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Amalia Roman

Sep 27, 1923 - Nov 15, 2023

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Las Cruces, NM

Amalia E. Roman, age 100, of Las Cruces, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 15, 2023 at her family home surrounded by her family members. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandma, great grandma, great-great grandma. She was born in La Mesa, NM to Carmen Enriquez on September 27, 1923. She married Marcos V. Roman on January 15, 1946, in their hometown of Ft Worth, Texas. She served as a homemaker for several years. Amalia is p...Read More

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Eugene Henry Dirk

Sep 18, 1938 - Feb 29, 2024

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Las Cruces, NM

Eugene Henry Dirk, 85, of Las Cruces, New Mexico passed away on February 29, 2024 at Mountainview Hospital.Gene was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Eugene Henry Dirk and Loretta Karadeema Dirk. He did his undergraduate studies at Penn State and received his PhD in astrophysics from NMSU. He worked at White Sands Missile Range as an astrophysicist and was a supervisor there for many years. He enjoyed reading, going on walks in the mountains and walking to Mesilla. Gene was a member of Peace Lutheran Church. He was a humble and generous man and will be missed greatly.Gene is survived by his wife Betty (Bailey) Dirk; his brother Scott; his sister Donna; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.A memorial service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 1700 Missouri Ave., on Wednesday, March 6th at 10 AM.Donations in memory of Gene can be made to Penn State University or New Mexico State University.Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapel of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory, 527-2222. Your exclusive provider for “Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com

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Esther Reynolds

Jan 21, 1934 - Feb 26, 2024

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Las Cruces, NM

Esther Reynolds age 90 years old passed away on February 26th 2024 Esther was born on January 21st 1934 in Las Cruces N.M to George Trujillo (yapa) and Angelita Trujillo (yama). Esther was a bingo fan of American Legion she always looked forward to going every Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She loved to go dancing and was a Washington Redskins fan. Those she left to mourn her passing her boyfriend Juan Manuel Quinoes, three sons Reymond Gonzales (Christy), Ernie Gonzales (Dolores), Bobby Gonzales (Norma), two daughters Christina Meza (Arcadio) and Estella Ortiz (Fido). Her grandchildren Manuelito, Serina Clark (Ruben), Lynette Chavez (Felipe), Melissa Martinez (Florencio), Ernito, Alex , Joseph Gonzales, Maryann Gonzales Martinez, Priscilla Pena (Rudy), Joe Gonzales, Pancho Gonzales (Jennifer), Patrick Gonzales (Heather), George Gonzales, Ruben Gonzales (Emerald), Fidel Gonzales (Jessica),Orlando Gonzales. Her sister Amelia and two Brothers Sammy and David Trujillo. Esther also has numerous nieces and nephews as well as great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She is proceeded in death by her son Tony Diaz and sister Lydia Clark. Visitation for Ester will begin at 6 PM Wednesday March 6, 2024, at the at Baca’s Funeral Chapels 300 E Boutz Rd. with the Prayer Vigil at 7 PM. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday March 7 , 2024 at 10 AM at St Genevieve’s Catholic Church 100 S EspinaServing as Casket Bearers are Pancho Gonzales, Patrick Gonzales, Fidel Jr. Gonzales, Orlando Gonzales, Joe Gonzales and Angel Fernandez. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Bacas’s Funeral Chapel of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory, 575-527-2222. Your Exclusive provider for “Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” For online condolences log on to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.

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Socorro Salcido Serna

Apr 08, 1934 - Feb 25, 2024

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Las Cruces, NM

Socorro Salcido Serna, 89 of Las Cruces, New Mexico passed away on February 25th. Cocoy as she was fondly known to many, was born in Mesilla Park, New Mexico to Paulo and Martina Salcido on April 8th, 1934. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend. She was committed to her faith at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Cocoy lived such a fun, loving life. Always telling her jokes, bringing laughter to all. She loved to sing to her favorite songs, dancing like no other. She loved her Dallas Cowboys, along with her bud lights always with a glass of ice. She loved to cook and always made sure there was enough for everyone. She had a heart of gold loving like you wouldn’t believe anyone could love. She will be greatly missed by all.Coy is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Jose Serna, three sons, Tom (Nancy), Ronnie (Carol), Lionel (Angela), and only daughter Susie Carrillo (Edward), 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.Cocoy was preceded in death by 13 siblings to include 8 brothers: Joaquin, Francisco, Luis, Jose, Cipriano, Alfredo Salcido, Lico Portillo, and Angel Salcido. 6 sisters: Emilia Amparan, Francisca Portillo, Marciala Duarte, Victoria Baca, Maria Antonia Baldon, and Socorro Salcido.Time and date of services are as follows.Services for Socorro will be held Friday March 8th, 2024 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Tortugas. Rosary will be from 10:00-10:30 A.M. with funeral mass following at 10:30-11:30 A.M. Casket bearers will be, Edward Carrillo III, Matthew Serna, Damian Flores, Edward Carillo Jr, Phillip Flores, and Brent Kelley. Cremation will be taking place at a later date.Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Bacas Funeral Chapel of Las Cruces and sunset Crematory, 527-2222. Your exclusive provider for veterans and family memorial care. For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapleslascruces.com

