Fernando Lee Baca


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Fernando Lee Baca

Fernando Lee Baca, age 55, a resident of Los Chavez/Belen, passed away on Aug. 8, 2020.

He was a loving husband and father, who worked hard his whole life for his family. Fernando had a big heart and made friends with everyone he came across. He would give you the shirt off his back. Fernando is preceded in death by his father, George C. Baca; and brothers, Lawrence and Thomas Baca.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Diedra Baca; daughters, Isabel (Stephan) Nuttall, Jessica Baca, Bernadette Baca and Bridget Lash and boyfriend, Abe Magsayo; goddaughter, Melissa (Matthew) Sais; sons-in-law, JJ Yalch, Eric Bush and Joseph Lash; grandchildren, Felicitti, Ethan and Olyvia Nuttall, Jayla, Jaydon, Jayce, Jaykub and Jaymeelee Yalch, Erika, Eric Jr. and Mia Bush and Sarah and Shanelle Sais; mother, Emma Baca; brothers, Ruben Baca and life partner, Virginia Martinez, and George Baca; sisters, Helen Vallejos, Dolores Ramirez, Josephine Baca, Patsy (Frankie) Sedillo and Lorraine (Phillip) Delgado; and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Services are currently pending.

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

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Ruben Chavez

Ruben Chavez


Ruben Chavez, age 80, passed away on, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.

Services were held at San Isidro Mission Church. A public viewing will be held at 5:30 p.m., with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 9.

A final viewing was held at 9 a.m., with a Funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 10. Interment followed at San Isidro Cemetery.

A complete obituary is available at noblin.com.

Henry B. Cordova


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Henry B. Cordova

Henry B. Cordova, 81, of Pacific, Mo., passed away on Aug. 8, 2020.

Henry, son of the late Mariano Cordova and his wife, Eva nee Baca, was born May 4, 1939, in La Joya. He received his education from La Joya Tech. On Feb. 9, 1980, he was united in marriage to Pamela Whitworth. Henry was a groundskeeper for the Legends Golf Course and also had a love for gardening.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Eddie Cordova; five siblings, Billy, Reuben, Louella, Helen and Louella; and mother and father-in-law, Betty and Charles Whitworth.

Among his survivors are his wife, Pam Cordova, of Pacific, Mo.; son, Chad Cordova, of Pacific; daughter, Stephanie Cordova, of California; two brothers, Mariano Cordova, of Gray Summit, Mo., and Floyd Cordova, of La Joya; sister, Mildred, of New Mexico; two grandchildren, Cassandra Cordova, of California, and Jessica, of California; two sisters-in-law, Barb Laramore and Janet Mezo and husband, Dan; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

A visitation and funeral service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Nieburg-Vitt,Thiebes Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Sunset Cemetery in Pacific, Mo.

Memorial donations can be made to the COPD Foundation.

Felix Eloy Gilbert “Gil” Gutierrez


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Felix Eloy Gilbert “Gil” Gutierrez

Felix Eloy Gilbert “Gil” Gutierrez, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in Las Vegas, Nev., on Monday, July 27, 2020, surrounded by family.

Gil was born at home in Belen on May 8, 1937, the first child of Jose Antonio and Sara Gurule Gutierrez. After graduating from high school, he completed electrical technical school in Chicago, Ill.

He married Estella Gabaldon on June 25, 1960. They moved their family to Barstow, Calif., then Victorville, Calif., and finally Apple Valley, Calif., where Gil eventually started his own business, Gilbert G. Electric. Gilbert and Estella had three children.

Later, he moved to Las Vegas, Nev., to work at the test site. On June 28, 1998, Gil married Karen Patterson, and they spent the last 40 years of his life together.

Gil loved to fish and hunt in Utah and Nevada. He delighted in taking off-beaten paths with his window down and country music playing just to see where that road went. He was a talented electrician and enjoyed teaching many others the tricks of the trade. He cherished his grandchildren, whom he felt could do no wrong.

Gil was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Gutierrez; stepdaughter, Amy Ellison and her son, Hunter.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, and the pups; siblings, Richard (Anna), Orlando (Delores), Liza (Billy Chavez) and Patricia; as well as his children, Norena, Dorothy (Ricardo) and Shawn (Melinda); grandchildren, Steven (Jessica), Trevion, Emma (Jared Kotter), Richard, Anthony (Hana), Elizabeth, Marcus, Seth and Andrew; and great-grandchild, Bentley Gutierrez.

