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GONZALES -- Cecilia L. Gonzales, 85, went home to be with the Lord on December 26, 2003. She was born on November 28, 1918 in Placitas, New Mexico. Mrs. Gonzales had a very out going personality and had a great love for her family. She is survived by her brother, Juan Gonzales; sister, Lucara Moya; her nephew that she raised, Arthur Ortiz and nephew, Martin Gonzales. Funeral Services will be held on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Garcia Mortuary. Services are in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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GONZALES -- Rafaela Gonzales, 77, a resident of Albuquerque, died Wednesday, December 31, 2003. She is survived by her daughters, Irma Gonzales of Albuquerque and Lupe Contreras and husband Dennis of Concord, CA; sons, Daniel Gonzales, Andrew Gonzales, Robert Gonzales and wife Yvonne, Ralph Gonzales and wife Cindy, Rubin Gonzales, and Rick Gonzales and wife Denise, all of Albuquerque; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister; and numerous brothers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Gonzales; and son, Ray Gonzales. Rafaela was a loving mother, had a big heart, and always spoke good of everyone. Rosary will be recited Friday, January 2, 2004, 5:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel with Deacon Terry Palmer reciting. Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 3, 2004, 9:00 a.m. at The Shrine of St. Bernadette with Father Tom Zotter, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menual NE. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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HIXENBAUGH -- Russ IN LOVING MEMORY OF Russ Hixenbaugh September 17, 1954-January 1, 1980 Son, Thinking of you. Miss and love you very much Mom
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HORNE -- Helen Alice Horne was born in Gibson County, Indiana on October 29, 1913. She passed away on December 28, 2004 at the Medical Center in Muleshoe, TX. She had been living in the Farwell Convalescent Center in Farwell, TX for the last seven years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lemual and Floy Waters; her infant sister, Birdie Lucille; her daughter, Carolyn Riddle; her son, Tom Beckwith; and stepdaughter, Doris Hazlett. Helen is survived by her brother, Walter Waters; and sister, Martha Moore both of Mt. Vernon, IN; and her sister, Mary Strum of Morganfield, Ky; her son, Jim Beckwith and wife, Geraldine of Winters, TX; son, Steve Breeze and wife, Claudia of Edgewood, NM; stepdaughter, Mary Lou Feeney of Jonesville, MT; and stepdaughter, Jeanine Breeze of Evansville, IN also survive her. She also leaves 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. She also leaves many friends and acquaintances in Indiana, NM and Texas. Funeral Services will be held at First Spanish Fruit Ave. Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 2, 2003. Reverend Keith Riddle will conduct the service.
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HUGGINS -- Grace Barnes Welch Huggins of Las Cruces, beloved by her extended family and many friends, died peacefully on December 23, 2003. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Connie Jean Welch Finley of Las Cruces, on December 18, 2003. Grace is survived by son T. Roger (Tony) Welch of El Paso, Texas and daughter Dr. Patsy Roberts of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is also survived by her son-in-law, Les Finley of Las Cruces and former daughter-in-law Susan Welch of El Paso. Her former husband, Truman Welch of Las Cruces, also survives her. Surviving grandchildren include Renae Finley Griffin of Las Cruces; Jennifer Finley of Albuquerque, NM; Farrah Leigh Welch, Ashley Welch, Anthony Welch, and Lindsay Welch of El Paso; Lavonne Roberts, Mark Roberts, Eric Roberts, Brian Roberts, David Roberts, and Stacey Roberts. Her many great-grandchildren include area residents Justin Griffin and Jake Tannahill of Las Cruces, Megan Handley of Albuquerque and Tristan Welch of El Paso. Grace was the eldest child of a large and loving family. She was born July 3, 1921 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, to John H. and Myrtle M. Barnes. Grace is survived by brothers and sisters: Otis L. Barnes and wife Nellie of Socorro, NM; Ruth Conn of Farmington, NM; Maxine Kimmel and husband Lester of Farmington; Nadine Willbourn of Carlsbad, NM; J.C. Barnes and wife Lynette of Dona Ana, NM; LaFern Arras and husband Dee of Arizona; Nancy McCullen of Amarillo, Texas; Wayne Barnes and wife Brenda of Las Cruces; Jack Barnes and wife Rella of El Paso and Joyce Welby of Houston, Texas. Long-time neighbors and dear friends, Felton and Virginia Springer of Las Cruces, also survive her, as do many other friends for whom Grace held special places in her heart. Grace came to Las Cruces 68 years ago with her family. She was part of the epic American migration. Originally headed for California, the Barnes family settled instead in Las Cruces. Grace married Truman W. Welch and they later brought their growing family to the coast of California during WWII, where she joined her husband in the war effort. Grace was employed in the shipyards as a welder, as were many of the "Rosie the Riveter" figures of her generation. After the war, she and her family returned to Las Cruces, where she began her career with AT&T/Mountain States Telephone Company as a switchboard operator, later assuming several supervisory positions before her retirement in the 1970s from SW Bell Telephone, after having also worked in El Paso and Ft. Smith. Grace will be fondly remembered for her lively wit at family functions, her mastery of many different handicrafts over the years, and her baking skills. She was famous for her beautiful pies and delicious homemade bread, which she generously shared with family and friends. Grace was active in the First Church of the Nazarene while living in Las Cruces and in St. Mark's Church in El Paso. After she retired, Grace worked in the St. Mark's Church nursery, caring for children of parishioners, whom she called her "little angels." In later years, she followed their progress with pride and interest. Grace truly cared for people who were part of her life and she will be missed by all. She will be deeply remembered by her grandchildren for her love and guidance and the special care she showed in choosing their gifts for Christmas and birthdays. Pursuant to Grace's wishes, cremation has taken place. Services for Grace will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2004, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1900 South Locust Street in Las Cruces. Interment of the cremains will follow at Masonic Cemetery. After interment, a reception will be held at Grace's home, 4990 Arena Drive in Las Colinas, where family and friends may share their treasured memories of Grace. Arrangements are with Graham's Mortuary and Mesilla Valley Crematory, 555 W. Amador, Las Cruces, NM.
