Grand Chapter of New Mexico Order of the Eastern Star




July 21

It is with great sadness that I report to you, our brother, Lyle Hosmer passed away last night.  Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:30 am at Restlawn Cemetary in El Paso.
Please keep Wanda and family in your prayers.

Star Love,
Debbie Heineken (Ruidoso #65)

July 2

The family of Sister Skip Mueller is planning a Memorial service on July 14 at 1:00 p.m.  It will be at the Daniels Funeral Home on Wyoming.

7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

July 1

Sister Skip Mueller (wife of John Mueller, PGP) died this morning.  A Memorial Service is pending..

June 24

Obituary for Fran Adams - PDF

June 24

Just found out from Lorraine DeWeerd that Fran Adam's Memorial has been changed to 1:30 PM, Thursday at Fort Bliss.
 I will try to call all of those that I have already talked to later on.  Just wanted to get this information out there.
Linda LaRock

June 22

After many months of illness, Fran Adams (Renick #37), a 50 year member, passed away on Saturday evening, June 21, 2014. Funeral arrangements are pending. Please put her family in your thoughts and prayers. She will be laid to rest at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, TX.

April 25

The funeral service for Ed Page, son of Sister Marilyn and Brother Lloyd Page will be held:
Thursday, May 1, 2014   10:00 a.m.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 419 W. Spruce, Deming, NM
Ruth Chapter No. 6 will provide a luncheon following the service.

Mar. 19

I’m sorry to report that Mrs. Frieda Briggs, wife of our Lodge and York Rite member Bro. A. Leon Briggs, passed away on Friday, March 14th, just 2 months short of her 90th birthday.  They have been away from the Gallup area for a number of years, but many of our older members will remember the Briggs' during the long time they lived in Gallup.  Her son, Joel of Flagstaff, AZ is also a member of Lebanon Lodge.  Frieda had been very active as a member and Past Matron of  McKinley Chapter #16 of the Order of the Eastern Star, later Frieda and Leon were active in Jessamine Chapter #45, OES in Belen, she was a Past President of the Gallup Assembly #94 of the Beauceant (which is now combined with El Paso (TX) Assembly #141 SOOB.  They were active in the First United Methodist Church here in Gallup when they lived here.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 23rd at 10 AM at the Mesa View United Methodist Church in Rio Rancho, NM.  Placement of the cremated remains will be in Joel's church in Flagstaff, AZ.

I'm sure that Bro. Leon and his family would appreciate your thoughts, prayers and cards.  Cards can be sent to 1001 38th St. SE, Rio Rancho, NM  87124.

Mar. 9

Sisters and Brothers,

It was with a heavy heart that I advise you of the passing of our long time and faithful member, Brother Eric Young. Brother Eric had been ill with pneumonia but had returned home but he gave up the battle Friday night.  Many of you had the pleasure of knowing Brother Eric much better than I so I am sure you will have fond memories to share with those of us who did not have the honor of knowing him as well. 

The family will bring Brother Eric back to Las Cruces for burial, the exact time has not been announced but most likely within the next couple of weeks.  I will share any information that is forwarded to me.

Trish Keefer-Higdon
Worthy Matron

Feb. 9

Memorium for Past Grand Patron Stewart A. Apgar III (63) - PDF

Feb. 8

The service for Brother Stewart A. Apgar III, PGP is Wednesday, February 12, at the First Methodist Church in Los Alamos (715 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos, NM  87544) at 11:00 A.M.  Graveside at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM will be Thursday, February 13.  Interment will be at 10:30 AM Thursday morning.

New Mexico Past Grand’s will do the Eastern Star service, and the Brothers of Pajarito Masonic Lodge #66 A.F. & A.M. will do the Masonic service.

Feb. 7

It is with great sorrow that I inform you that Past Grand Patron Stewart A. Apgar III (1996 - 1997) passed away this morning (2/7/14).  Service arrangements have not yet been arranged.

