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ALEXANDER -- BENJAMIN BATES Was welcomed into this world on October 31, 1920 in Guymon Oklahoma, by his mother and father, Emma Mable Bates Alexander and Omer Virgil Alexander and nine brothers and sisters: Truda, Vernon, Vera, Josh, Omer, Alma, Mary, Joe and Rachel. He passed on in his sleep last Saturday morning January 7, 2012, while residing in Lubbock, Texas at age 91. His mother and father homesteaded in Guymon, Oklahoma. When Ben was seven years old his family moved to Lubbock, Texas where they started a grocery business in Shallowater and then onto Eunice, New Mexico where Ben worked in the summers. He spent one semester attending Texas Tech University before WWII called his family into service. Upon returning from the Army in 1944 Ben assumed the ownership of the grocery store. He expanded the stores to Seminole, Jal and Hobbs. In 1952 Ben founded DA&S Oil Well Servicing, Inc, which he said many times gave him the means to provide better opportunities for his employees. The success of that business became the vehicle for him to focus his un-bounding energy and resources on civic endeavors he felt passionate about. Ben's varied business interests though out his life expanded to real estate, ranching and oil & gas production. Ben married the love of his life, Gerry Ann on May 22, 1942. The couple had two children, Lee Ann and Russell Bates. Ben and Gerry raised their family and lived in Lea County until moving into Carillon's Windsong Senior Living campus in Lubbock in 2001. Ben is survived by an adoring and proud family. His daughter and son-in-law, Lee Ann and Beach Snyder; six grandchildren: Michelle, Atlee, Hillary, Kynda, Hollie and Kaelyn; nine great-grand children ranging in age from 15 years to 7 months: Cheaney, Annika, Sam, Halle, Sydnee, Paislee Ann, Dean IV, Leah and baby Ben. In leaving behind a very large and extended family of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, Ben, as the last of the original Alexander siblings, passes on the enduring heritage of the Alexander lineage. Ben was preceded in death by his parents; his nine brothers and sisters; his son Rusty, and his wife of 69 years, Gerry Ann. A few of Ben's accomplishments are: *2007 Texas Tech Department of Athletics Hall of Legacy Inductee; *2003Petroleum Hall of Fame Inductee; *2000 Person of the Century, presented Hobbs News-Sun; *1999 Lea County Fair and Rodeo dedicated to Ben; *1996 Ben Alexander Student Center established at New Mexico Junior College, *1988 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, presented by College of the Southwest; *1983 Democratic Distinguished Service Award, presented at national Democratic Gala; *1982 Top Hand Award, presented by Permian Basin Petroleum Association; *1980 Trustee of Free Enterprise, presented by College of the Southwest; *1971 Hobbs Citizen of the Year, presented by Hobbs Board of Realtors; *1967 Outstanding Citizen of Hobbs, presented by Hobbs Jaycees Ben's service highlights past and current included: United States Army (1942-1944); Politics: New Mexico Democratic chairman; Democratic national committeeman for New Mexico; Director, Business Council of the Democratic National Committee; State campaign chairman for former President Jimmy Carter; State campaign chairman for former Governor Jerry Apodaca; Board member, Hobbs Chamber of Commerce; Board member, Hobbs Industrial Park; Board member, Independent Petroleum Association of America; Board member, Independent Petroleum Association of America; Board member, New Mexicans for Jobs and Energy; Board member, NMJC Foundation; Board of trustees, CSW for 25 years; Chairman of steering committee creating New Mexico Junior College District; Chairman, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (including public affairs committee); Chairman, New Mexico Workers' Compensation Advisory Council; Charter member, New Mexico Amigos; Founder and first campaign chairman, Greater Hobbs United Fund; Member, National Petroleum Council; Member, New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry; Member, New Mexico Investment Council; National board member, Association of Oil Well Servicing Contractors; Vice president, Permian Basin Petroleum Association. Services will be held in Hobbs, New Mexico at First United Methodist Church, 200 East Snyder on Wednesday January 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Chapel of Hope, 3321 N. Dal Paso, Hobbs, New Mexico. Memorials in remembrance of Ben can be sent to three entities close to his heart: The New Mexico Junior College Foundation (1 Thunderbird Circle, Hobbs, NM 88240). The Lea Country Charitable Foundation, supporting The University of the Southwest and the youth of Lea County (in care of Johnson Miller & Co. PO Drawer 220, Hobbs New Mexico, 88241). The First United Methodist Church of Hobbs ( 200 East Snyder St, Hobbs NM 88240).
