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TOPE, CAROLYN STAGG born April 17, 1927, died on June 30, 2013. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Dwight. She is survived by her sons Rock and wife Deborah of Albuquerque; Chris and wife Dolores of Colorado Springs and their son and daughter Michael and Susan. She is also survived by her sister Marcia Cantrell and niece Carol Cantrell, both of whom provided so much continual love and care as her health declined. She attended Immanuel Presbyterian Church; was a charter member of Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild and Escribiente; also belonged to the Albuquerque Handweavers Guild, and played golf at the Albuquerque Country Club for many years. In later years Carolyn took up the folk harp and quilting. The family wishes to thank Carolyn's primary physician Dr Christopher Merchant for all the care and attention he gave and for telling Mom she could eat all the chocolate she wanted. We also thank another of Mom's doctors, Dr Sara Mills, for her additional medical care, friendship and cinnamon roll loaves. Much appreciation is also expressed to her dear friends Pat Wimer and Rose Holte for the food and friendship they provided. And the family also thanks CeCe who led the excellent home health care team during Mom's final weeks. Carolyn will be cremated and no service will be held, per her wishes. If desired, contributions may be made to the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, or to the charitable organization of one's choice. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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TORRES, MARY G. age 86, a resident of Albuquerque, born March 24, 1927, passed away on July 5, 2013. Mrs. Torres is survived by her children, Catherine Leyba and husband, Ernest; Josie Lovato and husband, Eugene, Rick Torres, Judy Feldman and husband, Marty, Debra Torres and partner, Adele, Helen Garcia and husband, Jerry; fourteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sisters in law, Stella Torres, Clara Torres; loving friends, Crusita Mora, Patricia Fairchild, Liz Vigil, Jimmy Bryant, Viola Montoya, Fr. Manuel Mendez; many other extended family members. Mrs. Torres was preceded in death by her husband, Andres L. Torres; son, Andy Torres Jr.; parents, Natividad and Catalina Garcia; son in law, Bob Devore. Mrs. Torres was a member of the Catholic Church, Missionary of Mercy Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, Legion of Mary, Sacred Heart League, Eucharistic Adorer, Prayer Warrior and a Eucharistic Minister. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. by the Legion of Mary at St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church, 5901 St. Joseph Pl. NW. Final visitation will be on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Committal Service will be Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11:15 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Mora, Jimmy Bryant, Amadeo Gallegos, David Lovato, Adam Alvarez and Mike Vigil. "To my wonderful son-in-law and caregiver, Gene Lovato, thank you. La Gorda." In lieu of flowers the family requests donation be made to A.P. S. Foundation, Duranes Micro Society, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, 87109. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guest book. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW (505) 243-7861
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VICKERS, CONNIE JEAN passed away peacefully June 22, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home after a brave six-year battle with cancer. She was preceded in death recently by her father Loren Clair Armstrong and mother Grace Armstrong, and by her husband Mark Vickers. She is survived by her sons Benjamin and Michael Vickers; daughter Kristin Hebert; son-in-law Brandon Hebert; and precious granddaughter Lily Claire Hebert, with another grandbaby Remy Hebert on the way; her sister Kathryn Sutherlen; and nieces Rachel Bombardier and Jennifer Vega, and their families. Connie Jean Vickers (ne Armstrong) was born in Beatrice, Nebraska on Feb. 4, 1948. She attended school in Beatrice and in Albuquerque before attending the University of New Mexico, where she earned a Bachelor of Education degree in 1970. She began her teaching career in Clovis at Bella Vista Elem., and taught in Albuquerque at Bandelier Elementary (which she also attended as a girl). Her favorite teaching position was at Monterrey Elementary School in Roswell, where she taught first grade from 1996 to 2010. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and continued teaching while enduring harsh chemotherapy treatments. Connie wished to thank the staff of Kymera Cancer Center, especially Dr. Edgard Badine and the chemotherapy lab nurses Phil, Debra, Carrie, and Aleta; and Jennifer, the receptionist. She also wished to thank the staff of the University of New Mexico Cancer Center and the nurses and nurse techs from Gentiva Hospice. At Connie's request, no formal memorial service will be held. Connie's greatest joy was teaching first graders to read, and, instead of flowers, she asks that donations be made to the Roswell Literacy Council. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online registry book at andersonbethany.com. Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.