His family appreciates the amazing care Gilbert received from Giving Care Home Health Company and Pebble Creek Hospice. As Gil requested, there will not be a memorial service.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to an animal shelter or sanctuary of your choice.

Melinda Horton


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Melinda Horton

Melinda Horton, beloved mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and aunt, passed away on July 31, 2020.

Melinda was the beloved daughter of Norman and Margaret Crawford, who both preceded her in death. Melinda was born June 22, 1954, in Uvalde, Texas.

Melinda is survived by her loving son, Justin Horton and his wife, Kellie, and their two sons, Estevan and Emilio; her loving daughter, Norma Lea Deanda; her granddaughter, Ally Deanda and Ally’s father, Rick Deanda; her brother, Norman Crawford and his wife, Lorrie; her sister, Norma Gorman and her husband, Ray, their son, Sean Gorman and his wife, Megan, and their two children, Adeline and Levi; her brother, Walter Crawford and his wife, Viki, and their two sons, Allan Crawford and his wife, Amanda, and their two children, Emily and Ethan; Adam Crawford and his wife, Erika, and their four children, Shelby, Landon, Kimber and Wesley.

Melinda will be missed by all who knew her. Melinda’s memorial service will be held at a later date.

Eulala Morrison Jones


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Eulala Morrison Jones

Eulala Morrison Jones passed from this life on Aug. 6, 2020.

Born in Seneca, N.M., on Oct. 11, 1927, Nina Eulala was the youngest child of Henry Aden Morrison and Valona Avalene Nancy Bishop White Morrison.

She attended school in Seneca and Clayton, and graduated from Clayton High School. She married Earl Armon Jones on May 24, 1952. To this union were born three children, Cindy Lee, Casey Earl and Earl Armon (Earl A).

She worked in many jobs, including as a licensed beautician and as an employee of the United States Postal Service. She enjoyed painting and music, and played the piano at several of the churches she attended.

The family first lived in Northeast New Mexico, including the community of Wagon Mound. In 1969, they moved to a small farm in Los Chavez, where they spent many happy years. In 2014, due to advancing illness, Cindy and Eulala moved to Rio Communities.

Eulala is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl; her sons, Casey and Earl A.; siblings and their spouses, Hubert Raymond (Stella Peterson), Emma Thelma (James Nunn), Helen Marguerite (Clyde Haisten), Russell Harvey (Kathryn Ells and Stella Holmes), Lennard Bishop (Sylvia Campbell), James Lee, and Laddie Lee.

She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Lee Jones; by many wonderful nieces and nephews, and dear friends. She loved them all, but most of all loved her father God, her Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. She loved and she was loved. There is no greater legacy.

There will be a celebration of Eulala’s life at a later time when circumstances permit.

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 noblin.com.

Andy L. Montano


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Andy L. Montano

Andy L. Montano, age 68, a resident of Tomé/Adelino, passed away on Aug. 9, 2020.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé.

Andy was preceded in death by his wife, Amy Montano; parents, Florenio and Piedad Montano; sister, Eva Elycio; and nephews, Julian and Ricky Montano.

He is survived by daughters, Andrea (Michael) Sutton, Janell and Misty Montano; son, Leonard (April) Montano; sisters, Connie (Patricio) Elycio, Liz Alvillar and Joila Barela; brothers, Albert Montano, Edwin (Lydia) Montano, Willie (Pricilla) Montano and Florenio (Marylou) Montano; grandchildren, Tanisha Montano, Ruben and Savannah Hernandez, Marcus Christie and Andres Devlin, Destanie and Anallei Chavez, Estrella and Lailani Sutton-Montano, and Lenore and Halena Montano; and great-granddaughter, Blake Howard.

Services will took place on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé. Interment will be held at a later date.

Pallbearers were his grandkids, Marcus, Destanie, Analleli, Ruben, Savannah, Christian, Andres and Robbie; and nephew, David Montano. Honorary pallbearers are his grandkids.

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

Jesusita “Jessie” Poland


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Jesusita “Jessie” Poland

Jesusita “Jessie” Poland, age 89, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on July 31, 2020.

A memorial service will take place at Calvary Chapel New Harvest, in Los Lunas, on Friday, Aug. 14, beginning with a visitation with the family from 9:30-10 a.m., followed by the eulogy and sermon.

