Obituary notices.

Delton Joseph Elee, 83, Deming resident passed away Saturday February 10, 2018 at Mimbres Memorial Hospital.

Services are pending.

Lana K. Offutt Hassman, age 67, lifelong resident of Deming, NM, entered eternal life in Heaven, on Thursday, February 8, 2018, joining God and loved ones awaiting her. Lana was a genuine, loving, caring person. She was a beautiful mother, sister, daughter and a friend to all who knew and loved her.

Lana was born on May 3, 1950 in Deming, NM to parents, Ira Joe Offutt and Louella Chandler Offutt. Lana graduated from Deming High School in 1968 and then acquired her BA Degree in Elementary Education, an MA Degree in English and a Specialty Degree in History from Western New Mexico University. Lana's career began in 1972, teaching third grade students for 18 years and then mid high and high school students for the remainder of her 36 years as a teacher. In Lana's own words, "Every student I taught had a special, beautiful, brilliant knowledge within them. I am and always will be thankful for the honor and privilege of associating with and teaching each student I was blessed with."

Lana loved teaching, studying the word of God, swimming, movies, walking, dancing, and especially loved horseback riding in her youth with her grandfather, Harvey Chandler. Lana was a Champion of Hope Partner member of Joel Osteen Ministries Lakewood Church for the past fifteen years. Lana and her daughter Kay Kay were the best of friends and shared great joy in life, no matter the occasion, grand or small. Lana loved and cherished each and every one of her family members. Faith, Hope, Love and Laughter were important values in life to Lana.

Lana is survived by her beloved daughter, Kay Hassman, her sisters, Harvielee Moore (Samuel), Jeanie Coppedge (Bill), Linda Smrkovsky (Bobby), and her nieces and nephews, Brent Moore, Charlene Bickerdike (Jimmy), Jeanie Lynn Lawson (Jason), Rusty Smrkovsky, Crystal Coppedge (Bill Adcock), Ryan Smrkovsky (Angela), Jessica Ballard (Devin), and her great nieces and nephews Megan Guaderrama (Erik), Zach Moore (Vanessa Snyder), Jayme Lynn Lawson, Rowdy Smrkovsky, Chandler, Lillian, and Mallory Smrkovsky, Pecos and Porter Ballard, Basil Adcock, and her great-great nephews, Evan and Maddox Guaderrama, Blake and Bryce Moore.

Lana was preceded in death by her parents, Ira Joe Offutt and Louella Chandler Offutt, her sister JoElla Treadwell, her nephew Shad Moore, and recently her loyal 18-year-old Chow dog, Cha Cha.

On Lana's behalf, her family thanks Euromed, Dr. M Basel Aswad, Yvonne Mouchette of TLC Medical Clinic, Mimbres Memorial Hospital, and Ambercare Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marshall Memorial Library (a children's book), Deming Luna County Humane Society, or to the charity of your choice.

Memorial Services at Baca's Funeral Chapels, 811 S. Gold, Deming, NM 88030 are pending and will be announced at a later date. Cremation has been entrusted to Baca's Mimbres Crematory.

ISAIAH 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like Eagles; They will run and not grow weary; They will walk and not be faint.

NUMBERS 6: 23-27 The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

beatrice casares rsBeatrice Casares, 82, of Silver City passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Fort Bayard Medical Center.

Beatrice was born on June 2, 1935 in Central, NM to Vilialdo Trujillo and Juanita Avalos. She met and married Mario Carsares and had been married for 60 years until his passing in 2016. Beatrice had worked for a time in retail sales at JC Penney and was member of Saint Francis Newman Center Parish. Much of her time had been spent at home, where she loved doing her crafting and preparing her delicious meals for everyone to enjoy. Beatrice was a "mom" to so many people, caring and always ready to help anyone who needed it. Being "mom" meant it was always family first. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Beatrice is survived by her daughter, Denise (Don) of Ft. Collins, CO; sister, Cecil Parra; brothers, Eloy Trujillo (Beverly) of Hawaii; Albert Trujillo (Cecilia) of Silver City; Art Trujillo (Nony) of Tucson; Richard Trujillo (Rita) of Las Cruces; Bernie Trujillo (Yolanda) of Mesa, AZ and Eddie Trujillo of Las Cruces. Also surviving her are grandchildren, Brian, Amanda, and Andrea; great grandchildren, Layla, Riley, and Ari, and many nieces and nephews. Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband, Mario Casares in 2016; parents, Vilialdo and Juanita; and two sisters, Lydia Archuleta and Emma Williams.