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JARVIS -- Roger B. (1928-2003) A great void has been left in our lives with the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend, Roger B. Jarvis (Popsy), who left us on December 25, 2003. He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Bertha Jarvis. His distinguished military career included service in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and service in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After his retirement from the military, he worked as a computer analyst in the Information Systems and Technology Division of General Dynamics in San Diego, California. Several years later, while still employed at General Dynamics, he met his loving wife, Connie, whom he lovingly referred to as "Mi Cielo". After retiring from public employment, he bought an RV and he and his wife set off to see the entire USA, plus a great many sights outside the country, as well. Although RV-ing soon became a passion, his greatest passion was singing with a barbershop chorus. He was a member of The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA) and sang with the San Diego Sun Harbor Chorus in San Diego and with the New MexiChords in Albuquerque. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite in San Diego, California; and, the Masonic Temple Lodge #6 and Shrine Ballut Abyad Temple, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Besides his wife Connie, he is survived by his daughter, Becky and husband, Robert; his brother, Kenneth Jarvis; his stepchildren, Connie Martinez-Goodwin and husband, Robert, Agatha Martinez- Garrison, Louella Martinez-Gonzales, Tim Martinez, and Pamela Morton and husband, Richard; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 02, 2004 in the Palm Chapel at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal S.E. The Reverend Dave Blackwell officiating.
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KNIGHT -- Joe T. Knight, Age 76, passed into the Lord's hands on December 28, 2003. A loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. Joe is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lois O. Knight, daughter Beverly L. Schifani and husband Joseph G. Schifani, granddaughter, Faith Schifani, son Brian D. Knight and wife Claudia A. Knight all of Albuquerque. Additional survivors include Joe's younger brother William M. Knight and wife Glyneth A. Knight of Lubbock, TX, as well as numerous cousins. Joe is preceded in death by his parents Bertram D. Knight and Gertrue E. Knight, both of Childress, TX. He was born in Childress, TX on January 21, 1927. He was raised in Childress, TX and served in the U. S. Army during World War II as well as the Air Force Reserve for several years following the war. In 1948, Joe relocated to Albuquerque, NM and he retired from the U. S. Department of Energy in 1983, having completed 35 years of service as a Quality Electrical Engineer. Following his retirement from DOE, Joe joined Sandia Consultants, Inc. as a Consultant and he traveled extensively throughout the United States in both of his careers. In 1948, Joe also became licensed as an Amateur Radio Operator. He was highly active and dedicated to Amateur Radio from that time forward. He held the Amateur Radio Call Sign of W5PDY which he referred to phonetically as W5 "Pretty Darn Young" and his wife Lois presently holds the call sign of KC5CXO. Joe was extremely involved in New Mexico Search and Rescue operations and served as the New Mexico Section Manager for the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for 27 years. An old-time member of the Sandia Base Radio Club and the Albuquerque Amateur Radio Club, Joe assisted in organizing the Amateur Radio Caravan Club and was its first Emergency Caravan Master. He also helped establish the Upper Rio FM Society, having served as President and Board Member. Joe was a Charter Member of the Albuquerque Chapter of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) as well as the Albuquerque DX Association and a Life Member of QCWA, ARRL and the Upper Rio FM Society. He was a member of numerous Amateur Radio Clubs and Nets throughout the Southwest and had a special interest in the New Mexico Radio Collectors Club. Joe was a pioneer in the creation of the Atomic Museum. He served as Vice President/Board Member of the ALO Employees Federal Credit Union. For the past 55 years Joe was a member of Central United Methodist Church having served as a board member and usher. He was also a Life Member of Hiram Lodge #13 A.F. & A.M, served as a board member and Rainbow Dad for Albuquerque Chapter #20 of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, and, for the past several years, served as a volunteer at the Albuquerque VA Hospital. Joe Knight truly left the rest of us a legacy, mainly, "serve others before yourself" with his philanthropic desire to assist others. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ARRL Knight Distinguished Service Award or the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Fund at ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111-1494. Memorial Donations may also be made to the American Lung Association of New Mexico, 120 Sierra Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, or the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125-6666. A family visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 1st at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. A Memorial Service will be conducted on Friday, January 2nd at 2:00 p.m., at Central United Methodist Church, 1615 Copper NE. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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LUCAS -- Urith May Lucas passed away peacefully on December 28, 2003. Born in Lexington Kentucky, she chose to make Albuquerque her home for over 50 years. She was a writer for the Albuquerque Tribune for over 25 years. She was married to renowned violinist, Robert Allison. She is survived by a niece and nephews all of whom reside out of state. Private Services will be held.
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LUCIO -- Manuel and Silveria Lucio. Services are pending. Time and place of services to be announced. Services are in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. SW 243-5222
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MCLEAN -- A visitation for Merle McLean will be held on Friday, January 2, 2003 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors. Services will take place on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on January 3, 2003 in the chapel of Fitzgerald & Sons Funeral Directors, with Mr. John Phillis officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution can be made to the Albuquerque Christian Children Home, 5700 Winter Haven Rd. NW, Albuquerque NM or to the Life Line of Hope, 1492 Laurel Valley Rd., Kalespell, Montana 59901. Arrangements are under the direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. 884-1188
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