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JONES -- Lewis E. Jones, 86, of Albuquerque, passed away on January 10, 2007. Arrangements are being entrusted by: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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KOTARA -- Nick Kotara, Jr., born October 12, 1923, peacefully went home to be with the Lord and "Mama" on January 6, 2007 while surrounded by his family. He was born in Falls City, TX to a family that eventually consisted of 9 boys. He joined the Army Air Corp at the age of 17, after having a "slight brush with the law" in the area of his home. He was in the military when he met the love of his life, Glenna Boyer of Blackwell, OK. They married and moved to different Air Force bases in the western part of the United States. He served during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In the 1960s, he and "Mama" took in their two nieces and one nephew and eventually adopted Sandra and Richard. Nick retired from the USAF in 1966 after 21 years. He worked then for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, working at the old Albuquerque Indian School and also worked for Landscaping at the University of New Mexico. Nick's beloved wife preceded him in death on May 11, 1996. Nick has spent the last year at Alcantilado Vista Retirement Home in Rio Rancho. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Kimura, of Rio Rancho, her friend Carl Espinoza, Eugene Kimura of Rio Rancho and son Richard Kotara of Albuquerque. He is also survived by his niece, Shirley Windsor, of Pensacola, Florida; grandsons Mike Kimura, his wife, Lynette, Brian Kimura, his wife, Renae, Daniel Kimura, his girlfriend, Marissa Sanchez, Cody Kotara and his wife Cynthia, and Tonja Kotara; and great-granddaughters, Kory Kotara, Kalei Kimura and Dakota Kotara, Victoria and Joanie Schultz. He also has one brother, Chris Kotara, who still resides in Poth, TX and various nieces and nephews. The family would especially like to thank the staff and doctors of the Presbyterian Adult Intensive Care Unit for their special care of Nick in his last hours. The Rosary will be recited on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Acquinas Catholic Church, 1594 Sara Rd. in Rio Rancho. A Funeral Mass will be given on Friday, January 12, 2007 at 11 a.m. also at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Ashes will be interred at a later date in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Reception to follow at Sandra's home.
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LEE -- Phyllis M. (Woods) Lee passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2007. She was born in Cherryvale, KS to the union of Roxie McGuire and Robert Woods. Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her mother; father; and three step-fathers; a younger brother; and her husband of 59 years, Carroll J. Lee. She is survived by her older brother, Raymond S. Woods; and daughters, Leslie Arruti and husband, Michael who were her caregivers since 2001, Marsha Lee and partner, John Gerleman of San Francisco, and Sandra Warrick and husband, Phil, Sr.; three grandchildren, Shawn Arruti and wife, Ginger, Chez Werner and husband, Scott, and Duane Arruti and wife, Jennifer; three step-grandsons, Phil Warrick, Jr. and wife, Tory, Scott Warrick and wife, Brenda, and Matthew Warrick; nine great-grandchildren, Tristan, Autumn, and Gage Arruti, Hunter and Devin Werner, Damian, Alec, Quinn, and Tess Arruti; and five step-great-grandchildren, Lauren, Madison, Eden, Catherine, and Ingrid Warrick. Mrs. Lee was raised by her Grandparents, whom she dearly loved until the age of five. After this she lived in Belen, NM until 1939 when she graduated from High School. She attended and graduated from UNM with a B.A. in Education. Having worked part-time (54 hours a week) at the telephone company her senior year. Since it was considered a war-time job, Mrs. Lee continued working for the telephone company after graduation. After the birth of her first child, Leslie, she stayed at home to become a full-time mother. Mrs. Lee spent nine years involved with the Girl Scouts in Santa Fe with her oldest daughter. Her Girl Scout Troop was the first troop to be allowed on Philmont Scout Ranch. The Troop also went to the cabana in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Mrs. Lee was a loyal fan of the Santa Fe High School athletic teams while her daughter, Marsha, was in the band. She was given plaques of loyal fan recognition by the basketball team, cheerleaders, and the baseball team. Moving back to Albuquerque in 1968, Mrs. Lee resumed attendance at Lobos Basketball games. She had remained a steadfast Lobos Football fan since 1937. Sandra was carried to her first football game in a bassinet at a few weeks old. Mrs. Lee was a member of Christ the Ray of Hope Lutheran Church. Memorial Services will be Friday, January 12, 2007, 10:00 a.m., at Christ the Ray of Hope Lutheran Church, 7001 San Antonio Dr. NE. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to "Baskets of Hope" or to "The Nolan Johnson Cancer Fund for UNM Children's Hospital," both c/o of Christ the Ray of Hope (CTROH) Lutheran Church, 7001 San Antonio NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, or to the charity of your choice. Mother will be truly missed by everyone who knew her. She was a very special woman. