2000
Obituaries and Articles
Compiled by Marcena Thompson
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Las Cruces Sun News
March 25, 2000
Dona Ana

SANDOVAL
Ernesto "Sandy" SANDOVAL Sr.,66, of Dona Ana died Friday at Memorial Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with Getz Funeral Home.
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Fairacres

POOR
Visitation for Linda S. POOR, 38, of Fairacres will be at Getz Funeral Home. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. POOR died Thur. survivors include her husband Kenneth POOR; sons, Kenny and Gregory POOR; parents, Jim and Marge WITHERS and sisters Carol MEDIROS, Nita HALL and Ann HANSEN, all of Las Cruces.
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Silver City

LONGSHORE
Funeral services for Russell W.W. LONGSHORE Jr.2nd, formerly of Silver City will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Burial at Memory Lane Cemetery. LONGSHORE died Wed. in Chandler, AZ. Bright Funeral Home. Survivors include his wife, Dixie of Chandler; sons; Todd of Santa Clarita, CA; Alan of Monument, Colo; Vincent of West Jordan, UT; daughters, Jill HALL of Chandler and Julie WHIPPLE of Tempe, AZ; sister, Rae BENNETT of Madisonville, LA; 18 grandchildren.
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Tucson, Arizona

BARRAZA
Visitation for Trini P. BARRAZA, 76, will be at Baca’s Funeral Home. Services at St. Francis Newman Center. Burial at Ft. Bayard National Cemetery. BARRAZA died Wed. at Tucson, AZ. survivors include sons, Daniel P. of Silver City, David P. of Las Cruces and Ralph P. of Ft. Collins, Colo; daughter, Rita KLEIN of Lexington, KY; sisters, Catalina MARTINEZ and Carmen MERINO; both of Sunnyvale, CA; seven grandchildren.
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Lordsburg

DYE
Funeral services for Dorothy Mae DYE, 73, will be at Lordsburg Funeral Home. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery. She died Wed. Survivors include her husband Vernon DYE; daughters Sandra HILL of Clayton; sons, Jimmy WHIPPLE of Atlanta, GA; Wayne WHIPPLE and David WHIPPLE of Lordsburg, Larry WHIPPLE of Doraville, BA and Bobby SHEHAN of El Paso; brothers, Lloyd CROOM of Downey, CA, Floyd CROOM of Las Cruces, Wallace CROOM of Wrightwood, Ca; sisters, Barbara BEAN of Silver City and Margaret LANDINGHAM of Mission Viejo, Ca; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren.
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Fort Bayard

ORTIZ
Graveside services for Manuel Pascual ORTIZ, 76, at Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe. He died Wed. at Ft. Bayard. Bright Funeral Home. Survivors include daughters, Theresa GANT of Estacada, OR; Patricia RODRIGUEZ of Hillsboro, OR; Christina trEANOR of Corbett, Or; Stella ORTIZ of Colo; brother, Trinidad and Ruiz of Albuquerque; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren.
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Cliff

SCHALE
Funeral services for George Christian SCHALE, 83 of Tucson, AZ. will be at trinity Presbyterian Church in Cliff. Burial will follow at Y6 Ranch family cemetery in Mule Creek. He died Wed. bright Funeral Home. Survivors include daughters, Nancy Nelson POWE of Silver City, Sharon SCHALE KARTCHNER of Mule Creek and Sandra SCHALE ROUSE of Tucson, brother, Fred SCHALE of Clifton, AZ; 12 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren.
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Las Cruces, Sun News
June 25, 2000

SHOBE
Helen Louise BLACKBURN SHOBE, 75 of Las Cruces, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Memorial Medical Center. Mrs. SHOBE is survived by her husband, Dabney, of the family home; her children, Stephen R. SHOBE, of Dallas, TX. Pamela OVIATT, of San Francisco, CA., James M. SHOBE, of Grand Junction, CO., and Patti Jane SHOBE, of Seattle, WA, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. At her request, cremation has taken place and memorial services will be at a late date. Graham Mortuary.
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Las Cruces

SMITH
Leroy SMITH, 53, of Las Cruces died Tuesday, Graham Mortuary.
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Mesquite

ONTIVEROS
Manuel C. ONTIVEROS, 70 of Mesquite died Friday at Sierra Medical Center in El Paso, TX. Burial at Berino Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Maria VILLA ONTIVEROS of Mesquite, sons, Rosendo ONTIVEROS, of Las Cruces, George ONTIVEROS of Anthony, Samuel and Joe ONTIVEROS of Phoenix; daughters, Patricia ONTIVEROS of Berino and Bernice O. RIVERA; brothers, Roberto ONTIVEROS of Mesquite, Ricardo and Juan ONTIVEROS of Phoenix; sisters, Herminda URETA of Chaparral and Fransisca ONTIVEROS of Berino; 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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Deming

