It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Leonor Sepulveda Teran of Las Cruces, formerly of Deming, from this world. We rejoice that she is now in the hands of our Almighty Creator, his son Jesus, the Holy Spirit, their Holy Angels and her family awaiting her in heaven.
Her spirit left this earth at 4:25 pm, Sunday, January 7 at Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, after suffering a life-ending heart condition on Saturday morning. Present at her passing were all her sons and their families to assist her in this loving and peaceful passing into heaven.
Leonor was born in Santa Rita, NM on April 22nd, 1933 to Manuel P. Sepulveda and Hortencia Sepulveda.
Leonor was a most loving, attentive, stay-at-home mom instilling all her love, devotion and values to her six sons. They were, and are, the center of her universe. Married to Manuel Teran in March 1961, the family moved to Deming to Manuel's first job with Robert, Roy, Rene and John in tow.
They found a home only a block from Smith elementary school, a block from Deming Junior High with the High School nearby. This is where all the boys, later joined by brothers James and Joe, attended school. She was so happy that she found a home close to the schools and her joy was complete when she found Holy Family Catholic Church was only 1 block behind the home.
The church became her second home, where she attended Mass every morning, came home and got her family ready for school. All six of her sons became Mass servers and she made sure that they participated in all church and school related activities. She joined the Holy Family Altar Society and helped with fundraising for the church. She was active in helping with church funds to pay for utilities for those who needed help. She collected and distributed food baskets and clothing on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, making sure that the children, especially, had adequate food and clothing. She was the first in Deming to be commissioned by Bishop Ramirez to administer the Holy Host to communicants at Holy Family Church. Later she asked Father Bently if she could distribute communion at the nursing home and to the homebound. Even later, Father Joe Anderson began providing mass services at the nursing home and would ask Leonor to accompany him to the detention center in Deming and the Southern New Mexico Prison to hold mass services for inmates. She was also active in Pan-American Round Table, a social club.
By this time, the older children had left for college and she became interested in providing foster care services for needy children. She has taken over 20 children into her home at different times, providing them with everything necessary to make their lives comfortable, but most of all, an environment where they felt loved, cared-for and safe.
During this time, she became an accomplished artist. She produced many beautiful oil paintings that she gave to family and friends. One of her paintings was borrowed to display at an art show in Dallas, Texas. She won blue ribbons for some of her works.
One occasion, she commented "I made sure all the boys took swimming lessons, but I don't know how to swim. That will be my goal before I reach 50". She reached that goal. She took her experience and taught water aerobics to up to 20 ladies at a time. At this time, she lost a dear friend who helped her organize gatherings at each other's' homes and dining places to help the ladies socialize. Leonor felt her friend's absence so strongly that she felt she could no longer do this work. Instead, she turned her attention to helping this friend's brother, who was left alone at age 90. She provided food and clothing and would take him shopping and to doctor appointments until his death.
She and Manuel were very proud to have been selected as Deming High School Wildcat "Fans of the Year" in 1987 in appreciation of their commitment to DHS Athletics, where all six sons participated in Varsity sports over the course of the preceding 20 years.
During this time, she began to feel that something was not right with her. She was diagnosed with dementia, which increasingly disabled her until the day she passed.
Leonor is survived by her husband, Manuel of Las Cruces; 5 sons Robert Perea (Anna), their children Christopher, David and sons Adrian and Ryan; Dianna Yarborough (Sam) 3 daughters (Kaweah, Atsah and Isabella; Rene Perea (Lori); John Teran (Carol) and son Ryan; James Teran; Joe Teran (Robin) and children Colby, Ashleigh, Sebastian and Daniella She is also survived by her sister Jean Zapata, brothers Daniel Sepulveda, Reynaldo Sepulveda and Frank Sepulveda.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Alice Bickford, brother Ernest Sepulveda, son Roy Perea and grandson Logan Cote.
We rejoice that she has entered the kingdom of heaven with a loving, peaceful passing with all her family present.
Our heartfelt thanks to all that were so kind when we lived in Deming, especially Holy Family Catholic Church, Lupe Hernandez, Mary Escarcega, Marta Salcido, Dr. John Lundy and Dr. Aswad. Also, the providers at the ambulance services, police department, Mountain View Hospital and Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces.