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WALSTON, MARY MARONEY March 29, 1942 - June 3, 2013 Mary Walston, age 71, passed away on June 3rd after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer and the day after her 49th wedding anniversary. Born in Summit, NJ, she was the daughter of Dr. James H. Maroney and Mary F. Maroney. Mary attended high school in Summit, NJ, graduated with a degree in psychology from Colorado College and completed a teaching credential from U.C. Berkeley. She taught grade school in CA and in Albuquerque, was active in parent teacher associations where she helped organize numerous school science fairs. She would go on to a 25 year career teaching figure skating and ice dance in Albuquerque. Beyond skating, she enjoyed sailing, skiing and quilting. She is survived by her husband Robert; son Sean; daughter Sharon; and granddaughter Elizabeth. The family wishes to thank all of her caregivers and especially the New Mexico Cancer Center and Presbyterian Hospice. A memorial and reception are being planned for mid September. Date and time will be announced.
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WOOD, NORMA LEE Norma Lee Wood, 83 of Fort Sumner passed away June 28th following an illness. She was born October 18, 1929 in Taiban, NM to the home of Sam N. Martin and the former Hazel Isabell Hall. She worked as bookkeeper, and along with her husband owned and operated Fort Sumner Auto Company for many years. Norma Lee married Floyd Earl "Flea" Wood on June 30, 1951 in Fort Sumner. Survivors include two brothers Herbert Martin of Lubbock, Texas and George Martin of Estancia, NM. Funeral services 10:00 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013, Chavez Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Sumner, NM. Burial will follow at Fort Sumner Cemetery, Anna Teeter will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, 830 N. Fifth Street, Fort Sumner, New Mexico. (575) 355-2311. To place an online tribute or sign the guest book, please visit www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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ANAYA-REHBERG, MAGDALENA Passed away July 5 at her beloved "Mi Tierra Encantada" in the Zuni Mountains. Magdalena was preceded in death by Magdalena and Felipe Chavez, Espiridiona and Santiago Anaya, Paulita Saavedra, and Angelina Ruiz. She is survived by her husband Daniel; daughters Amy and Katie Rehberg; son Charles Rehberg and wife Jennifer Lomeli; grandson Benjamin; siblings Josecito Chavez and wife Terry, Candelaria Trujillo and husband Joe, Elosia Padilla and husband Candelario, Sofia Anaya and husband Joe Sanchez; numerous great-great nieces and nephews and many, many friends. She received her Bachelors Degree from UNM, volunteered for "The Relay for Life" yearly, attended Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Albuquerque and San Lorenzo Mission in Ramah. A Rosary will be recited on Monday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (Fourth and Alameda). Mass will be held on Tuesday, July 9 at 9:00 a.m. at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary, 1900 Edith Blvd. NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Magdalena at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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DUKE, LOIS A. Lois ascended to Heaven Friday, July 5, 2013 with her family by her side. Lois is survived by her children, Jerald (Nancy) Duke, Charlotte Erhardt and Darla (Doug) Livingston; 8 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren, and one brother. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, 10 siblings, her husband Joseph Beecher Duke, and one granddaughter. Lois was an exceptional wife, mother, homemaker and friend. Lois was a wonderful example of the Christian faith and will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Heights First Church of the Nazarene, 8401 Paseo del Norte NE, Albuquerque. Friends may visit beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Lois will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Lois at www.frenchfunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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HARRIS, FREDA CHAMPION Freda Champion Harris, age 93, of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away on July 5, 2013. She was the daughter of Teresa (McBride) and Arthur B. Champion, born on May 18, 1920, in Raton, New Mexico. She graduated from Raton High School in 1937. