Deaths and funerals (07/10/14)


Donald D. Brown
Died 2014
Donald D. Brown, age 75, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Sunday, June 22.
Donald was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Belen, also attending the Olive Tree Fellowship in Albuquerque, where Yeshua Jesus is also proclaimed as Messiah and Savior. He was a student of Bible prophecy for most of his life and had taken pastoral training many years ago.
Donald was employed mainly as a steel worker in Des Moines, Iowa, at Pittsburg-Des Moines Steel, where he made pieces for the St. Louis Arch. He also worked several years at Massey-Ferguson and John Deere Manufacturing plants in Des Moines.
Don met his wife, Betty, in 1957 at a roller rink in Urbandale, Iowa (Des Moines). They dated off and on for two years, but did not marry. Betty was still in high school. Over the years, each one had married others and had families.
In 1981, both being single again, they reconnected and married after 22 years apart. With wife, Betty, and son, Donald Jr., he moved to New Mexico in 1985 for health reasons and worked at Albuquerque Publishing Co. for about seven years.
Donald and Betty were married 32 1/2 years, living mostly in Albuquerque and Los Lunas, until cancer took him. And Yeshua said, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Constance (Connie) Brown; brother, Bill Brown; daughter Sherrie Brown Worley; and step-son, Kevin Christian.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Doggett Brown; son, Donald Brown Jr.; other children are Mark, Kimberly, Diane Michelle and Rande Brown; grandchildren, Kristopher Brown and wife, Kelly, and their sons, Jacob and Tyler; Seth Brown and Emily Brown; numerous other grandchildren; sister, Sherilyn Turner (Carl), of Iowa; brothers, Bob Brown and wife, Lainie, of Colorado, Jim Brown, of Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews; step-children, Glen Christian, of Winfield, Kan., and Lee Christian of, Los Angeles, Calif.
A memorial service was held at First Assembly of God in Belen on Sunday, June 29. Interment took place at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
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

Tanya L. Clark
Tanya L. Clark, age 62, a resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, July 3.
She loved animals, music and flowers. She also enjoyed dancing and Chinese food.
Tanya is survived by her husband, David Granados; son, Derek; daughter, Michelle; and several grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel.  Please contact funeral home for service date and time.
Arrangements are pending at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at

George “Herman” Coffey
George “Herman” Coffey, age 86, a resident of Belen, was called home because it was supper time, on Saturday, July 5, surrounded by his family.
He always said, “I was born in Texas, but they got me outta there fore it ruined me.” He grew up a farmer, joined the Army twice, became an auctioneer, worked on the Santa Fe Railroad, and in 1958, he started the trailer business.
He also tried his hand at ranching for 3 1/2 years. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. He started the Navajo Weavers Association Rug Auctions in Crownpoint, N.M., and was the auctioneer for more than 30 years.
He was the county fair auctioneer for the Valencia County Jr. Livestock Sale and for the Bi-county Fair in Prewitt, N.M., for more than three decades. He was an avid team roper and even built an arena on his property to run team roping events on a regular basis. Horses and roping were his true callings.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie Coffey and Clara Helena Griffin; brothers, Verlin, Leroy, Robert, Leonard and O.B. Coffey; and sisters, Ruby, Ollie Mae and Louise.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 1/2 years, Thelma Danforth Coffey; children, Wes Watson and wife, Cindy, DeAnn Hoffman, Max Coffey and wife, Kim, Connie English and husband, John; grandchildren, Casey Canada, Dustin Watson and fianceé, Marie, Katie Robbins and husband, Denver, Trevor Coffey, Dillon Coffey, Connor Coffey, Sterlin English and Stran English; great-grandchildren, Danika Coffey, Vance Watson and Manuel and Kali Curry; and siblings, Leon Coffey and Wanda Jean Richmond.
Services will be held at Calvary Chapel of Rio Grande Valley on Friday, July 11, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery. All are invited to bring a covered dish for a reception at Calvary Chapel following the burial.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch in his name,
Pallbearers will be Dick Burson, Kirt Vanlandingham, Toney Sanchez, Jimmy Thompson, Herman Gallegos, Paul Costanza, Mike Kull and Jimmy Cotant. Honorary pallbearers will be, Alvin Ivory, Jerome English, Charlie Myers, Grimm Lee, Delbert Autrey and John West.
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

