Deaths and funerals (01/02/14)
Alta Lee Berry
Alta Lee Berry, age 90, a resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 24.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Belen and a past matron of Jessamine Chapter No. 45 Order of the Eastern Star. Alta Lee was a very caring person who loved her family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 72 years, Kenton Berry; parents, Roy and Fern Rook Dodson; and sisters, Doris and husband, Buddy and Frances.
Alta Lee is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Lola Berry, of Texas; nephews and nieces, John Dickson and wife, Judy, of Houston, Texas; Jim Crain and wife, Sharon, of Clovis, Roy Dickson and wife, Vicki, of Houston, Linda Crow and husband, Bill, of Belen, Suzanne Simmons and husband, Larry, of Franklin, Tenn., David Crain and wife, Lori, of Belen, Dwight Crain and wife, Traci, of Hewitt, Texas, Kevin Berry of Texas and Mike Berry of Kansas City, Mo. She is also survived by many loving great-nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Belen on Thursday, Jan. 2, beginning with a viewing at 11 a.m., a funeral service to be held at 12 p.m. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jim, David, Dwight and Tim Crain and John and Roy Dickson. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Crow, Doug Luton, Jeremy Crain and Arthur Fender.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, 2200 S. Avenue I, Portales, NM, 88130, or the charity of your choice.
Sign Alta Lee’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Lara Carbajal, beloved mother, grandmother, wife and sister passed away on Dec. 16.
A memorial service will be held in Lara’s memory at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, at French – Wyoming.
Please visit our online guestbook for Lara at www.frenchfunerals.com. French, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, 823-9400.
Gregorio Castillo Jr.
Gregorio Castillo Jr., age 67, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, Dec. 27. He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
Gregorio proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, receiving a purple heart and bronze star medal. His babies were his two Harley Davidson’s, Sally and Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gregorio Castillo Sr.; and mother-in-law, Adela Padilla.
Gregorio is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Judy Padilla Castillo; mother, Concha Caswell; stepson, Steven Otero; daughters, Tracy Castillo and Alane Stanton and husband, Ryan; grandchildren, Jordan Castillo and Jake Stanton; brothers, Robert, Carlos, Cosme, Udell and David Castillo; sisters, Rosa Perea and Rita Aragon; father-in-law, Tony F. Padilla; brothers-in-law, Robert Padilla and wife, Debbie, Anthony Padilla and wife, Rita, John Padilla and wife, Rosalie and Joe Padilla; and sister in-law, Mary Gabaldon and husband, Glen.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Thursday, Jan. 2, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m., and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Mary Gabaldon, Steve Romero, Randy Vallejos, Jennifer Montano, Leroy Montano and Joe Padilla. Honorary pallbearers will be Carlos Castillo, Sally Olguin and Frances Romero.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Vivian at Sol Amor Hospice, Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and Romero Funeral Home.
Sign Gregorio’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Berlinda A. Chavez
Berlinda A. Chavez, age 40, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, Dec. 27.
She was born in Belen to Earl and Carmen Chavez; she was the second eldest of five siblings.
Berlinda was a kind and generous person with a huge heart. She was always willing to lend a hand. She enjoyed baking and spending time with her family.
Berlinda was a devoted auntie and second mother to her nephew and niece, Casey and Annamarie, who meant the world to her. She loved any and all animals, especially her cat, Lucky.
Berlinda will be greatly missed by all her family, friends and animals.
She was preceded in death by her father, Earl R. Chavez.
Berlinda is survived by her mother, Carmen Chavez; her sisters, Mary Apodaca and her husband, Gene, Angela Chavez Carmona and her husband, Noe, Julie Garcia and her husband, Phillip; and her brother, Earl E. Chavez Jr. and his wife, Kristin, and eight nieces and nephews, Derek Apodaca, Casey Carmona, Jesse Apodaca, Phillip Garcia Jr., Brandon Chavez, Annamarie Carmona, Kaitlin Chavez and Preston Garcia.
A viewing will be held at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, at Noblin Funeral Services in Belen. A viewing will be held at noon on Friday, Jan. 3, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, followed by a Funeral Mass at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Rocky Aragon, Noe Carmona, Ramon Carmona, Phillip Garcia, Derek Apodaca and Jesse Apodaca.
Wanda Leola Proctor Cox
Wanda Leola Proctor Cox, age 81, a resident of Peralta, passed away on Monday, Dec. 30.
She was a member of Bosque Farms Church of Christ and the Foxey Ladies Bowling League. Wanda was a very creative person. She loved writing poetry, gardening, canning, sewing and bowling. Most of all, she was very family oriented.
Her life lessons will be treasured through future generations. Wanda was truly loved and will be dearly missed.
Wanda is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Wayne M. Cox; parents, Elvy and Martha Proctor; daughter, Colleen Cox; son, Melvin Cox; two sisters, Louise Fulgham and Nettie Watson, all of Peralta.
She is survived by her sister, Bonnie Gladwell; daughters, Wayneen Cox, Arleen Hines and husband, Courtney, Bonnie Faye Smith and husband, Randy; and son, Donald Wade Cox, all of Peralta; seven loving grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.
Services will be held at Bosque Farms Church of Christ, 1635 Bosque Farms Blvd., beginning with a viewing at 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 3. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen following the service.
Pallbearers are Ronnie Smith, Jason Solano, Aaron Ashley, Robert La Fountain, Ed McLain and Terry Cox. Honorary pallbearers are June McClellan, Janet McLain, Jackie Ashley, Brandy Solano, Amanda La Fountain, Candice Hardman, Andy Miles and Tony Chavez.
Deacon Manuel A. Gallegos
Deacon Manuel A. Gallegos, age 82, a resident of Belen, passed away peacefully with all his family by his side on Sunday, Dec. 29.
He was an active member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and also a proud member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ignacio V. and Estella Sanchez Gallegos; sisters, Bernadette Gallegos, Dianna Baughman and Carmen Flick; brothers, Moises, Father Albert, Robert, Alfred and his identical twin brother, Nestor Gallegos.
Deacon Manuel is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Theresa Chavez Gallegos; children, Linda Sanchez and husband, Henry, Patricia Gallegos, Robert Gallegos and wife, Melody, Mary Cornelius and husband, Mark, Debra Romero, Anthony Gallegos and wife, Jennifer, Kathleen Armijo-Herschitz and husband, Tony, Manuel Gallegos Jr. (Mel), and James Gallegos; 28 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Sue Sanchez; brothers, Ignacio and David (DD); and sisters-in-law, Virgie Gallegos and Frances Gallegos.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final viewing will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 3, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. with Father David Gallegos presiding. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Eric Sanchez, Joey Aceves, Robert L. Gallegos, Dennis Rey Armijo, Justin Gallegos and Christopher Gallegos. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerrad, Nicholas, Evonne, Tara, Reanna, Carla, Arlene, Shannon, Daylynn, Amber, Sara, Kristina, Illyana, Jade, Josh and Jose.
Sign Deacon Manuel’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Damacio Gurule, age 96, a resident of Bosque, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 25, surrounded by family.
He was a farmer all his life, working at many local dairies and at the King Ranch. He was very proud of the work he did and was a very hard worker. You will be really missed. Rest in peace.
Damacio was preceded in death by his wife, Barbarita Gurule; son, Raymond Gurule; four brothers, one sister and a grandson.
He is survived by his son, Leroy Gurule (Anna); stepdaughter, Maryann; sister, Celia Marquez; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
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.