GALLEGOS – Emily Gallegos, 73, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 10, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Lemitar on May 26, 1939, to Raphael and Anuncacion (Vallejos) Santillanes. Emily was a lifelong resident of Socorro. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading and dancing. She loved to go for peaceful walks and did so often. Emily enjoyed visiting the local thrift store and had quite a hobby for collecting knick knacks. She was a friend to anyone she ever met. Her colorful spirit and smile will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Clyde Santillanes. Emily is survived by her devoted daughters Debbie Santillanes and husband, Kevin Myers, of Socorro, and Lillian Santillanes and companion, Trina Richardson, of Albuquerque; her loving granddaughters Tammy Myers, Gabriella Santillanes Weber and Jordan Bosiljevac; her nephews Kenneth and Steven Santillanes; and her sister-in-law Judy Santillanes. Emily also enjoyed the company and friendship of David Myers, Theresa Ulibarri and special friend Sandra Epps. A memorial service will be celebrated Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Daniels Family Funeral Services – Socorro Chapel, 309 Garfield, with Father Flavio Santillanes as celebrant. Pallbearers are Tammy Myers, Gabriella Santillanes Weber, Jordan Bosiljevac and David Myers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions or donations may be given in Emily’s honor to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Emily’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.
BACA – Rafael Baca, 80, passed away peacefully Friday, April 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Socorro on Sept. 10, 1932, to Gregorio and Maria (Luna) Baca. Rafael was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and he was an avid rifleman. He loved the outdoors. Rafael was quite the storyteller and could capture anyone’s attention when he told one of his stories. He was a card shark and enjoyed playing card games with his family. He was a very generous man and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to him. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Severo and Joselias Baca; his sister Rafaelita Baca; and his first and second wives, Molly Baca and Virginia Aragon Baca. Rafael is survived by his devoted children Lino Baca and wife, Eva; Rosie Baca; Margie Baca and husband, Danny; Della Sarracino and Dean Vaughn; Gilbert Baca and wife, Suzanne; Edwina Armijo and husband, Edwin; Nella Baca and Randy Herrera; Ricky Baca and Roberta Sefcovic; Helen Strasser-Baca and husband, Steve; Gregorio Baca; and Kenneth Baca. Rafael also enjoyed 35 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and many other loving family members and close friends. A holy rosary will be recited Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 7 p.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Friday, April 19, 2013, at 9 a.m. also at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lino R. Baca Jr., Robert Saiz Jr., Ricky Sarracino Jr., Gilbert Baca Jr., Ralph Baca and Charles Baca. Honorary pallbearers are Edwin Armijo Jr., Chris Benavidez, James Vaughn, Gabriel Baca, Josh Baca and John Paul Armijo. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Rafael’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.