Alice “Martina” Jo Anchondo


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Alice “Martina” Jo Anchondo

Alice “Martina” Jo Anchondo, 71, was granted her angel wings on Dec. 7, 2020.

She was born March 8, 1949. She grew up in the small town of Peralta.

Alice was a dedicated mother, first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as nana. She had a vibrant personality and always made people around her laugh.

Alice spent her days driving around town, stopping at yard sales, finding antiques and home decor. Up until her last days, you would catch her visiting her family, friends and going from thrift shop to thrift shop.

She was thrilled to give her grandchildren items for their homes, whether it was passed down from her or a unique find at a yard sale. Alice spent her evenings watching the beautiful New Mexico sunsets, while her husband tended to their farm animals.

She was always willing to help everyone and anyone out, whether that was giving a homeless man a coat or being bluntly honest. She didn’t hesitate to give advice to all her children and grandchildren. Alice could get the quietest person in the room talking, she never denied an opportunity to touch someone’s heart.

Despite the fact that Alice had two knee replacements, she always looked for a chance to dance in the yard or at a quinceañera with her husband.

Our grandmother was one of the strongest women we know. She was fierce. She always said, “I am not afraid of anyone or anything, but one thing … mice.” And she truly was.

Her life was a living example of the Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32: “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” Alice inspired us all to be genuine and loving to one another.

She was preceded in death by her son, Edward Jaramillo; and daughter, Rita Jaramillo. Alice is survived by her husband, Jesus; and son, Jessie Anchondo; her nine grandchildren, Leslie Romero, Edward Jaramillo, Denise Fay, Angelica Jaramillo, Heaven Jaramillo, Gabrielle Anchondo, Ray Jaramillo, Jessie Anchondo and Nikolas Anchondo; as well as nine great-grandchildren, Victoria Rios, Brisa Rios, Eli Montoya, Andre Romero, Jasper Montoya, Loveiah Sarracino, Soriah Larranaga, Axél Anchondo and Summer Moralez.

Alice also had many nieces and nephews who she kept in close contact with over the years.

Most of all, she loved her family and instilled strong values that have served them well. Our grandmother was a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman. We will miss her every day. All who loved her dearly and will never forget her tenacity, wit, charm, grace and undying love and care for them.

Alice “Martina” Anchondo will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

Polly “Paulita” Baca

Died 2020

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Polly “Paulita” Baca

Polly “Paulita” Baca went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Dec. 14, 2020.

Polly and late husband, Felix Baca, were proud owners of Mountain States Wrecker Service for 64 years. Polly was a member of Christian Fellowship in Los Lunas.

She was a wonderful, amazing, loving mother and nana to all.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Felix Baca Jr. and wife, Barbara; daughter, Annette Perea and husband, Ronnie; her grandchildren, Dana, Dawn (Mario), Darlene (Todd), Erica (Brandon) and Veronica (Matthew); and her great-grandchildren, Jeromey, Clover, Orlando, Ronnie, Shannon, Aaron, Annily, Kayden, Jordyn and Ronessa; and many nieces and nephews.

Polly enjoyed being outside in her garden, but most importantly being with her “babies.”

We love you, Nana, and miss you so much! We will see you again Honey.

No services will be held at this time.

Dora Bermudez

Died 2020

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Dora Bermudez

Dora Bermudez, age 73, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020.

She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta.

Dora is preceded in death by her parents, Selia and Manuel Chapa; and brothers, Mingo, Tim and Tony Chapa.

She is survived by her loving husband, Joe A. Bermudez; sons, Faustino Bermudez (Margaret) and Manuel Bermudez (Mickie); daughter, Amanda; sisters, Sallie (Eddie), Gloria and Lillie; and grandchildren, Joe Ray, Ana, George, Amy, Claye and Brian. Dora is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Arrangements entrusted to Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas, N.M., 2211-D Main St.; 866-9992.

Jakie Don Ford


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Jakie Don Ford

Jakie Don Ford, 82, of Bosque Farms, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 20, 2020.

Jakie Don was born in Arch, N.M., on Nov. 12, 1938, to Roland Ervin and Quincy Elizabeth Ford. He graduated from Hobbs High School in 1957, and went to work as a heavy equipment operator.

