by Staff Reporter / Aug 06, 2018 / 0 comments


The obituaries for Viola V. Duhamel, Danny Lee Martinez “Chima” and Baby Voriana Luna Baca have been provided by family and funeral homes. Please read on for full details.

Viola V. Duhamel of San Pedro

Viola V. Duhamel, 89, a long-time resident of San Pedro, made her journey to her heavenly home on Friday, August 3, 2018. She was born on June 23, 1929 in El Guache, New Mexico to Jose Daniel and Maria Vigil. Viola was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Leopoldo Velarde; her second husband, Harry Duhamel; her brothers Ruben and Jody Vigil; sister Florence Maestas; and in-laws Lucy and Charlie Luna, Alfred Fernandez, Felix Bustos, and Sparky Maestas.

Viola loved to cook and entertain her family. She loved to play poker with her sisters and friends and loved to go to the casino. She loved watching Price Is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and any basketball game, but especially loved Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. She was a strong-willed, independent, feisty woman that worked hard to raise her daughter and helped raise her granddaughters. Viola was a loving mother to her only child, Elizabeth and special son-in-law, Tomas (whom she called Tomato); and a wonderful grandmother to their three daughters – Mia, Lea, and Marialisa. Her great-grandchildren – Cory, Cody, and Leilani – always put a smile on her face and inspired her will to live. Her granddaughters and great-grandchildren were her world. She never failed to tell them how much she loved them. She is also survived by her sisters – Annabelle Fernandez and Angie Bustos; sister-in-law Rosina Maestas; brother-in-law, Richard Maestas; nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends. The family would like to thank Bessie Romero, Elva Montoya and Janette Beasley for all their help caring for Viola in her final months.

A rosary will be recited on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 also at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz with a burial to follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m. Serving the family as pallbearers will be her nephews – Anthony Vigil, Rudy and Alfred (Jr.) Fernandez, Danny and Andy Maestas, and Eric Bustos.

The family of Viola V. Duhamel has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.



Danny Lee Martinez “Chima” of Tierra Azul

Danny Lee Martinez “Chima”, 45, originally from Chimayo and a resident of Tierra Azul, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018. He was born on April 28, 1973 in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Danny was preceded in death by his father, Eliseo Martinez; paternal grandparents, Meliceo and Amelia Martinez and maternal grandparents, Magdalena and Aniceto Montoya. Danny is survived by his mother, Rosenda; siblings, Delfino and Bertha; children, Danny Jr. and Marisa and their mother, Monica; additional children, Julian, Joshua and Jayden; niece, Desiree (Joseph Paul); great niece, Chanel; padrinos, Meliceo and Rosalie as well as numerous aunts, uncles and friends.

Services are pending and will be posted as soon as they become available.

The family of Danny Lee Martinez “Chima” has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.


Baby Voriana Luna Baca

Baby Voriana Luna Baca, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 28, 2018. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Hector Manuel Sesma of California; great-grandmother, Veronica Velasquez of Mexico; paternal great-great-grandmother, Lucy Hart of Texas; great-great-grandparents, Venancio and Margaritta Baca of Española and Alfred and Juanita Chavez of Ohkay Owingeh.

Baby Voriana is survived by her parents, Daniel Baca and Tiffany Sesma Baca; siblings, Miliana and Vince Baca of Ohkay Owingeh; maternal grandmother, Tania Sanchez of California; great-grandmother, Nancy Larios of Mexico; paternal grandparents, Daniel and Tricia Baca of Ohkay Owingeh; aunts, Tiffany Trujillo (Henry) of El Duende, Pamela Baca (Silvy) of Rio Chama, Regina and Jasmine Baca both of Ohkay Owingeh; uncle, Phillip Baca of Ohkay Owingeh; great-grandparents, Dan and Eva Baca of Ohkay Owingeh and Henry and Sarah Garcia of Cuarteles; great-great-great grandmother, Isabelle Corona; cousins, Silvy, Isaiah, Celestino, Christian, Adian, Shyanna, Adrianna and Alena, as well as numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and other loving relatives and friends.

Public visitation was held on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory with a rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz with a private family burial to follow.

The family of Baby Voriana Luna Baca has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.