Obituaries (7/25/2013)

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STEPHENSON – Seth Michael Stephenson, 16, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013. He was born in Bury Saint Edmunds, England, on March 15, 1997, to Mark and Myfawnwy (Roberts) Stephenson. Seth was a very loving and generous person and was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. He was very strong in his religious beliefs, and he loved serving his Lord. Seth was a bit of a clown and loved to tease his brothers and sisters. Along with the rest of the family, Seth helped out at the Apache Creek Deaf and Youth Camp for the past 12 years. He loved working with horses and his dream was to become the wrangler at the camp. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Thomas H. Stephenson. Seth is survived by his parents; his brothers Nathan, Matthew, Jonathan and Thaddaeus Stephenson; his sisters Esther, Bethany and Cherith Stephenson; maternal grandparents Alvin and Sandra Roberts; paternal grandmother Rozanne Stephenson; aunt Sissy Roberts; uncles Daniel Roberts and wife, Ronda, and Paul Roberts and wife, Jennifer; and cousins Timothy Roberts, Kaitlyn Roberts, Dakota Roberts, Zachery Roberts and Liliana Roberts. A visitation was held on Monday, July 15, 2013, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Apache Creek Camp Grounds, Highway 32 mile marker 6, Apache Creek, with services following at 2 p.m. Interment was held on the  Apache Creek Camp Grounds. Pallbearers were Julie Jones, Angel Breazeale, Raven Anderson, Tim Langin, Joe Remington and Willie Bland. Honorary pallbearers were Nathan Stephenson, Alvin Roberts, Danny Roberts and Timothy Roberts. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Seth’s care was been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-153.
BACA – Jimmie C. Baca, 80, passed away peacefully Monday, July 15, 2013, with his loving family by his side. He was born in San Antonio, N.M., on Aug. 18, 1932, to Santiago and Pauline (Zimmerly) Baca. Jimmie was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He was a devoted member of San Miguel Catholic Church. As a young man, Jimmie attended New Mexico State University, where he majored in music and was a member of the New Mexico State Jazz Band. Then in 1953, Jimmie was called to proudly serve in the United States Army during the Korean War. After his service, he was a self taught contractor and owned and operated JC Construction until he retired. Jimmie was a master furniture designer and builder. He was a perfectionist and so gifted. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved son Joseph J. Baca; his brother Estevan C. Baca; his sister Frances Baca; and his son-in-law Rick Miller. Jimmie is survived by his beloved Prescilla Baca; his devoted daughter Brenda Miller; his granddaughter Lynette Miller; his great-grandson Stephen Perozek and a great-granddaughter on the way, Janis Marie Perozek; his sisters Judy Vaiza and husband, Preciliano “Shorty,” and Josie Visocky and husband, Adrian; and many loving nieces, nephews and other family members and dear friends. As were Jimmie’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Jimmie’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.
YATES – Nada Clawson Yates, 68, of Fort Collins, Colo., died at Poudre Valley Hospital on Sunday, July 14, 2013. Nada was born April 11, 1945, in Gallup to Al and Leola Clawson. After graduating from high school in Ramah, she married Sherman Yates. They were married Oct. 12, 1963, in Ramah. They lived in Gallup, Socorro and finally in Datil for over 40 years before moving to Fort Collins in 2012. Nada was very active her entire life. In her younger years she was a barrel racer. Later on she was a volunteer firefighter for the Datil Fire Department, a substitute teacher at Datil Elementary and a secretary for the Soil Conservation Service. She was always active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. Nada loved to play the piano and work in her garden. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her husband, Sherman; daughter Rainey (Randy) Pritchard and their two children Rance and Ranon; her brother Keith (Linda) Clawson; and sisters Janey Polich and Ann (Mike) Sullivan. A graveside service was held Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Ramah Cemetery in Ramah. Please sign the guestbook and leave a condolence for the family at www.VesseyFuneralService.com.

