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Achille, Joan Kittie (Terrell)  
Joan was born Jan. 21, 1939, in Las Vegas, Nev., to Starle W. Terrell and Helen M. (Booth) Terrell. She died in Alamogordo on Feb. 20, 2015. Joan grew up in Tonopah, Nev., with her sisters Joyce and Lynne. Through her childhood years her family owned and operated a fluorspar, tungsten and gold mine, as well as running the town's newspaper, the Tonopah Times Bonanza. Joan married Arnold R. Achille on April 6, 1957, and they had two daughters, Robyn Dee and Tamara Helen. Arnold was career Air Force, and the family moved every year with the military through seven states. The family camped, fished and went hiking at every opportunity. She was well known for her well-developed sense of humor, sharp writing skills and high intelligence as well as being creative and artistic. Joan enjoyed archaeology, birdwatching, music, and artifact and fossil hunting. She was an avid genealogist and traced her family's lines back to the 1500s. Joan was a loving and nurturing stay-at-home mom, who volunteered at school, assisted on field trips and was always supportive and kind. She loved animals and cared for many strays. She taught herself to be able to field identify most North American bird species. Joan is preceded in death by her parents and sister Joyce Boykin. She is survived by her daughters Robyn Macdonald Munro and Tami Sauerman; sister Lynne Orwick and her husband John; grandchildren Jonah Harris and his wife Heather, Erica Love and her husband Brad, and CassieLee Butcher. She is also survived by nephews Mike, Ken and Tony Rychtarik; nieces Kathy Pettycrew and Andrea Childress; great-grandchildren Hannah, Connor, Andrew and Isabella Harris and Giovanni Trujillo, plus great- nieces and nephews. As per her wishes no public services are planned. Those wishing to send a message to the family may via www.cremation-pcs.com.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 25 to Mar. 24, 2015
Andersen, Dean O.  
Dean O. Andersen, resident of Alamogordo, passed away on Jan. 14, 2015. He was born on Dec. 9, 1928, in Shelby, Iowa, to John and Nellie Marti Andersen. After graduating from school in Shelby, he served a hitch in the Army and returned to farming. In 1951 he married the love of his life, Beverly June Zimmerline of Casey, Iowa. To this union came daughter Lori and son Darin. They left the farm in 1956. Dean was a corporate and public accountant for 15 years in Iowa, South Dakota and Colorado. Then he became the owner-operator of a small motel and restaurant in New Mexico. Before retirement, he worked several years in construction in Alamogordo. He and Bev loved dancing, traveling in their recreational vehicle, country music and square dancing, along with trips to Laughlin, Nev., for recreation. Dean was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Alamogordo. Survivors include his wife of 63 1/2 years Beverly Andersen, daughter Lori Johnson of La Luz, grandsons Ian Andersen of Las Cruces, Robert and Michael Johnson. He is also survived by great-grandchildren all from Alamogordo, several nephews and nieces, a sister-in-law Katheryn Andersen of Harrison, Ark. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, two sisters and one brother. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Our Savior Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Alamogordo or the Hospice Society. The Andersen family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 15 to Mar. 14, 2015
Bailey, Pauline  
Pauline Bailey, 99, passed away quietly on Jan. 31, 2015. She was born on July 3, 1915, in Marietta Ohio, to Henry and Abby Young. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Don and Edward. She is survived and remembered by her loving family: two sons; two daughters-in-law; three granddaughters; two grandsons; one granddaughter-in-law; two great-grandsons and good friends. She will be missed. A memorial service will be held in Alamogordo in the spring. Details will be available in the near future. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 9 to Mar. 8, 2015
Barboza, Chris E.  