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Eric Romero

Sep 05, 1975 - Feb 19, 2024

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Las Cruces, NM

On Monday, February 19, 2024, Eric Romero was taken too soon from this earth to join all his friends and family who have gone before him to enter eternal paradise.Eric was born on September 5, 1975 to Ricky and Cockett Romero. He was proceeded in death by his beloved paternal grandmother, Felicitas Romero, and grandfather, Anthony "Mercy" Romero (maternal grandfather of his wife).Eric left behind a loving wife, Xavia Romero; 2 beautiful daughters, Tazia Romero & Mikayla Romero (Joseph Rivera); an amazing son, Derek Romero (Jade Martinez); his parents, Ricky and Cockett Romero; a sister, Shamay Romero (Freddy); 3 nieces, Laurissa (Nizard), Felicitiy (Coco), & Leighla Bertoldo; maternal grandmother, Fina Montoya; father and mother in law, Dan and Misie Olivas; sister in law, Ariela Olivas; along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.Eric attended and graduated Las Cruces High School in 1994, where he was a standout athlete earning the honors of being an undefeated State Champion Wrestler, MVP in baseball, and Pepsi Athlete of the year. That same year, he welcomed his first child, Tazia, on March 18th and later married his high school sweetheart, Xavia Romero, on October 8th.Eric was an avid enthusiast of any type of sporting competition. He excelled at anything and everything he did. He loved watching the Tour De France and cheering on his 49ers. He loved to golf with his kids, play at the casino, go camping, and most of all hunt. Eric said his favorite moments were always up in the mountains. When Eric’s son, Derek, turned 3 years old, he started up a baseball team to coach him which he named "The Redcaps" in honor of his childhood team. Before long, this became a baseball club with 3 different age divisions because he loved to coach and mentor kids. For the past 26 years, he has also remained a part of the wrestling community. He currently was a part of the NM Junior Wrestling Association where he served as a Head Referee, Mentor and Assigner. In addition, he was so happy and proud to be able guide and teach his daughter, Mikayla, how to officiate.Eric was also a silent donor to Tunnel 2 Towers, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and St Jude’s Childrens Hospital. There were no boundaries to his generosity and assistance. Anyone that had the pleasure of knowing him knew that regardless of any situation, they could count on him.He was the best husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, Nino & friend that anyone could ever ask for. He made a huge impact on the community and on the lives of those who knew and loved him. Services will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Tortugas NM -3600 Parroquia St. A rosary will be recited at 1pm with a mass to follow at 1:30pm.Per Xavia’s request: Eric was not a formal guy. Please do not dress up but honor him by showing up dressed as he knew you.Honorary Pallbearers:Derek RomeroTony (Chito) HernandezAriela OlivasErineo (Neo) MontoyaDanny MaeseSteve HerediaZeke MontoyaAndy MontoyaChris LeeWillie GriffinJohnny GallegosMando Juarezhttps://www.gofundme.com/f/the-family-of-eric-romero?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_content=control1&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer

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Peggy L. Edwards

Oct 08, 1923 - Nov 17, 2023

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Las Cruces, NM

Peggy L. Edwards, 100 years old, of Las Cruces, NM, passed away on November 17, 2023. She was born on October 8, 1923. She was married to Orville "Jody" Edwards. Peggy’s career spanned thirty years as a Telephone Operator and Manager with Mountain Bell prior to her retirement in 1984. Those preceding her in death were her husband, Orville "Jody" Edwards, and their son, Monte Ray Edwards. Those left to celebrate her life are her grandsons, Ben (Beth) Edwards and Jody Edwards, both of Las Cruces, NM; great granddaughter, Katie (Michael) Sanchez and great, great granddaughter, Anastasia Sanchez, of Del Rio, Texas; and her daughter-in-law, Shirley Edwards, of Surprise, Arizona. A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, March 2, 2024 in the Edwards family plot, Fort Sumner Cemetery. The family wishes to share their heartfelt gratitude for Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit staff, Mesilla Valley Hospice staff, and the staff at the Village at Northrise. The family may be reached at: Ben Edwards, 4241 Desert Lily Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88007. Local arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, Fort Sumner, New Mexico. (575) 355-2311

