Obituaries (2/2/2013)


ORNELAS – Isidro “Sid” Ornelas, Jr., 47, born Sept. 15, 1965, in Socorro to Isidro Ornelas, Sr. and Marian Ornelas. Sid went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Sid was a graduate of Rio Grande High School, a Marine Corps veteran and graduate of Pima Medical Institute. A big man with a big heart, Sid cared for many. Sid is survived by the love of his life, Sherri Wilkinson of Socorro; his parents Isidro and Marian Ornelas; his brother Carlos Ornelas and family; his sisters Regina Tafoya and family and Marie Hernandez and family; grandchildren Emilee and Sabrina Ornelas and Tyler D. Miyajima; honorary grandchildren Andrew and Joshua Vigil, Melissa and Erica Sprigs and Tyler, Adelyn and Kyla Marcum. A memorial Mass was held at San Martin Catholic church in Albuquerque on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Internment held with Military Honors at the Santa Fe National Cemetery Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.

PARISH – Paul Neil Parish, age 63, a resident of Quemado, passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Paul was born in Morton,  Texaz on July 8, 1949. He worked as a carpenter for many years, and enjoyed silver-smithing  and hunting elk sheds. Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Myrtle Parish. Paul is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years Dorothy Carrejo; twin daughters, Brandi Polk and husband, Jeremy, and Koli West and husband, Brent; Lloyd Spears and wife, Joleta and David Spears; grandchildren, Robert, Jacob, Austin, Mason, Conner, Kadean, Cole Mark, Jacy-Mae, and Preston; sister Louise Mendonca and husband Don; brother Buddy Parish and wife Gayle; and many other family members and great friends. The memorial service will be at the Quemado Gym, Saturday, Feb. 2, beginning at 11 a.m.  Interment will be at a later date at Horse Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Lung Association. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505) 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

CHAVEZ – Pedro M. Chavez, 89, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Lemitar on Sept. 8, 1923, to Pedro and Rumalda (Maestas) Chavez. Pedro was raised on his father’s farm. On Dec. 28, 1942, he entered into active duty with the United States Army. Pedro served in World War II and received an honorable discharge on Jan.22, 1946. On May 26, 1947, Pedro married the love of his life, Flora. Together they raised their seven children on the family farm in Lemitar. Pedro also served as a foreman with the Santa Fe Railroad, retiring after 32 years of service. Pedro was a devoted family man and up to his very last days he spent much of his time adoring all of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and, especially his pride and joy, Jayda. Pedro was preceded in death by his loving wife, Flora (Pena) Chavez and two beloved grandchildren, Antionette Riboni and Jason Aguilar. He is survived by his devoted children Rumalda Capatosto and husband, Salvatore, Paul Chavez and wife, Nadine, Gilda Hughes, Lavern Robinson and husband, Walter, Peter Chavez, Jaclyn Robinson and husband, Rusty Whitehurst, Michelle Chavez and Tony Garza, and Michael Chavez and wife, Melissa; 28 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Fermin Chavez and wife, Fora; and many other loving family members. A Holy Rosary was recited on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, followed by a Mass of Resurrection which was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment was held in the Lemitar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Chavez Jr, Mike Chavez, Chris Chavez, Leonard Rivera, Chad Straley and Gerald Hughes. Honorary Pallbearer was Leon Rivera. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Pedro’s care was entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 835-1530.

