by Staff Reporter / Apr 17, 2018 / 0 comments


The obituaries for Marcella Corrales and Isabel M. “Belle” Becker have been provided by family and funeral homes. Please read on for full details.

Marcella Corrales of Gallina

Marcella Corrales, 86, a resident of Gallina, NM was called home to be with our Lord on Thursday, April 12, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Rogelio Corrales; brothers, Asisclo and Pete Jacquez; infant great-grandson, Jackson Jacquez; parents, Porfirio and Ermelinda Jacquez. 

Marcella was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, her family was her life. She loved having her family around and welcomed everyone with open arms. In her early years she was a regular cowgirl who helped her husband around the ranch. She was also a wonderful homemaker who devoted her life to her family and to God. Her love of God and her faith were instilled in each and everyone of her children and grandchildren. She was an active Guadalupana and a devout member of La Sagrada Familia. 

Marcella will be greatly missed by her family and community as she was loved by everyone she knew. She is survived by her children, Clora Gerber of Albuquerque, Pauline (Ivan) Chacon of Coyote, Joann (Clyde) Jacquez of Farmington, Roger (Beverly) Corrales of Gallina, Doris Corrales of Albuquerque and Monica (Jose) Ocampo of Santa Fe. Public Visitation began on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory, with a rosary recited at 6:00 p.m. A second rosary was recited on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Gallina. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Abiquiu, with a burial to follow at a private family plot.

Serving the family as pallbearers are, Amos Corrales, T.J. and Michael Jacquez, Neil Chacon, Tony  Gomez, and Andres Duran, honorary pallbearers are, Alfonso and Sandra Suazo, Perla Valenzuela, (Caretaker), Cathy and Antonio Serrano and all of her grandchildren, Dianna Gomez (Tony), Raeann Gerber Camille Chacon, Kim Duran (Andres), Midge Chacon, Neil Chacon, T.J. (Traci) and Michael Jacquez (Shay), CeCe and Amos Corrales, Antoine Corrales, Lillianna, Bethany and Jose Ocumpo, great-great grandchildren, Faith, Hope Tony and Ethan Gomez, Alyssa (RJ), Justin and Damian Duran, Jay Jay (Kari),  Jeremiah, Ariona, Jazmine and Adrian Jacquez great-great-great grandchildren, CJ, Marcella, Mariah, Maison and Kashton Lane.

The family of Marcella Corrales has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.


Isabel M. “Belle” Becker of the Espanola Valley

Isabel M. “Belle” Becker, a life-long resident of the Espanola Valley died peacefully on April 7, 2018. She was 85.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Joe, her parents, Jose V. and Amabel M. Archuleta, and her brothers, Johnny and “Butch”.  She is survived by her sisters, Martha Archuleta and Norma Evans (Robert), brothers-in-law, Chuck Becker (Pat), and Gene Becker, her children, Paulette Becker, Joanne Karlson (Ken), Joe Becker (Rose DesGeorges), Isabel Becker - Hudson (Marc) and Ellen Becker - Jaffe (Brad), six grandsons, Luke (Shelley) and Ben(Emily White) Karlson, Jesse Davis (Kyleigh), Nicholas Hudson and Jared and Alex Jaffe, three granddaughters, Emily Karlson, Katie (Gilbert) Ramirez and Aubrey Hudson, ten great-grandchildren and hundreds of friends. 

Always active in her community, Belle was a member of the Amantes de Flores Garden Club and worked tirelessly with them on many clean-up campaigns and beautification projects in the Valley.  She was on the Foundation Board for Northern New Mexico Community College, a Board member of Amigos del Valle, and a member of the Espanola Valley Opera Guild from its inception until her death. During the 1990’s Belle wrote “La Vida Española” a colorful social column in the Santa Fe New Mexican about news and activities in the Valley. In 2015, Belle and her dear friend, Isabel Zeigler were named Espanola’s “Living Treasures” for their many contributions to the Valley’s quality of life.

Near and dear to her heart was Santa Cruz de la Cañada Catholic Church where she was baptized and was a faithful parishioner until her death.  Belle and Joe were instrumental in the Church’s restoration project from 1972-1980 and she was a long-time member of the Altar and Rosary Society. In 2016, while her health was failing, she undertook a massive clean-up of the Santa Cruz Cemetery with the help of many wonderful friends.    

Belle was a classy lady and a spitfire with an infectious laugh.  She was fond of saying, “You have to leave a place better than you found it.”  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Parkinson’s research, the charity of your choice, or simply do a good deed. Belle would have liked that most of all. A rosary was recited on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Canada, with a Memorial Mass celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Burial followed at 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. 

The family of Isabel M. Becker has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.