TORRES — Christella Torres, 70, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at her home in Magdalena. She was born in Magdalena on July 30, 1943, to Martin and Maria (Apodaca) Torres. Christella was a lifelong resident of Magdalena and everyone there knew her as a very kind and giving woman. She worked for the village of Magdalena for many years and also dedicated much of her life to the church, teaching Catechism and serving as a Maridoma of St. Mary Magdalene. She enjoyed quilting, baking, and cooking. Above all she was a devout Catholic and loved her God and her family. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents; her sisters Antonia, Teresa and Lucia Mamie; and her infant brothers Gonzalo, Ramon, Martin, Avencio and Rudolpho.
Christella is survived by her devoted son, Manuel Romero and his wife, Jackie and their children and Christella’s pride and joy, Sierra and Russell; her granddaughters, Keanna and Miranda Romero; her loving sister, Dolores Masters; her brother, Joe Richard Torres; and many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.
The Holy Rosary was recited on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church followed by the Mass of Resurrection which was celebrated at 10 a.m. with Father Andrew Pavlak as celebrant. Interment took place in the Magdalena Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roman Gonzales, Joseph Gonzales, Lolo Madril, Ray Martinez, Joe Paiz and Johnny Valenzuela. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Romero and Mason Torres. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions or donations may be given in Christella’s honor to St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Christella’s care has been entrusted to:
Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St
Socorro, NM 87801
PADILLA-CHAVEZ — Sandi Rae Padilla-Chavez was the third of three girls born to Margaret and Seles Padilla on Oct. 4, 1971. She had beautiful green eyes and a winning smile that won over the hearts of many people. As a young girl she possessed a unique spirit that revealed a love for horses, all animals and the outdoors.
Sandi was a very family-oriented person who loved her parents and sisters Linda and Cindy which they shared for her as well. In 1988 she married Sammy Chavez and had three children with him: Kayla, Kori and Cody. She was able to travel and live outside the country but yearned for a chance to move closer to home.
It was only fitting she was taken from us while in her childhood home surrounded by family. Sandi had an amazing community of support throughout her battle who ironically looked to her for strength and inspiration. In May of 2013 she gained a loving companion and his daughter Faith. She was a beautiful person who will be sorely missed. She is survived by a loving family and a large community of friends. Memorial Mass will be at San Miguel Church on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. with interment following at San Lorenzo cemetery in Polvadera.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
MONTOYA — David J. Montoya, 72, a 16-year resident of Bullhead City, Ariz. passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. He was born June 25, 1941, in Socorro.
David worked as an aircraft inspector for McDonnell-Douglas aircraft which became Boeing, where he retired after more than 30 years. He then moved to Bullhead City, Ariz. David was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic church. He loved boating and fishing on the Colorado River, and also enjoyed camping.
David is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen Montoya; sons, David Ray (Yvette) Montoya of Bullhead City; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Anna Lopez, Refugia Romero and Marcella Garcia, all of Socorro. David was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Apelina Montoya; brother Arthur Montoya; sisters Rose Lopez, Domie Montoya, Bargara Lysen and Frances Apodaca. A rosary was held followed by a memorial services on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Bullhead, Ariz. Father Peter Dobrowski was the officiant.