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Joe Angel Contreras


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Joe Angel Contreras, 46, entered into rest on Thursday, August 30, 2018, in Hagerman, New Mexico. A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at General Douglas L. McBride Cemetery. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Joe’s family at andersonbethany.com.

On November 9, 1971, Joe was born to Juan Padilla and Manuela “Nellie” Contreras in Roswell, New Mexico. Joe joined the United States Army National Guard 16 Aug 1991 and was honorably discharged on 15 May 1992. He loved working on odd jobs and helping his parents out. Joe was a loving, kind-hearted person with a heart of gold. His approach to people was to help anyone in any way possible, be it giving his last dollar or giving his shirt off his back. These things came from a humbled heart. Always gregarious and humorous, Joe enjoyed joking around with his nephews and nieces, whom he dearly loved. His family and friends will profoundly miss him. “Now, he is resting with mom and brothers, Johnny Joe Contreras and Sonny Ray Contreras Sr.”

Those left to cherish Joe’s memory are his father, Juan Padilla; sisters, Margaret Solis (Isaias Solis) and Margarita Arzola Reyes (Carlos Ojeda); nieces and nephews: Dariana Acosta (Jarod Acosta), Marco A. Solis, Isaias “Chito” Solis, Marissa Peralta (Baby Noah), Antonette Peralta (Baby Angelina), Sonny Ray Contreras Jr., Loretta Contreras Grado (Julian Grado) and babies, Rodolfo Herrera, and Magaly Arzola Herrera; and loving pet, Nikey.

Preceding Joe in death were his mother, Manuela (Nellie, Curty) Padilla; grandparents, Pedro O. Contreras and Margarita Sanchez Contreras; and brothers: Johnny Joe Contreras, Sonny Ray Contreras Sr., and Marcos Armando Arzola Reyes.

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