Howard Chrisman

“I think when you learn to do something well, you just like to keep doing it.” -Howard Chrisman Howard Wesley Chrisman, 90, of Farmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and the prayers of those who could not be with him, Saturday, April 6, 2013. He was born to Herbert and Eva Chrisman, Nov. 3, 1922, in Alamosa, Colo. He was the youngest of three children. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Barbara McGuire and Virginia Bader; his sons, John and Van Lee Chrisman; and his loving wife of 67 years, Barbara Jean Chrisman.Howard received his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. He met Barbara Jean Bristol through a cousin at a social at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. They married April 24, 1943 on an Army furlough in Manhattan, Kan. He enlisted in the Army-Air Force in November 1942 to proudly serve in World War II. During World War II, Howard was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army-Air Force. He was among a select group of B-24 pilots training for low-level reconnaissance flights along the Japanese coast. Prior to the planned Allied Invasion, their mission was abruptly canceled in August of 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. After the war ended he and Barbara Jean moved to Alamosa, Colo. to start his teaching career. There he was the instrumental music supervisor of band and orchestra for four years. His ambition as a young teacher was to develop a high school symphony orchestra. Howard was asked to develop a high school music program in Farmington in 1951 by Angelo Turano. Howard was the director of the Farmington High band from 1957 to 1972, and the orchestra from 1951 until his retirement in 1985. In the beginning years he started the Kelly Greens auxiliary marching unit at Farmington High School. He was also music coordinator for the Farmington School District. Howard was elected president of the San Juan Community Concert Association when the group was formed in 1953. He was founder and the first musical director of the San Juan Symphony.He was inducted into the Farmington High School Hall of Fame in 1991 and into the New Mexico Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in January 1994. Howard was the choir director for the First United Methodist Church in 1958 and carried that role for many years. He and his wife were also charter members of the New Covenant United Methodist Church in Farmington.

After his retirement in 1985, Howard continued to share his love for teaching music. He studied the Suzuki method of teaching and taught Suzuki Violin to many young students from 1983-2010. Howard is survived by his daughters, Suzanne Gettman and her husband, Gary of Logan, Utah, Sallie Riley and her husband, Jay of Navajo Dam and his son, Kurt Chrisman and his wife, Donna of Farmington; grandchildren, Shane Heard (Renee) of Albuquerque; Brandon Heard (Jade) of Farmington, Lindsay Gifford (Jeremy) of Justin, Texas; James Heard (Stevee) of Tulsa, Okla.; Scott Chrisman of Santa Fe, and Leigh Chrisman (fiance, Taylor Higgins) of Albuquerque; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Audrey, and Stephen Heard, Camron and Kylie Heard, Micah and Lylah Gifford and Gradie Heard. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Joe Pope and staff, LifeCare Center, Basin Home Health and Hospice, and we are most thankful to Rebecca Morgan, Jan Montanye of Namaste House, and the wonderful Namaste House staff. They are truly our family too. We would also like to thank Pam Prater, the Orchestra parents at Mesa View Middle School and Piedra Vista High School for their help at this difficult time. Cremation will take place and a memorial services will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the First United Methodist Church, 808 N. Monterey Ave. in Farmington.

“When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love.” The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mr. Chrisman’s name to your music program of choice or to San Juan College

Orchestra or Band, c/o Dr. Keith Cochrane, 4601 College Blvd. Farmington, NM 87402.

Howard’s care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688.


Teddyanna Keith

Teddyanna Rae (Dennis) Keith left this earth to join her husband, Wesley on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. She was born March 28, 1941, in Carson City, Nev., to Lila Dennis.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Wesley Keith; her mother; son, Jay; her sisters, Sunny and Dollie; her brother, Bill; and her nieces, Melody and Susie. She is survived by her children, Denice (John) Miller of Bloomfield, Dennis (Kristy) Starkey of Billings, Mont. and Joe Welch; and stepdaughter, Kari Vaughn. Teddy is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren along with a nephew, Bill Woodard; and a niece, Pam Long.

Teddy and Wesley loved the Denver Broncos and went to all the home games. They spent many hours at Navajo Lake on their houseboat. For many years they owned and operated the Sportsman’s Inn at Navajo Dam. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Northwest New Mexico Hospice.

A memorial service for Teddy will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 at Cope Memorial Chapel in Farmington.

