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Obituaries

Obituary notices.

Rita D. Bennett, 67, former resident of Deming passed away peacefully Monday May 22, 2017.

Rita was born June 2, 1949 in Las Vegas, New Mexico to Roscoe and Nora Atwater. She met her husband Johnny in Silver City in 1968 and they were married in 1971. Two years later, they were blessed with the first of their two daughters. Rita remained at home while the girls were young, and worked outside the home for several years as the girls grew older. She held several jobs throughout her career, most notably working at Deming Bonded Warehouse, which she retired from after 15 years of service. Rita and Johnny were a great team and had many great adventures together including building their last home together. They were married for 41 years, until his untimely passing in 2012, after which Rita moved to Las Cruces to be closer to her immediate family.

Rita was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and a doting great grandmother. All who knew her considered themselves fortunate to have her in their lives, and they miss her more every day.

She is survived by her daughters, Carin Bennett and Christi Bennett; her granddaughter Jessica, her great grandson Nathaniel, her sister Lola Drake; her brothers Ervin, Dennis and Larry Atwater; and her faithful K-9 companion, Cheyenne.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday May 30, 2017 at Mt. View Cemetery. Sam Hammond will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Humane Society in your area.

Jose A. Perea, 82, entered eternal rest Friday, May 26, 2017 at Fort Bayard Medical Center in Santa Clara, NM.

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

Rita D. Bennett, 67, passed away Monday May 22, 2017 at her home in Las Cruces.

Arrangements are pending.

Winnie Lou Holdridge rsWinnie Lou Holdridge, long time Deming resident, passed away at her home on Sunday, May 21, 2017. She was 87 years old.

Born in Hachita, NM on May 19, 1930 to Leo Charles Sr. and Winnie White McKinney, Winnie Lou spent her early childhood roaming the range at the Gray Ranch in the boot heel of New Mexico. She moved to Deming with her parents during her junior high years and graduated in 1948 from Deming High School, where she met husband Kenneth Holdridge. During their 50 years of marriage, Winnie & Ken were partners in several Deming businesses: Holdridge Home Furnishings, A-1 Self Storage, and Mimbres Valley Development pecan farm south of Deming.

Winnie Lou was preceded in death by husband Kenneth in 1998, brothers, Leo "Bud" McKinney, Jr. and Kenneth "Kenny" McKinney and granddaughter, Collette Holdridge. She leaves behind son, Rick (married to Sue) also of Deming; daughter Pat of Nashville, TN; granddaughters, Valerie Fuller Voll (Todd), Melissa Fuller Spillman (Jeremy), Allison Fuller Martin (Travis), Bekah Holdridge, and Rachelle Holdridge and great-grandsons, Nathan, Edwin, Bennett and Jed Spillman.

Winnie Lou loved her family and Deming community, where she opened her home to many impromptu gatherings and parties. She was a strong country woman who lived in the city. She had a kind heart and a sharp wit. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Services will be held Friday, May 26th at First United Methodist Church at 2:30 in the afternoon. Pastor Ernie Vineyard will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to The Raining Season, PO Box 997, Spring Hill, TN 37174 (therainingseason.org) or Transforming Luna County (TLC), PO Box 2187, Deming 88031.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.

Author Unknown

Leroy Bennett, 84, Deming resident passed away Saturday May 20, 2017 at Mimbres Memorial Hospital.

Services are pending at Baca's Funeral Chapel.

Ronald Pena rsEditor's Note: We offer our sincere apologies for inadvertently posting the incorrect photo. We are sorry for causing additional anguish on top of your losing a loved one.

Ronald S. Peña, 50, a resident of Arenas Valley, NM entered eternal rest Monday, May 22, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born August 1, 1966 in Silver City, NM to Arthur C. Peña and Susie Sedillos Peña.

Heaven gained an angel, someone so special to us. He was a loving and caring father, son, grandfather, brother, and friend. He loved spending time with the people he loved. He enjoyed the outdoors and watching his Kansas City Chiefs play on Sundays. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. He will be kept in our hearts forever. We love you, DAD!

