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Obituaries

Obituary notices.

ella king rsElla Mae King, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Ella was a resident of Fort Bayard Medical Center. Ella was a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Ella loved reading her bible and any activity that had to do with the great outdoors. She loved going for walks in the woods and going to church on Sunday. Ella was a faithful and God-fearing woman. She always said that taking time to pray and be with God was the best place to find strength. Ella was born on July 31, 1930 to Thelma Lucille Duran and Merritt Skinner in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. She was one of six children and grew up with her siblings in the beautiful Pennsylvania country-side where she gained a love for the great outdoors. Ella was married to Tillman Paul Lantz and had two children, Norman Paul Lantz and Larry Eugene Lantz before losing her husband in a mining accident. Ever the strong woman, Ella moved forward and married her second husband, Norman Ray King. Norman was the man her two sons would soon call Pop and remember he was the most amazing man they had ever known. Ella and Norman were blessed with six children, Raymond Wayne, Edward, Joseph Allen (who died in childbirth), Wilbur, Christine Diane and Laura King.

Ella is survived by her brother, Larry Skinner of Yoder, IN; sister, Ruthanne Livingston of Indiana, PA; five sons, Norman Lantz of Phoenix, AZ, Larry Lantz, Raymond King and Edward King of Silver City, Wilbur King of Phoenix, AZ; two daughters, Christine King and Laura King of Phoenix, AZ; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Ella was loved and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma and Merrit Skinner; two brothers, Ralph and Paul Skinner; one sister, Josephine Skinner; her husbands, Tillman Paul Lantz and Norman Ray King; one son, Joseph Allen King; two great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 9, 2018 at ten o'clock in the morning at Baca's Funeral Chapels. Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Lantz, Raymond King, Chance McCauley, Kenneth McCauley and Michael King. Honorary pallbearer will be Edward King.

Virginia Hernandez, 70, a resident of Bayard, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Gila Regional Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Byron Kenneth Puleston, 87, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Sunday, February 4, 2018 at his residence.

He was born May 21, 1930 in Silver City, NM to John Byron and Lois Margaret Blanchard Puleston.

He is survived by his loving wife Edna Puleston of the family home; one son, Ted Puleston and wife Lori of Bagdad, AZ; a granddaughter, Jessica Puleston of Elko, NV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Jerry Puleston; one sister, Margaret Fleming.

No service will be held at his request. Cremation has taken 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.

ramon ramirez rsRamon Ortiz Ramirez, 72, of Hurley, NM, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away Monday, February 5, 2018 in Tucson AZ.

He was one of the people born in "space" also known as Santa Rita NM on May 29, 1945 to Maria Soledad Ortiz and Francisco Ramirez.

For more than 20 years he worked as a Maintenance/Certified Boilermaker with Hillcrest General Hospital and then Gila Regional Medical Center.

On his days off he enjoyed playing softball, archery, picnics with his family, working on cars, and cruising with his brother Frank, and in his earlier years many enjoyable trips to Tucson. Television watching was also one of the things he enjoyed especially sports, like boxing, football, Monday night RAW WWE and any type of old western movie. His grandkids and great grandkids brought joy and life to him.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 51 years Susie Peru Ramirez of Hurley NM, his four children; Ray Ramirez (Carrie) of Ahwatukee, AZ, Michael Ramirez (Sonia) of Tucson, AZ, Henry Ramirez (Sunny)of Chandler, AZ and his daughter Serena Ramirez (Felix)of Hurley, NM. His beloved and treasured grandchildren, Kimberly, Divina, Dominique, Danielle, Raelyn, Jannia, A.J, Genessa, and Jazmin. Two great grandkids, Taevon and Zayden. His sister Lilly Ramirez Lopez (Raphael)of Albuquerque, NM and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his mother Maria Ortiz (Chole) and father Francisco Ramirez, as well as his brother Francisco Ramirez, and his sister, Rosemary Ramirez Arrellin.

