1995 
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Las Cruces, Sun News, May 5, 1995

GREENWAY
John A. GREENWAY, 72, of Las Cruces, passed away on Wed. May 3. 1995 at Memorial Medical Center. Mr. GREEWAY was born on August 20, 1922 in St. Louis, MO and was retired (1965) from the USAF where he served as a TSGT during WW II and the Korean Conflict. He married Beverly KENNARD on Jan. 10, 1951 in Tucson, AZ. Mr. GREEWAY is survived by his wife, Beverly of the home; his children, John J. GREENWAY of Corona, CA., and Judy SENDELBACH of Palm Dale, CA., four grandchildren; Stephen WISNER, Mindy ECCELSTON, Monica GREENWAY, James SENDELBACH; his sister, Ruth FASSELL of Las Cruces, four nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda WISNER, 1983 and a sister, Thelma SMITH in 1987. Graham Mortuary Chapel. Interment at Masonic Cemetery.
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HUNT
Dr. William HUNT, 73, of Las Cruces, died at home on May 3, 1995. Born in Fairmont, MN., June 16, 1921, to Dr. Roscoe and Elva HUNT, he graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1945. After serving in the US Navy from 1945 to 1948, he completed a residency in OBGYN at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NY., in 1954. He practiced medicine in Fergus Falls, MN from 1954 to 1965 and on staff at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA., for 15 years. In 1980, he moved to Las Cruces and worked for NMSU Health Center until his retirement in 1986. Survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret HUNT; six daughters, Catherine HODGSON of Chicago, ILL, Deborah STEPHAN of Las Cruces, Nancy JACOBUS of South Burlington, VT., Jane Margaret HUNT of Ithaca, NY., Joanne HUNT of Milton, VT., seven granddaughters and one grandson. He is also survived by a sister, Alice ROSSMAN of Grand Rapids, MN and Green Valley, AZ and a brother Dr. Robert HUNT.
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SPIKER
Harold L. SPIKER, 83, died May 4, 1995 at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. He was born on Jan. 13, 1912 in Chariton, Iowa. Harold was a retired Driller and a WW2 veteran. Survived by his wife, Margot SPIKER of Las Cruces; son, Bob DANIELS and wife Marie of Las Cruces, daughters, Renee JACAQUEZ and husband Ruben, Penny RIVERA of Las Cruces, brother Marion SPIKER of Abbyville, LA., grandchildren, Robbie DANIELS, Danny MUNOZ, Edmond JACQUEZ, Jacquie RIVERA and Stacy JACQUEZ; also great grandchildren, Robbie DANIELS Jr., Aubrey Jenet JACQUEZ. Getz Funeral Home. Interment at a later date.
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Truth or Consequences
BOOTH
Milton J. BOOTH, 65 of T or C died Wed. at Sierra Vista Hospital. He was a retired electrical quality control manager. French Mortuary Chapel. Cremation has taken place. Survived by his wife, Galina BOOTH of T or C; stepsons Oleg KONSTANTINOW and Peter KONSTANTINOW, both of Chicago; brother, William BOOTH of Chicago; sister, Lil KARERA of IN., and mother-in-law Maria NANIZ of T or C.
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Elephant Butte
KARATYZ
Walter KARATYZ, 74 OF Elephant Butte died Tuesday at Sierra Vista Hospital. He was a boiler tender working in civil service. There will be no local services. Burial services at the Ft. Bliss National Cemetery.
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Santa Rita
LEE
Miiki R. LEE, 20 of Santa Rita died Monday in Central. Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Silver City. Interment at San Lorenzo Cemetery. survived by her father, Jim LEE of Santa Rita; mother, Barbara HARRIS, of Canada; stepmother Selah GONZALES of Santa Rita; brother, Dale, LEE, of the US Navy in Mississippi; sisters, Patti LEE of Ft. Bragg, CA., Jerri OVERStrEET of Free, TX., special brothers and sisters Maria PALOMAREZ, Joe Ben PALOMAREZ, Charles STEVENS, Nathan STEVENS, Marin FACIO the 3rd, all of San Lorenzo, and Joyce FACIO of Phoenix; and grandparents, Bill and Ruth GREEAR of Central. Baca's Funeral Chapel in Silver City.
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Deming
NICHOLS
June Thelma NICHOLS, 70 of Deming died Monday at Mimbres Memorial Hospital. She was a bookkeeper at Holdridge Development. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, The beauceant and the White Shrine. Survived by her husband, Bill T. NICHOLS ; sons, William Roy CURTIS and Charles Lane CURTIS both of Eldorado Hills, CA., and John Lee CURTIS and Larry CURTIS, both of Frazier Park, CA., daughters, Judi S. PETERSEN of Winton, CA., Janie DEREVERE of Maricopa, CA., stepchildren, Charles NICHOLS of Deming and Judith MAHAFEY and Jean BALDRIDEGE, both of Clovis, CA., sister, Doris ELSWORTH of Peoria, AZ., and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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May 4 1995
Addie Marie Halderman entered eternal life May 4, 1995. She was Born July 31, 1907, in Batavia, Ohio. She was a homemaker and had been in the Las Cruces area since 1980.
Survirors include her husband, Alva Halder4man; one sister, Dora Butler of Moriarty; a son, Robert C. Newberry of Santa Fe; two daughters, Georgia Jones and her husband, D. C. of Peralta; Alma Lee Harris and her husband, Raymond of Fallbrook, CA; five grandchildren; 13 g-grandchildren; two gg-grandchildren; three nephews and four nieces.
Funeral services at Graham Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Lowell Swisher of Morning Star United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service will be Ronnie Jones, Dale Jones, Jeff Jones, Michael Jones, Dwight Clark and Billy Harris Service arrangements are with Graham Mortuary.

