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CHAVEZ -- Edith (Vallejos) Chavez, age 69, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. She was born on November 27, 1938, in Albuquerque, NM, and remained a resident of Albuquerque, NM. She was preceded in death by her parents, Soilo Vallejos and Demetria (Sanchez) Vallejos; and her brother, Paul Padilla. Edith is survived by her loving partner, Juan Gurule; sons, Jake Chavez and wife, Mary, of Tijeras, NM, and Leo Chavez, of Albuquerque; daughters, Carla Chavez, of Pecos NM, Sandra Pacheco and husband, Lawrence, Nancy Chavez, of Albuquerque, and Renee Christian and husband, Dwayne, of Edgewood; 22 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, Willie Padilla and Tito Padilla; and sisters, Elma Apodaca, Kathy Padilla, and Sarah Padilla, all of Albuquerque. A visitation in her honor will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2008, at 3:00 p.m., with the Rosary to be recited at 4:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 21, at 9:00 a.m.; all Services will be conducted at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1860 Griegos Rd. NW, 505-245-4596. Pallbearers include Richard Ortiz, Lawrence Pacheco, James Espinoza, Dwayne Christian, Jake Chavez, Leo Chavez. Cremation services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505)884-1188 www.danielsfuneral.com
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DANIELS -- Fillmore Watt Daniels, age 85, was born in Gallion, LA, on October 16, 1922. He passed away at home surrounded by his loved ones on July 17, 2008. A long-time resident of Albuquerque, he spent 27 years in the Army, serving in the Pacific in WWII and during Korea and Vietnam. A gifted singer and performer, he entertained the troops for many years. Fillmore graduated from the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and recorded radio commercials for the Armed Forces in the 1940's. When singing, he was often accompanied by Andre Previn. After retiring from the Army, he went on to a second career with the US Postal Service. He was an avid Lady Lobo Fan. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Ann Daniels; son, Michael and wife Gloria; daughter, Mary Beth and husband J.R. Duncan, daughter Nancy, daughter, Jean and partner Kathy Moore, daughter, Laurie and husband Michael Finnegan; son, James and wife Susan, and daughter Barbara Vittitoe. He is survived by five grandchildren: Elora Daniels, Matthew Daniels, Patrick Daniels-Duncan, Mia Daniels, and Colin Finnegan. He is also survived by his sister, Gloria Carstens and husband Allan; brother, Ross Jameson and wife Pat; sister-in-law Gerry Cimino; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and father, daughter Kathleen and son Patrick. Fillmore will be Buried with Patrick at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe with full military honors. A private, family Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109 (505) 821-0010 www.danielsfuneral.com
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DECKER -- Diana Decker of Edgewood, NM passed away from breast cancer on July 15, 2008 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born August 7, 1963 in Fort Sill, OK, where her father was stationed in the Army. Her parents moved back to Albuquerque later that year. She grew up in Albuquerque, graduated from Valley High School in 1981, and participated in a women's soccer league after high school. Diana was employed by the Albuquerque Journal for 22 years. She moved to the East Mountain area in 1999. Diana became interested in training dogs early in life, starting in 4-H. She was very successful in the Obedience ring and Agility Arena. In 1992, she began training her Australian Shepherd, Suzy, to work cattle, sheep, and ducks and received her first Working Trial Champion. She loved her dogs like they were her children, and her training talents led to many titles and championships on Australian Shepherds, Australian Kelpies, Border Collies and other herding breeds. She was nationally known for her skill in training dogs and teaching other dog handlers to train their dogs to work stock. She became an accomplished dog handler in the United States Border Collie Handlers Association, Australian Shepherd Club of America and American Kennel Club trials. She was a judge in the American Herding Breeds Association and judged many trials. She also qualified dogs for the National Stockdog Finals, placing her dogs in the top ten in the nation. Her training led to travel to Canada and to Western Australia in 2006. Being the first American Handler to visit Australia, she conducted a stockdog training clinic and taught private lessons. She also visited several Australian sheepdog contests. This was her life's passion. Diana loved all animals as evidenced by the variety at her home. She was an expert on geese, ducks, chickens, and other fowl. Many people came to her home to work sheep, cattle, and ducks in her facilities. Diana is survived by her life partner, Robert Campbell; her father, Darrell Decker and wife Patti; her mother, Geneva Faus and husband Robert; sister, Dewette Decker; brothers, Darren, Dane, her other brother, Ryan Morris, her other sister, Brittini Gabaldon, and numerous relatives, friends and her beloved working dogs. Numerous friends across the United States and Australia will deeply miss her. That'll do, Diana Decker, good job. Friends and relatives are invited to a pot luck Memorial Celebration of Diana's life to be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 19, 2008 at the Immanuel Southern Baptist Church in Estancia. The church is located on the North end of Estancia, on the East side of Highway 41. It is a white building with a red roof. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Diana Decker to the Albuquerque Animal Humane Society or the Central New Mexico Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure, PO Box 30047, Albuquerque, NM 87190. Diana would prefer casual dress. Her remains were cremated.
