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BANES -- Elsie Flaws Banes, a native of Albuquerque, born Wednesday, February 1, 1911, passed away Thursday, January 8, 2004. She is survived by her by her two sons, Thomas and Richard Banes; her daughter, Nancy Calahan; grandchildren, Stacey and Brandon Banes, Devin and Kurtis Ferebee; two great-grandchildren, Samantha and Megan Finlayson; nieces, Betty Reed and Norine Shaul; and cousin, Bob Hodgson. Elsie married Wiley Thomas Banes, owner of the Banes Company, on November 26, 1936. They were married 36 years until his death on May 18, 1972. Elsie graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1929 and went to work for an Albuquerque doctor for 13 years. She retired from her job to be home with her family as a full-time homemaker. Never one to be idle, she volunteered many hours to the Presbyterian Hospital, served on the Board of Directors for the All Faiths Receiving Home, and was past-president of the Four Hill Ladies Golf Association. Her last years were devoted to the care of her beloved sister, Edna Lively, who passed away in June, 2003. Private memorial services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the All Faiths Receiving Home, 1709 Moon St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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BRANCH -- Elizabeth Jewel Davis Branch, 84, a resident of Logan, NM, died Thursday, December 25, 2003, in Rio Rancho, NM, after a short illness. Her great-grandchildren, Raymond and Monique, felt it was a great honor that she returned to God on the day that we celebrate the gift of his Son, Jesus. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Franklin Branch, Sr. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth "Beth" Jewel Clark and husband, Ray of Logan, NM; son, George Franklin Branch, Jr. and wife, Nancy of Edgewater, MD; grandchildren, Elizabeth "Bett" J. Clark of Edgewood, NM, Rebecca S. Jee and husband, Adrien "Chuck" of Rio Rancho, NM, and Theresa A. Lannon of Edgewater, MD; great-grandchildren, Raymond and Monique Jee of Rio Rancho, NM and Christina and Michelle Lannon of Edgewater, MD. Cremation has already taken place. Pastor Jeannie Williams will lead a "Celebration of Life" at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2004, at the Logan United Methodist Church in Logan, New Mexico. Another "Celebration of Life" service will take place on August 2, 2004, in Wilmington, North Carolina. Memorial contributions may be made to the Education Fund at The Cottages of Albuquerque, 3921 Juan Tabo Pl. NE, 87112, or to the church or charity of your choice.
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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. Roberta 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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CABRERA -- The family of Mrs. Maria Cabrera would like to thank all their relatives and friends for the kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement, to Father Joe Vigil, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, presider of the Funeral Mass, to Deacon Juan Manuel Cabrera, Deacon Juan Barajas, Deacon Manuel Facio, Deacon Gene Tuma, Deacon Edgar Torres and Deacon Manuel Torinto for reciting the Rosary and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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CASTILLO -- Joe G. Castillo, age 75, beloved husband, brother and uncle was called to our Father's heavenly home, Wednesday, January 7, 2004. Joe was born in Cuba, NM and was a resident of Bernalillo. He enjoyed gardening, and wording on cross word puzzles. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Helen P. Castillo of the family home; two sisters, Tomasita Lyon and husband Harold, Amantina Lucero; two brothers, Sisto Castillo, and Fermin Castillo and wife Leonor; special nieces and nephews, Frances Santillanes and husband Herman, Joe Lucero and wife Rosemary, Michael Castillo, and Danny Castillo. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Chris Perea and wife Jane; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitations will be held Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Bernalillo; followed by the reciting of the rosary at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. also at the church. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Joe Lucero, Lawrence Castillo, Joseph Lucero, Chris Lucero, Raymundo Lucero, and Danny Castillo. Honorary bearers will be Michael Castillo and David Lucero. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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CLIFCORN -- Helen V. Clifcorn, 84, was born on Friday, January 24, 1919 in Madison, WI and died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 8, 2004. She is survived by son, Michael Clifcorn, Sr. and wife, Linda of Corrales, NM: daughter, Michelle Younger and husband, Art; daughter, Judy Kruse and husband, Lyle all of Albuquerque, NM; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-granddaughters; three sisters; and her beloved dog, Kiara. Helen was preceded in death by husband, Richard and son, James. Helen was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and touched the lives of many people. She will always live in our hearts. Rosary will be recited Monday, January 12, 7:00 p.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5310 Claremont NE, with Father Frank Prieto reciting. Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 13, 10:00 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rick Ransopher, Michael A. Clifcorn, Jr., Ryan Tapia and James Younger. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd, NE 843-6333
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FAHR -- Catherine F. Fahr, 82, a resident of New Mexico since 1979, died Thursday, January 8, 2004. She was survived by her son, Robert Fahr of Peralta, NM; daughter, Judith Tully and husband, Bill of New Jersey; grandchildren, Kimy and Jason; four great-grandchildren; sister, Ellen Yeomans of New Jersey. Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Farh, Jr. She was known for her professional seamstress expertise. Catherine was loved and adored by all who knew her. We will miss you always. Cremation has taken place and no services will be held. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd, NE 843-6333
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FINDLEY -- Lois D. Findley, 92, a resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, January 9, 2004. Services will be announced. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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FINK -- Armand In Loving Memory of Armand F. Fink June 26, 1917 - January 14, 2003 We cherish the time that you were with us. We miss you so much. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Our love, "Petie", Tom and Kathy, Jim and Irene
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GARCIA -- The family of Mr. Manuel Jose Garcia Sr. would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Father Gene Gries, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Presider of the Mass, to Martha Herrera for reciting the Rosary and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd SW
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