Connie Kimbley Watkins Corbell, 69 a lifelong resident of Lordsburg, New Mexico, passed away on February 13 after a brief illness.
Connie was born on July 3, 1948, in Lordsburg to Bill and Susie Kimbley.
She graduated from Lordsburg High School in 1966 and attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where she earned a degree in education.
Shortly after, she married George Lee Watkins of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The couple had two children, Brian Lee and Jason Kimbley, both of New Mexico. Connie returned home to Lordsburg after George died in 1983, and three years later married Gary Lee Corbell, owner of Miller Chevrolet, of Lordsburg.
She was employed by Hidalgo County for many years, during which time she served as the county’s payroll manager.
Connie loved to travel and take cruises with her many friends over the years, and she loved animals, particularly her cats and dogs. She adored her nieces, nephews, and her grandson, and some of her happiest moments were spent at the beach under the sunshine with family and friends, listening to waves.
Connie was well respected and beloved by her community, known for her compassion and empathy and for her sense of humor.
She was immensely active in the lives of her children, grandchild and extended family, and enjoyed attending rodeos, sporting events, and other community functions. Her other loves included shopping, boogie boarding, country music, dancing, and reading.
Connie is survived by her husband, Gary Corbell; her son, Brian, his wife, Caroline, and her beloved grandson, Cason Watkins, all of Los Alamos, NM; her son, Jason Watkins, of Santa Fe; her brother-in-law Lance Williams, of Animas; her niece, Tricia Williams Washburn, and her husband, Owen Washburn, of Animas; her great nephews and nieces, Braiden and Tierney Washburn, of Animas, and Teak and Tatum Williams, of Ireland.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Susie and Bill, her nephew, Mark Williams, and her sister, Pat Williams, all of Lordsburg.
Services will be held Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lordsburg, NM. She will be interred at Mountain View Cemetery in Lordsburg.
Arrangements are being handled by family friend Harry Bright of Bright Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memories of Connie’s life be shared, in person and online at www.brightfuneral.net
Gregorio Sandoval, 81, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Gila Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.
Charles A. Owens, 83, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born December 22, 1934 in Pecos, TX to Isaac and Martha Staley Owens.
He proudly served his country with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean era.
He is survived by one daughter, Chandra Heflin (Bill) of Silver City; three grandchildren, Joseph Heflin (Kimberly) of Grand Junction, CO; Jordan Heflin (Amber) of Chicago, Illinois; Jacob Heflin of Los Angeles, CA; one great granddaughter, Sterling Rose Heflin; two brothers, Bruce Owens (Nicky) of Needville, TX; Marcus Owens (Barbara) of Silver City; two sisters, Jesse Moore (John) of Durango, CO; Mary Jo Hooker of Lake Roberts, NM; sisters-in-law, Robbie and Tootie Owens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Charlene Owens, three brothers, Gene Owens, Nugget Owens, and Isaac Owens Jr., one sister, Susie Wicker; a brother-in-law, Johnny Hooker.
We want to give special thanks and gratitude to the Monks of Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery for their unceasing love, support, and prayers.
Visitation will be Saturday, February 24 from 9-9:30 a.m. at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with the holy rosary to begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral mass at 10 a.m. with Father Elias officiating. Concluding service and interment with full military honors will follow at Memory Lane cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joseph Heflin, Jordan Heflin, Jacob Heflin, Brother James, Brother Jeremy, and Brother Cajetan.
Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777.
To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.
Javier Pulido Dominguez, 12, Palomas resident and Deming Intermediate School student passed away Tuesday February 20, 2018 at El Paso Children's Hospital.
Javier was born August 20, 2005 to Vanesa Dominguez and Javier Pulido Lozoya in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Javier was a 7th grader and he enjoyed playing baseball.
