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Quarrell, Louis  
Louis Michael Quarrell, born May 9, 1932, in the Little Florida Mountains of Luna County, New Mexico, entered into eternal peace June 30, 2015 in Las Cruces. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015, at Baca's Funeral Chapel, with the prayer vigil to follow at 5 p.m.. Mass of Christian burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Manuel Ibarra officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. A reception will follow at St. Ann's Parish Hall. Louis moved to Deming in the early 1940s. He was the grandson of Michele and Gatrudas Tarazon Quarello and Hilario and Teresa Munoz Lucero and Alejandro Estrada, and the son of Michael (Chapo) and Apolonia (Pola ) Quarrell. Louis attended school in Lewis Flats, Smith Elementary and Deming Junior and Senior High School, where he played junior varsity football. At 12, Louis worked with Don Pasqual Pacheco making adobe bricks and at 13 he drove a supply truck for the mine at Cooks Peak for his father. During summer breaks, he worked his first full-time job at the Deming Army Air Base during World War II. Louis also worked in the Carlton mines with his grandfather, improving springs and water tanks and driving employees to work at age 14. In 1947, Skeeter Williams gave Louis a job at the Deming Meat Packing Co. Louis enjoyed his school art classes, where he met Maria (Mary) Gonzalez, who would become his wife on Nov. 2, 1950. In the mid-1950s, Louis played in the Minor Baseball League for the Deming Merchants, traveling to play teams from the southwest New Mexico and adjacent Mexican cities. In 1966, Louis and Mary purchased four acres of land and built a home for their family of 12. Louise also worked part time at the Country Club and Yucca Cafe. After 30 years with D-Pac, Louis went to work for Reynolds Electrical and Engineering in Nevada at the Tonopah Test Range, working specifically on the secret F-117A Stealth Fighter Program as general foreman of Roads and Grounds. Louis enjoyed camping, hiking, hunting, shooting archery and metal detecting with his family in the surrounding mountains, with a special interest in local history and archaeology. He was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Cubs. His favorite city is Deming, favorite place the Forks in Gila National Forest and his best friends have been his children. He loved making breakfast at the crack of dawn for his family, and would patiently wait for everyone to join him in the kitchen for the first cup of coffee. He loved to play bingo in Las Vegas and during family gatherings at home. He was a master at creating wood carvings, which he made for his family. He loved collecting cans and giving the proceeds to the needy. He supported the local animal shelter out of his love and compassion for them. He enjoyed watching "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" nightly with family. He was a master at completing word puzzles. He considered his greatest accomplishments owning the home they lived in and the annual family reunions on Thanksgiving. Louis will best be remembered for his lively sense of humor and being an exceptionally devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Their children include, Mary Ramirez, the late Virginia Quarrell, Margo (Terry) Lamuraglia, Louie Quarrell Jr., Bobby Joe Quarrell, John (Barb) Quarrell and daughter-in-law, Jamie Quarrell, the late Steve Quarrell, Julie (Stephan) Saia, Lilly Quarrell and Michelle Burnside; brothers, Barney (Bertha) Quarrell, Mike (Marlene) Quarrell, James (Kathy) Quarrell, Frank (Mary) Quarrell and Charlie (JoAnn) Quarrell; sister Paulette Quarrell; grandchildren, Amber, Angie, Ben, Celeste, Charlie, Christan, Cody, David, Ed, Emma, Grace, Helena, Isabella, Johnathon, Josh, Lori, Michele, Nick and Sarah as well as 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary Gonzalez Quarrell. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made in his memory to the American Lung Association and local Deming Animal Shelter. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels. Exclusive provider for "Veterans & Family Memorial Care". To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at www.bacasfuneralchapels.com. 811 S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030. Phone: 575.546.9671
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Published in Deming Headlight on July 3, 2015

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Baeza, Jose  
