Obituaries (2/6/2013)

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SPICER –  Naomi Ruth Spicer, 86, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Feb. 4, 2013  surrounded by her loving family. She was a resident of Socorro Village since moving to Socorro in 2000. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husbands  Kenneth Roller and Edward Spicer; and her brothers Kenneth and Max Allen. Naomi is survived by her devoted daughters Jane Apps and husband Gilbert, of Socorro; and Jill Robinson and husband James, of Loudonville, Ohio. Numerous grandchildren also will remember her with love. Janel Ramsey and husband, Baird, Damon Apps, Kenneth Walters and wife, Susie, James Paul Robinson and wife, Opal, Lacy Jo Pollock and husband, Luke; great-grandchildren Jared and Tyler Walters, Chance Robinson, Thaddeus, Judson, Preston and Seth Pollock and Elliot Dean Apps; sisters, Lelah May Dwyer and husband, Michael, Laurel Hildebrandt and husband, Marion; brother Russel Allen and wife, Phyllis; and many nieces, nephews, friends and family. Born on a farm in rural Michigan, during World War II she was a “Rosie the Riveter,” installing rivets in wings for B-24 bombers. She married, had two children and was a laboratory technician for Gladwin Hospital and loving wife and mother. She attended the First Presbyterian Church in Socorro faithfully. She will be missed. Times and dates of her memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church will be posted on the Daniels Family Funeral Services website. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions or donations may be given in Naomi’s honor to Presbyterian Hospice of Socorro or the First Presbyterian Church of Socorro. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Naomi’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 309 Garfield Street, Socorro, NM 87801. 835-1530.

MONTOYA – Father Juan Montoya, OFM “Johnny,” 72, of Albuquerque, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. He was well known and beloved by many friends and family. Father Juan was born in Magdalena on Aug. 20, 1940. He studied at Mount Carmel Seminary in Santa Fe, then entered the Franciscan Order as a friar in 1959. Serving as a friar in many capacities, he was a gourmet chef, spending seven years with St. Michaels and the Navajos in Arizona and in New Mexico. He studied at Duns Scotus College and at Pope John XXIII Seminary and was ordained a Franciscan Priest on May 10, 1980 at Holy Family Parish in Albuquerque. Any description of Father Juan’s accomplishments would be understated. But to name a few, Father Juan became a popular “Priest of the People” serving in parishes in Clovis, Portales and Roswell. He also served as the Director of new seminarian formation program in Denver and upon “retirement” in 2011 served at Immaculate Conception Church parish in Alamogordo. He began another new ministry serving the extremely poor through an organization called “Food for the Poor,” and began traveling around the United States to raise money. He is survived by his sister Antonia Montoya and brother Joe Montoya out of a family of eight siblings raised by Raymond Cordova before joining the priesthood in 1959. He lived a happy life with his friends,  brothers and sister in God. He was preceeded in death by his mother Raphela Montoya and father Sylvester Montoya; siblings, Ben Montoya, Eva Cordova, Willie Montoya, Stella Montoya, Adam Montoya and Alex Montoya; and many other loved ones and family who celebrate father Juan’s coming to Christ. He will be missed.