Deaths and funerals (10/24/13)


H. Kenton Berry
H. Kenton Berry, a resident of Belen, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Kenton was born in Greenfield, Mo., on May 1, 1919. He grew up in Everton, Mo., where he met his childhood sweetheart, AltaLee, who later became his wife of 72 years.
Kenton and AltaLee moved to Belen in the early 1940s, where Kenton started a job as a lineman for the AT&SF Railroad. After a short time, Kenton was drafted and served in the Navy during WWII. After the war was over, Kenton returned to Belen and his job at the railroad.
They enjoyed life in a small town and soon became active in the First Baptist Church, where Kenton served as a deacon. Kenton worked for the railroad for 43 years and retired in 1983.
He was also a past master of Bethlehem Lodge No. 56 and a member of Jessamine Chapter No. 45, where he was very active.
Kenton and AltaLee loved spoiling their nieces and nephews and spending time with family and friends. Kenton was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Berry and Elva Shaw; sisters, Aleene Grant and Ruth Hoover; brother and sister-in-law, Buddy and Doris Crain; sister-in-law, Frances Dickson; and father and mother-in-law, Roy and Fern Dodson.
H.K. is survived his wife, AltaLee Dodson Berry; brother, H. Dean Berry and wife, Lola of Texas; nephews and nieces, John Dickson and wife, Judy, of Houston, Texas, Jim Crain and wife, Sharon, of Clovis, and Roy Dickson and wife, Vicki, of Houston, Texas, Linda Crow and husband, Bill, of Belen, Suzanne Simmons and husband, Larry, of Franklin, Tenn, Dave Crain and wife, Lori, of Belen, Dwight Crain and wife, Traci, of Waco, Texas, Kevin Berry and Mike Berry of Kansas City, Mo.
All services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Belen, on Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning with a visitation at 10 a.m., a Funeral Service to be held at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jim Crain, David Crain, Dwight Crain, John Dickson, Roy Dickson and Arthur Fender. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Crow, Doug Luton, Jeremy Crain and Karl Asendorf.
Sign H.K.’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

MaryAnn Chavez
Died 2013
MaryAnn Chavez, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Oct. 17, while awaiting a double-lung transplant.
She was preceded in death by her father, Filomeno Baca; mother, Grace Baca; sisters, Corrine and Barbara; brothers, David, Leroy, Dennis and Leo.
MaryAnn is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Mike Chavez; son, Mikey; daughter, Kelly and grandson, Julian, whom she loved all very much. She is also survived by her brothers, Eddy, Danny, Albert and Sammy; brothers-in-law, Gerald, Russell and Elaine, who she considered a little sister instead of a sister-in-law.
All services will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, at San Clemente Catholic Church, located at 244 Luna Ave. NE Los Lunas, beginning with recitation of the Rosary at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow at the church parish hall.

Agneda M. Garcia
Agneda M. Garcia, age 82, resident of Bosque Farms, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 21.
She was member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Agneda was born in Fort Sumner, N.M. Throughout her life, she was the most giving person. Her kitchen was always a busy place with cooking, love, laughter and family surrounding her.
From the age of 7, Agneda had a servant’s heart. She would make tortillas twice a day for her family and eventually her extended family. Agneda loved children and helped many. She made it her duty to be a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Everyone who met her couldn’t help but be blessed. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Sena and Gertuditas Casaus Garcia, brothers, Robert Sena, Marion Sena; and sister, Celia Garza; and great-granddaughter, Danielle Silva.
Agneda is survived by her best friend and husband, Isidro P. Garcia; sons, George and wife, Nickie Garcia, Christian and wife, Rita Garcia, Johnny Garcia, Adolph and wife, Thecla Garcia; daughters, Anne and husband, Art Gaerlan, Dolores Torres, Mary and husband, Ronnie Chavez; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Agneda is also survived by three brothers, Blas Sena, Benny Sena and Theodore Jr. Sena; and one sister, Terry Garza.
The family would to thank her caretaker Elaine (Pinky), Presbyterian Hospice and friends and family for their love and support. All services will be held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Thursday, Oct. 24, beginning with a viewing 9 a.m., a Rosary at 10 a.m., a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Father Hoi Tran.
Interment will be held at the Valencia Cemetery at noon at Thursday, Oct. 24.
Sign Agneda’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Robert Allen Greene
Died 2013
Our dear friend, Robert Allen Greene, 46, of Los Lunas, joined the Lord on Friday, Oct. 11.
He fought a courageous battle with cancer.
He is survived by his beloved sister, Mary; his mother, Betty Greene; sisters, Bonnie, Pauline, Roxanne and Wanda; son, David; and daughter, Julie.
His life was celebrated with his friends, and he was put to rest by his closest family.

