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ALCOTT -- ROBERT Graveside Services will be conducted Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Sandia Memory Gardens, 9500 San Pedro NE. Those who wish to express their condolences or share a story, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Robert's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114 505-898-3160
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ARCHIBEQUE -- PHILIP "PHIL" P. Age 66, beloved father, companion and brother, was embraced by the Lord and taken to his heavenly home, Saturday, February 18, 2012. He was born in Corrales, NM and was a resident of Albuquerque. Phil enjoyed fishing, joking and will be fondly remember by his friendly humor. Philip is survived by his long time companion, Terri Craig; his son, Kevin Archibeque; step-son, Richard Craig and wife Gabriella. Also surviving are his sister, Patricia Petelski and husband Louie; brothers, Gilbert Archiveque and wife Brenda, Anthony Archiveque and wife Vickie; nephews, Patrick Petelski and wife Carol, Quinton Archiveque, Fred Archibeque and companion Linda Hall. Phil will be greatly missed by all. Visitation will be Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services - Alameda Mortuary, 9420 Fourth Street NW, where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, February 24, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, on 7th and Copper Ave. Place of Interment will be announced. Those who wish to express their condolences or share a story, please visit: www.danielsfuneral.com Phil's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87114 505-898-3160
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BALLEJOS -- JENNIFER MARIE Was born September 27, 1984 and passed away February 21, 2012. Please visit Jennifer's online guest register at: www.riversidefunerals.com RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE 764-9663
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BEEMAN -- DEJUANA M. Age 49, went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 16, 2012, peacefully with her family surrounding her. She is survived by her husband, Timothy R. Beeman, of Goodyear, AZ; children Ryan and wife, Cherie, of Agoura Hills, CA; daughter, Paige, attending college in Klamath Falls, OR; mother and stepfather, Lois and David McIntosh of Los Lunas, NM; father, Robert B. Butler of Boulder Creek, CA; sisters, Nikki Barry and husband, Bill, of Hampton, VA and Danielle Butler Lange, and husband, Matt, of London, UK; brothers, Bryn and wife, Marcia, of Yuma, AZ, Forrest and wife, Karen of Bailey, CO, Geoff and wife, Casey, of Santa Fe, NM; grandmother, Hazel Shoemaker of Clovis, NM; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Wesley Shoemaker. DeJuana was known for her grace, strength and dry sense of humor. She was a loving, caring, generous and fun-filled person. She was devoted to her children and shared her life to the fullest with her family and dear friends. Many thanks go to the loving care of the doctors, nurses and staff of VistaCare Hospice in Albuquerque, NM who not only ensured that DeJuana's wishes were honored concerning her care and comfort in her last days but also provided immeasurable support to the family at an incredibly difficult time. They are truly angels on earth. The family asks in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in DeJuana's name to local or national MS foundations or to a local Hospice Care. Arrangements were respectfully made by Gabaldon Funeral Home, Albuquerque, NM. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
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BELL -- JACKIE M. Age 65, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on February 18, 2012. Mrs. Bell is survived by her children, John Bell and wife, Barbara, Melissa Bell, Maree Bell and companion, Tysen Patterson, and Edward Bell and wife, Maria; sister, Karen Barela and husband, Aladino; Jackie's companion, Alfonso Castillo; grandchildren, Johnathon (J.C.), Anthony, Jazmyn, Empryss, Victoria, and Samantha; special nephew, A.J. Sunday; and a host of extended family and friends. Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her husband, Charles (Chuck) Bell. A Tribute Service will be Thursday, February 23, 2012 in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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BELTRAN -- STARLENE "STAR" Age 54, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012. She was born in Albuquerque, NM on August 24, 1957, to Scott Gilman and Phyllis Marlene (Wilson) Bailey. Star was a person with very strong opinions and she will also be remembered for her generous spirit. She put others before herself - she was there for everyone. She was preceded in death by her mother and grandparents. Star is survived by her husband, Fred J. Beltran of Los Lunas, NM; daughter, Marlene Werts and husband Aaron of Roswell, NM; daughter, Yvette Smith and husband Steve of Albuquerque, NM; son, James Ramon Carter and wife Ranessa of Los Lunas, NM; daughter, Angelina Carter of Roswell, NM; father, Scott G. Bailey and wife Susan of Roswell, NM; brothers, Gilman Bailey, James Bailey, Philip Bailey; and sister, Traci Mace; 15 grandchildren; four great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be greatly missed by many family and friends. Visitation will be 5:30 pm, Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at Daniels Family Funeral Services-Carlisle Chapel, with a