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ATKINS -- Carolyn Chaney Atkins died December 22, 2009 after a brief illness. She was born and spent her early life in Warrensburg, Missouri. She attended Cottey College and was a member of the PEO Sisterhood for more than 50 years. She graduated from Central Missouri State University and Missouri Valley College. In 1943 she married Walter Jackson (Jack) Atkins, a pilot in the Army Air Corps. She was an Air Force wife until moving to Albuquerque in 1966. Carolyn and Jack actively participated in the Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school, worked in the women's association, served as an elder and wrote Christian education curriculum. In New Mexico Carolyn helped found the Menaul Historical Library in 1974 and dedicated her time to the preservation of Presbyterian mission history in the Southwest. She was a trustee of the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia, serving as its first female president. She edited 12 books and a quarterly newsletter, the Menaul Historical Library Review. Carolyn taught us much about our heritage, and its value for future generations. In 2005 Carolyn moved to Pasadena, California with her daughter, Jane Atkins Vasquez and son-in-law, Edmundo Vasquez. Services will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to the Presbyterian Historical Society, 425 Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 or the Menaul Historical Library, 301 Menaul Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque, N. M. 87107.
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BELL -- Rosemary Elaine Miles Bell, 61, and Albuquerque native, passed away in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Thursday, January 7, 2010. Rosemary is survived by her husband, Delbert; daughter, Jennifer and sons, Brian and Michael. She enjoyed quilting , sewing, camping and spending time with family and friends. A rosary will be held Monday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Parish Aquinas in Rio Rancho. A funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m.
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BRYAN -- Laurie F. Bryan, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1976 died peacefully at Presbyterian Anna Kaseman Hospice on Friday January 15, 2010 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 69 years old. Born to Parents Lottie and George Fischer in 1940 in Denver, she attended East High School and graduated in 1957. She then moved to attend the University of Chicago where she studied English and Literature. While there, she hung out with famous beat poets, authors and musicians and made many lifelong friends. She moved back to Denver to begin a career in financial services, first at FIF and then Financial Programs where she traveled the country training secretaries. She married C.D. Bryan of Carlsbad, New Mexico in 1969 and had one son Brad in 1971. Later that year, the family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where they lived until 1976 when C.D.'s business took them to Albuquerque. Laurie and C.D. built a financial planning business together called Economic Consultants. After 27 wonderful years of marriage, C.D. died in 1996. Laurie continued to work in the financial industry in Albuquerque until just before her death. Laurie was active in the Jewish community and a member of B'Nai Israel Congregation where she was Sisterhood president, served on many committees and boards and rarely said no when asked to participate. Laurie loved music and the arts, attending many concerts, plays, musicals, operas and arts and crafts fairs. She loved southwestern art, storyteller dolls and all things New Mexico. She was a gourmet cook and loved to travel especially to Las Vegas. Laurie was an amazing friend, touching the lives of all that she met. She is survived by her son Brad and daughter-in-law Lisa of Silver Spring, Maryland, Stepdaughter Melissa Cohen of Albuquerque, Brother Neil Fitzgerald of Phoenix Arizona and Aunt Josie Stein of Denver Colorado as well as many who called her a second mother or grandmother. Private Funeral service for family Sunday, Memorial Service Monday at 4:00 p.m. at B'nai Israel Synagogue, 4401 Indian School Road Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87110, with reception following. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation at www.komen.org or the Lance Armstrong Foundation at www.livestrong.org Please visit our online guestbook for Laurie at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE
