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BARNUM -- Letha L. Barnum, 77, a native of New Mexico and a resident of Albuquerque since 1954, passed away Thursday, January 1, 2004. She is survived by her husband, John H. Barnum, Jr; son, John R. Barnum and wife, Felicia; daughter, Judy Brumley and husband, Barney; grandchildren, Johnny, Jamie, Patrick, and Danny; brother, Ray L. Carroll; and granddogs, Snuffy and Charlie. Friends and family may visit French Mortuary, Thursday, January 8, 2004, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery following a private service. A Memorial service will be held at Manzano Del Sol Good Samaritan Village, 5201 Roma Ave. NE, in Albuquerque on Saturday, January 10, 2004, at 3:00 p.m. Please enter through the main entrance and sign in at the reception desk. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Letha L. Barnum to the United Way of Central New Mexico, 302 8th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87102, Attn: Peggy Baca, (505) 247-3671. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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BELKA -- Ellen Gill Belka, 90, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on Friday, January 2, 2004. She is survived by her daughters, Sheila B. Robinson and husband, Dr. C.Curtis Robinson of Denver and Lynne B. Bicknell and husband, Wally McCall of Albuquerque; grandchildren, C. Curtis Robinson III, Robyn Robinson and fianc Daryl L. Joseffer, Patrick F. Bicknell and Timothy C. Bicknell. Grandma Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Belka. Ellen was born April 23, 1913 in Tobias, NE. She was a supportive wife to her husband, who for many years was Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albuquerque. Mrs. Belka was a loving mother and a very devoted grandmother. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held Saturday, 10:00 a.m. at St. John's Cathedral, 318 Silver SW. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association of New Mexico, 8100 Mountain Rd. NE, Ste. 102, 87110. The family wishes to express a special thank you to the caregivers at the Cottages of Albuquerque. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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BLACKHURST -- Judge Richard Blackhurst, retired, a resident of Albuquerque since 1951, died Saturday, January 3, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Amanda R. Blackhurst of Albuquerque; children, Frances Toon and husband, Bill of Mesa, AZ, Richard A. Blackhurst of Santa Fe, Honey Griswold and husband, Bill of Rio Rancho, Elizabeth Blackhurst of Albuquerque and Fontaine Gregreson and husband, Max of Park City, UT; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Janet Romney and husband, Keith of Salt Lake City, UT; and brothers, Burt Blackhurst and wife, Viva of Pocatello, ID, Jonathan Blackhurst of Salt Lake City, UT and Steven Blackhurst and wife, Karen of Moreno Valley, CA. He was preceded in death by daughter, Nancy Ann Blackhurst and grandsons, Jonathan Richard Toon and Aaron Alexander Blackhurst. Judge Blackhurst was on the Faculty of the Judicial College, State of New Mexico, lower courts. He was a member of the Evening Optomists, the J.C.'s, and the 20-30 Club. Services will be held Friday, 10:00 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints-Sage Ward, 8130 Sage Rd. SW, with Bishop Jared Larsen officiating. Interment will follow at Sandia Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be William M. Toon II, Geoffrey S. Toon, Jonathan Blackhurst, Steven Blackhurst, Lance M. Campbell and Leonard Morales. Honorary pallbearers will be David M. Toon, Steve Montoya, Jason Bushman and Austin McFall. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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BUSS -- Roberta Buss, nee Hollister, 91, died on January 5, 2004 surrounded by her family. She was a resident of Albuquerque since 1949. Roberta was born in Rockford, IL on September 11, 1912. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Julius (Rick) Buss; daughter, Sandra Thomassen and her husband, Tim; granddaughter, Tamara Wesol and her husband, Daniel and Patricia and Ashley Tucker all of Albuquerque. Roberta attended the University of Chicago in public health and later received a nursing degree from the University of New Mexico. She worked at hospitals and public health agencies in Detroit, Chicago, New York, St. Louis and Gallup. She moved to Albuquerque in 1949 and later took a position as a public health service nurse. She was one of 18 original school nurses to be hired by the Albuquerque Public Schools in the early 1950s and worked throughout APS, including the mountain areas of Chilili, Tijeras and San Antonito. She retired after 25 years of service. Robert was a longtime member of the Albuquerque Bible Students and travelled extensively with her husband to attend bible student meetings and conventions throughout the United States and abroad. She was a dedicated Christian who fought the good fight of faith unto the end. She also was an avid environmentalist who supported the Sierra Club and similar causes. She was a person of strong character and integrity and one of the last of the true ladies. Roberta was respected and loved by many people throughout her life. She will remain close to our hearts forever and will be dearly missed. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2004, 2:00 p.m. at Sunrise Funeral Options, 7601 Wyoming NE. Elder Tom Moore from Laramie, Wyoming will officiate. Contributions in Roberta's name can be sent to the Bible Students Retirement Center, 1801 NE 201 Avenue, Fairview, Oregon 97024.
