Obituaries

Margaret Coleman
B: 1930-07-29
D: 2022-11-27
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Coleman, Margaret
Lorraine Gulino
B: 1930-07-14
D: 2022-11-18
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Gulino, Lorraine
Carmen Ortega
B: 1929-06-11
D: 2022-11-17
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Ortega, Carmen
Dwight Crowder
B: 1930-11-02
D: 2022-11-16
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Crowder, Dwight
Matthew Goodwin
B: 1961-09-09
D: 2022-11-16
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Goodwin, Matthew
Deborah Phillips
B: 1950-07-04
D: 2022-11-14
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Phillips, Deborah
Phyllis Shriver
B: 1937-11-07
D: 2022-11-13
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Shriver, Phyllis
Juan Benavidez
B: 1936-09-30
D: 2022-11-12
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Benavidez, Juan
Elva Martinez
B: 1936-02-03
D: 2022-11-11
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Martinez, Elva
Kenneth Schaaf
B: 1936-06-13
D: 2022-11-10
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Schaaf, Kenneth
Rudy Spedalieri
B: 1965-01-17
D: 2022-11-05
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Spedalieri, Rudy
Maria Dominguez
B: 1943-04-30
D: 2022-11-05
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Dominguez, Maria
Marilyn Leyva
B: 1947-11-28
D: 2022-11-02
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Leyva, Marilyn
Richard Lunsford
B: 1948-10-06
D: 2022-11-01
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Lunsford, Richard
Peggie Knapp
B: 1935-01-09
D: 2022-10-31
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Knapp, Peggie
Bonnie Fuqua
B: 1956-05-25
D: 2022-10-28
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Fuqua, Bonnie
Richard Stiles
B: 1957-07-14
D: 2022-10-28
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Stiles, Richard
Billie Beaty
B: 1941-05-31
D: 2022-10-27
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Beaty, Billie
William Towers
B: 1962-09-16
D: 2022-10-26
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Towers, William
Dorothy Comallie
B: 1938-07-15
D: 2022-10-26
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Comallie, Dorothy
Patricia Young
B: 1935-08-13
D: 2022-10-26
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Young, Patricia

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Margaret Coleman

July 29, 1930 - - November 27, 2022

Margaret “Marge” Alice (Purdy) Coleman, 92, passed away on November 27, 2022, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She was born in White Plains, New York to Alfred Lester Purdy and Margaret Anna Conklin. Marge was the youngest of three children and the most adventurous. She left New York at the young age 17 and settled in Las Cruces. Marge found and married the love of her life, ...

Lorraine Gulino

July 14, 1930 - - November 18, 2022

Lorraine Joan Gulino (nee Szymaszek), July 14, 1930 – November 18, 2022. Lorraine was a warm and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was born in Buffalo, New York, graduating from Conesus College in 1952 with a degree in nursing, the first member of her family to attend college. She worked at several Buffalo-area hospitals; at one of ...

Carmen Ortega

June 11, 1929 - - November 17, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother Carmen Ortega 93, on November 17, 2022, at her residence. She was born in Wapao, Mexico to Gregorio Chavez and Estephania Zavala – Duran Chavez. Carmen was very active parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church; she took part in the Guadalupana’s. She loved to travel, she ...

Dwight Crowder

November 02, 1930 - - November 16, 2022

Dwight Crowder passed away on November 16, 2022 in Las Cruces, New Mexico at the age of 92. He was born on November 2, 1930, in southeastern Colorado near Two Buttes. Forced by the Dust Bowl to relocate, Dwight’s parents, Howard and Olivia Crowder, moved the family to farm near Alamosa, Colorado. After graduating from Alamosa High School, he attended Western State College, in ...

Matthew Goodwin

September 09, 1961 - - November 16, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce that Matthew V Goodwin was called home 11/16/22. An incredible husband, Grandaddy, father, brother, son, and friend; taken too soon. He leaves behind an amazing life filled with love, great hugs and more laughter than anyone could imagine. An appraiser for over 30 years, he loved his second home of El Paso and the wonderful people he wo ...

Deborah Phillips

July 04, 1950 - - November 14, 2022

Deborah Phillips, daughter of A.D. and Mary Alexander, passed away on November 14, 2022, surrounded by the love of her husband and kids. As on of seven children to A.D and Mary, Deborah (or Debbie as she was known to many) was born on July 4, 1950, in Carlsbad, NM. At the age of two months, the Alexander family relocated to Las Cruces, where five generations past called home ...

Phyllis Shriver

November 07, 1937 - - November 13, 2022

Phyllis Heard Shriver of Las Cruces, New Mexico passed away peacefully on November 13, 2022 surrounded by family and friends. She was 85 years old, and goes on to join her husband, Monte Shriver, in paradise. Phyllis was born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1937 to John William and Margaret Heard. She attended high school in Archer City, Texas and college at Midwestern College ...

Juan Benavidez

September 30, 1936 - - November 12, 2022

Our beloved, Juan S. Benavidez, aka Johnny, 86, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, peacefully passed away on November 12 th 2022. He was born on September 30 1936 in La Mesa. His parents were Alejandro A. and Ricarda S. Benavidez of La Mesa, NM. He is survived by his siblings, Martha Lucero, and Nellie Rosales, (Gonzalo). He married Modesta Delgado on December 10, 1961 and he is also s ...

Elva Martinez

February 03, 1936 - - November 11, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Our Mother, Grandmother, and Friend SRA. Elva Martinez (Garcia). Elva was born on February 3, 1936 to Juan and Andrea (Chavez) Martinez in Torreon, Chihuahua, Mexico. Elva was a lifelong resident of Las Cruces and was a member of Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. She retired from Holiday Inn after 21 years. She is ...

Kenneth Schaaf Sr

June 13, 1936 - - November 10, 2022

On November 10th Kenneth Schaaf 85 passed away in his home following a long illness. He was born June 13, 1936 in Cortez Colorado, moving to Albuquerque as a young child. He moved to Truth or Consequences graduating from Hot Springs High School. Ken joined the Navy and received training in aviation electronics. Upon discharge from the Navy he met and married the love of his lif ...

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