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Herrera, Joshua - Silver City  
Joshua I. Herrera, 29, a resident of Hanover, NM entered eternal rest Friday, June 24, 2016 at his residence. He was born February 14, 1987 in Silver City, NM to Ivan Herrera and Pamela Palomarez. He is survived by his wife, Diane Chavez of the family home; his parents, David and Pamela Grijalva of Santa Clara; two daughters, Mary Jane Dana Herrera of Hanover; Jocelyn Diane Herrera of Hanover; one brother, Guillermo Herrera of Santa Clara; one sister, Jessica Palomarez of Santa Clara; maternal grandparents, Victor and Anita Palomarez of Santa Clara; paternal grandmother, Erlinda Picazo of Santa Clara; paternal grandmother, Patricia Ponce of Las Cruces; paternal grandfather, Zeke Herrera of Yuma, AZ; paternal great grandmother, Consuelo Gonzalez of Silver City; in-laws, Andy and Dolly Chavez; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jordana Palomarez Herrera (2013). Visitation will be Wednesday, June 29 from 5-6pm at Terrazas Funeral Chapels. A prayer vigil will follow at 6pm being recited by Father Robert Becerra. Graveside service will be Thursday, June 30 at 10am at Hanover Cemetery with Father Becerra presiding. Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory. Arrangments are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 28, 2016

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Hillman, Joan - Las Cruces  
Life celebration service for Joan Marie Hillman, 84, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, will be Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, at 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Joan was born November 5th, 1931, in Zephyr, TX, to H.J "Bob" and Elladale Crockett. Joan had three older brothers – Bobby, Dale and Ralph – and one younger brother Billy. In 1932, Joan's parents moved the family to Mullin, TX, where they survived the depression leasing farm land until 1943. Bob and Elladale again moved the family, this time to Odessa, TX, where Joan graduated from Odessa High School in 1949. She then attended Tarleton State College and was later employed by Gulf Oil Company. While growing up in Mullin, TX, she became acquainted with Jim Hillman when they were just in grade school. Their first official date, however, was not until 1949 and they dated off and on for several years. Jim attended Texas A&M, and following graduation, Jim and Joan were married on July 21st, 1952. Shortly after graduation, Jim was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force, where he served three years during the Korean War. In 1956, Jim was hired by Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Joan worked as the Associate Administrator for the NM State Fair, and later as the Operations Manager, retiring in 1988, after 32 years of dedicated service. During their years in Albuquerque, they were blessed with and raised three children, Steven (now deceased), Kenneth and Laura. Jim and Joan served the Lord faithfully at Hoffmantown Baptist Church. Joan was a Sunday school teacher for adults and children and was also very active with women's Bible Study Fellowship. In the late 1980's, the Lord led them to move to Las Cruces, NM. Upon arriving in Las Cruces, Jim and Joan joined First Baptist Church and became very active. Joan served in the Women's Mission Society and in the ladies quilt group, designing and sewing quilts for terminally ill church members. Joan also served as a member of the church Decoration Committee and as the Secretary/Treasurer of their adult Bible Study class. Of her many areas of service to the Lord and others, Joan's greatest joy and no doubt what she will be remembered for the most was supporting the Living Christmas Tree program where she worked hand-in-hand with the Music Minister in designing and making clothing and banners for the participants. The morning of June 18th, 2016, the Lord chose to bring Joan home, to the place He has prepared for all of us to share with Him. Joan is survived by her husband, James T. Hillman, children Kenneth Hillman, Laura and Ron Farmer, grand-children Travis and Jenna Hillman, Josh and Mandi Farmer and Amanda Farmer, great-grandchildren Mckinley and Kyler Farmer and Charlee Raye Hillman. Joan is preceded in death by her son, J. Steven Hillman. Graveside service to be held Friday, July 8th, 2016, at 10:00 AM. Sandia Memorial Gardens, 9500 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87113. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave Las Cruces NM 88001. To Sign the local online guest book visit
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 23, 2016
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