Obituaries

Obituary notices.

Peggy Joan Wright, long time resident of Pinos Altos, passed peacefully on Thursday, September 23.

Peggy was born in Forbes, New South Wales, Australia, on November 5, 1926 to Arthur Spittles and Lillian Booth Spittles.  She was the 5th of 8 children. She was raised in Forbes then moved to Syndey. In 1960 she and her husband, Ralph Wright and young family immigrated to the U.S., landing in Port Everglades, FL. After a grueling bus ride to El Paso, they lived in Arenas Valley at a time when there were only 3 homes on Kirkland Rd, shortly after they settled in Pinos Altos.

Peggy had a varied work experience, she worked in a crystal factory polishing crystal, clerk, cashier, and waitress. She worked at several places in this area that no longer exist; Surplus City. Tyrone Mercantile, Ranch Club, Pinos Altos Mercantile. After retirement she joined the Garden Club and worked in the store. She was a people person and loved to meet new people and visit.

cameroncravens100421Cameron Vernon Cravens, 79, a resident of Bayard, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, July 22, 2021.  

He was born October 7, 1941 in Marion, Indiana to Cameron & Roma (Calender) Cravens. 

Growing up in Indiana, Cameron (Cam) lived and worked on the family farm and joined the United States Marine Corps in 1959 after graduating high school. He attended boot camp at Camp Pendleton, CA before being stationed in Japan, where he worked as a radio operator and completed electronics school. After completing his military service in 1963, he returned home to Indiana.

mikegomezMike P. Gomez, 81, a resident of Santa Clara, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Fort Bayard Medical Center. He was born January 28, 1940 in Hurley, NM to Andres D. Gomez and Cyrilda Placencio Gomez.

Mr. Gomez proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. 

Mike was remembered by many as a loving out-going man. He loved to joke and had an infectious laugh. He was an active member of the Fire Department of Central. Many knew him as “The Chief”. He wore his badge with honor and pride.

donnamorrisDonna Jean Morris passed away September 29, 2021, following a courageous battle against breast cancer.

Donna Jean was born April 6, 1953, in Baltimore, MD to David and Doris Porter Cline. She was a graduate of Salisbury State University. She was a founding member of the H.L. Menchen Society in Baltimore and the Delmarva Jazz and Blues Society.

On May 5, 1979, she married Joseph W. Morris and they moved to Hurley, NM in 2004. Over the years Donna Jean excelled in several unique job settings. She was a licensed barber, supervisor in a tube manufacturing facility, worked in the fields for Jolly Green Giant Inc., worked at Enterprise Car Rental, Gopher Courier, Mis Amigo’s Pet Center and owned her own small cleaning business.

Mike Gomez, 81, a resident of Santa Clara, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Fort Bayard Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Donna J. Morris, 68, a resident of Hurley, NM entered eternal rest Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Silver City Care Center.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

donjensenDonald “Don” L. Jensen, 64, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Friday, September 24, 2021 at his residence.  He was born April 15, 1957 in Newport Beach, CA to Donald Jensen Sr. and Mary Jane Reagan.  

Don Jensen was born the fifth of six children and grew up in Arizona working in the family motel business. After graduating from Ajo High School he spent two years working at his dad’s welding shop in Hawaii. Don returned to Ajo and worked as a ball mill operator for Phelps Dodge for six years. Don fell in love with Maggie, and they married in 1983. In 1984 Don moved to Tucson and started college. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1989 with a degree in Material Science Engineering with an emphasis in metallurgy.

katelynnKatelynn “Katie” Neal Munsell gained her heavenly angel wings on Friday September 10, 2021 in Cliff, NM. Katie was welcomed to this world on September 23, 1999 to Gerrad Munsell and Jackie Kartchner in Medford, Oregon. With an infectious smile and contagious laughter Katie came into this world at a high rate of speed and never slowed down; leaving a larger than life impression on every person she met with her deep brown eyes and bright smile. Katie was a “little” and younger sister to her big brother’s Andrew, Tyler, and TJ, growing up under their watch added a level of grit and tenacity to this feisty little human. Katie was a natural athlete and anything boys could do, she could do better. From dirt bikes to snowboarding to every school sport, Katie was an excellent team mate, athlete and leader.

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