LAMANCE – Billie Bob (Dobison) Lamance, 68, passed away peacefully Friday, July 12, 2013. She was born in Marlin, Texas, on March 12, 1945. Billie was a resident of Socorro and Magdalena for the past 50 years. Her greatest passion in life was being a homemaker for her family. She loved and cared for her family and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Robert L. Lamance, in 1992. Billie is survived by her devoted children Junior Lee; James Robert; Harold and Bonnie; Johnny Ray and Dorothy; David; Bill; Charlie and Sophie; Jesse “Buster” and Lisa; and “LoLo.” Billie also enjoyed her grandchildren Veronica and Leann, and her great-grandson Aaron. A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Magdalena Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Holt officiating. Interment was in the Magdalena Cemetery. Pallbearers were Junior Lee Lamance, James Robert Lamance, Harold Lamance, Johnny Ray Lamnace, David Lamance, Charlie Lamance, Bill Lamance and Jesse Lamance. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Billie’s care was entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530 .

VIGIL – Frank A. Vigil, 75, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 11, 2013. He was born in Holman on Feb. 18, 1938, to Flavio P. and Charolette (Gallegos) Vigil. Frank was a Socorro resident since 1982. He proudly served with the United States Marines from 1956 until 1959. He then became an officer with the New Mexico State Police in 1969, from which he retired after 22 years of devoted service in 1991. Frank was a very loving person. He always had a joke to tell and you never saw him without a smile on his face. He was a devoted father, grandfather, brother and friend. Frank enjoyed the occasional fishing, camping and even hunting trips. Frank is survived by the love of his life, Laura Jo Flores, and her son Ricardo Flores; his son Frank Vigil Jr.; his daughter Ursula Vigil; his grandchildren Celeste Childers and Zachary Vigil; his great-grandson Sean Childers; his brothers Benjamin R. Vigil and his wife, Josephine, and Charles E. Vigil and his wife, Ursulita; and many other loving family members and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Doroteo Vigil, Flavio “Virgil” Vigil and Robert P. Vigil; an infant baby sister; and also his late wife and mother of his children, June Vigil. As were Frank’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Interment will be held in the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday, July 26, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530 .

MONTOYA – Leo Montoya, 85, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013, at his home surrounded by his devoted family. He was born in Lemitar on July 8, 1928, to Telesfor and Romelia (Chavez) Montoya. Leo attended Mount Carmel Catholic School in Socorro and joined the U.S. Navy after his ninth-grade year. He came back to Socorro after he was discharged and became an independent dealer for Conoco. After about nine years with Conoco he became a independent dealer for Chevron and operated his station for over 24 years. Leo was a very honest and hard worker and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. After selling his business, Leo went to work for the city of Socorro Police Department maintaining their cars for nine years before retiring. Leo enjoyed watching NASCAR and drag racing. Leo was a devoted family man and very strong in his faith. He loved to visit and would go to the nursing home and the hospital and visit with the residents and patients. Leo was a very generous and special person who touched the lives of many people and will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita, in 1983; his brothers Pablo, Reynaldo, Max, Roy, Juan, Telesfor and Tomas; and his sister Adelina. Leo is survived by his son Tony Montoya and wife, Bernice; his daughters Genevieve Martinez and husband, Orlando, Ana Martinez and husband, Harlan, and Ramona Montoya; his step-daughter Pam Bell and husband, Owen; sister Vera Gallegos; grandchildren Theresa Mishoe and husband, James, Bernadette Martinez and companion, Joe, Orlena Rosas and husband, Patrick, Delicia Messer and husband, Resen, Christopher and wife, Erika, Harlan II, Jeremy and Aaron Martinez, Rita, Roberta, Rebecca and Robert Aragon, and Jason and Josh Bell; and great-grandchildren Kole and Amalia Mishoe, Dominic Montano, KateLynn Scates, Camryn Rosas, Janisa and Maritza Castro, Jayraina, Jessina, Shayana and Yamila Montoya, Tameron Masterson, Berta Alguirre and Zarek Aragon. Visitation was Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Daniels Family Funeral Services from 6-8 pm. Rosary was recited Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, NM 87801 with the Mass of the Resurrection at 9 a.m. Father Andrew Pavlak was celebrant. Burial was in the San Miguel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dominic Montano, James Mishoe, Robert Aragon, Chris Montoya, Resen Messer and Harlan Martinez II. Honorary pallbearers were Patrick Rosas and Joe Scates. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Leo’s care has been entrusted to:  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.