He is survived by his parents, two sons, Ronnie James Peña, and companion D'Ana Contreras; Jared Arthur Peña; two daughters, Jessica Peña, and companion Israel Avena; Angelic Peña and companion Christopher Garza; two grandchildren, Israel James Avena, and Ezreia Jaidynn Avena; three sisters, Tina Rodriguez, and husband Wimpy; Angela Ortiz and husband Trini; Melissa Salas and husband Chico. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Isaac Joseph Avena.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 25 from 10-10:30am with the holy rosary to begin at 10:30am at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with Terry Sedillos Holguin reciting. The funeral mass will follow at 12 noon at Infant Jesus Catholic Shrine in Hurley, NM with Father Francisco Diaz officiating.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Sedillos, Israel Avena, Christopher Garza, Israel James Avena, Rudy Valerio, Wimpy Rodriguez, Chico Salas, and Trini Ortiz. Honorary pallbearers will be TJ Ortiz, Robert Rodriguez III, Andrew, Marcus, and Dominic Salas, Adam Legarda, Gabriel Quintana, Isaac Castillo, Gibby Muñoz, Davey Rios, Daniel, Ruben, and Efren Sedillos, Speedy and Ruben Padilla, Sam and Leroy Maldonado, Robert Rodriguez, Randy Dominguez, James Gandara, Jesus and Vicky Sedillos.

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.

Susan Williams rsSusan Gale Williams, age 54, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Santa Clara, New Mexico on May 12, 2017.

Susan was born Feb. 15, 1963 in Paoli, Indiana to Cleo and Gladys Buerckley.

Susan worked in many fields over the years, most recently running her house cleaning business.

Susan was an avid NASCAR fan and spent many hours with her longtime companion Tim McLain enjoying the sport. She was an avid reader, loved bears of all kinds, and enjoyed spending time with her son James and daughter-in-law Amanda and their two children.

She enjoyed spending time with Tim's mother, Barbara McLain, going shopping, eating out and working on arts and crafts together. She also enjoyed spending time outdoors hiking, and exploring the sites in New Mexico with her sister Etta and her husband Steve when they would get together. Susan was a wonderful sister, mother, grandmother, longtime companion to Tim and friend to many. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her and loved her. Gone but never forgotten.

Susan is survived by her son, James (Amanda) MacIver of Arenas Valley, New Mexico, her longtime companion, Tim McLain of Santa Clara, New Mexico, three sisters, Ruthann (David) Laws of Marengo, Indiana, Etta (Steve) Rhynard of Tucson, Arizona, Julie Buerckley of San Diego, California, one brother, Austin Buerckley of Sedona, Arizona. She is also survived by four half-sisters, Rita (James) Shackelford of Long Beach, California, Vickey Trainer of Ames, Iowa, Dorothy Hobbs of Louisiana and Peggy Ramsey of Des Moines, Iowa. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and two grandchildren.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Cleo and Gladys Buerckely, two half-brothers, George Hobbs and Mike Hobbs, and one half sister, Becky Buerckley.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Terrazas Funeral Chapel at 1 Fort Bayard Road, Santa Clara, New Mexico (575) 537-0777.

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.

Ronald Pena rsRonald S. Peña, 50, a resident of Arenas Valley, NM entered eternal rest Monday, May 22, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born August 1, 1966 in Silver City, NM to Arthur C. Peña and Susie Sedillos Peña.

Heaven gained an angel, someone so special to us. He was a loving and caring father, son, grandfather, brother, and friend. He loved spending time with the people he loved. He enjoyed the outdoors and watching his Kansas City Chiefs play on Sundays. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. He will be kept in our hearts forever. We love you, DAD!

He is survived by his parents, two sons, Ronnie James Peña, and companion D'Ana Contreras; Jared Arthur Peña; two daughters, Jessica Peña, and companion Israel Avena; Angelic Peña and companion Christopher Garza; two grandchildren, Israel James Avena, and Ezreia Jaidynn Avena; three sisters, Tina Rodriguez, and husband Wimpy; Angela Ortiz and husband Trini; Melissa Salas and husband Chico.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Isaac Joseph Avena.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 25 from 10 - 10:30 a.m. with the holy rosary to begin at 10:30 a.m. at Infant Jesus Shrine with Father Francisco Diaz reciting. The funeral mass will follow at 12 noon with Father Francisco Diaz officiating.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Sedillos, Israel Avena, Christopher Garza, Israel James Avena, Rudy Valerio, Wimpy Rodriguez, Chico Salas, and Trini Ortiz. Honorary pallbearers will be TJ Ortiz, Robert Rodriguez III, Andrew, Marcus, and Dominic Salas, Adam Legarda, Gabriel Quintana, Isaac Castillo, Gibby Muñoz, Davey Rios, Daniel, Ruben, and Efren Sedillos.

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.

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