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Thomas F. X. Powers of Silver City passed away at home on September 19. Born in 1940, he was the second child of Thomas F. and Catherine Low Powers of Wakefield MA; the family moved to Silver City in 1951. Tom was known for many things especially the love he had for his family and his true pride and joy, his grandchildren. He was never one to sit still and instilled in his children the values of hard work, persistence, and being thoughtful of others. He was also passionate about teaching, coaching and traveling, especially to Mexico. He was blessed with many lifelong friends and enjoyed the time he spent with them, whether it be playing fast pitch softball, officiating basketball and football, cutting firewood in the Gila, or spending Sunday afternoons with students, friends, and family at Signal Peak when there was good snow for tubing and sledding. He also served as a multi-term Silver City Town Councilman in the mid-1970’s.

A man who loved learning, Tom earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at WNMU. He was an educator and a coach for over 30 years with the Cobre Consolidated School District. The teams that he coached saw great success, regularly earning district and state championships including ten Girls State Softball Championships which led to numerous coaching awards at the state and national level.

lucille 2Lucille Mary Anna DeHerrera, 70, formerly of Silver City, passed away in Albuquerque. A Graveside Service will be held at the Hurley Cemetery in Hurley on  Monday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. Lucille is survived by four brothers, Eloy DeHerrera, Ray DeHerrera, Chris DeHerrera, and Raul Gonzales; and nine sisters, Janet Sanchez, Roberta Smith, Vickie Clark, Mary DeHerrera, Yolanda Yanguez, Della Marta, Tracy DeHerrera, Bo Smith, and Melissa Burns. She was preceded in death by her father, Eloy DeHerrera;  and brother and sisters, Francine Velarde, Margaret DeHerrera, and Robert DeHerrera.

beem 02Donald Guy Beem, 80 of Silver City entered eternal rest Monday, March 23 at his residence. He was born June 5, 1939 in Climbing Hill, Iowa to Earnest L. Beem and Lois Boyer Beem. His parents moved the family to Edgemont, S.D. at the end of World War II to open a “Coast to Coast” hardware store. Don was there in time to start First Grade.  He started helping his father at the store even before he could reach the cash register. He learned how to fix all kinds of things & when he was in the sixth grade he repaired a neighbor girl’s bicycle for a quarter. That girl was Lawana who was a year behind him in school.  They started dating just five years later. Don’s first model train was an American Flyer that his parents bought him when he was a junior in high school. He graduated in 1958 and majored in Business Administration at Chadron, Nebraska.

peters 02Ralph Thayne Peters was called home to the Lord on 17 September 2020. Born October 8, 1934 in Iowa to Ralph and Sylvia Peters. Thayne came to Silver City in 1954 where he met Barbara Little. They married in October 1956 and made Silver City their home. Known for his thunderous laugh, gentle spirit and curious mind, Thayne was a friend to everyone. A gentle giant, children were drawn to him. He loved to tell stories, drink coffee, and laugh with those around him. In his youth he enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Gila Wilderness. In his later years he continued to enjoy the beauty of southern New Mexico through the lens of his camera. Many times, he would say to a stranger “Let me ask you a question”, and then start a conversation with that person about a common interest.

moore 03John Wren Moore passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 21, 2020. John was born in Bisbee, AZ on January 21, 1942 to Cecil Clyde Moore and Faye Crystal Hardt. He attended school in Bisbee, Arizona thru his senior year; but quit at 17 to join the Army. During his Army career he spent a year in South Korea before being honorably discharged. On his return to Bisbee, he began his career in Phelps Dodge Corp at the Copper Queen Branch. In 1966 he married Carol Payne and they had two daughters, Kelly born in 1967 and Vicky in 1969. When the mine in Bisbee shut down the family moved to Tyrone, NM where he continued his career.

Lucille M DeHerrera, 70, formerly of Silver City, NM passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020 inAlbuquerque, NM. Services are pending with 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.hbrightfuneral.net 

Jerry W. Sturdevant, 71, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Friday, September 18, 2020 at his residence. Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Thomas “Tom” F. Powers, 80, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Saturday, September 19, 2020 at his residence.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

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