Jan. 31

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Brother Don passed away at 1:45 PM. on Wednesday, January 29th.  He had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on Saturday, January 25th.

Memorial services will be held at Norris First Baptist Church here in Norris, TN  on Saturday, Feb 1st. at 11:00 EST.  He has been cremated, and I will bring him home to be buried in the Masonic  Cemetery in Silver City. Masonic and Eastern Star services will be held there.  The tentative date is February 22nd at the Masonic Lodge in Silver.   Our dear friends, Brother David and Sister Sue Fischer, are handling all of the details for me. Thank you to all of the Masonic & Eastern Star friends who have loved him and me.

Jimmie Ruttan, PGM

Jan. 20

Catherine Beckett - Obituary - PDF

Jan. 7

Funeral Services for William Homer Young Jr., PGP will be on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at 11:00 AM.  They will be held at the Mimbres Special Event Center - 2300 E. Pine (on Old 80 Highway on the East Side toward the Golf Course) Deming, NM

Jan. 1

Memorium for Past Grand Patron William Homer Young Jr. (4) - PDF

Dec. 23

Funeral Services for William Homer Young Jr., PGP will be on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at 11:00 AM.  They will be held at the Baca’s Funeral Chapel in Silver City, NM (3805 Delk Dr.).  A Masonic Service will be done by the Grand Lodge Officers, followed by the Family with an Eastern Star Service.

Dec. 23

The Grand Chapter of New Mexico – Order of the Eastern Star is saddened with the loss of William Homer Young Jr., PGP (1978-79) who entered his Heavenly Home – that house not built with hands on December 22nd, 2013.  He will certainly be missed by all that knew him.  Services are to be announced, and further information will be forth coming.  We ask that a special prayer and consideration be thought and said for the Young Family at this time.

Dec. 10

On December 9, 2013, Benjamin William "Bill" Friedman (Santa Fe #19) transitioned from this earth into eternity. Bill had been fighting cancer for a good part of eight years and fought an honorable fight and stayed positive in spite of this merciless ongoing battle. Bill was born on September 18, 1933 in Wadsworth, Ohio. Upon graduation from High School, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force and in 1955 graduated Officers' Training School as a commissioned officer and pilot. Bill was a very active and productive member of the Montezuma Masonic Lodge #1, Eastern Star and a 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite and York Rite Freemasonry appendant bodies as well as the Santa Fez Shriners for 50 years. Bill was also a member of the Santa Fe MOWW (Military of World Wars) organization and was instrumental in coordinating ROTC youth training camps. Bill was a participant for many years in the Santa Fe Artists Association and an accomplished artist in his own right. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Prim Friedman. Bill is survived by his daughter Lynn Chandler, pseudo son Jim Chandler, grandchildren Leslie Litke, Ryan Litke and Michael Chandler, and five great grandchildren. This wonderful man touched the lives and hearts of so many people in the Santa Fe community and the state of New Mexico and will always be loved and truly missed. Vaya con Dios "Wild Bill." Donations can be made "in Memory of Bill Friedman" to: Santa Fez Shriners and Memo: Children's Hospital Donation or Montezuma Lodge #1 Memo: Building Fund and send to: Montezuma Lodge #1, 431 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 Interment service on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the National Cemetery. Fellowship to follow at the Montezuma Masonic Lodge #1 (431 Paseo de Peralta) after the service at 10:00 a.m. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 Fax: (505) 820-0435

Nov. 1

Funeral Services for Dylan Davis will be 10am Saturday, November 2, at Valley Christian Academy, 1500 South Main, Roswell.

Services are under the care of Ballard Funeral Home:

You can find specifics of the service, including maps, from their website or through this specific link:

Oct. 29

Debbie Davis, PGM, and her family are dealing with the loss of their grandson Dylan.  He was injured while with friends late Monday (October 28) and succumbed to his injuries early this morning.

 Funeral arrangements are being made this afternoon.

 Please keep Debbie and her family in your prayers.

 Debbie says they are doing OK and don't need anything right now.

Modified  July 21, 2014