Obituaries (06/16/2012)

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DARNELL – Frances Louise Darnell, 73, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Socorro, NM. She was born in Tucumcari, NM on October 9, 1938, to  Edward V. and Gladys Z. (Wagner) Birchfield.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ervan Birchfield. Louise is survived by her devoted sons, Jimmy Darnell and Floyd Darnell both of Socorro; her loving daughter, Tina Smith and her husband, David J. of Los Lunas, NM; her loving brother,Vernon Birchfield and his wife, Rusty; her grandchildren, Amber and Michael Reno, Bridgette, Mathew, Natasha, Edward, Buster and Alex Darnell; and numerous great grandchildren. Louise was a resident of Socorro since 1985. She managed many motels in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona including the Super 8 and the Best Western Golden Manor, both in Socorro. She retired last year after 46 years of managing. She was an avid bird watcher and liked to paint with oils. She loved animals and was especially fond of horses. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Socorro with Pastor Bob Farmer officiating. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Louise’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801. 575-835-1530.

NYE – Arlo Michael Nye, 72, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at his home in Quemado, NM. He was born in Corvallis, OR on April 27, 1940 to Emmett and Bernice (Hall) Nye. Mike was a resident of New Mexico for over twenty years. He  resided in Oregon as a young man and then moved to California where he was an owner and operator of a logging company for 30 years. After moving to New Mexico, ranching became his life. He enjoyed working on the ranch and building barns. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Above all, Mike loved and adored his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Arlene Lee. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Janette Nye; his sons, Michael Wayne Nye; and Gerald Lee Nye; his step daughters, Jennifer Ramirez and husband, Jorge; and Sarah Hammack and husband, Brad; one brother, Phil Nye; his sisters, Ilene Hart; and Merna Randell and husband, John; his loving grandchildren, Hayley; Calley; Stacey; Zachary; Mateo; Damien; Preston; and Tucker; three great grandchildren, Landon; Colby; and Shelby; and many nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:00 am in the Pie Town  Cemetery. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Mike’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801. 575-835-1530