Las Cruces
Dec. 10, 1995

CARDON
Sofia Cano CARDON, 90 died Thur. Dec. 7, 1995. Born in Mesilla on Oct. 5, 1905. Worked in family owned and operated businesses, Ny-Way grocery Store, Montezuma Dance Hall, Guadalajara Bar and most recently the Montezuma Liquor Store. Member of Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Survivors include two son, Fred and wife Angie and PRIMITIVO Jr, and his former wife Viola, all of Las Cruces, three daughters; Mary Lou VILLARREAL, Bertha PENA both of Las Cruces, Maggie JIMENEZ and husband Luis of La Mesa, one brother, Isidro CANO of Whittier Ca, two sisters, Nellie VELASQUEZ and Concha JIMENEZ both of Riverside, Ca. She was preceded in death by her husband, Primitivo CARDON, Sr, one son Candelario CARDON, one grandson, Joe Cardon and two sisters, Belen PEREZ and Emma SOLRIO. Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery next to her husband. Baca's Funeral Chapels.
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BEUSHAUSEN
Thelma I. BEUSHAUSEN, 92 died Fri. Dec. 8, 1995. Born Oct. 18, 1903 in Ft. Worth, TX. Survived by her daughter, Betty LUCKY and husband, Dr. Geo. LUCKY of Las Cruces, one granddaughter, Cheryl De MILLE of Dallas,TX and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services in Henderson, TX . Crawford A. Crim Funeral Home. Local arrangements by Graham Mortuary. 
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Dec. 11. 1995

SEYRKLES
Sherman SEYRKLES, 70 died Saturday. Arrangements are pending with Graham Mortuary.
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Garfield
Dec. 10, 1995

