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NEWSOM -- Helen Newsom, The family would like to thank all of their relatives and friends who were in attendance of the Rosary and Memorial Services. They would also like to express their gratitude for all the love, care and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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OLIVEIRA -- The family of Richard Oliveira thanks their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be gratefully remembered and deeply appreciated. A special thanks goes to Father Ark for a beautiful and touching service, Deacon Alex Trujillo for his Irish wake and to those who provided the beautiful music. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. 275-3500
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OLIVER -- Richard Earl Oliver. Please excuse the lateness of this but we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the family, friends, neighbors and peers of Rich for their help, compassionate words, thoughts and prayers in our time of sorrow. Your cards, flowers, food and refreshments were a great source of comfort when we needed them most. We would especially like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their thoughtfulness and support during our sudden loss of Rich: Manzano High School Football Team, Coaches and Parents; MHS Faculty and Students; MHS Spirit Squad; Chief Gilbert Gallegos; APD Traffic Unit, Tactical Unit and Field Services; APD Honor Guard; State Police Traffic Unit; Bernalillo County Sheriff's Dept. Traffic Unit; Rio Rancho Police Traffic Unit; Albuquerque Isotopes Team and Staff; Capo's Italian Restaurant; Dee's Cheesecake Factory; Dona Pepa's Restaurant; Ortega's Restaurant; Alex and Yvonne Abeyta and Family; Mid Town Rentals; Portraits by LaDonna; Timeless Images; Albuq. Police Officer's Assoc.; Fraternal Order of Police; Blue Rose Photography; NM Nat'l Guard 720th Transportation Unit; Harold Hamilton and the staff from French's Mortuary; Larry Castillo from Sunset Memorial; Bro. Larry Miller from Eastern Hills Baptist Church; Bro. Bill Ratliff and Cheryl Vaughn. Our special thanks to Coach Aaron Ocampo, Mike Holly and Stephanie Bogle who spoke with grace and humor in honor of Rich. Their words will remain etched in our memories. We would also like to thank all of you who donated to the Richard Oliver Memorial Fund. Your generosity will help us to establish a scholarship fund in Rich's name at Manzano High School. Please accept our apology if we neglected to mention your name, but we will never forget your kindness or your thoughtfulness that you have blessed us with. Rich had a life full of love, laughter and the attitude to never give up. He has taken a part of all of you with him in his heart. Take his smile with you and always remember #55. The Richard Earl Oliver Family.
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PAXTON -- Hugh C. Paxton passed away in Albuquerque on December 25, 2003. Born on April 29, 1909 in Los Angeles, California to Charles and Grace Dorn Paxton, Hugh enjoyed a life filled with many diverse experiences. His interests ranged from his work with colleagues in the field of nuclear physics to bird watching excursions with friends, observing wildlife, writing, photography, and treasured reunions with his brothers and sister and their extended families. Growing up in California, Hugh graduated from Inglewood High School in 1924, was awarded an A.B. degree from UCLA in 1930, and in 1937 earned his doctorate at UC Berkeley under Professor E.O. Lawrence. He married his sweetheart, Jean Nellis Thomson, soon after. Hugh's early work in nuclear physics included cyclotron technology at the College of France in Paris and Columbia University. Following were jobs involving wartime support in New York, Oak Ridge and Philadelphia. In 1948 he accepted a position as leader of the critical assemblies group at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, where he worked until his retirement in 1976. His responsibilities involved development of peaceful uses of nuclear energy and nuclear reactor safety standards. Hugh is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean; son Alan and wife Merideth; daughter, Susan and husband Joseph Gomez; granddaughter Jennifer and husband Gustav Verhulsdonck; granddaughter Carrie; brother Donald D. and wife Pat; brother Norman L.; sister Grace and husband Alfred L.(Les) Whear; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Hugh was preceded in death by his brother Charles N. and by sisters-in-law Anna and Dorothy. A memorial service has been held by the immediate family, and cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions may be made to the Academic Scholarship Program; American Nuclear Society; 555 North Kensington Ave.; LeGrande Park, IL 60526. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd, NE 843-6333
