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GRAVER -- Doris Graver, 88, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past 25 years, passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2003. Doris was born June 30, 1915 the daughter of Arthur and Mary Ann Spicer Moore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Rio Rancho United Methodist Church; Eastern Star; and an honorary member of the Telephone Pioneers. Doris is survived by one son, Howard Roy Achilles; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; loving relatives, James and Martha Ernest and many friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 12,2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho, with Pastor Gregg Armstrong officiating. It has been suggested that memorials be made in Doris name to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 6600 Zuni SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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GRIEGO -- Maria Piedad Griego, born on June 30, 1915, went home to be with her Lord on December 6, 2003, following a short illness. Mrs. Griego, whose heart's desire was to serve others, was an inspiration to all who knew her. A graduate of New Mexico Normal (Highlands University); she taught school in numerous Northern New Mexico communities. She was a member of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Albuquerque. A wonderful, loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by daughters: Helen Ortiz and husband, Gilbert; Jodi Baugh and husband, Kenneth; sister, Annie Encinias; grandchildren: Renee Edwards and husband, Mark; Lisa Ortiz; Gilbert Ortiz, Jr. and wife, Sally; Joseph Ortiz and Beverly Chapman; Mark Aragon and wife Laurie; Steve Baugh; great-grandchildren: Joshua Aragon, Spencer Aragon, and Margaux Ortiz. Mass of Christian burial will be held at the St. Francis Cathedral, 131 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Rosario Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Carmelite Nuns, 49 Mount Camel Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street, 984-8600.
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GRIEGO -- Vivian Griego, age 96, of Santa Fe, died on Sunday, December 7, 2003. She was preceded in death by his parents: Estevan and Dolores Griego, brothers Frank, Lalo and Pino; sisters: Jessie Salazar; brother-in-law, Charlie Madrid, sisters-in-law: Dela, Bertha and Vita Griego. Vivian was born May 31,1907. She attended Loretto Academy, and owned and operated Griego's Grocery Store on College street (Old Santa Fe Trial) for over 60 years, the store was established in 1935. She was a member of the 3rd Order of St. Francis, Altar Society, Union Protectiva, Legion of Mary, Confradia de la Conquistadora as well as a strong Republican. She is survived by her sisters: Annie Madrid, Pauly Bustamante, and companion and caregiver Clorinda Nava; brother, Tito Griego; special nieces and nephews who helped as caregivers: Therese Martinez, Ralph Nava, Yolanda Arrey, and Ed Nava. Special thanks to the Hospice Center for their help and support. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Santa Fe Hospice Center, 1400 Chama Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Gallegos, Herman Griego, Betty Ann Madrid, Ivan Madrid, Ray Martinez and Rose Nava. Honorary pallbearers will be all her nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, December 10, 2003, 3:00 p.m., where a rosary will be recited by Union Protectiva and the 3rd Order of St. Francis, 4:00 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Chapel. A family rosary will be recited Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 11, 2003, 10:00 a.m. at St, Francis Cathedral. Interment will follow at Rosario Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street, 984-8600.