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GARRISON -- Brad O'Don Garrison, a resident of Albuquerque for over 40 years, died July 15, 2008 in his home in Ruidoso, where he lived since retiring in 2007. He was born October 17, 1952 in Oklahoma City and was the loving son of John Garrison and Betty Mazzio. He graduated from Manzano High School in 1970 and later attended New Mexico State University. He owned Southwestern Dental lab from 1977 to 2007. Mr. Garrison leaves to cherish his memory; his adoring wife, Sandy; his parents, John Garrison and Betty Mazzio; step-father, Frank Mazzio; step-mother, Babs Garrison; younger brother, Gregg; son, Chad Garrison; daughter, Julie Garrison and her partner Paul Cervantes; step-daughter, Shelby Fields; and son-in-law, Dustin Fields. Brad will be known as a man that had a zest for life and lived every day to the fullest. He was an avid golfer and was well known throughout New Mexico. His children considered him their hero and, along with the rest of his family, loved him deeply. He was well respected, loved, and admired by his friends and peers as well. Throughout his life, his generosity touched the lives of many. He had a tremendous influence on all those who knew him and will be missed and never forgotten. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Notah Begay III Foundation, serving the Native American Jr. Golf Program. Checks should be made out to Notah Begay III Foundation and sent to 6341 Riverside Plaza NW, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87120. A Celebration of Mr. Garrison's life will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2008 from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. at the home of Paul Cervantes and Julie Garrison. All friends and family are invited to attend. The address to Paul and Julie's home is 4320 Atherton Way NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. For more information contact Julie at 505-980-2177.
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LOVEALL -- Mary Lee Upchurch Luchetti Loveall, 75, a longtime resident of Albuquerque passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2008. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Glen Loveall of Albuquerque; daughters, Laurie Schuler and husband, Harold and Yolanda Knight both of Albuquerque; six grandchildren, Shawn Brehm, Julian and Eric Schuler, Sophia, Dexter, and Alexis Knight; sisters, Ellen Josephine Gibbs and Eva Jane Riedel; brother, William Upchurch; four neices and one nephew; the father of her daughters, Nick Luchetti and family. Mary Lee is greatly loved and will be deeply missed. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 3:00p.m. at French Mortuary, University Chapel. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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MATA -- George Diaz Mata, born April 13, 1918, in San Antonio, TX, was called home by our Father on July 16, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife Luka K. Mata in April 2008. George is survived by five loving children, Mary Alice K. Ayze of Albuquerque, NM, George K.K. Mata of San Diego, CA, Richard K.K. Mata of St. Anne, IL, Roberto T. Mata and Ricardo M. Mata both of San Antonio, TX. He also leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren; and countless others who became part of his family through deep loving relationships. Visitations will be Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services-Alameda Mortuary, where a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of George's Life will be conducted Monday July 21, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. also in Chapel. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW 898-3160 www.danielsfuneral.com
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MATHIS -- Brenda Kay Watley Mathis, 58, after a long illness went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 15, 2008. Brenda is preceded in death by her mother, Lou Edith Watley. She is survived by six siblings; Billy Watley and wife, Lequita of Columbus, Georgia, Bobby Watley and wife, Shirley of Klamath Falls, OR, Dottie Watley Hatchell and husband, Mike of Albuquerque, Linda Watley Sanders and husband, Richard of Smith Station, AL, Allan Watley of Pittsview, AL, Gloria Watley Steinhausen and husband, Dick of Phenix City, AL: seven nieces, eight nephews; 16 great-nieces and nephews; and her loving dog, Gus. Brenda, a resident of Albuquerque, NM since 1982, was a native of Columbus, GA. She graduated from Baker High School, and received her undergraduate degree from Columbus State University. After receiving her Master's Degree from the University of GA, Summa Cum Laude, she moved to Albuquerque to accept a position with the State of New Mexico as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, where she was recognized for her high standard of achievement in providing counseling services to her clients. She ended her working career at Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, where she tested and diagnosed others with disabilities. Memorial Services will be held, Sunday, July 20, 2008, 2:00 p.m. at Heights Christian Church, 6935 Comanche Rd. NE. Memorial contributions may be made to Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, 5000 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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MOLINA -- Davis L. Molina, age 59, beloved and devoted father, grandfather, son, and brother, entered into Eternal Life, Tuesday, July 15, 2008. Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated this morning (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m. at San Ysidro Catholic Church, in San Ysidro, NM. Interment will follow at the San Ysidro Community Cemetery. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW (505) 898-3160 www.danielsfuneral.com
