Deaths and funerals (12/29/12)


Willard Jerome Boston Jr.
Willard Jerome Boston Jr., age 89, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23.
Arrangements are pending at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 866-9992, 2211-D Main St., where an online guest register is available at

Naomi Elvira Daniels
Naomi Elvira Daniels, age 88, a resident of Belen for the past 2 1/2 years, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 16.
Naomi was born Jan. 5, 1954, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Lillian and Alfredo Daniels. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in the Bronx and Belen Missionary Baptist Church.
Naomi worked for several hospitals in New York, retiring from Jacob Hospital in the Bronx after 35 years of combined service.
Spending time with family and friends was the most important thing in her life. She will always be remembered for her love to her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers and two sisters.
Naomi is survived by her two sons, Schuyler Michael of Belen, and Shareef Daniel of the Bronx; sisters, Adella Lively of Belen, Ruby Smith and Lillian Sweeny, of the Bronx; four grandchildren, Kim Chamberlayne of Georgia, Veji Aytes and Monique Penick and husband, Jerome, of Virginia, and Devon Michael of New Mexico; and three great-grandchildren, Tyasia, Gregory and Daniel. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends too numerous to mention.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Sign Naomi’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Ouita Fay Green
Ouita Fay Green, age 88, a long-time resident of Peralta, went home to her Lord Jesus on Monday, Dec. 24.
Ouita was born to May and King David (Dave) Watkins in the village of Altoga, Texas. Her father was a storekeeper until the Depression hit.
Hard times came and the family of seven children moved several times as Dave and May struggled to make ends meet. But after finishing high school in Fort Worth, things began to look up. Ouita managed to enroll in Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas, where she also met Clyde Green, her future husband.
Ouita graduated from Howard Payne and moved on to Baylor University for a master’s degree in English. A career in teaching followed. Ouita taught students of all ages, from first grade through graduate school, in a series of places that attracted her adventurous spirit.
Some of her more notable posts were on the Zuni reservation in the early 1950s, and in Fort Yukon, in what was still the territory of Alaska.
Ouita married Clyde Green in 1953, and their first child, Margaret Caroline (Gretchen), was born in 1954. In 1958, Ouita and Clyde bought an ancient adobe house in Peralta, and spent the next 40 years restoring it, and growing more deeply in love with each other and with New Mexico. Two more children were born, Kenneth Mark and Ann Elisabeth. Their home was full of love, warmth, peace and security.
When Ouita was 11, she gave her life to Jesus as her Lord at an outdoor revival service. He was her source of strength, guidance, and grace throughout her life. She was faithful and committed to her family, her church, and her friends. Every day began with the Bible, a devotion, and a prayer before breakfast. She had memorized vast amounts of poetry and hymns, and loved singing in the choir at church, and with her family at home.
She was known for her grace, her beauty and her sparkling wit. Ouita cared about the needs of others, and in her unassuming way, she touched many lives through many different ministries and community services.
She had many interests, and did everything with vigor and a joyful heart. She loved travel and she loved home. She sang, she plastered and painted, she wrote poetry, she read the novels of Louis L’Amour, she loved gardening and sewing, she loved building with adobes and with wood, she canned, froze and prepared the food she grew in her own garden; her cherry pie was famous. She loved a good cup of black coffee.
Even in her last years, as she suffered the onslaught of Alzheimer’s disease, she continued to be an example of faith, kindness, good humor, and grace to the people around her.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clyde Green; her grandson, William; and all six of her brothers and sisters.
Ouita is survived by her daughters, Gretchen and Annie; son, Kenneth Mark; Gretchen’s husband, Rick Vaughan; Annie’s husband, Carl Nolan; Ken’s wife, Beth Barnett; five grandchildren; and many loving nephews, nieces and devoted friends.
All services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms, on Saturday, Dec. 29, beginning with a viewing at 10:30 a.m., with a Funeral Service to be held at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at Terrace Grove Cemetery at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2.
The family is very grateful to the staff of Manzano del Sol nursing home for their wonderful care for our mother during these difficult 4 1/2 years, and we know they share our loss. We are proud to have been part of Ouita’s life. The world will be poorer without her.
Sign Ouita’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Pauline V. Hobbs
Pauline V. Hobbs, age 96, born in Philadelphia, Penn., and a resident of Belen, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
She was an active member of Chapel of Holy Trinity and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Pauline retired from Baltimore County Public Schools in 1977. She also voluntarily worked with young people in the community, assisting in preparing them for college careers.
Her extended family in Belen were Julian and Trinnie Vega from the time Pauline and Joseph moved to Belen from Baltimore in 1983 to the time of her passing; their home became her refuge.
Pauline was a generous, kind and a loving person to everyone she met. To know her was to lover her. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph M. Hobbs; parents, Leander and Gertrude Turner; one brother and one sister.
Services will be held at a later date. Pauline will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Sign Pauline’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Ronald Kniespeck
Ronald Kniespeck, age 71, a resident of Veguita, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 27.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Jose Rodriguez Martinez
Jose Rodriguez Martinez, age 89, passed away on Dec. 23.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Katherine “Kathy” Serafin
Katherine “Kathy” Serafin, age 63, went to heaven escorted by her guardian angels on Saturday, Dec. 22.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Friday, Jan. 4, beginning with a visitation at noon, and a Rosary to be recited at 12:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Kathy’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.