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TROTTER -- Miss Magnolia Richardson Trotter was the daughter of Mr. Willie Richardson, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana July 9, 1927, and was brought to Lafayette where she grew up and attended and graduated Paul Breaux High School. She then taught school at Holy Rosary Institute, fifth and sixth grade, under Rev. C.H. Winioldolph S.V.D. Director. Magnolia later attended and graduated from Southern University where she was chosen, because of her high grades, to teach in Crown Point, New Mexico. She attended the University at night and on January 29, 1967 she received her Masters Comprehensive Degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, under Mr. George L. Keppers, Chairman of the Department of Guidance. She held her teaching position until her retirement, due to illness. Magnolia leaves to mourn her mother Lorena Johnson Trotter of Albuquerque; her niece, Janice Broussard of Lafayette; her nephews, Clifton, of Albuquerque, Stanley and David, both of Lafayette, Larry of Iberia, and Jerry of Houston. Services and viewing will be held at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 608 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106. A viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2004 followed by the funeral services, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Rev. Victor L. Wilson will officiate. The burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE., Albuquerque, NM. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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ALEXANDER -- Mildred B. Alexander, 91, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Sunday, February 8, 2004. She is survived by her sons, Robert Alexander and wife, Francelle, of Placitas, William Alexander and wife, Shirley, of Las Vegas, NV and Thomas Alexander and wife, Jill, of Makanda, IL; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Alexander was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Hubert Alexander (retired Professor of Philosophy at UNM); and brothers, C.M. Botts, Jr. and Robert Botts. She was born in Hope, New Mexico, May 21, 1912. Mrs. Alexander was a member of The Tuesday Literary Club and Pro Musica. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Music at UNM and was a longtime piano instructor. Mrs. Alexander was devoted to her family and to her dogs. Cremation has taken place and private family memorial services will be held at a later date. Should friends desire, donations may be made to Animal Humane Assoc. of NM, Inc., 615 Virginia SE, 87108. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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BACA -- Lydia Baca, A resident of Albuquerque, NM. Went to be with the lord on February 8, 2004. Lydia was born December 3, 1925 in San Isidro, New Mexico. She is survived by her two sisters, Henrietta C DeBaca, and Margaret Orozco; two sons, Ruben Baca and wife, Pat, Robert Baca and wife, Bertina; three daughters, Marie Salazar and husband, David, Patsy Hernandez and Dorothy Saavedra; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; many nephews, nieces, and friends. She was an incredible mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Lydia will be greatly missed. Memorial Service will be Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, at 1:00 p.m. at Salazar and Sons Mortuary. Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Park. In Lieu of Flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Local Parkinson Disease Foundation. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW Alb., NM 87102 (505)247-4124
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BALDONADO -- Rose Baldonado, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2004. She was preceded in death her husband, Max Baldonado. Rose is survived by son, Raymond Gibbs; daughter, Peggy Bennett; grandsons, James and Brian; and granddaughter, Shaunna, all of Auburndale, Florida; two sisters in law, Theresa Baca of Albuquerque, and Gerri Thompson of Fence Lake, NM; three nieces, Terese Myhre, Robin Smallwood, and Lorraine Schulz all of Albuquerque, NM.; two nephews, Dennis and Manuel Baca both of Albuquerque; several cousins, family and friends. She was loved by all and will be dearly missed. Services and burial were held at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements by: Direct Funeral Services 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ 505-343-8008
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BARNUM -- John H. Barnum, Jr., 77, a native of Orangeburg, NY and a resident of Albuquerque since 1954, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2004. He is survived by his son, John R. Barnum and wife Felicia; daughter, Judy Brumley and husband Barney; and grandchildren, Johnny, Jamie, Patrick and Danny. He is preceded in death last month by his wife of 56 years, Letha L. Barnum. Mr. Barnum is a retiree of Sandia National Laboratories. Services will be held Thursday, February 12, 2004, 11:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel with Chaplain Mark Sutton officiating. Private interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel Wednesday, February 11, 2004 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to United Way of Central New Mexico, 302 8th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, Attn: Peggy Baca, (505)247-3671. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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BECKSTROM -- Kenneth W. Beckstrom 85, long-time Albuquerque resident, passed away February 5, 2004 in Littleton, CO. Born in Raynesford, Montana in 1918. Received Engineering-Physics degree from Montana State University in 1939, served in US Army Air Corps/USAF from 1940 to 1962, retiring with rank of Lt. Colonel. Retired from NM State Highway Department after 18 years of service. He married Marie M. Noll in 1951, who predeceased him in 1990. hey raised four children, son Eric (wife Jamie) of Albuquerque, daughter Martha McKinley (husband Bill) of Parker, CO, daughter Mauria Vokaty (husband Craig) of Highlands Ranch, CO, and son Charles (wife Lisa)of Parker CO. He served his country in WWII in the South Pacific with the 43rd Bomb Group and in Europe with the 398th Bomb Group completing a total of 63 combat missions. He was awarded the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, and Distinguished Unit Citation with One Oak Leaf Cluster. He served as Squadron Commander in the Korean War. He is survived by his four children, four grandsons, Brad Beckstrom, Connor and Casey McKinley and Ryan Beckstrom. He married Dorothy Francis in 1993. A Memorial service will be held on Thursday , February 12, 2004 at 10:00 a.m at Fitzgerald & Sons Funeral Home. Private burial will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetary. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to a Hospice Program of choice. Memorial services pending. Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 884-1188.