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NUNEZ -- TONY M. NUNEZ In Loving Memory of Tony M. Nunez Born July 19, 1963 - deceased July 15, 1994 Happy Birthday! Special Friend, Christina Marquez, Your Family, Gloria, John, and Ronnie Nunez
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PAPPAS -- Angeline "Angie" Pappas, 99, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2008. Angeline was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years Anthony J. Pappas; and son, Dean Pappas. She is survived by her children, Elaine Arapostathis, Anna Maria Chappell, John Pappas and wife, Becky, and George Pappas; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Pappas; nine grandchildren, Shaun Chappell, Kimberly Chappell, Evan Arapostathis, Mark Arapostathis, Kris Trotman, Toni Brandt, Dean Pappas II, AJ Pappas and Alexia Pappas; great-grandchildren, Ellen Trotman, Tyler Trotman, Grace Brandt, Max Brandt, Eleni Arapostathis, Alexandra Arapostathis, and Arianna Pappas. Angie was born in Sparta, Greece and immigrated to the United States in 1921 and has been a resident of Albuquerque since 1945. She was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, a founding mother of Philoptochos Society in Chicago, IL in 1930 and a Charter Member in Albuquerque. Angie will always be remembered for her spirit, humor, faith, and love. Her family extends gratitude to her dedicated and loving caregivers, Lula and Patty; her many faithful friends; and the staff at VistaCare Hospice. Trisagion will be held Friday, July 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 308 High St. SE. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 308 High St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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PICKLE -- Jose "Joe" Pickle, age 69, born in Nueva Casa's Grandes, Mexico and a resident of Los Lunas, NM passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2008. Joe was most proud of his grandson, Mathew who he loves and helped raise from an early age, his nephews and nieces, his early involvement with sports especially bowling where he achieved many trophies and awards. He loved being a Raiders fan, going to the racetrack and being with his family especially on Sundays. Joe's strong, intimidating voice would fill a room, but also express his love and compassion. Many remember Joe Pickle as the Owner and Manager of the kitchen at Gino's Restaurant on Coors and Hanover from 1972 to 1992. The Pickle family would like to thank Phil "Felipe" Jackson for his friendship and support." He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Priscilla; mother, Angela; five daughters, Rita, Theresa, Connie, Yvonne and Michelle; two sons, Billy and David; sister and brother, Rosita and Arturo. Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time. Sign Jose's online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
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ROACH -- David E. Roach, 63, a resident of Albuquerque since 1958, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2008. He is survived by his wife of six years, Melba Roach; sons, David Roach and wife, Kristen, Robert Roach and daughter-in-law, Sandi Roach, William Roach and wife, Sarah; daughter, Darlene Richardson and husband, Michael; stepson, Phillip Casados and wife, Tammy; step daughters, Lori Barber and husband, Shane and Kara Brock and husband, Chris; 12 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; mother, Dortha Roach; brothers, Larry Roach, Edwin Roach and wife, Donna, Steve Harrison and wife, Marie and Arthur Roach and wife, Luanna; sister, Wilma Powell and husband, David; many nieces, nephews, other extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Denzil Roach. David was born Sunday, April 15, 1945 in Parkersburg, WV. He spent most of his life as a hard working mechanic. David loved motorcycling, woodworking, hunting, and fishing. He was loved and will be missed greatly. Services will be held Monday, July 21, 2008, 2:00 p.m. at French Mortuary University Chapel. Friends may visit French Mortuary University Chapel Sunday, July 20, 2008 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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SHAFER -- James W. "Jim" Shafer was born March 30 1938, in Dayton, OH and died July 16, 2008. A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary Westside Chapel. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Friends may visit French Mortuary one hour prior to the service. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300 www.frenchmortuary.com
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TURNER -- Joe D. Turner, Jr. passed away on July 14, 2008 at the Regency Nursing Home in Temple, TX. Preceded in death by wife, Betty. Survived by daughter, JoAnne; grandsons, Mike and wife, Shirlee, Scott and wife, Nancy; great-grandson, Brett. Interment at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
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VALLEJOS -- Cruz Vallejos, 86, a resident of Rio Rancho passed away Monday, July 13, 2008 after a long illness. Cruz was born in Amalia, NM on July 13, 1922. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Louise; his son, Henry; and sisters, Cora Gonzales, Elceria Martinez, Deneda Miera; and he was preceded in death by his son, Michael. Cruz was a WWII Army Vet and will be interred at Santa Fe National Cemetery on July 21, 2008 at 11:30 a.m.