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CAMPBELL -- Carmie S., beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at her home in Albuquerque. A Rosary in her honor will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 with Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 both services at Our Lady of Fatima Church. Carmie absolutely loved God's creatures; therefore, donations to agencies that protect animals would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Please visit our online guestbook for Carmie at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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COWAN -- Nancy Cowan, 90, a resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, January 16, 2010. She is survived by sons, Cy Cowan of Artesia and Charles Cowan and wife, Gail of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Jocelyn Cowan of Albuquerque, Melissa Cowan of Virginia and Andrew Cowan of Florida. She is preceded in death by John, her husband of 62 years. Nancy was a member of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral and was active in numerous ministries there, she was also a member of the Albuquerque Junior League, and was active in the Mental Health Association of New Mexico. Nancy's cremated remains have been eniched at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral. Please visit our online guest book for Nancy at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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DE LA O -- Benjamin DeLaO, 90, passed away in Oklahoma City, OK on January 12, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife Nettie (Natividad); parents Roman and Francis Ferrales DeLaO; three brothers and two sisters. Mr. DeLaO served his country during both WWII. He is survived by his daughter, Dolores Hess-Scaltrito; brother, Arthur DeLaO and wife Theresa; sisters, Inez Foster and husband Jonas, and Nora Rogers; granddaughter, Brittany Perkins; and sister-in-law, Jennie Garcia. A Rosary will be recited at Salazar and Sons Mortuary at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. The Funeral will take place on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Church located at 5800 Ouray NW. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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FEERER -- Louise Elizabeth Brand Feerer, 80, passed on to her heavenly home January 14, 2010. She was born September 17, 1929 in Logan, NM. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Ben Feerer Jr.; two sons, Donald Feerer and wife Lucille of Albuquerque and Glenn Feerer and wife Deborah of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Bryan Feerer and wife Erika, Jason Feerer and wife Michelle, Jonathan Feerer, Calli Feerer, and six great-grandchildren. Louise and Ben moved to Albuquerque in 1958 where they raised their two sons. Louise was an active member of the St. Paul United Methodist Woman's group and held several different titles throughout the many years of her service. Louise was a loving, caring, and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She will remain in our hearts forever. Louise will be deeply missed. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on January 18, 2010 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 9500 Constitution NE, 87112 with Reverend Roy Elmore officiating. Interment will take place on Tuesday at Logan Cemetery Logan, NM. Please visit the online guestbook for Louise at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd (505) 275-3500
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HERNANDEZ -- Alberto Hernandez, 75, a resident of Albuquerque, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 14, 2010 after a brave battle with cancer. He was born April 8, 1934 in Mexico City. He retired from TWA after 25 years of service and traveled extensively. He loved the Lobo Basketball games, golf and making custom jewelry. He is survived by his beloved wife, Aurora, daughter; Monica Ann and son; Albert Joseph Hernandez, numerous nieces and nephews; three brothers; Alejandro, Alvaro, Sergio Hernandez and one sister; Eloisa Hernandez all in Mexico City, Mexico. A Memorial Service will held 9:00 am, Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at the Shrine of the St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 1800 Martha Street, NE . You may share your condolences, sympathies and memories the family at: www.danielsfuneral.com Alberto's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Service 3113 Carlisle N E Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110 (5050 884-1188
