Obituary notices.

sandoval 03pgErnest Holguin Sandoval, 50, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Gila Regional Medical Center. He was born June 24, 1968 in Silver City, NM to Ida Holguin Sandoval. Ernie loved his ole team Dallas Cowboys. He loved to volunteer; especially at Santa Clara Fire Department and the Mile Walk. If someone needed help he was always there. He was a very kind person. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his mother Ida Sandoval and companion Joe M. Lopez of Santa Clara; one sister, Lori Martinez and husband Ted of Silver City; three nephews, Matt and Alec Ortega, and TJ Martinez; two aunts, Clara Holguin of Santa Clara; Ruth Gomez of Las Cruces; his companion, Becky Morales of Tyrone; numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Matilde and Seferina Holguin; paternal grandparents Luis and Maria Sandoval; aunts, Carmen Zamora, Frances Castillo; uncle, Jesus Holguin, and Abel Castillo; cousins, Arthur and Michael Gomez. Visitation will be Friday, January 11 at 9 -10 a.m. at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with the holy rosary being recited by Deacon Art Gutierrez to begin at 10 a.m. The funeral liturgy will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Santa Clara Catholic Church with Father Robert Becerra officiating. Concluding service and interment will be at Santa Clara cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matt Ortega, T.J. Martinez, Ted Martinez, Ernie Lopez, Steve Maxwell, and Larry Baca. Honorary pallbearers will be Alec Ortega, Joe M. Lopez, and Rob Narbuez. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels “Trusted care for the ones you love” ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.

davis 02Christina Michelle Davis went home to be with our Dear Lord on Sunday, December 23rd. She was born on August 9, 1978 to Titus and M. Jeanette Davis in Phoenix, Arizona. She enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends, drawing, listening to music, and had a way of making even the most serious moments a little easier to take. She made sure you always had a smile on your face or were in tears from laughter. Even with her most recent health battles, she remained a fighter and in good spirits. She fought a tough battle and made sure to let everyone know she was fighting for her nieces and nephews who she adored. She will be greatly missed by all those who were blessed to have known her and loved her over the years.

She is survived by her sisters Sara Davis-Maldonado and husband Steven of Silver City; Desiree Gonzales of Silver City; brother Arlen Davis of Las Cruces; nieces Teresa Davis-Maldonado, Isabella Davis, Danielle Graziano, and Honey Alvarez; nephews Arturo Jeffrey “Chucho” Maldonado, and Joseph Arzola. She is also survived by one special boy who she considered a son; Cardeno Madrid. As well as special cousins JT and Marie Gantz, Rick and Marie Hernandez, “mom” Gloria Lopez, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. One very dear friend who was with her throughout her health battles, Virginia Thomas. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Melvin and Elsie Davis; maternal grandparents Theresa and Joseph James, and parents Titus and M. Jeanette Davis, Godfather David Torres, and special cousin, Jeffrey I. James. Pallbearers will be Gilbert Jaurequi, Cardeno Madrid, Steven Maldonado, Tony Arzola, Chris Guerra, Ryan Thomas, Sorina Cannon, and Marisol Torres. Honorary pallbearers are her nieces and nephews and friends and caregivers at DCI who were like family.

James D. Garlow, 97, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Monday, January 7, 2019 at Fort Bayard Medical Center.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

holguin 01Omar V. Holguin, 61, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in Deming, NM. He was born September 8, 1957 in Silver City, to Guillermo M. Holguin and Antonina Vega Holguin.  Omar was a member of The Illusion Band for over ten years. Music was his life. Omar was a teacher at both Silver and Cobre Schools. He interacted with his students and made them engage with the music. He went on tour with the Ambassadors in the 70’s. He also played with Tri-city Buzzards and Latin Image when he toured overseas in the 80’s. He carried his guitar with him everywhere he went. Omar was always remembered playing with the family at family gatherings while all the rest of the family would sing along. He was a quiet man; but will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

donaldsonBetty Elkins Donaldson passed away on January 2, 2019 at Ft. Bayard Medical Center where she had been a long-time resident.  Her service will be held at the Gila Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Saturday, January 12. Viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m. with services starting at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow immediately at the Gila Mesa Cemetery. A luncheon will be provided back at the church after the graveside Betty was born in Winters, Texas to Louis and Susie Elkins on August 31, 1929. Betty grew up in Texas but as she became a young adult she moved with her father and step mother, Matilda, to southwest New Mexico and remained in the southwest the rest of her life. Betty graduated from Cliff High School and married her high school sweetheart Bruce Donaldson. Together they had 3 boys; Wade, Tex, and Buddy. Betty's greatest love were her boys. She was a loving and devoted mother and worked very hard to care for them. They were her greatest joy. Betty worked for the US Forest Service off and on for many years, and at one time for the BLM. She was a ward clerk at Hillcrest Hospital and worked for the Tucson school district. Besides work Betty loved to square dance and western dance. She enjoyed sewing and was an exceptional cook.

Jose Angel Rivera, 18, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Tuesday, January 1, 2018 in Deming, NM.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Ernest Sandoval, 50, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Saturday, January 5, 2019 at his residence. Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

ortego 02Philip (Felipe) Darraugh Ortego, 92, passed away peacefully in Silver City on December 29, one week after the 32nd wedding anniversary to his wife Gilda Baeza Ortego. Since 2007, Dr. Ortego was the Scholar in Residence at Western New Mexico University, where he taught courses in Chicano Studies, Humanities, Latin American Studies, Bilingual Education. He was born in Blue Island, Illinois while his parents Anita Campos Gasca and Luis Mendes Ortego were migrant workers from San Antonio, TX. A proud patriot, Dr. Ortego served in the Marines Corps during World War II and in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and early Vietnam Era. Through the GI Bill, he studied Comparative Literature and Languages at the University of Pittsburgh and later obtained the Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees at Texas Western College, now UTEP. In 1971, he earned the Ph.D. degree from the University of New Mexico.

He served in many academic posts during his long teaching career beginning as a French teacher at Jefferson High School in El Paso and as the founding Director of Chicano Studies at UTEP. Dr. Ortego received numerous awards including the 2018 Premio Estrella de Aztlán-Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Chapter of the National Association for Chicanas and Chicano Studies Association Texas and the Rudolfo Anaya Nueva Critica Award for his contributions to Chicano literature. WNMU recently honored him by naming the campus cultural center as the Felipe de Ortego y Gasca Cultural Center. In his final years, Dr. Ortego wrote a blog on Latinopedia, a website dedicated to Latino studies and culture. He was also actively involved with the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, the Grant County Democratic Party, the American Legion, LULAC Council 8003, and the Marine Corps League of Silver City. Dr. Ortego was an educator, writer, activist, musician, actor, master gardener and raconteur.

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