RIVERA – Dora Rivera, 88, passed away peacefully at her home and surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. She was born in Tokay, NM on January 27, 1925 to Carlos and Adela (Avila) Soto. Dora was a life long resident of Socorro. She was a very loving and caring person. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all. She always welcomed everyone with open arms. Dora served in the Foster Grandparent Program for over 10 years and she loved it. She enjoyed cooking and sewing. She loved watching baseball, especially when her children and grandchildren played. Dora enjoyed watching the birds and she admired all flowers. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Nicholas Rivera Jr.; her sons, Arturo Rivera; and Leo Rivera; her brothers, Carlos Soto; Edmundo Soto; and Arturo Soto; and her sister, Rebecca Hidalgo. Dora is survived by her daughters, Diana Rivera and companion, Larry Lujan; and Sylvia Rivera; her sons, Michael Rivera and companion, Patty Besse; and Martin Rivera; her grandchildren, Leonard Rivera and wife, Sandra; Leon Rivera and wife, Marie; Melissa Amaro; Marcia Amaro; Mario Amaro and wife, Pam; Chrystal Haley; Kenneth Haley-Rivera; Nicholas Rivera; Andrew Rivera; Michelle Rivera; Daniela Rivera; and Lorinda Rivera; her brother, Angel Soto and wife, Mary; and her sisters in law, Virginia Soto; and Ramona Soto. Dora also enjoyed her great grandchildren, Alysia Torres; Ronny Baca; Agusta Amaro; Jonathan Baca; Jordan Chavez; Tristen Chavez; Brandon Amaro; Chailynn Amaro; Alex Amaro; Macayla Amaro; Joseph Rivera; Sienna Rivera; Kailey Montano; Chris Gallegos; and Devin Rivera; and many other loving family members. A Holy Rosary will be recited on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:00 am also at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Leonard Rivera, Leon Rivera, Kenneth Haley-Rivera, Mario Amaro,Nicholas Rivera, and Andrew Rivera. Honorary pallbearers are Jonathan Baca, Ronny Baca, Agusta Amaro, Brandon Amaro, Michelle Rivera, Daniela Rivera, Jordan Chavez, and Tristen Chavez. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Dora’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield Street, Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530 .
BRUTON – Jack B. Bruton, 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Bruton Ranch with his family at his side. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Datil Gym with Pastor Dan Bullock officiating. A family interment service will take place at a later time in the Datil Cemetery with Father Patrick Wedeking officiating. Jack was born on April 7, 1928 in T or C, NM to Wesley and Allene (Gauwain) Bruton. His parents were Socorro County pioneer ranchers. Five generations of the Bruton family have ranched in New Mexico. Jack’s grandparents, Charlie and Agnes Bruton, ranched for a time in Texas and began ranching in New Mexico in the 1880’s. Jack married his high school sweetheart, Grace Harriet, in 1948. In 1952, Jack and Grace started ranching on the San Augustine Plains. The Bruton family has ranched on those plains ever since. Throughout his life, Jack was active in the community. He served on the Socorro Electric Cooperative Inc. Board for 40 years. He was on the Salado Soil Conservation Board for 15 years and on the Good Samaritan Planning Board for Socorro County. Jack was also a member in the New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association and the New Mexico Farm Livestock Bureau. He enjoyed roping in the “Round Belly Roping Club,” a group of ranchers who practiced roping on weekends for fun, and the Datil-Pietown Cowboy Polo Club, friends who played polo without the standard rules. Two recent highlights in Jack’s life were being honored as Grand Marshall of Magdalena Old Timer’s Reunion in 2008 and being featured in the New Mexico Magazine article and the book, “Making a Hand: Growing up Cowboy in New Mexico” in 2005. Jack is survived by his son, Jack W. Bruton (wife Bonnie) of Datil, NM; his daughter, Doreen Threet (husband Bill) of Jonesboro, AR; his daughter, Sharon Bruton of Belen, NM; brother Neil Bruton (wife Pauline) of San Antonio, NM; sister Marianne Porter (husband Al) of Socorro, NM; sister Alice Duquet (husband Bob) of Socorro, NM; and sister Sue Harriet of Datil, NM. He is also survived by many grandchildren, Beau Bruton (wife Autumn) of Cliff, NM; Broc Bruton of Gardendale, TX; Brett Bruton of Datil, NM; Ty Wade of Jonesboro, AR; Corey Wade of Jonesboro, AR; Shanna Bly (husband Scott) of London, AR; Russell Threet (wife Sarah) of Orange, VA; and Josh Markland (wife Shawnee) of Melrose, NM; and 15 great-grandchildren, many nephews, nieces, and friends. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Bruton, his granddaughter Tessa Lee Bruton, and his grandson Ryan Threet. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Mexico Boys Ranch, 6209 Hendrix Road NE, 2nd Floor, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or the San Miguel Catholic Church – Renovation Fund, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, NM 87801. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield Street, Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.