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LAGRANGE -- Irene O. LaGrange, 66, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on January 16, 2010. Mrs. LaGrange is survived by her children, Debby Jaramillo and husband, Alex, Valerie LaGrange and husband, John Hernandez, Joe LaGrange, Lawrence Krause, Ricarda LaGrange, and Angelique LaGrange; her sisters, Rose Whiting, Helen Griego and husband Art, and Lydia Chavez; her brothers, Robert Ortiz, and wife, Fina, Del Ortiz, Raymond Ortiz, and Johnny Ortiz; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many other extended family and friends. Mrs. LaGrange was a member of the Catholic Church. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 19, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Final visitation will be Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna Rd. NW, with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m., Father Joel Garner, presider. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Raymond Ortiz Jr., Andrew Tafoya, Joey LaGrange IV, Leroy Whiting, Elias Vargas, and Ruben Ortiz. Honorary pallbearers will be Nathaniel Chavez, Robert Ortiz Jr., Jerry Silva and Linda Sanchez. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861 www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com
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LOZANO-CALDERON -- Tomasa Lozano-Calderon, 58, passed away on January 16, 2010. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Tomasa's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109
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MARTINEZ -- Rose, 89, went home to be with our Lord on Thursday, January 14, 2010. A long time resident of Albuquerque, Rose is preceded in death by her husband Esequiel Martinez and her son Frank Martinez. She is survived by her daughters; Marylou Naranjo and husband Raul Ramirez, Gloria Serna, Patricia Baca, Virginia Martinez, daughter-in-law, Mary Martinez all of Albuquerque, adopted son, Louis Sanchez, step-children; Albert Martinez and Gloria Garcia; brother Fred Narvaiz, 20 grandchildren; Rudy, Arthur and Sandra Naranjo, Loretta Naranjo Lopez, Larry Naranjo, Estefanita Garcia, Carol Wylie, Frank Martinez, Jr., Rachel Garcia, Phillip, Darlene, and Julie Martinez, Don Robert Baca, Antoinette Baca, Vanessa Baca, Debbie Martinez, Anthony and Frances Serna, Michael and Melissa Martinez, 47 great-grandchildren and 34 great-great-children. Rose was active at the Amistad Senior Center and PACE Total Community Care. She retired from UNM/ATP, and was a choir member of San Ignacio Catholic Church and a Grandmother to her entire neighborhood. A Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 18, 2010 with the reciting of the Rosary at 7pm at the 8th Street Chapel of Garcia Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at San Ignacio Catholic Church, with Interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.danielsfuneral.com. Rose's care has been entrusted to: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover S.W. Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-243-5222
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MCDONALD -- Julian Lavon McDonald, age 85, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2010. He is survived by his former high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 68 years, Betty, born Elizabeth Louise Meyer; six of their seven children; fourteen grandchildren; and twenty-five great-grandchildren. His daughter Janice preceded him in death less than two years ago. The other children are daughters, Joyce Walter and husband, Bill, Julie McDonald Sharpe, and Patti Underwood and husband, Dick; and sons, Tim and wife Janet, Tom, and Greg. Lavon will remain a treasured and powerful memory for all who were privileged to know him. A dues-paid-in-full member of the Greatest Generation, Lavon led a remarkable life and touched many with his compassion, generosity, humor, and strength of character. Born in 1924 in Bovina, Texas, son of a highway contractor and grandson of a true cowboy, he traveled extensively throughout New Mexico during his youth, accompanying his father from one road project to another. During World War II, his older brother Ray, a B-17 pilot, was shot down over Germany and was being held in a POW camp. As soon as he was old enough to get away with it, Lavon fudged a bit on his age and joined the Army Air Corps himself, becoming a B-24 pilot flying out of England--he turned 21 while flying a bombing raid over "Hitler's Hide Out" near Berchesgaden in the Austrian Alps. Returning from Europe, Lavon continued his studies at UNM and in 1948 became the first in his rather large extended family to be awarded a college degree. (He later earned a UNM Masters degree. Lavon was always proud of the fact that each of his seven children holds at least a Bachelor's degree from UNM, as do several of his grandchildren; three of his great-grandchildren are currently UNM undergraduates.) While at the University, Lavon played in three bowl games, and remains the last athlete from UNM to earn a letter in both football and basketball as well as the last to letter in three sports in the same academic year, track and field being the third. Upon graduation, he moved his family to Santa Fe, where he had accepted a position as assistant football coach and history teacher. He stayed at Santa Fe High School, ultimately becoming head football