Helen Anaya


Helen Anaya

Helen Anaya was born on Dec. 17, 1946, in Belen to Espiridion and Agueda Chavez.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandma and friend to all who knew her. There was never a time when her smile and laugh wouldn’t fill up the room with joy.

She enjoyed playing cards with family, and loved taking your money while you weren’t watching. She loved the outdoors and fishing, especially when she was at her cabin in Maestas Canyon with her husband, kids and grandchildren.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, Espiridion and Agueda Chavez; siblings, Helen Chavez, Herminio Chavez, Margie Quezada and Martha Harrison; and daughter, Laura Anaya.

She is survived by her brother, Jose Chavez; sister, Rebecca Blea; her husband, Paul Anaya; children, Andres Anaya (Sonya), Inez Duran (Patrick) and Ida Andrews (Robert); and grandchildren, Caitlin and Phillip Anaya, Brandon and Jeramiah Duran, and Waylon Andrews.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at noblin.com.


Robert Chavez


Robert Chavez

Robert was born on April 29, 1961, in Belen. He grew up in Bosque, the third of five children and only son born to Jose Bonnie and Macella Chavez.

Robert is a proud veteran of the United States Army. After his first time in the service, he worked as a corrections officer at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility and also for Sandia National Labs as a security guard for many years. Later on, Robert decided he wanted to be his own boss and owned and operated his own welding business and his own semi-truck.

Some of Robert’s favorite hobbies were hunting, and fishing. He cherished the memories of the years of hunting trips he and his dad enjoyed together. He was an avid fisherman; he especially loved fishing with his children and at times his friends.

The sweetest part of his heart was his “little bumblebee,” Avery, his granddaughter and only grandchild.

Robert was preceded in death by his father, Joe Bonnie Chavez; Frank and Agopita Cordova; grandparents, Benito and Francesquita Saiz, Aurelio and Cresencia Chavez; brothers-in-law, Michael J. Lucero and Anthony Cordova; sister-in-law, Susan Chavez; and nephews, Joseph Jay and Dominic Chavez.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Michelle Chavez; son, Phillip Chavez; daughter, Kristi (Brandon) Montiel; granddaughter, Avery Montiel; mother, Marcella Chavez; sisters, Bernice (Gabriel Chavez) Lucero, Diana Castillo, Elaine (Daniel) Romero and Lori Ann (Shaun) Hamilton; Frances Chavez, Mike (Carlie) Cordova, Sunday Cordova, Paulette (Charles) Lopez and Yolanda (Ruben) Holguin; and sister-in-law, Janet Cordova. Robert is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.

On Thursday, Feb. 17, a public viewing will be held at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel from 3-5 p.m. A Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 18, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Bosque Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Montiel, Antonio Mestas, Daniel Romero, Shaun Hamilton, Richard Castillo and Ramon Gallegos.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at noblin.com.


Phillip Ray Daly


It is with great sorrow that I announce the unexpected passing of Phillip Ray Daly on Feb. 8, 2022.

Phillip was born Aug. 24, 1964, in Houston, Texas, to proud parents, Frank and Texicana Daly. Phillip graduated from Melrose High School in Melrose, N.M., Class of 1984.

Phillip loved playing on the basketball team and was offered scholarships to play in college. He was not offered a scholarship at the school of his choice and continued with his working life.

Phillip was a giant teddy bear. He made friends everywhere he went and was loved by all those who knew him. He could be stubborn, determined, playful and, most of all, loving.

Phillip enjoyed golfing, fishing and spending time with friends and family. Phillip has traveled all the United States, except Alaska and Hawaii, and Canada. He both loved and disliked his life as a truck driver. He did not like being away from home but loved meeting new people.

He worked for Clean Harbors for the past 10-plus years out of the Phoenix and Albuquerque branches. He liked that he was home almost every night.

Phillip’s greatest accomplishments are his son, Michael, and daughter, Bree Ann. He was looking forward to spending time with them and his four grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, at the Melrose Cemetery, East Center Avenue, Melrose, N.M., followed by fellowship at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 202 West Ave. B, Melrose, N.M., 88124.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at noblin.com.


Cynthia Holguin


Cynthia Holguin

Cyndi was born on June 22, 1953, in Fort McClellan, Ala., when her dad was in the Army. She grew up in Jarales, the oldest of eight children born to Juan and Severa Marquez.

After many years of work, she came back to the place she loved the most and bought her ranch to live out her retirement years. Cyndi followed in her mom’s footsteps and retired from the state of New Mexico after 36 wonderful years. She worked in various departments, but mostly in Income Support Division and Child Support Division. She loved her job, and she loved helping people. Cyndi was a very big-hearted lady. It didn’t matter if you were friends, family or a stranger on the street, if she had it, she gave it.