Funeral Service immediately following at 6:30 pm. Interment will be 1:30 pm, Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Star'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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BOUCHER -- JANICE JOAN "HONEY" WELHOUSE Was born 9-17-36 in Appleton, WI to the late Joseph and Clasina Welhouse of Seymour, WI. She had about 11 brothers and sisters which include survivors, Tom and his wife Carol Welhouse, Don and Mimi Welhouse, sisters, Verona Berg and Lucy Iles. Jan graduated high school in 1954, she worked as a secretary for one year and then with $97 in her purse, drove to California to, on good report, meet actor John Derek. Instead she met Joe Boucher and in 1956 married him. They had three children, Brett, Robin (wife Marianna) and Breana (David Dalrymple) and raised them in Arizona and New Mexico, primarily in Nogales and Albuquerque. Joe and Jan have two grandchildren, Caysee (husband Clint Werthmann) and Ryan Dalrymple, and one great-grandchild, Drake Werthman. Joe and Jan also have a nephew Robert Jean Boucher and his three children Aaron, Natalie and Daniel. Jan worked for many years with the University of New Mexico as Assistant to the Dean of the Medical School. For the past four years Jan had been living with daughter Breana and her husband David in Truth or Consequences, NM as a result of her husband Joe's death and her own failing health. Jan died on Valentine's Day, 2012 to see Joe again for the occasion and his first response was likely "Well? What took you so %*&^#*@ long?!" In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to Operation Smile, an organization that helps needy children with dental needs, for Jan really believed in good dental health. Please visit our online guestbook for Jan at: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CORDOVA -- BASILIA (BEA) Age 80, went peacefully home to her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 17, 2012 surrounded by all her family. She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Pablo of the family home; six sons, Willie (Irene) of Colorado, Gene (Barbara) of Rio Rancho, Victor of Cuba, Herman (Julia) of Rio Rancho, Ralph (Vicki) of Arizona, and Robert of Albuquerque; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; as well as many other family and friends who love and will miss her. Services will be held at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 9502 Fourth Street NW, on Thursday, February 23, 2012. A Rosary will be recited at 8:00am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00am. A reception will follow at the Parish Hall. Burial will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3:00pm. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services 2919 4th St. NW ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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GARCIA -- CECILIA V. Age 60, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died on February 16, 2012. Cecilia was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to many. An avid runner, she loved mountain trails. She was a lover of all music, and especially her sons' band, Lost Lingo. Cecilia lived to help others, and her smile would light up a room. Her laughter was frequent and contagious. With no vices other than chocolate, green chile and gathering with loved ones, Cecilia was an example to us all. The epitome of strength, she valued family, loyalty, integrity, and hard work. As a doctor at First Choice Community Healthcare, a clinic that serves low-income community members, Cecilia was committed to building a healthy community and helping those in need. She was also a volunteer mentor with the Thresholds Project, supporting women as they reintegrate into the community after incarceration. Cecilia was preceded in death by her father William C. Garcia and brother Martin D. Garcia. She is survived by three sons, Joaquin, Miguel, and Javier Ortega; mother Viola Garcia, of Albuquerque; siblings Maria Geer and husband Rod, Michael Garcia and wife Theresa, all of Albuquerque, Stephen Garcia of Bozeman, MT, Catherine Scott and husband Dan, of Albuquerque, Imelda Frances and husband Tim, of Chicago, IL, John Garcia of Albuquerque, Jim Garcia and wife Gloria, of Denver, CO, Lara Garcia of Albuquerque, and Mark Garcia of Port Hueneme, CA. Cecilia was also a favorite aunt to many nieces and nephews. Rosary and Remembrances will be at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at French - University Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM. A funeral service will be celebrated at the Aquinas Newman Center, 1815 Las Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM, at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Parking will be available in the T-Lot at University and Lomas where a shuttle will be available for transport. