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Miller, Orpha  
Orpha May Wingfield was blessed to live 106 (and a half) wonderful years. The family will be celebrating her life at the Fairview Cemetery in Tularosa at 10 a.m., on April 25, 2016, with Charles Walker officiating. Those of you that know about Orpha's strong will and fabulous independence will not be surprised that she has written her own obituary. The family is proud to offer it for your reading. Orpha Miller was born near Mayhill, Territory of New Mexico, Oct. 9, 1909, to Ollie Miller and Josephine (Josie) Parker Miller. Both parents were of early pioneer families in the area. Mrs. Wingfield lived in the Sacramento Mountain area at various locations until ten years of age. She attended school in Weed, New Mexico through the third grade. In August of 1920, the family left the Sacramento Mountain area and moved their cattle to a ranch in the San Andreas Mountains, west of the Tularosa Basin. Orpha entered fourth grade of school in Tularosa and attended all of grade school and high school in Tularosa, and graduated in 1929, as Valedictorian of her class. She was a member of several organizations including Sunshine Girls Sunday School Class of Tularosa Methodist Church, Junior Woman's Club of Tularosa, High School Glee Club, High School Dramatics Club, High School Girls Basketball Team for four years, Tularosa Woman's Club, Cloudcroft Ropers' Club Horseback Square Dance Team, and Cloudcroft School Parent-Teachers' Association. As a teenager she worked at odd jobs, like cafe work and in a drug store during high school and after, until 1931. On Nov. 28, 1931, Orpha married Walker Lee Wingfield, also a member of another pioneer family in the area. They lived on Albert B. Fall Three Rivers Ranch where Walker worked until January 1934. Mr. and Mrs. Wingfield moved to Tularosa and Alamogordo in January 1934, working various jobs. This was during the Depression, and jobs were scarce. From 1937-1938 they went to Chicago, Illinois where Walker went to Electrical and Refrigeration School. From there they returned to Tularosa and Alamogordo until October 1940. In 1940, the Wingfields moved to Cloudcroft where Walker worked for Otero County Electric Co-op, distributing electricity to the mountain area farmers by means of portable generators located in Cloudcroft, and building transmission lines over the surrounding areas. While Walker worked for the Co-op for 11 years, Orpha first worked reading electric meters on a one-meter route. Then she worked for the telephone company on a small front room switchboard from 1946 to 1951, serving the local area as far as Mayhill. Until then the area had only a Forest Service telephone system, with only two or three telephones in the area. Messengers were sent out to notify persons of incoming calls. If the persons were located, they came to the telephone. They moved back to Tularosa in August 1951 when Walker went to work at Holloman Air Force Base during World War II. Two sons were born to Orpha and Walker. The first, Robert Lee, was injured at birth and was physically helpless all his life. Their second son, Melvin Carroll, was killed in an automobile accident in 1973. He had one son, and the only grandchild of the Wingfields, Melvin Lee. Orpha was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Josie Miller, her husband, Walker Wingfield, her two sons, Robert and Melvin, two of her brothers, Buster and Oliver Miller, two sisters, Annie Adelia Miller Sport and Sylvia (Dutch) Miller Cockrum (at age 102). Her grandmother, Zone Lewis Miller Inman also lived 102 years. She had two cousins, Cordelia Lewis and Dick Lewis that lived past 101. She was privileged to grow up with her a long line of long living pioneer grandparents, great grandparents, and their families. Surviving Orpha is her grandson, Melvin Lee of Colorado and his wife, Barbara Wingfield. She has one brother, Don Miller of La Luz and his wife, Ernie-Lee. She has one sister, Josephine (Jo) Miller Ruffin of Oklahoma and her husband Bill Ruffin. She has two sisters-in-law, Wilma Miller and Joie Miller Dennis. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and nephews and of course a whole new generation of great-great nieces and nephews! Pallbearers will be Rick WilliamSon, Levi WilliamSon, Tim Carroll, Lacy Miller, Shannon Miller, Bill Ruffin, Fred Lloyd Parker, John Dick Grisak, Charles McNeil, Lewis Beaty and Erwin Chatfield. The Wingfield 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 the website at: www.hamiltonodell.com