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ASHCRAFT -- JOAN Age 82, passed away Monday, January 9, 2012. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Joan's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87109 505-821-0010
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BACA -- MARCELLA Age 84, was born January 26, 1927 and passed away Friday, January 6, 2012. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Riverside Funeral Home in Albuquerque, 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE, followed by recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Riverside Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque. Please visit our online guest book for Marcella at www.riversidefunerals.com. RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE 505-764-9663
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CANTRELL -- ZELL COL USAF (RET) Age 71, a resident of Las Cruces, NM, died January 7, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Christine Cantrell of Las Cruces; two children, son Zell Orden Cantrell III and wife, Lesley of Denver, CO, and daughter Kimberly Cantrell of Vashon, WA, and their mother, Linda Brunetti of Boise, ID; grandchildren, Claire and Sydney Cantrell; sisters, Margaret Cantrell of Redding, CA, and Mary Cantrell of Woodland, CA; mother-in-law, Agnes Sanchez of Las Cruces; brothers and sisters-in-law, Albert and Christine Sanchez of Las Cruces, Patrick and Mary Sanchez, of Las Cruces, Robert Sanchez of El Paso, TX, and Josie Sanchez of Las Cruces, and Lawrence and Lisa Sanchez of Grants, NM; and numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces. Colonel Cantrell was preceded in death by his parents, Zell and Margaret Cantrell; and wife Sue Cantrell of Portland, OR. He was born in 1940 in San Francisco, CA. In 1958 he graduated from Woodland High School with honors in Woodland, CA. Colonel Cantrell was awarded a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkley, Class of 1963. He continued his higher education studies and obtained a Master's in Operations Management from Auburn University, a Master's in Logistics Management from Wright State University, and he conducted post graduate work at the University of Houston. Colonel Cantrell had a meritorious 26 year career in the United States Air Force, from 1963-1989. He completed his Air Force flight training at Enid Air Force Base, Enid, OK. Colonel Cantrell flew over 3300 flight hours, including 2200 hours as an F-4 fighter pilot. During the Vietnam (War) Colonel Cantrell flew 263 combat missions. He had various Air Force assignments and over the course of his career was assigned to Air Force Bases in the US and abroad including: Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM, Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, Cam Ranh Bay Air Base in Vietnam, Udorn Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand, Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. Colonel Cantrell also had a four year tour at the Air Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, DC from 1982-1986. Colonel Cantrell received numerous medals including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and other ribbons of distinction. In 2010 Colonel Cantrell participated in the Veterans History Project and provided an oral history interview which is now catalogued in the Library of Congress as part of the American Folklife Center. The interview can be accessed online at: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/vets and contains Colonel Cantrell's recollections of his years of military service. After retirement, Colonel Cantrell did occasional contract work and volunteer work for AARP in Albuquerque, NM and Las Cruces, NM. In 1998 Colonel Cantrell met and married Christine and moved to Las Cruces, NM. He and his wife Christine enjoyed many years studying history and traveling to favorite historical spots in the Southwest, the United States and abroad. They particularly enjoyed traveling to visit family and to attend reunions with the 49th Fighter Group and 65-D Flight Group. Colonel Cantrell participated in the Military Officers Association, and the Dandelions Military Pilots Association. Colonel Cantrell's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the doctors and nurses who cared for him during this last year. Visitation for Colonel Cantrell will begin at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Baca's Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road, where the Funeral Service is scheduled for 2:00 PM with Military Honors. Inurnment of cremains will take place at a later date in a separate and private service at the Sanchez family plot in Santa Rosa, NM.