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution in Cecilia's name to a charity of your choice but with special consideration for First Choice Community Healthcare Foundation (www.fcch.com/index. php?page=foundation) or Dismas House (www.dismashousenewmexico.org) Please visit our online guestbook for Cecilia at www.RememberTheirStory.com. FRENCH 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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GERDES -- DANIEL Age 87, a resident of Cedar Crest, peacefully passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Peggy Ann Gerdes; children, Carl Gerdes (Roxanne), Roger Minor (Brenda), Don Gerdes (Brenda Kay), Deanna Velhagen (Eric); grandchildren, Jamin, Lizabeth, Justin, Joanna, Brandon, Ryan, Steve, Scott, Colter, Courtney, and Jaren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary Ruth Tippin of Texas. Dan served in the United States Army in WWII with the 81st Infantry Div. 318 Field Artillery Battalion. He was in the Reserve Corps for three years, 1946 through 1948. Dan was proud to be a Bus Driver for New Mexico Transportation Co., an affiliate of Greyhound, for 29 years, which later became Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma Coaches. He was a member of the Stanley Union Church where he was part of the welcoming committee and enjoyed the fellowship of his church family. Services will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2012, 12:00 p.m., at French - Lomas Chapel, with Pastor John Nash and Pastor Russell Lee officiating. Interment will take place at Stanley Cemetery following the service. Friends may visit French - Lomas Chapel, Wednesday, February 22, 2012 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Stanley Union Church building fund, P.O. Box 1, Stanley, NM 87056 or to the charity of your choice. Please visit our online guest book for Dan at: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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GONZALES -- JERRY MILES The family of Jerry Miles Gonzales thank their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be remembered and deeply appreciated. Please visit Jerry's online guest register at: www.riversidefunerals.com. RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE 505-764-9663
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HONAKER -- MARY BETH Died on Friday, February 17, 2012 after a courageous nine year battle with severe Lupus Cerebritis. Mary Beth is survived by two older sisters, Lucy MacBain of Saint Petersburg, Florida, and her family; Martha Hitchcock, brother-in-law Ronald Hitchcock, niece, Elizabeth Mason, all of Southlake, Texas; sister-in-law Diane Honaker of Summerland, California, and several grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother John and parents Clyde and Veronica Honaker. Mary Beth was a brilliant, loving, funny, resilient woman who was dearly loved by her family and many good friends. Born February 12, 1955, Mary Beth was a lifelong resident of New Mexico. She completed a B.A. in Special Education in 1977, an M. A. in Elementary Education in 1983, and gained Administrative Licensure in 1990 from U.N.M. She began her long career as a passionate advocate for children and individuals with disabilities, teaching at Zuni Elementary School. Her natural ability to assess needs and create seamless integrated systems led to her promotion from Rio Grande Cluster Coordinator at South Region to Assistant Director of Special Services for Albuquerque Public Schools. She assisted in supervision of the four units in the Special Services Department, and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Unified Education System. In 1999, she became Director of Special Education for the Moriarty Municipal Schools, where she directed all programs and services related to Special Education and Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Many parents, individuals with disabilities, and the professionals in the field benefited from her guidance and personal experience. We have truly lost a tireless champion for those with diverse needs. Mary Beth always kept the children she served as her primary focus, working hard to improve their opportunities and helping provide the very best education possible. She was truly a"servant leader" and used her own physical and health challenges to guide others and to design accommodations that maintain independence. Many friends and professionals would agree that she deserved an "honorary MD". Mary Beth loved her family, friends, fishing, music (she was an accomplished pianist) and her pets, both dogs and cats. We who are left here for awhile will sorely miss her humor and joy in living. Her life will be celebrated at 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at St. Chad's Episcopal Church, 7171 Tennyson Drive, N E, Albuquerque, N M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Chad's Episcopal Church. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit: www.danielsfuneral.com Mary Beth's care entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87109 505-821-0010
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LEWIS -- TIM Age 58, a resident of Albuquerque since 1983, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012. He is survived by his devoted wife of 29 years, Cindy Lewis; his brother, Mark P. Lewis of Chicago, IL; his brother-in-law, Marty H. Lange and wife, Tina of Sarasota, FL; his sister-in-law, Trudy S. Randour and husband, Charlie of Albuquerque, NM; two nephews; four nieces; two godchildren; and his English Springer Spaniel, Rio. Tim was an accomplished skier who coached professionally at Sandia Peak Ski Area for more than 25 years, teaching kids how to ski safely and in control. He was a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America - Rocky Mountain division for over 30 years and received numerous awards and trophies for skiing. In addition to his favorite sport, Tim also enjoyed attending UNM Lobo and Chicago White Sox games, and fishing, playing hockey and golfing with friends. He was passionate about music, especially jazz, rhythm and blues. Tim worked as a quality systems professional, serving most recently with S.A.I.C. and Team Technologies. Services will be held on Friday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 300 Gold St. SE, with Pastor Randy Walquist officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE. A visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday, February 23, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at French - University location. