CHAVEZ – Herman Daniel Chavez succumbed to cancer June 25, 2012. Preceded in death by his mother Emilia T. Chavez and his dad Manuel L. Chavez. Survived by his sister Mary Ellen Chavez; his sons Marc D. Chavez (Lorraine), Donnie Chavez (Melinda); his daughter Suzanne Chavez McConnell; grandkids Gabrielle Chavez, Jacob Chavez, Sara Chavez, Kade McConnell and Kendra McConnell. Herman Chavez was a rancher in Quemado, NM and had moved to Bloomfield, NM.
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.