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Obituaries

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jack cunningham 7233 copyJohn Edward Cunningham, beloved of Paula, after several years of declining health, returned peacefully to his Lord, Friday 1 February 2019.

Dr. Cunningham is preceded in death by his father, Felix and his mother, Beth, both of Malone, NY and by his mother in law, Teresa Gil Ratcliffe of Tucson, AZ. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Paula and his four children, Andrew (Tracie) of Wylie, TX, Moira Amado-McCoy of Albuquerque, Patrick (Denise) of Silver City, and Kristen Warnack of Silver City. His grandchildren will also miss him terribly: Erin, Luke, and Jonah, Madison and Morgan, and Page.

smith 01Barry Ronald Smith, 75, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Monday, January 28, 2019 at Gila Regional Medical Center. He was born April 19, 1943 in Chicago, IL to Pershing B. and Joan White Smith. Barry loved Silver City and was an avid member of his church and the community. Whether it was his time working with the Knights of Columbus, his time volunteering at the visitor center, or one of the other many groups and organizations he was a part of, he was always busy and loved being part of this beautiful town. He was also lover of the outdoors and spent a large portion of his younger life camping, fishing, and working with the Boy Scouts of America to teach younger generations how to love and appreciate the natural world. He will be remembered as the type of person that could talk to anyone and as the life of the party no matter where he went. He is survived by one son, Barry Patrick Smith of Los Angeles, CA; one daughter, Joan Smith of Los Angeles, CA; three grandchildren, Brian Smith and wife Melissa of Phoenix, AZ; Cameron and Kyle both of Los Angeles, CA; three great-grandchildren.

glenn laneVera Belle Glenn Lane, 91, passed away in her home on January 28, 2019 surrounded by her children. Known as ‘Sis’ to her family and ‘Ve’ to friends, Vera Belle was born in Plainview, TX on December 15, 1927, in the nearest hospital to the Odessa, TX home of her parents, J. Vernon Glenn and Vera Porter Glenn. When Ve was two years old, the family relocated to Silver City, NM where her father opened a new Foxworth Galbraith lumberyard.

Ve grew up in Silver City and graduated from Teachers High School (predecessor to Silver High School) in 1946. As a girl, her passion was riding horses and she became an accomplished horse woman. Ve received a degree in Liberal Arts from Colorado Woman’s College in 1948, degrees in English and Home Economics from Eastern New Mexico University in 1950, a master’s degree from Western New Mexico University and completed a special program in library science at University of New Mexico. It was during her first teaching assignment in Carlsbad, NM that she met her soul mate and dance partner Jim Lane, whom she married in 1951. Before returning to Silver City in 1961, they lived in Los Alamos, NM; Turkey, TX; Amarillo, TX; Van Horn, TX; Reserve, NM and Glenwood, NM. In addition to teaching, they helped out on Lane family farms, operated a hatchery and owned an egg production facility with 1000 laying hens. They also owned and published the Silver City Enterprise for several of years. Jim and Ve would spend 64 adventurous years together, traveling throughout the western US and Mexico with their five children. The original do-it-yourself family, they tackled many projects together and learned many new skills. Ve and Jim designed and built a lovely earth-sheltered home in which to enjoy their retirement years.

ordonez 03Epitacio Ochoa Ordoñez, 94, a resident of Santa Clara, NM entered eternal rest Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Fort Bayard Medical Center. He was born May 23, 1924 in Hurley, NM to Antonio Ordoñez and Angela Ochoa Ordoñez. Mr. Ordoñez proudly served his country with the U.S.Army. Epitacio was a kind and generous man who loved his family. He was employed for over twenty years as a produce manager for Bailey’s Food Market. He also worked for over twenty-three years at Ft. Bayard Veteran’s and State Hospital. He enjoyed going deer hunting and to part in many yard sales. He was well known for having yard sales along with his wife Isabel. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and going out dancing. He was a collector of antiques and taught himself carpentry.