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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LILL -- Daniel Coit Lill, born in Chicago, IL on February 22, 1942, passed away early Thursday morning on January 4, 2007. Daniel was the third of five sons born to Eleanor Coit Lill and George Lill II. As a young man, Daniel participated in the family business, Lill Coal & Oil, and spent his summers on the family's working farm on Green Lake, WI. A graduate of Winnetka's New Trier High School, class of 1960, Daniel came to Albuquerque at attend UNM. After leaving school to work for Richard Nixon's presidential campaign, he returned to the University, joining the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and earning a Bachelor's Degree in business administration before becoming a graduate of UNM's law school in 1969. Daniel served a one-year term as a law clerk under Judge Oman at the NM State Court of Appeals before opening up his own practice in Albuquerque, where he specialized in trial law and insurance fraud. He loved the law and worked at his profession until his death. In addition to being a member of the NM State Bar Association and the NM Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Lill was a long-standing member of the Albuquerque Country Club. Daniel is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carolyn Phillips Lill, a fellow UNM student whom he met when they were both participating in a wedding party at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Valentine's Day in 1963. They were married in July of 1966. Together they had three children, daughter, Lorissa and husband, Dr. Bernhard Schilling of Syracuse, NY; and sons, Charles Coit and wife, Keena, Robert Duff Lill; and grandson, Cole Coit Lill, all of Albuquerque. He is also survived by three brothers, John Lill of WI, Steven Lill of Costa Rica, and William Lill of FL; and long-time friend, John McDonough of Kenilworth, IL. He was preceded in death by his eldest brother, George Lill III, formerly of Bolivia. Services will be held Friday, January 12, 2007, 2:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel with Rev. David Okerberg of First United Methodist Church officiating. A reception will follow. Friends may visit French Mortuary Thursday, January 11, 2007, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Daniel's name to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1638, Albuquerque, NM 87103, Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 92614, Albuquerque, NM 87199, or through the Freedom is Not Free program, www.freedomisnotfree.com, an organization which supports our men and women in uniform, their families, and our veterans. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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LOPEZ -- Conrada Sandoval Lopez passed away peacefully in her daughter's home on January 8, 2007. Born March 20, 1910, she enjoyed a long life filled with many travels and a lot of memorable family gatherings. Her spouse, Jose Joaquin Lopez; daughter, Margaret Apodaca; and son, Jose J. Jr., preceded her in death. She is survived by daughters and their husbands, Dora and Frank Martinez, Irene and Frank Duran, Bertha and Ernest Coca, Elsie Velasquez, Lucy Lopez; and a son, Jerry Alan Lopez. She is also survived by sisters, Ambrosia Vicaralli, and Virginia Garcia. She has 30 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren. She was a devout Catholic with a dedicated prayer life that attended mass daily. Her wonderful sense of humor will be sadly missed, comforted only by the inspiring memories kept in the hearts and minds of her family and friends. We love you "Gramma," may your soul rest in the peace of Christ Jesus. Visitation will be held at Fitzgerald & Son's Chapel on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A second visitation will be held Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church on 4th St. Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation and interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Services are under the care and direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE 505-884-1188
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MARQUEZ -- Yvonne Lorraine Duran Marquez, 50, a resident of Rio Rancho, NM, passed away unexpectedly on January 7, 2007. She was born on March 8, 1956 to Joe A. Jr.and Adela Duran of Las Vegas, NM. Yvonne was a graduate of West Las Vegas High School Class of "74" and received her LPN license from Luna Vocational Technical Institute. She continued her education at the University of Albuquerque where she graduated with her RN and then the University of Phoenix where she graduated with her BA. She graduated with top honors with each of her degrees. Yvonne worked for thirty years in the nursing profession, helping and healing others. She was a loving wife, daughter, sister and mother, whose family came first before all else. She had a deep faith in God, and lived to serve and honor Him with her life. Yvonne will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Yvonne was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Jose A. and Mary Duran; her maternal grandparents, Frank and Senaida Griego; special uncle and aunt, Robert and Eppie Duran. Yvonne is survived by her husband, Eddie Marquez; mother-in-law, Helen Marquez of the loving family home with her three sons, Keith Crespin, Kevin Marquez, Kenneth Marquez, all of Albuquerque; a grandmother to four beautiful little girls who are the joys of her heart, Makayla, Shayann, Ashley, Antonia; her parents, Joe A. Jr. and Adela Duran of Rio Rancho, NM; brother, Ralph Duran, and his wife, Shalene, of Farmington, NM, Jimmy Duran of Farmington, NM, Sam Duran, and his wife, Sarah, of Albuquerque; and sister, Barbara Duran Urioste and husband, Ruben, of Rio Rancho; numerous aunts and uncles from Pueblo, CO and Las Vegas, NM; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 12, 2007, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the Rosary being recited beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, 2400 Southern Blvd, Rio Rancho. The Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho. Interment will immediately follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho. Daniels Family Funeral Services 2400 Southern Blvd Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-891-9192