coach and Athletic Director, until 1965 when he accepted an offer to join the Student Aids office at UNM. In 1972 he achieved a lifelong goal by being named Athletic Director at UNM, succeeding his former high school football coach Pete McDavid in that position. Lavon's major accomplishments before leaving this post in 1979 were the construction of the football stadium press box, the first expansion of the Pit (adding the mezzanine seating), and the successful negotiations that resulted in UNM hosting the 1983 NCAA Basketball Final Four, an event that still brings pride to the hearts of Lobo fans. In retirement Lavon stayed active in advising his sons Tom and Greg in various business ventures and continued to relish his role as the beloved patriarch of his growing clan. They will all miss their "Bon" as much as they will cherish his memory. Rosary will be recited Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 10:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 am, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 12500 Carmel Ave. NE with interment to follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be grandsons; Scott Walter, Major Shane McDonald, Todd McDonald, Gunnery Sergeant Mike Ryan, Patrick Ryan, and granddaughters' husbands; Jeff Stueber, Brian Ketner, and Alex McBain. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Presidential Scholarship Program at the University of New Mexico through the UNM Foundation, Two Woodward Ctr., 700 Lomas NE, Suite 108, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Please visit our online guestbook for "Bon" at RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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MONGAR -- Elaine Mongar, 84, of Albuquerque, New Mexico left this world Friday, January 15, 2010 to join her husband in eternity. Elaine was born August 4, 1925 in Franklinton, Louisiana to Ophelia and Robert Burris. After graduating from high school, she attended LSU where she met and married Gradon Mongar, on VJ day 1945. Over the next 25 years they traveled the world as an Air Force family. Their final station was at Cannon AFB in Clovis, NM where they eventually retired, moving to Albuquerque a few years later. Elaine served as a "Grey Lady" at the Cannon AFB hospital for many years. She was also an avid gardener, and enjoyed needle pointing and quilting. She was an excellent cook, and loved to entertain, welcoming many guests into her home and hosting many dinner parties as an officer's wife. She loved taking care of her home and family. Her husband, children and grandson were the loves of her life. Elaine is survived by one daughter, Carol Mongar of Albuquerque; one son, David Mongar of Clovis; one grandson, Christopher Mongar of Ft. Worth, Texas; one sister Dorothy Burris Seal of Biloxi, MS; two nieces, Judy Jones of Gulfport, MS and Becky Stanley of Ocean Springs, MS; one nephew, Robert Seal of Baton Rouge, LA, and cousin Phillip Burch of Phoenix, AZ. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N. Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM. Those wishing to join the funeral procession may gather at French Mortuary, University Chapel at 12 noon. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at La Vida Llena Life Community Center, 10501 Lagrima de Oro Road NE, Albuquerque, NM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the La Vida Llena Resident Association Fund. Please visit our online guest book for Elaine at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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PEARCE -- Marjorie Catherine Pearce (Nana Margie), 75 years old went to be with the Lord on January 14, 2010. Per her request, her husband, all of her brothers and sisters, children, grandchildren with some friends and extended family present. She was born April 10, 1934 in Kansas City, Missouri. She was married to Johnny Matson Pearce on July 14, 1956 in Albuquerque, NM. She graduated from High School at St. Mary's High School in 1952 and she went to one year of nursing school at Regina School of Nursing. She worked at Mountain Bell Phone Company as a long distance telephone operator in Farmington, Cuba, and Albuquerque New Mexico, and three years for J&J Parts in Albuquerque. She and Johnny adopted their first child, a baby girl born in 1964, and named her Theresa Anne. Three years later they adopted their second daughter born in 1967, and named her Cherie Rene. She was a loving mother and homemaker, and provided a loving home life for her husband and daughters. She always made life fun and exciting. She loved a good argument. Had a vibrant personality, quick witted, and intelligent. Always looking for the good and positive and never complained even though she had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 28 years. Her marriage to her husband of 53 years was a beautiful example