Shirley (Crockett) Kolski
Shirley (Crockett) Kolski passed away Oct. 6, following an ATV accident in Sula, Mont.
She was a longtime resident of Bosque Farms, where she attended the First Baptist Church. Her hard work, constant smile and happy laugh made her a friend to all she met, and she will truly be missed.
She married her high school sweetheart, William (Charlie) Crockett, in 1973 and together they raised two sons, Clay and Cody. She worked many years for CeeVee Concessions in Albuquerque.
Following Charlie’s passing, she married Bob Kolski and moved to Darby, Mont., in 1999, where she became an active member of the community, joining the Western Montana Porcelain Artist Club. She became a talented painter and ventured into many creative endeavors offered by the Women’s Club and the Garden Club.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Cal and Marie Calvery, of Bosque Farms; husband, Charlie; and her beloved son, Cody.
She is survived by her loving husband, Bob; stepchildren, Ben Kolski, William Kolski of Fairbanks, Alaska, Tara and husband, Roger Baldwin, of Greenville, Texas, and Erin Kolski; her son, Clay; sister, Linda Mauldin and husband, Rudy; brothers, Mike Bevell and wife, Crystal, and Rick Bevell and his wife, Penny.
In addition to immediate family, she is survived by an extended family of many loving nieces, nephews and friends in both New Mexico and Montana.
No formal services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of your choice in Shirley’s name.
Condolences may be left for the family at

Bernard N. Nixon
Bernard N. Nixon, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 20.
He was born to Meadow Nixon and Lawrence Nealy in Miami, Fla., on Feb. 2, 1933. At that happy occasion, also, was his grandmother, Susie Nixon, whom he continued to live with after his mother died in 1954.
Bernard and his grandmother were tightly knit. She was his “grandma” and he was her “Billy.” It was Susie’s presence and influence that helped to shape the character of the man Bernard became.
Bernard was an only child; he completed a GED after attending high school at Dorsey High in Miami, Fla., in order to obtain employment to help his mother financially, who was beginning to become ill. On Jan. 8, 1951, he enlisted in the United States Army. There, he served three years with most of his duty in Korea. He was a combat medic. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 7, 1954.
His duty and service earned him the following awards and medals: Two Oversea Service Bars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Campaign Stars.
Bernard was married to Geneva Thomas on May 16, 1964. To that union was born four children, Cedric, Eric, Bernard II and Lori. In 1976, the Nixons moved to Belen. All four children attended the public schools in Belen, and went on to successfully complete their higher education degrees at various colleges and universities.
In 1981, Bernard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Albuquerque. He was employed as a Psychiatric Aide at Veterans Administration and as a correctional officer through the state of New Mexico. He retired from the state on June 1, 1996.
Bernard accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, and he served him faithfully and delighted in the knowledge of his eternal salvation. On Oct. 20, at 1:20 am, Bernard went home to be with the Lord.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Meadow Nixon; his father, Lawrence Nealy; his grandmother, Susie Nixon; and cousins, Gladys Johnson and Susie Corbett; and grandson, Jacob A. Nixon.
He is survived by his wife, Geneva Nixon; and children, Cedric N. Nixon and wife, Phyllis, of Phoenix, Ariz., Eric N. Nixon, of Albuquerque, Bernard N. Nixon II and wife, Christine, of Bangladesh, U.S. State Department, and Lori Ann and Greg Bennett of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Bernard N. Nixon III, Sara Nixon, Chloe Nixon and Vivian Nixon; and a host of other relatives and friends.
If Bernard could speak, his word of encouragement to us all would be to continue to keep our faith and hope in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Belen on Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning with a viewing at 1:30 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m.  Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery  at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 28.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite cancer research center or the paralyzed veterans of America in Bernard’s name.
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

Barbara Jean Price
Barbara Jean Price, age 71, a resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 17.
She was a member of the Belen Art League, Fiber to Finish Guild and was a master gardener.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joe Price.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Lise Murphy and husband, Troy; grandchildren, Steven, Thomas and Arwyn; sister, Ruth Martell; nephew, Lon Martell and wife, Diane.
All services will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Monday, Oct. 28, beginning with a visitation at 10:30 a.m., with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations are made in Barbara Price’s name to Immaculate Conception Building Fund at, 7 Church Loop, Tomé, N.M., 87060, 865-7497, or the Belen Art League, 509 Becker Ave., Belen, N.M., 87002, 861-0217.
Sign Barbara’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Dora B. Romero
Dora B. Romero, age 95, born on Nov. 9, 1917, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Oct. 15, in Albuquerque.
Dora is survived by her husband of 67 years, Boleslo M. Romero; her two sons, Boleslo A. Romero and his wife, Katherine; Albert J. Romero and his wife, Anne; her three grandsons, Boleslo E. Romero and his partner, Tamara Bray; Lt. Matthew Romero, U.S. Army, and his wife, Sarah, and their son, Landon, Tech. Sgt. Ross Romero, U.S. Air Force Reserve, and his fiancée, Sarah Plunk; her brother, Dan Debaca and his wife, Stella; her sisters-in-law, Minerva Romero and Soveida Gonzales; her half-sister, Senaida Apodaca; her cousin, Adenago Perea; and her very good friends and companions, Cecilia Castillo, of Los Lunas, Charles Chavez and his wife, Lucy, of Los Lunas, Silvia Aragon and her husband, Fidel, of Los Lunas. She was an aunt, great-aunt and great-great aunt to numerous nephews and nieces, whom she adored and loved.
All services were held at San Clemente Catholic Church, on Monday, Oct. 21, Interment followed at San Clemente Catholic Cemetery.
Sign Dora’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.