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Nancy Ruth Jennings, 76, of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away August 17, 2020.  She was born in 1944 in Carrizozo, New Mexico to Roy and Arvilla Ramey. Nancy graduated from High School in Socorro, New Mexico in 1962, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1968 and began working for the State of Nevada.  …

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Damacio "Deno" Gallegos, passed away on August 18, 2020, at his home in Socorro, New Mexico. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Gallegos; Son, Marvin W. Gallegos; and grandson, Zachary W. Gallegos. He is survived by his sister, Yvonne A…

Georgia Seery of Socorro, New Mexico passed peacefully on August 10, 2020 after a courageous battle with bladder cancer. Georgia was one of ten children of Arva and William Taylor Pigg, born August 7, 1924, on a farm 8 miles southeast of Weatherford, Oklahoma. She attended Grade School in a …

Beloved husband, father, brother, grandpa and great-great grandpa, Chavez D. Shirley, age 71, passed away peacefully and went home with the lord, July 23, 2020 at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho, NM, surrounded by his twin daughters. He was born in Newcomb, NM, on June 1, 1949…

Delbert Boyd Hill, of Pima, AZ, passed away on August 3, 2020, in Tucson Arizona. Delbert was born on September 23, 1942 in Arvin, California, to parents Dee Hill and Belva Orum Hill. Delbert had five sisters, Frances, Betty, Joyce, Patsy, and Bessie.

Spaight (Cuppy) Thompson, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, died peacefully on July 28, 2020, at her home in Socorro, New Mexico. She was born in 1936 in Atlanta, Georgia and did much of her growing up in Lewisburg, West Virginia. She came west to Albuquerque as a newly-wed in 1956. A…

Lola Jean Lopez, 68, lost her three-year battle with thyroid cancer on July 22, 2020. She was born in Magdalena on Jan. 16, 1952, to the late Rosa Gallegos and Felix Lopez. Lola was raised with her three siblings on Lopez Farms in Luis Lopez, N.M. Lola worked for many years at Allen’s Depart…

Gabriel “Mike” Silva, age 87, passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by family on July 26, 2020. He was a life-long resident of Socorro, NM, and worked for the City of Socorro for many years until his retirement in 1996. Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Gabriel and Plajer…

Amalia (Molly) Gonzales, age 66, went home to be with our Lord, on July 17, 2020. She was a member of San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas N.M. Molly enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was a strong, loving, caring, and kind woman. Molly …

Toby Jaramillo, age 78, was born in Belen New Mexico and a long-time resident of Socorro, NM, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 6, 2020. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Ermelinda Jaramillo and his parents Margarito and Ramona Jaramillo. He is survived by his children, Theres…

Mike Jojola, age 79, born April 25, 1941, of Socorro, New Mexico, passed away at his home in Socorro, New Mexico on June 20, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Felipe and Flora (Montano) Jojola; brother, Santiago Jojola; and his sisters; Ida Baca,…

Fedelia Godinez (Giron) was born on May 28th, 1933 in Polvadera, NM, to Donicio and Anastacia Giron. Fiddie passed away on March 18th, 2020 in Truth or Consequences, NM. Not long after Fiddie was born her family moved to San Acacia, NM. Fiddie and her siblings would seine for minnows and sel…

Mark Leslie Waggoner passed away on June 30, 2020 in McKinney, TX. Mark was born in Las Vegas, NM on October 15th , 1963 and grew up in Socorro, NM. He further attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology.

Anthony Louis Padilla Sr., 47, of Socorro, NM passed away on the morning of Monday June 29, 2020. He was born on April 4, 1973 in Albuquerque, NM to Samuel Padilla Sr. and Carmen Gallegos. Anthony is preceded in death by his grandparents, Meliton “Tony” Gallegos and Marina Gallegos and Marce…

Sidney K. Naranjo passed away peacefully on July 1, 2020, in Chandler, AZ. Sidney was born in Littlefield, TX, on December 14, 1931. She was married to Mike M. Naranjo for 56 years. Sidney moved from Morton, TX, to Socorro, NM, in 1951, where she lived until 2018 when she and Mike moved to C…

Rufina Zella Lorella Gonzales Alderete, age 87, passed away on June 23, 2020. Zella was born in Lemitar New Mexico, June 19, 1933. She shared 54 years of marriage to Jose Alderete.. She is survived by her children, daughter Lorella (Bill Chavez,) son Rocco Alderete, daughter Mela (Dale Stral…

Viola Lucia Sanchez, Age 74 of Socorro, NM gained her wings on June 9, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Viola was born on December 26, 1945 in Luis Lopez, NM to Amaila, and Porfidio Silva. Viola was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters Renee Griffith, Ida Montano, Aggie Padilla…

