Las Cruces Sun News
3 Aug 2007
Martin J. Lerma of Brazito departed this earth to join the Lord on July 31, 2007. On this glorious day our father opened his arms and called upon the Lord, his body frail and weak from all his hard working days at the Hawkins farm and L'eggs Products Inc. Martin will be deeply missed by all his family and friends who knew and loved him dearly, but he will forever live within our hearts.
He is preceded in death by his parents Placido and Cleofas Lerma, his sisters Maria and Valentina, brothers Pasqual, Pablo and Santiago. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Trini Lerma and daughters: Patricia Garibay and husband Robert, Alma Griffith and husband Jeff, Rose Chavez and husband Greg, Hilda Lerma and companion Peter Contreras and Leticia Phetteplace and husband George; his grandchildren: Araceli and Arabella Hernandez, Anthony McKinnis, Monique and Peter III Contreras, Dominique Chavez, Alexandra Garibay, Chris and Elizabeth Griffith, Jacob, Miguel and Mia Phetteplace; and great-grandson, Anthony McKinnis Jr.; his sisters Geronima and Chavela and brothers Claudio and Placido and numerous nieces and nephews.
We give thanks to the Lord for the blessing of having him in our lives for he has been an inspiration to us and forever will be remembered for his patience, sincerity, hard work, and most of all for the love and devotion he demonstrated toward his wife and family. "Vaya con Dios Papá."
A rosary will be held Friday August 3, 2007 at St. Genevieve's Catholic Church 100 S. Espina, Las Cruces New Mexico. Funeral Services will be Saturday August 4, 2007 also at the same church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. Officiating will be Fr. Juan Moreno
Pallbearers will be Greg Chavez, Peter Contreras Jr., Peter Contreras III, Jeff Griffith, Gerardo Lerma, and George Phetteplace. Honorary Pallbearers: Anthony McKinnis, Chris Griffith, Jacob and Miguel Phetteplace, Robert Garibay, Peter Macias, and Ray Rodriguez. Services provided by Graham's Mortuary. The Flight of Angels provided by Enchanted Doves.
Graham's Mortuary 555 West Amador Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005. visit www.grahammortuary.com