Deaths and funerals (10/10/13)


Susan “Sue” Chavez
Died 2013
Susan “Sue” Chavez, age 64, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Oct. 6.
She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Herminio Chavez; sons, Dominic Chavez and Kevin Chavez; grandchildren Corey, Analeah, Monique and Marcus; sisters, Frances Chavez, Sunday Cordova, Paulette Lopez and husband, Charles, Yolanda Holguin and husband, Ruben, and Michelle Chavez and husband, Robert; brothers, Michael Cordova and wife, Corrie, Anthony Cordova, and Paul Cordova and wife, Janet.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Agapita Cordova; and her brother-in-law Bennie Chavez.
Sue was a dedicated wife, a loving mother and a wonderful grandmother. She enjoyed having family get-togethers at her home and crocheting fine afghans and other items for those she loved.
Sue had a deep love for the Lord and her family rests assured that she is with our Savior, Jesus Christ. She is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Cremation has taken place and it was Sue’s wish that no services are to be held.
Arrangements were entrusted to French, 7121 Wyoming Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, 823-9400.

Vernon Day
Vernon Day, age 84, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Vernon served in WWII and was a survivor of Operation Crossroads.
Vernon is survived by his wife, Dixie Ann Foster Day; daughter, Patti Wright and her husband, Stan; grandchildren, Tim and his wife, Michelle, Scott and Jackie; great grandchildren, Katie and Gage; and nephew, Don Outram of Idaho.
No service are planned.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at

Don Goodson
Died 2013
On Oct. 2, loved ones said goodbye to Don Goodson, beloved father, husband and friend.
After a long battle with cancer, Don passed away peacefully at his home in Kyle, Texas, while surrounded by family.
A man who not only showed the world how to live with integrity and to rise above one’s circumstances, but also how to love deeply and honestly, Don’s legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of his family, friends and coworkers.
Don is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lore Goodson; his three children, Shennandoah, Helena, and Donald; and his granddaughter, Cordelia.
Down home country to the core, Don applied his country values to a career in the RV industry spanning over two decades and earning him recognition as president emeritus by the Texas RV Association.
Active in the community, Don has participated and served in leadership positions in local chambers, Kiwanis, 4-H and the Capital Cowboy Church.

Ronald Hofheins
Ronald Hofheins, age 73, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Monday, Oct. 7.
He was preceded in death by his son, Wayne Hofheins; brother, Kenneth Hofheins; mom, Winifred Hofheins; and dad, Fredrick Hofheins.
Ronald is survived by his friend, Don Hobbs; brothers, Richard and Arlon Hofheins; sister, Bonnie Smith; and daughter, Sirenda.
A private burial has taken place.
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

Sue J. Jones
Sue J. Jones, a resident of Peralta, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
She was born in Brownwood, Texas, on Nov. 8, 1931. She attended grade school and high school in Belen.
She married Barney Jones in 1948. She moved with Barney throughout the state and retired from the U.S. Forest Service. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Bosque Farms.
Sue is survived by her loving husband; two sons, Barney Jones Jr. and Jeffery Jones; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who she loved dearly and were a big part of her life. She is also survived by three sisters, Francis Kimsey, of Albuquerque, Karen Nespeca and her husband, Ron, of Houston, Texas, and Viki Kirk and her husband, Robert, of Victorville, Calif.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas Chapel, located at 820 Main St. NE in Los Lunas.
Please visit Sue’s online register at Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 565-1700.

Joyce “Jo” Phillips
Joyce “Jo” Phillips, age 81, accomplished artist and equestrian, loving mother, grandmother and friend went to be with our Lord at 6:33 a.m., on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Jo was a member of the Belen Art League, Tomé Art Gallery, Fiber to Finish, and has shown her artwork at the Harvey House Museum, as well as many other shows in and around Belen.
She was born in Muskegon, Mich., but always loved New Mexico and its people, where she lived for more than four decades.
She has a bachelor’s degree in fine art, and continued her quest for knowledge until the end. Jo was also a true advocate for all animals, believing they were gifts from God. Jo lived her life on her own terms, and she was genuinely her own person.
She was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter, Hannah.
Jo leaves behind two daughters, Kimmie Smith and Robin Phillips; son, Aaron Phillips; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A visitation was be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 9, with a funeral service at noon, with Pastor Larry Chambers officiating. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Jo’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Celsita E. Sais-Harrison
Celsita E. Sais-Harrison, born on March 9, 1947, in Belen, passed away on Feb. 17, in Wyandotte, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Pilar and Eva Sais.
She is survived by her husband, George Harrison; and three children, Denise Boyd, Bryan Sanchez and Dino Racicot; and four grandchildren, seven siblings, Barney Sais, Primitivo Sais, Valentin Sais, Bengie Sais, Virginia Chavez, Mabel Miranda and Margie Garcia.

Riah Stevie Tafoya
Our precious angel, Riah Stevie Tafoya, was called home on Thursday, Oct. 3, while surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Albuquerque on June 10, 2012. A brief, but difficult, illness took her way too soon from us, but the memories of the joys we shared and the time we had with her will live forever. Riah’s beautiful smile and chubby cheeks will be forever printed in our hearts.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Palma Padilla and Steve Romero; and her nana, Mary Lou Romero.
Riah is survived by loving parents, Carolyn Romero and Thomas Tafoya; her siblings, who were her best playmates, Bailee, Marlana Baca, Alyssa and Jadah Tafoya. Also surviving are her great-maternal grandma, Libby Padilla; her paternal grandparents, Max and Sally Tafoya.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, at Daniels Family Funeral Services – Alameda Mortuary, 9420 Fourth St. NW, Albuquerque.
Interment to follow at San Carlos Cemetery.
Casketbearers will be Andrew Castillo, Chris Tafoya, Jerry Castillo and Nick Tafoya. Honorary Bearer will be Teresa Castillo.
To view Riah’s guest book, please visit Daniels Family Funeral Services, Alameda Morturary, 9420 Fourth St. NW, Albuquerque, 898-3160.