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Janyce Kerr “Jan” Preston, 67, Albuquerque, passed away on June 2, 2014 after a short illness. She was born November 22, 1946 to Jack and Rita (Rodgers) Kerr of Albuquerque. Educated in Albuquerque prior to college, she attended the University of New Mexico and was graduated with high honors with a degree in Latin American Studies in 1968. She then attended Tulane University graduating in 1970, also with a degree in Latin American Studies. She and Rich Preston were married February 3, 1969. Jan was blessed with and endeavored to develop many gifts throughout her life, including the ability to speak five languages. She was exceptionally blessed with the ability to work with children, teaching and guiding them to develop their unique talents, which she truly loved. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Rich; and their four children Doug Preston, McMinnville, Oregon; Ethan Preston (wife, Jennifer Stojak), Phoenix; Ben Preston, Houston; and daughter Beky (husband, Blair) Dunn, Albuquerque; sister Marsha (husband, Don) Anderson, San Antonio, Texas; and five grandchildren.

Severiana Salazar, 96, residenta de Cañones, paso a mejor vida el miercoles, 11 de junio en su hogar. Severiana fue precedida en muerte por su esposo, Jacobo Salazar, sus padres, Vidal y Delfinia Velasquez, sus 6 hermanos y sus 6 hermanas. Severiana era la unica sobreviviente de la familia Velasquez. Tambien fue precedida en muerte por sus hijas, Aggie Garcia y Virginia Trujillo y su yierno, Rudy Herrera. A Severiana la sobreviven sus hijos: Manuel, Cornelio y Lorenzo del hogar, Carlos y esposa Rita de Medanales, Jacobo y esposa Katherine de Chili, Armando y esposa Julie y Lino y esposa Juanita de Espanola. Sus hijas; Clara y Joe, Delfinia y esposo Lupe de Abiquiu y Antonia Herrera de Chili. Numerosos nietos, vis-nietos y tatara nietos.

Salazar Severiana 96, Canones, passed away on June 11, 1914 at home. Severiana is survived by her children: Manuel, Cornelius and Lorenzo, Canones, Carlos (wife, Rita), Medanales; James (wife, Katherine), Chili; Armando (wife, Julie) and Lino (wife, Juanita) all of Spanish. Her daughters Clara (husband, Joe) Suazo, Delfinia (husband, Lupe) all of Abiquiu and Antonia Herrera, Chili. Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Trace Hudson, 13, Red Oak, Oklahoma, died in a tragic accident on June 11, 2014. Trace was son of Wes and Lori Cox Hudson. He was the grandson of Harlie and Linda Delk Cox, Hanover, New Mexico and Butch and Mary Hudson, Red Oak.

Earl Turnbow, 78, Fort Sumner, passed away peacefully at him home on June 2, 2014. He was born July 14, 1935 in Haskell, Haskell County, TX to the home of Earl and Pauline (Callaway) Turnbow. At the age of 3, his family moved to a little New Mexico settlement called Duro where they lived through his elementary school years, attending school at Vaughn. His junior high years were in Clovis and his high school years were in Fort Sumner where he participated in all athletic sports.  While in high school he placed second in the New Mexico High School Rodeo finals. Earl worked for many area ranches where he made many lasting friendships. In 1972 Earl entered law enforcement and worked as Deputy Sheriff for De Baca County. He was elected as Sheriff four terms, and was appointed Sheriff by special appointment for six months. He also served as a Deputy Medical Investigator for the Office of the Medical Investigator with the first class held in New Mexico. Earl attended the Law Enforcement Academy and received his New Mexico Certification. He spent his last years in law enforcement in Pecos. Earl married Loretta Walker on September 25, 1954. They made their home in Fort Sumner where they raised their family. Earl is survived by his wife Loretta Turnbow of the family home; and sons Emmett Casey Turnbow (wife, Sandy), El Paso; Taylor Walker (wife, Melissa), Peralta; and Patrick Earl Turnbow (wife, Becky), Clovis; eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren along with a host of friends and relatives.