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FAWVER -- JADEN KURT Age 10, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, went home to Heaven Saturday, January 7, 2012. He is survived by his mother, Jessica Baumeister and husband, Joshua; father Max Fawver; step-mother, Krystal Fawver; sisters, Tyla Cochran and Alyssa Fawver; brothers, Ryan Dombrowski, Brandon Dombrowski and Hunter Riley Fawver; grandparents F.J. Susie Tatro, Ann Sager-Bracken and husband, Danny, Dave Fawver, Yvonne Baumeister, Larry Torres and Mark and Joey Cochran; great-grandparents Shirley and Stan Sager and Frank Yellowhorse; and aunts, Christina Tatro and Angela Baumeister; uncles, Jimmy Fawver and fiancee, Cheri Morton, Kevin Fawver, Michael Tatro and wife, Denise, Shane Tatro, and Aaron Baumeister and cousins. Cremation has taken place and Jaden's life will be celebrated on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Noon at the Main Sanctuary of Legacy Church, Eastside Campus, 4701 Wyoming Blvd NE. Please visit our online guest book for Jaden at www.RememberTheirStory.com. FRENCH 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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GARCIA -- VIOLA R. Age 80, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2012. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Viola's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87110 505-884-1188
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GATES -- LILLIE L. Age 92, went home to God on January 6, 2012. She was born in Schenectady, New York on June 20, 1919 and had lived in Albuquerque since 1967. As a young woman, Lillie worked at General Electric where she met her future husband, Albert Gates. They were married for 59 years. She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Barry. Lillie Gates is survived by six other children, Joyce Grubbs of Ruskin, Fl., Bettie Moss and her husband David of Corona, NM, Richard Gates and his wife, Janet of Las Vegas, NV, Sherrie Simek and her husband, Rudy of Albuquerque, NM, Terrie Gruen and her husband, Mitch of Edgewood, NM, and Jeri Garcia and her husband, Mario of Albuquerque, NM. Lillie is also survived by six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. The Funeral service will be held Friday, January 13, 2012 at 2:00pm at Riverside Funeral Home, 225 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque NM, (505-764-9663). Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Christian Appalachian Project, PO Box 55911, Lexington, KY 40555 or the Corona Senior Citizen Center, 451 Corona Main St., Corona, NM 88318.
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GONZALES -- CAROLINA May 5, 1949 - Dec. 25, 2011 We will miss you greatly. Services will be on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Jesus First Church - 13432 Copper NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123.
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GORNALL -- SUELLEN A resident of Placitas, NM passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2012. She was born on February 9, 1942 in Cincinnati, OH. She is survived by her husband, William Gornall; son, William Gornall, Jr. and wife, Stephanie Gornall and granddaughter, Beth Gornall; daughter, Lauren Saeger and husband, Jonathan Saeger; brother, Tim Bowden and wife, Diane Bowden. There will be no public services. She will be greatly missed, loved and cherished. Please visit our online guestbook for Suellen at: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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MARTINEZ -- MARK JOSEPH Born November 9, 1978, went to be with the Lord on January 8, 2012 after a sudden illness. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Jane Santillanes 2011; uncle, VJ, 2010, great-grandmother, Quirina Martinez, 2002; uncle, Luis, 2000; great-grandfather, Cresciano Martinez, 1984. He is survived by his loving mother, Delma D. Martinez (Rey Dour); his father, Rudy Duran; by his loving wife, Athena Martinez; also his only son, Joeseph I. Martinez and his step-son, Bubba (Adam); his in-laws, Ed and Renee Chaffee; his grandmother, Eslinda Duran; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Mark was loved by so many people. He had many friends who love him and are going to miss him deeply. Services are pending.