He is survived by his parents, Javier and Vanesa Pulido of the home; 2 sisters, Tanya and Carla Vanesa Pulido Dominguez; uncles, Leobardo and Nestor Pulido, Sergio and Baltazar Barraza; grandparents, Nestor and Carmen Pulido and Alva Ernestina Dominguez.
Visitation will begin Thursday evening at the family home in Palomas with a wake following through the night. Services and interment to take place Friday at the Palomas cemetery.
Oscar C. Benavidez, 89, resident of Hurley, NM entered eternal rest on Friday, February 16, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Oscar was born on May 7, 1928 in Rodey, NM to Lorenzo and Juanita Benavidez. Oscar grew up in Hatch, NM where he worked on the family farm, ranch and dairy. He married Natalia Torres on February 17, 1948. Oscar and Natalia made their home in Hurley where he began his career with Kennecott Copper Mine and after 35 years, retired as a foreman at the Refinery, Loading and Casting Department.
Oscar was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his family. He could often be found working in his lush garden, caring for his horses, and enjoying the fresh air from his porch. Oscar was always happy to give gardening tips to whomever would ask, and was sure to send his visitors home with the fresh fruits and vegetables he grew. He had the ingenuity to fix anything that broke and create tools that made his life easier. When he wasn't outdoors, he could be heard playing his twelve string for his wife and family. When Oscar was with family and friends, he never missed an opportunity to make them laugh. His family will miss the stories he shared of his past adventures, which they loved listening to.
Oscar is survived by his daughters, Nora Ann Holguin (Albert), Lovina Sue Polomski, Debra Winborn (Waldo) and Belinda Jane Benavidez; a son, Gary Victor Benavidez (Loretta); 14 grandchildren, Albert Leroy Holguin, Gabriel Anthony Holguin, Joshua Adam Holguin, Gary Victor Benavidez II, Victoria Lee Benavidez, Hydie Cherie Polomski, Jasmine Shel Polomski, Boudica Natashia Polomski, Jeremiah Oscar Benavidez, Shad Kasem Gore, Brenten Isaiah Gore, Tamera Shay Lucero Sweeney, Tashina Laree Lucero, Bria Chantelle Lucero; 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Natalia T. Benavidez; his parents, Lorenzo and Juanita Benavidez; brothers George, David, and Ubaldo; a son-in-law, John Polomski.
Visitation will begin at 6 PM Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Baca's Funeral Chapel, Hwy 180 at Delk Drive in Silver City where Recitation of the Holy Rosary is scheduled for 7 PM. Family and friends will join together to celebrate the Mass of the Christian Burial at 10:30 AM Thursday, February 22, 2018 in Infant Jesus Catholic Shrine, 204 Cortez Avenue in Hurley with Reverend Francisco Diaz officiating. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at 2:30 PM at Garden of Memories Cemetery where he will be laid to rest alongside his wife.
Serving as casket bearers will be Gary Benavidez, Gary Benavidez II, Leroy Holguin, Gabriel Holguin, Joshua Holguin, Shad Gore, Brenten Gore, and Tashina Lucero. Honorary bearers will be Hydie, Jasmine, Boudica, Jeremiah, Victoria, Tamera, and Bria.
The Benavidez Family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces 527-2222. Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchpaelslascruces.com
Joseph David Camacho, 47, a resident of Lordsburg, NM entered eternal rest Friday, February 2, 2018 in Mt. View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM.
He was born January 15, 1971 in Lordsburg, NM to Robert M. and Frances Martinez Camacho.
He is survived by two brothers, Longino Camacho(Rose) of Las Cruces, NM; Frank Camacho (Tammy) of Lordsburg; three sisters, Belinda Chavez (Edward) of Lordsburg; Anna Estrada (Dennis) of Lordsburg; Patsy Camacho (Eddie) of Lordsburg; brother-in-law, Hector Quintana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Robert "Bobby" Camacho; one sister, Irene Quintana.
A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Saturday, February 24 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Chapel in Lordsburg, NM.
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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