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HANCOCK -- William Rickliffe "Rick" Hancock. Our beloved son and brother passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, December 6, 2003. He was born April 16, 1955 in Benton, Illinois. He is survived by his father, Simon Hancock and wife, Mary; brother, Robert Hancock and wife, Terry; sisters, Kathy Sanchez and husband, Anthony and Theresa Hancock; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeraldine and brothers, Fred and Kevin. As a young teenager, Rick made a profession of faith in Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He served in the Army after high school. Rick was not perfect, but had a heart for others and a beautiful mind. He suffered from a mental affliction himself, but his heart of gold came blazing through. Rick will be remembered as the one that truly enjoyed being among people. He totally enjoyed his job at Boston Market, his trips to Walmart, and coffee every morning with Rudy. We, his family, trust that Rick is with his Heavenly Father forever. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held Friday, December 12, 2003, 10:00 a.m., at Mountainside United Methodist Church, Cedar Crest, with Rev. David Bachelor officiating. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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HARRELL -- Clarence Brock Harrell, 86, a resident of Albuquerque since 1946, died Saturday, December 6, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Ann Olin Harrell of Albuquerque; daughters, Anna Jane, "Janie" Magruder and husband, David, Cathleen Beth Knipprath and husband, George, and Charlotte Notgrass, all of Albuquerque, and Melinda Lee Bryant and husband, Larry of Monument, CO; grandchildren, Amy Michele Daehnert and husband, Todd, Kendall Scott Magruder and wife, Alexis, Tara Knipprath, Beth Foster and husband, Bryan, Leah Knipprath, Brock Knipprath, Philip Bryant, Corban Bryant, Garret Bryant, Emily Bryant; great-grandson, Blake Andrew Daehnert; nieces, Martie Miller and husband, Ed and Mary Bishop and husband, Walt, as well as many other nieces, nephews, family and friends. Mr. Harrell was born in Elizabeth City, NC in 1917 to James and Mattie Harrell. He was a member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Mr. Harrell served his country during WWII in the US Army Air Corps, 9th Service Squadron in the South Pacific. Mr. Harrell drove for the Albuquerque Transit System, retiring after 35 years. He enjoyed gardening and yard work, especially for his neighbors. Services will be held Wednesday, 3:00 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle Blvd. SE, with Rev. Chris and Joyce Lieberman officiating. Private interment will be held at Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle Blvd. SE. The family wishes to "thank" Lovelace Hospice for the care and concern. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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HOEBERLING -- Mark William Hoeberling, 43, a resident of Albuquerque, died Monday, December 8, 2003, of respiratory failure after 27 courageous years living as a complete quadraplegic following a trampoline accident in 1976. He was born April 24, 1960 in Detroit, MI and moved to Albuquerque in 1971. Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Marie Hoeberling of Hazel Park, MI and Waldo and Rose Long of Albuquerque; father, Robert W. Hoeberling of Albuquerque; uncle and aunt, Ernest and Marion Koch of Waterford, MI; and nephew, Reece Nord of Albuquerque. He is survived by his mother, Bonnie G. Hoeberling; three sisters, Cynthia Chapman and husband, Paul, Barbara Nord and husband, Michael, Susan Wolf and husband, Greg; nephews, Jesse and Shea Nord; nieces, Lauren and Ashley Chapman and Mikaela and Madison Wolf. A memorial service celebrating his new life will be held Thursday, December 11, 2003, at 4:00 p.m., at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy NE, officiated by Pastor Larry Moss, Dr. Ron McConnell and Pastor Don Wilson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hosanna-Faith Comes by Hearing, 2421 Aztec Road NE, Albuquerque 87107 and the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches, 6209 Hendrix Road NE, Albuquerque 87110. We love you and miss you already. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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HUGHES -- Ann Florence (Niese) Hughes, born in Seattle, WA died of natural causes at Pacific Coast Health Care Center, Salinas, CA on December 3, 2003. She was student body president and crowned War-Bonds Queen of Seattle during World War II. For many years she was active in women's apparel business beginning with I. Magnin. She later owned and operated Ann's Naturally in Albuquerque, NM. Mrs. Hughes moved to Pacific Grove, CA in the 1980s where she worked in Gerry Verga's dress shop on Cannery Row. She also managed the Poppy Hills Golf Course (Northern California Golf Association) pro shop-clothing department which was ranked among the top 100 in the United States by Golf Digest Magazine. Later she managed Elizabeth Simmons dress shop in the Crossroads, Center, Carmel, CA. In 1989, she married Bernard W. Hughes of Pebble Beach. The couple moved to Sedona, AZ and spent summers in Northern Michigan. Early in 1997, they returned to live on the Monterey Peninsula. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hughes were avid golfers; they belonged to many golf clubs. Mrs. Hughes took up golf at an early age and became women's captain at the Englewood Golf and Country Club, Seattle. Ann Hughes is survived by her husband, Bernard; daughters, Dr. Sharon B. Colton, Monterey, CA, Mrs. Joan Biggs and her husband, Anthony of Maunaloa, HI; son, Grant Bauer and his wife, Karroll of Albuquerque; brother, Carl Niese and his wife, Rosy of Seattle; and grandchildren, Clay Colton, Vista, CA, Brandis Colton, Bothell, WA, Gabriella and Mitchell Bauer of Albuquerque. Arrangements made by Paul's Mortuary of Pacific Grove, CA. Memorial Services will be held at the Chapel by the Sea, Pacific Grove, with the Reverend Wayne M. Adams presiding on Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. Friends are invited. Remembrances may be made to Cypress Community Church, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital or a charity of choice.
