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Obituaries

Obituary notices.

cruz ochoa rsCruz Duran Ochoa, 90, passed away peacefully accompanied by his children Tuesday October 24, 2017 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces.

Cruz was born January 23, 1927 to Paula Ochoa and Cruz Duran in Ascencion, Chihuahua, Mexico. He moved to Columbus in 1992 coming from Mexico. He worked as a laborer in the agriculture industry and was a communicant of the Catholic Church. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Cruz will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his sons, Hector Duran of Columbus, Victor Alonso Duran of Mexico, Jaime Duran of Las Cruces; daughters, Luz Alicia Sanchez of Columbus, Etelvina Au of Las Cruces; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin Friday afternoon, October 27 at 3 o'clock at the Holy Family Catholic Mission in Columbus where a prayer vigil will begin at 5 that evening. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday morning at 11 o'clock at the Holy Family Catholic Mission with Fr. Ron Machado officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow at Valley Heights Catholic Cemetery.

Billy Edward Burns, 88, of Silver City passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 at his daughter's residence surrounded by his family.

Arrangements are pending with Baca's Funeral Chapels.

scooter smith rsDale "Scooter" Smith, 53, of Silver City passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 in El Paso, Texas.

"Scooter" as he was affectionately known to his family and friends was born on August 29, 1964 in El Paso, Texas.

He graduated from Silver High School and was in the football, baseball and wrestling sports programs. Scooter then went on to New Mexico State University and Northern Arizona University to further his education. Once he was out of school he worked in the construction business as a carpenter.

Scooter loved fishing and watching football on television when the Minnesota Vikings were playing.

He attended the First Baptist Church in Silver City. Scooter will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Scooter is survived by his mother, Vicki Smith; sister, Shelli Romo; nephews, Chris and Keith Romo; aunts and uncles; Macky Medley (Donna), David Smith, Andrea Smith and Kathleen Smith; numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dale Smith.

A Memorial Service will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at eleven o'clock in the morning at Baca's Funeral Chapels in Silver City. Officiating will be Don Turnage, Director of the Southwestern Baptist Association.

esperanza lucero rsEsperanza G. Lucero, 102, a Fort Bayard resident entered eternal rest peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Fort Bayard Medical Center.

She was born February 15, 1915 in Santa Rita, NM to Narciso Garcia and Isabel Villasenor.

She is survived by six daughters, Gloria Acosta (Alex) of San Manuel, AZ; Naomi Apodaca of Tucson, AZ; Teresa Martinez of Silver City; Yolanda Ramirez (Eddie) of Los Lunas, NM5; Loretta Benavidez (Gary) of Silver City; Denise Juarez (Ernie) of Las Vegas, NV; eighteen grandchildren; forty-five great-grandchildren; fifty great-great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Pedro B. Lucero; one daughter, Patricia Muñoz; grandson, Michael Apodaca; five brothers, Arturo, Richard, David, Edmond, and Narciso Garcia; two sisters, Juanita Gomez, and Genoveva Henderson.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 28 from 9-9:30 a.m. at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with the holy rosary to begin at 9:30 a.m. with Dr. Gilbert Arizaga reciting. The funeral liturgy will follow at 11 a.m. at Hurley Infant Jesus Shrine with Father Abraham Soliz officiating. Concluding service and interment will be at Memory Lane cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Peter Acosta, Eddie Apodaca, Robbie Ramirez, Brian Ramirez, Roy Martinez Jr., Aric Ray, Phillip Ray, and Daniel Vindiola.

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

To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.

connie ruiz rsConnie Medel Ruiz, 80, a resident of Santa Clara, NM entered eternal rest Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Gila Regional Medical Center.

She was born November 26, 1936 in Santa Clara to Alejandro Medel and Merenciana Ramirez Medel.

She is survived by two sons, Robert "Jerry" Ruiz (Rosemary) of Santa Clara; John Ramon Ruiz of Santa Clara; two daughters, Mary Helen Young of Santa Clara; Esther M. Ruiz of Santa Clara; ten grandchildren, Lupe, Joseph, Margaret (Jose Roacho), Connie (Michael Milo), Robert (Violet Ruiz), Helen, Anthony (Mieka Campos), Roberta (Jesse Anderson), Cody and Faith; twenty-seven great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Frankie Johnson (Lupe) of Santa Clara; Juan Becerra (Lupe) of Silver City; step-brother, Henry Turrey; brother-in-law, Chale Ortega of Miami, AZ; daughter-in-law, Anita Medel of El Paso, TX; also numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Jimmy N. Ruiz (2010), one son, Jimmy J. Ruiz Jr., four brothers, Pete Medel, Sam Martinez, Juan Martinez, and Menejildro Medel; five sisters, Ramija Orosco, Concha Ortega, Sara Holguin, Coma Chavez, and Manuela Holguin.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 25 from 5-6pm at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with the holy rosary to begin at 6pm with Deacon Richard Rodriguez reciting. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday, October 26 at 9:30 a.m. at Santa Clara Catholic Church with Father Robert Becerra officiating. Concluding service and interment will be at Fort Bayard National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband.

Pallbearers will be Jesse Anderson, Michael Milo Sr., Michael Milo Jr., Jose Roacho, Joseph Ruiz, and Robert Ruiz. Honorary pallbearers will be Frankie Johnson, Johnny Becerra, Mike Salazar, Anthony Campos, Charlie Ortega, Eugene Sierra, Eddie Miranda and all the rest of her grandchildren.

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

To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.

Dale "Scooter" Smith, 53, of Silver City passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 in El Paso, Texas.

Services are pending with Baca's Funeral Chapels

paula hibner rsPaula Deanne Hibner, 63, passed away Friday October 20, 2017 in the comfort of her home.

Paula was born October 20, 1954 in Deming to James and Aletta (Bishop) Yates.

She earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education at New Mexico State University. Paula was a teacher, specializing in Special Education, and taught at several different schools, including Sunshine Elementary School, Martin Elementary School and Hofacket Mid High in Deming, as well as at Zia Jr. High in Mesilla.

Paula was instrumental in founding My Little School, where she served as teacher and administrator.

Paula was also a Special Education Coordinator with the Deming Public Schools for eight years. Most recently, Paula taught several classes at Western New Mexico University.

She was an active member of the Deming Kiwanis Club, serving previously as club President, and for a term as the district's Lieutenant Governor.

Paula was active in the church as a Sunday School teacher, leader of the Girls in Action and Mission Friends groups, member of the choir, and a host of other charitable and mission activities.

Paula is survived by her husband, Philip Hibner of Deming; sons, Darby Hibner and his wife Stephanie of Las Cruces, Myles Hibner of Albuquerque, Nicklaus Hibner of Merrill, Wisconsin; daughters, Jody Eubanks and her husband J. Keith of Midland, TX, Melanie Maximovich and her husband Marc of Moses Lake, WA, Christalle Hibner of Albuquerque; her parents, James and Aletta Yates of Deming; brother, James Yates and his wife Shelly of Garden City, KS; sister, Donna Whitehead and her husband Mike of Roswell; and 6 grandchildren (Robbie, Valerie, Emily, Finnian, Soledad, and Jimmy).

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Mason Davis officiating. Cremation has taken place at Baca's Mimbres Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Paula's memory be made to the Baptist Children's Home at baptistchildrenshome.org or to the Woman's Missionary Union. Donations to both of these organizations can be made through Bethel Baptist Church (Pastor: Mason Davis) at 700 S. 8th Street, Deming, NM 88030.

Esperanza Lucero, 102, entered eternal rest Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Fort Bayard Medical Center in Santa Clara, NM.

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

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