Teddy’s care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St. in Farmington, 505-327-5142. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at

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Rusty Rambo

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Long time Bangs resident Howard Lee “Rusty” Rambo died on May 25, 2016 after a long illness.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the Bangs Cemetery under the direction of Davis Morris Funeral Home with Reverend Michael Redmond officiating and Ben McCleery assisting.

Rusty was born in Brownwood on Jan. 21, 1940, to Roy Lee and Mildred Wagner Rambo. He graduated from Farmington, New Mexico High School in 1958. He later proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

He married Sharon Young on Aug. 6, 1966. Rusty was an employee of the Santa Fe Railroad for 35 years and told many stories of his adventures “riding the rails”. He was a member of the Bangs Lions Club, Masonic Lodge and the Bangs United Methodist Church.

Rusty leaves behind his wife Sharon; daughters, Laura Lee Gambino and Leslie; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The family wishes to express its gratitude to employees of Brownwood Regional Hospital, Oak Ridge Manor and Kindred Hospice who showed such kindness and compassion during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to West Texas Rehab, 4601 Hartford, Abilene TX, 79605, or charity of choice.

Arrangements under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home, Brownwood, TX.


Cheryl Kronig Nordstrum


Cheryl Janine (Kronig) Nordstrum, 53, of Farmington, left this life on June 1, 2016, leaving behind all those who loved her only to be greeted by her loved ones in heaven. She was born on September 1, 1962 to Allen and Sandra Kronig in Farmington. Cheryl attended school in Kirtland and Farmington. She married Jeff Nordstrum in 1986. She loved her family and her joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren. Cheryl enjoyed camping at Vallecito Lake and swimming at her cousin’s pool with all the grandkids all summer long. She loved the Denver Broncos, Nascar races and Golden State Warriors. Cheryl enjoyed her time at CBS class and the fellowship and support of her friends.

Cheryl lost her battle to cancer on June 1st at home surrounded by her family. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her courageous spirit and positive attitude. Her quiet spirit and caring nature were always present, but shined brightest during the hard times.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her father Allen Kronig; grandparents Doc and Gwen Bolding; and special cousin Kim McDaniels.

She leaves behind her husband Jeff Nordstrum; daughters Krista (Thomas) Robbins, Jenny Locksley (Bryan Gordon) and Jessica (Gerrad) Rogers; brother Ron Kronig; bonus sister Val Karl; mother Sandra (Bob) Burnett; aunts Barbara Kronig, Pam Miller, Renee Parsons, and Sandra Topper; uncles Jim Pruitt, Mark Bolding, and Carl Parsons; grandchildren Olivia, Alaina, Shaylee, Luna, Gage, Champ, Gavin, Delaney, Lashay, Leandra, and Tierra; and two great grandchildren.

Celebration of Life will be at 10:30 am on Monday, June 6, 2016, at Pinon Hills Community Church Student Center, 5101 N Dustin Ave., in Farmington, with Pastor Keith Corley officiating.

Special thanks to our wonderful cancer center for their loving care. Dr. Kazmi, the nurses, and angel volunteers provided comfort during our journey. Their kindness will never be forgotten.

Cheryl’s care is entrusted to the Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688.

John Justis

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John Wesley Justis, Jr., 76, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Oklahoma City, Okla. John was born July 22, 1939, in Kermit, Texas, to Imogene Janes Justis and John Wesley Justis, Sr. He grew up in Farmington.

John was a hard-working man who always made time for his children, especially their scholastic sporting activities. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing once retired.

John was a husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by all of us including his many friends from his Farmington days.

He was preceded in death by his older sister, Kaye Justis Blacklock; his father, John Wesley Justis Sr.; his mother, Imogene Justis; his wife, Sylvia Dianne Wilcox Justis of 30 years; and younger sister, Elaine Justis Adair.

John is survived by his loving companion and best friend, Nan Harwood; daughter, Dianna Kaye Justis Fairhurst and husband David of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; Gary Dean Justis of Olathe, Kan.; Michael Ray Justis of Aztec; and his grandchildren, Caitlin Fairhurst, Chance Justis, Hannah Fairhurst, Steele Justis, Matthew Justis, Luke Knight and Alex Knight.

Pursuant to his wishes John was cremated. His ashes will be laid to rest at his favorite hunting spot in Cuba in a small family ceremony.