of two people in love. She cherished her five grandchildren and loved spending as much time with them as possible. They meant the world to her. She was a loving wife, mother, homemaker, sister, aunt, great aunt, grandmother, and was the most beautiful person you would ever meet. She was passionate about sharing her faith in Jesus and touched many lives. She was one of nine siblings and her family was always very important to her. She was always ready to lend a helping hand and share whatever she had with others. She is survived by her loving husband, Johnny Matson Pearce of Albuquerque; her two daughters, Theresa Anne (Jerald R.) Salmon of Albuquerque, and Cherie R. (Wayne L.) Sager of Midland, Texas; her five grandchildren, Joshua Salmon of Las Cruces, Tamra Salmon of Albuquerque, Shelby, Olivia, and Gregory Sager all of Midland, Texas; her six siblings, James T. Grier of Albuquerque, Mary P. Byrd of Albuquerque, Helen White and Ken of Denver, Colorado, Cecilia G. (Lee) Vikdal of Frederick, Colorado, Michael T. (Lisa) Grier of Albuquerque, Sharon Georgi-Ardourel of Broomfield, Colorado; sister-in-law, Jan Grier of Albuquerque; brother-in-law, Wayne Hornbaker of Las Vegas, NM; and her sister-in-law Overa Gibson of Albuquerque, and over 300 nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her daddy, James T. Grier, Sr.; mother, Mary S. (Slaughter) Grier; her brother, John Charles Grier; her sister, Jane Hornbaker, her sister-in-law, Dorothy Grier; her brother-in-laws, Robert Byrd, Armin Georgi, Damon Ardourel, and Robert B. Gibson. Services will be held Tuesday, January, 19, 2010, 9:00 a.m., at Tramway Community Church, 4800 Tramway Ridge Dr. NE. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery, at 1:00 p.m. Friends may visit French, Lomas Blvd. Location, Monday, January 18, 2010, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. She and her husband support many charities and ministries and in lieu of flowers, we would appreciate your donations to Mission of Mercy, 15475 Gleneagle Dr., Colorado Springs, CO, 80921, Jews For Jesus, 60 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94102, or the American Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 7669, Atlanta, GA 30357. Please visit our online guestbook for Nana Margie at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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RAYMOND -- Bernice E. Raymond, 90, a resident of Albuquerque, for ten years, died January 6, 2010. she was preceded in death by her parents Hjelmar and Emily Larson; John Raymond, her husband of 57 years; brothers, Gilman, Merle, Odin and Lyle; sisters, Cleo Beck, Phyllis Zimmerman, and Hazel Allert. Bernice will be missed by her surviving family: sons, Bruce Raymond and wife Vicki of Albuquerque, Michael Raymond and wife Sharon of Houston; and daughter, Joan Saito and husband Takashige of Asahikawa, Hokaido, Japan; grandchild, Leigh Raymond of Kansas City, Jan Larranaga and her husband Mark of Albuquerque, Emmy Saito of Japan, and Rayna Kearney and her husband Stephen of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Marques ('Ques) Larranaga and Katherine (Katie) Larranaga of Albuquerque; sister, Emily Miller of St. Petersburg, FL and brother, Victor and wife Sherri of Saukville, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews. Rosary will be recited at French Mortuary, Lomas location, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday January 21, 2010 with Deacon Alex Trujillo reciting. Mass celebration of Life will be at 11:00 a.m., January 22, 2010 of John XXIII Catholic Community Tramway Ridge Drive. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery Hillsboro ND at a later date. Friends are invited to visit at the French Mortuary Chapel at 6:00 p.m., January 21, 2010 prior to the Rosary recitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Please visit our online guestbook for Bernice E. Raymond at RememberTheirStory.com. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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ROGERS -- Johnette Carolyn passed away on January 13, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. "Carolyn" was born to John Cannon Allardyce and Martha (Collins) Allardyce on February 15, 1932. A long time resident of 25 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. "Carolyn" was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Rogers. "Carolyn" is survived by her daughter, Martha Carmona and son, James W. Rogers and his wife, Jean, four grandchildren, Joshua Levine, Sarah Santini and Jaimi and Josh Decker, One Great grandson, Andrew Levine. "Carolyn" loved the Lord, visiting with her family and friends and traveling the world. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 10:30 am in the Daniels Family Funeral Service Carlisle Chapel. 3113 Carlisle, N E. with Reverend Charlie Richards presiding. Flowers are welcome and/or donations can be made to Joy Junction, 320 Gold Avenue, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102. Please share your condolences, sympathies and memories with the family at www.danielsfuneral.com Johnette's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 3113 Carlisle NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505) 884-1188