In Loving Memory Chris E. Barboza Feb. 4, 1983 - Feb. 23, 2015 "For we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7 Chris leaves behind his mother Tina L. Pantoja, father Joel S. Barboza, his daughter Janaya Barboza, sisters Vanessa Barboza and Priscilla Nerio, and brother Joel Barboza -- as well as family and friends. The viewing and rosary will be held on March 3, 2015, at Alamogordo Funeral Home 6:30-8 p.m. Services will be held at First Assembly Worship Center on March 4, 2015, at 10-11 a.m. There will be a reception and potluck to be held at VFW Bingo Hall, 700 Highway 70 W, 12-3 p.m. Anyone who wishes to make donations or has any questions, please contact Vanessa at 575-921-6526 for information.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 28 to Mar. 28, 2015
Chavez, Israel Roque - Foothill Ranch  
In Loving Memory Israel Roque Chavez, 78, passed away at home on Dec. 20, 2014, in Foothill Ranch (Orange County), Calif. He was born in San Patricio. Israel is survived by his wife, Patricia (Parra) and three daughters, Sarah from West Hollywood, Calif., Annette from Miami, Fla., and Angela from Rancho Margarita, Calif. He is also survived by his aunt Mrs. Eva (Chavez) Kohlrust of Alamogordo; four brothers, Felix, Arturo, Monroy and Rueben, and six sisters Lydia Rue, Maria Salas, Teresa Chavez, Dolores Carrillo, Lillian Lopez and Adelina Payne. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Benjamin, Rayner, Modesto, Charlie, Elena Klein and Esperanza Chavez. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Aristeo and Cristina Chavez; his paternal grandparents Transisto and Angelita Chavez, and maternal grandparents Jorge and Josefita Romero. Israel made the decision to move to southern California in 1965 to pursue his career as an automotive mechanic. He was a well respected vintage car restoration enthusiast. Patricia and Israel raised their three daughters in California to appreciate a diverse lifestyle, a good education and all the immense possibilities that California had to offer. He also loved the good year-round weather, but he never forgot his roots in San Patricio. It had a special place in his heart. Israel maintained his movie star good looks and his elegant style through out his life and he was known as a bit of a "clothes horse." He remained humble. He was a shy man with a sly sense of humor. Israel had an extensive music collection; some of his favorites were Elvis Presley, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Lola Beltran and Stan Getz. Israel fought a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. He passed and left this world the way he lived - quietly and gracefully. Celebration of Israel's life and his memorial are pending at this time. The services will take place in the spring of 2015 in New Mexico, with the location, date and time to be announced.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 8 to Mar. 7, 2015
Cope Jr., Arl Lee  
Arl Lee Cope Jr., 75, of Cabot died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. He was born Sept. 19, 1939, in Alamogordo to the late Arl Lee Cope Sr. and Emma Marie Yarbrough Cope. He is preceded in death by his sister, Marie Drake. After graduating from Alamogordo High School, Arl spent four years in the Navy aboard the carrier Midway. He and Marilyn lived in Madagascar and England where Arl tracked satellites for NASA. After working telemetry jobs at Holloman Air Force Base. He bought Tularosa Cable Television and built other cable systems in New Mexico which he sold and continued to work in the Cable Industry, retiring as chief executive officer of Bufford Satellite Systems. After selling Quiznos in Jacksonville, Fla., he retired for good. Arl is survived by his wife of 51 years Marilyn Cope; children, Arl Lee Cope III (Frances) of La Luz, Avery Cope of Phoenix, Ariz., Arletta Bledsoe (Greg) of Leesburg, Va., and Walter Cope (Virginia) of Cabot, Ark.; siblings, Carol Murdock of Wasilla, Ark., Howard Cope (Cheryl) of Wylie, Texas, Dee Cope of Alamagordo. He is also survived by sister-in-law and brother-in-law Geri and David Herrera of Tucson, Ariz., eleven grandchildren; Joshua, Anesia, Briana, Janae, and Avery Cope Jr., Taylor, Zoe , Sophie , Declan, and Molly Bledsoe, Lindsey Jones (Nathaniel), one great-grandchild Kali Cope, with another on the way, Clementine Jones and a host of nieces and nephews. Arl's greatest joy was his kids and being grandpa and papa to his grandkids. He loved following what his nieces and nephews were accomplishing. His second joy was restoring Mustangs. He wished for people not to smoke and he was known to walk up to a young smoker, showing them his inhaler and giving them a short lecture. He fought his lung disease with all his strength and now he doesn't have to labor for every breath. This gives us peace. Memorial services were held Feb. 1, 2015, at Moore's Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation was held prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 14 Parkstone Circle, NLR, AR 72116. Arrangements were by Moore's Funeral Home in Cabot. Online condolences at www.moorescabotfuneralhome.com
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 15 to Mar. 14, 2015
Garcia, Benjamin B. “Benny” - Phoenix  
