Obituaries (8/8/2013)


MURPHY – Arlton C. Murphy,  76, a resident of Belen, passed away Tuesday morning, July 30, 2013. Art was a resident of Socorro for over 50 years. He retired to Belen 11 years ago with his wife, Carol. He truly enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking and trapping. He was married to his beloved wife for 55 years, and was truly loved by many. He will be greatly missed. Art was preceded in death by his parents, Pat and Mary Murphy; infant son, Arlton Dwane Murphy; and brothers Joe and Billy Murphy. He is survived by his wife, Carol Murphy, of Belen; son Artie Murphy, of Belen; son Timothy J. Murphy, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; grandson Keegan Timothy Murphy, of Lake Havasu City; and  sister Helen Canada, of Gordon, Alaska. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave.; 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

HALE – Louise Benjamin Hale, age 61, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, after a courageous battle against cancer. Louise was born March 8, 1952, in Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her parents, Buster and Babe Benjamin; twin brother, Lewis Benjamin; nephew Jerry Don Gardner; and niece Lorna Haws. She is survived by brothers Ray Benjamin (Sue), Bill Benjamin (Mary Lou Smith) and Lewis Winston; sisters Kathy Gardner (Gerald Cox) and Gladys Dillard; nephews Brian Benjamin, Brady Benjamin and Casey Gardner; nieces Kelly Colton and Courtney Dillard; aunt Dolly Dawson; several cousins, great-nephews and nieces; and many dear friends. A memorial service will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave.; 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

KRAMER – Esther (Lerma) Kramer, 46, passed away Monday, July 29, 2013. She was born in Orange County, Calif., on May 11, 1967, to Rudy and Teresa (Montano) Lerma. Esther was a resident of Albuquerque for about the last 20 years. She was a devoted daughter, an amazing sister and a supportive aunt, but above all she was a loving mother and grandmother. Her son and her grandchildren were the love of her life. She will always be remembered for her outgoing personality and her beautiful smile. Esther will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. Esther is survived by her parents; her son Walter Abbott and wife, Isabel; her twin granddaughters Eslacys and Alexia Abbott; her grandson Romeo Abbott; brothers Anthony Lerma and wife, Gina, Joseph Lerma and wife, Billie, and David Lerma; and her sisters Mary Lerma, Patricia Moya, Christine Lerma and Susan Esquivel and husband, Sefie. Esther also enjoyed her 21 nieces and nephews and 11 great-nieces and nephews. A rosary will be recited Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Daniels Family Funeral Services – Socorro Chapel, 309 Garfield St., Socorro. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Esther’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.

THOMPSON – Lisa Thompson,  47, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 30, 2013, with her family by her side at her home in Belen. Lisa was born in Socorro to Lawrence Romero and Hazel Chavez. Her father was the former sheriff of Valencia County, and presently a Valencia County commissioner. Lisa grew up in Belen and graduated from Belen High School, class of 1983. She met the love of her life, Mike Thompson, on June 7, 1980, and the two instantly became best friends; it was the beginning of an epic love story. The two married Sept. 28, 1984, and began their great adventure, living in Hawaii, California, New Mexico and Japan. Throughout her 24-plus years as a military spouse, she was very active in volunteering. She was awarded Military Volunteer of the Year by the governor of California in 2000. Lisa’s life radically changed when she responded to God’s calling in her life. She matured quickly in her faith. In the years following, Lisa became a missionary with Cadence International in Okinawa, Japan. In 2006 Lisa and Mike were appointed as Hospitality House directors for the Hansen Christian Center. At HCC, Lisa quickly became a second mother to many in the military community. She was well known for her quick wit, wisdom, loving kindness and excellent cooking. She was preceded in death by her brother Lawrence Romero Jr. Lisa is survived by her best friend and husband, Mike Thompson; her daughter Jessica Safley and her son-in-law Kenneth Safley; mother, Hazel Chavez, and husband, Dennis; father, Lawrence Romero,  and wife, Carol; brother Patrick Baldonado; sister Elizabeth Lawren Romero; and stepsisters Leona and Denise Chavez. A visitation will be held at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with a funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: International Justice Mission, P.O. Box 96961, Washington, DC 20090-6961; or Cadence International, P.O. Box 1268, Englewood, CO 80150; Please visit Lisa’s website: Sign Lisa’s online register book at Arrangements are entrusted to Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

