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willie padilla rsWillie Padilla, 85, of North Hurley passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Las Cruces, NM surrounded by his family.

Willie was born on November 13, 1931 to Espiridion and Isabel (Chavela) Padilla in Hatch, NM. He was married to Lela Padilla, the love of his life for 62 years. Willie was retired after working 34 years at Kennecott as a truck driver. Dad loved his family beyond words can say. He loved cooking for his family and his specialty was making chili Colorado, empanadas de beans and chile, galletas and sopapillas. Willie loved spending time with his family ,camping, hunting, fishing, going to La Lena (wood cutting), making changitas (monkeys) out of peach pits. Dad was very well known at the lake. When he would go to the lake his favorite saying was "Everrryyybodddy" when he caught a fish. Willie was also known by his greeting by calling many people, "Ese Maro". Our dad was the BEST husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, cousin and friend. Willie was a traditionalist, a cook, a musician, the mechanic, the welder, fisherman, pinon scouter, inventor, gardener, artist, story teller, carpenter and music composer. Our dad was a jack of all trades and MASTER OF ALL. Willie will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Willie is survived by his wife, Lela; five children, Irene Rodriguez (Boyce), Patsy Apodaca (Rudy), Billy Padilla (Marta), Bertha Peru (Manuel), Speedy Padilla (Elle); sisters, Ernestina Chacon (Manny), Lilly Sandoval (Marcy) and Beda Saborio; 22 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Mike and Leo Padilla; sisters, Anita Munoz and Josie Padilla; father-in-law, Jesus Sedillos, mother-in-law, Louisa Sedillos.

A visitation will take place on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at nine-thirty in the morning at Infant Jesus Shrine in Hurley, NM. The Prayer Vigil and Rosary will be at ten in the morning and the Funeral Liturgy at ten-thirty at Infant Jesus Shrine. Concluding Services and Burial will follow at the Hurley Cemetery. Officiating will be Father Francisco Diaz. Serving, as pallbearers will be his grandsons, Gilbert, Leroy and Gary Rodriguez, Dr. Ruben Apodaca, Meme, Raymond, Javier and Juan Carlos Peru, Billy Austin Padilla. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his granddaughters, Valerie, Stephanie, Karen, Raquel, Felicia, Isabel, Victoria, Veronica, Venessa, Jaclynn, Andrea, Celine and Divina.

thomas maldonado rsThomas P. Maldonado, Jr. went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

He was born on August 27, 1990 to Thomas Maldonado, Sr. and Andrea Sanchez.

Tito, as he was fondly called by his family and friends, was a loving partner and father. He loved sports, and was an avid fan of the Miami Dolphins. Tito very much enjoyed playing guitar, and was a talented singer.

Most important to him was family, he loved spending time with them more than anything in this world.

Tito is survived by his loving fiancée, Sabrina Sandoval; children Zenelle and Vincent; parents Tommy Maldonado (Georgette) and Andrea Sanchez (Senovio); brother Gabriel Maldonado (Samantha); niece, Annabella Maldonado; parental grandparents, Jesus and Helen Maldonado; maternal grandparents, Felimon and Helen Sanchez; Nina, Isabel Herrera; Nina, Espi Sanchez; Nina Felicia Sanchez; mother-in-law Darlene Sandoval; father-in-law Ramon Morales; brother-in-law Victor Sandoval; sister-in-law Any Castonon (David and children); sister-in-law Eliza Sandoval; his best friend/brother Jake Acosta; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; and many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his cousin, Richard Maldonado; Nino, Filbert Herrera; Nino, Paul Sanchez; and cousin, Joseph Castillo.

A Memorial service will be celebrated on Thursday, August 17 at 5 p.m. at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with Dr. Arizaga officiating. Cremation will take place at Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777.

To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.

george brown rsGeorge E. Brown passed away as his home on Monday, August 7, 2017 rich in the love of family and friends. He fought a valiant battle with Parkinson's Disease for over 30 years, but in the end was peaceful and victorious.

George was born in Gila, NM on October 11, 1934 and spent his young years in the Gila Valley.

He attended the Cliff schools. When he was a sophomore his family moved to Silver City where he attended Western (Silver) High School. He excelled in basketball and track.

After graduating High school he explored various activities but ultimately would enlist in the US Navy in January 1954. He spent the next few years exploring various parts of the world aboard the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa (CVS-40).

Stationed in Corpus Christi, TX he met the love of his life, Dolly Schwenke. A few months' courtship was followed by their wedding and nearly 60 years of marriage. After their wedding, George's discharge from the Navy, Dolly's graduation from nursing school, and the birth of Terri, the family moved to Alpine, TX.

George attended Sul Ross University and Dolly started her first job as an RN in the new hospital in Alpine. They lived in the area for the next few years and welcomed Kevin and Kyle to their growing family.

In the summer of 1964 they moved to Silver City, living for a short time at the old Tyrone homesite. They purchased a property on Little Walnut Rd. known as the Bassett place. Except for one short year they would live here for the next 53 years.

They welcomed Trina, Keith, Kendall and Kurt to the family.

George, also known as GE, Dad, Uncle, and Gramps was a long-time educator. He taught Math and Science to many kids in Grant County and earned a Master's Degree in Teaching from WNMU.

George was also active in the local community and government, serving as Grant County Commissioner. He was member of the Allingham-Golding American Legion Post #118 for 44 years and held various offices; also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also active in the Silver High FFA Alumni Association.

