Ira Rachel Dean

Graveside inurnment services for Cortez resident Ira Rachel Dean will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at Greenlawn Cemetery in Farmington, N.M.

Ira was born on October 12, 1928 in Farmington, N.M. the daughter of Ira and Rachel (Locke) Hatch.She passed away on Friday, May 4, 2012 at San Juan Regional Medical Center at the age of 83.

Ira married Stephen Gary Dean on December 4, 1953 in Aztec, N.M. They enjoyed 52 years of marriage before his death in 2006. She worked as an insurance agent for 23 years. Ira loved country music, animals, and family get togethers. She also enjoyed the outdoors, picnics, hiking, cooking out and flower gardening.

Surviving Ira are her children, Sherma Hargrove and husband, J.B. of Cortez, Linda Ketterer and husband, Kevin of Dolores, and Deanna Marion of Aztec; her nine grandchildren, Jennifer Hargrove and Trent Sheely, Jillian Hargrove and Joshua Bishop, Kiffany Resendiz and husband, Victor, Kandle Tate and Jarred Noftsgar, Kamron Tate, Keaton Tate, Sarah Trujillo and husband, Ross, Linda Sena of Aztec, and Dustin Marion of Aztec; her four great-grandchildren, Timothy Trujillo, Shevy Sena, Randilynn Sena, and Avah Resendiz; and her uncle, Stuart Hatch and wife, Elsie of Fruitland, N.M. Ira was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Dean; her parents, Ira and Rachel Hatch; and her siblings, Sherman Hatch and Betty Halls.

Arrangements are being made through Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section.