DEAN – Gwendola Pearl Dean, 76, went to God’s arms on Saturday, March 23, 2013. She was born on December 26, 1936 in Ardmore, OK to William and Alva (Lloyd) Wiggins. Gwen made a home in Oklahoma and raised her son and daughter as a single mother while caring for her mother. She was a very strong willed and independent woman supporting herself, her children, and grandchildren. Later in life, Gwen married Chester Rollins. He passed away after just four years of marriage. Twenty Four years later, in 1999, Gwen married George L. Dean. They lived in Elephant Butte and then later settled down in Bosquecito with their precious doggies, Susie and PJ. Gwen was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Chester; her grandson, Frank Williams; and her sisters, Chiquita Mahler; and Jacque Foret. She is survived by her loving husband, George Dean of Bosquecito; her daughter, Glenna Sue Williams of Yuma, AZ; her son, Thomas Garcia of Ardmore, OK; her step children, Melanie Hill of Searcy, AR; Cynthia Pearse and husband, Spencer of Bosquecito; and Mike Dean and wife, Tressa of Port Orchard, WA; her half sisters, Toni Castaneda; and Louanna Frank; both of AR; sisters in law, Connie Lindsay and husband, Preston of Nogal, NM; and Sally Ann Zimmerman of Lemitar, NM. Gwen also enjoyed three granddaughters, two grandsons, and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. There was a private family gathering held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the family home. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Ardmore, OK. The family wishes to Thank Jean Ryan, CNP, the wonderful staff at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Dr. Barrett and the SGH – ER staff, and also Dr. Darla Bejnar and the entire SGH staff for every caring thing they did to make Gwenie’s last weeks, days, and hours as comfortable as possible. She can finally breathe, with ease, in Heaven. Gwen’s care has been entrusted to:
Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield Street
Socorro, NM 87801
MOFFETT – Calvin Jerry Moffett, a third generation Socorro resident and a Vietnam veteran, died March 18 in Rusk, texas at age 65. Moffett was born on the family farm on the road between San Antonio and Luis Lopez in 1948. A Socorro High graduate, he entered the Army in June, 1969, and recieved the bronze star for heroic and meritorious service in connection “with military operations against hostile forces” while assigned to Battery B, 7th Battelion of Army’s 11th Artillery. He is the son of Calvin G. Moffett and Mary Anna Mason-Moffett. His father was also a veteran, having served in the Pacific theater as a Navy Sea Bee during World War II. Moffett is survived by a sister, Joan Lydia Moffett-Rottmann, a Socorro High graduate and currently a Houston area resident, and two brothers, Donnie J. Moffett of Mesa, Ariz., John W. Moffett of Clarksville, Tenn., also a Veitnem vet and a Socorro graduate. Moffett is also survived by many cousins, products of John B. and Regina Moffett who purchased the family farm just north of San Antonio in about 1930. Many still live in the area including longtime business owner Vicki Wall and Vernon Leseberg, the daughter and son of the late Jaunita Moffett-Holtry-Leseberg. Jerry will be burried in a graveside ceremony adjacent to Moffett-Lesberg in the Socorro Christian Cemetary at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 30.
SANCHEZ – Mike Sanchez, 58, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2013 with his loving family at his side. He was born in Socorro, NM on April 8, 1954 to Andrew and Julia (Martinez) Sanchez. Mike was a life long resident of Socorro. He retired after 30 years of devoted service as a Mechanic and Maintenance worker for the Socorro Consolidated Schools. He was a “jack of all trades” and could fix anything. He worked hard and took pride in everything he did, from cleaning his yard, cutting and stacking the wood to working on the family farm and caring for the sheep. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Mike liked to travel and occasionally visit the casinos, play a game of pool, or go bowling. Mike always had music on, all kinds of music, but most importantly Mike always had a song in his heart. He lived life to the fullest and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He loved his family more than anything. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Cecilia (Montoya) Sanchez of Socorro; his devoted children, Michael Sanchez and wife, Charlene of Albuquerque, NM; Victoria Mesa and husband, Richie of Tucson Az; and Juliette Sanchez and companion, Andrew Baca of Albuquerque; his sisters, Della Sanchez; Esther Thompson and husband, Jim; Patricia North and husband, Robert; and Jenny Derryberry and husband, Thurman; his brothers, Andrew J. “Boo- Boo” Sanchez ; and Andy Sanchez and wife, Patricia; and many other loving family members and close friends. Mike also enjoyed and adored his grandchildren, Marissa; Diego; Ariana; and Alejandro. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father, Andy Sanchez in 1975; and his mother, Julia Garcia, just a few short weeks ago, February 28, 2013; his brother, Rudy Sanchez; and his beloved granddaughter,Taylor Wright. A Holy Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 9:00 am also at the San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the Lemitar Cemetery. Pallbearers are Joe Montoya Jr., Nick Montoya, Anthony Montoya, Pete Montoya, Andrew J.”Boo -Boo” Sanchez, and Charlie Savedra. Honorary pallbearers are Seles Padilla, Andrew Baca, Richie Mesa, Bob Jiron, Bob North, and John Staats. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Mike’s care has been entrusted to:
Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield Street
Socorro, NM 87801
VALLEJOS – Fela O. Vallejos was born on June 8, 1934, in Socorro, N.M. and entered into eternal peace on March 6, 2013. She resided in Las Vegas, N.V. with her daughter Berlinda Vallejos and son-in-law William (Bill) Dias. Married 59 years to the late Andres L. Vallejos Jr, they will rest together in the San Lorenzo Catholic Cemetery in Polvadera, N.M. Fela is survived by five children: Michael Vallejos, Charlene V. Montoya and husband Johnny Montoya of Polvadera, N.M., Berlinda Vallejos and husband William Dias of Las Vegas, N.V., Tony Vallejos of San Francisco, C.A. and Cora Tracy and husband John Tracy of Las Cruces, N.M., and her late children Andy Vallejos III, Ronnie Vallejos, and Cora Jean Vallejos. She is also survived by seventeen grandchildren and twenty five great-grandchildren. We must not forget her precious Pomeranian dog POOKIE. Fela’s love for her family and friends will be missed and remembered. Her best attributes will be remembered as a kind loving, patient, and forgiving woman to all she touched. On Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. a ceremony will be held at the San Lorenzo Catholic Church in Polvadera, N.M. Burial will be held right after the ceremony at the San Lorenzo Cemetery West of the church. Following the burial a celebration of family and friends will be held at the Rising Stars Dance Studio 122 Plaza, Socorro, N.M. 87801.
O’BANNON – James Edward “Jimmy” O’Bannon, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services – Socorro Chapel, 309 Garfield St, Socorro.To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Please see next Thursday’s edition of the El Defensor Chieftain to see the full obituary.