Lucy B. Romero, 104, Pueblo of Laguna, was called Home by our Creator on June 7, 2014. Grandma Lucy was a Grandmother to six generations of the Romero family. Grandma Lucy was a cattle owner and a sheep owner on the Pueblo of Laguna reservation. She is survived by a son Everett Romero Sr. and family. Her grandson, John M. Romero, is serving on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association. Grandma Lucy always had this to say “Be good to one another, love each other, be kind to everyone, respect each other”. Those are words to live by. She will be sorely missed by the Romero family as well as the people of the Pueblo of Laguna. You’ve earned your rest Ba Ba’a.

Thomas “Tommy” Sours, 45, Clovis, passed away June 11, 2014, at North West Texas Hospital in Amarillo. Tommy was born February 12, 1969 to Charles and Mary (Nance) Sours in Clovis. He was a farmer, lifetime resident of Quay County. Tommy enjoyed collecting coins, and playing pool. Survivors include, mother; Mary Sours, Clovis; sister; Charlene (husband, Stanley) Pinkston, Portales; four brothers; Lawrence (wife, Nelda) Sours, Clovis; Doug (wife, Glenda) Sours, Forrest; Paul (wife, Cheryl) Sours of Mimbres; Drew (wife, Jennifer) Sours, Bushland, Texas.

Michael “HENNY” Henningsen, 47, a lifelong Albuquerque area resident and local music scene icon died suddenly at his home on May 22, 2014. Michael was a 15-year volunteer of the YMCA serving as mentor, coach, chaperone, surf instructor and most importantly campfire entertainer! He also volunteered as communications support for MOMS Demand Action For Gun Sense In America. Michael was also a passionate member of the Echo Hill Ranch family. Michael had played in a number of local bands over the years. He worked for many years as Music and Senior Editor at the Weekly Alibi, helped co-found the Local iQ and most recently spent time as Communications Director for Expo NM. Michael was hyper-talented writer and musician and was extremely witty. He is survived by his wife Danette Townsend, Cedar Crest; mother Mary Smiraldo (husband, Charlie),Rio Rancho; father Tom Henningsen (wife, Kate), Albuquerque; sister Kristin (husband, Todd), Rio Rancho; sister-in-law Susie Henningsen, Littleton, Colorado; mother-in-Law Glenda Miller, Cedar Crest; father-in-Law John Townsend (wife, Marilyn), Albuquerque; sister-in-law Kierstin Garcia (husband, Phil); brother-in-law Ryan Townsend, Albuquerque; brother-in-law Kyle Townsend, Tuscan; a niece and three nephews; grandparents Glen and Christy Proctor of Littleton, CO. Uncle Ron Henningsen (wife, Sandy), Scottsdale; and three cousins. His YMCA children Jade Wright-Norris (husband, Nick); Jordi Gaylord; Lauren Schneider; Kim Babb and Chase Frankowiak, all of Albuquerque and JD Gonzales of Denver.

Louis Oliver, 89, Mimbres Valley, passed away June 2, 2014 at Gila Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Louis was born April 14, 1925 in Balmorhea, Texas. On May 16, 1949 he married Myrtle Sullivan. Following their marriage they ranched with Louis’ parents, Dan and Loree Oliver, in Pie Town. From there they moved to Cliff where Louis owned and operated a gas station, started a well drilling business and continued ranching operations in Pie Town and Quemado. They lived and worked in Cliff for 18 years. While in Cliff, Louis and Myrtle bought a ranch in the Mimbres Valley in 1971. In the following years they ran the family ranch as well as owning and operating a well drilling business. Louis loved to hunt lions and to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a longtime and very active member of the Great Soil and Water Conservation District and Farm Bureau. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He is survived by his loving wife Myrtle; daughters; Nina Biebelle (husband, Randy), Corona and Sudi Colby (husband, Dean), Los Angeles; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren as well as numerous cousins and a niece.

