Obituary notices.

Leon McDaniel, 86, a resident of Lordsburg, NM - pending

Leon McDaniel, 86, a longtime resident of Lordsburg passed away Wednesday April 17, 2024 at his home.  Arrangements are pending.

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Dixie Lynn Dexter, 81, a resident of Silver City, NM

DexterDFrom her killer strokes on the tennis and pickleball courts to an unexpected stroke while managing a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Dixie Dexter had the last ride of her life to El Paso and passed away on December 30, 2023.  And what an amazing ride it was…

She was born Dixie Lynn Grieve on August 7, 1942, in Los Angeles, California to Ivan and Hattie (Southard) Grieve, little sister to Ronnie.  Growing up in Pasadena she was always surrounded by people and life was filled with family, friends, fun and adventure.  In school, Dixie excelled in academics and loved her extracurricular activities.  Sunday potluck dinners, weekend camping, and summer trips back to her parents’ hometown of Iola, Kansas, were the building blocks of her youth.  In high school, she met the man who would become her beloved husband of nearly 63 years, Doug Dexter, and still kept her focus enough to graduate salutatorian from Pasadena High School in 1960.  

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Pfc. Richard G. Pitsor, 18, of Ft. Bayard, NM

PitsorRThe Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pfc. Richard G. Pitsor, 18, of Fort Bayard, New Mexico, who was captured and died as a prisoner of war during World War II, was accounted for March 20, 2023.

In late 1941, Pitsor was a member of G Company of the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands in December. Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on April 9, 1942, and of Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942.

Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were captured and interned at POW camps.  Pitsor was among those reported captured when U.S. forces in Bataan surrendered to the Japanese. They were subjected to the 65-mile Bataan Death March and then held at the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the war.

According to prison camp and other historical records, Pitsor died Aug. 28,1942, and was buried along with other deceased prisoners in the local Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery in Common Grave 305.  

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LaVergne Burr Merrill, 80, a resident of Deming, NM

MerrillLLaVergne Burr Merrill, 80, longtime Deming resident passed away Sunday, April 14, 2024 in Los Lunas, New Mexico. He was born May 2, 1943 in Ann Arbor, MI to LaVergne Merrill Sr. and Thelma Sweezie.

A graveside service will be held Monday, April 22, 2024 at 10 o’clock in the morning at Mountain View Cemetery. Al Bunting will be officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Navy.

He is survived by his wife Martha Merrill; his 3 children Russel Merrill (Jeanie Hart), Luke (Tristian) Merrill and Samantha Merrill (Harry Jackson); 5 grandchildren and a sister Vickie (Jim) Johnston. LaVergne is preceded in death by his parents and a sister Sharon Lee.

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Rosalie Baker, 85, a resident of Arenas Valley, NM - pending

Rosalie Baker, 85, a resident of Arenas Valley, NM entered eternal rest Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Sunset Vista Assisted Living in Silver City, NM.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Robert Costales Torres, 73, a resident of Silver City, NM - pending

Robert Costales Torres, 73, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at Silver City Care Center, in Silver City, NM.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Kathryn Madrid, 80, a resident of Silver City, NM - pending

Kathryn Madrid, 80, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, NM.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Sonya Guzman, 54, a resident of Deming, NM

GuzmanSSonya Guzman, 54, Deming resident passed away at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.

Visitation will take place Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 4 o’clock in the afternoon at Baca’s Funeral Chapel, recitation of the Holy Rosary will follow at 6 led by Patsy Leyba. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 26, 2024 at 11 o’clock in the morning at St. Ann’s Catholic Church with Fr. Francis Gyau officiating. Cremation will follow and the inurnment will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Mountain View Cemetery.

Sonya was born November 21, 1969 in Deming to Margaret Reyes and Jesus Guzman. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Her family was her pride and joy. She frequently enjoyed spending time with her daughters, grandchildren, family, and friends out eating or traveling.

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