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MASTRONARDI -- JUANITA M. Age 83 of Albuquerque, NM passed away Sunday December 25, 2011. She was born on December 22, 1928. Juanita was a member of St. Edwin Catholic Church for many years and worked for the City of Albuquerque Department of finance and management before retiring in 1988 after many years of dedicated service. A rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2012 at St. Edwin Catholic Church, 2105 Barcelona Road SW, Albuq, NM. Interment is to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Services entrusted to SALAZAR & SONS MORTUARY 400 3RD St. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102
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MAZZARELLA -- ROBERTA MONTOYA Age 58, passed in her sleep on January 6, 2012. Born in Valley Stream, NY, Roberta spent her childhood in Somerville, NJ before spending most of her life in Rio Rancho, NM. In addition to being a loving mother and grandmother, Roberta was never too busy to be there for her friends and family. She had a long, distinguished career as a travel agent with Rio Grande Travel, Pavlus Travel, and Liberty West Travel before retiring. Lately, she spent a great deal of her time with friends at The Greens Condominiums or her beloved grandchildren, Isaiah, Evan, and Bryana Montoya, who affectionately called her, "Noni." Roberta was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Thelma and Irving Wengrofsky, and her father, Hy Levine. She is survived by her sisters and their husbands, Esta and Jim Fowler; Marcy and Cornelio Trujillo; her brother and his wife, Barry and Margie Levine; her son and daughter-in-law Ryan and Val Montoya, and their children Isaiah, Evan, and Bryana; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews and their children. A Celebration of Roberta's Life will be held at the Clubhouse at the Greens Condominiums on Country Club Dr., Rio Rancho, Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. In honor of Roberta's life her family encourages all to sign up as Organ Donors. The Family would also be honored if donations to the American Diabetes Association at www.donors.diabetes.org were made in lieu of flowers. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Roberta's care entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services
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MONTANO -- GRACE JEAN Happy Birthday to My Dearest Friend The People We Love Live On In Our Hearts It takes a long time to get used to the loss of someone we love. But it is important to remember that when people die, they leave something very special behind- they leave us memories of the many things they said and did. And as long as we have those memories, the people we love will live on in our hearts and minds. Grace, you are in my heart and thoughts every day. I miss you so very much. I love you. I'll be seeing you! Sabra
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MONTANO -- GRACE J. Today would have been a celebration of your birthday. It is now a day of remembrance. We love and miss you dearly. Thank you for the amazing memories. Love, your family and your dearest friend.
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PHILLIPS -- FRANCES The family wishes to thank their many friends and relatives who reflected on her Life. Your sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be gratefully remembered and deeply appreciated. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations Louis & Gloria Salazar 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777
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RAMSEY -- PHILLIP (JOHN) RICHARD Born October 17, 1963 in Ankara, Turkey passed away peacefully at home Sunday, January 8th, 2012. John was preceded in death by his father Ernie Ramsey; sister Patricia Ramsey; and stepson Michael L. Zamora. John is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Bonnie Ramsey. They met in 1991, fell madly in love, and were married in 1992. Never leaving each others side, John and Bonnie were soul mates and best friends. John is survived by his mother Eileen Ramsey, Arkansas; son John Paul Ramsey and fiancee Jenny King, Albuq; grandson Michael C. Zamora, Albuq; brother Ernie and Anna Marie Ramsey, WA, brother Joe and Jan Ramsey, NC; sister Cathy and Danny Grasley, NC and brother Kenny. Also, Mr. Lambert Jaramillo, a very special friend close to John's heart. John's greatest enjoyments in life were his family, riding his Harley, and participating in sports with his grandson Michael. Arrangements are pending.