One of his favorite jobs was building a road in the Gila Wilderness beginning at the river and ending at the Gila Cliff Dwellings. He went on to own Ford Enterprises and sell MoorMan’s Feed for many years. He was an award-winning salesman and avid auction attendee.

He married Patricia “Ann” Bigham on Jan. 24, 1959, in Hobbs, and they had five beautiful daughters.

Jakie loved livestock shows and mentoring young kids. He started with his daughters as a 4-H steer, pig and lamb leader, and went on to help his grandchildren and many other kids in the community at the county and state level. If there was a fair within 100 miles, you could find him there the entire week working with them.

He was passionate about hard work and passed it on to many others. He and Ann loved opening their home to youth Bible study and you could always find their den full of kids. He coached church softball and went on to coach Little League for his grandsons.

You could always find him with his camcorder on his shoulder (until they became hand held) making home videos of his family. He recorded every moment because his family was his greatest treasure. The grandkids love sitting around watching those VHS tapes, but he might have recorded over a birth or two in order to capture Clay’s high school baseball games.

He loved the Dallas Cowboys and you could find him watching football every Sunday after Church — generally bantering with his sons-in-law. His giggle was infectious and he took great joy in making people laugh.

Jakie was preceded in death by his father, Roland Ervin Ford; his mother, Quincy Elizabeth Ford; two sisters, Garnita “Sis” Joiner and Wanita “Tuffy” Council; and two brothers, Jessie “Bud” Ford and Arthur Ervin “Tommy” Ford.

Jakie is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann Ford; and five “Daddy’s Girls,” Tonja Ford, of Sandia Park, Monicque Carter and husband, David, of Hobbs, Melissa Turnbow and husband, Taylor, of Peralta, Misty Ford, of Los Lunas, and Melette Campbell and husband, Shawn, of Aztec, N.M.

His pride and joy, his grandchildren, Clay Kerr (Dayle Renee), Cory Kerr (Nicole), Jason Saiz (Quannah), Jackie Brown (Josh), Joe Don Wright (Katy), Dylan Davis (Scott), Ashley Lovato (Josh), Aaron Dyer (Brody), Amanda Kerr (Cody), Bryandra Campbell-Perez (Isiah), Timothy Turnbow, (Joni), Kaleb Campbell, Alyxa Jiron (Isiac “Cali” Romero), Jensen Campbell, Landon Turnbow and Dylan Carter; 20 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, lifetime friends and others who called him Papa.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 26 , at the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms. Brody Dyer will be officiating.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 28, at Memory Gardens in Hobbs. Larry Wood will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation or volunteer with your local 4-H or FFA club or church youth group.

Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Margaret Ellen (Jaramillo) Gutierrez

Died 2020

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Margaret Ellen (Jaramillo) Gutierrez

Margaret Ellen (Jaramillo) Gutierrez, age 80, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday morning, Dec. 19, 2020.

She was the loving wife of Roy B. Gutierrez and the mother of two sons, Roy K. Gutierrez and wife, Elizabeth, of Bosque Farms, and Jeremy A. Gutierrez and wife, Terri, of Sun City, Ariz.

Margaret would have celebrated her 81st birthday on Jan. 12, 2021.

She leaves behind her two sons and two lovely granddaughters, Gabrielle and Jordyn, whom she loved dearly.

Margaret was preceded in death by her sister, Elsie Padilla (Florian); and brothers Toby Jaramillo (Dorla) and Daniel Jaramillo (Carmen Campos).

She is survived by her sisters, Sofie Benavidez (Joe), Monica Beck (Ted), Dorla Jaramillo (Toby) and Carmen Campos (Daniel). Margaret was sister-in-law to Ralph and Deluvina Gutierrez, Cecilia and Martin Sanchez, Mary and Gordan Simms, Betty and Pat Luna, Lucilla and Narciso Pacheco, and James Gutierrez.

She was an aunt, great-aunt, and cousin to numerous family members.

Margaret was born in Los Lunas, to Francisquita and Conrado Jaramillo. She worked as a civil servant for the Social Security Administration and for the postal service, from which she would later retire. Margaret loved being outside working in the garden, where she found great joy and success in her ability to produce abundant crops. She generously shared all that she grew with family and friends.