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 300 Gold St. SE. Please visit our online guest book for Tim at: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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LOMBARDO -- NICHOLAS JOSEPH LT. COL. US ARMY, RET. Nick passed from this life on February 16, 2012. He leaves his wife, Mary; sons, Marc Lombardo and wife, Georgette, Christopher Lombardo; daughter, Lisa Tusinger, husband, Eddie and son, Joshua; brother, John Lombardo and wife, Marie; sister, Rosemary Lombardo; sister, Connie Appenheimer; and many loving nieces and nephews. Nick was proud that he was able to serve his country with 28 years of service in the military. After moving to Albuquerque in 1971, he was associated for many years with North American Van Lines. The light of Nick's life was his grandson, Joshua, who gave Nick so much pleasure and many happy times. Nick will be missed. Memorial Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2012 at French Lomas Chapel. Memorial Mass will be held 8:30 a.m. Friday, February 24, 2012 at Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 2621 Vermont NE, Albuquerque, NM. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Nick: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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LUJAN -- MARY ANN Age 70, beloved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, friend went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 17, 2012. A lifelong resident of Albuquerque and retired APS Employee. Mary Ann lived to help others, she was a caring and giving person, she always opened her home to those who needed help and was a cherished and loved friend. As a mother Mary Ann was an inspiration to her children, a strong role model who never accepted failure, she instilled her children with self respect, respect for others and the willingness to give even when you think you can't. "God will provide" was her motto. She always kept a Bible close, loved her church, loved the Lord and would express it often. Most of all, she taught her children that love and love of family were first and foremost! She was preceded in death by her husband Phil Lujan; son Anthony Lujan; son-in-law Lyn Ewell. She is survived by her loving children Theresa Lujan and Phil Lujan, Lori Gomez and husband Raymond, Veronica Ewell, Dennis Lujan and wife Jenara; grandchildren Richard Lujan and wife Carrie, Joseph Lujan and wife Melanie, Agripina Neubauer and husband Christopher, Antonette Lujan, Marissa Lujan, Sheldon Casias, Anthony Lujan, Diego Ewell, Brianna Ewell, Shawn Fernandez, Jade Gomez, James Lujan, Gordan Lujan, Halie Lujan, Phil Lujan, Rebecca Lujan, Jacob Lujan; great-grandchildren, Brianna Lujan, Diana Lujan, and Soleman Neubauer; sisters Betty, Lupe, Viola, Dolores, Linda, Tina, Cecilia, Dolores, Mary, Agnes, Josie, and Erlinda; brothers Bobby, Richard, Michael, and Lawrence. Viewing on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 10:00 am, services at 11:00 am at Tower Baptist Church, 601 86th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121, (505) 839-1063. Graveside burial will follow at Mount Calvary. Funeral arrangements are instructed to French's Funeral Home. To leave condolences, please visit: www.RememberTheirStory.com
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MCCLOUD -- ELGIE B. ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Mr. Elgie B. McCloud, 99, of Las Cruces, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012, in Albuquerque. Mr. McCloud's memory will be cherished by his loving family that includes: his wife, Louisa Martinez McCloud of Las Cruces, New Mexico; his daughter, Esther McCloud Escobedo (Jose) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his stepson, Steve Vargas of Las Cruces, New Mexico; step-daughter, Becky Prieto (Ernesto); and his sisters, Essie McCloud Houston of Lorena, Texas and Geneva McCloud Eastland of Waco, Texas. He also leaves behind twelve grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; and many other loving family members and friends. Please visit Mr. McCloud's online guest register at: www.riversidefunerals.com Riverside Funeral Home of ABQ - 225 San Mateo Blvd, NE, 505-764-9663
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MCCLOUD -- ELGIE B. "JENA" Was born March 19, 1912 and passed away February 15, 2012. All services will be held at Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque, 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE, beginning with a visitation on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 5:00pm, followed by recitation of the Rosary at 6:00pm. A final visitation will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 11:00am with Funeral Service to be celebrated at 12:00pm. Interment will follow at 2:15pm at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque, 505-764-9663. Please visit Elgie's online guest register at: www.riversidefunerals.com
