Obituaries (07/03/14)


GALLEGOS-BRAWLEY — Joye Lynn Gallegos-Brawley, 56, departed this life on Monday, June 16, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Joye was born on August 28, 1957 in Socorro, New Mexico. She is survived by proud and loving parents RosaLee Gallegos and Augustine Gallegos, and his wife Leyla, all of Socorro, New Mexico. She wed her lifelong love Alan Brawley on April 23, 1984. He survives her and resides at their family home in Lemitar, New Mexico. Their union was blessed with two daughters, Delaney Baca of Socorro, New Mexico and Lilli Craddock, of Tyler, Texas. They will forever celebrate and honor her memory. Joye especially counted among her loved ones, sons in law, Abie Baca of Socorro and Cameron Craddock of Tyler, Texas. We would like to especially note that one of Joye’s greatest honors in life was being the world’s proudest Granny to Audrianna Rose Baca. She is survived by her first friend and cherished sister, Judy Giron and her husband, Ron, both of Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is also survived by her nephew, Paul Bustamante, of Las Cruces, New Mexico who was dear to her heart. She had a multitude of lifelong friendships that she nurtured and appreciated and among those special people is Christy Taylor, of Los Lunas, New Mexico. Joye was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, sister, niece, aunt, cousin, and grandmother. She will be greatly missed and celebrated by all. She was blessed with gifts too numerous to list but among them were beauty, intelligence, humor, strength, patience, loyalty and a servant’s heart. Also among virtues was courage and this was evident at an early age. As a child she fancied herself a bull rider and once beat out four boys at the county fair to win a prized belt buckle. Joye was an animal lover and was especially fond of her pets. She was an avid reader and appreciated the simple beauty in things, such as flowers, music and a good laugh with a friend. Joye was a woman of strong faith a genuine light in this world. She had a special fondness for hummingbirds and similar to them she was here just long enough to show us something wonderful to marvel at before she flitted away to Heaven. It gives her family peace and strength knowing she is there. A memorial service to celebrate her life was held at June 23r at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of Joye Lynn Gallegos-Brawley.

HATHAWAY — Marian M. Hathaway, 82, born in St. Paul, Minnesota and a resident of Belen, New Mexico passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014. She graduated from Kingman High School in Kingman, Arizona in 1950. After High School she moved back to Minnesota and raised her family. In the early 1950s Marian started in the computer field working in data processing until moving to Belen in 1977. She opened a bookstore and operated it for four years. Marian then returned to data processing working for the Department of Energy in Gallup as a consultant. Later she worked for the First National Bank of Belen as a data processing supervisor. Marian loved reading, crossword puzzles and going to the casino. She was preceded in death by her parents, C.W. and Dorothy Varnum Haeusler. Marian is survived by her sons, James and companion, Mary Ellen Chavez of New Mexico, Verlyn and wife, Ginger of Minnesota and Joe Wayne of New Mexico; and three grandchildren. A Visitation will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, July 10 at 10 a.m. with a Funeral Service to be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Boyd Morerod officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. The family would like to express their gratitude to Ambercare Hospice especially Ann and Rachel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the New Mexico Animal Humane Society or the local Animal Rescue Organization. Sign Marian’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen, New Mexico.

PADILLA — Maria A. Padilla, 86, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 in Socorro, New Mexico. She was born in San Pedro, New Mexico on Jan. 27, 1928 to Abel and Angela Salgado Arvizu. Maria was a very devoted to her family and strong in her faith. She grew up and attended school in San Pedro and has lived around this area all of her life. Maria enjoyed crafts and especially crocheting. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband Marcelino Padilla; her parents; her son, Daniel Padilla; sisters, Angela Naranjo, Rosario Arvizu, Luz Padilla, Lupe Salazar, Gregoria Arvizu and Helen Arvizu; brothers, Manuel, Luis, Juan, Abel and Jose Arvizu. Maria is survived by son, Samuel Padilla and wife Isabel, and Andrew Padilla; grandchildren, Sammy Padilla Jr., Anthony Padilla, Michelle Paz and husband, Adam, Daniel Padilla Jr., Norma Jean Padilla, Andrew Padilla Jr., Vanessa Archuleta and husband, Larry, and Sabrina Sanchez and husband, Carlos; great grandchildren, Adam Jr., Marina, Gabriele, and Camren Paz, Sammy III, Levina, Dandre, Evangeline, Anthony Jr., Dion, Jonathan, Daniel III, Gavon, Neveah, Paige, Elric, and Shanley Padilla, and Crishana Sisneros; step grandchildren, Joseph Torres, Darlene Wilkinson, Arlene Rosas and Kenny Torres. Rosary was recited onThursday, July 3 at San Miguel Catholic Church. Burial took place at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Adam “AJ” Paz Jr., Daniel Padilla Jr. Andrew Padilla Jr., Luis Arvizu, Eppie Arvizu and Sammy Padilla Jr. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Maria’s care has been entrusted to:
Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St
Socorro, NM 87801

KIRKLAND — Karin Kirkland passed away unexpectedly on June 23. She was and is much loved and will be missed by her family – husband Russ of 53 years, her daughters Lee Ann and Dana, sons-in-law Patrick and John, granddaughters Holly and Hillary, and her sister, Jane and her family – as well as countless dear friends. Karin was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. She graduated from McKeesport High School in McKeesport and attended Grove City College, both in Pennsylvania. Russ and Karin moved to Socorro in 1979 to operate the Sears catalog store, and Karin subsequently owned and operated the JC Penney catalog store. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, and had passions for gardening, jewelry making, and animal welfare. She volunteered with APAS and worked at the Socorro city animal shelter. Services were held June 28 at the First Presbyterian Church in Socorro. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Animal Humane Society would be appreciated.