Deaths and funerals (12/19/12)


Priscilla Y. Barela
Priscilla Y. Barela, age 60, went to her heavenly home peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque.
She was born in Belen to Tommy and Helen T. Garcia. Priscilla was a 1970 graduate of Belen High School. She married Telesfor Barela on Jan. 7, 1970.
Priscilla truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures, chatting with friends and family, spending time with her nieces and nephews, watching QVC and HSN network and the cooking channel and spending time with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Priscilla had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Monica Marie; sisters, Odelia Pacheco and Corrine Garcia; and mother-in-law, Tomista Barela.
Priscilla is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Telesfor Barela; sons, Matthew, David and Kevin and wife, Denise; three grandchildren, Daniel, Delaya Kaleb and Gabriela; one great-grandchild, Elias; brother, Tommy Garcia; six sisters, Lorraine Romero and husband, Gilbert, Linda Cordova and husband, Solomon, Pearl Gabaldon, Margret Garcia and husband, Pat, Geri Stanford and Mary Cordova. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and many others whose lives were touched by Priscilla.
Her favorite Bible verse was, Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”
All services will be held at Christ Fellowship Church in Los Lunas on North Los Lentes Road, on Wednesday, Dec. 19, beginning with a visitation at 11 a.m., a funeral service to be held at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be held at Terrace Grove Cemetery at a later date.
Sign Priscilla’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Naomi Daniels
Naomi Daniels, age 88, a resident of Belen, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 16.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.

Allen L. Hunter
Allen L. Hunter, age 65, a resident of Belen, peacefully passed from this life surrounded by his loving family while sharing stories and laughter on Sunday, Dec. 16.
He was a member of Valencia Valley Church of the Nazarene in Los Lunas and a pastor and ordained  weslayn minister of the Gospel for 27 years. His entire life was focused and dedicated to God, family and friends. His loyalty created lifelong friends who were here supporting him.
Allen proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1968 to 1970. His children proudly followed in his footsteps.
He had a joy for life, which he passed on to everyone he knew by his experience, tall tales and silly rhymes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Ross and Ida Louise Hunter; sister, Barbara Sais; and son-in-law, Randal Scott Harrelson.
Allen is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Gloria Hunter; brothers, James Hunter and Robert Hunter; sisters, Evelyn Sutton and Cheryl Brooks; his children, son, Daniel and wife, Kim Hunter, of San Diego, Calif., daughter, Adriane and husband, Ed Jackson, of Hillsboro, Ore., son, Marcus Hunter of Hemet, Calif., and daughter, Susanne Harrelson of Eugene, Ore.; granddaughters, Vanessa Hunter, Dominique Lopez, Brittany Harrelson, Aimee Jackson, Savannah, Sabrina, Alexandra and Bethany Hunter; grandsons, Luke Hunter, Richard, Scotty and Christian Harrelson; and his “hijada” Andrea Gabaldon.
All services will be held at Valencia Valley Church of the Nazarene in Los Lunas, on Saturday, Dec. 22, beginning with a viewing at 10 a.m., a funeral service to be held at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Casa Colorado Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Daniel and Marcus Hunter, Matthew Marquez, Marvin Gabaldon, Don Yeary, Juan Alacantar and Susanne Harrelson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Hunter, Robert Hernandez, Ernie Buerke, Merv Morris and Hayden Parent.
The family would like to thank Zia Hospice and nurse, Eric, and all our friends at the Social Security TSC and Valencia Valley Church of the Nazarene.
Also a special thank you to Merv Morris, Bobby Hernandez, Don Yeary and Juan Alacantar for their love and dedication to their friend.
Sign Allen’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Gertrude Miller
Gertrude Miller, age 84, a resident of Belen, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16.
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

Adolfo Sanchez
Adolfo Sanchez, Friday morning, Dec. 14, went to be with his loving wife, Nancy, and God as they left behind the beautiful rain to nourish our land and lives.
Adolfo, age 94, was born March 25, 1918, on a farm in Jarales and was a resident of Pueblitos. At the age of 7 months, he was raised by his grandmother, Marina, and father, Enriqez, and many loving aunts.
He attended the first public school in Valencia County. He was valedictorian in eighth grade. After high school, he worked for the Farm Service Agency assisting farmers and ranchers with projects. This encouraged him to go to NMSU, where as a proud Aggie, he was drafted to the Army.
He was asked to go to Officer Training School. He decided to become a staff sergeant instead and was given his own platoon to train. Adolfo traveled the world on the USS Taos, which led him to Hiroshima seven days after the bombing.
Upon return, he started his career for Health and Human Services. By retirement, he was the director of Valencia and Torrance counties. Retired, he was back to his dreams of farming and enjoyed his family.
Adolfo was a proud father and grandfather and was thankful to God for all that he had. He was honest as the day was long and a strong leader in the community.
He was preceded in death by his love, Nancy Sanchez; mother and father, Candelaria and Enriquez Sanchez and many other loved ones.
Adolfo is survived by his daughter, Joan and husband, Max Romero; sons, Dr. Roland K. Sanchez and wife, Elia, Adolph P. Sanchez and wife, Kathy, Fred Sanchez and wife, Therese; 18 amazing grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Orlando and Bernice Sanchez.
A warm thank you from the entire family to Raquel and Juan Jimenez for all of their love and care they shared and gave our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Friday, Dec. 21, beginning with a viewing at 8:30 a.m., a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m., and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Michael Layton, Manual “Myles” Romero, Adolfo, Emilio, Isaac, Jericho, Joshua and Nathan Sanchez. Honorary pallbearers will be his loving brother-in-law and wife, Orlando and Bernice Sanchez.
Sign Adolfo’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Ramona O. Sanchez Otero
Ramona O. Sanchez Otero, age 80, a resident of Jarales, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 16.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.

W. Carl Wallace Sr.
W. Carl Wallace Sr., age 91, a resident of Rio Communities, peacefully passed away at Goodlife Assisted Living of Los Lunas on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Wallace was born May 14, 1921, in Nashville, Tenn. Having lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with his family for the first seven years of his life, Wallace moved to Chicago, Ill., and subsequently to Pasco, Wash., and finished high school there.
Wallace lived many years in Washington and Oregon, and then settled in California to make a career with Livermore Labs of University of California. After retirement, he moved to Rio Communities to do further work with Sandia Labs for a short time.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Felix Wallace of Tacoma, Wash.; and best friend, Ethel Weitzel of Rio Communities.
William is survived by his son, William Carl Wallace Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Rio Communities, son, Bruce Wallace and wife, Charlotte, of Heyward, Calif., and daughter, Caren Baker, of Danville, Calif.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his nieces, Beth Robison and husband, Mitch, and Elaine Phelps, all of Washington.
Many friends and neighbors will miss Carl Wallace, chief among them are long time neighbor and friend, Charlene Whitener, sailing buddies, Nick and Sandy Meyer, of California, and family friend, Suzanne Thul.
Arrangements for a celebration of life will be held in January after the holidays.
Sign William’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.