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Donnie Barnes

Jul 18, 1968 - Feb 23, 2024

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Las Cruces, NM

Donnie Barnes, 55, of El Paso, Texas was welcomed into heaven by our Lord and his angels on Friday, February 23, 2024. He was surrounded by his loving family as he donned his wings and soared away to be with our Savior.Donnie was born on July 18, 1968 in Westminster, California but always maintained that he got to Texas as fast as he possibly could. A proud alumnus of Andress High School in El Paso, Donnie joined the army shortly after graduation in 1986. He served with distinction in the Gulf War and was an unapologetic patriot who strongly supported the United States and its military throughout his life. He expressed his love of country vocally and through his actions, including flying the stars and stripes at his home each day.Following the army, Donnie continued to serve his country and community, working as a firefighter first in El Paso and later in McDonough, Georgia. He went on to earn his nursing degree from Gordon State College, taking pride in continuing to make a difference in the lives of others. He next earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and put his BSN skills to use as a critical care nurse, notably in the cardiac cath lab and cardiac ICU. Even while battling his own health issues, Donnie went on to earn his Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia, becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), working most recently in that role at Memorial Hospital in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Throughout his career as a first responder and health care professional, Donnie was highly respected for his dedication and expertise. Both his colleagues and his patients admired Donnie not only for his knowledge and skill, but also his compassion and humor. He felt strongly that a little humor could go a long way in easing the fear and anxiety that patients often feel before surgery. His practice of sharing his "joke of the day" always put a smile not only on the faces of his patients, but also on those of the physicians and staff, giving everyone the feeling that things were going to be "okay."Donnie will be waiting in heaven for his wife Lori. Donnie felt blessed to have shared his life journey with Lori for more than 30 years. He bragged to friends and family that he had married the most beautiful woman on the planet and was not shy about telling people that Lori was the love of his life and his soul mate, often referring to her with a twinkle in his eyes as his True Love, his Ride-or-Die, and his only Get-Away Driver. They enjoyed spending time with family and friends, listening to music together, exploring antique shops and swap meets, two-stepping the night away, attending concerts, playing with their dogs, taking walks in the park, and fierce but friendly competition while watching Wheel of Fortune.In heaven, Donnie will also be awaiting his daughters, Alyse Ethridge (David) of Meansville, Georgia; Brandi Miller (Jack) of Teague, Texas, and Paige King (Kevin) of Bixby, Oklahoma, as well as his seven (soon to be eight) grandchildren: Jaxson Alexander, Annagail Ruth, Wynter Zoey, Kyson Jack, Yvaine Dawn, Rhett Duane, Stetson "Sonny" Walker, and – coming in July – Lainey Jane. Donnie was immensely proud of his children, telling everyone that they were his greatest joy and most significant accomplishment. Others who will someday be reunited with Donnie in heaven include his parents, Jack and Rilla Barnes, his brothers Curt (Maria) and Carl (Brenda) Barnes, aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins, and countless friends (Donnie recently joked that when it came to friends too many was not enough). Donnie had a gregarious personality. He lit up every room he entered, making everyone feel a little bit better. He was quick with a joke and always had a song on his lips. He loved playing guitar and had a great voice, usually singing country music, though he could rock out from time to time, too. He did an especially amazing Elvis—complete with lip snarl. He brought down the house (and a lot of tears, including his own) in a heartfelt rendition of "Butterfly Kisses" at his youngest daughter’s wedding. He is surely the newest member of the celestial choir’s "twang gang." Donnie was beloved (and yes, spoiled) by all who knew him, and the world is a better place because he passed through it. He is on to heaven now. Hope they’re ready up there for some shake ups.