A Rosary Service will be recited at Holy Family Catholic Church in Deming at 10:30 am on Thursday January 11th followed by Mass of the Christian Burial. Father Ron Machado will officiate. A private inurnment will be held on Friday at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Cremation has been entrusted to Baca's Mimbres Crematory.
Joe Arthur Jones, 90, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, TX.
Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.
Clive Marshall, 73, Deming resident passed away Wednesday December 6, 2017 at Mimbres Memorial Hospital. Cremation has taken place at Baca's Mimbres Crematory.
A Memorial Service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is scheduled for 11:00 AM on January 20, 2018.
Juliana Covarrubia, 75, longtime Deming resident passed away Wednesday morning at her home surrounded by family.
Juliana was born February 6, 1942 to Maria de Jesus Morales and Mariano Alvarado in Durango, Mexico. She moved to Deming coming from Palomas, Mexico and was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Her family will remember her as a loving and caring person who loved to cook for her family.
She is survived by 3 sons, Moises Dominguez and wife Dawn of Nevada, Jorge and Gerardo Chavez both of Deming; 5 daughters, Rosa Chavez de Sandoval and husband Erasmo of Cd. Juarez, Mexico, Olga Martin and husband Jaime, Gabriela Chavez, Anna Chavez and husband Oscar Arroyos all of Deming and Alejandra Covarrubia of Santa Teresa, NM; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; extended family members and friends.
Visitation will begin Thursday afternoon from 4 to 8 at Baca's Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will be Friday morning at 10 o'clock at Baca's Funeral Chapel with Mr. Pablo Ledesma of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses presiding. Concluding services and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jorge Chavez, Gerardo Chavez, Jaime Martin, Alonzo Martin, Carlos Miranda, Mario Miranda, Erasmo Sandoval and Oscar Arroyos
Richard Fresquez Leyba, 86, longtime Deming resident passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017 at his home.
Richard was born October 25, 1931 to Juanita Fresquez and Blas Leyba Sr. in Deming. Richard was a 1950 graduate of Deming High School. He served his country honorably in the U S Army from 1950 to 1953 as an Airborne Ranger of the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment. His decorations included the Korean Service Medal and Bronze Service Star. On return home he served in the Luna County National Guard. On August 7, 1955 he married Petra "Patsy" Flores at Saint Ann's Catholic Church where he was a lifelong member. Following his military service, he began work at Meadows Office Supply. He purchased the business in 1974 and renamed it The Deming Office Supply and operated the business until 2000 at which time he retired. Richard was a very respected businessman and member of the Deming Community. His business was the "Go To" merchant for office supplies, sporting goods, and tournament trophies.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Petra "Patsy" Leyba, of the home ; son, Ricardo "Rick" (Colleen) of Dallas, TX; 5 daughters, Sylvia (Eloy) Hernandez of Arlington, TX; Cynthia (Alex) Quintero and Cecilia Leyba both of Mansfield, TX ; Olivia (John) Tucker and Lydia (Tim) Smylie both of Burleson, TX; brothers, Raul Leyba of Tempe, AZ, Eddie Leyba of Albuquerque and Blas Jr. of Las Cruces; 12 grandchildren, Eloy, Claudia, Joshua, Alisha, Fabian, Albert, Matthew, Julia, Victoria, Trent, Alyssa and Hanna; 8 great-grandchildren, Emma, Eloy, Ethan, Harper, Celena, Savana, Seraphina and Fabian Jr.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juanita F. Tena and Blas B. Leyba Sr.
Gathering will begin at 8:30 Saturday morning, January 6, 2018, at Saint Ann's Catholic Church where the rosary will be recited at 9:30 led by Suzanne Lundy. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 o'clock. Concluding services and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Father Ron Machado will officiate, and veteran honors will be accorded.
Serving as pallbearers will be Rick Leyba, Manny Marrufo, Ricky Ortiz, Moses Pastran, Albert Torres and Fabian Zamora.
Honorary bearers named are Miguel Marrufo, Joshua Quintero and Lee Cook-Jordan.
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