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BIDWELL -- Eileen Bidwell, 72, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by Roy, her husband of 52 years; children, Paul and Mark and his wife, Karen; grandchildren, Stuart and Blair, all of Albuquerque; niece, Ingrid Knight and her sons, Guy and Rowan, of Nottinghamshire, England, and Aliane Parent and her children, Marlene, Brice and Alice, of Ax-en-Provence, France. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Elsie Watkinson of London, England; and her sister, June of Godmanchester, England. She was born in Godmanchester, and lived and worked in London before moving to Albuquerque in 1958 where she worked in property management, healthcare administration and at Rio Grande Title Company the family owned business. She was involved in many community activities with her husband and was his right hand during his volunteer leadership roles with the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph Healthcare, Albuquerque Economic Development, the Albuquerque Museum and other community organizations. In recognition of her community involvement, she was honored with her husband with the 2001 Spirit of Achievement Award by the National Jewish Medical and Research Center. On the evening of January 1, 1976 a major fire totally destroyed the new Rio Grande Title building in the Uptown area. Viewing the devastation the morning after she commented, " I don't think we'll plan a vacation this year. We're going to be busy and we'd better get started." She went on to organize and direct a year-long recovery program which salvaged over 9,000 cubic feet of critical real estate title files and title indexes which had been severely damaged as a result of the fire and fire fighting efforts. She designed a production line which included hair dryers, flat irons and clothes wringers to process the damaged papers, at the end of which each piece was microfilmed and indexed. Friends, customers and local business people volunteered in the recovery effort including several attorneys from local law firms. The group became known as the Rio Grande Title Firebugs. The salvaged documents were then organized and the critical data extracted and entered into an in-house custom-designed computer system which became the region's first on-line computerized title plant, and which eventually served four title companies. She went on to coordinate Rio Grande Title's special projects for several years during the company's rapid growth. She retired from Rio Grande Title to concentrate on helping Roy in his community work and then joined Southwest Pulmonary Associates from which she retired in 1996. Although very involved in business and community affairs, her real mission in life was her family and the family home in Albuquerque. She stayed home with the children when they were young and during their formative years, and brought Aliane, a student from France into the home. Aliane became like a member of the family and came from France to be with Eileen during her illness. Eileen had a wide circle of friends whom she cherished and with whom she spent many enjoyable times. Her love for her adopted home was profound and knew no bounds. She enjoyed frequent trips abroad and always looked forward to returning to her home in New Mexico. She said, "Of all the decisions we've made as a family, the one that rises above all others was the one to come to America because of the choices and opportunities that it offered, especially to the children." She firmly believed that this is still the case for anybody willing to work hard and commit themselves to an ideal, and that each of us has a responsibility to be the best we can be, and to contribute to the common good. In the weeks leading up to her recent hospitalization she had enjoyed renovating and decorating the family condominium in Santa Fe. She was a gifted creator of hand-knitted ladies and baby clothes and an admirer and friend of many New Mexico artists. She especially enjoyed the art of New Mexico and the permanent collections of the Albuquerque Museum. She was a strong supporter of her husband's advocacy for an expanded museum, the better to display its collections. She enjoyed collecting the art and artifacts of the Rio Grande region, including the religious carvings of the Santeros of northern New Mexico. She was known for her beautiful Christmas decorations in the family home and her love of the holiday festivities in New Mexico. She loved London's West End musical theater, romance novels, and keeping up with current affairs and business and banking and real estate activities. She was the moral compass and anchor for her family and considered her life blessed, filled as it was with family and friends and lived out in what she thought of as a special place in the world. She asked for little and gave much and as a result she received much in return, which always seemed to surprise her. The family extends its heartfelt thanks to her many friends for their love and support, to Dr. Paul Duncan for his care and friendship over many years, Dr. Malcolm Purdy, Jan and the staff at Hematology-Oncology Associates, Mary Collins, RN and the nurses and staff at Presbyterian Hospital's Oncology Ward, and Jan Cameron, RN, and the doctors, nurses and staff at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 1, 2003, at 2:00 p.m., at the Cathedral Church of St. John, 318 Silver SW, with The Reverend Gary Meade officiating. Cremation has taken place and private Interment will be held at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice, 8100 Constitution Place NE, 87110, or to a charity of their choice. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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BROYLES -- Orvil J. Broyles, 74, longtime resident of Truth or Consequences, died on Tuesday, October 28, 2003. He is survived by his sisters, Ivetie Anderson of Hickman, KY, Annie Lee Tucker of Paris, TX, Addlean Manard of Hazel Park, MI and Allean Whitaker of James Springs, NM; his step-children, Karen Swantek and David Gagnon, both of Irving, TX; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services will be held Monday, November 3, 2003, at 1:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Sunday, November 2, 2003, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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CARDINAL, SR. -- Gary N. Cardinal Sr., 50, lifelong artist and friend, passed away October 27, 2003. Gary was the sole owner and operator of Cardinal Graphics INC., which is a well known business throughout New Mexico as well as many other states for producing quality graphic art and framing. Gary is survived by his son, Matthew Cardinal; Daughter-in-law, Alisa Cardinal; two grandchildren, Caitlin and Christopher Cardinal; his mother, Madelyn Cardinal; and sister, Corinne Hartman. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, November 1, 2003, at 9:30 a.m. by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, 343-8008.