Jose Luiz Baeza, 23, entered eternal rest on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jose was born Nov. 27, 1991, to Jesus N. Baeza and Maria Teresa Garcia in Deming, New Mexico. He is survived by his parents, Jesus N. Baeza and his wife, Alma Harkey, of Las Cruces, Maria Teresa Garcia and her husband, Sotero Soto, of Deming; his fiancé, Bernise Avalos of Las Cruces; two sons, Xavier Baeza and stepson Adrian Fino of Las Cruces; three brothers, Jesus Daniel Baeza of Deming, Miguel Angel Baeza of Las Cruces, and Preston Harkey of Las Cruces; two sisters, Brenda Baeza of Las Cruces, and Jessica Adame of Houston, Texas; paternal grandmother, Nicolas Baeza; maternal grandparents, Armida Varela and Ricardo Garcia; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Jose is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Jesus Baeza. Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, July 1, 2015, at Terrazas Funeral Chapels with prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, with the Rev. Manuel Ibarra officiating. Concluding services with an interment will be at Mountain View cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jesus N. Baeza, Miguel Angel Baeza, Preston Harkey, Fernando Baeza, Danny Baeza, Hector Montes, Gerardo Trujillo and Victor Del Hierro; honorary pallbearers will be the rest of his friends and family. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory, "Trusted care for the ones you Love" ~575-546-0070. To send your condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com
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Published in Deming Headlight on July 2, 2015
Diaz Diaz, Cris (Cris)  
This is not good-bye, but until we meet again. Cris "Peewee," as he was fondly known, was born in Deming, New Mexico, on April 26, 1949. The family then moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico. Cris was an altar boy during his school years at Immaculate Heart of Mary School. He worked as a lifeguard during summer vacations while in high school and was a proud graduate of Las Cruces High School. He attended NMSU and subsequently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he worked as a warehouseman. He served his country in the Navy aboard the USS Tarawa during the Gulf War and was decorated for his service. Cris deeply loved his family. Our hearts were broken at his passing, but we are comforted in knowing that he has finally gone home to be with his beloved mom, Socorro Baeza Diaz; his dad, Crispulo Armendariz Diaz, his sister, Viola Baeza Diaz, his brother, Raymond Michael Diaz, and our Heavenly Father. Cris will always be remembered for his gift of gab and quirky sense of humor. He will forever remain in our hearts. Cris is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Diaz Francia, and husband, Anthony; his grandson, David Archuleta; his sons, Matthew and Michael Diaz; his stepdaughter, Gina O'Brien; his ex-wife and forever friend, Pamela Diaz; his sister, Lydia Diaz Allred, and husband, Larry; his niece, Socorro Diaz Guillen, and husband, Mauricio; his great-nephews, Mauri "Reese" and Jacob Guillen; his nephew, Crispulo Diaz; his sister-in-law, Amy Diaz; his nephew, Raymond Diaz, and wife, Yvette, and his great-nephew and niece, Jayden and Jaraya Diaz. The memorial Mass will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 400 South Ruby, Deming, NM, at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Deming, NM. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Deming, NM, 811 S. Gold Avenue; phone, 546-9671.
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Published in Deming Headlight on July 2, 2015
Harper, Florence  
Florence Bee (Corley) Harper, 90, of Deming, passed away Monday night, June 29, 2015, in the arms of her oldest son, Preston. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Baca's Funeral Chapel in Deming. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, at Baca's Funeral Chapel with concluding services and interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Florence was born March 27, 1925, in Santa Rita, New Mexico, to G. B. and Ethel Corley, and was raised in Belen and Clovis, New Mexico. She graduated from Clovis High School at the beginning of World War II, then attended nursing school in New Orleans. While she was in nursing school, the love of her life, Boyd Harper, was at sea in the U.S. Navy. After the war, she left nursing school to marry Boyd on Jan. 16, 1946, at her parents' home in Clovis. After 65 years of an amazing life together, Boyd went home to Jesus. Florence then chose to reside at Willow Manor and continued to love everyone around her and served the Lord until her last breath. One of Florence's favorite quotes from Ken Keyes Jr. was "A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror." Florence's mirror only reflected love. She is survived by her son, Preston B. Harper (Minette) of Silver City, New Mexico; daughter, Donna Hazen (Jerry) of Mosquero, New Mexico; son, Stephen B. Harper (Gwynet) of Farmington, New Mexico; her grandchildren, Tonja, Tyrel, Billie, Justin, Tarra, Boyd, Clay and Dana; along with their spouses; nine great-grandchildren, Ashleigh, Aaron, Graylin, Kinley, Brinley, Molly, Kaylee, Brooke and Connor; one great-great grandson, Brekyn; her only sibling and sister, Wanda; Boyd's sister and her dearest friend, Bernadine, and Boyd's brothers, Herman and Billy; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, and treasured friends. Pallbearers will be her grandsons Tyrel Harper, Justin Harper, Boyd Hazen, Clay Harper and great-grandsons Aaron Martinez and Graylin Harper. Honorary bearers are Kenneth Cupp, Donald Cupp, Mike McMahan, and Cody Cupp. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the New Mexico Boys' and Girls' Ranch Foundation, PO Box 9, Belen, NM 87002 - (505)881-3363 - Theranches.org Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels. Exclusive provider for "Veterans & Family Memorial Care". To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at www.bacasfuneralchapels.com. 811 S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030. Phone: 575.546.9671