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METZ -- MAXINE D. Maxine died early Sunday, February 19, 2012, only three weeks before her eighty fifth birthday. She was born in 1927 in Texarkana, Texas, and moved to Albuquerque with her son, David, in 1946. Maxine had also lived in Los Alamos and was the Sandia Corporation Receptionist in Building 800 from 1955 to 1966. She was married to Elwood Metz who died in 1959 and to Claude Hempen, who died in 1996. Maxine is survived by her son, David Metz, daughter-in-law, Mary Metz, and also locally by nephew, Michael McCollum, and by several nieces and nephews in other states. A memorial service is TBA, and will be held at the home of David Metz in March. Please contact dmetz25@comcast.net for details. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit: www.danielsfuneral.com Maxine's care entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87109 505-821-0010
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MOORE -- ROXIE ANN Left us on February 13, 2012, just one month before her 96th birthday. Roxie was born March 15, 1916 in Neabsco, Prince William County, Virginia. One of the eighteen children born to Lillian "Ada Dell" Owens-Richardson and George Robert Robinson, she was the last surviving child. Roxie attended the only school (which had only one-room) for Black children near Occoquan, VA, where she completed the eighth grade. She said, "That was the only school they had for us back then." An old man's child (she was born 3 weeks before her father's 82nd birthday), she was an exceptionally talented person and extremely smart. From the third grade through the rest of her schooling she was used as a teacher for the other children in the school. Her mother used to go about her day singing hymns with little Roxie trailing behind, begging her to teach her the words to the songs she would sing. At a young age, her father sent off for a piano for her. She was given a few lessons but mostly taught herself, playing by-ear. After a while, the family moved to Washington, DC, where she stayed until she married Daniel Bond of Windsor, NC in 1934. They set up residence in Baltimore, MD, on Stricker St., and in 1937 they were blessed with a daughter, Sheila D. (Bond) Hawthorne. She and Dan separated in 1942, and in March of 1953 she married Roosevelt Moore of Spartanburg, SC, in Washington, DC. They left Baltimore and moved to Philadelphia following Roosevelt's cousin, Ira Tucker, who was a singer with a little gospel quartet, The Dixie Hummingbirds. This was so that Roosevelt could work promoting the group. In 1954 they were blessed with another daughter, Robin A. (Moore) Cooper Cox, and for a number of years they ran the Peedie Lou Record Shop located on Dauphin St. in N. Philadelphia. However, after 1958, she and Roosevelt separated and things became rather hectic as she moved between Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, and back to Philadelphia. During that period she started working for the U.S. Postal Service and bought a house on Walnut St. in Phila. After 22 years of being apart she and Roosevelt reunited in 1980. She retired from the Postal Service and they moved back to Baltimore. While in her 80's, she went to work for the Shaw Bus Co., where she rode school buses as a bus monitor. She and Roosevelt were together until he died in 2001. Since then, Roxie has led what she called a "bi-coastal life, with only one coast." She would split her time between her daughters Sheila in Pikesville, MD, and Robin and son-in-law Errol in Tijeras, NM. From the age of sixteen, Roxie was involved with the Church. She was one of the original workers during the start-up of the Pentecostal Church of God in Christ under Bishop C. H. Mason. She could really sing and play the piano, so she was often asked to work the church circuit, going between Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, the Carolinas, and Pennsylvania. It didn't take long before she became a licensed evangelist, and whatever else she may have done in life, this is what she considered her Life's Calling. Even though, for a short while, she left the church. She and her best friend, Sister Rosetta Tharpe moved to New York City. By this time Rosetta and her guitar were becoming famous. It didn't take long for Roxie to be noticed. Being surrounded by show business people, she got to know, perform with and/or befriend many such as Red Foxx, Sarah Vaughn, Diana Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, "Hot Lips" Paige, Billy Eckstein, Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and the list goes on. And then the same with ever so many more in the Gospel world as she found her way back to the church. She knew just about all of the Gospel groups and singers of her day. She first tried her hand at writing gospel music in the late 40's/early 50's when Ira told her that The Dixie Hummingbirds were in need of new material and it was suggested that she "try and come up with something." She had been writing ever since. Some of her songs are: "Jesus He Looked On Me", "I'll Keep On Living After I Die", "Will the Lord Be With Me", "When I Found Jesus Christ", "Smooth Sailing", "It Won't Be Long", and "Love Your Fellowman." In 1989 she received the Philadelphia Music Award from the Philadelphia Music Foundation for "Best Songwriter in Gospel Music". Lately she has served as an information source for documentaries and books about Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Dixie Hummingbirds, other music greats, and on the formation of The Church