WILEY
Loyad L. WILEY, 93, died Sat Dec. 9, 1995 at his home in Garfield. He was a street car conductor in 1924 in El Paso, TX, he also workded for Phelps Dodge in El Paso, worked for New Mexico State Parks and Recreation at Caballo Lake where he retired in 1972, he was also a farmer in Garfield area. Survived by his wife, Lola; two daughters, Anna ANDERSON and husband Olan of Grafield, Jean DICKSON and husband F. J. of Garfield; one sister, Hattie Mae BRYANT of Pleasanton, TX, 5 grandchildren and 12 g-grandchildren, 5 gg-grandchildren. Graveside services at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Hatch, NM. Getz Funeral Home.
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Mesilla

GROVES
L. C. GROVES, 76 of Mesilla died Tue. Dec. 5, 1995 at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. Born Jan. 3, 1919 in Motley, TX to Noble and Maggie Lipham GROVES. Served as a bombardier during WW2 and spent 38 years as a construction lineman for MT. Bell Telephone Co., working his way up to supervisor of repairs and installation in Silver City, Las Cruces and Albuquerque. Member of the Telephone Pioneers. And a well know photograper in the Mesilla Valley. Survivors include wife, Floydene STURMAN GROVES; two sons, Jim and wife, Jeanie, Mike and wife Kathy all of Las Cruces; 4 grandchildren, Paula GROVES of Albuquerque, Greg and Patrick and Don GROVES all of Las Cruces. Preceded in death by three brothers, Noble, Claude, and Delbert GROVES and his first wife, Elaine RENN GROVES. Cremation will take place. Baca’s Funeral Chapel.
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Las Cruces

MONTERO
Maria Natividad MONTERO, 61, died Dec. 8, 1995. Born in Puebla, Puebla, Mex. on Aug. 26, 1934. Homemaker and resident for the past six years. Survivors include her hsband Alejandro VILLEGAS of Tijuana, Baja Cailfornia, Mex.; three sons, Luis VILLEGA, wife, Amada, Guillermo VILLEGAS wife Rosvel, Gerardo WILLEGAS, wife, Lucia, all of San Diego, Ca., one daughter, Norma GOMEZ and husband, Santiago of Las Cruces; three brothers, Sebastian, Telesforo, and Vicente FLORES all of Puebla, Puebla, MEX; two sisters, Luisa, and Antonia FLORES o Puebla.
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Las Cruces
Dec. 11, 1995

AGUAYO
Edisa S. AGUAYO, 82, died Dec. 10, 1995 at her home. Born Dec. 23, 1912 in Garfield, NM, was a homemaker. She was an area resident the past 13 years and was a member of the First Apostolic Church. survivors include; husband Claude D., three sons, Robert and Richard ROMERO both of San Diego, Ca, Roland AGUAYO of Las Cruces, one daughtere, Claudia ROSALES of Alhambra, Ca; two sisters Manuela TORRES of Garfield and Ofelia ALAMO of San Diego, Ca, 13 grandchildren, one g-grandchild. Baca’s Funeral Chapel, interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
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Mesquite
Dec. 16, 1995

DOMINGUEZ
Gustavo D. DOMINGUEZ, Jr., 42, of Mesquite died Fri. as a result of a motorcycle accident. Baca’s Funeral Chapels. Born Feb. 15, 1953 to Gustavo P. and Benita DURAN DOMINGUEZ. He was self-employed automotive battery technician and member of the Catholic Church. Survivors include wife, Mary Lou GUERRA DOMINGUEZ, one son, Sonny, daughter, Renee; parents, one sister, Angie LOPEZ and one grandson, Sonny CRUZ all of Mesqute. Preceded in death by his brother, Ediberto DOMINGUEZ in Jan . 1991. Interment at Missionary Ridge in Mesquite. Bac’s Funeral Home.
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Lordsburg

MOORE
Eugene F. MOORE, 67 of Lordsburg died Wed. at Sierra Medical Center in El Paso, TX. Burial at MT. View Cemetery. Baca’s Funeral Chapel. Served as city police officer in Lordsburg and Hidalgo Co. as the chief of police and Hidalgo Co. Sheriff. Member of Assembly of God Church, Lordsburg Elks Lodge and Fraternal Order of Police. Survivors include his wife, Faye, son Pete of De Soto, TX; daughters, Cynthia ALLEN of Lordsburg and Donna THOMPSON of Grants, mother, Myrtle G. MOORE of Lordsburg, 12 grandchildren and 11 g-grandchildren.
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Deming

