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Berry, Robert Randal - Ruidoso  
Robert Randal Berry, born August 28, 1926, in Cisco, TX entered heaven on December 4, 2014, at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his parents Nolan and Orene Berry of Lubbock, TX. Robert served in the US Army before beginning a ten year career as a USDA poultry inspector in New Orleans. Robert retired in 1986 from Lincoln Income Life Insurance Co. of Lubbock as a district manager. Robert married Frances Christie June 14, 1969. The couple moved to Ruidoso, NM and joined FBC Ruidoso in 1986, where Robert served as a deacon. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Frances Berry of Ruidoso; daughter Tacheryn McCarthy of Massachusetts; son Robert Nolan Berry of New Hampshire; sisters Norma Burress and Linda Loven of Lubbock; 3 stepsons, Lynn and Keith Christie of Garland, and Blake Christie of Lubbock; niece Judy Robertson of Lubbock; nephew Wesley Burress of Houston; 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. The family requests donations to FBC Ruidoso or Christian Services of Lincoln. Graveside services to be held at Lubbock City Cemetery Monday, December 15, at 11:00 AM. Condolences may be sent to the family at
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Published in Ruidoso News from Dec. 12, 2014 to Jan. 11, 2015
Burgess, Cathy - Ruidoso Downs  
Cathy Burgess, 84, of Ruidoso Downs, NM passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 in Ruidoso. She was born April 7, 1930 in Denver, Colorado. She moved to Lincoln County on September 3, 1961 from California. She married Douglas Burgess on July 11, 1946 in Carrizozo and he preceded her in death on July 9, 1974. She is survived by her children, Carla Ann Swanner of Temple, TX, Douglas Marion Burgess of Ruidoso Downs and Catherine Alyce McIntosh of Tularosa; brother, Paul Rout of Riverside, CA; sister, Virginia Williams of Clarkville, GA; sister-in-law, Imajean Miranda of Ruidoso Downs; brother-in-law, James Clifford Burgess of Baird, TX; 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and was preceded in death by one granddaughter. She loved to quilt and an avid baseball fan and was loving caregiver to her family and friends. No services are planned at this time. Condolences may be sent to the family at
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Published in Ruidoso News from Dec. 11, 2014 to Jan. 10, 2015
York, Donnie Earl - Ruidoso  
Donnie York, 67, died peacefully, of stomach cancer, in his Ruidoso cabin on December 6, 2014 surrounded by love and all the things he loved most. His devoted partner: Victor Roberts, his faithful companions Fritz and Kermit, and his beloved and most trusted friends. Donnie was born to Anna Laura and Jesse Earl York in Brownswood, Texas. His passing was as poetic and inspiring as his life was. The Mountain of Sierra Blanca guarded and protected Donnie from the perils of the world. While the lush green canopy forest of upper canyon sheltered him in his final hours. The Ruidoso River soothed his pain and eased his mind. The animals all came to pay their respect, and return kindness to their faithful friend. The birds circled and sang a tune of grace through the ancient towering trees, to aid his passing into the next world. A majestic red cardinal carrying the spirit of a fallen friend appeared out of the heavens and guided him on his next great journey. The sun shined through the cabin leaving a trail of golden light for Donnie to follow, bathing him in its warming glow. The smell of peace and love filled the air with its fragrant perfume of pinion, juniper and pine. Smoke rose from the neighborhood chimney's and cleansed the air of all impurities and gave way to a pillar of peace rising in the sapphire sky. Donnie's passing was as truly blessed, and a beautiful moment to behold, as he was in life. The Land of enchantment had blessed Donnie and fulfilled its part in crossing him over to the great divine. Know that the glory and power of this enchanted land of New Mexico has yielded to Donnie's every desire and given him comfort and peace, as it returned him to his eternal home. Donnie lived his life free and well, he was honest, fair, and extremely wise. He was also well loved, greatly admired, and respected by many. Donnie had no borders or limits, he made friends everywhere he went and walked the land as if it were always a part of him. Donnie was educated at Santa, Anna TX - Ranger Junior College, Ranger TX, and Sul Ross University Alpine, Texas. Certified as an elementary teacher, all-level librarian and computer literacy teacher, Donnie taught a variety of subjects and grade levels including: geography, math lab, life skills, computer literacy and migrant education. In addition to his teaching career Donnie drove a medical taxi for dialysis patients in Ruidoso, New Mexico and following that, Donnie was the director of a Reading room on South Padre Island, Texas. Donnie finished his career with Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas where he was worked as a clerk in guest/patient registration. Donnie always enjoyed life and constantly hungered for knowledge. His hobbies included: collecting antiques, computers, scrabble, gardening, rocks and gemstones, sun bathing, walking and hiking and all of the wonderful splendors of life itself. Most of all he enjoyed spending time daily with friends at 2 o'clock coffee. Donnie is survived by: his life partner (Victor Roberts) his brother (Nikki York) his former wife (Sherry York) and his devoted cousin (Bill Haynes). His list of residences include: Ruidoso, NM – Alamogordo, NM – Harlingen, TX – South Padre Island, TX- San Angelo, TX- Ozona, TX- Mission-TX -Pharr, TX- Elsa, TX- Big spring, TX –Stanton, TX- Crystal City, TX-Alpine, TX and Trickham, TX Donnie will be missed by the masses and we are better people today because he lived among us touched our lives and taught us many life lessons. Such lessons as: truth, sincerity, unselfishness, work ethics, and personal integrity. He always lead by example and inspired others to do the right thing and not merely the popular thing at the expense of the moment. Donnie's kind eyes, smile and quiet humor will be greatly missed; however his life legacy will continue to shine as bright as the hottest star in our hearts and minds, and his star shall never fade. Memorial service will be held on December 20, 2014 between 2 to 5 pm at Sacred Grounds Coffee, 2825 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM.
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Published in Ruidoso News from Dec. 9, 2014 to Jan. 8, 2015

