Deaths and funerals (03/06/13)

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Velma Christine Harris
1935-2013
Velma Christine Harris, age 77, a resident of Los Lunas, was born Nov. 23, 1935, in Rocky Mount, La., and passed away on Sunday, March 4, at her Los Lunas home, surrounded by loved ones.
Velma, who was known by her family and friends as Chris, was a loving and devoted wife of 56 years and a loving mother to her four sons.
Chris always put her family first, even if it meant that she had to go without. She is well known for her sense of family, strength, and those who knew her best, knew of the selfless sacrifices she made when necessary. She made these sacrifices in silent and never asked for anything in return.
She was the kind of wife and mother that was always there for her family no matter what the circumstance. She dealt with the hard times and the good in what seemed to be calm perseverance, and was always the epitome of a lady.
Make no mistake, if her family was mistreated or in harm’s way, the country girl in her would become fiercely protective and could dish out a verbal lashing like no other. The end result was always for the benefit of her very tight-knit family.
She was a very tough, sweet lady who was very respected by her family and all those who knew her. She will be deeply missed and always remembered.
Chris was preceded in death by her mother, Lois Martin; her father, Lochel McKinney; and her sister, Elaine Hays.
Chris is survived by her husband, Clifford Harris; her four sons and their families, John and Debra Harris of Los Lunas, Carson and Elizabeth Harris of Albuquerque, William Harris of Albuquerque, James and Teresa Harris of Belen; and her three sisters, Alice Bounds of Plain Dealing La., Bernice Linebaugh of Bossier City, La., and Dolores McKinney of Winfield, La.
In addition to the four sons and their immediate families, Chris is survived by eight grandchildren, John Harris Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Samantha and Clarissa, Connie Harris, Kelli Harris, David Harris, his wife, Ashley, and their daughter, Luna, Damian Harris, Hilary Harris and Crystal Harris.
Services will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, Saturday, March 9, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., and the funeral at 10 a.m. The burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Robert Kochakian
1931-2013
Robert Kochakian, age 82, a resident of Peralta, passed away Saturday, March 2.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Daniel S. Padilla
1941-2013
Daniel “Danny” Padilla, age 71, a resident of Belen, passed away Friday, March 1.
Daniel resided in Belen his whole life. He retired from Belen Schools. He was an active member of the senior citizen’s center, and he loved helping out in the kitchen. He also loved to dance.
Daniel touched many hearts! Every time he saw you, he would say “Hi Mi Hita!”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vivian and Eddie Padilla; and his sister, Mildred Garley.
Daniel is survived by his brothers, Eloy and wife, Susan, of Roswell, Adolf and wife, Henrietta, of Tennessee, Victor and wife, Lori, of Truth or Consequences, Eddie and wife, JoAnn, of Belen, and Michael and wife, Lillian, of Belen. He had many nephews and nieces.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Friday, March 8, beginning with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Del Rio Senior Center, in memory of Danny.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Glory S. Parker
Died 2013
Glory S. Parker, age 88, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Monday, March 4, after a long battle with cancer.
Glory passed away at the home of Lee and Gloria Stanley of Bosque Farms, with her “adopted family” by her side. She is survived by many friends.
In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated and no services will be held.
Please visit the online guest register for Glory at www.riversidefunerals.com. Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, Los Lunas, 565-1700.

Cynthia A. Peña
1960-2013
Cynthia A. Peña, age 52, a resident of Belen, returned home to Heaven on Sunday, March 3.
She was born in Belen on Dec. 21, 1960, to Leandro Peña and the late Irene Peña. She loved life and never missed an opportunity to enjoy her friends and family.
She is survived by and lives on through her son, Carlo and his wife, Jennifer; her father, Leandro; and her beloved grandson, Hugh. She is also loved and will be dearly missed by her many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Cynthia was preceded in death by her brother, Leandro Junior, and her mother, Irene.
We take comfort in knowing her pain is gone and she is rejoicing with Jesus.
A public viewing will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 7, with 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 Cynthia’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Helen Louise (Waggoner) Ray
1924-2013
Helen Louise (Waggoner) Ray returned “home” on Feb. 28.
She had been a resident of the Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque since July 4, 2008. She was born April 17, 1924, in Clovis, to Thomas and Lavada Waggoner.
She was the youngest of four children, raised and educated in the Belen Schools. Helen married Paul Ray on May 27, 1942. She lived her entire life in Belen and more than 50 years in her home on Campana Drive. She was employed as a clerk by the Santa Fe Railroad for 33 years.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and sister, her husband, Paul, and her youngest daughter, Pauline Sparks. She is survived by her daughter, Vicki Walker and her husband, Johnny, of Albuquerque. She has five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her two sisters-in-law and many wonderful nieces, nephews and their families.
A celebration of Helen Louise’s life is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, March 9, at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, 09 Los Chavez Park, with Pastor Boyd Morerod officiating. Cremation has taken place by Daniels Funeral Services. Interment will be at a later date, Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the group that fostered and adopted out her four cats: PACA/AAR P.O. Box 21280, Albuquerque, NM, 87154-1280, or to the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez.
To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109, 821-0010.

Darrell Edwin Ulibarri
1967-2013
Darrell Edwin Ulibarri, age 46, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Friday, March 1.
He was born on April 17, 1967, in Albuquerque, the son of Herman and Emma Ulibarri.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Ulibarri. Darrell is survived by his loving mother, Emma Ulibarri; sister, Debbie Solano and her husband, Ted; niece, Marissa; nephew, Damian Solano. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
All services will be held at San Isidro Catholic Church in Las Nutrias, on Wednesday, March 6, beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m., a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at San Isidro Cemetery at a later date.
Pallbearers will be Ricky and Bobby Sanchez, Charlie Gabaldon, Marcus Romero, Marty Ulibarri and Antonio Archuleta.
Sign Darrell’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Arlee Lee Wade Sr. (Sonny)
1947-2013
Arlee Lee Wade Sr. (Sonny), 66, of Valencia County, died Tuesday, Feb. 26.
His wife, Evelyn Wade, of 26 years preceded him in death.
He was born to father, Harold C. Wade, and mother, Adene Frances (Bullington) Wade, on Jan. 18, 1947.
Although born in Kentucky, he has lived in Valencia County since 1970.
Sonny spent time in the Army and returned as a decorated soldier from Vietnam. He returned to his family and started his career on the road as truck driver. He retired from the road in 2010 from Groendyke Trucking Company.
Sonny is survived by three children and their spouses, Louis Wade and Yvette Jaramillo of Belen, Arlee Lee Wade Jr. (Buster) and Lisa Wade of Los Lunas, and Vanita Barnes of Belen; and one sister, Linda Rae (Wade) Eason of Bradenton, Fla. He also is survived by 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and 10 nieces and nephews.
There will be no service held.