Deaths and funerals (05/12/12)

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Norris G. Nims Jr.
1937-2012
Norris G. Nims Jr., age 75, a resident of Belen, died unexpectedly at his home Tuesday, May 1.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Susan; and his father, Norris G. Nims Sr.
Norris (Dad to his sons and Non to his sister) grew up in Keene, N.H. He graduated from Dartmouth College, where he became an Olympic class ski jumper and Nordic skier.  Soon after his graduation, he became fascinated with the Far North and moved to the new state of Alaska.
He met his wife, Susan, “the only beautiful woman in Alaska at the time,” and a fellow East Coaster that fell in love with Alaska.
Norris was a man of many skills, a necessity for rural Alaskans. He was a pilot, electrician, mechanic for multiple machines, a builder, a gardener and an expert hunter.
He was at home in the snow and cold and was the commander of an elite Eskimo Scout reconnaissance team attached to the Army National Guard.
After the construction of the great Alaska pipeline, Norris got a job as a petroleum engineer for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and retired after 15 years. He loved his job and was fortunate enough to live three miles away from it.
After 32 years in Alaska, Sue decided that she could not take another winter in Alaska, so Norris and Sue went looking for a winter home in the sunny Southwest.
After tips from their sons regarding the beauty of New Mexico, they decided to buy a house in Belen. Every summer, they would drive the long distance back to Alaska to enjoy the outdoors and hunt. It was this journey that Norris was preparing for when he died.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Susan, and his father, Norris G. Nims Sr.
Norris is survived by his two sons, Joshua (Liliane) and Seth; his younger sister, Sydney; his brother-in-law, Hedley Stothers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Carol Y. Shirley
1952-2012
Carol Y. Shirley, age 59, a resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, May 8.
She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Carol worked for Casa Angelica for 16 years with special needs patients until her illness. She was very crafty and liked working in Native American arts with beads and leather.
Carol loved her family, extended family and friends and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, who were the apple of her eye.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Kercheviel and Willie May Parker York; and son, Paul Andrew Shirley. Carol is survived by her son, Bruce Shirley and wife, Cindy; and three grandchildren, Dustin, David and Celestina.
All services were held Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé. Interment will take place at a later date.
The family wishes to thank Casa Angelica, Belen Meadows and the Presbyterian Hospice team for the special care they gave to Carol.
Sign Carol’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.