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Obituaries

Obituary notices.

Barbara Di Geronimo Fisher Du Sablon passed away the 29th of January after a year long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Bobbie was known in the Silver City area as the Bird Lady since she rescued and rehabilitated any bird (including raptors) that was in trouble and was often seen walking around with one of her own birds on her arm.

She is survived by her husband Paul of Hanover, NM, her sisters Andy and Denny of Akron, Ohio and her brother Patrick of Vancouver, Washington along with many nieces nephews and cousins in Ohio. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Akron and worked for the phone company in Akron and Fontana California. She received her Bachelor’s degree while in Fontana and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Hawaii, Hilo and worked in Hawaii for 15 years before retiring to New Mexico. Bobbie was a 38 year member of A.A. and one of the leaders of TOPS in Silver City. Bobbie and Paul participated in the Senior Olympics where they each won several gold and silver medals in shooting competitions.

Francisco Quintanilla Jr., 82, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, February 14, 2019 at his residence.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

brunk picMichael Steven Brunk 64 of Silver City, New Mexico with sadness we share the passing of our Reverend of the First United Methodist Church on Monday, February 11, 2019 at his residence. A Memorial Service will be held at The First United Methodist Church on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A Private Burial will be held by family at a later date. He is survived by his sons Andrew Steven Brunk of Silver City, NM, Jonathan Patrick Brunk his wife (Devany Brunk) of Portales, New Mexico, two sisters Sandy Silver and Ann Palmore both of Pawhatan, Virginia. He was preceeded in death by his parents; Arnold Spencer Brunk Jr., his mother Anita June Wood Brunk, his wife of 41 years Joyce A. Brunk who passed away in 2017. Mr. Brunk was born in Richmond, Virginia, in which he always stated it was an “Ordination from the Almighty God”, to be born there. His Highest education is Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary. Mr. Brunk had a Master of Divinity and served as a Reverend for over 35 years. He was a very dear friend, fisherman, and prankster. He loved the outdoors, enjoyed hiking in the New Mexico mountains, loved dogs especially his dog named “Chili”.  Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, “Traditional Services and Care for your family and friends”, 210 W. College Ave. Silver City, NM 88061. Phone 575-388-1911. Remembrances can be made atwww.brightfuneral.net

90With sadness, we share the passing of Phyllis Smith on Monday, February 11, 2019 at her daughter Denise’s home here in Silver City. A Memorial Service will be held at Bright Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Phyllis was born in Mason City, Iowa to Edwin Warren Downing and Etta Losinger Downing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Maxine, two of her sons: Ralph Edwin Smith and David Jay Smith and her granddaughter Carolyn Smith Corbett. She is survived by her three daughters and one son: Sandy Smith Norton and husband Doug of Fairbanks, Alaska; Gail Smith of Tucson, Arizona; Carl Smith and wife Mary Lou of Mansfield, Pennsylvania, and Denise Smith of Silver City, New Mexico. She is also the grandmother of eight, the great-grandmother of twelve and the great-great-grandmother of fourteen. Many of these descendants traveled to Silver City last July to celebrate her 90th birthday with her.

Friends in Silver City know Phyllis as the consummate Loteria and Bingo player as well as one of several winners of the Grant County Senior Olympics in Gin Rummy (2017). She also enjoyed time spent with Friends of Bill W here and elsewhere for 42 years and appreciated the many wonderful friendships that greatly influenced her life. Phyllis was also a motorcycle enthusiast and rider most of her adult life. She rode her 1970 BMW motorcycle in several parades with the nationally renowned Motor Maids, one where the Motor Maids were featured as the opening act parading around the track at the National Flat Track Races at Columbus, Ohio. Following the race, a picture was taken of the Motor Maids in their uniforms and this photo was later featured in the book “100 Years of Harley Davidson”.

Marie Hays was born on January 2, 1921 in Crosbyton, Texas to Fred Chappell and Emma Hulme Chappell. She passed from this life on February 8, 2019 in Deming, New Mexico. A Funeral Service will be held at Bright Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., with Reverend David Goble officiating. Interment will follow at the Mesa Cemetery in Gila, New Mexico.

At an early age Marie’s family moved from Crosbyton to the Phoenix, Arizona area and after a short time there they relocated to the Cliff – Gila area. Marie attended school at Cliff and graduated from Cliff High School on May 26, 1939.

On August 20, 1941 Marie married Dick Hays in Silver City, New Mexico after a long engagement of several hours. She and Dick remained married for 50 years, until his death in 1992. They raised one son (Hank) and spent most of their lives living in and around Silver City. They owned and operated a number of businesses over the years, including a saddle shop, a water-well business, and a health food store.

Marie will be remembered for her caring gestures, her gift for telling stories, and her amazing sense of humor that brightened our lives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Hays; her parents; two brothers, Dink Chappell and Chesley Chappell; and two sisters, Isla Lloyd and Marguerite McDonald.

She is survived by one son, Richard E. (Hank) Hays (Nancy) of Deming, New Mexico, four grandchildren, Jonathan Hays (Rae Lynn) of Eureka, Montana, Shannon Payne (Kevin) of Thorndale, Texas, Ronny Hays of Datil, New Mexico, and Charles Hays (Marla) of Yuma, Arizona; three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Paige, and Justin; and two great-great grandchildren, Rylie and Ashton. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, “Traditional Services and Care for your family and friends”, 210 W. College Ave., Silver City, New Mexico 88061. Phone 575-388-1911.  Remembrances can be made at www.brightfuneral.net

Robert Ortega, 61, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Alma Josephine Ingalls, 90, a resident of Reserve, NM entered eternal rest Friday, February 8, 2019 at her residence.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Jacinto R. Cardenas Jr., 62, a resident of Vanadium, NM entered eternal rest Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~575-537-0777.

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