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Obituaries

Obituary notices.

Richard Ley rsRichard W. Ley, 79, passed away at his home in Silver City on May 30, 2017.

Rick was born in North Hollywood, California and spent his school years in Eloy, Arizona, where his parents, George and Allene, owned and operated a general store for 12 years.

He attended Arizona State University, earning a bachelor's degree in Architecture. After serving in the U.S. Army, he relocated to Northern California, where he lived and worked in San Francisco and the Bay Area. There Rick started his own contracting business purchasing, restoring, and selling dilapidated Victorian houses in San Francisco then going on to design his own beautiful homes - first in Mill Valley and later in Point Reyes, CA.

Rick relocated to Silver City in 2007 from Roseburg, Oregon. He soon became an active member of the community supporting the local food pantry, the Volunteer Center, the Silver City Film Festival, and providing Reiki treatments to those in need.

In addition to being a talented architect and builder, Rick was an amazing photographer and artist who was creating sculpture until just weeks before his death. He suffered a major stroke in 2013, but did not let that stop him from being creative and involved with ideas every day until the end of his life. Rick was a lover of nature, art, music and poetry, even writing some poetry himself. He had a kind and generous spirit and great sense of humor, always laughing and quick with a story or joke. He was loved by an extended family and will be greatly missed in Silver City and this world.

Rick is survived by his family in Arizona and many friends in New Mexico and California.

Details for a memorial service are being finalized and will be held in early July in Silver City. 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.

E.W. "Bill" Hassman, 78, passed away Sunday June 4, 2017 at Mt. View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces.

Arrangements are pending.

Ruth Parham, 80, resident of Deming passed away Friday June 2, 2017 at Mt. View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces.

Arrangements are pending.

James Clark rsJames Frederick Clark 93, passed away at his home on Friday, June 2, 2017.

He was born Oct 12, 1923 to Merle and Muriel Clark in Silver City, NM.

He attended local schools and graduated from Western High School in May 1942. Following graduation Fred was look-out on Signal Peak summer 1942. Due to WWII, he joined US Marines June 1943 and was wounded on the beach of Saipan, back on hospital stays to Hawaii and Camp Pendleton for six months, Fred was honorably discharged Nov 30, 1944 and received the Purple Heart.

Fred met Mildred Elizabeth Murray in the fall of 1945 and they married Mar 25, 1946. They enjoyed over 71 years together.

Fred enrolled at N.M. State Teachers College on the GI Bill and they lived in Campus Village. He received a Bachelor's of Science in Business summer of 1949. Fred worked during school for Colby's and was a volunteer fireman.

In later years he worked at Kennecott Copper Corp, retail manager of Cosgrove's, owned Clark's Super mart grocery, Silver Office Supply, manager of Phelps Dodge mercantile at Tyrone and was manager of Alfred M Lewis wholesale grocery when he retired, 1973.

Fred was a member of Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star and BPOE.

He was worshipful master of Masonic Lodge #8 in 1973.

Fred served 10 years on Silver Cons. School Board.

Fred enjoyed bowling, golf, woodworking, boating, fishing and flying.

He received a private pilot's license under instructor Thurman Yates. The Cessna Skylane and hanger were at Whiskey Creek Airport.

Since retirement, they traveled in their RV, spending winters in San Carlos, Mexico, Colorado River, and salmon fishing in Washington.

He leaves his wife Millie, son Rodger and wife Mary Lou, daughter-in-law Bonnie Clark, grandchildren Holly Sue Clark Burke, Kevin Patrick Clark, and great grandchildren Jayson and Jaimie. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Walter and son Rick.

Fred and Millie had 2 sons: George Frederick Clark now deceased, and Rodger Edward Clark.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home.

A visitation for friends and family to celebrate Fred's long life will be Friday, June 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the family home. A private inurnment will be held at Masonic Cemetery at a later date.

Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, "Traditional Services and Care for your family and friends", 210 W. College Ave., Silver City, NM 575-388-1911.

Remembrances may be made at www.brightfuneral.net.

Delfina Arsola rsDelfina M. Arsola, 86, of Silver City passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in El Paso, Texas.

Delfina was born October 8, 1930 to Jose and Salome Marin in Hurley, NM. She loved to travel, be with her family and watch her grandchildren play sports. Delfina also worked as an aide at 6th Street School. She was a parishioner of St. Vincent Catholic Church and was involved in the Altar Society, Guadalupanas and the Church Choir.

Delfina is survived by her children, Belinda Jauriqui (Cecilio) and Manuel Arsola Jr. (Belinda) of Silver City, Gloria Bunell of Loma Linda, AZ; brothers, Genaro Marin (Erlinda) and Joe Marin (Bertha) of Hurley, Jesus Marin of Oceanside, CA ; sister, Mary Gomez (Felipe) of Hurley; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Manuel Arsola; brothers, George, Gonzalo, Chencho, Manny and Lino.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2017 from five to six o'clock in the evening at Baca's Funeral Chapels with the recitation of the Holy Rosary to follow at six o'clock. The Funeral Liturgy will be Monday, June 5, 2017 at ten o'clock in the morning at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. Concluding services and burial will follow at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Cemetery. Officiating will be Father Oliver Obele.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Vincent Catholic Church building fund.

Federico Rodriguez rsFederico R. Rodriguez "Whip" as he was affectionately known, 83, of San Lorenzo, NM passed away May 29, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

"Whip" was born March 6, 1934 in San Lorenzo, NM to Francisco and Maria Rodriguez. He worked at Chino Mines for 32 years before retiring. He enjoyed ranching, hunting, camping and picnics with his family.