of God In Christ. Roxie loved this nation and was very politically active. She had an on-going correspondence with many government officials; beginning with the Eisenhower administration. As a Bible scholar, she knew scripture and had a very developed knowledge of right, wrong, good and bad. She served as a constant reminder of what was right and what was wrong according to God's word. Not long ago, Sen. Ted Kennedy sent for her to attend a reception held in the Baltimore area. As he walked in the door, he was heard to call out, "Where's Roxie?" She was very active, in every sense, until the moment the Lord took her home. Since her father died in 1942 at the age of 108, everyone expected her to go on forever. She's left her daughters, Robin and Sheila; her son-in-law Errol; six grandchildren, William Hawthorne, Burshia McCoy, Shedana Patterson, Jennifer Cooper, Dr. Anthony Cooper, and Jonathan Cooper; 20 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren; a multitude of much loved nieces and nephews, and another multitude of much loved people she adopted along the way as her children, to mourn this tremendous loss. There will be a public viewing 24 Feb, 2012 at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Rd., Randallstown, MD 21133, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. A funeral service is scheduled for 25 Feb, 2012 at the Blessed Trinity Church of Deliverance, 4535 Old Court Rd., Pikesville, MD 21208, at 10:30 am. Interment will be at the Delaney Valley Cemetery, 200 E. Padonia Rd., Timonium, MD.
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REUPERT -- THOMAS LEE (TOM) Entered eternal life unexpectedly on February 19, 2012, at the age of 54. Loving brother of Fred (Teresa) Reupert and Lynn (Donald) Parr. Proud uncle of Leah, Dana, and Jenna Parr. Preceded in death by his beloved parents Fred and Betty Reupert. Also survived by other relatives and friends. Services to be determined at a later date.
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RUDOW -- HENRY J. (HANK) Henry J. "Hank" Rudow, Major USAF, Res. Ret. passed away on February 19, 2012. He had been a resident of Albuquerque since 1961. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry W. and Cleo M. Rudow of Maumee, OH, and his son, Hank W. II of Albuquerque. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Louise; step-daughter, Lynne Taylor and husband, Lou of Wichita, KS; step-grandson, Shawn Taylor and wife, Lynn of Hayden, ID; cousins, Betty Neitzel of Bethesda, MD, George Langenderfer and wife, Sally of Cincinnati, OH, and JoAnn Mooney and husband, Frank of Lake Havasu City, AZ. Hank, as he was known, was born in Toledo, OH on November 19, 1921 and attended the University of Toledo. He was hired by AT&T in August of 1941 and enlisted in the Army Air Force as an Aviation Cadet in August, 1942. After flight training, he was assigned as a B-17 Pilot with the 398th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force stationed at Nuthampstead, England. He flew 34 combat missions over Europe and was hit by flak on the 34th and landed at Duffel, Belgium. After service in WWII he resumed his career with AT&T working in Chicago, San Francisco, and Albuquerque and retired in February of 1984 with over 42 years of service. He was a Past Commander of Park Forest, IL American Legion Post 1198, Past President of the New Mexico Chapter of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, Past Exalted Ruler of B.P.O.E. #461, a PDD and Past State Elks Trustee. He was also a longtime Chairman of #461's Veterans Service Committee. Friends may visit French - Wyoming Chapel Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Services will be held at the Gate of Heaven Mausoleum Chapel, 7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE, on Friday, February 24, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515 or the National Kidney Foundation, 3167 San Mateo Blvd. NE #162, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Please visit our online guestbook for Hank at: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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STARKEY -- HELEN L. Helen was born July 22, 1932 in Albuquerque, NM and passed away February 19, 2012 in Lubbock, Texas. She is survived by sisters, Bertha Huff of Las Cruces, NM and Ina Dean Burnside of Lubbock, TX; sons, Lell Starkey and wife, Debbie of Lubbock, TX, David Starkey and wife, Peggy of Leon, KS and daughter, Nancy Lee and husband, Andrew of Anchorage, AK; three granddaughters, Crisanne Thompson and husband, Tim, Michelle Lawson and husband, Johnny and Tamara Starkey; one grandson, Daniel Starkey and wife Jennifer; two great-grandsons, Addison and Ian; two great-granddaughters, Elizabeth and Kathrine; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Barbara Starkey and Bill and Eleanor Starkey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Starkey; parents, Lell L. and Vera Burnside, and one son, Gary Starkey. She is also survived by many wonderful friends who have enriched not only her life but the lives of the entire Starkey family. Helen served as a secretary in the Albuquerque School Systems before retiring to the Cuba, NM area where she and Richard enjoyed years of mountain living. Helen also served as a Hospice volunteer serving at a local retirement center memory (Alzheimer) care unit where she loved to sing and pass out hugs. She had a love for music and began singing in her teens on a local gospel radio program continuing to share her love for Christ in her local church and retirement home up to her death. She will be remembered and missed by family many lifelong friends. Celebration services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2012 at French - University location. The family will receive friends between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to: South Park Baptist Church, 2201 82nd St., Lubbock, Texas, 79423. Please visit our online guest book for Helen at: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333