STEVENS
Robert D. STEVENS, 75, of Deming died Friday at Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home. He is survived by his wife, Gladys STEVENS of Mesa, AZ. sister, Hope WILLS of Norwich, Kan., three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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Sept. 13, 2000
Las Cruces

POLANCO
POLANCO, Benigna A., 91, lifelong resident of Las Cruces, died Sept 9, 2000 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born Oct. 18, 1908 in Las Cruces to Ignacio Angel and Cecilia SAUCEDO POLANCO. He was a homemaker. Survivors include her four sons, Oswaldo and wife Virginia, Rodolfo and wife JoAnn, Rogelio and wife Anna and Amado, Jr., daughter, Hermelinda SILVA and husband Celso all of Las Cruces and nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Amado POLANCO, brother, Joe ANGEL and sister, Elisa CASTILLO. Interment at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home. Pallbearers are BENIGNA'S grandsons and granddaughters.
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LORY
LORY, Minerva "Mickey" E., age 77, passed away Saturday morning, September 9, 2000, at her home. She was born August 20, 1923 in Elmhurst, Illinois and had been an area resident the past seven years. Wife of Robert C. LORY of the family home; mother of Judy MC GRAW on Denison, TX., Jim LORY of Spring, TX., John LORY of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jeff LORY of Las Cruces and Jay LORY of Chandler, AZ., dear sister of Wally PASCO of Plainfield, Illinois; End SHORT of Albuquerque; Audrey DAVIS of Naples, FL., cherished grandmother of Dustie Ann ZABIC, Kenneth Eugen MC GRAW, Shannon Marie DEITZ, Michelle Elizabeth DENNIS, Jennifer Dawn HERNANDEZ, Christopher Michael, Jeremy Alan, Maria Francis and Richard LORY, Adam and Karli WEST; great-grandmother of Brittany Ann and Amanda ZABIC, Sarah MC GRAW and Ryan DEITZ. Cremation will take place. West Chapel of Baca's Funeral Chapels. Baca's Mimbres Crematory.
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Las Cruces

DODSON
DODSON, Elizabeth TAYLOR, 81, passed away in Las Cruces. She was born on April 3, 1919, to John and Ruth WILSON TAYLOR in Fayetteville, TN. Elizabeth graduated from high school in Georgetown, TX. She also attended Southwestern University in TX. She was also a real estate broker in Houston and surrounding areas. She is survived by her adored husband of 58 years, Joe DODSON; sister, Nancy TAYLOR of Houston, TX.; brother John and wife Carol TAYLOR of San Antonio, TX; sister-in-law, Maida HOWELL and Harriet DODSON. Graham Mortuary, Las Cruces.
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Las Cruces

VARGAS
VARGAS, Leonel "Leo," 63, of Las Cruces died Wed. at his home. Graham Mortuary.*

Carlsbad

GEE
GEE, Raymond, Jr., 61, of Carlsbad died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000 at his home. He was born Sept. 18, 1938 to Raymond Bevely GEE, Sr., and Lillian Margaret GANN in Las Cruces. Former member of the Carpenters Local in Las Cruces. Survivors include a son, Raymond GEE the 3rd, and wife Michelle of Carlsbad; daughter, Lisa SANCHEZ and husband Chris of Las Cruces; and three grandchildren, Jeff and David GEE and Gabriela SANCHEZ. Service at Latter Rain Harvest Fellowship, 401 N. Main.
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Deming

WALTER
WALTER, Frederic Bruno, 32, of Deming died Sept 10, 2000, at Thomason General Hospital in El Paso, TX. Bright Funeral Home. Interment with full military honors will be in Ft. Bayard National Cemetery. Her was born Oct. 20, 1967 in Val D'or, Canada. Son of Fred Walter and Alberta GIRAULT WALTER. Survived by his 21-month old daughter, Savannah of Kansas; parents Fred and Alberta WALTER of Houston, TX., three sister, Monika DALLA VISTA of Tucson, AZ., and Dominque GRAY of Alamogordo and Claudine SHOUMAN of Las Cruces, one brother, Pascal WALTER of Beamsville, Canada; two nieces, Courtney and Stephanie GRAY; one nephew, Justin WALTER. He loved his beloved dogs Bud and Shelia. He served six years in the U. S. Navy and was owner and operator of "On The Road Again Truck Repair" in Deeming. Pallbearers were, Steve GRAY, Kamal SHOUMAN, Tony DALLA VISTA, Harold LAROCHE, Sam ETHERIDGE and Jesse ETHERIDGE. Honorary Pallbearers will be Carlos MYERS and Mario RIVER.
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Silver City

KABER
KABER, Glenda Sue MARCOM, 53, of Silver City died Wed. at her home. Bright Funeral Home.
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