NUNEZ – Dale P. Nunez Sr., 53, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at his home in Polvadera, NM surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Socorro, NM on March 12, 1960 to Frank B. and Hazel R. (Freeman) Nunez. Dale graduated from Socorro High School in 1968 and immediately joined the Army and was stationed in Germany. Dale was a very hard working and a devoted family man. He was very well liked and respected by everyone that knew him. He never met a stranger and could carry on a conservation with anyone. Dale worked at Dicapearl in Socorro for 27 years. He was a special person who will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dale P. Nunez Jr.; his daughter, Laverne Marie Nunez; and his sister, Laverne Trejo. Dale is survived by his loving wife, Bettilou Kelly Nunez; his daughter, Yolanda Kelly and companion, Ruben Baca; his grandchildren, Deseray Edwards, Kevin Edwards and Nathaniel Nunez. Dale or better known as Uncle “Lalo”, will also be greatly missed by his nephews, Lonnie Gonzales and wife, Kim; and Dion Gonzales and wife, Daisy; his nieces, Brenda Gonzales and husband, Miguel; Lena Chavez and husband, Louie; and Michele Baca and her son, Michael Baca and many other nieces and nephews. A Holy Rosary will be recited on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 10:00 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, NM followed by a Mass of Resurrection which will be celebrated at 10:30 am with Father Flavio Santillanes as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the Polvadera Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joey Griego, Jerry Griego, Lonnie Gonzales, and Dion Gonzales. Honorary pallbearers are Kevin Edwards, Nathaniel Edwards, Johnny Gonzales, and Albert Garcia. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com . Dale’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St, Socorro, NM 87801 ,575-835-1530.
WINSTON – Dorothy Winston, 80, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Magdalena, NM on November 5, 1932 to Victor and Sadie (Strozzi) Papa. Dorothy was a lifelong resident of Magdalena. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother, mentor and friend. Dorothy enjoyed working in her garden and growing her roses. She also enjoyed her occasional trips to the casino. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Winston; sisters, Alice Miner, Sadie Schoonover, Eva Rinkle, Stella Storm and Elsie Barber; brothers, Sero Papa, Henry Papa, and Pio Papa. Dorothy is survived by son, Bobby Winston and his wife, Clara of Magdalena; daughter, Debbie Martinez and her husband, Frank of Magdalena; grandchildren, Roberta Winston and husband, Matt Craig; Daniel Martinez and wife, Carleen Gomez; Brian Martinez; Selesia Winston; Andrea Martinez and husband, Jason Lucero; Richelle Winston; and Patrick Martinez and wife, Brittany; great-grandchildren, Mariah Martinez; Daniel Martinez Jr.; Vanessa Martinez; Leo Martinez; Bella Martinez; Breanne Lucero; Adam Craig, Aurora Craig; and Kerissa Martinez. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held a later date. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Dorothy’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield Street, Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.