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SKELTON -- James H. Skelton, 83, long time resident of Albuquerque, passed away January 16, 2010. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years Porfie; son, Michael Skelton; sister, Peggy Murphy and husband Ted of South Carolina; nephews, David Mc Daniels of Northpost, AL and Steve Murphy of Tuscaloosa, AL; sisters-in-law, Susie Rivera, Cordelia Lopez and husband Alex, Josie Cross and husband Dale, Tommy Barreras of California, Claudine Jaramillo, Belen Maestas of Espanola, Isabel Maestas of San Juan Pueblo, and Mary Maestas of Medanales. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University location, on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Burial will take place on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Manuel Aragon, Enrique Gomez, Joe Garcia, Dan Dollahon, Tony Chacon, and Allen Crim. Please visit the online guestbook for James at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 1111 University Blvd NE (505) 843-6333
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SMELTZER -- Juanita B. Miller- Smeltzer "Nita" passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2010. Nita is survived by daughters, Joy Wade, Cathie Owen, and Patricia Pittman (Jerry); seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; six step-children, Loyal Smeltzer Jr. (Louise), Sharon Hartman, Joyce Main (Carl), Gloria Saltzman (Karl), Rosetta Smeltzer and Stephen Smeltzer; eleven step-grandchildren and fourteen step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter Mary Coffey, and grandson Billy Crawford. Nita was born and raised in Atlanta, Missouri and moved to New Mexico during WWII. She married Bill Miller in Albuquerque in 1946. They joined Temple Baptist Church in 1954, where she served as nursery superintendent and Sunday School teacher for many years. Their love of children lead them to raise four children and care for approximately 30 foster children. In 1965 Nita and Bill moved to Crystal, NM to serve as full time Baptist Missionaries to the Navajo Nation. The Lord called Bill Miller home in 1982. In 1990 Nita married Loyal K. Smeltzer Sr., and was widowed in 2003 when Loyal was called home as well. Family asks that donations be made to Presbyterian Hospice, Attn: Executive Director, P. O. Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125-6666. Pallbearers include, Stephen Smeltzer, Chip Schane, Derren Owen, Ricky Wade, Roy Wade, and Bill Redmon. Honorary pallbearers include Jerry Pittman, Kenny Williams, Carl Main, Timothy Saltzman, Loren Burch, and Loyal Smeltzer Jr. Family and friends may visit on Monday, January 18, 2010, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at French - University Chapel. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 10:00 a.m., at Temple Baptist Church, 1613 Arizona Street NE, Albuquerque, NM with Dr. Fred Gurule officiating. Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Please visit our online guest book for Juanita at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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TRIPP -- Betty Tripp was born on February 26, 1921 and passed away on January 6, 2010. At this time, no services have been arranged. Arrangements in care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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WALLIN -- Nick "PaPa" Wallin, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on January 14, 2010. He was born in Tucumcari, New Mexico on June 30, 1948 to Gayland and Peggy Wallin. Nick married his life-long love, Debi in 1968. Nick began his career with Stern and Rodgers, then later began his own business Wallin Construction. He went on to become a successful businessman. In his life he gave away more than he ever took and he always thought of his family first. Debi and Nick retired and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1997. Nick is survived by his wife of 40 years, Debi; his son, Keith (Casey) Wallin; daughter, Lynn (Dave) Parker, and the loves of his life- his four grandchildren, Craig, Emily, Kaleb, and Peyton. He is also survived by his four brothers Dennis (Marcie), Kenny (Cherie), Don (Susan), and Scott (Laura); his cousins and his many nephews and nieces. PaPa was loved and will be extremely missed by all his family and friends. Memorial services will be held at the Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital.
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