PENA
Frank Allison PENA, 56, died Thur. Baca’s Funeral Chapel, Deming. He was the park manager for NM State Parks and Recreation and retired in 1992. Certified law enforcement officer and member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Survivors include wife, Concha P; sons, Frank PENA, Jr., Richard and Michael all of Deming; daughters, Margaret P. PRINCE of Clovis, Susan P. DUAARTE, Lucinda P. BROOKS, Monica P. PRIETO and Betty Jo LYNCH all of Deming, brother, Pete Allison PENA of Deming; sisters, Teresa P. PRIETO, Virginia P. SOTELO, Lupe A. PENA and Mary Lou PENA all of Deming, 15 grandchildren.
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Las Cruces

SMALLWOOD
Billie Jean SMALLWOOD, 69, died Tue, Dec. 12, 1995 at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, Ca. She was born July 16, 1926 in TX and came to the Las Cruces area 42 years ago. She was the former owner of the Cinderella Beauty Shop, which she managed for 30 years. Survived by her so, Bill WALDON of Thousand Oaks, Ca; two grandchildren, Beth and Jesse; sisters, Ethel BEHELER of Leveland, TX, Elaine ARMStrONG, of Snyder, TX, and Melva Lee STOVALL of Abilene, TX. Graham’s Mortuary. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
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CHAVEZ
Josie J. CHAVEZ, 70 died Sat. at her home. Getz Funeral Home. Survivors include her husband, Ray B., sons; Michael of Van Nuys, Ca; Victor of Las Cruces; Daniel of Belen, and Anthony of Las Cruces, daughters, Lydia WARD of Las Cruces, brothers, Richard JIRON of Albuquerque and Marce JIRON o f Lake Arrowhead, Ca; sisters, Helen ROMERO of Las Cruces, and Rebecca CORDOVA of Albuquerque, 11 grandchildren.
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DELAMATER
Peggy M. DELAMATER, 76, resident of Las Cruces for the past 37 years died Friday at her home. Cremation. She was a homemaker and educator. Graham Mortuary.
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HAHN
JoAnn HAHN, 57 of Las Cruces, died Thur. at Memorial Medical Center. She lived in Las Cruces for 11 years. Getz Funeral Home.
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Las Cruces, Dec. 17, 1995

THIESSEN
Harvey THIESSEN, 76 of Las Cruces died Dec. 14, 1995 at his home. Born March 29, 1919 in Sherlock, KS to Dave and Lizzie HARMS THIESSEN. He was stock manager prio to his retirement and cam to Las Cruces 8 years ago. Member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Survived by his stepson and his wife, Ron and Donna HADLEY of Albuquerque, NM, daughter, Juday SMITH of OK, sister, Willow STEGEMAN of Ca, brother, Del THIESSEN of Austin, TX. 9 grandchildren, 5 g-grandchildren. Interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Graham Mortuary.
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OCHOA
Edward YBRRA OCHOA, 53, of Las Cruces, died Sun. Dec. 19, 1995 in Redding, Ca. Born Dec. 16, 1941 in Las Cruces and was a retired Glazier. survived by three sons; Edward Ochoa, Jr. of Dayton, Ohio and Jose and Rudy of Yuma, AZ, two daughters, Loreen ARMENTA of Las Cruces and Rosie OCHOA of Yuma, AZ, grandfather, Jacinto YBARRA of Ft. Bayard and 8 brothers and 7 sisters. Preceded in death by his mother, Josephine YBRRA OCHOA, son Gregory Edward OCHOA, and brother Juanito YBRRA OCHOA. Getz Funeral Home. Interment at Masonic Demetery.
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