Deaths and funerals (08/11/12)


David Derrell Bell
David Derrell Bell, age 51, a resident of Clovis, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Contact Romero Funeral Home for Service Times. Sign David’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Lois Elizabeth Campbell Nichols
Died 2012
Lois Elizabeth Campbell Nichols, 89, a long-time resident of Belen, passed away on May 25 at her home in Pupukea, Hawaii.
Lois was born and grew up in Belen, where she lived for 82 years. She was a well-known member of the community, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Belen for many years, a member of the Order of Eastern Star Jessamine Chapter No. 45 and Past-Matron’s Club, and attended North Shore Christian Fellowship in Haleiwa, Hawaii.
Lois and her husband, Nick, were enthusiastic members of the Poco Quatros Model A Ford Club and the Tumbleweed V8 Club, and enjoyed many fun-filled travels with their close-knit group of like-minded friends.
Lois and her sister, Joyce, were known for their lovely voices and were regularly called on to sing for weddings, funerals and other special occasions for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Nick. She is survived by her daughters, Tharan Schmidt and husband, Virgil, of Wichita, Kan., Pam Steinberg and husband, Steve, of Monument, Colo., Penny King and husband, Bob, of Pupukea, Hawaii; sons, Pat Nichols and wife, Robyn, of Salamander Bay, New South Wales, Australia, Pete Nichols and wife, Carrie, of Kihei, Maui, Hawaii; grandchildren, Marty Ternes, Michelle Hawk, Cindy Perez, Robin Sneary, Kathy Reynoldson, David Ternes, Nicole Ellis, Jennifer Hefty, Scott Steinberg, Donovan Steinberg, Jackson King, Jillian King, Jarin Williamson, Jesse King, Kearney Nichols, Zack Nichols, Naphtali Cope, Issachar Nichols and Manasseh Nichols; 16 great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.
Lois was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, aunt and friend, always ready and willing to tackle whatever life threw at her with enthusiasm and a smile. She will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at the First United Methodist Church of Belen, 75 Manzano Expressway.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lois’ name to the charity of your choice.

Dolores LaVerne Pachta
Dolores LaVerne Pachta passed away peacefully and went to be with our Lord on Friday, Aug. 3.
LaVerne was born on Nov. 27, 1937, in Rocky Ford, Colo., to Louis and Hilda Mae (Foste) Box. She was affectionately known as “Bug” to family friends and teachers.
Bug grew up and attended schools in Rocky Ford. She worked the majority of her life; waitress at Polly’s Café, Larry Bates Restaurant and The Fireside Inn., tailored clothing for Larry Walker’s Men’s Store, telephone operator for Mountain Bell and Pacific Bell, bartender at the Elks Club in La Junta and worked in accounting at the Walmart in Belen until retirement.
LaVerne never met a stranger and loved plants and flowers. She will be truly missed by all.
LaVerne and Jack Pachta were married in Santa Fe on Aug. 5, 1959.  They resided in Rocky Ford when Jack was employed with Valco for several years. They relocated to Moriarty, where they owned and operated a hardware store.
LaVerne is survived by daughters, Jennifer (Steve) Silliman of Bosque Farms, and Kelley (Bob) Parker of Sulfur, La.; brother, Eugene (Edith) Box of Henderson, Nev., sister, Norma Jean Lloyd of Rocky Ford, sisters-in-law, Lea (Harvey) Box of Federal Heights, Wash., Armatha Pachta of Taylor, Ariz., Dona Pachta of Pueblo, Colo., and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
LaVerne was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; parents, Louis and Hilda Mae; brother, Harvey Box; sister, Viola Allen; sister-in-law, Caroline Pachtal; brothers-in-law, Charlie Pachta, Hank Pachta, Eugene Allen and Norman Lloyd; and grandson, Clint Roberts.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the  American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C., 20004 or Valley Community Church, 27435 County Road, 2275, Rocky Ford, Colo., 81067
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Bug’s life will be held in Raton, on Friday, Aug. 17, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pastor Kurt England of Valley Community Church of Rocky Ford officiated.
Arrangements by Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Arley G. Sanchez
Arley G. Sanchez, age 79, a resident of Adelino, passed away on Monday, Aug. 6.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Arley proudly served his country in the United States Army. He retired from the BNSF as a telegraph operator after 32 years of outstanding service.
Arley was married 58 years to the love of his life, Melba Otero Sanchez.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Seferino and Adela Gonzales Sanchez; loving wife, Melba Otero Sanchez; brothers, John Berman Sanchez and Robert Sanchez; and sons, Clarence Sanchez and Paul Sanchez.
Arley is survived by his sons, Arley Jr., Richard, Leroy, Kenneth Sanchez; daughter, Belma Griego; and sisters, Helen Casillas and Rosalee “Lea” Marquez.
Services were held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Sign Arley’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.