Julia Pauline “Polly” Kelton
Julia Pauline “Polly” Kelton, age 94, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014, at her home in Belen.
A graveside service was held at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque on Tuesday, July 8.
Sign Julia’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Michael Sanchez
Michael Sanchez, age 52, a resident of Tomé, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
He was a very generous and loving person to everyone he knew. Michael loved to hunt and fish in Colorado with his cousins, Brently Bedford and Gerald De Herrera, who he also considered his brothers.
He enjoyed telling jokes and making people laugh. Michael also made his tin men, giving them to everyone he knew.
He was preceded in death by his beloved father, John F. Sanchez.
Michael is survived by his loving mother, Dolores “Lola” Sanchez; sister, Juanita Sanchez. Michael loved his family and was especially proud of his four nieces, Nikki Torrez, Cyndi Capps, Tiffany Sanchez and Julie Sanchez. He also enjoyed his great-nephews, Tyler, Christian and Evan Torrez; and great-niece, Brianna Capps; maternal aunts, Ruth Gallegos and husband, Manuel, Jennie Brown and husband, Dave, Barbara Ulibarri and partner, Miguel Medina; and paternal aunt, Rosie Valdez. He is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.
All services were held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 8, with Father Jose Hernandez presiding. Interment followed at the Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Brently Bedford, Gerald De Herrera, Robert Torres, Paul Torres, Roger Baca and Paul Romero.
Sign Michael’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Gretchen Jeanne Woodard
Gretchen Jeanne Woodard, age 89, was born in Warren, Penn., on May 2, 1925. On Saturday, July 5, 2014, she came face to face with Jesus, her Lord and Savior, whom she loved and served almost her entire life.
We, her family and friends, are praising God and thanking Him for His mercy and grace in allowing her to finally go where she’s been wanting and waiting to go for so very long.
Gretchen was preceded in death by her husband of almost 42 years, Eugene “Woody” Woodard; and her second husband, Kenneth E. Sowards. They shared 10 years together before he died. She is also preceded in death by a son, Dennis Woodard; a grandson, Marcus Daniel Nagy; and her only sibling, Hugh Jamieson.
She is survived by a son, Ronald “Coach” Woodard, residing in Kyle, Texas, and his wife, Penny; and a daughter, Patricia “Tish” Nagy and husband, Tom, of Los Lunas; and Dennis’ wife, Debbie Woodard, of Socorro.
Gretchen was blessed with nine grandchildren, Scott Woodard and wife, Heather, Randy Woodard, Ricci Woodard, Michael Nagy and wife, Sylvia, Matthew Nagy and wife, Stacey, Clifford Nagy, Nicole Bratcher and husband, Brad, Gina Kasky and husband, Joel, and Joel Dennis Woodard. She also leaves behind 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Gretchen was a bookkeeper well into her 70s, where she finished her career at Huning Mercantile in Los Lunas.  She always considered Louie Huning her third son.
Gretchen’s dream for many years was to help start a Bible teaching church in the Rio Grande Valley, which she saw to fruition in 1981 with the beginning of Community Bible Church of Los Lunas, where she served the Lord the remainder of her productive time on earth.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 15, at Community Bible Church, 1467 N. N.M. 314 in Los Lunas, followed by a time of fellowship and lunch.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to … aw heck, just send flowers … she loved ’em!
If you personally hate flowers, then feel free to make a contribution to the charity of your choice. Gretchen had too many “favorite” charities to choose from!
Please visit our online guestbook for Gretchen at French – University, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 843-6333.