived by his sister Grace Beard who resides in La Junta, Colorado, 2 sisters-in-law; Elaine Case of Seattle, Washington and Ruth Case of Nucla, Colorado. Gene was blessed with 11 nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and numerous great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Gene never married but enjoyed the peacefulness of the canyons and the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his family. He was known to his family as “Uncle Gene”. Gene played life forward and left some mighty big shoes to fill.


In Loving Memory of Mary Amatha (Aunt Mary) Espinosa

Mary Amatha (Aunt Mary) Espinosa age 78 left this world on October 2, 2014 at MCMC surrounded by her loved ones. She went peacefully into the hands of her Lord and Savior. She was born on November 17, 1935 to Faustin and Loral Duran Garcia in Lynn, NM. She married John R. Espinosa in Maxwell on December 17, 1951.

United in death to husband John, son; John (Johno) Espinosa, parents, brothers: Joe (Tino) Garcia, Albert (Teresa) Garcia, Tony (Bea) Garcia, sister: Josie (John) Hutchens, nephews John, Edward, and James Hutchens, Charles (Gloria) Espinosa, Patsy Lopez, and Kay Garcia, brothers-in-law Walter Olmstead, Elenio Aragon, Floyd Espinosa, and Joe Lavato.

Mary is survived by brother John (Gibo) Garcia and wife Karen, Sisters: Ramona Olmstead and Sally Aragon and their families, sister-in-law Minnie Lavato and family, Ester Espinoza and family and Clorinda Garcia, daughters: Teri Tabor and husband Keith, Shirley Mitchell and Husband Joe, Ella Jo Smart and Husband Darrell, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Jason and Abran (Gabriel and Garrett) Mitchell, Dennie (Emma) Gum, Dannie (Tina, Tegan, James, Tatianna, and Annabelle) Thompson, Shawn (Eyliah and Christan) Smart, Shantelle (Jacob, Destiny and Terence) Gallegos, Keith Richard Tabor and companion Betty, special grandchildren Carla Taylor and boys, Patricia Trujillo and Family, and Brandon Albertson, special friends Zelma Pacheco and Antonia Apodaca.

Aunt Mary was well loved by all who knew her. With her quick wit and ready jokes she was always the life of the party. She lived life to it fullest and was always ready for a party. She loved bingo and trips to the casinos. But in her early days she loved fishing and hunting with her hubby and was always a very good cook. She will be deeply missed and the world has lost a bright light, but heaven has gained a bright star. Love you Mama!

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Tuesday October 7th at 11am at the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Maxwell, NM followed by the Solemn Mass at 11:30 with Deacon Ed Olona as the celebrant. Rite of Committal and Interment to be at the Maxwell Cemetery. A dinner to follow at the old senior citizen center in Maxwell.

Arrangements for Mary Espinosa are under the care and direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton

In Memory of Patricia Encinias

Patricia Encinias (Patsy) age 65 passed away October 6, 2014 in Raton, NM where she resided. She was born October 25, 1948 in Clayton, NM. She was preceded in death by her husband Johnny Encinias, brother Larry Vialpando and sister Rosalie Blan. 

Patsy EnciniasShe is survived by her parents Sidney and Marie Bessie Sanchez, her children Laura and husband Richard Pintor of Raton, Robert Gonzales and fiancé Jennifer Portillos of Raton, Jonathan Encinias of Raton, Deseray and husband Lawrence Perez of Midland, TX. Grandchildren Kenny and Kyle Pintor, Ashley and Chelsea Gonzales, Kaylee Maes, Shantele Medkiff, Jonathan, Jr. and Domenic Encinias, Jayd, Jayci and Jarred Sappington, great-granddaughter Amayah Pintor and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive. 

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held Saturday October 11th at 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton, NM recited by P. Louis Montoya. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Father Joe Bugas as the celebrant. 

Funeral arrangements for Patricia (Patsy) Encinias are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.