Obituary notices.

Ramona Vasquez, 85, of Silver City, passed away on August 17, 2017.

No further information is available at this time.

maria leon rsMaria Audelia Lobato Leon, 59, Deming resident passed away Tuesday August 15, 2017 at Providence Hospital in El Paso, Texas.Maria Audelia was born May 16, 1958 to Maria Isabel Mendez Pastor and Juan Leon Angeles in Michoacán, Mexico. Maria was a homemaker and a communicant of Saint Ann's Catholic Church. She enjoyed watching her novelas, cooking and gardening.

She is survived by sons, Juan Lobato and wife Gloria of Deming, Alejandro Lobato and wife Leonor of Mexico; daughter, Alicia Lobato and husband Jose Guadalupe Jimenez of Mexico; brothers, Erasmo and Mario Leon Mendez; sisters, Leonor, Esther, Antonia and Silvia Leon Mendez; in laws, Cleofas Lobato and Isabel Lazaro; 6 grandchildren, Charles, Sandra, Alejandra, Jocelyn, Jimmy Lobato and Jose Angel Jimenez.

Maria Audelia is preceded in death by parents, Juan and Maria Isabel Leon and husband, Celedonio Lobato Lazaro.

Services will be in Michoacan, Mexico this week.

M.E. Nancy Salas, 63, formerly of Silver City, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017 at St. Joseph's University Hospital in Tucson, AZ surrounded by her children and grandson.

Nancy was born on April 13, 1954 to Manuel and Teresa Salas in Santa Rita. Nancy retired from FBMC in 2010. Nancy loved the Denver Broncos and enjoyed watching Saturday night boxing. She had a generous heart and will continue to help as her wish of being a tissue donor was fulfilled. Nancy leaves behind many friends and we all will miss her quirky sense of humor, her wit and her laughter. Heaven has gained a feisty angel.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Liza Miranda; son, Lawrence Castillo; grandson, Gabriel Miranda and her brother Pete.

She was preceded in death by her son Raymond Castillo, her parents, Manuel and Teresa Salas; brothers, Ricardo and Estevan Salas.

The Prayer Vigil and Rosary will be on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at six o'clock in the evening at Baca's Funeral Chapels in Silver City. Officiating will be Deacon Art Gutierrez. The Funeral Liturgy will take place on Friday, August 25, 2017 at ten o'clock in the morning at Infant Jesus Shrine in Hurley. Officiating will be Father Francisco Diaz. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Gerry and Sherry Klement.

shirley colby rsShirley Ann Colby, 76, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at her residence.

She was born December 1, 1940 in Roswell, NM.

Shirley was a lifelong member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority which was an endearing activity to her. She was also an active volunteer as an auxiliary member of the Pink Ladies. She was also an active member of the Town and Country Community Garden Thrift Store.

Shirley had a quick wit that went with her sparkling blue eyes.

She took great enjoyment in cooking for her family and friends and always had a place at the table for their pets.

She is survived by two daughters, Sonya Dixon of Santa Clara; Sherry Dixon of North Carolina, and two grandchildren, Daniel C. Wiggins of Atlanta, GA; Aaron Wiggins of North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Mark Colby, three brothers, Wayne, Buddy, and Donald Roberson; and one sister, Doris Thomas.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 22 at 6pm at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with Father Paul Moore officiating. 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.

Sandie L. Leon, 70, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Sunday, August 13, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born May 23, 1947 in Fort Smith, VA to Douglas and Jean Janus Hamn. No service will be held at family's 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.

Shirley Ann Colby, 76, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, August 17, 2017 at her residence.

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

cayetano litano rsCayetano Licano, 74, Columbus resident passed away Monday August 14, 2017 at Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Cayetano was born November 30, 1942 to Eduwiges Iturralde and Cayetano Licano in San Jose de Nava, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was a laborer in the agriculture and a member of the Jehovah's Witness.

He is survived by wife, Maria de la Luz Licano of the home; sons, Felizardo Licano and wife Ofelia, Cayetano Licano and wife Carmen, Valente Licano and wife Nancy and Mario Licano and wife, Teresa; daughter, Maria Antonia Licano and husband, Oscar; brother, Luis Licano; sisters, Silvia, Eduwiges and Aurelia Licano; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Cayetano was preceded in death by parents, Cayetano and Eduwiges Licano.

Visitation will be Wednesday August 16, 2017 at 10 o'clock in the morning at the Columbus Community Center. Funeral service will follow at 2 o'clock and concluding services and interment will take place at Valley Heights Cemetery. Arturo Martinez will officiate.

stephen montez rsStephen A. Montez, 52, a lifelong resident of Lordsburg passed away Sunday August 13, 2017 at Mt. View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces.

Stephen was born August 27, 1964 in Lordsburg to Alfonso and Maria Dolores (Serna) Montez. He graduated from Lordsburg High School in 1982 and shortly thereafter in 1984 he started his career with the Lordsburg Port of Entry. Stephen eventually became Port Supervisor and retired from there in 2015. He was an avid Dallas Cowboy Fan and as time permitted he enjoyed cooking, baking, hunting and travelling with his family. He also loved to ride his Harley and was very knowledgeable about the Civil War. This period of history was very interesting to him. His family especially remembers him as having a great sense of humor, a special trait that characterized him the best.

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