On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Emilia Placencio, loving wife and mother of 7, passed away at the age of 97. Emilia was born on August 5, 1921, in Sherman, NM, to Thomas and Dolores Montoya. Emilia lived a long and colorful life full of people she loved and was always a hard worker. She was raised between Faywood, where her parents lived and San Lorenzo where she and her siblings lived with their grandmother so they could attend school. As a child she worked picking crops alongside her family as they traveled from New Mexico to California during the Great Depression and as a teenager helped with her family’s bootlegging operation during the Prohibition Era. Later in her life, she shared stories of how to make the liquor from the fruit that came from the family’s orchards. Once married and while raising her family, she volunteered for many organizations such as March of Dimes and Yucca Home Extension Club, she loved spending time with her neighbors and helping them whenever she was needed. She was a very active member of Santa Clara Catholic Church as a Eucharistic Minister, CCD teacher, Funeral Ministry and doing anything else they needed. She worked for Cobre Schools at the Central Elementary cafeteria where she retired after 25 years. She loved her family and friends and she loved to cook. If you came to visit, she wouldn’t let you leave without an amazing meal and a full tummy which always included homemade tortillas and red chili. She wouldn’t sit until everyone was fed and happy. She was the epitome of a selfless person and was kind to everyone she met.
James Michael Covey, 64, a resident of Mimbres, NM entered eternal rest Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Fort Bayard Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.
Lois Buckley, 78, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM. Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.
Barbara B. Roberts, 83, a resident of Glenwood, NM entered eternal rest Sunday, March 24, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born December 31, 1935 in Silver City, NM to Raymond Brancheau and Mary H. Olsen Brancheau. She worked for the Glenwood Ranger District for the United States Forest Service as a clerk from May 1965 to June 1990. She is survived by her loving husband, William G. Roberts of the family home; one son, Richard Roberts of Las Cruces; two daughters, Loretta Faust and husband Joe of Glenwood; Lean Luera and husband Eddie of Pleasanton; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Tim Brancheau and wife Sandra of Covina, CA; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Rex Roberts; one daughter, Rita Reed; two brothers, Raymond Brancheau Jr., and Pete Brancheau; three grandchildren, Leslie James Faust, Eddie Joe Luera, and Jimmy Don Reed.
Cynthia Lopez Gutierrez, 68, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Friday, March 22, 2019 at Gila Regional Medical Center. She was born March 23, 1950 in Silver City, NM to Pilar Lopez and Belen Polanco Lopez. She is survived by her loving husband, Gabriel L. Gutierrez Jr. of the family home; one son, Gabriel L. Gutierrez III of Albuquerque; one daughter, Rose Amy D. Gutierrez-Garcia of Albuquerque; two grandchildren, Rose and Karleigh Gutierrez. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Rosilia Placencio. A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Friday, March 29 at 12:30pm at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with Dr. Gilbert Arizaga officiating. Concluding service and inurnment will follow at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. 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.
Emilia Placencio, 97, a resident of Santa Clara, NM entered eternal rest Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Fort Bayard Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.
Erminia “Minnie” M. Villalobos, 78, entered eternal rest Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Ft. Bayard Medical Center. She was born June 30, 1940 in Vanadium, NM to Willie W. Madrid and Genoveva Castillo Madrid. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, playing bingo, cooking, dancing, playing pranks by setting off fire works to scare family members. She is survived by two sons, Ramon Villalobos and wife Lucy of Hanover; Chonito Villalobos Jr. and wife Anna of Bayard; four daughters, Susie Martinez and husband Peter of Hurley; Diana Silva and husband Julio Silva Jr. of Silver City; Nancy Marquez and husband Ralph of Bayard; Kathy Andazola of Santa Clara; twenty-two grandchildren; twenty-eight great grandchildren; two brothers, Gilbert Madrid of Bayard; Willie Madrid and wife Patricia of Tucson, AZ; two sisters, Adelina Madrid of Las Cruces; Esther Welcome and husband William of Bayard; one brother in-law, Benito Villalobos and wife Julia of Bayard; one sister in-law, Rosie Montes and husband Tommy of Bayard.
Charles Amos Watson, 97, entered eternal rest Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Ft. Bayard Medical Center. He was born October 3, 1921 in Abilene, TX to John Watson and Buelah Boothe Watson. Mr. Watson proudly served his country during WWII with the U.S. Navy. He was a husband, father, farmer, pilot, carpenter, friend, lover of God and nature. There are no words to express how he will be missed. His favorite verse, 1 Cor 2:9, will keep us until we meet again. He is survived by one son, Greg Roland Watson of Chandler, AZ; one daughter, Lynell Rae Anderson of Tucson, AZ; two grandchildren, David and Braden Watson; five great-granddaughters, Olivia, Penelope, Evelyn, Georgia, and Clementine; one great-grandson, Landon; nieces, Julie Celeste McCormack, Cynthia Elaine McCormack, Mary Lee Shepard, Nancy Watson, Fredda Watson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Virginia Lester Watson (’08); two brothers, Dub and Holis Watson. Visitation will be Friday, March 29 from 9-9:30am at Seventh Day Adventist Church with the funeral service to follow at 9:30am with Rev. Jorge Morales to officiate. Concluding service and interment will follow at Ft. Bayard National Cemetery with full military honors. Pallbearers will be David and Braden Watson, Joe Gonzales, Greg Watson, Mike Searles, and Tommy French. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels “Trusted care for the ones you love” ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.
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