Obituary for Trena May Babers

Trena May Babers of Virden, New Mexico, passed away on Jan. 29, 2020, at her home surrounded by family.  She was born May 15, 1955, in Morenci, Arizona, to John Martin Mortensen and Freddie Wood Mortensen, with siblings Martin, Kathy, Terry, and Janine.

Trena attended school in San Manuel, Arizona, graduating in 1973. She began working in the banking industry as an operations supervisor and retired as the assistant vice president. On April 26, 1996, Trena married her true love, William Babers Sr., in Guthrie, Arizona. The blended family consists of Martin Belsher, Nikki Belsher, Willie Babers Jr., Sherry Frizzel, Cody Thomas, and Clayton Babers.

Trena May Babers

Trena loved crocheting, painting, and going to Luna, New Mexico. Her favorite saying was, “Shh, don’t tell Willie”. When it came to her cancer, she was definitely a fighter who did all she physically could to beat the disease.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Willie Babers Sr.; her parents, John Mortensen and Freddie Wood Mortensen; her children and step-children, Martin Belsher, of Elko Nevada, Nikki Belsher, of Virden, New Mexico, Willie (Lisa) Babers Jr., Sherry (Chip) Frizzel, Cody (Milo) Thomas, and Clayton Babers; five biological grandchildren, Wyatt, Payton, Hadlie, Gavin, and Kali Jo; 20 step-grandchildren; 21 step-great-grandchildren; her siblings, Martin (Vicki) Mortensen, Kathy (Gordon) Becraft, Terry Mortensen, and Janine Gage, and her boxers.

Trena is preceded in death by her niece, Carly Becraft; her step-daughter, Tannis Babers, and her step-son, Shawn Babers.

A visitation will take place Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Virden Community Center, beginning at 10 a.m., with the funeral service starting at 11 a.m., with Buddy Jensen conducting. Interment will follow in the Virden Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at

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