Manuel R. Pacheco, 86, of Taos, passed away on June 23, 2014. Manuel was a founding father of the Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association and was a regional coordinator for People for the West. He was a strong believer in private property rights and rural America. He is survived by his wife, Angelica Pachec; children, Stephanie Pacheco, Marguerite Pacheco, Manuel Pacheco III, Pat Pacheco (Leticia) and Juan Pacheco (Natalie), eight grandchildren, sisters, Celine Sanchez and Pauline Anaya, many other relatives and friends.

John P. Anaya, 87, Stanley, passed away on May 31, 2014. He was born on October 20, 1926. He was raised in Stanley. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Clarabelle, with whom he shared his life for 62 years. John is also survived by daughter, Pamela Jean Archibeque (husband, Ivan); and son, Dale Sie Anaya (wife, Marianne), Los Alamos. John is also survived by his brother, Henry Anaya; his sisters, Isabelle Garcia and Mary Lou Salaza. John served in World War II on the Naval USS New Jersey battleship (the most decorated ship during the War). He later attended Saint Michael's College in Santa Fe, NM. John then worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and followed by working at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, where he served for 41 years. John served on various boards and committees. These included: Sandia Labs Federal Credit Union Loan Review Board, Saint Joseph’s Society in Galisteo, Chairman of the State Committee for New Mexico of Farm Service Agency for the US Department of Agriculture, appointed by the President Clinton Administration, the New Mexico Border Commission, appointed by our former Governor Bruce King. He was also a member in the New Mexico Livestock Association. John served as campaign manager for former State Treasurer, David King, and also assisted in the gubernatorial campaigns of our former Governor Bruce King, former Governor Tony Anaya, former Governor Jerry Apodaca, and former US House of Representative and US Secretary of the Interior, Manuel Lujan. John also worked as a life-long rancher. Lauryn was John’s only granddaughter, who loved him very much and he loved her. John, in his later years, befriended a young child by the name of Stirlin Harris who visited with him every Tuesday and who brought so much joy to John and his wife. John also wished to recognize his god-daughter, Cheryl Maturino, who spend many days helping him and his wife during their difficult last months.

Dorothy Redick Vaughan, 92, Fort Sumner, passed away July 2, 2014 in Roswell. She was born September 1, 1922 in Gallup, NM to Charles Bryan Redick and Cleo Frances (Pierce) Redick. Dorothy moved with her family to Fort Sumner in 1934 where Mr. Redick was superintendent of the schools. She lived in the Fort Sumner area for the remainder of her life. Dorothy graduated from Fort Sumner High School in 1940. She attended New Mexico A&M in Las Cruces where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. On September 17, 1942 she married Neal Vaughan while he was on furlough from his army base in California. While Neal was in Europe during WWII, Dorothy worked at the railroad depot in Fort Sumner hanging mail bags for the trains to pick up. After Neal returned from the war, they moved to the ranch south of Fort Sumner where they ranched, farmed and raised their family. While the children grew, Dorothy was a marvelous cook expert seamstress, and longtime 4-H leader. Dorothy belonged to the First United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities including Sunday school teacher, choir member, organist, and church board member for over 40 years. The family joke was, as Dorothy said once, “I lost all my religion trying to get six kids ready for church on Sunday mornings.” Dorothy was an active member of the Powderhorn Cowbelles and the American National Cattlewomen Association. She held many offices on the local, state, and national levels. She served as President of the American National Cattlewomen Association in 1988. She was also recognized as Woman of the Year by the De Baca County Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the New Mexico Beef Council, served on the Fort Sumner School Board, and the De Baca General Hospital Board for several years. She was also secretary of Farm Bureau for over 30 years. She is survived by her six children: Lloyd (wife, Melody) Vaughan, Dallas; Laurel (husband, Paul) Tisler, Roswell; Mary (husband, Mike) Hillin, Longmont, Colorado; Richard (wife, Ellen) Vaughan, Fort Sumner; Charles (wife, Rhonda) Vaughan, Fort Sumner, Frances (husband, Jay) Schroeder, T or C; 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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