Deaths and funerals (08/07/14)
Frances Mae Arnold
Frances Mae Arnold, age 77, of Los Lunas, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2014, at her children’s home in Sterling Heights, Mich.
She was born Nov. 25, 1936, the daughter of Thomas Carpenter and Billie Mason (Harris) Fisher. As a young girl, she lived with her father and two sisters in Tokyo, Japan, for four years.
A few years after her return to Washington, D.C., she was crowned Cherry Blossom Queen in 1954 and awarded the title of Miss Kentucky. She was an executive secretary to the superintendent of Los Lunas Schools and spent many years supporting the children, their families, the teaching staff and her colleagues within the district.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and assisting others at the local Moose Lodge in Belen.
She is survived by her three children, Denise (Brian) Grothe, Darrell (Michele) Laughlin and David (Sonja) Laughlin; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; her sister, Billie Jo McCann; brother-in-law, Joe Jamieson; and Jake Arnold.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother and sister, Ann Jamieson.
According to her wishes, a private memorial service will be held with her immediate family. Memorial contributions can be made to the Moose Lodge in Belen or Beaumont Hospice in Troy, Mich. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family.
Evelyn S. Brannan
On Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, Evelyn S. Brannan, 84, of Belen, beloved wife for 48 years of Joe A. Brannan, “crossed the bar” in anticipation of a bodily resurrection and eternal life in Jesus Christ.
She was born in Clovis on Jan. 12, 1930. Evelyn attended Belen High School but took summer classes to graduate early in 1947 from Abilene Christian College’s High School in Abilene, Texas, so she could marry Joe, a Pearl Harbor survivor.
Evelyn and Joe attended New Mexico State University until 1951; they briefly lived in Columbia, South America, working for United Fruit. They moved to Zuni, N.M., where she taught at the Zuni Day School while Joe worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and they briefly served the Umatilla Indians in Pendleton, Ore., before returning home to New Mexico.
Evelyn then attended the University of New Mexico until she received a Bachelor of Science in business education in 1958. She began teaching business subjects at the Belen High School that year until her retirement in 1984. She earned a Master of Business Education in 1967 from Eastern New Mexico University; she also attended Southern University on a National Science Foundation grant to study sociology.
Finally, in 1977, she received a Master of Arts and certificate in guidance and counseling from the University of New Mexico in order to serve as Belen High’s guidance counselor for six years until her retirement.
She was a tireless traveler throughout Europe, the Holy Lands and South America. She painted, authored stories and articles and gardened. But, above all else, she faithfully served as a Christian helping and encouraging others, providing employment and aid to many, and being generous to a fault for anyone who asked. She was a beloved member of the Golf Road Church of Christ in Belen.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Dan Brannan and his wife, Patrice (Martin) Brannan, of Abilene, Texas; grandchildren, Chris and his wife, April, Michael, and Julianne; great-grandchildren, Allison and Caden. She is also survived by her brother, Jack Sellars and his wife, Sunny, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Golf Road Church of Christ, off N.M. 314 in Belen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Golf Road Church of Christ, Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home, 5700 Winter Haven Blvd., NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87120-2643, or to the UNM Christian Student Center, 130 Girard Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106.
Max Andrew Torres IV
Max Andrew Torres IV, a resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
He was loved by many and touched many souls. He was a kind and loving person that left us way too soon. He will be gravely missed by all.
Max is survived by his mother, Eleanor Sisneros; father, Max A. Torres III; step-parents, Mario Sisneros and Lydia Torres; sister, Alyssa (Torres) Sisneros; brothers, Marcus and Diego Sisneros; four step-brothers and one step-sister; grandparents, Lester and Cynthia Elliott and Max Jr. and Mona Torres; two uncles, Ray and Dennis Elliott; one aunt, Melynda Monte and their spouses. He is also survived by many extended grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
All services were held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, on Monday, Aug. 4. Interment followed at San Clemente Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Marcus and James Torres, Ruben, Brianna, Daniel and Oscar Sisneros. Honorary pallbearers were Alyssa (Torres) Sisneros and Avelino Sisneros.
A memorial fund has been set up at the Bank of Albuquerque. Please contact Romero Funeral Home to get further information on donations to the family.
Sign Max’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.