MOORE – Alice Pauline (Ridings) Moore, 82, returned home to the arms of our Lord on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. She was born in Alva, Okla. on Oct. 31, 1930, to Paul P. and Fern E. (Stratton) Ridings. Pauline and her high school sweetheart, Carl Moore Jr., were wed on Dec. 25, 1950. After a four year U.S. Navy enlistment and graduation from the University of New Mexico  Pharmacy College, the Moores moved to Socorro in 1963 to own and operate the Hilton Pharmacy for many years. Her parents and Carl’s parents, Carl Sr. and Fontella Moore were well known long time residents of Socorro. Pauline was a very talented and creative lady. She spent many years designing and assembling stained glass treasures, hand stitching numerous quilts, crochet and knitted creations, and hand weaving countless yards of beautiful fabric. A gifted cook, she planned and served outstanding meals and festive delights for her family and friends. Pauline was a devoted member of local Chapter M, P.E.O. sisterhood for 49 years. She was also an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Her grandchildren loved their “Gran Alice.” They enjoyed summer at her house, filled with many adventures and memories of popping popcorn to feed the ducks, jaunts to Water Canyon for a picnic, fishing trips to Quemado Lake, Bonita Lake, and Greer, Ariz. or picking up crab apples in the front yard for a nickel. A special memory is celebrating July 4th in the yard to watch the fireworks from the best seat in town, while eating homemade ice cream topped with her homemade hot chocolate sauce.

. . . Gran Alice, let me tell
you something
I want you to know . . .
“There may be an infinite number of stars in the night sky,
But only one shines bright enough to touch each of our hearts.
Gran Alice, you are the star shining night after night, so bright.
Your star, your soul, will be seen forever MOORE.”

Pauline is survived by her loving husband of 62 years Carl Moore Jr.; her three children Karla Moore, Paul Moore and wife, Brenda, Michael Moore and wife, Susanna; nine grandchildren, Joshua Moore, Katrina Smith, Jamie Falcon, Jacqueline Ulrich, Katlyn Moore, and Daniel, Jonathan, Sarah and Matthew Moore; two great-grandchildren, Kasia’h and Ireland Morales; her sister, Maebeth Guyton and husband, Robert; many nephews, nieces and cousins. Pauline and Carl added a sweet puppy named Maggie to the family a few years ago. As per Pauline’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there are no formal services scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch, 6209 Hendrix Road NE, 2nd floor, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or a charity of one’s choice. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Pauline’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 835-1530.

TORRES – Eufrasia Torres, 81, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, with her loving family by her side. She was born in Magdalena on Sept. 6, 1931, to Gregorio and Regina (Rodriguez) Valenzuela. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Tomas Torres in 2009, and her beloved grandson, Juan Pino Jr. in 2008. Eufrasia was a lifelong resident of Magdalena. She worked at the senior center for about 15 years. She loved to dance and sing gospel music. She enjoyed reading her Bible and was a woman of great faith. She liked working crossword puzzles. In her younger years, Eufrasia enjoyed playing softball. Above anything else, Eufrasia could not be any happier than when she was with her family. Eufrasia is survived by her devoted children, Tommy Torres Jr. and wife, Josephine, Richie Torres and wife, Mable, Randy Torres, Helen Baca and husband, Adolfo Sr., Maryann Lucero and husband, Robert Lee, Priscilla Pino and husband, Joseph, Rosemary Pino and husband Juan, Virginia Benavidez and husband, Mark, Regina Valencia and husband, Johnny, Diana Acosta and husband, Oscar; her loving grandchildren Jennie Baca Saavedra, Lorie Padilla, Adolfo Baca Jr, Angel Monte, Randy Torres Jr, Ruben Torres, Michael Benavidez, Melissa Pino, Aaron Pino, Ernest Torres, Jason Benavidez, Esperanza Torres, Mark Benavidez Jr., Oscar Acosta Jr., Mayra Acosta, Shirley Torres, and Kendra Pino; 23 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Mel Valenzuela and wife, Mary and Ray Valenzuela; her sister, Bernice Valenzuela; and many other loving family members. A visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, from 2  p.m. – 4 p.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Services — Socorro Chapel, 309 Garfield St, Socorro. A prayer service was held Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Magdalena Community Church and the funeral services will be on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 10 a.m. also at the Magdalena Community Church with the Rev. Ernest Torres and the Rev. Tony Benavidez officiating. Interment will be held in the Magdalena Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Adolfo Baca Jr., Randy Torres Jr., Michael Benavidez, Aaron Pino, Ernest Torres, and Oscar Acosta Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Ruben Torres, Jason Benavidez, and Mark Benavidez Jr. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Eufrasia’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.