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 22 to May 21, 2016
Milne, Betty Louise - Alamogordo  
Betty Louise Milne June 18, 1929 – March 30, 2016 Betty Louise Milne, 86, passed away March 30, 2016, after a long struggle with dementia. She was born June 18,1929 to the late Bland and Beulah Key. She married Bob Milne on June 26, 1948 in Sappington, MO. They moved to Alamogordo in 1959 to open Milne Auto Electric, where she was the bookkeeper. In her spare time, she loved to read and embroider and work in the yard. Once her children were grown, she and her husband enjoyed traveling around the country in their RV. Betty is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bob Milne, sister Stella Baublitz of Iron Mountain, MO; children Joyce Johnson and spouse Gary of Round Rock,TX, Donna Campbell and spouse Ronnie of St. Charles, MO, Cathy Rickards and spouse Jack, of Las Cruces, NM, Bobby Milne and spouse Vicky of Alamogordo, NM; nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff of Casa Arena for the care they provided to Betty when she was no longer able to live at home. Cremation has already occurred. There will be no funeral per her request.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 6 to May 5, 2016
Ortiz, Yolanda Mercedes - Alamogordo  
Yolanda Mercedes Ortiz went to be with the Lord and all of his angels on April 7, 2016. She was born on July 16, 1951, to Joe and Nena Ortiz. She was raised in Carrizozo, N.M., and later moved to Alamogordo. She was a preschool teacher at Chins Full House and loved the children with whom she worked. She is survived by her daughter, Traci Beltran, whom she loved and adored, more than words can express; son-in-law, Larry Beltran; grandsons, Nathan and Michael, who were the lights of her life; sisters, Tamara Ortiz and Judi Voss; brothers, Conrad Ortiz and Mario Ortiz; her dear friend, who was like another sister, Lisa; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was greeted in heaven by her father, Joe L. Ortiz, mother Magdalena "Nena" Ortiz, and brother Johnny Ortiz. Yolanda will be remembered for her beautiful smile and her sense of humor. She was a woman with a heart of gold and shined with love for her family, friends, and the children she worked with. She was a mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend who filled many people with love and laughter. She will forever be missed, loved and although hearts are broken without her, she will live on forever in our memories and hearts. The Ortiz family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo unreal Home to direct the arrangements. Service arrangements are pending. To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 12 to May 11, 2016
Osborne, Loretta Denise  
Loretta Denise Osborne, 60, of Tularosa, N.M., passed away peacefully at her home on March 28, 2016, after a long battle with cancer. Loretta was born on August 5, 1955, to the late Woodrow and Jane Chastain. She spent much of her childhood in Southern California. She remarried Charles Osborne in 1989, and later moved to Tularosa, N.M. She had a great love for New Mexico, a place that spoke to her spirit. She worked different jobs, doing whatever it took to get things done. She was not afraid of long hours and hard work, but always managed to make time for family, friends and her animals. She had a deep love for her family, especially her grandchildren. She never limited her bonds to blood, many people called her Grandma and she loved every one of them. Loretta is survived by her husband, Charles; sons, Christopher Norton and James Norton; sister, Patricia Guthrie; brother, Tom Chastain; seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family will be having a private celebration of life. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to CAPPED Inc., 907 New York Ave., Alamogordo, NM 88310. The family is especially grateful to the entire staff at Gerald Champion Cancer Center who helped give Loretta an extra six years of life.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 1 to May 1, 2016
Owen, Juanita Irene  