Margaret carefully tended her beautiful flowers, and fed the hummingbirds she loved to sit and watch every evening. She was a simple woman, taking great pleasure in the simple gifts from God, such as tending her garden and traveling with her granddaughters.

She was a talented cook and baker, making beautiful trays of holiday treats and tamales to share with family and friends. Family members and friends will surely miss these trays of holiday cheer that were so lovingly prepared at this time of year.

Margaret truly valued what time she had with her family and friends. Being a part of her life was one of God’s blessings to all who knew and loved her. If you were so blessed to have been included in her life, you would have known that one of her greatest attributes was that she loved everyone equally.

Margaret stated many times that her greatest accomplishments were her two sons and her two granddaughters.

Services are currently pending. Please refer to for service updates. Margaret felt strongly about following COVID-19 guidelines to keep everyone safe, and we ask service attendees to abide by the current guidelines.

Pease sign Margaret’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Lydia F. Medina


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Lydia F. Medina

Lydia F. Medina, born April 30, 1956, a resident of Jarales, passed away on Dec. 17, 2020, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.

Her family was the most important thing in her life. Her joy and happiness came from being a daughter, sister, wife and mother. She touched the lives of everyone that knew her due to her warmth and compassion.

Her loving upbringing resulted in deep-seated values, which led to her putting other’s needs before her own. This unselfishness led her to having many long-lasting friendships in her life, which she cherished.

As a devout Catholic, her faith gave her strength to overcome life’s many trials and tribulations.

Because of her loving nature, she will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlos and Emma Castaneda; father- and mother-in-law, Demetrio “Johnny” and Lucila Medina; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her husband, David Medina; sons, John and fiancée, Brenda, and Carlos; sister, Maria Castaneda-Moya and husband, Leo Moya; sisters-in-law, Erlinda (Leroy) Chavez, Theresa Olguin, Diana Mascarenas and Prescilla (Santiago) Camarena; brother-in-law, Pat (Annette) Medina; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

All services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family did not host a reception or social gathering after the services. A memorial will be held at a later date.

Pallbearers were Leo Moya, Pat Medina, Edwin Padilla, Randy McCloud, Wilfred Baca and Orlando Gonzales.

Honorary pallbearers were Leroy Chavez, Santiago Camarena, Alex Gabaldon and Franchesca Castillo Chavez.

Please sign Lydia’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Dionella “Nellie” Maria Lucia Sanchez


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Dionella “Nellie” Maria Lucia Sanchez

Dionella “Nellie” Maria Lucia Sanchez, age 88, passed away peacefully on Dec. 15, 2020. She was known to all who loved her by Nellie.

Nellie married Frank Sanchez at the age of 19. They were blessed with a beautiful marriage of 69 years. Together, Frank and Nellie raised five beautiful children. She was a loving and devoted mother to Dodie, Veronica, Ruth, Paulene and Roland.

As their children were growing up, she worked diligently to make sure they had all that they needed. Nellie was known to sew dresses for her daughters and iron clothes to make extra money for her family. She retired as a secretary from the Belen Consolidated Schools.

Nellie was a warm, kind and loving grandma. When you entered her home, there was a feeling of tenderness and love. Food was always served at noon, and there was always enough to go around. Nellie embraced each minute spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was loved by all and her presence will be greatly missed.

Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, Josefita and Nicolas Gabaldon; mother and father-in-law, Pablo and Manuelita Sanchez; daughter, Veronica Garret; son, Roland Sanchez; granddaughters, Rachel Archuleta, Stephanie Sais and Marisa Lopez; and grandson, Justin Sullivan.

She is survived by her loving husband, Frank Sanchez; daughters, Dodie Padilla (Ruben), Ruth Lopez (Dave) and Pauline Chavez (Dennis); daughter-in-law, Janet Sanchez; sister, Margie Anaya (Henry, deceased); and brothers, Nick Gabaldon (Pauline, deceased) and Leroy Gabaldon (Stella); 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, and countless nieces and nephews.

All services were celebrated at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Interment followed at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

Please sign Nellie’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

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