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ROGERS -- BETTY Age 88, resident of Albuquerque since 1961, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, January 8, 2012. Betty is survived by her children, Linda Chionchio (Guy), Gayle Bryant (Butch) and Dennis Rogers (Rita); grandchildren, Guy Chionchio III, Richard Chionchio, Scott Chionchio, David Ussery, Michelle Cruz, Brady Bryant, April Hoffman and Randall Rogers; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry Hackley (Judy); and many other relatives and friends. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Archie; sister, Janet Hirz; and parents, George and Helen Hackley. She was born in Woodsfield, OH on December 27, 1923. Betty retired from Montgomery Ward and became an active line dancer and instructor at Palo Duro Senior Center. She was a member of Young at Heart Choir and Hoffmantown Church. She enjoyed singing and traveling with the choir. Betty was a loving mother and grandmother and will be extremely missed. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at French - Wyoming Chapel. Interment will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Betty's honor to the Young at Heart Choir, P.O. Box 92692, Albuquerque, NM 87199. Please visit our online guestbook for Betty at: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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ROMERO -- LEONARDO "LALO" 03/05/1927-01/11/2006 In Loving Memory Gone from our Sight, Close to our Hearts, Rest In Peace Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather. Loving Family
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SHARP -- FLOYD ELMER JR. A long-time resident of Albuquerque passed away after a short illness on December 2, 2011. He was a veteran who served in the U. S. Army and Air Force in India, China, and Germany. Upon separation from the military service, he transitioned to Federal civilian employment, working in the civilian personnel field in Germany, France, Nevada, California and Japan. He was assigned to the Air Force Contract Management Division (AFCMD), Los Angeles Air Force Station in 1970, transferring with the organizational move to Albuquerque in 1972. He then served as the Director of Personnel and subsequently the Special Assistant to the AFCMD Commander until his retirement in 1985. He was born in Fullerton, CA to Myrtle Hart Sharp and Floyd Sharp, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Irene Sharp; son, Kevin Sharp of Menlo Park, CA; son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Danielle Sharp and grandchildren, London and Alexandra Sharp of Davis, CA; sister, Evelyn Leck, of Davis, CA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Patsy Holmes, and his brother, Cecil Sharp. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and special friend, who will be dearly missed. Memorial service and burial at Santa Fe National Cemetery will be held in the Spring of 2012. Details of funeral arrangements will be provided at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or charity of choice. "My life's been full, I've savored much; Good times, good friends, a loved one's touch; Be not burdened with tears of sorrow; Enjoy the sunshine of tomorrow." Please visit our online guestbook for Mr. Sharp at: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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SLOCUM -- RODNEY T. Age 70, was born in Littleton, CO and became a resident of Albuquerque, NM in l969. Rod passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 2, 2012. He is survived by his wife Claudia of 49 years; daughter Jessica Slocum; son Kyle Slocum; and grandson Douglas Echols. His sister Debora Bodkin resides in Riverside, CA with her daughter's family. Over the years, Rod enjoyed distinguished and diversified careers in law enforcement: Police Officer, Postal Inspector, and Juvenile Probation/Parole Officer. He was also a master and professionalwood carver, carpenter, and finish carpenter. His favorite pass times were fly fishing and hiking the mountains. Rod was a unique person and is deeply missed by family and friends. Please join us at a Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM, on Friday, January 13, 2012, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 6853 So. Prince St., Littleton, CO, with viewing prior, starting at 9:45 AM. Interment Lehow Cemetery.
