Deaths and funerals (12/1/12)


Claudette P. Amestoy
Claudette P. Amestoy, age 55, a resident of Bosque Farms, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Pierre Amestoy Sr.; and brother, Ronald Amestoy.
Claudette is survived by her daughter, Shawndra Harvey; son, Kevin Harvey and wife, Brittney; grandsons, Ernest Gonzales, Luke Harvey, Jared Harvey and Gabriel Jaramillo; mother, Charlotte Amestoy; brothers, Pierre Amestoy and wife, Leslie, Ross Amestoy and Tito Amestoy and wife, Suzy; sister, Christine Amestoy; Godchildren, Adam Amestoy, Ross Otero, Serafina-Pierre Amestoy and J. P. Madrid. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Monday, Dec. 3, beginning with visitation at 10 a.m., a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m. and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
Urnbearers will be Shawndra and Kevin Harvey. Honorary urnbearers will be Michael Saiz and Charlotte Amestoy.
Sign Claudette’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Joann J. Reed Blankenship Morrison
Joann J. Reed Blankenship Morrison, age 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior after a long battle with lung disease, Tuesday, Nov. 27.
She passed peacefully with her children at her bedside. Her strong faith and courage comforts those she leaves behind.
She was preceded in death by her father, Doyle Reed; and her brothers, Otho (Butch) Reed and Joe D. Reed.
With the exception of a few short years in Wyoming and Nevada, Joann was a lifelong resident of Belen. She graduated from Belen High School in 1956. Joann married her high school sweetheart, Larry Blankenship, shortly after graduation. Although they had been divorced for many years, they remained lifelong friends until Larry’s death just 44 days prior to her own passing.
Joann loved getting together with her family for special occasions, such as birthdays, graduations, weddings and the holidays. She really enjoyed her grandkids, though she didn’t get to see them often enough.
Joann had fond memories of numerous lengthy fishing trips to the west coast of Mexico with her long time friend, Allen Morrison, in their motor home.
Joann loved animals. She leaves behind her four legged best friend, Candi, who will miss her dearly.
Joann is survived by her mother, Lena Reed, of Belen; her sons, Clint Blankenship and Brian Blankenship, of Belen; her daughter, Tami Coleman and husband, Tommy, of Tomé; her daughter, Traci Tedford and husband, Tom, of Belen; brother, Frank Reed and wife, Carol, of Hendersonville, N.C.; sister, Joy Campbell and husband, Johnny, of Bloomfield, N.M.; grandsons, Ladd, Justin, Bryan and Jory; granddaughters, Brandi, Pauli, Leni and Jessie; and numerous great grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at New Life Fellowship Church in Belen, beginning with a visitation at 10 a.m., a celebration of Joann’s life at 11 a.m., and a reception following.
To make donations, contact the Belen Railway Employees Credit Union at, 864-4740, account No. 49040.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Ernest “Ernie O” A. Ortega
Ernest “Ernie O” A. Ortega, age 64, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, passed away on Friday, Nov. 23.
Ernie retired from the city of Albuquerque. He loved horses and had a passion for team roping. Ernie participated in the USTRC and World Series Team Roping events.
He is an inspiration to many people and will be truly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Elvira Ortega; and sister, Doris Telles.
Ernie is survived by his loving girlfriend of 18 years, Yvonne McNiel; daughters, Melissa Ortega and Melanie Muller and husband, Bill; granddaughter, Omri Gonzales; brothers, Anthony Ortega and wife, Theresa, Jessie Ortega and Steve Ortega; and sister, Linda Ortega. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and many close relatives in Las Vegas, N.M.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel in Belen from 4 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2. A viewing will be held at Calvary Chapel, 4001 Osuna Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 3, with a funeral service to be held at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Elkins, Mike Chavez, Tony Crespin, Leon Munoz, Ferron Lucero and Ted Moralez. Honorary pallbearers will be Candido Ortega, Tony Marquez, Joshua Ortega and Antonio Ortega.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Mr. Jerry Elkins.
Sign Ernie’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St.

Vera Gloria Padilla
Vera Gloria Padilla, age 100, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St.

Earline Silverthorn Pippin
Beloved mother Earline Silverthorn Pippin, of Huntsville, Ala., passed away at a nursing center on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Earline lived in New Mexico for 65 years. She moved to Huntsville in 2005 to be near her son William C. Pippin.
She was born in Paragould, Ark., to Earl and Essie Silverthorn. She survived the great Mississippi River flood of 1927. As a child, she moved to Colorado, and on Sept. 11, 1937, married Charles E. Pippin in Rollinsville, who predeceased her in 1980.
As a telephone company man, they lived in many different cities in New Mexico, but retired in Belen. Her husband said that the best word to describe her was “flower.”
She was a lifetime member of the New Mexico Garden Club. Earline won numerous awards in flower arranging, which she taught. She transformed every backyard of each home she lived in into an oasis of beauty. She was president of several local women’s clubs.
Earline’s other passions in life were playing bridge, fishing and dogs. She played and won at duplicate bridge well into her 80s. After her husband’s death, she traveled with pickup, travel trailer and dog to sightsee, fish, and visit relatives.
With a reputation as a great cook, she is remembered for her “goodie boxes” filled with chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin bread for her grandchildren. She was a very creative woman who could sew, grow and can fruit and make crafts. She had many of her craft products sell at gift stores in Albuquerque.
Earline was also a lifetime member of the Telephone Pioneers. The delight of her life was her son and his family.
Survivors include Willam and wife, Cynthia; grandchildren, Jonathan W.  Pippin (Beth) of Huntsville, Charles E. Pippin (Fe), of Atlanta, and Marlaina Shrives (Adam) of Macae, Brazil; great-grandchildren, Ethan,  Evan and Everett Pippin, of Huntsville, Ryan Pippin, of Atlanta, and Ava and Luke Shrives, of Macae.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3, at Valley View Memorial Gardens, with burial to follow.
The family wishes to thank Janet Hurley of American Senior Assistance Program. In lieu of  flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan., 66675.