Integris Hospice’s compassionate care provided John the peace needed to leave this world, donations can made online at or mailed in John’s name to the following address: INTEGRIS Hospice, 4334 N.W. Expressway, Suite 106m Oklahoma City, OK 73116.

Published in Farmington Daily Times on May 22, 2016 – See more at:

Erma Ricketts

Obituary for Erma Ricketts

Erma B. Ricketts
October 11, 1924-May 10, 2016

Erma Beachum Ricketts, 91, of Farmington, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Erma was born on October 11, 1924, to Rupert and Grace Beachum in Wichita Falls, TX.

During WWII she worked at Shephard Field Airforce Base in Wichita Falls. On March 23, 1947 Erma married a WWII veteran, Bob Ricketts, and they moved to Farmington, NM. They owned and operated Hustler Press, Inc. until 1984. Our hearts will be lonely without her. All will miss her great example of generosity, strength, kindness and everything else that’s just right with this world.

Erma was preceded in death by her husband, Robert O. Ricketts; her parents, Rupert and Grace Beachum; and her brother, David Beachum. She is survived by her sons, Bobby of Greeley, Colorado, Sam (Karen) of Farmington, NM; her daughters, Betty Brown of Spokane, Washington, Sally (Rick) Ray of Spokane, Washington; her sister, Barbara (Tom) Hendershot of Connecticut; 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and numerous family members and lifelong friends.

A memorial service will be held for Erma at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 28, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church, 865 N. Dustin Ave., with Rev. Glenn Perica. A reception will follow immediately after the service. Memorials or donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church Building Fund or to a charity of your choice.

Erma’s care is entrusted to Alternative Choice Burial and Cremation, 804 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington, NM, 505-325-9611. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at

Alton James

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George Alton James, 87, of Farmington, returned to his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Albuquerque. He was born Nov. 28, 1928, in Toadlena, to Emer and Adah Currillie James.

Alton served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Central States Mission from 1947 to 1950. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1951 to October 1953. Alton graduated from OCS in April 1952 and was assigned to the 64th FABN of the 25th Division in Korea. He was a forward observer on “Harry’s Out Post,” battery executive and then battery commander. Alton worked for El Paso Natural Gas for 30 years as a laboratory chemist and safety inspector. For the next 15 years, he worked as a contract inspector for pipeline and gas plant construction, and hazardous materials clean-up.

Alton served his community all of his life. He served as a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America for 25 years. Alton was elected to the Board of Directors of the San Juan County Museum Association. He served for seven years as vice president and another nine years as president. Alton led the museum association in many things, including the purchase of the property containing the Salmon Ruins, obtaining funding from the New Mexico Legislature, passing a bond and establishing the Museum and Research Center as it is known today.

Alton’s daughter, Cheri, preceded him death in 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Myrtle LoRelle Hunter James; son, Rick and wife Retta James; son, David and wife Cindy James; and brother, Arthur and wife Kay James. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Apache Building, 400 W. Apache in Farmington. A service will follow at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Farmington with Bishop Carroll Carter conducting. Interment will follow at the Kirtland-Fruitland Cemetery in Kirtland. Full military honors will be provided by VFW Post No. 2182 of Farmington.

Alton’s care is entrusted to the Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at