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STEARNS -- PHYLLIS ESKEW Peacefully went to see her Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 7, 2012. She is survived by her beloved husband, Wilbur; her sons, Mike Eskew (and wife Patricia), Jim Eskew (and wife Sydnie); three grandchildren, Ashley Hatley, Nikki Brown and Kelly Eskew; two great-grandchildren, Jasmine Celeste Hatley and Viviana Maurine Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was loved and respected by Wilbur's parents, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Martha Heigh of Vancouver, Washington, and her first husband, Gerald Eskew of Oregon. Preceding her in death were her parents, Thelma and Glenn Hazelhurst. Phyllis was born on June 30, 1938 in Eugene, Oregon. She attended Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and later graduated from the University of Albuquerque. She came to Albuquerque in 1959 with her first husband. She was a devoted mother and foster mother, and known as "Mrs. E." to her sons' numerous friends. Phyllis loved people and had a very active social conscience. She was a church secretary and enjoyed a long career as a legal secretary. In 1972, she became the charter President of the Albuquerque Legal Secretaries Association and was honored as Legal Secretary of the Year. She held numerous positions at both the state and national level. She was a certified Professional Legal Secretary and Certified Legal Assistant. She also loved teaching and taught classes at T-VI (now CNM). Despite her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis in the 1970's and her increasing lack of mobility, Phyllis never used it as an excuse to do anything other than enjoy life to the fullest. She was active in her church and created many special friendships at Calvary Chapel East Mountain, First Christian Church in Albuquerque and Bible Study Fellowship. She was a very active grandmother taking her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to movies, museums, and creating special memories for them. She met and married Wilbur Stearns and they had 23 blissful years together spent in travel, bird-watching and special conversations with friends and family on their Edgewood veranda. A Memorial service with buffet lunch will be held at Embassy Suites Hotel, 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday, January 21, 2012, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, in the Sandia Ballroom IV-V.
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STEWART -- FRANCES L. LANIGAN Was born July 27, 1934 in Gallup, NM and passed away Thursday, January 5, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM, at the age of 77. Frances was preceded in death by her husband Gerry; parents, Bill and Emily Lanigan; and by her son, Steven Conlee. She is survived by her son, Mitchell Conlee and wife Terri; daughter-in-law, Darlene Conlee; sister, Emily Leingang; stepdaughters, Valerie Fields and husband Perry, Rochelle and stepson, Frank Stewart; three grandsons; three granddaughters; four great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; five step granddaughters; five step grandsons; a step great-grandson; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins who love and will miss her. Frances was an employee of the Civerolo Law Firm for eighteen plus years. She also worked part time for American Legion Post 49 and was active in Unit 49 Auxiliary. A Memorial Service will be held at the American Legion Post 49, 11007 Central NE, on Wednesday January 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Private burial will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th Street NW ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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SUAZO -- LEOPOLDO age 81 years of age, died December 31, 2011, in Bailey, CO. He was born February 19, 1930 in Pilar, NM to parents Amarante and Regina Suazo. Leo was a dedicated son, husband, dad and Pompo. Leo proudly served his country in the Armed Forces as a tank operator, receiving the Army of Occupational Medal (Germany). He raised his family in Albuquerque, NM where he retired after 30 years as a truck driver. He and his wife moved back to his childhood home in Pilar, NM after retiring. Leo was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Cecilia L. Suazo, died February 5, 2008 and daughter-in-law Dana Howey-Suazo, died June 19, 2008. He is survived by two sons, Silas V. Suazo and Leo R. Suazo II.; one daughter, Regina A. Suazo; one daughter-in-law, Janell G. Suazo; and two grandchildren, Miguel A. Suazo, and Sarah P. Suazo. Services will be held at 1:00 pm on January 12, 2012, at St. Joseph On The Rio Grande, Albuquerque, New Mexico with a reception following. Also, services were held at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Crow Hill Bible Church in Bailey, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mt. Evans Home Health and Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439 or Pilar Acequia Association, West Bank, South Side, C/O Eloy Vigil, PO Box 1635, Taos, NM 87571.
