Obituary notices.

Holly Cheryl Salars, formerly of Silver City

holly cheryl salarsHolly Cheryl Salars was born on November 3, 1973 and passed May 1, 2024 at her home in Phoenix, AZ. Born and raised in Silver City inside of two large families, she learned quickly how important family would be in her life. Through those strong family bonds with people all around, it allowed her to seek adventures in her life. She worked a wide variety of jobs in Silver City, Alaska, Tucson, and Phoenix. Holly loved experiences such as Skydiving, Hot Air Balloon rides, and Phoenix Pro sporting events of which she was an avid fan. She even attended Game 5 of the World Series last fall. Holly always made it a priority to participate in family events, so as years moved on it wasn't a surprise to understand how much she valued family gatherings.

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Johnny Sosaya, 70, a resident of Bayard, NM - pending

Johnny Sosaya, 70, a resident of Bayard, NM, entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 6, 2024 at Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, NM. 

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Henry M. Silva, 67, a resident of Hurley, NM - pending

Henry M. Silva, 67, a resident of Hurley, NM, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at his residence. 

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Hermila Chavez, 70, a resident of Deming, NM

ChavezHermilaHermila Chavez, 70, Deming resident passed away Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces.

Visitation will take place Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 11 o’clock in the morning, with the Funeral Service to begin at 1:30 in the afternoon. Lalo Diaz will officiate. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Hermila was born on September 6, 1953 to Teresa Ruiz & Ricardo Ruiz. Hermila was a woman of faith, a hard worker, loving and a good cook and was dedicated to her home and her family. A woman who always went hand in hand with her husband to provide for her family, who never gave up despite her illness, fighting day by day for 5 years. Always with a smile on her face. Cooking for her family and seeing us at her table all together made her happy, always trying to keep the family together. Hermila liked to talk, whenever someone visited her, she welcomed them with open arms. She was a believer in God, always a woman of faith, of a good heart, of good feelings. She was the best wife, the best mother, and a very caring and loving grandmother, a good mother-in-law, sister, exemplary daughter, and a very good friend. You will always be in our hearts of all of us who love you.

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Sandra Watkins Seay, 82, a resident of Silver City, NM

SeaySOur beloved Sandra Lou Seay passed away on April 24, 2024 at her residence in Silver City, NM. She was 82 years young. She was born to her parents, Randolph Riley and Lettie (Chestnut) Watkins in East Bernstadt, Kentucky on July 2, 1941. Sandra spent 35 years teaching elementary and middle school her in Silver City, NM.  She was an outstanding teacher and she will be missed by a great many students. Sandra found herself working alongside her husband, Dexter at Schadel’s Bakery. They purchased the bakery after Sandra retired from teaching.

Although Sandra did not have a lot of time for herself, she did so much for her family including being a caregiver to her mother, mother-in-law, her brother and finally to her husband, she loved her Sorority Sisters and belonging to Beta Sigma Phi.  Her Sorority Sisters just celebrated her 60th anniversary in memoriam. Sandra also really enjoyed bowling. She and the whole family had been on many bowling leagues through the years.

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Juana Sotelo Abeyta, 71, a resident of Santa Clara, NM

AbeytaJJuana Sotelo Abeyta, 71, a resident of Santa Clara, NM, entered eternal rest on Sunday April 28, 2024 at Gila Regional Medical Center, in Silver City, NM. She was born to her mother, Hermelinda (Robles) Campos in San Juan, TX, on October 18, 1952.

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and Tia Juanita was the heart of our family. She devoted her life to her family at no cost.  She was a wonderful mother who was always there when we needed her. She also had many friends and was a well-loved member of the community in Santa Clara. She retired from FBMC while still managing to care for her late husband, mother, sisters, and her children.  She always made sure none of her family would do without. Her biggest joy was spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. She loved to go to yard sales, buying things off the TV, and going to casinos with her brother-in-law and her sisters. She was always trying to stay busy and if anyone had a collection of tools, it was her. She was a very loving and caring person and in her eyes we could do no wrong. She had love for everyone she came across, especially for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She was the type of person that once you met her, your friendship would last a lifetime. She had a heart of gold and will be greatly missed.

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Salvador B. Legarda, 95, a resident of Santa Clara, NM

LegardaSSalvador B. Legarda, 95, entered eternal rest at on Friday, May 3, 2024 at Fort Bayard Medical Center.  He was born to his parents, Conrado and Leonor (Barreras) Legarda in Chambarino, NM on June 3, 1928.

When he was 7 years old the whole family moved to Santa Rita, NM, bringing only clothing that they had. Salvador attended school in Santa Rita up to the 8th grade.  When Salvador was 16 or 17 years old, he started working for the mines as a laborer for a few years.  In 1948 Salvador joined the U.S Army and after basic was sent to Japan. In June of 1950 the Korean War started and Salvador went to serve his country.  He was later discharged November 1951 and was reinstated back into Kennecott in the Laborer Track Dept and then promoted to the Powder dept. He worked with the Powder dept. till they did without trains and started haul trucks. That’s when he became a haul truck driver till he retired in 1982.

Salvador married the love of his life Soledad Tovar on February 15, 1953 and started a family Bayard N.M. Where they had five sons. Salvador was blessed with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and many Godchildren.

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Donna Carol Espinosa, 64, a resident of Santa Clara, NM

EspinosaDDonna Carol Espinosa, 64, a resident of Santa Clara, NM, entered eternal rest on Sunday April 28, 2024 at her residence.  She was born to her parents Alfred Jr. and Priscilla (Young) Gonzales in San Bernadino, CA on May 1, 1959.

Donna was the brightest, purest and honest person one would come across. She loved her family, friends and her Walmart family who had a special place in her heart. She gave her heart and soul to the ones that gave her theirs.  If someone needed a place to stay, her door was open. She had the most contagious laugh, smile, and energy. You would always hear her laugh from the other side of the store. The strength to fight for her son gave her a little more time with us. The lord knew she was tired and needed to finally rest. 

“Don’t Cry. Play music, Dance, Celebrate my life” -Donna Espinosa

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