Deaths and funerals (11/07/12)


Eva Maria Garcia
On Monday, Nov. 5, the Lord called for Eva Maria Garcia to return to his side after living a long and wonderful life here on Earth.
She was born on June 20, 1922, to the late Hipolito Apodaca and Ramoncita Apodaca, in Las Vegas, N.M.
She was a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, N.M., and lived the last 12 years of her life in Los Lunas. She was a devoted Roman Catholic and lifelong member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Las Vegas, N.M.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hopolito Apodaca; mother, Ramoncita Apodaca; husband, Ofrendo Garcia; brother, Joe Apodaca; sisters, Rebecca “Becky” Lefebre and Coreen Apodaca; son-in-law, Robert Garcia; sons, Manny and Larry Garcia; grandson, Rick Flores; and her friend of many years, Juanita P. Sanchez, all of Las Vegas, N.M.
Eva is survived by her two daughters and two sons, Lucy Salinas and husband, Richard, of Las Vegas, N.M., Lorraine Garcia of Las Vegas, N.M., James “Jimmy” Garcia of Los Lunas, and Patrick “Black Jack” Garcia and wife, Sheila, of Los Lunas; two brothers and two sisters, Rudy Apodaca and wife, Merry, George Apodaca, Vickie Paiz and Estella Roybal and husband, Juan, all of Tucumcari. She is also survived by many numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews as well.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel in Belen at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A viewing will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Las Vegas, N.M., at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Julian Jaramillo, Timothy Flores, George Apodaca, Robbie Salina, Leo Trujillo and Ermie Sanchez. Honorary pallbearers are the extended family of Patrick and Sheila Garcia.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Deacon Rudy Zamora and wife, Lucille, staff of Ambercare and Romero Funeral Home.
Sign Eva’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Marvin Kaylor
Marvin Kaylor, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Albuquerque. He was born on July 16, 1931.
Marvin Kaylor graduated from Wasco High School in Wasco, Calif., in 1949. He attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), then Northrop Aeronautical Institute before graduating from San Jose State College (now California State University, San Jose) in 1955.
Working for North American Aviation, Rocketdyne Division, then Rohr Corporation, Mr. Kaylor’s professional projects included designing machinery to manufacture the F-1 fighter plane engine, backup rocket engines for the X-15 research aircraft, and welding equipment designed for use in manufacturing the B-70 supersonic bomber.
Mr. Kaylor was a member of several professional associations, including the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers, and was a member of the San Jose State Alumni Association.
He was active in the Quiet Birdmen, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, the New Mexico Pilots Association, and the United Flying Octogenarians. He kept his Airframe and Powerplant aircraft mechanic’s license current, helping maintain aircraft for a number of local private pilots.
Upon retiring from the Van Can Company in San Diego in the mid-1990s, he and his wife, Wilma, moved to Mid Valley Airpark in New Mexico. From there, they enjoyed traveling by car and private airplane often to visit their children.
Mrs. Kaylor passed away in 2008.
Mr. Kaylor is survived by his sister, Shirley Terry; four children, Bob, PJ, Susan and Al; five grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, Andrew, Christine and Samantha; and two great granddaughters, Piper and Bridgette. He will be greatly missed by his loving companion Margaret (Peggy) Angstadt.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 866-9992, 2211-D Main St., where an online guest register is available at

Mary Montiel
Mary Montiel, age 91, a resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 6. She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Trinidad Montiel; son, Bobby Montiel; father, Frank Jaramillo; mother, Frances Aragon Jaramillo; and brother, Billy Jaramillo.
Mary is survived by her two daughters, Diana Pena and Frances Jaramillo; grandchildren and great-grandchild; and sister, Cordy Chavez. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov. 8, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., and a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Mary’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Sotero P. Otero
Sotero P. Otero, age 73, a dedicated husband, father and grandfather and a resident of El Cerro, passed away on Monday, Nov. 5.
He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Sotero was known in the community as an adobadero, and not only believed in hard work, but also modeled hard work.
He was always willing to help others and had a way of finding humor in any given situation.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Simon Otero Sr. and Angelica Perea Otero; siblings, Manuel Otero and Betty Martinez; and son, Sotero Otero Jr.
Sotero is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Elsie Otero; children,  Simon Otero II of Belen, Sandralee  Gerken and husband, Warren, of Keenesburg, Colo., Gloria McAfee and husband, James II, of Tijeres, Alfonso Otero and wife, Carolynn, of Council Grove, Kan., Thomas Otero of Los Lunas, and Andrew Otero and wife, Janelle, of El Cerro; siblings, Leroy Otero and wife, Lucille, of Tomé, Felipe Otero and wife, Ramona, of El Cerro, Albita Morales of El Cerro, Mary Lou Luna and husband, Richard, of Los Lunas, Fela Gallegos and husband, Pete, of El Cerro, and Florence Lovato and husband, Arthur, of El Cerro; grandchildren, Simon D. Otero III, Laurie McAfee, Cecelia Otero, James L. McAfee III, RoseLynn Otero, Christopher Otero, Matthew McAfee, Andrew Otero Jr. Cayla Otero, Issac Otero, Alicia Gerken, Christina Gerken, Lauren Gerken, Isabel Otero, Madelynn Otero and Ariana Otero; great-grandchildren, Ian Erickson and Justin McAfee.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful,” 2 Timothy 4:7.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Wednesday, Nov. 7, beginning with a visitation at 10:30 a.m., a Rosary to be recited at 11 a.m. and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon. Interment will follow at Valencia Catholic Cemetery.
The Otero family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many expressions of love, kindness and support shown to them during this time of bereavement. May God bless and keep you!
Sign Sotero’s  online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Marshall Ellis Williams
Marshall Ellis Williams, 57, of Athens, Ga., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23.
He was born in Athens, Ga., on Sept. 4, 1955, to Ellis Crow and Elsie Langford Williams. Marshall graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 1973, and received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business in 1978.
He was married to Yolanda (Lonnie) Tuttle-Williams, and they had been together for 10 years.
Marshall was a drummer in both Cedar Shoals High and UGA marching bands. He taught computer graphics for Microsoft in their Phoenix training facility, and graduated from Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y.
After spending more than 30 years in the reprographics industry, selling large format architectural and engineering paper and supplies, he had recently accepted the frozen food manager position at Kroger in Athens.
He was an accomplished musician and photographer, and loved working outdoors, spending time with his wife and cats and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Lonnie Tuttle-Williams of Athens, Ga.; his son, Marshall Williams Jr. of Stone Mountain, Ga.; his daughter, Paula Barnes and her husband, Eddie, of North Carolina; his grandchildren Kyla and Zion Barnes; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Dudley and Cheryl Tuttle, of Los Chavez; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tres and Liz Tuttle, of Stratford, Texas, Reed and Katie Tuttle, of Agency, Mo., and Traci Tuttle and fiance, Jeroen van der Ploeg, of Clovis; and his niece and nephew, Kailee and Payton Tuttle.
Marshall and Lonnie were in the process of selling their house in Georgia to move back to New Mexico.
A celebration of Marshall’s life, held in New Mexico, is to be announced.