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Published in Deming Headlight on July 2, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Hill, Marilyn  
Marilyn Elaine Hill was born on Nov. 17, 1932 in Munday, Texas, to Conrad and Helen Kuehler. She left this Earth on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at the home of her son, surrounded by her family. A prayer vigil and rosary will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Baca's Funeral Chapel, led by Suzanne Lundy. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church, with the Rev. Ron Machado officiating. Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be held at a later date. Marilyn married Don Hill on Aug. 14, 1952, in Brownfield, Texas, and they lived happily for almost 63 years. She owned and operated beauty shops in Brownfield and Levelland, Texas, before becoming a stay at home mom for many years. She went to work at Deming National Bank (First New Mexico Bank) in the fall of 1968 and worked there until her retirement in 1994. Marilyn has been a member of Holy Family Catholic Church since 1962, when the family moved to Deming. She was a member of the Altar Society. Left behind with loving memories are her husband, Don Hill; her children, Rhonda Phillips (Lu), Janet Hall (Jim), Gary Hill (Heather) and her daughter-in-law, Lisa Hill (Vince); grandchildren, Cammie Bishop (Bradley), Chase Hall (Lacey), Courtney Hall, C. J. Henery, Robin Henery, Christopher Hill, (fiancée, Brianma Jones) , Nicholas Hill, Sean Carnett, Loryn Carnett, Bethany Hill and Jacob Hill; and great-grandchildren, Sawyer, Emerson, Bowen and Stella Bishop and Olivia Hall; her sisters, Janette Whitford of Lubbock, Texas, Gwen Martin (Clancy) of Lubbock, Connie Elliston of Safford, Arizona, and Sheri Curry (Harlen) of Denver City, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, David and Kevin Hill; a grandson, Trent Phillips; and two sisters, Evelyn Bishop and Glenda Ellis. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Cancer Support Group of Deming and Luna County, P.O. Box 1746, Deming, NM 88031. The family would like to thank Austin Hospice for their loving care. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels. To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at www.bacasfuneralchapels.com. 811 S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030. Phone: 575.546.9671
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Published in Deming Headlight on June 30, 2015
Sepa, Rinaldo  
Rinaldo James Sepa, 83, of Deming, away June 24, 2015 at Hospice of El Paso in El Paso, Texas. He was born Dec. 28, 1931, in Bristol, Connecticut, the son of the late Giacomo and Carmella Sepa. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann Catholic Church. The rite of committal will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. The Rev. Manuel F. Ibarra, Pastor, will officiate. He leaves behind a wife, Mary Ellen Sepa; sister, Adeline Lewis of Bristol; stepdaughter, Shawna Rheinhold; step-sons, Tracy Rheinhold and wife, Diane, Edward Reinhold and wife, Mary; step-granddaughter, Samantha Peterson and husband and several nieces and nephews. Before his retirement, he was the owner of the Nu Hair Salon in Tampa, Florida, and moved to Deming in retirement. He attended St. Ann Catholic Church and enjoyed many years with all his friends, especially the coffee roundtable discussions. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of El Paso, 1575 Belvidere St., El Paso TX 79925. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels and Mimbres Crematory Exclusive provider for "Veterans & Family Memorial Care". To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website atwww.bacasfuneralchapels.com. 811 S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030. Phone: 575.546.9671
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Published in Deming Headlight on June 30, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Week

Ware, Cleta  
Cleta Foy Ware, 89, Deming resident passed away Tuesday June 23, 2015 at Willow Manor. Per her request no services will be held, she will be laid to rest at Fort Bayard National Cemetery in Fort Bayard. Cleta was born February 14, 1926 in Wewoka, Oklahoma to Marie Frances Barnhill and John Newton Graham. She moved to Deming from Washington State and was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Lewis Ware of 72 years; son, Gary Ware of Deming; son-in-law, Dick Hoezee of Deming; 2 daughters, Judith Brock of London, Kentucky, Anita Hoezee of Deming; 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at www.bacasfuneralchapels.com. 811 S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030. Phone: 575.546.9671
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Published in Deming Headlight on June 26, 2015
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