Obituaries 09/22/2012)


LOPEZ – Tranquilino “Trinky” Lopez, 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at his home in Socorro. He was born in San Marcial, NM on December 26, 1927 to Nemecio and Juanita (Padilla) Lopez. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Tranquilino “Trinky” Lopez Jr., his son-in-law, Chris Scarborough; his brothers, Nemecio, Miguel, Porcopio, Heraclio, Vidal, Hermenes, Alisandro “Alex,” and Jose Lopez; and his sisters, Amalia Silva, Agatha Lopez, Priscilla Lopez, and Juanita Gonzales. Trinky was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He was a Proud Veteran and served in the US Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post 64, Socorro. Trinky worked and retired from the Bureau of Reclamation after 29 years of service. He loved the outdoors.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan and during baseball season he enjoyed watching the Arizona Diamondbacks. Trinky loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Anita (Montoya) Lopez; his devoted children, Christopher Lopez and wife, Lori; and Genevieve Scarborough; his grandchildren, Austin and Ashley Lopez; and Candace and Chris Scarborough Jr.; his great grandchildren, Cee, Cenyon and Cruz Scarborough; his sister, Mary Romero; sister-in-laws, Refugia Romero; and Marcella Garcia; and many other loving family members. A Holy Rosary was recited on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Resurrection  celebrated at 10 a.m. with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the  San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nick Romero, Peter Romero, Chris Scarborough Jr., Valentin Silva, Lorenzo Apodaca and Eric Vargas.  Honorary pallbearers are all of Trinky’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.  To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Trinky’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801. 575-835-1530

JOHNSON – Jean Marie Johnson of Socorro passed away on Sept. 16, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque surrounded by numerous loved ones. She was 77 years old. Jean was born on Sept. 5, 1935, in Warren, Pa. to Darryl Victor and Ruth Nelson. She was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania with her two sisters and a brother and had wonderful stories of going to school in a one room school house and being raised in the country. After graduating from High School she and a girlfriend took a bus to New Mexico in 1953, when her father got a job working as a machinist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After moving she worked as a waitress at Dragon Drugs where she met her husband, Joe Johnson. After a two-month courtship they were married on Aug. 20, 1955, in Los Alamos where they lived for 19 years. In 1974 they moved to Jemez Mountains and lived there for nine years. In 1985 they moved to their lake house at Elephant Butte Lake where they lived for five years until they moved to Socorro. Her priorities in life were her family and friends of which she had many. Her life and love affected so many people from many different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities. She never knew a stranger and everyone that she ever met walked away with a feeling of unconditional love and acceptance. So many people remember her unbelievable hospitality and her famous green chile. No one ever left her home hungry. She was always, as the song goes, “A Good Hearted Woman in Love with a Good Timing Man.” Thank God! But through all the years Jean remained a lady and no one can dispute that fact. Jean was predeceased by her parents, Darryl V. Nelson who passed away on Sept. 2, 1988, her mother, Ruth D. Nelson who passed away on Dec. 31, 2001, and her identical twin sister, Janet Mitchell who passed away on Dec. 7, 1999. She is survived by her husband, Joseph J. Johnson of the family home; her daughter, Carol Caldwell and her husband Lucky of San Acacia;  her son, Joseph D. Johnson and his wife, Cathy of Socorro;  her daughter, Susan Stephens of Lewisville, Texas; grandsons, Lucky Lew Caldwell (her caretaker) of the family home, Joseph Johnson of Washington and Jesse Stephens of Flower Mound, Texas; granddaughters, Amanda Darras of San Acacia, Virginia Powell of California, Elizabeth Johnson of Tulsa, Okla., Marie Hanley of Marysville, Wash., Jeanne Stephens of Lewisville; great-grandchildren, Kalynn and Tyler Darras, Dominic Kuhn, Carina Powell, Joseph and Michael Johnson, Alexis and Cody Hanley and Aaliyah Andrew-Stephens. She also raised nine other boys, though not blood, but her sons nonetheless, Neal Hopwood of Oregon, Chris Lee of Colorado, Roger Smith of Texas, Eddie Brow (deceased), her nephew, Lloyd “Little Mutt” Mitchell Jr. of New Mexico, Andrew Fowner of New Mexico, Les Roberts of New Mexico and Michael “Cowboy” Hazelhof of Germany; her sister Darlene Mitchell and her husband Bob of Espanola; her brother Bill Nelson and his wife, Karen of Carlsbad. She also leaves behind a host of nephews, nieces, family and friends. She is also survived by her dog, Bones, her saving grace whom she held dear and last but not least her numerous dishrags. A celebration of her life will be held at the family home in Escondida on Sept. 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Food will be provided. For more information call Carol Caldwell at (575) 418-7160 or Susan Stephens at (940) 580-0059. Please visit our onlineguestbook “Great life if you don’t weaken.” – famous quote by Jean Johnson that she lived by.

GORET – Virginia “Ginny” Mae Goret, 61, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept.16, 2012, at her home in Socorro. She was born in Durango, Colo. on July 17, 1951, to John and Anna Mae (Roper)Wall. Ginny was a Socorro resident for 36 years. She worked for and retired after 14 years of service from NRAO. Ginny was an avid Nascar fan. Dale Earnhardt was her No. 1. Nascar racing and Dale determined everything from dinner time to vacation, Ginny absolutely loved it. She enjoyed gardening and loved to watch the hummingbirds and quail that would visit her yard. Above all, Ginny was a very devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and friend. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Emile Goret; her devoted daughter, Tanya McKinley and husband, Jigger; her sons, Clay Goret and wife, Elena and Kyle Goret and wife, Amy; her loving mother, Anna Mae Wall; her twin sister, Barb Johnson; her brother, John Wall; her sisters, Shirley Gauldin and Cathy Pound; and many other loving family members. She also enjoyed and adored her granddaughters, Shelbi and Shania, and Emily, Miranda, and Kira. She was preceded in death by her father, John Wall. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions or donations may be given in Virginia’s honor to Sol Amor Hospice, 7301 Indian School Road NE, Ste B, Albuquerque, NM.87110. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Ginny’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801. 835-1530.