west 01Jerold Michael West, 70, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Gila Regional Medical Center. He was born October 23,1948 in West Blocton, AL to Clarence West Jr. and Elizabeth Caldwell West. Jerold proudly served his country with the U. S. Airforce for 4 years. During this time, he received an education in electronics and served as an Air Traffic Control Radar Repairman. Also, an artist, from painting to crochet to bead work. Michael used his hands to create beautiful things that we, his loved ones, will cherish. A man of few words; but many layers and talents. Michael was capable of deep love and compassion for his family and others. He never had children of his own; but loved children. His heart especially went out to the elderly. With his compassion, keen sense for recognizing elderly in need and his skill to fix just about anything, he went out of his way to fix a leaking roof to running errands to the grocery store.

He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth; four brothers, Chris and Wesley West, Berry Wade and Brett Cassel; five sisters, Angela West, Darla Birtie, Darris Schlotter, Robin Babbitt, and Cristian Smith; numerous relatives. A Memorial service will be celebrated Wednesday, February 6 at 1 p.m. at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with Pastor Reese officiating. Concluding service and inurnment will follow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery with full military honors. Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory “Trusted care for the ones you love” ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.

caro 02Ysidro Romero Caro, 89, a resident of Santa Clara, NM entered eternal rest Saturday, February 2, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born March 30, 1929 in Nonoava, Chihuahua, Mexico to Jose Maria Caro and Remijia Romero Caro. He is survived by his loving wife Maria De La Luz Caro of the family home; two sons, Leo Caro of Arenas Valley; Antonio Caro and wife Pam of Denver, CO; one daughter, Maria De Los Santos and husband Frank of Gilbert, AZ; six grandchildren, Tyler, Erika, Leksi, Sydney, Miah, and Allison; one great grandchild; three brothers, Jose Maria Caro of Salt Lake City, UT; Carlos Caro and wife Elena of Pedernales, Chihuahua; Eloy Caro and wife Soledad of Nonoava, Chihuahua; one sister, Remijia Olivas of San Francisco de Borja, Chihuahua; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Ramon, Benny, Bernardino, and Juan Caro; one sister, Elodia Quezada. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 5 from 5 - 6 p.m. with the holy rosary being recited by Ricky Sedillo at 6 p.m. at Terrazas Funeral Chapels. On Wednesday, February 6 the funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at Santa Clara Catholic Church with Father Robert Becerra officiating. Concluding service and interment will follow at Hurley cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ricky Sedillo, Juan Quezada, Tyler Gonzales, Frank De los Santos. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels “Trusted care for the ones you love” ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.

patsyPatsy Lee Vendrely, 81, entered eternal rest on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at her home in Silver City, NM. A Memorial Service will be held in her honor on Thursday February 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Bright Funeral Home Chapel. On a later date her ashes will be scattered at her favorite place to enjoy the outdoors, Turkey Creek. She was surrounded by her children and their spouses at the time of her passing. Pat was known as "Teach" by many of her students and athletes as teacher and coach at Cliff schools for 21 years before retiring in 1992. She was instrumental in bringing girls organized sports to New Mexico High Schools. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, her bird “Tweety," watching sports, and dancing with her many Silver Stars friends.

Pat was preceeded in passing by her parents Robbie Lee, and Grace Ola Arnspiger, and her brother Billy Mims Arnspiger. She is survived by her three children Rocky Vendrely and wife Reggie, Mike Vendrely and wife Kim and Vicki Decker and husband Matt, 10 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank all of those who cared for their mother during her time of need. A very special thank you to Reggie Vendrely, Abby Crumbley, Robbie and Jody Birch, Amber Care and Hospice.  Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, “Traditional Services and Care for your family and friends”, 210 W. College Ave.  Silver City, NM 88061 Phone 575-388-1911. Remembrances can be made at www.brightfuneral.net

John Cunningham, 87, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Friday, February 1, 2019 at Gila Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

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