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Guzman, Kathy - Mescalero  
Kathy Guzman, 48, of Mescalero passed away Thursday, November 13, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born May 27, 1966 at Mescalero and had lived there most of her life. She attended the Mescalero Reformed Church. She is survived by her husband, Robert Guzman III; two sons, McKennly Guzman and Robert Guzman IV; her mother, Deloras Buurma; five brothers, Carl Buurma, Doug Buurma, David Buurma, Eli Hosetosavit and Brandon Mendez; four sisters, Pat Warnake, Kathleen Buurma, Maryann Daves and Marcia Hosetosavit. Visitation will be Monday, November 17, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM with the prayer service at 6:00 PM at the Mescalero Reformed Church where the funeral service will be on Tuesday, November 18, at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at the Mescalero Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at
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Published in Ruidoso News from Nov. 18 to Dec. 17, 2014
Rue, Sally (Miller) - Ruidoso Downs  
Sally Rue died peacefully in her home in Ruidoso Downs on November15, 2014, she was 68. Sally is preceded in death by Cedric B. Rue, her husband of 26 years, her mother Manuella "Nellie" Randolph and her brother Andrew Miller. Sally is survived by her 3 children, Cedric F. Rue, Henry A Rue and wife Luana Cano-Rue, and her daughter Marcella E. Rue. She has 6 grandchildren, Alexander Rue, Kailah Cano-Rue, Serena Gilmore, Echo Diaz, Jordan Rue and Shadow Gilmore. She has 4 great grandchildren, Derrick "Kekoa" Donnell, Jr, Landon Rue, Francisco Diaz III and Rabun Mendoza. Sally was born March 28, 1946 in Roswell, NM, She moved to Ruidoso when she married Cedric B. Rue on May 10, 1963 Sally worked for the Ruidoso School District as a cook, she was a school bus driver and later worked for the Village of Ruidoso at the Senior Citizens Center, this was the job she loved, she adored helping and driving her seniors around, later she transferred to the Library and several years later she retired from the Village. Sally was a very caring mother, grandmother, sister, friend and member of this community. She was always willing and volunteering to lend a hand to those in need. She will be greatly missed by her family……Rest In Peace. Services will be held on Thursday November 20, 2014 at 2 P.M. at the Southern Baptist Church in Ruidoso Downs. Please join us in Celebrating her life. We ask our family and friends to have dinner with us after the services and if possible to bring a dish to share of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at
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Published in Ruidoso News from Nov. 18 to Dec. 17, 2014

Obituaries from the Past Week

Hood, Tommy Loyd - Ruidoso Downs  
Tommy Loyd Hood, 66, of Ruidoso Downs, NM passed away on November 11, 2014 in Dimmitt, Texas. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jonathan Sullivan officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home of Dimmitt. Tommy was born on December 23, 1947 in Amherst, Texas to Loyd Collins and Rosa Lee Hood. Tommy grew up in Littlefield, Texas and graduated Littlefield High School. After graduating he attended West Texas University. Tommy worked as a salesman for Brakes and Wheels Oil Company in the Odessa and Hobbs area. Tommy worked as the manager of the Zia Senior Center in Ruidoso Downs for 18 years. Tommy was a City Councilman for Ruidoso Downs. He loved the horse races, boxing and was a devoted Dallas Cowboy fan. Tommy was a fan of the King, Elvis Presley. Most of all he loved being with this family. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Ruidoso, New Mexico. He is survived by his mother Rosie Hood of Ruidoso Downs, NM; a sister Linda Grant and husband Gary of Dimmitt, Texas; and a niece Tara Grand of Dimmitt, Texas. He is also survived by several cousins. Tommy was preceded in death by his father Loyd Collins Hood and a nephew Tracy James Grand. Memorials may be made to Zia Senior Center, P.O. Box 1999, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346. Sign the online guestbook at
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Published in Ruidoso News from Nov. 13 to Dec. 12, 2014
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