Obituaries (03/14/2012)


SPEARS – Martha Lucille Spears, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother of Magdalena, NM went to see her father in Heaven on March 8, 2012.  Martha was born in Truth or Consequences, NM on April 28, 1943, to Stanley  and Ann (Curtis) Young.  She married Richard Spears on August 11, 1962.  They moved to Bosque, NM in 1972 and she committed her time to raising her three kids.  She later became an EMT and worked many volunteer hours in Bosque, NM. Martha enjoyed her family and spent much of her time devoted to their endeavors. She had a wonderful sense of humor and had no problem making others laugh. She touched the lives of all who knew her.  Martha was an avid yard enthusiast. She loved all birds, especially hummingbirds, having one of the largest populations eating out of her feeders every summer. Her hobbies included fishing, camping, family vacations and Easter celebrations.  She is survived by her son: Clay Spears and his wife, Chari; her loving daughters, Jana Harding and her husband, Cecil and Leslie Clark and her husband, Clay; her sister, Judith Tanner; brothers, Jim Greg and his wife, Laurie;  Fred Greg and his wife, Helen; her grandchildren: Mysti, McKensi, Melanie, Micah, Kara McCorkell and husband, Jyp, Tyler Chavez and fiance, Kayla Baca, Brett Clark, Kassandra Gabaldon, Cecil B. Harding and wife, Andrea, and Richard Harding and girlfriend, Shaylyn McCan; great grandchildren: Kindell Kelly, Wyatt Kelly, Jada McCorkell, Sylus McCorkell and Mark Gabaldon.  Her loving animals, Sterling and Blue miss you dearly.  Services were held on Saturday, March 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm at the Presbyterian Community Church in Magdalena with Rev. Jeff Finch officiating.  Pallbearers were: Tyler Chavez, Richard Harding, Brandon Harding, Brett Clark, Kindell Kelly and Wyatt Kelly.  Honorary Pallbearers were: Justin Spears, Mark Gabaldon, Sylus McCorkell and Clint Benjamin. Go in peace mother, we love you and we’ll think of you every day of our lives! To view information or leave a condolence, please visit  Martha’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530

HEMENWAY – William Elbert Hemenway of Socorro New Mexico passed away on  March 8, 2012 after a long illness.  Bill was born in Gloversville, New York, on 18 December 1927. He was the son of Emma Disbrow and Frank Hemenway, brother of Richard (his twin), Mary Lou and Wesley. After graduation from Gloversville High School he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on board the U.S.S. Corry, a destroyer, as a Machinist Mate Third Class. Bill remained an active member of the U.S.S. Corry Association until his passing. In 1950 he met and married Barbara Turner of Fort Edward, New York, and moved to the Albany, New York area where he graduated from Albany Business College and attended State University of New York-Oswego. During this time he commenced a lifetime  career in higher education and ultimately served as the administrative assistant in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at State University of New York-Albany. It was at this time Bill decided to move to Socorro and join the staff at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) where he progressed from Business Manager to Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance. During his time at Tech, he oversaw many new construction projects as the school expanded and matured. These projects include the new library and the dam that bears his name. In 1986, Barbara his wife of 35 years passed away, yet he continued to serve Tech and the Socorro community with the same dedication and talent.  In 1992 he met and married Lynne McNeil of Socorro. She brought new life, new joy and new energy into his life. With her support and partnership he continued and expanded his already active civic and social life in Socorro. They immediately became an inseparable team.  Bill always had a ready smile and a keen desire to serve. He became a key member of the Socorro City Council serving on the budget committee and ultimately its chairman. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Socorro Chamber of Commerce, the Socorro General Hospital Board serving some time as its chairman, and the Lions Club. He also had an active five days a week coffee club and the Friday night “Bills’ Club” at El Sombrero. It seems everyone in Socorro knows Bill Hemenway. If some don’t know him, it’s a good bet their lives have been touched in some way by his years of service to Socorro and New Mexico Tech. In his spare time he pursued photography, golf and swimming.  Bill is survived by his wife Lynne, his brother Wesley of Paso Robles, CA, his son Mark of Lowell, MA, his daughter Jo Anne Morris of Lebanon,TN, and granddaughters Constance and Brenda. Other survivors include Bill and Myrna McNeil of Las Cruces, NM, Todd McNeil of La Joya, NM, Jami and George Navarro of Las Cruces, NM; grandchildren Mary Jane, Alisha, James and John Thomas McNeil; and five great grandchildren Jacob, Angelica, Sean, Madison and Kadeyn, all of whom knew him as their loving “Grampa”.  Memorial Services were held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10:00 am at Macey Center on the New Mexico Tech campus with Rev. Jeff Finch and Rev. Laura Finch officiating. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit  William’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530

LAMANCE – Barbar Ellen Orum Lamance was born Sept. 25, 1942, in Arvin, CA. She passed on March 2, 2012. The daughter of Lee Boyd “Red” Orum and Letty Parsel. She was the 4th born in a family 8. Her father passed away in 1978, but her mother had lived with her for several years until she passed away in 2002. Harold Leroy Lamance, her husband for 18 years, proceeded her in death in 2003. And her younger sister, Linda Adams, passed away in 2008. Barbara is survived by three sisters, Audrey “Tince” Howard, Carol “Tooter” Strong, Pam Robnett, two brothers, Tim Orum, David Orum, two children, Marlin D. Smith and Debi Smith-Brown, three grandchildren, Lindsay Brown, Garret Brown and Shelby Smith. According to her last wishes, a friends and family memorial service was held at her home as arranged by her children.

SAAVEDRA – Baby Angel Saavedra, went home to be an angel with our lord and savior on  March 5, 2012. He was born in Albuquerque, NM on March 5, 2012, to Felix Leroy Saavedra and Jamie Louisa Talamante. Baby Angel  is survived by his loving Parents; his sister Surenity Saavedra; his brothers, Baby Felix , Lorenzo and Javin Saavedra, and Matthew Flores; his maternal grandparents, Nestor and Cathy Talamante; Paternal grandparents, Felix Saavedra and Esther Jaramillo; his God Parents, Lawrence and Lena Talamante; and many other loving family members. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm at the  Daniels Family Funeral Services – Socorro Chapel, 309 Garfield St, Socorro. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Baby Angel ‘s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530