Federico is survived by his wife of 61 years, Erminia; three sons, Ruben Montoya (Althea) of Albuquerque, Ricardo Rodriguez of San Lorenzo and Francisco Rodriguez (Phyllis) of Lathrop, CA; four daughters, Beatrice Gonzales (Gilbert) of Silver City, Mary Helen Rodriguez of San Lorenzo, Lorraine Rodriguez of Silver City and Agatha Rodriguez of Tucson, AZ; also surviving are 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Cora Salaiz and Esther Rodriguez of Silver City; a special cousin Domingo Misquez of Deming.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Manuel Rodriguez; four sisters, Ascencion Placencio, Lucinda Martinez, Lucia Holguin and Julia Parra.

Visitation will take place on Friday, June 2, 2017 at five o'clock in the evening at Baca's Funeral Chapels. The Prayer Vigil and Rosary will follow at six o'clock in the evening. Officiating will be Deacon Bill Holguin. The Funeral Liturgy will be Saturday, June 3, 2017 at nine o'clock in the morning at the San Lorenzo Catholic Church. Concluding services and burial will follow at San Lorenzo Cemetery. Officiating will be Father Francisco Diaz.

Serving as pallbearers will be Aaron Gonzales, Jacob Villegas, Johnny, Gabriel and Antonio Rodriguez and Juanito Zapata. Honorary pallbearers will be his remaining grandchildren, Domingo Misquez and Manuel "Chickie" Galaz.

Juan Lozano rsJuan Lozano Jr., 34, passed away Monday May 29, 2017 at his home.

Juan was born January 5, 1983 in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico and has lived in Deming for most all his life. He was currently working as a Control Room Operator with Freeport McMorran at the Chino Mine.

Juan was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and is remembered by his family as being a happy, big hearted man who was always fun to be around. His special trait of being kind to others whether he knew them or not is also a special remembrance of his family.

He is survived by his parents, Juan and Juana Lozano of Deming; his biological mother, Delia Lozano of Surprise, AZ; his companion, Mariah Milo of Deming; daughters, Emma Esperanza Lozano and Briseis Maddison Lozano of Deming; brothers, Adan Lozano of Mexico, Roberto and Arnoldo Lozano of Deming; sisters, Eva Lozano of Deming, Maria Alonzo of Phoenix, AZ, Elisa Hernandez of Deming, Dora Lozano of Mexico, Bertha Granillo of Deming, Janeth Ortega, Miriam Arvizu, Claudette Adan, and Claribel Arvizu all of Surprise, Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his biological father, Lalo Bencomo.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 3 to 5 at Baca's Funeral Chapel. A prayer vigil will be that evening at 6 o'clock at St. Ann Catholic Church with Maria Lozano officiating. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, June 2, 2017 at 12 noon with Fr. Manuel Ibarra, pastor officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Roberto Lozano Jr., Orlando Lozano, Luis Alonzo, Julian Soto, Robert Lozano and Charlie Galindo.

Siria Garcia rsSiria Martinez Garcia, 93, died peacefully on May 27, 2017, in the comfort of her home and company of her loving family in Silver City.

Siria was born August 8, 1923 in Santa Rita to Gregoria Rodriguez Quinones and Carlos Parra Martinez. She was raised at the "Rancho" until the age of sixteen with her siblings who were an important part of her life. In 1940 she married Pete (Pite) and started her married life in a house close to her many Garcia-Polanco in-laws that became her second family. She adored all her seven children, 23 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Siria was known as the "lady who made cakes" and she was very proud to have made wedding cakes for several hundred couples. She was also proud to call many people her friends and you knew it when she became her friend as she was fiercely loyal. She loved celebrating her birthdays with a backyard gathering and welcomed all her family with food and music. Siria had great faith and said her prayers each morning and night.

Siria is survived by her daughters, Gloria "Gogie" Aralica (Mark), Sylvia Rueda of Silver City and Bernadine Cordova of Portales, NM; sons, Roberto "Bobby" (Helen) Austin, TX, David and Alfredo "Freddy" (Debbie) of Casper, WY; brothers, Dr. Alfred Merino (Nancy) of San Diego, CA, Reynaldo Merino (Margaret) of McAllen, TX; sisters-in-law, Tila Merino (Severiano) and Carmen Merino (Frank). Siria joins her beloved husband, Pete; son Horace; her parents; beloved step-father Jesus Merino; Martinez siblings, Altagracia Carbajal (Manuel), Manuela and "Chala" (Dora); Merino siblings, Severiano "Chano" and Frank; granddaughter, Bianca Rueda.

A visitation will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 5 to 6 PM at Baca's Funeral Chapels in Silver City. The Prayer Vigil and Rosary will follow at 6pm at Baca's Funeral Chapels. Officiating will be Dr. Gilbert Arizaga. A Celebration of Life will be on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:30 in the morning at Baca's Funeral Chapels. Concluding Services and Burial will follow at 1pm at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Officiating will be Deacon Reynaldo Merino. Serving as pallbearers will be Ramon Rueda Jr., Elijah, Mark and Ivan Aralica, CJ Quinones, Marcelino Garcia, Manuel Merino and Santiago Camarena. Honorary pallbearers are Carlos and Oscar Merino, RJ, Carlos, Sergio, Eric and Michael Garcia, Darren Richards (Garcia), Mario and Brendan Aralica, Sonny Padilla, Gilbert Carbajal, Javier Gonzales and Mike Trujillo.

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