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PEADEN -- Mary E. Peaden, 89, a 15- year resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, December 26, 2003. She is survived by her husband, Leslie B. Peaden of Albuquerque; daughters, Judy Vik and Phyllis Copeman, both of Billings, MT and Norma Paranteau of Poway, CA; sons, Cal Paranteau of Kerrville, TX and Bob Peaden of Dayton, OH; and daughter, Gladys Brockway of Albuquerque; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Peaden was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada. She lived in several states. She was a homemaker, but loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, traveling, reading, and gardening. Cremation has taken place and private memorial services will follow. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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RITZ -- Nina Jean Ritz, age 79, a resident of Albuquerque passed away Saturday, December 20, 2003. Comfortable in heaven, the life of Nina Jean Ritz will be celebrated during a rosary at French Mortuary, 1111 University NE, on Sunday, December 28, 2003, at 4:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church, 3828 4th NW, on Monday, December 29, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. Those who came in contact with Nina were blessed by her easy laugh and radiant heart. Nina was preceded in death by her husband, Michael, and her brother, Robert Copp. Nina is survived by her sisters, Fern Rice of Colorado and Leola O'Hara of California; and her brother Hedrick (Ace) Copp of California. Nina's sense of humor and love of life will live on through her two children: son Michael of Redmond, WA, and daughter Michele, of Alamogordo, NM; five grandchildren: Roxanne, Michael, Jennifer, Melissa, and Brian; and three great-grandchildren: Raquel, Jerrilynn, and Christian. Remembrances to Nina are encouraged through contributions to your local Senior Support Services. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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ROBERSON -- Cecil T. "Robby" Roberson, aged 90, died in his sleep on December 9, 2003 at the Loving Light Center shelter care home in Rio Rancho, NM. His wife Lucy preceded him in death a mere 100 days earlier. They had been married 64 years. Cecil was born and raised on a farm in northern Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Civil Engineering. The Robersons moved to Albuquerque in 1951 when he went to work for the U.S. Corps of Engineers. When he retired in the early 1970's they moved to Rio Rancho. They were actively involved in several area churches including Sombra Del Monte Christian Church, Harwood United Methodist Church, and St. Paul's United Church of Christ. He was a member of the Rio Rancho Host Lions Club and was a Mason for many years. Cecil is survived by his daughter, Lynn Stelzer and her husband Milt; granddaughter Lisa May and husband Greg; and one beloved great-granddaughter, Allison May. Private services were held and interment was at Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho. It has been suggested that memorial contributions be made to your local library for the purchase of Large-print books. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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RYAN -- William "Bill" Ryan, 54, a long time resident of Albuquerque, died Wednesday, December 24, 2003, following a lengthy illness. He is survived by brothers, Tom and Rob Ryan both of Phoenix, AZ; nieces, Chelsea and Kirsten Ryan, both of Phoenix, AZ; and numerous other relatives. Bill was preceded in death by parents, John and Bette Ryan. Bill was a 1967 graduate of Sandia High School and a 1973 graduate of UNM. He loved all sports especially horse racing. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held in Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Catholic Charities Attn: Children's Fund, 1410 Coal Ave. SW, 87104. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd, NE 843-6333
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SAAVEDRA -- Damian Saavedra passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2003. He is preceded in death by his son, John James Saavedra. Damian is survived by his wife, Annebelle Sprunk Saavedra; sons, Rudy Saavedra, Michael Saavedra, and Damian Saavedra Gomez; daughter, Margaret Carter; one sister and one brother; and his grandchildren. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th NW ABQ, NM 87107, 343-8008.
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STEVENS -- Clarice Irene Stevens, 90, a resident of Olathe, Kansas, and formerly of Albuquerque, passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2003. Clarice was born May 24, 1913 the daughter of James Alpheos and Lydia Drawz Pettit in Browerville, Minnesota. She had lived in Albuquerque from 1953 until 1998. Clarice was a member of University Heights United Methodist Church. She was active as the teacher of the Keystone Sunday School class for almost 30 years. Clarice was involved in the church music program and was the church historian. She and her husband also volunteered at The Storehouse. She was a registered nurse and retired from Lovelace Clinic. When she moved to Kansas, Clarice attended the United Methodist Church in DeSoto. Clarice was preceded in death by her husband Elvin Lawrence Stevens in 1999. She is survived by two daughters, Lydia Rodgers and husband Jim of Olathe, KS, and Kathie Goodrich and husband Sam of Simsbury, CT.; three grandchildren, Kim Glasgow, Sami Hobbs, and Brian Rodgers; and nine great-grandchildren. The Service for Clarice will be on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 1:30 PM at the University Heights United Methodist Church, 2210 Silver Ave. SE, Albuquerque, with Rev. Craig Mull officiating. Pallbearers will be: Tim Glasgow, Kevin Goodrich, Tony Goodrich, Kevin Hobbs, Marvin Martinez and Michael Martinez. It has been suggested that memorial contributions be made in Clarice name to Catholic Charities Hospice, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, KS 66102 or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 710 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032. Entombment will follow in the Patriots Mausoleum in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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