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CARTER -- Amadeo Carter, The family would like to thank all of their relatives and friends who were in attendance of the Rosary and Funeral 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 and Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street SW 247-4124
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COOKE, SR. -- Elmer Cooke Sr., 71, a resident of Albuquerque passed away October 25, 2003 from this world to the next to be with the Lord. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Kate Cooke; five daughters, Sherwood Vickers and husband, Steve of Rio Rancho, Madonna Bayham and husband, Bob of Arizona, Cindy Jorden of San Diego, CA, Brenda Sayles of Albuquerque and Kim Long and husband, Larry of Albuquerque; two sons, Elmer Cooke Jr., and wife, Lucila of San Bernadino, CA and Elmer Cooke II and wife, Kristin of Junction City, Kansas; 13 grandchildren, Joseph, Evan, Katie, Thomas, Kristin, Andrea, Bobby, Branden, Desire, Jose, Ernest, Georgette and Nickadmas; two great-grandchildren, Gabriel Aldahondo and Josiah Tip. Mr. Cooke served his country in the US Navy in the Korean Conflict and then worked for NASA for ten years. Elmer was loved dearly by all his family and all who's lives he touched. He will be deeply missed. A Rosary will be held by Father Garcia on Monday, November 3, 2003 at 9:00 a.m. at the San Jose Parish, 2401 Broadway SE, Albuquerque with Mass to follow, and he will be laid to rest at the San Clemente Cemetery off of hwy 6 and Chavez Rd. in Los Lunas. Riverside Mortuary, 764-9663.
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DEVER -- James L. Dever, 85, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away October 28, 2003. Jim was an electronic technician, having retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after many years. He is survived by his wife, Pauline of the family home; son, Dan Dever and wife, Kathy of Idyllwild, CA; and daughter, Barbara Duty of Toledo, OH. Jim also leaves behind many friends who loved and respected him. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 31, 2003, 3:30 p.m., at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum Chapel, 7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE, with entombment to follow services. Hillcrest Funeral Home 225 San Mateo NE 265-5959
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FICKEL -- Ollie B. Fickel, 98, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died Sunday, October 26, 2003. She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Lee Wallin and husband, Wally of Kennewick, WA; son, Bill Fickel and wife, Sue of Albuquerque; four grandchildren, Kim Salemme and husband, Jack, Kyle Wallin and wife, Diana, Kathy Tomlinson and husband, Erik, and Kevin Fickel and wife, Lisa; seven great-grandchildren, Traci, Kari, Emily, David, Amanda, Trevor, and Tyler; and several nieces, nephews and many friends. Mrs. Fickel was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph A. Fickel. She was a Past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star, Past Noble Grand of Rebecca Lodge, Past Guardian of Woodmen Circle, taught Sunday school in different departments in the Methodist Churches, Past President of Methodist Women, Past District President of Methodist Women, and received special Mission Recognition by United Methodist Women. Services will held Saturday, November 1, 2003, 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 9500 Constitution Ave NE, with Dr. Roy Elmore officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel on Friday, October 31, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Ollie Fickel to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 9500 Constitution Ave NE, 87112. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE 275-3500
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FORD -- Caryn L. Ford, 49, went home to be with the Lord on October 27, 2003. She was born on September 15, 1954 in Hobbs, New Mexico. Funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery Chapel. Services are in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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GALLEGOS -- MICHELLE GALLEGOS JUNE 13 , 1974 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2003 In the early morning hours of September 29th, our beautiful Michelle was tragically taken from us. Her calling home to heaven has left us heartbroken. But, we are people of faith and we know where she is. We publish these words in the city where she always lived in memorium to her life with us all. "We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in your passing we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you; you did not go alone, for a part of each us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are forever at our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing will ever feel the same; but as God calls us one by one, Our Chain will link again... WE MISS YOU SO MUCH MICHELLE FOREVER OUR LOVE IS WITH YOU, ALL OUR LOVE, Dad, Mom, Amanda, Tina, Tenille, Danielle and Family If you read this and you are a person of Prayer, please pray with us that God will grant our Michelle the Rich Reward in Heaven that she earned so honorably in the way she lived her life. We thank each of you who touched our Michelle's life, and those who stood by us, comforted us, and aided us during this time of great sadness in our lives. "THE GALLEGOS FAMILY"
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GUTIERREZ -- Pastor Danny M. Gutierrez, 49, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, October 28, 2003. He is survived by his sons Danny Gutierrez the II, and Gabriel Gutierrez; daughters April, Michelle and Alyiah Gutierrez; grandchildren Daemion and Malachi Gutierrez; parents Adrian and Dorothy Gutierrez; sisters Christine Buckler and husband Tim, Gerri Campbell and husband Chris, Evelyn DeCosta and husband Dwayne; and a brother John Gutierrez and wife Liz, all of Albuquerque. He also leaves numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Danny served his country in the U.S. Army. He graduated from New Mexico Highlands University. Danny was pastor of Northside Assembly of God Church for many years, with a special ministry serving the homeless and needy of Albuquerque. Services will be held Saturday, November 1, 2003, at 9:30 a.m. at Evangel Christian Center, 4501 Montgomery NE, with Pastor Raymond Franks officiating. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven. Pallbearers include Chris Campbell, Matt Vargas, Julio Navarro, Carlos Gutierrez, Dwayne DeCosta and Tim Buckler. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Friday, October 31, 2003, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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