Jesus Chavez

October 15, 2013 • Obituaries

ChavezA rosary will be recited for Jesus Chavez, 58, of Hagerman, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at St. John’s Catholic Church. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, October 17, 2013, at St. John’s Catholic Church with Fr. Moreno officiating. Burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia, NM. Jesus passed away Monday, October 14, 2013.

Jesus was born June 16, 1955, in Artesia, NM, to Refugio Chavez Sr. and Manuela Ibanez. He was a musician, electrician and a cursillista. Jesus was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Jesus is survived by his daughter, Hermelinda Ortega, and [auth] husband, Cruz, of Hobbs, NM; son, Jesus Chavez Jr., and wife, Heidi, of Ruidoso, NM; daughter, Rebecca Chavez; son, Jose Chavez, of Roswell, NM; brother, Joe Chavez, and wife, Debbie of Artesia, NM; sister, Mary Villa and husband, Andy, of Andrews, TX; brother, Refugio Chavez Jr., and wife, Lola, of Albuquerque, NM; brother, Pedro Chavez, of Artesia, NM; brother, Reymundo Chavez and wife, Refugia, of Artesia, NM; sister, Pilar Aldavaz, and husband, Javier, of Roswell, NM; sister, Cruz Ordoñez and husband, Hugo, of Fair Oaks, Indiana; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Jesus is preceded in death by his father, Refugio Chavez Sr.; his mother, Manuela Chavez; and a brother, Boy Chavez.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register book at

Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free

I am following the path God laid for me.

I took His hand when I heard Him call,

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day

to laugh, to love, to work or play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way.

I found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss

Ah, these things I, too, will miss.

Be not burdened with time of sorrow,

I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My Life’s been full, I savored much.

Good friends, good times,

a loved one touched.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me.

God wanted me now; He set me free.

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