Visitation will be Sunday, February 11 from 3-4 p.m. for the many friends and anyone else wanting to pay their respects. The rosary will follow at Terrazas Funeral Chapel at 4 p.m. with Deacon Art Gutierrez reciting. Funeral mass will be held on Monday, February 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hurley Infant Jesus Shrine officiated by Father Francisco Diaz.

An interment will follow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery with full military honors.

Pallbearers will be, Danny Ortiz, Francisco Ramirez, Javier Peru, Gilbert Bujanda, Mel Ortiz and Henry Sedillos. Honorary Pallbearers are his sons, nephews, his grandson AJ Ramirez, Domingo Arrellin, Rafael Lopez Sr. & Jr., Manuel Peru.

Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777.

To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapelcom.

Irene Romero, 75, a resident of Lordsburg, NM entered eternal rest Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, AZ.

Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Former Louisiana resident Shirley N. Cage-Prather passed away at Silver City Care Center on February 3, 2018 of complications of influenza. She was born in Minden, Louisiana in 1935. She loved all animals and felt that she had to care for them. She adopted many in her lifetime.

Your love was unconditional
Faithful and above the rest,
You brought such joy to my heart
My friend you were the best.
Although you had to leave me
I know that you will wait,
You'll hop into my arms to greet me
When I come through Heaven's gate.

She leaves behind a daughter, Vicki Hawkins and her husband Robert; grandson, Jonathan as well as nephews, nieces and cousins.

I MADE IT HOME
I just wanted to let you all know that
I made it home. The journey wasn't an
easy one, but it didn't take too long. Everything
is so pretty here, so white, so fresh and new.
I wish that you all could close your eyes and
that you could see it too. Please try not to
be sad for me. Try to understand God is taking
care of me…..I'm in the shelter of His hands.
Here there is no sadness, no sorrow, and
no pain. Here there is no crying and I'll
never hurt again. Here it is so peaceful
when all the angels sing. I really have to go
for now…..I've just got to try my wings.

No service will be held at her request. 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.

washington 02Julius Washington Jr., was born October 9, 1929 in Thorndale, TX to Madie Bell and Julius Washington Sr. At an early age the family moved to Austin, TX where he attended public schools and was baptized at a local Baptist Church. In March of 1946 at sixteen years of age he joined the Army Air Corps and served for one year and was honorably discharged. In November 1950 during the Korean conflict he was recalled to active military service and served in the U.S. Army until 1956 when he was honorably discharged.

viola sosaya rs

Viola A. Sosaya, 66, a resident of Bayard, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Gila Regional Medical Center.

She was born April 12, 1951 in Silver City, NM to her mother Anita Arroyos.

Viola was the kind of person who would worry about everyone's wellbeing but herself.

She loved game shows, soap operas, and diet cokes.

She was an avid KC Chiefs fan.

She is survived by her loving husband, Mariano Sosaya of the family home; one son, Andrew Sosaya of Bayard; one daughter, Cynthia Sosaya of Bayard; one granddaughter, Anita Sosaya of Albuquerque; one sister, Mary Ann Ayala and companion Al Sandoval of Silver City; brothers-in-law, Richard Sosaya (Esperanza) of Silver City; Robert Sosaya (Patsy) of Santa Clara; Johnny Sosaya (Lucy) of Silver City; Alex Sosaya (Natalia) of Silver City; sisters-in-law, Patty Smith of Anaheim, CA; Rosie Sosaya of Anaheim, CA; Rita Sosaya of Seattle, WA; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Anita Arroyos; her sister, Dorothy Ayala; her brother, Jesus "Chuy" Ayala; brother-in-law, Mario Sosaya.

Her rosary will be held Thursday, February 8 at 6 pm at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with Deacon Richard Rodriguez reciting. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 9 at 9 am at Our Lady of Fatima Church with Father Abraham Soliz officiating. Cremation will follow at Terrazas Crematory. Inurnment will take place at 4 pm at St. Vincent Catholic cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Sosaya, Johnny Sosaya, Zeke Chavez, Al Sandoval, Emilio Gomez, and Richard Sosaya Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be all her nieces and nephews and the rest of her family.

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.

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