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IRBY -- James A. Irby, WWII Veteran and Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Texas-Pan American, left to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, December 8, 2003. Dr. Irby was born June 12, 1920 to Ethel and Arthur Irby in Little Rock, Arkansas. He served the US Navy in the Pacific in WWII. Dr. Irby served with the Presbyterian Church, US as a teacher of missionaries' children in the Belgian Congo, now the Congo. There he met and married his wife, Mary McCann Hudson, on July 15, 1950. He earned a Master's degree from the University of Texas in 1953 and his PhD in History at the University of Georgia in 1969, specializing in Civil War History. He taught History at Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas from 1960 until his retirement in 1984. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed the company of his friends. His objective in life was to serve his Lord by serving others. He will especially be remembered for his generosity. He is survived by his wife, Mary Mac; son, Carl; brother, Robert and wife, Ora Mae of Dallas and their children, Karen, Peggy, Michael, and Robyn and brother, William of Huston and his children, James and Patti. Services will be held Thursday, December, 11, 2003, 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Interment will take place at 1:30 at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Helen D. Lamp Ministeries Bible, in memory of Dr. Irby, 3708 N. Gwin Rd., Edinburg, TX, 78541. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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JOHNSON -- Christopher Todd Johnson. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during their recent loss. Your thoughtfulness will always be remembered. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW. (505) 897-0300
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KERSCHER -- James Charles Kerscher, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 after a short bout with cancer. He was born to the late John and Mary Kerscher in Appleton, Wisconsin on December 6, 1939. Jim and his wife moved to Los Lunas in 1995 to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. Jim was an avid private, instrument-rated pilot who regularly flew their small plane throughout New Mexico and the country to satisfy his lifelong love to fly. He even obtained endorsements to operate a floatplane. In his spare time, Jim, a long-time small businessman, obtained his broker's license and opened small real estate office in Los Lunas. Prior to 1995, Jim, along with his wife and son, owned and operated a resort and general store in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. His hard work and dedication to the business was shown in the many friends he made in the community. Along with these businesses, Jim also developed and launched a successful mini-mart in a neighboring community and still had time to learn to fly at a small airport in Columbia, California. Jim joined the Army in 1959 and served in Europe through 1962, when he returned to his birthplace in Wisconsin, where he married, started a family, and worked for the railroad while going to school at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Jim was never short on things to do. After graduation with honors with a degree in Economics, he moved into sales with the railroad and was eventually transferred to California, where family camping trips led him to the mountain resort community of Strawberry in 1977. Jim is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Tom; three granddaughters, Kayla, Julia and Alyssa of Yorba Linda, CA; brother, Robert of Kaukauna, WI; and sister, Ellen Clawson of Fort Myers, FL. His never-ending hard work, humor and quick wit will be missed by all that were lucky enough to meet him. Cremation has taken place and memorial Rosary will be recited Friday, 7:30 p.m., at San Clemente Church of Los Lunas. Memorial Service will be celebrated Saturday, 11:00 a.m., at San Clemente Church of Los Lunas. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Vista Care Sandia Hospice Foundation c/o Vista Care, 5201 Venice NE, Ste A & B, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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