Juanita Irene (Wilson) Owen, 58, went to be with the Lord on April, 7, 2016, in Alamogordo, New Mexico. She was born on Dec. 30, 1957, in Tularosa, New Mexico to Cecil Wand Ruthie L (Franks) Wilson. After graduating from Alamogordo High School, Juanita married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth. She pursued cake decorating and various other crafts as well as fostering at least forty children before being blessed with a son of her own. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Kenneth E. Owen and son, Matthew D. Owen; two brothers, Kenneth W. (Valorie) Wilson of Antwerp, N.Y., and Donald D. (Marianne) Ball of Tyler, Texas; three aunts, Kay (Gene) Stailey, Barbara Wilson, and Ruby Wilson; fifteen cousins and eleven nieces and nephews; and so very many extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Cecil W. and Ruthie L. Wilson, her grandparents Gamers Franks; Frankie Ruth Bonnell Wilson; Gilbert Wilson; Cecil F. Wilson. Three uncles: Kenneth O. Wilson; Eldon Wilson; and Sammy Franks. Services will be held at La Luz Bible Church in La Luz on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Viewing and visitation Saturday at 9 a.m., Service at 10 a.m., officiated by Pastor Ron Tyson. Lunch will be served at the church immediately following the burial.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 13 to May 12, 2016
Rickman, Mae Doris - Alamogordo  
Mae Doris Rickman (December 9, 1924 - April 7, 2016) Mae Doris Rickman December 9, 1924 - April 6, 2016 Mae Doris (Combs) Rickman was born to Dr. Spencer P. Combs and Lucretia (Cornet) Combs December 9, 1924 in Cornettsville, Kentucky. She passed from this life April 6, 2016 in Alamogordo New Mexico at the age of 91. Doris met Heza F. (Rick) Rickman at the South Main Church at Roswell during the summer of 1954. They were married July 2, 1955. They moved to Alamogordo in December of 1955. Doris was a stay-at-home "mom" who dearly loved her family, and provided for them. She was an active member of the Church of Christ. She taught children's classes, and spent over forty years organizing and serving meals to families that had lost loved ones. She especially liked to entertain, and spent a lot of time working with the elderly, especially the widow ladies. Doris loved to travel, but she liked to do so in the motor home, where she had her own bed and could brew a cup of coffee while on the road. She was privileged to travel in every state of the US, except Hawaii; all the provinces of Canada, except the Northwest Territory and Newfoundland; and the Bahama Islands. Doris is survived by her husband, Rick, of 59 years, son Dr. Allan Rickman and his wife Sandra, of Alamogordo, two granddaughters: Stephanie Rickman of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Elle Rickman of Lubbock Texas. Funeral services will be conducted by Jerry Shelton and Al Maxey at the Church of Christ, 1300 Cuba Avenue, Alamogordo, on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM. Pallbearers are: JD Cameron, Orran Fairly, Harry Lester, Johnny Shelton, Sam Williamson, and Dave Woods. Honorary pallbearer is Buddy Clark. The Rickman family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 8 to May 7, 2016
Rogers, Tyrell Earl  
Tyrell (Ty) Earl Rogers, beloved son of Ella and Andy Olsen of Cloudcroft, N.M., and Rick Rogers of Boles Acres was called to heaven on Tuesday, March 22nd. Ty was a graduate of Cloudcroft High School. He spent his life surrounded by a large family, who loved and cared deeply for him, and learned so much from him during his short time on Earth. Ty's love for fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars, led him to start collecting toy cars at an early age. Ty loved to color, take trips to local stores, attend church, watch Mickey Mouse, and spend time with his family. Ty loved his many nieces and nephews, his grandmother (Maw), his devoted parents, his siblings, and all his extended family, but his love for Jesus was strongest of all. Ty is preceded in death by his grandmother Bida Rogers; grandfather William Olsen of Cloudcroft, N.M.; his aunt Sandra Scott and his cousin, Andrew Rogers of Alamogordo. Survivors include siblings, Mandy Owens of Roswell, N.M., Rhona and Jerry Esparza of Las Vegas, Nev., Sandra and Doug McBrayer of Kennesaw, Ga., Tony Owens and Alex Carilli, Jeb and Jessica Rogers, Lilly and Sean Williams, all of Cloudcroft, N.M., Harley Rogers of Alamogordo, N.M., Billy and Rita Olsen and Tommy and Candice Olsen, of Tucson, Ariz., Bobby and Suzanna Olsen of Tempe, Ariz. Ty is also survived by his grandmother, Betty Olsen of Alamogordo, N.M., as well as numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Family, friends and those whose lives were touched by Ty, are invited to join us for services at Christ Community Church, at 2960 Scenic Dr. Alamogordo, NM on Monday, March 28, 2016, at 1 p.m., followed by graveside services at James Canyon Cemetery in Mayhill, NM. A reception will be held at Mountain of the Lord Church in Twin Forks following burial. The Rogers family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 27 to Apr. 26, 2016