The burial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 15, in T or C at Vista Memory Gardens. Funeral directors from T or C require a mask or face covering and this is mandatory.

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

Diane M. Arvizu Gallegos Routzen


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Diane M. Arvizu Gallegos Routzen

Diane M. Arvizu Gallegos Routzen, age 42, a resident of Belen, was taken peacefully by our Lord and Savior on Aug. 5, 2020.

She earned a degree in nursing. She enjoyed camping, fishing and many more outdoor activities. She loved animals, and she always had a smile on her face that will be missed.

Diane was a widower of her late husband, David Routzen.

She is survived by her four, loving daughters, Felicity Gallegos, Adrianne Gallegos, Danesia Gallegos and Hannah Gallegos, and their father, Kenneth Gallegos; one granddaughter, Naomi “Baby” Johnson; loving mother, Sally and her husband, Pete Moreno; father, Henry and his wife, Cecilia Arvizu; brother, Henry “Mike” and his wife, Wanda Arvizu; sister, Lisa Arvizu and Dominic Chavez; brother, Joseph Arvizu and Maria Barajas; halfsiblings, Erica and Christopher Arvizu; stepsiblings, Venessa G., Lucy A. and Michael; and seven nieces, nine nephews and many loving family members and friends.

Walter E. Timmons Jr.


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Walter E. Timmons Jr.

Walter E. Timmons Jr., of Bosque Farms, entered heaven’s gates on Friday, July 31, 2020.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Eva.

He is survived by his son, Richard Timmons (Joanne); and his daughter, Vickie Cook (Russell). He was a proud grandfather and great-grandfather to seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Walter was the son of Walter E. Timmons Sr. and Mayme Hays Timmons, and born Sunday, Aug. 4, 1929, in Estancia. He graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1947. He attended the University of New Mexico, majoring in business administration.

Walter married the love of his life, Eva Mann, Friday, April 20, 1951. They were married for almost 68 years. They resided in Albuquerque until moving to Bosque Farms in 1992.

Walter entered into active service with the Army in May 1951, serving in the Korean Conflict. Walter’s professional career included working for the Santa Fe Railroad in the maintenance area, and the mining/construction supply industry, working for Harry Cornelius Company, Crist Machinery and Supply, Plateau Supply and then IMSCO. He retired in 1996.

Walter was past president of Albuquerque Equipment Distributors. After retiring, he enjoyed working as a consultant, gardening and working in his shop.

As a young man, he was an active member of DeMolay and a Chevalier. He served on the advisory council and chapter dad for Sandia Chapter Order of DeMolay. He served as chairman of the DeMolay Foundation of New Mexico. He then became a member of Albuquerque Temple-Lodge 6, Albuquerque York Rite and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.

He was a faithful and active member of Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church, serving on building committees and numerous administrative committees. He enjoyed teaching Sunday School and was an active member of United Methodist Men.

Walter will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park following a private family ceremony. A memorial celebration of life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church -Walter Timmons Memorial Fund, 25 Wesley Road, Peralta, NM, 87042.

Please visit our online guest book for Walter at FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - University, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 843-6333.

Filimon C. Vallejos


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Filimon C. Vallejos

Filimon C. Vallejos, age 88, a resident of Valencia County, passed away on Aug. 10, 2020.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé, and was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran.

Filimon is preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Mercedes Chavez Vallejos; brothers, Manfor and Anastacio (Tacho) Vallejos; and sister, Carmelita Baca.

He is survived by sisters, Priscilla Silva and Celina (Sally) Gofberg; loving friend, Patsy Swisher; nephews and nieces, Marylou Herrera, Helen Ulibarri, Andrew (Betty) Vallejos, Ricky (Mercy) Vallejos, Roberto (Gayle) Baca, Max Baca, Judy Silva (Leo) Romero, Michael (Ana) Silva, Lou Trujillo and husband, Jerry, and Stella Gabaldon.

Services will take place beginning with a public viewing from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, at Romero Funeral Home Chapel. A Rosary will be recited at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 14, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Leo Romero, Michael Silva, Jerry Trujillo, Mike Silva Jr., Rick Vallejos and Ronnie Baca. Honorary pallbearers are Riley Cauthen and Jaren Zamora.

Please follow COVID-19 safe practices by wearing masks and distancing to protect all in attendance.

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

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