Obituaries (07/07/2012)

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WILEY – Margarita Santillanes Wiley, passed away on June 17, 2012 after a long illness.  She was born September 21, 1929 in Lemitar, New Mexico.  Margie moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1971.  She is survived by her two sisters, Susa Romero from Lemitar, New Mexico and Gracie Alvarado from Scottsdale, Arizona and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Horace Wiley, her parents, Ricardo and Andrellita Santillanes, her brother Justiniano (Justy) Santillanes and her sister Lillie Rodriquez from Albuquerque.  She will be truly missed by everyone. Margarita’s funeral mass will be celebrated at San Miguel Catholic Church, Socorro, New Mexico at 9:00 am on Friday, July 13, 2012. Margie will be laid to rest at Lemitar Cemetery.

HUFFMAN – Veva Ruth Huffman, 79, was born to Harvey and Ida Runyan in Lovington, NM on July 18, 1932. She passed away on July 4, 2012. Ruth was raised and graduated from Hatch High School in Hatch, NM. She married Walter Huffman in 1953 and moved to Lemitar, NM in 1954 where they made their home and raised their family. Ruth enjoyed gardening, reading, history, and visiting with family and friends.  She was a terrific mother and welcomed each grand and great grandbaby with all her love. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter of 53 years, brothers Leroy and Bill Runyan, sisters Violet Ellis and Erbie Williams.  She is survived by sisters Gale Watts of Hobbs, NM and Barnaise Franzoy of Odessa, TX. Ruth is survived by her son, Lester Huffman, of Algadones, NM,; daughters, Dana Gum and husband Jerry, of San Acacia, NM, Nelda Finch and husband Arvil of Lemitar, NM, Laura Riley and husband Robert Vallejos of Las Cruces, NM and Grace Young and husband Steve of Lemitar, NM;  12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Socorro Church of Christ.