McCLURE – Gerald Boone “Jerry” McClure passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, after a long and hard fought battle with Alzheimer’s. Born on Sept. 9, 1933, in Plainview, Texas, to Billie and Hallene (Hudgins) McClure, Jerry grew up loving wide open spaces. After graduating from Plainview High School, he attended Texas A&M University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in geology and was a proud member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Band. After graduation, he joined the military because he felt that it was every man’s duty to serve his country. An avid gem collector and self-proclaimed “rock hound,” he derived great joy from accompanying friends and family on camping adventures all over the Western states. His daughters loved joining him on his rock hunting exploits. When they would bring him lovely rocks for inspection, he would say, “Ooh, that’s a leverite! Not worth a darn thing, leverite where you found it!” His camping buddies nicknamed him “Double Nickels McClure” because he refused to drive over the speed limit while traveling the nation’s highways. His love for the great outdoors was only eclipsed by his devotion to his family and the many, many rescue animals he cared for throughout his lifetime. He was our hero. He was the smartest man we ever knew. Throughout his career, he received four U.S. patents, helped to invent the airbag and worked on the Apollo space missions. He “tinkered” in his shop on a variety of woodworking projects, never met a stranger and was quick to help anyone in need. He loved to tell a good joke and had one for every occasion. He was a true gentleman in every way. He is survived by Rosemary, his wife of 55 years; his daughters Karen McClure and husband, Jeff Post, and Susan McClure and husband, Bob Zador; his brother Don McClure and wife, Norma; his grandsons Ryan Stanton and Zach Zador; and other family members who were so precious to him. The family extends a special thanks to the caregivers at Brookdale Place of Albuquerque and Hospice of New Mexico for their tenderness and compassion. All of Jerry’s friends and family are invited to share kind words, memories, “good grub” and funny stories on what would have been his 80th birthday, Sept. 9, 2013, at the fraternal Order of the Eagles, 1111 N. California, Socorro, at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations may be given in Gerald’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association of New Mexico, 9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE #121, Albuquerque, NM 87111 or the Animal Protective Association, P.O. Box 4051, Socorro, NM 87801. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Jerry’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.

HERRERA – Griselda (Chella) Herrera, 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.   She was born April 28,1938, to Andres Lopez and Josefita (Sedillo) Lopez. She was a lifelong resident of Socorro, but spent the last three years in Albuquerque so her daughter could give her the care and assistance she needed. Chella was a member of San Miguel Parish and a devout Catholic. She retired from the Bureau of Land Management in 2001 after 31 years of service. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Betty Vigil and Amelia Tafoya; two husbands, Serafine Padilla Jr. in 1964 and Albert (Sonny) Herrera in 2004; son Patrick Padilla and stepdaughter Jeanette Saavedra. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Lyon and husband, Charles Lyon; stepdaughter Linda Baca and husband, Larry; stepsons Alvin (Pancho) Herrera and wife, Irene, and Randy Herrera and wife, Kitty; her sisters Josie Cole and husband, Melvin, Helen Lopez and Gloria Ortega and husband, Abel; brother Andres Lopez Jr.; her grandchildren Natasha Groves, Heidi Evans, David Hulsey and Jacob Padilla; and many more loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A holy rosary will be recited Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m., with the eulogy read at 8:15 a.m., at the San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, followed by a Mass of Resurrection, which will be celebrated at 9 a.m. with Father Andrew Pavlak as celebrant.   Interment will be held in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery.   Pallbearers are Michael Herrera, Chris Baca, Lawrence Baca, David Hulsey and Jacob Padilla.   Honorary pallbearers are all of   Chella’s loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Chella was a wonderful woman who always put others first; she will be greatly missed. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit . Chella’s care has been entrusted to:  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-1530.