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TAYLOR -- DAVID WILLIAM Passed away suddenly on January 3, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born on January 30, 1936 to William Taylor and Marian Finotti. David will be remembered as a generous, loving, family man with a life full of adventure and innovation. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1953-61 and was a proud graduate of the University of Florida (B.S. Mechanical Engineering '63). He worked at Pratt & Whitney, RDA, and Rocketdyne where he designed and tested turbojets and laser weapons. David was an avid sailor, frequenting the Caribbean and restoring his sailboat in St. Martin. David is survived by his four children, Shariesse (Robert), Chrisann (Kaila), Shawn (Sharon), David (Tara); five grandchildren, John, Brandon (Ali), Dustin, Jackson and Jennison; two great-grandchildren, Alynna and Antony; ex-wife and dear friend, Phyllis Boyts Taylor, married 41 years; two sisters, Faye Walz (Dave) and Sue Jenkins. David's last 14 years were lovingly shared with Donna Allison, his constant companion and travel partner; along with her three children, Terri (David), Tony (Crissy), Tom; and grandson, Brad. David touched the lives of many. He will be sorely missed by his friends at the Solo Club where he served on the Board of Directors, remaining active until his death. A celebration of life will be held January 30, 2012, 6:00 PM, Ladera Golf Course Banquet Room, 3401 Ladera Dr NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to National Alliance on Mental Illness, PO Box 3086, Albuquerque NM 87190.
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ULIBARRI -- RODOLFO Rudy passed away on 12-17-2011. He had requested that there be no services. There will be a get together of family and friends on 01-14-2012 from 1:00 to 5:00 to celebrate his life. This will be held at the Edelweiss German-American Club, 4821 Menaul NE. It will be a potluck. Burial will be at National Cemetery in Santa Fe.
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URBAN -- LEONA MAE Sixteen years have passed and I miss you even more. My heart aches everyday for you. I know someday we will be together again. I miss that big beautiful smile, your big bear hugs and you calling me mamacita and telling me how much you love me. Not a day goes by that something reminds me of you. Always wishing for One More Day. I love you my sweet baby! God Bless You! MoM
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VALLES -- JOHNNY A lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the age of 71. Johnny was a brick layer and worked in the construction industry. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Garcia Valles; son, Andrew Valles; and parents, Raquel and Ricardo Valles. Johnny is survived by his children, Kathleen Garcia, Yvonne Garcia and Jonathan Garcia; siblings, Eddie Valles, Rebecca Benavidez and Lydia Flores; as well as many other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be held at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal Rd. SW. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. with a visitation beginning at 5:30 p.m.. A Communion Service will be celebrated on MONDAY, January 16, 2012 at 9:00 am. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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VALVERDE -- GILBERT The family of Gilbert Valverde wishes to thank their many relatives and friends for their prayers. Your sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be gratefully remembered and deeply appreciated. A special thank you to Father Hickman, Deacon Jim, Deacon George and all the Deacons who presided during the Mass.
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WALKER -- WILLIAM II July 23, 1927 - January 7, 2012 A Memorial Service will be held Friday, January 13, 2012 at 2:00pm, at Olinger Highland Mortuary, 10201 N. Grant St., Thornton, CO 80229. Condolences offered at: www.OlingerHighland.com
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ZAGAR -- PEGGY Age 79, a resident of Albuquerque, died Sunday, January 8, 2012. She is survived by her husband, William Zagar of Albuquerque, NM; sons, Rick Zagar and wife, Donna, John Zagar and wife, Gale and Ken Zagar and wife, Karla; four grandchildren, Kristin Jackson and husband, Ryan, David Zagar, Dan Zagar and wife, Kristin and Melinda Zagar and fiancee, Jacob Retzer; three great-grandchildren, Joseph Zagar, Lynnae and Anna Jackson; three brothers, Charlie Day, Jimmy Day and Woody Day; and numerous extended family and friends. Peggy was a wonderful wife and mother and will be greatly missed. Services will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012, 10:30 a.m., at Netherwood Park Church of Christ, 5101 Indian School Rd NE, with Elder Curtis Burnett officiating. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French - Lomas Chapel on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Please visit our online guest book for Peggy at: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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