Obituaries

by Staff Reporter / May 11, 2017 / comments

Obituaries

The obituaries for Vivian Marie Goodman (Ekberg) and Carol L. Martinez have been provided by the respective funeral homes or family members. Please read on for full details.


Vivian Marie Goodman (Ekberg)

Vivian Marie Goodman (Ekberg), born September 15, 1957, lost her battle against cancer on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Vivian, a loving wife, mother and friend to many was born in Los Alamos and grew up in Espanola, New Mexico.  Vivian’s love of animals began early with the pleasure of horseback riding and caring for the myriad of family pets.  She continued that love as a veterinarian assistant and humane society animal advocate and caretaker. 

Vivian spent her early adult years in Oklahoma where she lived with relatives.  In 1983, she married and began her own family in Aztec, New Mexico with Laura’s father Ron Bosserman. In 1991, they moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico.  There she worked as a veterinarian technician and then moved to her work at the Animal Shelter/Humane Society.

Vivian married the love of her life Brian Goodman in July 2001.  They met while working as animal advocates, he as an animal control officer and she as an employee of the Animal Shelter/Humane Society.  

Vivian’s true loves were her dear husband, Brian and daughter Laura but her passion was fishing.  She also enjoyed hunting, camping, pitching horseshoes, bowling and travel.  One of her greatest adventures was her trip in 2015 to Alaska where she spent time with her nephew Caleb.  Through perseverance and hard work, Vivian was able to achieve many successes throughout her life. 

Vivian displayed an amazing courage and strength as she waged her nearly three-year battle without ever losing track of her wicked sense of humor.  She lightened the mood in any room that she entered, even a Chemotherapy ward.   

Vivian is survived by her daughter, Laura Bosserman, father, Ethen Ekberg, sister, Denise Ekberg (Eric), niece, Sarah Parks (Michael), nephew Caleb Ekberg, as well as many extended family members.  Her loving husband, Brian Goodman, preceded her in death as did her mother Betty Ekberg and brother, Scott Ekberg.  Friends and family will host a memorial in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Friday, July 14, 2017. 

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to your local Humane Society in her name. The family of Vivian Marie Goodman (Ekberg) has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 


Carol L. Martinez of Lyden

Carol L. Martinez, 58, a resident of Lyden, passed away on Tuesday, May 09, 2017. Carol Martinez was born on November 28, 1958 and passed away on May 9, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents Aniceto and Viola Martinez; sister, Yvette Martinez.

She lived in Velarde until 1992 when she moved to Lyden. She worked at an insurance company in Los Alamos. Then in July of 2001, Carol started working at Gino’s Gym, “Atlas Fitness Center” where she found her niche in life. It was working with Gino and the gym members whom she considered her family. She loved her job and the members treated her with love and respect. She worked there until February of this year.

Carol is survived by one brother and three sisters; her companion of 14 years, Armando “Hack” Lucero; two very close and dear friends Marcie and Louella Medina, other friends Mary Romero, Darby and Randy Rendon and Rosina Lopez and all of her gym members. In Carol’s own words, “Thanks goes to Gino Brazil for giving me the opportunity to work at your gym, not just to work but to meet wonderful people.” 

Recitation of the rosary will be held on Friday, May12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Cañada, with Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 12:00 p.m. Burial will take place at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Carrying Carol to her final resting place with honor will be the following gym friends, Mike Torrez, George Martinez, Richard Rickenberg and Eric Garcia, as well as her nephews Reynal Martinez and Jason Sanchez, honorary Pallbearers are all the Atlas Fitness Gym Members. 

The family of Carol L. Martinez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.