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Mike M. Naranjo passed away peacefully on June 10, 2020. Mike was born in Socorro, NM, January 14, 1931. He was married to Sidney Naranjo for 56 years. Mike was a life-long resident of Socorro until 2018 when he and Sidney moved to Chandler, AZ, to be near their children. Mike graduated from…

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George Enriquez Zamora, born on April 18, 1956, entered into eternal rest on June 6, 2020 after a long battle with Multiple System Atrophy. He attended Mt. Carmel elementary school, and then graduated from Socorro High School in 1974. George then went on to attend UNM; recieving a bachelor’s…

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Richard Victorino Lopez went home to be with his maker on May 30, 2020 with his wife, children, and grandchildren by his side. Richard was born on September 27, 1948 in Magdalena, New Mexico to Rosa Gallegos and Felix Lopez. He was preceded in death by his son, Felix Louis Lopez; and his par…

Quin Dustin Ayon, 24, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2020 at his home at Casa Angelica. He was born to Cindy Lou Ross in Albuquerque, NM. And lived in Socorro, NM. Quin and his mom Cindy would go to school in Magdalena, NM where he had many friends. In 2008 Quin would move to Casa Angelic…

Mary Louisa Silva Jojola passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. She was born in Socorro, New Mexico on July 16, 1923 to Tiburcio and Isabel Tellez Silva. She enjoyed crocheting, spending time with family, and listening to music. She is preceded in death by her parents; Petronilio Jojola, Joaq…

Bob was a Navy veteran, a civil engineer who graduated from University of Southern California on the GI Bill, a husband, a father and a grandfather. He is preceded in death by his parents Judith and Thorwald Johnson, his sister Marian Rupp, his wife Ruth Johnson, his wife Helena Johnson and …

VALLEJOS- Seferina Vallejos 87, passed away on Friday May 29, 2020 in the comfort of her home in Socorro, NM, surrounded by her family. Sefie was born on July 11, 1932 to Patricio and Guadalupe (Madrid) Gallegos in Socorro, NM. She is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Ramon P…

Jesse Salas “The Man, the Myth, the Legend,” 53 years of age, gained his wings on Thursday May 14th, 2020. Jesse was born in Socorro, NM on February 5, 1967 to Josie Lopez and Jose Eusebio Salas Turrietta. He was a well-known, local mechanic who had a passion for helping others and greatly c…

Charles Agustus Lerke gained his wings at 89 on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Socorro, New Mexico. He was born in Hot Springs, New Mexico on December 3, 1930. Charles was raised in Hot Springs before enlisting in 1950. As a corporal, he was called to active duty during the Korean War. In 1952 he …

ARMIJO-Lydio Ambrosio Armijo, 87, went home to his Lord on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born January 28, 1933 to Hipolito and Veronica (Gonzales) Armijo in Socorro, NM. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beatrice (Trujillo) Armijo. Lydio retired from the Navy…

ARMIJO-Lydio Ambrosio Armijo, 87, went home to his Lord on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born January 28, 1933 to Hipolito and Veronica (Gonzales) Armijo in Socorro, NM. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beatrice (Trujillo) Armijo. Lydio retired from the Navy…

Bernadette Ary-Bruton was a loving mother, wife and friend of Datil, NM passed away on May 3rd 2020. She will be greatly missed by many. She is survived by her husband Wilson Bruton and her four children Amanda Spurgeon, Lance Sanchez, Lexus McCleery & Angelica McCleery, four grandchildr…

Raymond (Monchy) Hidalgo, 66, born on January 20, 1954. He was a lifelong resident of Polvadera, New Mexico. He left our world on Friday April 24, 2020. Monchy was preceded in death by his son, Pablo. He is survived by his wife, Alicia Hidalgo of 43 years, his son Jesus Hidalgo, his son Jaim…

The Coulloudon family would like to apologize to the family and friends of Suzanne Coulloudon Farris regarding the obituary published by the El Defensor Chieftain on 4/16/20. It was not submitted or authorized by the Coulloudon family and regrettably, it contained inaccurate information and …

Melba Jo Callan, 84, a longtime resident of Socorro, passed away on March 25th, 2020 in Las Cruces, NM. Melba is survived by her five children Cindy Kemper, Lisa Callan, Thea Willey (Mark), Everett Callan III (Linda) and Amy Smythe (Michael). She also leaves behind grandchildren Keri Kemper,…

The Coulloudon family would like to apologize to the family and friends of Suzanne Coulloudon Farris regarding the obituary published by the El Defensor Chieftain on 4/16/20. It was not submitted or authorized by the Coulloudon family and regrettably, it contained inaccurate information and …