Bernice Faye McNabb 


Bernice Faye McNabb

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Bernice Faye McNabb, age 83, announce she passed away peacefully on Nov. 26, 2023, surrounded by loving family.  

She was born in Trinidad, Colo., on Jan. 13, 1940. Her family moved to Belen, where her father was a train engineer for Santa Fe Railroad. She was a 1958 graduate of Belen High School.  

After graduation, she worked for Mountain Bell Telephone Company in Albuquerque as a switchboard operator and then ended her career retiring from Los Lunas Hospital and Training School. In her late teens, she met the love of her life, Kenneth McNabb. They built their life together in Belen, raising their children, Carla, Lorna and Kevin. 

Bernice was a kind, hardworking woman who did not take life for granted, and loyally loved her family and friends. She had a very fond love of our country, the United States flag, and conservative moral values.  

Bernice loved Jesus with all her heart. The family takes solace in knowing that Bernice’s last breath in life was followed by her first breath in Heaven.  

She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth McNabb; her mother and father, Donald and Dina Stubblefield; brother, Ronald Stubblefield; sister, Donna Milligan; brother, Jimmy Stubblefield; 

son-in-law, Grady Garner; and many other beloved relatives. 

She is survived by her daughter, Carla Whinnery; daughter, Lorna Garner; and son, Kevin and his wife, Brenda McNabb; Corey Whinnery, Payson Whinnery, Jordan, Devyn and Kason Garner, Justin Garner, Gregg, Rae, Lucas, Ellie, Olivia, Ezekiel and Cyrus Chavez, RaeAnn, Jordan, Joanah, Julia, Noah and Jaynee Jimenez, Jace McNabb; sister, Janice Milligan; sister-in-law, Lillie McNabb; brother-in-law, Larry McNabb; and sister-in-law, Jackie Barber. She is also survived by many loving nephews, nieces and cousins.  

The urn-bearer will be Jace McNabb, and the honorary urn-bearers will be Payson Whinnery, Justin Garner, Corey Whinnery, Jordan Garner, RaeAnn Jimenez, Gregg Chavez and Bernice Stubblefield. 

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley in Belen, beginning with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., a service at 10 a.m. and a reception at 11 a.m. A graveside service at Terrace Grove will be held at 12:30 p.m.  

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Please sign Bernice’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen. 

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