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Obituaries

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connie ruiz rsConnie Medel Ruiz, 80, a resident of Santa Clara, NM entered eternal rest Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Gila Regional Medical Center.

She was born November 26, 1936 in Santa Clara to Alejandro Medel and Merenciana Ramirez Medel.

She is survived by two sons, Robert "Jerry" Ruiz (Rosemary) of Santa Clara; John Ramon Ruiz of Santa Clara; two daughters, Mary Helen Young of Santa Clara; Esther M. Ruiz of Santa Clara; ten grandchildren, Lupe, Joseph, Margaret (Jose Roacho), Connie (Michael Milo), Robert (Violet Ruiz), Helen, Anthony (Mieka Campos), Roberta (Jesse Anderson), Cody and Faith; twenty-seven great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Frankie Johnson (Lupe) of Santa Clara; Juan Becerra (Lupe) of Silver City; step-brother, Henry Turrey; brother-in-law, Chale Ortega of Miami, AZ; daughter-in-law, Anita Medel of El Paso, TX; also numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Jimmy N. Ruiz (2010), one son, Jimmy J. Ruiz Jr., four brothers, Pete Medel, Sam Martinez, Juan Martinez, and Menejildro Medel; five sisters, Ramija Orosco, Concha Ortega, Sara Holguin, Coma Chavez, and Manuela Holguin.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 25 from 5-6pm at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with the holy rosary to begin at 6pm with Deacon Richard Rodriguez reciting. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday, October 26 at 9:30 a.m. at Santa Clara Catholic Church with Father Robert Becerra officiating. Concluding service and interment will be at Fort Bayard National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her husband.

Pallbearers will be Jesse Anderson, Michael Milo Sr., Michael Milo Jr., Jose Roacho, Joseph Ruiz, and Robert Ruiz. Honorary pallbearers will be Frankie Johnson, Johnny Becerra, Mike Salazar, Anthony Campos, Charlie Ortega, Eugene Sierra, Eddie Miranda and all the rest of her grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777.

To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.

Dale "Scooter" Smith, 53, of Silver City passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 in El Paso, Texas.

Services are pending with Baca's Funeral Chapels

paula hibner rsPaula Deanne Hibner, 63, passed away Friday October 20, 2017 in the comfort of her home.

Paula was born October 20, 1954 in Deming to James and Aletta (Bishop) Yates.

She earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education at New Mexico State University. Paula was a teacher, specializing in Special Education, and taught at several different schools, including Sunshine Elementary School, Martin Elementary School and Hofacket Mid High in Deming, as well as at Zia Jr. High in Mesilla.

Paula was instrumental in founding My Little School, where she served as teacher and administrator.

Paula was also a Special Education Coordinator with the Deming Public Schools for eight years. Most recently, Paula taught several classes at Western New Mexico University.

She was an active member of the Deming Kiwanis Club, serving previously as club President, and for a term as the district's Lieutenant Governor.

Paula was active in the church as a Sunday School teacher, leader of the Girls in Action and Mission Friends groups, member of the choir, and a host of other charitable and mission activities.

Paula is survived by her husband, Philip Hibner of Deming; sons, Darby Hibner and his wife Stephanie of Las Cruces, Myles Hibner of Albuquerque, Nicklaus Hibner of Merrill, Wisconsin; daughters, Jody Eubanks and her husband J. Keith of Midland, TX, Melanie Maximovich and her husband Marc of Moses Lake, WA, Christalle Hibner of Albuquerque; her parents, James and Aletta Yates of Deming; brother, James Yates and his wife Shelly of Garden City, KS; sister, Donna Whitehead and her husband Mike of Roswell; and 6 grandchildren (Robbie, Valerie, Emily, Finnian, Soledad, and Jimmy).

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Mason Davis officiating. Cremation has taken place at Baca's Mimbres Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Paula's memory be made to the Baptist Children's Home at baptistchildrenshome.org or to the Woman's Missionary Union. Donations to both of these organizations can be made through Bethel Baptist Church (Pastor: Mason Davis) at 700 S. 8th Street, Deming, NM 88030.

Esperanza Lucero, 102, entered eternal rest Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Fort Bayard Medical Center in Santa Clara, NM.

Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

George Thacker 82 of Silver City, New Mexico passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 at his residence.

A Memorial Service will be held at Bright Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:00am.

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 at www.brightfuneral.net

Connie M. Ruiz, 80, entered eternal rest Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, NM.

Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Paula Deanne Hibner, 63, passed away Friday October 20, 2017 in the comfort of her home.

Arrangements are pending.

anita skavhaug rsAnita Skavhaug, 76, of Glenwood, formerly of Deming, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at home surrounded by her family.

Anita was born January 19, 1940 in Wyoming. She had relocated to Deming and from there moved to Glenwood for the last six years. Anita was a member of the Women's Club in Glenwood and was an accomplished silversmith.

She is survived by her husband, Gunnar; one son, Jeff Lane (Jennifer), one daughter, Victoria; three grandchildren, Ashley, Jake and Justin and one great grandchild.

At Anita's request, cremation will take place and services will be scheduled at a later date.

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