Obituaries (5/30/2013)


BARNES – Lois May Israel Barnes, of Las Cruces, formerly of Silver City and Glenwood, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, May 20, 2013, surrounded by her beloved family.  Anyone who met her experienced what a sweet and gentle person she was. Lois May was born May 27, 1932, in Aztec to Kirk Fiske Israel and Gino Inez Thurlo. She graduated from San Jon High School as the only graduating senior that year. Lois May often laughed about being the the valedictorian and the salutatorian.  On Sept. 28, 1972, she married her husband, Marshall Barnes, in Monticello, Utah. Lois and Marshall ranched in the Glenwood area until they retired. After retirement they traveled extensively. Lois and Marshall visited every U.S. state except Hawaii and also traveled into Canada, Mexico and Central America. Aside from the traveling, Lois and Marshall were not the typical retirees; they worked hard well into their later years with maintaining a large garden, chopping and hauling firewood to heat their home, and being devoted church members. Lois May made many cherished quilts, enjoyed playing the piano at church and at home, and loved to spend time with family and friends. She was a loving and nurturing mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to many. Lois May love to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She attended any and all activities she could from rodeos to school events and anything important to her family. Lois May was the proud mother of two sons, Earl and his wife, Sylvia, of Van Horn, Texas, and David and his wife, Cindy, of Socorro. She was greatly loved and will be missed by her six grandchildren: Shelly LeSueur,  K’Dawn Jackson, Brandon Baker, Shiloh Baker, Shannon Baker and Ty Baker. Lois May also doted on three great-grandchildren: Chazlin LeSueur, Madison Jackson and Audie Baker. Mrs. Barnes was preceded in death by her brothers Robert Kirk and Jody Israel. Lois May will be laid to rest in Alma beside her beloved husband, Marshall Barnes. A visitation will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Getz Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Baptist Church in Glenwood with Pastor Doug Cowan.  Lois May was a supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or other charity of your choice. Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, corner of Solano and Bowman Avenue, Las Cruces; 575-526-2419. To sign our local online guest book go to

THOMAS – Margaret R. Thomas, 73, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Madgalena on Aug. 12, 1939, to Teofilo Romero and Tomasita Gomez. Margie has been a resident of Socorro for over 50 years. Always lending a helping hand, she worked at Good Sams and Socorro Schools, and recently became the go-to person if you needed a reliable house sitter. Everyone knew her as a spunky, incredibly nice, outspoken woman who was always happy. Her spirit was contagious and knowing she was around made you smile. She was preceded by her loving husband, Richard G. Thomas; daughter Julie Vale; sister Rose Lloyd and brother Joaquin Padilla. She is survived by her children Davey, Danny, Dennis, Felipe Baca, Monica Gallegos-Ruiz, Nita Brady, Christine Doran and Patty Mares, as well as her many grandchildren and great-grandbabies. She is also survived by her sisters Mildred Sommers and Barbara Kessler; and best friends Helen and Eddie Sanchez and Dora Lucero. She will always be remembered and greatly missed. A celebration of life will be held at the Socorro plaza Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 6 p.m. You were an angel here on earth and now one in heaven. Sleep with the angels, my sweet gramma. We love you. “I love you more,” (she would say).