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from UNM. In 1941, she graduated from UNM and worked in the UNM Business Office for 5 years. In 1943 she married Joe D. Harris. After raising her family, she taught language arts at John Adams and Garfield Middle Schools, retiring in 1982. She was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students. When she retired, she traveled to all fifty states and over twenty countries, played in numerous bridge clubs, volunteered in various community groups, and tutored children in reading. Freda loved to have picnics in the mountains as well as support the Lady Lobos. She was an active member of Central United Methodist Church, Albuquerque Association of Retired Educators, New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees, Mortar Board Alumni, and P.E.O., Chapter X. She was a loving person with a strong faith, who enriched the lives of all those around her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Teresa and Arthur Champion; her husband, Joe D. Harris, her sister and brother-in-law, Kay and Dr. L.D. Barbour of Roswell, and her stepson, Jerry Harris. She is survived by her son, Jeff Harris and his wife, Aletha, of Houston, Texas; daughters Diane Galbraith and her husband, Bob Galbraith; and Debbie Barnett and her husband Rich Barnett. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Aletha B. Harris, Houston, Texas; Dr. Thomas J. Harris and wife, Stephanie, Waco, Texas; Tyler Barnett and wife, Alice, Odessa, Texas; Krista Barnett, Albuquerque; and three great granddaughters. She was truly an extraordinary person who will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Because Freda was committed to public education, the family requests that memorials be made to the Lena Clauve/Mortar Board Scholarship, UNM Foundation, 700 Lomas Blvd. NE, 2 Woodward Center, Albuquerque, NM 87102. A memorial service will be held on July 13, 2013 at 2:00 at Central United Methodist Church. Please visit our online guestbook for Freda at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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HENNINGS, FRANCIS (Oct. 4, 1935-July 5, 2013) We remember and honor a warm, compassionate, generous son, brother, and friend. A hard-working companion to his brother at Hennings Homes. A talented, multi-faceted artist. This kind man will be lovingly missed. In honor of his wishes, there are no services. Survived by brother Edward Hennings, and brother Charles Hennings and wife, Christine. At this time, the family thanks his numerous caregivers at the Montebello on Academy for their warmth and care. A thank you to Presbyterian Hospice for their short, but most comforting care in his final hours.
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IVEY, ROBERT DEWITT Born October 8, 1923, in Plant City, FL, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died peacefully on June 23, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Vivian Porter Ivey; daughters Susan Ivey and husband Dean Reynolds, Vivian Jones and husband Greg; step-daughters Valerie Harvey and husband Bill, Jeri Muller and husband Roger, and Laura Mascarenas; fourteen grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Bettye Spearman Ivey. Ivey received his Bachelor's degree in biology and English and his Master's degree in mammalogy from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. He married Bettye in 1945, and in 1947 the couple settled in Albuquerque, NM, where they started their family. There Ivey began a teaching career that would span over 40 years. He taught biology at UNM and Albuquerque High before settling at Sandia High. His early interests were primarily in mammalogy. He was published twice in The Journal of Mammalogy (Nov 1957 and Nov 1959), one of which was a study on the mammals of Bernalillo County the result of ten years of research and the trapping of 6000 animals. In later years, his focus transitioned to botany, specifically the native plants of NM. In the early 80s, as a single man again, Ivey found and married his soul mate, Vivian Porter Ivey, who shared his interest in botany. Together, they explored every corner of New Mexico, researching and collecting plants and going on field trips with the Native Plant Society of NM and other nature groups. Over the years, Ivey documented and sketched detailed illustrations of more than 1800 plants. In 1983, he published the first edition of The Flowering Plants of New Mexico, and during the next 25 years, 4 more editions were published. In 2003, he was recognized by Former Governor Bill Richardson for his decades of contributions to the natural history of the state. He also authored and illustrated (all or in part) 16 other botany books, most notably the Flora Neomexicana III (2012). Ivey's passion for teaching never diminished, and even 20 years after retirement, he continued to give presentations and talks for groups like the Native Plant Society of NM. He was often recognized and greeted by his former students, which number in the many hundreds. It was in the beauty of nature that Ivey felt God's presence the most. He found God's work evidenced more in the walls of the Grand Canyon and in the minute details of the flowers he illustrated than in any other way. Ivey will be remembered for his sense of adventure, his artistic talent, his desire to learn and teach, his love of nature, and for inspiring so many young minds through nature, science and art. A memorial service will be held at Sandia Baptist Church (9429 Constitution Ave NE) on Saturday, July 13, at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Native Plant Society of NM, PO Box 35388, Albuquerque, NM 87176-5388.
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