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BLEA -- Manuel "Manny" Blea, Jr., 75, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Sunday, February 8, 2004. He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Blea-Edeskuty and husband, Fred of Jemez Springs; sons, James Blea and wife, Betty, Mark Blea and Gary Blea, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Felisha, Shannon, Katelynn, Michael and Sean; long term companion, Ellie Badsgard of Albuquerque and her children, Deborah Badsgard of Farmington and Ken Badsgard of Albuquerque; Sheryll Turner of Farmington; and Shawn Eddings of Albuquerque; sisters, Alice Duran, Georgia Baca and husband, Tony, and Theresa Gallegos and husband, Eddie; brothers, Frank Blea and wife, Gladys and Mel Marino and wife, Nina, all of Albuquerque; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Blea retired from PNM after 38 years. He was a veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Navy. Rosary will be recited Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church, 2005 North Plaza NW, with Linda Miaras reciting. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, 10:00 a.m., at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church, with Father Jerome Plotkowski, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Hospice, P.O. Box 26666, 87125, The American Diabetes Association, 525 San Pedro NE #101, 87108 or American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas NE, 87110. The family wants to offer a "special thanks" to Janet Jones, RN and Dr. Robin Tuchler, for their care and friendship during Manny's illness. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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BRUNER -- W.D. "Dave" Bruner, 86, beloved son of Florence Miller Hazell entered into eternal life on February 1, 2004. Dave was born in Kansas on July 12, 1917. Dave previously lived in California, prior to becoming a resident of Albuquerque, and worked as a schoolteacher most of his life. His stepdaughter, Kathy Kang, and cousins, Max and Maryanne Miller, Daryl Carl Jr. Miller, survive him. Everyone around him will truly miss his good sense of humor and good deeds. He died after several years of suffering from Parkinson's disease at the Albuquerque Manor Nursing Home. New Mexico Mortuary will administer cremation. His ashes will be joined together with his beloved wife's (Helen Bruner) ashes and placed at his wife's sister (Irene Ferguson) family cemetery.
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CISNEROS -- Mary Edwina Cisneros, Age 67, Passed away on February 7, 2004. She is survived by her husband, Pablo Daiz; one daughter, Josie P. Villa and husband, Rosalio; five sons, Vivian Gallegos and wife Betty, Johnny "Ben" Gallegos and wife Ginger, Felix Gallegos and wife Letisia, Arthur Emsley and wife Reyna, and Angel Cisneros and wife Christine; one brother, Charlie Gutierrez and wife, Pat; one sister, Corina Ryan and husband, Ed; 34 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; lots of nephews and nieces, and friends. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Salazar and Sons Mortuary. A Rosary will be recited on February 10, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday Morning at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Parish. Interment will follow. Pallbearers are Charlie J. Pedroncelli, Vivian Pedroncelli, Clarence Serafin, Arthur Emsley Jr., Johnny Ray Gallegos, Felix Gallegos Jr. Honorary Pallbearers are Arturo Armas and Raul Aguilar. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW Alb., NM 87102 (505)247-4124
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CORKRAN -- Mrs. Alberta J. Corkran passed away Saturday, February 7, 2004, in Albuquerque. Alberta was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-three years, Ray R. Corkran in March of 2001. Alberta was born Alberta Jean Headley in Smith Center, Kansas on January 9, 1915. She and Ray met while attending UNM and were longtime residents of Albuquerque. Alberta worked at Sandia National Lab for many years and upon their retirement, she and Ray enjoyed extensive travel throughout the world. Alberta is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Rajeane and J.T. Jack and Nan and Jay Hamner, both of Albuquerque; two grand-daughters and their husbands, Kristy and Rick Waldraff and Kara Lea and Steve Nixon, both of Abilene, Texas; one grandson and his wife, Jim and Kimberly Jack, of Arlington, Texas; seven great grandchildren; and an extended family of friends. Alberta's family expresses heartfelt gratitude to Mrs. Harold (Trish) Davis for her professional expertise, loving care, and friendship. A private family service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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