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CHURCH -- Mable A. Church, 96, a resident of Albuquerque for 40 years, died Wednesday, December 24, 2003. She is survived by her son, Gordon M. Church of Albuquerque; brother, Charles Burson and wife, Louise of Summerton, SC; nieces, Judi Cadwallader and husband, Charles of Northglenn, CO, Margaret Powers Morales and husband, Jacinto of McCalla, AL, and Phyllis Roberts and partner, Jo Bumstead of Lakewood, CO; nephew, Robert H. Burson and wife, Barbara of New Lennox, IL; and other family members. Mrs. Church was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene M. Church. Mable enjoyed life as a homemaker, working occasionally in the public or retail sectors; she was a master at sewing, crochette and cooking, but she took her greatest pride in giving over forty years of service to the educational mission and organizational needs of parliamentary procedure in Albuquerque and in the region of the National Association of Parliamentarians in which she was a Professional Registered Parliamentarian. She had a career of giving courses and workshops, providing consultation to non-profit organizations and serving in all offices of the Albuquerque Parliamentarian Unit, the state association and regional organization utilizing Robert's Rules of Order to provide for the reasonable, logical and fair transaction of business at the organizational level. She was also a member of First United Methodist Church and a variety of civic organizations throughout her life. Memorial services will be held Friday, 10:00 a.m., at First United Methodist Church, 314 Lead SW, with Dr. Terry Anderson and Chaplain Fabian Gagnon officiating. Private interment has taken place. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending contributions to the Albuquerque Parliamentarian Unit Educational Fund, 7708 Spring NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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CIESCO -- Mark Ciesco, born in Torrington, CT on January 7, 1959, passed into the hands of our Lord on December 21, 2003 at his home in Albuquerque. Mark is survived by his parents, Frank and Patricia Ciesco of Albuquerque; four sisters, Wendy Monroe of Lovettsville, VA; Lynn Hall of Kissimmee, FL; Diane Doyle of Albuquerque and Beth Ciesco of Ashville, NC; brother-in-laws, David Monroe, Louie Hall, Bob Doyle and Padraic Keohane; nephews and niece, Logan, Julia and Shea Doyle. Memorial Mass was held on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 85 Highway 344, Edgewood, NM. In lieu of flowers, please send your donations in Mark Ciesco's name to: The Good Shepherd Center, P.O. Box 749, Albuquerque, NM 87103, 505-243-2527. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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DARNELL -- Dorothy I. Heath Darnell, 86, a resident of the Jemez Mountains and Bernalillo since 1931, died Tuesday, January 6, 2004. She is survived by her three sons, Carlton H. Darnell and wife Ruth of Albuquerque, Calvin L. Darnell and wife Frances of Glendale, AZ, and L. Cone Darnell and wife Michelle of Mesa, AZ; three daughters, Verda D. Rinaldi and husband Richard of Salt Lake City, UT, Linda K. Luders and husband Chuck of Rio Rancho, and Connie D. Darnell and husband Bob Luders of Jemez Springs; daughter-in-law, Patricia G. Darnell of Bernalillo; 34 grandchildren; and 65 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Henry J. Darnell, son Charles M. Darnell, eight brothers, and eight sisters. Mrs. Darnell was a member of the Bernalillo Women's Club and a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was famous for her yeast rolls. Services will be held Saturday, January 10, 2004, at 1:00 p.m., at the Bernalillo Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 325 Avenida de Bernalillo, with Bishop Brent Fewox presiding. Her granddaughters will serve as her pallbearers. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit the Relief Society Room of the Bernalillo Ward Chapel, Saturday, January 10, 2004, from 12:00 noon until time of service. Friends may also visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Friday, January 9, 2004, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The family extends its heartfelt thanks for the loving attention and tender care offered to our Mom and Grandma by the superb ICU South Staff of Presbyterian Hospital. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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FIELD -- Bessalee M. Field died January 2, 2004. She was 88 years old. She suffered from a stroke and Alzheimers and was in a nursing home for three years. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 9, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors. Donations may be made to Common Cause of NM, 119 1/ 2 Harvard SE, 87106. Arrangements are under the direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd 884-1188.
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FLANAGAN -- Thelma G. Flanagan, 97, a resident of Albuquerque for 58 years, died on Monday, January 5, 2004. Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Lamkin, of Albuquerque, NM, and Nina Helms, of Cuba, NM; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 9, 2004 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2004, 1:00 pm at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul NE. Arrangements are under the direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd 884-1188
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KENNEY -- Judson Warren Kenney, 74, passed away on January 5, 2004. Judson is survived by his mother, Kathryn Kenney, of Albuquerque, NM; two cousins, Edwin Rohrbach and wife Bonnie of Virginia, and Mary Tobias of New York; and many good friends. Services will take place on Friday, January 9, 2004, at 2:30 p.m., graveside at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave SE 842-8800
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