Published in Farmington Daily Times from Apr. 29 to May 6, 2016

Billy Roquemore

Billy Roger Roquemore, 80, of Farmington, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016. He was born Dec. 18, 1935, to JD Roquemore and Minnie Eugenia Roquemore, in Bloomfield. He was raised on the farm and learned how to drive a tractor, milk cows and care for his goat, Johnny. As a young boy, Billy contracted polio, but he never let that control his life; he adapted to the right side of his body never being fully developed. He was baptized as a teenager and loved the lord. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1954 and began a career for the city of Farmington’s Water and Waste Water Department and Treatment Plant. He became the superintendent and retired after 30 years. Billy was a wonderful, caring, loving and supportive man. He loved his family and friends. He loved anyone who was a Dallas Cowboys fan! He loved the Dallas Cowboys and stuck with them through the thick and thin. Billy was a loyal fan and owned more Cowboys apparel then someone should own. Billy loved nature, and after he retired, he cared for all the birds in his yard. He loved his pets and cared for them deeply. He had a special relationship with each of his pets but especially his dog, Angel. He loved to shoot guns and was a lifetime member of the NRA. Billy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bloomfield and dedicated himself to bible study. He enjoyed fellowship with other Christian believers. Billy was a proud Republican; he loved our country and showed no hesitation to express his political opinion. He had deep appreciation for all armed forces and displayed the American flag. Billy was proudest of the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was loved and respected by everyone, and will be missed greatly. Billy was preceded in death by his parents, JD and Minnie Eugenia Roquemore; brother, DeRoyce Roquemore; sister, Deborah Bates; son, Billy Wayne Roquemore; wife, Patty Roquemore; grandparents, Henry Spivy Roquemore and Nanny Oldam; and maternal grandparents, W. Crawford and Minnie Bailey Crawford. Billy is survived by his wife, Mary R. Roquemore; brother, Donald Roquemore (Valerie); Barbara and son Martin Christopher Roquemore (Tereasa); Randy Roquemore (Kim); Cheryl Thatcher (Raymond); Sarah and daughter, Beverly Gallegos (Gary); Jennifer Coponiti (David); Sacaunda Markle (Matt); Nicole Rybacki (Nick); 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Pallbearers are Jeffrey Thatcher, Brad Roquemore, Justin Roquemore, Raymond Thatcher, Barrie Roquemore and Dean Roquemore. A viewing will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 8 at the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield. A funeral service for Billy will follow at 10 a.m. with pastor Monty Mullenix. Interment will take place after the funeral service at the Greenlawn Cemetery. Those who would like to can make donation to Gideon International. Billy’s care is entrusted to the Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St. in Farmington, 505-327-5142. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at

Published in Farmington Daily Times from Apr. 6 to Apr. 13, 2016

Mildred Leonard

Mildred (Parrett) Leonard
1916 – 2016 Obituary


Mildred Parrett Leonard was born on July 27, 1916, on the Parrett family farm near South Salem, Ohio, the only child of Lillian Estelle (Porterfeild) Parrett and Edgar Wilson Parrett.

Mildred’s parents were with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (then called the Indian Service) and moved from reservation to reservation around the United States. They lived in Santa Fe, Shawnee, Okla., Busby, Mont., and Fort Bidwell, Calif. In 1930, when Mildred was 14, the family moved to the Four Corners region, where she spent the rest of her life. She attended schools throughout the family’s travels.

Mildred lived in Farmington for 45 years, raising her three sons, Ted, Bob and Jack. In 1978, she and her father moved to the Ignacio Senior Center, where she lived ever since. She cared for her father until his death in 1980.

Mildred enjoyed her life at the Senior Center, volunteering and taking part in its many activities, and she often said, “The center has taken good care of me.” She was an inspiration to all who knew her, with a wonderful sense of humor, a generous heart and stunning good looks.

Mildred was preceded in death by sons, Bob in 1993, Jack in 2009 and Ted in 2014.

She is survived by daughters-in-law, Ann and Patt; three grandsons; three granddaughters; seven great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; and two new great-great-grandbabies.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Ignacio Senior Center, 15345 Highway 172 in Ignacio.

If so desired, donations can be made in Mildred’s name to the Ignacio Senior Center. Mildred will be greatly missed by all.

Arrangements are with Hood Mortuary, 1261 E. 3rd Ave. in Durango, Colo., 970-247-2312. Send condolences at

Ted Leonard


1933 – 2014 Obituary 

COL. THEODORE LEONARD U.S. Army, Retired Col. Theodore “Ted” J. Leonard lost his long and valiant battle with cancer April 11, 2014. Ted was born in Banning, Calif., Sept. 27, 1933. The family moved to Farmington, N.M. shortly after his birth. He graduated from Farmington High School where he was active in all sports. He received a basketball scholarship to New Mexico A&M, which he attended two years. He received his BA degree from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala.. Ted was a distinguished military graduate, entering the regular U.S. Army upon his graduation. He received his MBA from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Ted served 32 years in the Adjutant General Corps. He received the Legion of Merit medal, along with many others. He was preceded in death by his father, John; and two brothers, Bob and Jack. Ted is survived by his wife, of 57 years, Ann; and son, Bill. Ted is also survived by his mother, Mildred Leonard of Ignacio, Colo.; four grandchildren, Billy, Chase, Brandt and Remington; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Willene and Sam Crabb; cousins, Kay Wright and Nevis James; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins. Ted was an avid golfer, playing almost every day after his retirement in 1989, until an injury in 2009. Ted was laid to rest April 18, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. Celebration of his life is pending. He will be greatly missed.


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