Sadowski, Ruth Elizabeth - Albuquerque  
Ruth Elizabeth Sadowski, 94, beloved mother, sister, grandmother and aunt, was called to her eternal resting place on April 23, 2016. Born Oct.15, 1921, in Monticello, N.M., to Joseph and Verena Joerger. She is survived by two sons, Joseph and John; daughter, Susan, son-in-law Fred DeGuio; two grandsons, Alex and Zach Sadowski, all of Albuquerque; her sister, Columba Reid, of Arlington, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. She served as a Lt. in the Army Nurse Corp and was sent to CBI, (China, Burma and India Theater) for two years working in the MASH units. Ruth also worked at Carrie Tingley and Lovelace Hospitals. To further her education she went to UPenn where she met her husband in dental school. She was a USAF wife for 12 years. They adopted three children and Ruth spent many years managing the dental practice. She shared much of her free time with charities and organizations ranging from P.E.O. Int'l; Altar Rosary Society, the Garden Club, and was one of the early founders of Zia Therapy Center in Alamogordo. Her passions were playing Bridge and participating in the AM Volkssport Assn, a national walking organization of which she acquired numerous medals of achievement. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016, at St. John XXIII Catholic Church located at 4831 Tramway Ridge Dr. The Rosary is at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery and a reception will follow at FRENCH – Wyoming. If you prefer, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Carmelite Monastery, 49 Mount Carmel Rd Santa Fe, NM 87505-0352, or charity of your choice. Please visit our online guestbook for Ruth at www.FrenchFunerals.com.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 29 to May 28, 2016
Salazar, Daniel - Alamogordo  
Daniel Salazar, born in Ft. Carson, Colo., on Nov. 3, 1975, was called home, while surrounded by loved ones on the morning of March 25, 2016. Daniel created two beautiful daughters, Lexi and Mariah. He instilled in them gentle, loving hearts and kindness beyond measure. He leaves a trail of love and memory for his granddaughter Leyanni...may his gentle, loving baby talk be a memory forever stored in her soul. The memory of Daniel will be sustained by his loving mother, Terri Marrujo, his ever-supportive dad, Charlie Marrujo, his caring sister, Annette Garcia and her husband Manuel, his ever loving younger brother, Justin Marrujo, his beautiful daughter Mariah, his ever-gentle daughter Lexi and fiancée Sergio Torres, his most precious granddaughter, Leyanni Torres, his affectionate fiancée Yadira, stepbrothers Nicholas and Christopher Salazar, stepmother, Shelia Salazar, grandparents, Lorenza Gonzales, Clara and Frutoso Marrujo, his many aunts, uncles, and other relatives. Gone to rest before Daniel is his father, Guadalupe Salazar and his grandfather, Santiago Gonzales, Sr. Memories of him will fill our hearts and minds. Each of us were made better by having you in our lives.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 8 to May 7, 2016
Sanchez, Carol R. - Alamogordo  
Carol R. Sanchez May 4, 1947 – March 27, 2016 Carol Sanchez was born May 4, 1947 and was taken with the Lord Easter Morning March 27, 2016. Carol a longtime resident of Alamogordo is warmly remembered by all for her loving, caring nature, her sense of humor, and generosity. She was a devoted Christian and it was her faith that sustained her throughout life's struggles. She was a phenomenal cook, who enjoyed cooking and feeding the community. As a hobby she loved to do crossword puzzles. Carol was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to many and will be deeply missed. She fully enjoyed family and friends and was always willing to help others. She is survived by her son Ruben A. Maese of Alamogordo, a grandson Ruben D. Maese, two granddaughters Angelica Maese and Rachel Maese of Alamogordo, a great granddaughter Annelisia Herrera, two sisters Rufina Hernandez of Monahans, Texas, and Alice Rodriquez of Alamogordo. She is preceded in death by her mother Carolina Rodriguez and sister Margaret Little. A funeral mass will be held Monday April 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Alamogordo. Burial to follow at ICC.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 8 to May 7, 2016
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