Cremation has been entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels. The Prayer Vigil and Rosary will take place on Monday, February 12, 2018 at nine-thirty in the morning at Saint Francis Newman Center Parish with the Funeral Liturgy immediately following. Beatrice will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Mario, at eleven o'clock at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Officiating will be Father Naripogula Prakasham.

adelina holguin rsAdelina Duran Holguin passed away at age 87 on February 5, 2018. She left this world peacefully in the company of her grandson Leonard and daughter Evelia.

Adelina was born on May 10, 1930 to parents, Thomas and Juanita Duran. Adelina believed in living a life day-to-day and counting her blessings as they came and went. She was happiest in the company of her many friends and family.

Adelina is survived by her two children, Evelia Cordova and Fernando Holguin (and his wife Kathy); grandchildren, Leonard Cordova, Adam Cordova and Jennifer Cordova; great-grandchildren, Kaeana Cordova, Leonard Cordova II, Damian Cordova and Mia Cordova; siblings, Erlinda Marin, Jack Duran, Sammy Duran and Fred Duran.

Cremation has been entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels. Following the family's wishes, services will not be held and are asking friends and family to keep Adelina's beaming smile, boisterous laugh and amazing memories in your thoughts and prayers. May Adelina's message to live life day by day exist in the memories of her many friends and family.

Orton Dalton, 91, of Silver City passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018 in Las Cruces.

Arrangements are entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels

Henry A. Sass, 95, longtime Deming resident passed away Monday February 5, 2018 at Willow Manor.

Services are pending.

judy richards rsIt is with a sad heart that we announce the death of our feisty Italian mom. Judith Ann Richards (formerly known as Judy Newman) passed away at home on February 5, 2018 surrounded by her family. Judy was born August 31, 1943 in Chicago, IL to Guy Richards & Ann (Taglioli) Richards and grew up in Washington state and Aiken, South Carolina.

Judy became a registered nurse at age 21 and spent over 45 years in the profession. For nine years, Judy worked for Deming Public Schools serving the children of Luna County. She was fondly referred to as "mom" by all and was extremely honored when the class of 1986 chose her to speak at their graduation ceremony. After leaving the schools, Judy began working at Mimbres Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home where she excelled in both floor nursing and management. Later in her career she became a regional liaison for long-term care facilities in New Mexico and Texas and ensured high quality care for the residents. She continued in that position until her retirement. While her professional life was rich, her grandchildren brought her the most joy and she loved them without end.

Judy is survived by her brother, Tom Richards; two daughters, Debbie Armijo and husband Nick; Vicki Chávez and husband Mike; her grandchildren, Michael Nunley (Denise), Joslynn Chávez-Garcia (Adrian), Lauren Verduzco (Chris), Evan Chávez (Marie); great-grandchildren, Ryann Nunely, Adriana Verduzco, Matthew Nunley, and Christopher Verduzco; and her beloved four-legged companion of 16 years, JD (Judy's Dog) Richards.

Through the services of Ambercare Hospice, our mom was able to pass in the comfort of home surrounded by her family. Donations in her name to Ambercare would be greatly appreciated.

At Judy's request, cremation has taken place and the family will hold a private celebration of her life at a later date.

aileen lepage rsAileen Doby LaPage, age 89, passed away at her home in Deming, NM the morning of February 4, 2018.

Aileen was born on October 2, 1928 in Columbus, New Mexico. She was a graduate of Western New Mexico University with a BS degree and held a Master's Degree in Natural Sciences. She attended the National Science Foundation Institutes at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces as well as the institute at Arizona State. She taught for 25 years in the Deming Public School system, twelve years at the Junior High level, and thirteen at the High School level. The subjects she taught include mathematics, general science, physical science and biology.

She served initially as the secretary of the Deming School Employees Credit Union under Barney Teague, and after his death she took over the job as President for many years.

Aileen has been recognized for her volunteer work. She was AARP tax consultant, wrote receipts and acknowledgments for donations and memorials for the local Hospice organization, and volunteered at the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum.

Aileen is survived by her children, her son Paul LaPage and daughter in law Susan of Molino, Florida, and her daughter Sue Bennett Geistwhite and son in law Richard of Newberg, Oregon, as well as her grandchildren Sarah Woodfin (Woody); Brenda Barker (Warren); John LaPage (Brittney); step-grandchild Heidi Sauberg (Paul) as well as two sisters in law, a niece and several cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ruth Doby and Omar Doby, her husband Robert D. LaPage, and her siblings Joe Doby and Bill Nichols.

A funeral is scheduled for 10 o'clock on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Baca's Funeral Chapel with graveside services to follow. All are encouraged to attend and celebrate Aileen's life by telling humorous antidotes about Aileen. In lieu of flowers, Aileen's family asks that donations in her name be made to Deming Luna Mimbres Museum.

Pallbearers will be Frank Dooley, Gene Glasgow, Vincent Stallard, Dr. John E. Lundy, Robert Frosch, and Brooks Wolle.

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