George is survived by his wife, Dolly and seven children: Terri (Mike) Carr, Kevin (Marci) Brown, Kyle (Deniene) Brown, Trina (Ed) Poe, Keith (Tina) Brown, Kendall (Ellen) Brown, and Kurt (Marlisa) Brown; one brother Conn (Darla) Brown; two sisters Joyce (Larry Saiz) Karst, Ruby (Dan) Davis, 23 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends.

A holy rosary will be recited by Deacon Bill Holguin on Saturday, August 19 at 11:30am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Memorial mass will follow at 12 noon with Father Oliver Obele officiating. A sunset inurnment of the ashes will be held at 7:30 PM at the Cliff-Gila Mesa Cemetery. In remembrance of George and in lieu of flowers the family requests that people visit a home-bound/nursing care bound relative/friend, or donate to the American Parkinson Disease Association.

A memorial luncheon will be held following the funeral mass at Allingham-Golding American Legion Post #118. Cremation will take 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.

Sandie L. Leon, 70, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Sunday, August 13, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her family.

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

robert mesa rsRobert H. Mesa, 68, of Silver City, New Mexico passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Silver City Care Center surrounded by loved ones.

Robert's death brings great sadness to his family and friends who loved him. He was a believer in Jesus Christ and His word.

He had a "green thumb;" any seed dropped would grow. He was a voracious reader and would bring home armful of large books on many subjects. He was creative and if he came across paint he used it. He had a unique sense of humor, telling jokes and laughing before you could, he had so much love and affection to share with his many nieces and nephews, with the little he had, he shared with them.

Lastly Robert Mesa loved and honored his mother Mary Mesa. They spent so much time together talking, laughing, cooking and eating. This loss is especially hard for her and his brother Carlos.

Robert is survived by his mother Mary Hill Mesa, his siblings are Dora Estrada (David), George Mesa (Cecilia), Ray Meza and (Goya), Carlos Mesa, Tillie M. Aguilar, Jose Armando Mesa, Candy Mesa Laney and Georgia Mesa Duncan.

He was preceded in death by his father Jorge V. Mesa, grandmother Candelaria Mesa, grandfather Julian Hill and infant brothers Maximiliano and Ruben Mesa.

A visitation will be held Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Bright Funeral Home Chapel from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be recited at Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Church on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jose Armando Mesa, Michael Mesa, Alejandro Aguilar, Joshua Estrada, Dustin Estrada, Ray Meza Jr., Jose Luis Meza and Bo Laws. Honorary Pallbearers are David Estrada, Daniel Estrada, Jorge Meza, Aaron Mesa, Eric Adam Mesa, Andrew Meza, Matthew Miranda, Eric Valdez, and Dominick Duncan.

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

maria perez rsMaria (Cuca) del Refugio Perez, 78, of Silver City passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in El Paso, Texas surrounded by her loved ones.

Maria was born on October 9, 1938 to Tomas Leal and Consuelo Cabral in San Pedro de Gallo, Durango Mexico. In 1980, Maria made Silver City her home. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and a good friend. Maria was very generous, kind, grateful, compassionate, and friendly , always there when you needed her. She was a strong and brave lady that never gave up and fought until the last minute. Maria was outgoing, liked to travel and always made sure to enjoy life to the fullest, watching novellas, eating out, talking on the phone and going to church. Her biggest joy was spending time with family and friends, especially her pride and joy who were her 13 children, 37 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren and loved with all her heart. She was loved by many and will greatly be missed.

joshua mohr rsOn August 1, Joshua "Vader" Mohr left this earth to be reunited with his mother, father and daughter.

Josh loved his family and friends but above all his children were his life, watching him light up when he would see any of them is something we will never forget. Whether he was just hanging out with friends, teaching how to work on cars in the shop, riding bikes, he was happiest being with his family and friends. Joshua was loved and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his sons, James Austin, Christian, Zachary, Eddie, and Damian; his daughters, Jade, Jazmin, and Laniyah; his sister, Josephine Iris Mohr of Phoenix, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Hailey.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, August 14 at 2pm at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with Pastor Jeremy Butler officiating.

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.

karen wilson rsKaren Elaine Wilson, 50, a longtime resident of Grant County, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017, at Gila Regional Medical Center.

Karen was born May 19, 1967, at Sierra Vista, Arizona to Stanley Burl Wilson and Frances Gail Wilson, their fourth child. Surviving siblings are Darrell Guy Wilson, Kevin L. Wilson, and Wendy Sue Danley.

In 1985 she and James (Chamo) Morales had their first child James Wilson born in Silver City, NM. Then with Thomas Pete Ortega she had Joshua Wilson and Andrea Wilson (Robles).

She enjoyed camping, fishing, rock hunting, and other outdoor activities.

Karen earned her Associate of Arts degree in Nursing from Western New Mexico University which led to her career in Home Healthcare. She will be remembered for her kindness and generosity, and she lived her life for her children and grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her parents, siblings, her children; James Wilson, his children Cayden Wilson and Jadelynn Rodriguez, his girlfriend Eva Featheringill and her son Alejandro Featheringill; Joshua Wilson, his children Zoey Jayne Wilson and Jovanni Zayne Wilson, and his girlfriend Mae Agbayani and her daughter Kayla; Andrea Robles and her husband Damien Robles and their children Caleb Perez (father Stevan Perez), Kendra Robles, and Kaylie Robles.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 5 p.m. at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with Pastor Randy Teague officiating.

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

To send condolences or flowers, please visit their website at: http://www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.

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