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STILGEBOUER -- SALLY A longtime resident of Rio Rancho, passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) on February 3, 2012 at the age of 67. She was a member or Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church, serving at one time as an elder and in various other capacities. She set a good example for those who knew her by praying and meditating on the Bible each morning from 6:00 to 7:00. She also served her community through Welcome Wagon, the Rio Grande Nature Center, various community orchestras and was an avid supporter of A Peaceful Habitation, transistional housing for women who have been released from prison. They are helped in their Christian growth and in searching for jobs where they can become self-supporting. Prior to her move to Rio Rancho in 1994, Sally was a social worker for the County of Santa Clara, State of California. She had received her Bachelor's Degree from Brigham Young University. Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence Rawson and Louise Duncan Rawson. She leaves behind Larry Stilgebouer, her husband of 22 years: three children and their spouses; and seven grandchildren. Sally also counted as her family Larry's son and wife, Larry's daughter, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Rio Rancho Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Sally can be made to A Peaceful Habitation, Attn: Leticia Chavez-Paulette P.O. Box 50326 Albuquerque NM 87181 OR to Menaul School Atth: Troy Williamson 301 Menaul Blvd NE Albuquerque NM 87107.
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STUART -- LENA IMOGENE (GENIE) Age 79, made a peaceful transition at her home on Friday, February 17, 2012. She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Stuart and Roberta Wilson; son, Franklin E. Wilson; grandchildren, Julie Wilson, Frank S. Wilson, Michelle Wilson, Tim Stuart and Brandon Chapman; and great-grandson, Frankie Wilson. Services will be held at The Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2012. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, memorial donations may be made to People Living Through Cancer, 3411 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107, or online at www.pltc.org or Cancer Services of NM, P.O. Box 51735, Albuquerque, NM 87181, or online at: www.CancerServicesNM.org. Please visit our online guestbook for Genie at: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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TABET -- BETTY LOU Age 76, a long time resident of Belen, NM passed away at her home on Sunday, February 19, 2012. Betty was preceded in death by her father, James T. Hadaway; mother, Laura Alice (Moody) Hadaway; father-in-law, Joe Tabet; sisters, Margaret Patterson and Charlene Sparks; brothers, Robert E. "Bob" Hadaway and James T. "Jake" Hadaway; brother-in-law, James Thad Patterson; son, Chris Tabet; granddaughter, Cayla Tabet and great-granddaughter, Trinity Sloan. Betty is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Herman Tabet; mother-in-law, Lily Tabet; children, James "Jim" Sloan, Larry Tabet, Debbie Tabet and Jay Tabet; eight grandchildren, Laura Sloan, Jimmy Sloan, Edward Cubero, Clinton Tabet, Craig Tabet, Jason Sloan, Chelsea Tabet-Alasmar and Barbara Alissa Akin; and seven great-grandchildren, Brandon Saul, Jacob Saul, Michael Vallejos, Bryanna Vallejos, Emma Sloan, Reaghen Kerlee and Haylee Sloan. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Thursday, February 23, beginning with a viewing at 9:00 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Leroy Vallejos, Michael Sanchez, Lex Patterson, Gene Chavez, David Sparks and Robert Sparks. Honorary Pallbearers will be Josh Sanchez, Danell Griego, A.J. Smith, Elia Sanchez, Regina Sanchez, Lydia Montano and Georgia Kirkham. Our family would like to give a special thank you to Elia and Dr. Roland Sanchez and family. Sign Betty's online register book at: www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
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TRUJILLO -- DELFIDO RUDY Born March 29, 1943 in San Jose, NM. Went home to his Lord February 16, 2012. Del is survived by Marie Martinez, his companion of 20 years. Also by his ex-wife Flora Trujillo; his four sons Jesse, Joe, Gerald "Tiny" and Marvin Trujillo. Also by Marie's children Lorrie, Monica and Joe. Del has 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers David, Margarito, Blas, Ben and Leo and sisters Gloria and Josie. Del was preceded in death by his parents Jose Eliseo and Anita Vigil Trujillo; brothers Damacio and Gilbert Trujillo; and his son Michael Lovato. Del had a smiling spirit and always shared it with everyone. Viewing and Rosary on Thursday, 2-23-12 at 8:00 am. at Holy Family Parish at 562 Atrisco SW. Funeral Mass on Friday 2-24-12 at 10:00 am at San Miguel Parish in San Miguel, NM. Burial will be at his home village of San Jose, NM.
