Obituary notices.

Isabel R. Chavez, 91, a resident of Silver City, NM

Isabel R. Chavez, 91, of Silver City passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at her home surrounded by loved ones.

Visitation will begin at five o'clock in the evening on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Baca's Funeral Chapel in Silver City, New Mexico. A Recitation of the Holy Rosary will follow at six o'clock led by Mr. Joe Chavez. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Isabel at eleven-thirty in the morning on Friday, July 29, 2022 at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Officiating is Father Oliver Obele. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at one o'clock in the afternoon at Fort Bayard National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest near her husband, Mr. Joe M. Chavez.

Mary M. Trujillo, 93, a resident of Santa Clara, NM - pending

Mary M. Trujillo, 93, a resident of Santa Clara, NM entered eternal rest Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Fort Bayard Medical Center.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Jimmy Tillis, 79, a resident of Silver City, NM

tillis1Jimmy Tillis, 79, passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2022. He was born on September 13, 1942 to his parents, Jimmy Lee Tillis Sr. and Eloise Chambers Tillis in Morton, Mississippi. Jim was a dedicated husband, father and friend. He was loved by all. He had a passion for preaching the good news of God’s word to others. He also loved traveling, listening to music and enjoying a good barbecue. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. We have hope that we’ll be reunited with our beloved Jimmy.  

He is survived by his spouse Mary H. Tillis of Silver City, NM; his four sons, Ronald Tillis of Las Cruces, NM, Cedric Tillis (Angelica) of Odesa, Texas, Shawn Tillis (Jean Marie) of Mesa Arizona, Kevin Tillis (Jamie) of Michigan; his three step daughters, Geanna Gray of Silver City, NM, Vicky Broom and Roxanne Curtis (Nicholas); his one brother Lydell Tillis of Colorado; his one sister Pamela Tillis of Colorado; his seven grandchildren and his 3 great grandchildren; his nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; his four brothers, Bobby Tillis, Fred Tillis, Alan Tillis and Randy Tillis; his two sisters, Sharon Tillis and Glenda Tillis.  

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Rory Dean McClain, 62, a resident of Hurley, NM

mcclainpic copyRory Dean McClain, 62, a resident of Hurley, NM entered eternal rest Sunday, July 10, 2022 at Gila Regional Medical Center. Rory was born in Albuquerque, NM, to Otto Carlos McClain and Lela Mills on September 20, 1959. Rory was a part of the USVMC motorcycle club where he retired. He was a founder and member of the Vaqueros motorcycle club. Rory loved his wife Jan, kids and his grandkids. Rory loved to ride. His family, club and brothers meant everything to him. He loved nothing more than to spend time with his family, brothers and being in the open wind. Ride with the angels dad, we love and miss you.

He is survived by his loving wife Janette Gersema McClain; his two sons, Wade McClain (companion-Shelli, Hagebusch) of Animas, NM and Cody McClain of Hurley, NM; his two daughters, Jessica McClain of Silver City, NM and Arron McClain (companion-Jon Clonts) of Silver City, NM; his one brother, Cory Ryan of Albuquerque, NM; his two sisters, Kim McClain of Nebraska and Dorie Hammonds (Larry) of Century, FL; his 9 grandchildren; his numerous nieces and nephews. 

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Benjamin R. “Benny” Gonzales, 82, of Silver City, NM

Benjamin R. “Benny” Gonzales, 82, of Silver City passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, surrounded by loved ones.

Visitation for Benjamin will take place at ten o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Baca’s Funeral Chapel in Silver City, New Mexico. A Celebration of Benjamin’s Life will be held at eleven o’clock. Officiating is Pastor Clyde Woods. Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Memory Lane Cemetery in Silver City, New Mexico.

Honorary Pallbearers are Eli Ortiz, Tyler Ortiz, Don Boger, Tony Gonzales, Robert Gonzales, Bennie Montoya, Robert Johnson, and Tommy Alcorta.

Benjamin was born on October 19, 1939 to Rosalio and Theodora Gonzales in Ruth, Nevada.

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Ruben Anthony Marquez, 44, resident of Lordsburg, NM - pending

Ruben Anthony Marquez, 44, resident of Lordsburg passed away Saturday July 9, 2022 at Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso. Arrangements are pending.

May Beth Graham, a resident of Grant County, NM

maybethgrahampic copyMay Beth Graham, entered eternal rest on Monday, July 11, 2022 at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM. She was born on October 8, 1935 to her parents Marvin C. Glenn and Ethel M Criswell Glenn in Silver City, NM. As a young girl, Beth was active in Rainbow Girls and Girl Scouts. She was also a 4H leader for many years and active in the Cobre FFA Chapter, when her sons were in high school. She acted as a chaperone and helped with the fund raisers. She and her husband Billy, were involved with the Cliff Gila Fair Assn. for over 40 years. They also traveled with the Elks Lodge RV group during their retirement. She was a homemaker and enjoyed not only rearranging furniture, but was known for taking down entire walls to open up a room, as her friends can tell you. She leaves behind cherished family and friends.  

She is survived by her two sons, James “Bub” Graham (Gail) of Silver City, NM, John Bill Graham (Lisa) of Eskridge, KS; her one daughter, Vickie McCauley (Joe) of Silver City, NM; her one sister Barbara Turner of Silver City, NM; her six grandchildren, Shawn McCauley (Annie), Heidi Vermillion (Josh), Ashley White (Tyler), Brock Graham (Stephanie), Lauren Graham and Autumn Robertson (John). She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband William T. Graham.  

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Armando Jimenez, 61, a resident of Santa Clara, NM

armandojimenezpic copyArmando V. Jimenez, 61, entered eternal rest on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at his residence in Santa Clara, NM. He was born on September 17, 1960 to his parents Julio and Elia Jimenez in Carlsbad, NM.

Armando loved life to the fullest. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He was always ready for a pickup basketball game and ready to trash talk whoever he was playing against. His parents were so well loved by him. He was a caregiver for both his dad and mom.  He loved his kids, grandkids, and the rest of his family. He enjoyed joking around with everyone. He was so hospitable with everyone that came over to visit. Always had something for you to eat and drink. Ready to lend a hand to anyone that needed help. He will be missed immensely.

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