Simona B. Payanes, 102, of Irvin Street, Carlsbad, N.M., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at her home.
Visitation will be 2 p.m. to vigil today (Feb. 15) at San Jose Catholic Church, 1002 S. De Baca St. A vigil is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at San Jose Catholic Church. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at San Jose Catholic Church with Fr. Valentine Jankowski, OFM Conv., officiating. Interment will follow in Santa Catarina, Carlsbad, N.M. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Simona B. Payanes was born Jan. 14, 1911, in Marathon, Texas, to Francisco and Julianna (Garcia) Briseno. She moved to Carlsbad in 1935. Simona married Jose Rosario Payanes Jan. 28, 1938 here in Carlsbad. After Jose's death in 1950, she worked very hard to raise her six children on her own. Simona had great faith and strength in our Lord which carried her through the difficult years. She worked for the Carlsbad Municipal Schools for many years in the cafeteria. Simona was an active member of San Jose Catholic Church where she served on the Alter Society and the Mother's Club at San Jose School. She was responsible for the pastry booth at the family fair over 40 years. Simona was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jose Rosario Payanes Sr.; four brothers; and four sisters.
Survivors are her sons: Francisco Payanes and wife, Sara of Rock Springs, Texas, Reyes Arturo Payanes Sr. of Carlsbad, N.M., and Jose Rosorio Payanes Jr. and wife, Linda of Carlsbad; daughters: Carmen Castaneda of Carlsbad, N.M., Julianna Stone and husband, Gary of Albuquerque, N.M., and Albina Sanchez of Carlsbad, N.M.; 22 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Robert Sanchez, Omar Payanes, Gary Michael Stone, Frank Payanes, Michael Payanes and Frank Huereque III. Honorary pallbearers are Stephen Stone, Richard Ancira, Chris Ancira, Reyes Arturo Payanes, Carlos Payanes and Jose Payanes. Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.