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Bennie L. Bell

Aug 14, 1932 - Jan 22, 2024

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Las Cruces, NM

Mr. Bennie “Ben” Bell, 91, of Las Cruces, NM, entered into eternal rest at his home on January 22, 2024.Born on August 14, 1932 in New Orleans, LA, Ben’s early childhood was lived in Louisiana, later moving to Michigan. Upon graduating from high school, he answered the call of duty serving honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. His commitment to service continued, staying active with the Las Cruces VFW Post 6917, and as chaplain of the DAV Chapter #38. He had a passion for fishing and viewing classic western films. His enthusiasm for college football was evident, cheering for Notre Dame, Michigan, and Oregon. Ben enjoyed the excitement of the rivalry between Army-Navy. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage working on various projects and formed a special bond with Naomi, his adopted dog, cherishing their time together. Ben had a great sense of humor and enjoyed sharing many stories. His many jobs eventually brought him to Albuquerque and finally retiring in Las Cruces.Ben is survived by his sister C. Yvonne Bell Thomas (Bob); his adopted son Robert Bell, and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Preceding him in death were his parents Clifford and Orenea; his siblings Joyce, Louise, Madeliene, Celeste, Marcus, Clifford, Burton; and adopted son Joseph. He also was blessed with an expanded family that enriched his life with love and care.We extend our deepest gratitude to Ben’s neighbors, devoted caretakers from Comfort Keepers (especially Kaylonni), Matrix staff, his physicians, and the dedicated VA staff who kept telling him to slow down but he kept going and never gave up.A memorial service will be held to honor Ben at St. Genevieve Church,100 S. Espina St., Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Saturday, March 23, at 1:00 pm.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #38, P.O. Box 13011, Las Cruces, NM, 88013 in memory of Mr. Bennie Bell.Ben was a loving individual who will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Please join us in celebrating Ben's life and honoring his memory.Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory “Trust care for the ones you love” ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Bennie L. Bell, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Bobby "Bubba" Smrkovsky

May 05, 1948 - Feb 25, 2024

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Las Cruces, NM

Bobby "Bubba" Smrkovsky, 75, longtime resident of Deming passed away Sunday February 25, 2024 in Las Cruces. Arrangements are pending. To to the family or in memory of Bobby "Bubba" Smrkovsky, please

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Silas Edward Garcia

Dec 16, 1959 - Feb 20, 2024

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Las Cruces, NM

In the late hours of February 20, 2024, our beloved father completed his journey in this life and passed over to eternal rest. Silas Edward Garcia was born on December 16, 1959, and raised in Las Cruces. Our family called him by the name Eddie. Silas Edward Garcia is survived by his parents Silas Escobedo and Genevieve Rodriguez Garcia; his children, Silas Andrew “Andy” Garcia and wife April Estrada, Deborah Michelle Padilla and husband Jose; his grandchildren Daijah Padilla, Delilah Padilla, Jasmin Strain, Joelyssa Marquez, Michael Marquez, and Memorie Silva; his great grandchildren, Ezra, Zion, Elizah, and Iverley; his sisters Laura Garcia, Felicia Manzanares and husband Carlos; his brother Samual Garcia and husband Barry Klein; and many others who lovingly called him uncle, cousin, nephew, and friend.Eddie was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Simon Trujillo and Juana Escobedo Garcia, maternal grandparents Bentura DeLaO and Inez Miranda Rodriguez and grandparents Andres and Josefita Trujillo Garcia.Eddie was a graduate of Las Cruces High School. He worked for Bimbo (Rainbow) Bakery in El Paso and Silver City for many years, later working for and retiring from the City of Las Cruces where he served as a Gas Meter Mechanic in the Utilities department. In addition to his full-time work with the city, he served as a bartender at Palacio Bar in Mesilla. He loved spending his time with family and friends and cherished the relationships he built over the years. He was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hosting gatherings where he would cook for and visit with family and friends. While we will miss him dearly, we will move forward celebrating his life and the beautiful memories he left behind.Funeral Services will be held at Our Lady of Health Catholic Church on Thursday February 29, 2024. Visitations will begin at 09:00 am and the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am. Serving as casket bearers are Andy Garcia, Scott Bernal, Mikey Bernal, Fred Martinez, Jose Padilla, and Michael Marquez. Honorary casket bearers are Freddy Martinez, Isaac Martinez, Scotty Bernal III, David Jaurigue, Dominic Jaurigue, Derek Lujan, and Chance Umphress. A Fellowship gathering will take place at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall immediately following the services. Flowers can be sent to Baca’s Funeral Home.Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory, 527-2222. Your exclusive provider for “Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com

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Bobby Gonzales Medina

Dec 13, 1950 - Feb 21, 2024

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Las Cruces, NM

Bobby Gonzales Medina, 73, former resident of Deming entered eternal rest on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 in Las Cruces. Services are pending. To to the family or in memory of Bobby Gonzales Medina, please

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