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MEYER -- Thomas O. "Tommy" Meyer, born September 8, 1919 in Wapakoneta, OH and a long time resident of Santa Fe and Albuquerque, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2007. Tom is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary; son, Thomas Meyer and granddaughters, Katie and Martha of Middleton, WI; daughter, Anne Lindgren and husband, Kevin and grandsons, Kristopher and Justin of Albuquerque; son, Michael Meyer and wife, Denise, and granddaughter, Adrienne of Albuquerque; brother, William J. Meyer and wife, Sue; sister, Elizabeth "Betty" McDonald and husband, Lavon; sisters-in- law, Catherine Rowe and Denise Meyer; and by numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and -nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Don Meyer; and sisters, Mary Ellen Strosnider and Catherine Yoder. He was an employee of Sandia National Laboratories for 32 yeas and a graduate of The University of New Mexico Department of Civil Engineering. Tom was a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Phi, Alpha XI Chapter. He served our country during WWII, both in the Army Air Corps and in the United States Navy Seabees. Tom was a mentor to many and loved by us all. His priorities were to be of service to God, Country, Family and Friends. A Rosary will be recited at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Services will be held at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE on Friday, January 12, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of New Mexico Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund, UNM, Albuquerque, NM 87131 or to Presbyterian Health Care Foundation, P. O Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125, for Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice Inpatient Unit. Tom's family wishes to express their thanks to nieces and nephews and friends of the family for their support in this time of need. We would like to thank all the staff members of Presbyterian Hospital and especially the staff of Presbyterian Hospice Care for their help in our time of need. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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MILLER -- Travis (TC) Miller passed away January 3, 2007. Albuquerque resident, he was born 1944 in Deming, NM. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie Miller. They were married 35 years. He is survived by his sons, George and Michael; Michael's family: wife, Jeanna, children, Faith and Ira Miller. Travis worked for Hydro Conduit Division - Rinker Material Pipe Plant for 33 years as a dispatcher. He was a member of the Elks, and was an Elk Clown. Elks Lodge #461. He was the Exalted Ruler 1993-1994. He was an Equipment Manager and Coach with AYSO for over 16 years. Memorial Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2007 at New Life City Church. 4830 Pan American Freeway, on the east side of FWY, between Montgomery and Jefferson. Lunch will be provided by the Church following the Service.
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PADILLA -- Gloria Padilla, age 44, beloved daughter and sister, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 10, 2007. Gloria was born in San Gabriel, CA, and was a resident of Rio Rancho. She was a very special person who enjoyed all of life's moments. Gloria is survived by her loving parents, Benny and Catarina Padilla; her brothers, Robert Padilla, Benny Padilla Jr. and wife, Maggie, and Herman Padilla and wife, Patricia; and her sister, Anna Cooper and husband, Chris; and numerous other beloved family members and friends. Gloria will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends. The Padilla family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the Staff of the Rio Rancho Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, for the special care given to Gloria. A Rosary will be recited this evening (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary. Funeral Services will be conducted Friday at 9:00 a.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. Interment will follow at San Jose de Armijo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Benny Padilla Jr., Chris Cooper, Herman Padilla, Robert Padilla, David Padilla, and Keith Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be Diana Hall and Fred Sanchez. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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ROMERO -- Leonardo 'Lalo' Romero March 5, 1927 - January 11, 2006 A year ago I lost you, the 'Love OF MY Life' My Everything. We were married for 52 years, so much we still wanted to do. As life goes on without you, we will hold on to many good memories and a million silent tears and heartache that will never go away. Rest IN Peace Honey, I will always love you. Jane
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