Cyndi was also an avid crafter; she was always quilting, crocheting or knitting. There was not a craft that she did not try or want to try. She loved teaching and passing on her crafts to anyone who wanted to learn. She was always trying to learn new things; that is how she became friends with so many wonderful people in person and online.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, John Holguin; and her parents, Juan Marquez and Severa Marquez.

She is survived by the joys of her life, her two daughters, Joyce (Lorenzo) Barela, of Belen, and Jeannie Hussleman, of Roswell, N.M.; her nine wonderful grandchildren, Rebecca Barela, Michael (Kim) Barela, Thomas Barela, Chantel (Jerry) Stafford, Anissa Montoya, Buddy Todt, Caitlin (Kyle) Jackson, Matthew (Darla) Husselman and Harli Husselman; the lights of her eyes, her two great-granddaughters, Demori Dalton and Kaylee Barela; her siblings, Andy Marquez, Lydia (Michael) Trujillo, Connie (Delvin) Lopez, Ida Rameriz, Juanita (Fabian) Armijo, Larry (Sandra) Marquez and Mark (Rita) Marquez. Also surviving are many loving nephews and nieces as well as the many friends she loved both in real life and online.

A vigil service will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 5.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at noblin.com.


Mary Lou (Chavez) Martinez


Mary Lou (Chavez) Martinez

Mary Lou (Chavez) Martinez entered into heaven on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022.

She was the youngest of five children, born on May 24, 1946, in Belen, to Elena and Celedon Chavez. Mary Lou graduated from Belen High School in 1964, and married Santiago Jimmy Martinez, who was her very own Elvis Presley. Together, they had three children, Doris, Jimmy and Brenda Lou.

She had many passions in life, but her most cherished passion was being a mother and grandmother. She had five grandchildren, Noah James, Louis, Myles and Alexander, and her most recent and first granddaughter, Mary Grace.

She loved music, singing, dancing and drawing. She loved butterflies, sweet treats and shopping but, most of all, she enjoyed being home watching her favorite black and white TV shows, which gave her the nostalgic comfort of her childhood days.

Her beauty was breathtaking, her smile could light up a room and her eyes always twinkled, but her love and kindness was something everyone who met her will tell you was like no other. Her devotion to Jesus Christ was a beautiful sight to behold and her life was a reflection of God’s love and joy.

Mary Lou is preceded in death by her husband, Santiago Jimmy Martinez; her parents, Elena (Aragon) and Celedon Chavez; and her sisters, Rosie (Chavez) Hurbina and Ramona (Chavez) Montoya.

She is survived by her loving children, Doris, Jimmy and Brenda (Louis); and her grandchildren, Noah (Paige), Louis, Myles, Alexander and Mary Grace.

She is also survived by her sisters, Josie Chavez and Dolores (Chavez) Gavaldon; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

“We love you, Mama. We will always love you. Thank you for being our angel.”

Please sign Mary Lou’s online tribute at romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.


Eleanor Turner


Eleanor Turner

Eleanor Turner, 90, of Los Lunas, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.

Eleanor was born on April 16, 1931, to Julius and Juanita Skinner in Roswell, N.M. She grew up in Roswell, and graduated from Roswell High School. Eleanor married W.H. (Mutt) Turner in 1961 in Tucson, Ariz., and they returned to Roswell to live until 1968. They moved to Albuquerque, where she continued to be a mother and housewife for her family.

After her family got older, Eleanor went to work for the state of New Mexico until she retired. Once retired, she followed her passion of protecting animal rights. She spent many tireless days and hours working on protecting animals and their rights. Many an animal benefited from her rescue efforts, fostering and adoption efforts. Even in her later years, she would help people find animals their forever home. Through those years she made many special friends who shared her passion for animals.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Juanita Skinner; and a great-grandchild, Rebel Turner.

She is survived by her three children and their families, Larry Turner and wife, Brenda, of Dumas, Texas, Terri Lynn Wilson and husband, Dave, of Belen, and Jerri Lee DeBellis and husband, Ben, of Yuma, Colo.; grandchildren, Michael Cartrite and wife, Tracie, of Amarillo, Texas, Justin Turner and wife, Rachael, of Locke, Ark., Stephanie Voelker and husband, Brady, of Dumas, Texas, Bryan Turner and wife, Haley, of Pflugerville, Texas, Jennifer Helms and David Montano, of Los Lunas, Melissa Helms, of Los Lunas, Jeanette Turner, of Belen, April Biemiller and husband, Corey, of Castle Rock, Colo., and Sara Shisler and husband, Colin, of Littleton, Colo.; 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild on the way.

There will be no public service held for Eleanor. The family asks that any memorials be made in Eleanor’s name to the animal humane society of their choice.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505-864-4448, where an online guest register is available at noblin.com.

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