STIERS – Sally (Padilla) Stiers, 90, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at her home. She was born in San Antonio, N.M., on April 1, 1923, to Marcelino and Carmelita (Lucero) Padilla. Sally, or “Celia,” lived a very full life. She lived in San Antonio for all of her 90 years. She was on a first-name basis with all the saints and could even turn a “Remolino” to where it would do no damage. Sally loved birds and drawing but she found the most peace when she was praying for everyone. Her final wish was that her family and friends be kind to each other always. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Charlie Thomas Stiers. Sally is survived by her children Joann Stiers Baxter, of San Antonio, and Charlie Stiers and his wife, Amy, of Los Lunas; and her grandchildren Tom Gunther, of Alsip, Ill., Joann Gunther, of OrlandPark, Ill., Karolyn Baxter and husband, Ron Wetzel, of Sunbury, Pa., Page Pomo and husband, Anthony, of Albuquerque, and the very sunshine of her last years, Sean Stiers, of Los Lunas. Sally also adored her great-granddaughter Mikayla Trujillo Baxter, of Albuquerque. She will be greatly missed by her brother Leandro Padilla and his wife, Angela, of Brookyn, N.Y.; her sister Delfina Rayner, of Baltimore, Md.; her two sisters-in-law Maria Padilla, of Socorro, and Emilia Mendez, of Pueblo, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews, whom she truly loved, including the morning Glories. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Friday, June 28, 2013, at 9 a.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, with Monsignor Gomez as celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Antonio Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers are Jeremy Tapia, Michael Gonzales, Jose Padilla, Leno Padilla, Frank Sanchez and Paul Gonzales. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions or donations may be given in Sally’s honor to the San Miguel Catholic Church — Building Fund, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, NM 87801 or the Socorro General Hospital Home Health Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 1009, Socorro, NM 87801. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Sally’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.
ULIBARRI – Julianita (Lucero) Ulibarri, 76, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 25, 2013. She was born in Socorro on Oct. 7, 1936, to Marcos and Emilia (Torres) Lucero. Julianita was a lifelong resident of Socorro. She was a very devoted wife and mother; her greatest passion was caring for her family. Julianita loved her grandsons to the fullest and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Juanita Naranjo; and her brothers Richard Lucero and Gilbert Lucero. Julianita is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Candido Ulibarri; her devoted daughter Kathleen Ulibarri and her husband, Daniel Martinez; her grandsons Joseph C. Ulibarri and Gilbert Anthony Lopez; her loving sister Mary Soto; and many nieces, nephews and other loving family members. A holy rosary will be recited Monday, July 1, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 9 a.m. with Monsignor Gomez as celebrant. Inurnment will be held in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers are Joseph C. Ulibarri, Gilbert Anthony Lopez, Gilbert Lucero and Oscar Soto. Honorary pallbearers are Frank Naranjo and Richard Lucero. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Julianita’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.
THOMAS – William Jim Thomas, 82, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 27, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Naschitti on March 3, 1931, to Jim and Joann (Tsinginnie) Thomas. William was a resident of Magdalena since 1960. He retired from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs after 26 years of dedicated service. William was a jack of all trades — a talented, honest and hardworking rancher, as well as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. William was so patient, reliable, supportive and protective of all of his loved ones. He was always there for anyone who needed him, and he will always be remembered for his wise advice and knowledge. He was an avid hunter. William made the best barbecue sauce anyone ever tasted. And above all, William lived his life to the fullest. He was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister and his beloved son Tommy Mitchell Thomas in 2011.William is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Isabelle (Pino)Thomas; his devoted children Marlene Thomas Herrera and husband, Stanley, Arlene Frances Thomas, Joseph Bill Thomas and wife, Janet, and Sharon Jean Thomas; his daughter-in-law Angela Thomas; his half brother Grover Thomas and wife, Susie; his half sister Sarah Thomas; and his grandchildren Irvin Smith, Veronica Lynn Smith, Blaine Mitchell Thomas, Elizabeth Thomas, Zachary Ty Thomas, Joey August Thomas, Joshua William “Preacher” Thomas, Brian Mckinley Thomas, Kelly Jasmin Thomas and Jacob Joseph Thomas. William will also be greatly missed by his great-grandchildren Brenna Rose Smith, Issac Mckinley Herrera, Isiah John “Squirt” Herrera, Tierra Lynn Apachito, Thomas Ray Apachito, Hunter Erby Apachito and Erby E.J. “Shorty”Apachito Jr., as well as many other loving family members. The family thanks the Pino family for all their loving support through this difficult time. A prayer service will be held Friday, July 5, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Magdalena Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Pino Family Campground in Alamo. Interment will take place in the Pino Family Cemetery. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. William’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.
LOPEZ – Richard Lopez, born to Damacio and Lena (Apodaca) Lopez passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at his home in Socorro, NM. He worked for Socorro Electric Co-op for 28 years. He is preceded in death by his mother Adelina Lopez, his father Damacio Lopez and his brother Raymond Anthony. He is survived by four brothers, Fred Lopez and wife, Diana; Damacio Jr., Joseph and Nick Lopez; aunts, Mary Jane and husband, Toby Garcia and Isabel and husband, Oscar Mendez and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service and Reception will be held on Monday, July 8th at the DAV in Socorro from 9-11 a.m.