Benny Garcia was born in La Luz, New Mexico on July 31, 1933. He died peacefully at home from complications of Parkinson's Disease on Feb. 13, 2015, with his loving wife of 58 years, JoAnn, at his side. In addition to JoAnn, he is mourned by his five children and their spouses: John (Carla), Mark (Janis), Jeanne (Michael), Lisa (Bob) and Stephen (Lise). He is also mourned by his 15 grandchildren, his nine great grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers Albert (Bessie), Tomas (Dora), and Paul (Lucy); his sisters Ernestina (Billy) Bassford, Bertha (Joe) Carabajal and Helen (Mickey) Melendez, along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Juan R. and Pauline M. Garcia; brothers Solomon and Theodore, and sisters Agnes Gutierrez and Beatrice Granados. Benny excelled at sports at Alamogordo High School. He was a member of the 1950 AHS State Championship football team. The team was coached by Rolla Buck, and some of his teammates included Byron Caton, Gus Najera, Bobby Lee, Sato Lee, Ignacio Cedillos and Bobby Fritz. Benny also excelled at track and field, where he set the New Mexico state record for javelin in 1951. Benny received a track scholarship to Arizona State University, where he continued to throw the javelin for four years. Thereafter, he became a member of the 1956 United States Olympic Team. He competed in Melbourne, Australia, where he placed eighth in javelin. Benny served honorably in the U.S. Navy. He was an avid handball player and golfer. We will honor our hero, our mentor and our beloved Tata by passing on his kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Child Society ( www.christchildsocietyphoenix.org ) or St. Vincent de Paul Society ( www.stvincentdepaul.net ). A rosary will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., with a viewing at 6 p.m., at Whitney and Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, Ariz. A celebration of life mass will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 7655 E. Main St., Scottsdale, Ariz., followed by his burial at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 18 to Mar. 17, 2015
Hafey, Jim  
Harwood James Hafey passed away of natural causes in Alamogordo. He was born in American Falls, Idaho. He will be greatly missed by Carol, his wife of 13 years. He was preceded in death by his son, Ryan Hafey. He will also be missed by his four daughters, Joanna Roberts of Oklahoma City, Okla., Molly Hafey also of Oklahoma City, Okla., Emily Hafey of Las Vegas, Nev., and Deborah Hafey of Reno, Nev., along with his three grandchildren, Ella, Fletcher and Henley Roberts all of Oklahoma City, Okla. "Jim", as he was known, was the only child of Howard Hafey and Ruth Cox Hafey. He lived in several countries growing up. His father was a pilot in the United States Air Force. His mother was an accomplished musician, cook and homemaker. His dad taught him how to play baseball; Jim excelled in this sport and amazed his friends in later life with his extensive knowledge of the game and players. He was also a good golfer and played many rounds with his family and friends. Jim really enjoyed cars, another interest fostered by his dad. Jim worked in car sales for several decades. He worked in dealerships as well as smaller individual businesses. Jim loved the music of the 50s, 60s and 70s. He could tell you the name of the song and singer(s). He enjoyed old movies and old television comedies. He could name the principal actors and character actors as well. He was well read, had a good command of the English language and a wonderfully dry wit. He enjoyed spending time talking with his old and new friends. At Jim's request, no services will be held. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 20 to Mar. 19, 2015
Harrison, Angel Lilly  
Angel Lilly Harrison was born on Feb. 12, 2005, in Las Cruces. Lilly flew into her Father's arms on Jan. 31, 2015. Lilly was disabled in this world, but she is now perfect. Little eyes that have never seen are now seeing such wonders. Little legs that have never walked now dance for joy. Little arms are now able to reach for cuddles. Her little voice long silent sings with unending joy. Father God thank you for the honor and blessing of allowing me to be this amazing child's Mother. Lilly enjoy your field of flowers. Goodbye for now my little one. Mommy loves you so very much. Thank you to our friends at Alamogordo Hospice, and Mountain Shadow Home Care. "Every life that was ever formed or ever supposed to be changes the world in some small way for all eternity." Author unknown. The family will be holding a private service in the future. Direct Cremation will take place under the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.cremation-pcs.com.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 4 to Mar. 3, 2015
Henley, Daniel Curtis  
The Henley/Makinson family lost our Beloved Daniel Curtis Henley on Feb. 19, 2015, at the age of 24. Daniel's smile warmed the room and our exchange of "I love you" will stay in our hearts forever. Daniel loved to read. He worked at Hastings Book Store. Daniel liked riding his bike and enjoyed playing with his cats. Daniel absolutely loved having dinner with his Aunt Linda and Uncle Trevor. Daniel is survived by his father David J. Henley and his wife Karen, mother Robin Thompson, brother Marshall D. Henley of Clyde, Ohio. He is also survived by his uncle Richard and Kelly Henley, aunt Linda Makinson and uncle Trevor Snall. Other's who will mourn his loss include his favorite cousins Aaron and Jordan Henley, grandmother Julia Makinson, and great aunt Debi and uncle Vollie Thompson, all of Alamogordo. Daniel was preceded in death by his grandfather Lawrence Makinson. We have truly been blessed to have had such a wonderful spirit as Daniel in our lives. No services are scheduled. Cremation will take place at PCS. The Henley family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 22 to Mar. 21, 2015
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