J.D. Jenkins, age 71, of Las Vegas, passed away Friday, September 28, 2018. J.D. was born January 27, 1947 in Washington, DC, as the only child of the late Glen and the late Eleanor Jenkins. At an early age, his family moved to a farm in Bedford, Virginia where he grew up. J.D. graduated from Purdue University and pursued careers in agricultural sales, computing, and online marketing. J.D. also enjoyed classical music and working for the Grant County Beat posting news releases, comics, obituaries, and other news items. JD was wonderful friend to GCB founder Mary Alice Murphy, and GCB webmaster Toolie Garner. He will be sorely missed.
Christopher Jay Calvin, 56, was born in Fairfax, Missouri, on October 30,1961 and died in Silver City New Mexico, September 19, 2018. Chris was a Navy Veteran, AQ3 Petty Officer 3rd class, Aviation Structural Mechanic maintaining all aircraft main and auxiliary hydraulic power systems, actuating subsystems and landing gear. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in February 1982. Chris is survived by his mother Jerrianne Stites Jones of Silver City, who will always love and cherish him and who is grateful for his life and his love. Chris enjoyed life experiences. After leaving the Navy he decided to take the GED test. He walked into the office and 30 minutes later walked out with the GED, having scored 99% in every category. He continued his education with several semesters at the college level. He was passionate about music, played the guitar, and was employed for a number of years by a concert company in Phoenix which managed most of the touring band venues for the area. Chris was able to hear first-hand the interesting lives of many of his favorite musicians. For many years Chris bought and sold mineral specimens at area swap meets where he was in his element as there would be many people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences with whom he conversed with at length. He possessed a keen wit, an extensive vocabulary (he would read dictionaries) and excellent writing and speaking skills, and assembling a library of all things World War II, airplanes, art music of the 60's and 70's, sports, 50's cars, TV programs Top Gear and Mythbusters, owning just the right tool for the job, an avid tennis player---Chris' interests were broad. He pushed his computers to greater and greater extremes to create original works of art. He wore his favorite turquoise rings and bracelet, wore his wild, curly long hair with pride, most likely in protest to his parents’ choice of "buzz cuts" in early childhood, and sported a wild, long grizzled beard.
Trinidad C. “Jorge” Tovar, 69, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Monday, September 24, 2018 at Mt. View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM. He was born in Mexico on October 16,1948 to Esther Tovar. Jorge enjoyed being around his love of his life Diana and his family. He enjoyed gardening. At one time, he liked riding his bike. He also enjoyed going out to dinner, BBQ and dancing at the Brown Derby. He could talk up a storm with anyone that listened or with friends. He worked various jobs, plumber’s helper, a dishwasher and helped build rock walls.
Lois J. Hartman Gadberry Carson, 90, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Assisted Living in Santa Clara, NM. She was born October 6, 1927 in Seattle, WA to Leonard K. Hartman and Mary Krom. She is survived by one son, Erik Gadberry and wife Vicki of Silver City. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Earl R. Carson, one brother, James Hartman. She was laid to rest with her husband on Tuesday, October 2 at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels “Trusted care for the ones you love” ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.
Mauro H. Marquez, 61, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Gila Regional Medical Center. He was born June 4, 1951 to Mauro and Socorro Marquez in El Terrero, Chihuahua, Mexico. He is survived by three daughters; Suzanne Marquez and companion Jacob Melendez of Las Cruces, NM, Jessica Marques and companion Shonda Keams of Artesia, NM and Socorro Marquez of Silver City, NM; one step-daughter, Casandra Madrid and husband Abel of Silver City, NM; one brother, Rigo Ramos and wife Rosa of El Terrero, Mexico; three sisters, Eloia Ramos of El Terrero, Mexico; Vianey Hernandez of Albuquerque, NM; and Ninelia Hernandez of Albuquerque, NM. He is proceeded in death by his parents, wife and son, Humberto Marquez. Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory. There will be no services at this time. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels “Trusted care for the ones you love” ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.
Guadalupe “Lupe” P. Marrujo, 88, a resident of Bayard, NM entered eternal rest on Monday, September 24, 2018 at Mountain View Hospital in Las Cruces, NM. She was born December 12, 1929 to Tranquilino A. Pedraza and Juana C. Pedraza. Lupe was a loving, humble woman who had great love for her family. She was born on “El dia de su Santo”, December 12, Dia de la virgin de Guadalupe. She held great adoration for her. She had great faith in the Lord and was a true communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Parrish. She served as a devoted bingo helper for over thirty years until her illness kept her from continuing her volunteer duties at the church. That last few days she just enjoyed playing bingo and going to get her hair done every Saturday morning. She had a passion for professional baseball. Her team was the Chicago cubs. She would tell you who pitched and batted the best amongst other things on how the players played the game. She was even able to guess who would go to the world Series.
Sharon Acosta Ortega, 69, a resident of Santa Clara, NM entered eternal rest Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Kindred Hospital in Albuquerque, NM. She was born May 29, 1949 in Silver City, NM to Reynaldo Acosta and Emilia Grado. Sharon was a people person. She loved everyone. According to her everybody was her best friend no matter who you were. She always made sure her pollitos were safe even if it took praying all night. She never judged anyone. She loved and prayed for her family, friends and community. She was a prayer warrior. Often times calling and asking who may be in need of prayer so that she can pray for them. She enjoyed fishing, music, dancing and sitting on the porch with her viejito. She will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have been touched by her faith and her loving ways.
Neta Irene Pope, 77, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Sunday, September 30, 2018 at her residence. She was born August 23, 2018 in Kansas City, MO to Harry R. Pope and Mildred I. Allee. After a 37-year career as a science teacher and guidance counselor in St. Louis Schools, Neta retired to pursue her second love of history and traveling. Following the Santa Fe Trail, she stopped in Silver City, made close friends while researching the history of Ft. Bayard and became a New Mexican. Over the next 7 years, she traveled 30,000 miles while visiting over 25 libraries and research centers tracing the fort and its soldiers. Her award-winning book, “The Fort Bayard Story 1866-1899”, was published in 2011 and is considered the definitive history of Ft. Bayard. She has since published several documents on the history of the Village of Santa Clara. She recognized the need for a Library for young children in the Village. Assisted by dedicated volunteers and generous contributors, she opened the Library in March 2018. At the time of her death Neta and the Library Board were pursuing the construction of a permanent library building.
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