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WAGNER -- DONALD EUGENE Age 81, Albuquerque since 1963, passed on to a better life on February 13th, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Corinne of the family home; children, Michael Wagner, and wife Christy of Monrovia, CA, Jeffrey Wagner and wife, Ruth of Alpharetta, GA, Tim Wagner and wife Sandi, of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Michael Jr. and wife, Shelley of Marysville, WA, Jamie Wagner of Tacoma, WA , Alexandra Wagner of Monrovia, CA, Zachary Wagner of Saco, ME, Cynthia Wagner of Alpharetta, GA, and Aiden Wagner of Albuquerque; two sisters, Rose Lucke and husband, Wayne of Palmyra, MO, Reba Hoehne and husband, Darrell Hoehne of Palmyra, MO; also many nieces and nephews and friends. Mr. Wagner was preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude Crook, father, Edward Wagner, brother Luther Wagner. He was a Korean War Vet serving aboard the USS New Jersey and also was a life member of the American Legion and the Elks. He was a member of Sombra Del Monte Christian Church, serving as Elder, Deacon, and was the Sound Technician for SDMCC. He was an avid bowler and won many honors and was inducted into the Central New Mexico Bowling Hall of Fame in 2010. He attended schools in Missouri and Electronic School in the U.S. Navy. Viewing will be at French Mortuary at 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 87111 on Thursday, Feb. 23rd, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. There will be a private burial in Santa Fe at the National Cemetery. A Memorial Service at Sombra Del Monte Christian Church at 2525 Vermont St. NE with Rev. Litton Logan officiating on Sat. the 25th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception following. Honorary Pallbearers will be Donald MacKenzie, Frank Krek, Bob Bailey, Don Sauer, Fred Shoemaker, Kent Maxwell, Floyd Braaten, Jim Trotter, Stan Silva, Tom Mueller, Steve Coleman and Leon Parrish. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Sombra Del Monte Christian Church, 2525 Vermont St. NE, Albuquerque NM 87110 or the charity of their choice. Please visit our online guestbook for Donald E Wagner at www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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WYCHE -- WALTER D. Age 77, a resident of Albuquerque, passed peacefully on Thursday, February 16, 2012. He is survived by his daughter, Donna McCormick and husband, Thomas Maier of Rio Rancho, NM and daughter, Sandra Wyche-Mayer and husband, Kevin Mayer of Bernalillo, NM; grandchildren, Caitlyn, Grant, Taylor and Kayla; brother, Stan Wyche and wife, Barbie; and many other family and friends. Walter was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Gracie; father, Jewell Wyche; and mother, Effie Lora Wyche. Walter was a veteran of the USAF and a long-time member of Paradise Hills United Methodist Church. RWB Walter Wyche was a long-time member of Sandia Mountain Lodge #72, serving as Secretary of Lodge, Master of Lodge, as well as Deputy District Grand Master of the Sixth Masonic District of the Grand Jurisdiction of NM. He was also a member of the York Rite. He retired after more than 25 years of service with IBM. He was a loving and devoted dad and grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm at Paradise Hills United Methodist Church, 4700 Paradise Blvd. NW. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Roadrunner Food Bank 5840 Office Blvd NE 87109 or to the Animal Humane Society of NM, 615 Virginia St. SE 87108. Please visit our online guest book for Walter at: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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