Obituaries (8/1/2013)


GRAHAM – Lee Graham, 76, passed away peacefully Monday, July 29, 2013, with his family by his side. He was born in Albuquerque on Oct. 11, 1936, to Claude Reeves and Ruth Ella (Baldwin) Graham. Lee was a rancher of Datil for nearly 60 years. Datil was founded by his great-grandfather Levi Baldwin in 1882. Lee ran the family ranch since he was 12 years old. In 1961, he enlisted with the United States Army. Then in 1966, after being honorably discharged, he met the love of his life, Ms. Bonnie Lee Summers. He was her first and only date. They were married on Dec. 31, 1966. They resided in Datil much of their lives but also lived in Socorro and Raton. Lee was a jack of all trades, and everyone knew Lee had all the answers and any tool you can imagine. He always had a helping hand to lend and was a friend to all. Lee also was a heavy equipment operator and did ranch conservation work. He served on the Catron County Fair Board and was the volunteer fire chief of Datil for about 15 years. Lee always had a way of helping everyone with anything. He even dug every grave in the Datil Cemetery for at least 15 years. He loved working and serving his community. Later, he enjoyed building bird houses, and really just “tinkering around.” He also was very sharp with computers; self taught, he built several himself. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved son Jimmy Graham in 1982 and his brother David Graham. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Bonnie Lee (Summers) Graham; his devoted daughter Susann Mikkelson; his sister Ellen Hiles and husband, Don; his sister-in-law Midge Graham; special family friend Twila Henderson and her family; his nieces and nephews Kevin Graham, Wendy Fulfer, Stacy Graham, Leona White, Barbara Absher, Billi Gossett, Bobbi Hestand and Justin Hiles; his great-niece Kim Taylor; Alex Graham; and many other great-nieces, nephews, other loving family members and close friends. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Datil Community Center in Datil. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Lee’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.

TREDER – Deborah A. Treder, 60, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013. She has left us all with a new standard for a loving life and truly enjoying the journey until the very end. She is loved by many: daughter Hannah Treder; husband, Hilliard Rush; sister Susan Miller; sister Tammy Ireland; brother Rudy Treder and so many friends who have become family. Those who wish to celebrate her life are invited to join the family Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Bistro in Socorro at 2 p.m.; 575-854-3422.

HENSLEY – Nadine Bell Hensley, 79, passed away peacefully Monday, July 22, 2013, with her family by her side. She was born in Tularosa on April 28, 1934, to Benjamin F. and Nada M.(Simmons) Womack. Nadine grew up in Socorro and married James W. Hensley at a young age. She and James were married for 60 years before he passed away in 2008. She loved to dance and enjoyed sitting on the porch and watching the birds, especially the hummingbirds. Nadine was a woman of strong faith and was very active in her church. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband; her sister Bennie Gray; and her brother J. D. Womack and his wife, Myrtle. Nadine is survived by her loving daughter Patricia Muncy and husband, Chuck; her grandchildren Connie Jo McKinley and husband, Johnny Ray, Charles J. Muncy Jr. and Kathy Muncy; great-grandchildren Tyrell Davis and wife, Kacee, Kyle Davis, Leon, Leanne, Lamar and Lelan Fountain, and Nicole Bilbo; and great-great-grandchildren Makhayla and Makenzia Davis. Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 25, 2013, at 12:45 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, with Bishop Mark Hoops officiating. Pallbearers will be Johnny Ray McKinley, Tyrell Davis, Kyle Davis, Leon Fountain, Lelan Fountain and Lamar Fountain. Honorary pallbearer is Chuck Muncy Jr. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Nadine’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.