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WATSON -- Roseabel "Rose" Watson, 76, passed away July 16, 2008 at a local nursing center in Abilene, TX. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.,in the Gunter Cemetery in Gunter, TX, under the direction of Hamil Family. Monday, July 21, 2008 a Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., at the Mountainside Church of Christ in Albuquerque, NM. May 9, 1932, Rose was born the daughter of the late Francis Marion Jenkins and Lorein (Tune) Jenkins in Waxahachie, TX. She graduated from North Texas High School in Denton, TX in 1947. In 1952, Rose graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor's Degree and furthered her education, graduating with her Master's Degree in Elementary Education in 1957. During that time she married Bill Watson in Fort Worth, TX on June 27, 1953. Rose lived in Albuquerque, NM for 33 years where she taught school for 24 years in the Albuquerque Public School District. She was a member of Mountainside Church of Christ in Albuquerque. In 2005, Rose and Bill moved to Abilene, TX, where they are members of Southern Hills Church of Christ. Rose was a faithful Christian woman who loved the Lord. She loved her family, and was a devoted teacher who loved her students. As a teacher, she was interested in developing the whole child. She loved to travel with her husband. They traveled many beautiful places on various cruises. She was preceded in death by her parents Francis and Lorein Jenkins; one son, Tony Mark Watson in 2007; one brother, "Buddy" Jenkins; and one sister, Gloria Jenkins. Rose is survived by her husband, Bill Watson, of Abilene; one daughter, Kim Rowlands and her husband, Steve, of Abilene; one daughter-in-law, Margaret Watson, of Albuquerque, NM; and four grandchildren, Nate and Will, of Abilene, and Shawn and Kelly, of Albuquerque. Flowers may be sent to the Mountainside Church of Christ in Albuquerque. Memorials may be made in honor of Rose to the West Texas Parkinsonism Society, 3610 22nd Street, Suite 300, Lubbock, Texas, 79410; or to the Mountainside Church of Christ Haitian Missions, 12300 Indian School Road NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87112. Online condolences may be sent to: www.HamilFamilyFuneral Home.com.
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WEBSTER -- John L. Webster, resident of Albuquerque, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2008. He is survived by nephews, Michael Lowe, Patrick Lowe and Thomas Lowe. John, a First Lieutenant, served in World War II in the Army Air Corps as well as the Berlin Air Lift. He was the president of Mile High Little League for a number of years and a little league baseball field was named in his honor, "Webster's Field." John was influential in the lives of many and will be cherished and missed by all. A Memorial will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery, with full military honors. Should friends desire, please make contributions in John's name to Mile High Little League, PO Box 11213, Albuquerque, NM 87192. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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WILLIAMS -- Dr. Cortez H. Williams, Ph.D., age 70, of Albuquerque, died Saturday, July 12, 2008, at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center. He was born September 22, 1937, in McKeesport, PA to Walter L. and Mabel E. Williams. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 30 years, Joyce Williams; daughter, Taneka Williams; son, LaMar Williams and his wife, Tosha; granddaughter, Santana; grandson, Christopher; and countless loving friends and students from UNM. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lorraine Williams Lucas and Gwendolyn Williams; and brother, Walter Williams. Special thanks to the Albuquerque VA Medical Center for the great care provided Dr. Williams. The Memorial Service is Saturday, July 26, 2008, at 11:15 a.m., at UNM Alumni Chapel, followed by a reception at the SUB's Lobo A and B rooms at 1 p.m. Mrs. Williams requests, in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Dr. Williams Scholarship. Make checks out to Africana Studies, and mail to Dr. Sherri Burr, MSC 06 3730, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. Please put "Dr. Williams Scholarship" in the memo line. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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