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BLINN -- Carolyn M. Blinn, 78, died Sunday at her home in Albuquerque. Carolyn was born August 2, 1925 to Edna (Lear) and Morris Blinn in Trenton, NJ. She is survived by many good friends at Emmanuel Metropolitan Community Church. After graduation from high school, she received a degree in nursing. When Carolyn first moved to New Mexico, she worked in Belen as a live-in nurse for a friend, then moved to Albuquerque in 1983 where she held various jobs. a Memorial Service will be held at Emmanuel Metropolitan Community Church, 341 Dallas NE on Saturday, September 6, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. In place of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Emmanuel MCC, general fund.
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CHAVEZ -- Nellie Montiel, age 77, died on Thursday, September 4, 2003. She is preceded in death by her husband, Tranquilino Chavez. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, three sisters, and one brother. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Casa Angelica. A wake will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Therese Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, September 8, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. also at St. Therese Church. Burial will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park. Casket bearers will be John Valencia, Raymond Chavez, Jesus Gomez, Matthew Austin, Joseph Austin, Steve Montiel. Honorary casket bearers will be Jude Austin and Vincent Garcia. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street, NW 898-3160
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DANIELS -- Jack (John W.) Daniels died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, September 3, 2003. Born October 31, 1923, he was the last of four children born to Bob and Adele Daniels. His father moved their family to Hobbs, N.M. in 1937during the oil boom years and in 1937 founded Bob Daniels & Sons, Inc. Jack graduated from Hobbs High School in 1941 and was a life long Hobbs Eagle in the grandest sense. He then attended New Mexico Military Institute where he graduated in 1943. He joined the U. S. Navy and served in WWII from 1944-1946 aboard the USS Walton. Along side his parents and brother, he built Daniels Insurance, Inc. into a strong family business and later purchased the First National Bank of Lea County. He enjoyed a life of public service which began as a member of the Hobbs Water Board where he served for 20 years. He served as President of many organizations including the Hobbs Chamber of Commerce, NM Amigos, NM Independent Insurance Agents, NM Bankers Association. He was a member of the New Mexico Military Hall of Fame and until recently served on the NMMI Foundation Board. He was appointed by Governor Jack Campbell to the State Investment Council in 1963 and later became a NM State Representative and chaired the House Education Committee. In 1970 he was a primary candidate for Governor losing to his good Friend Governor Bruce King. In 1972 he was the Democratic nominee for the U. S. Senate losing by a narrow margin to now Senator Pete V. Domenici. Most recently he served as the founding chairman of the Daniels Fund, a legacy left by his brother, Bill Daniels. Jack will be remembered as a warm, fun, loving, and determined father, husband, son, brother, uncle, grandpa, great- grandpa and friend. He taught us all to keep our sense of humor, honor our word, treat the janitor just like the CEO, and not to sweat the small stuff. He is survived by his wife, Sharon (Peach), her children and grandchildren and his children's mother, Libby Donley. He felt fortunate to have watched his children grow and have their own families and careers. He is survived by his daughters Dana Reaud and husband Wayne, Lt. Governor Diane Denish and husband Herb, and his son Robert Guy Daniels. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Suzanne Schreiber and husband Tony Rittenberry, Sara Schreiber, F. Spencer Schreiber, Reagan Reaud, and Ryan Reaud for his attention to them and their lives. One of his last pleasures in life was to share the birth of his great granddaughter, Sadie Ray Rittenberry. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Bobette and Dottie, and brother Bill Daniels.We are grateful for the love and care of the staff of The Cottages of Albuquerque, Dr. David Ewing, and Dr. Fred Kusimoto during the last few months. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at 2:30 p.m. at French's Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE and on Monday, Sept. 8, at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Hobbs, NM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Jack's favorite non-profits: College of the Southwest in Hobbs, NM, New Mexico Community Foundation in Santa Fe, or the Jack Daniels Leadership Center at New Mexico Military Institute. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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DEWITT -- Ellen B. DeWitt, 87, a resident of Albuquerque since 1933, died Wednesday, September 3, 2003. She is survived by her grandchildren, Charles N. DeWitt and Elizabeth A. DeWitt, both of Albuquerque, Edwyn J. King Jr. and wife, Julie of Sharpsville, CA, and Stephen M. King of Tacoma, WA; sister, Maxine L. Pruitt of Albuquerque; and daughter-in-law, Phyllis S. Kenderdine and husband, Eugene of Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. DeWitt, son, Charles B. DeWitt, and daughter, Sheila M. King. Mrs. DeWitt was born in Lewiston, ID and moved to Albuquerque in 1933. She was active for many years with the State Fair. Mrs. DeWitt was a longtime member of Ada Chapter No. 5, Grand Chapter of New Mexico Order of Eastern Star, White Shrine, General Federation of Women's Club Progress Women's Club. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was known for her graciousness and generosity of spirit and love of family and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Services will be held Monday, September 8, 2003, 10:00 a.m., at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, 924 Menaul NE, with Pastor Patricia Holman officiating. Entombment to follow. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE
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DOUVILLE -- Keenan James Douville, a student at Sandia High School, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 3, 2003. Smile. Maybe Keenan smiled so often because he had no hate. Maybe he was simply born happy and stayed that way. Whatever the reason his smile stayed with him throughout the 16 years he lived. And Keenan still lives. That's the impact he has had on anyone ever acquainted with him. His smile went so much deeper than can be explained. When Keenan smiled, he set the world on fire; he touched hearts with his unforgettable soul. Things didn't seem to always come easily for Keenan and yet throughout his struggles, he never lost his faith. "It's all good," was his favorite saying. He saw good in all things and never had anything bad to say about any other person. All are blessed who had Keenan in their lives. When asked, "What's the meaning of life?" Keenan's quick answer was, "Love. We need to love one another." He was so looking forward to getting his braces off; driving his car; improving his skate-boarding talent; continuing his work at Industrial Rideshop; and graduating from High School in 2005. The memory of his smile and his many gentle gifts will live on in our hearts forever. Who could forget such an amazing son, brother, nephew, cousin, grandchild and friend. Keenan is survived by his parents, Kevin and Rhonda; sister, Morgan; grandparents, Jim and Pat Morgan and Sally Douville; great-grandfather, Jim Morgan Sr.; uncles and aunts, Tom and Danielle Trodden, Debra and David Wesbrook, Desiree Douville and Bryce Douville; cousins, Matthew and Taylor Trodden, Jennifer and Christopher Wesbrook, and Aarmon and Jarell Douville; and many loving relatives and friends. Services will be held Saturday, September 6, 2003, at 1:00 p.m., at Calvary of Albuquerque, 4001 Osuna NE. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Keenan's memory to Calvary Skate Ministry, c/o Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque, 4001 Osuna NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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GALLOWAY -- James "Santa Fe" Galloway, Pianist, Composer, Playwright, born 20 August 1938 died 30 August 2003. Musically gifted from a young age James played clarinet in his grade school band and studied piano at the Danfelser School. At age 10 he and a pal directed a 3-act play, and by age 13 in addition to writing many skits for variety shows, he and a couple of friends wrote and directed their first play. At the old AHS he was on the staff and a contributor to the school literary magazine, participated in the theatre program, played clarinet and oboe and helped write the original operetta that was produced each year by the music theory class. While at UNM he had a one-act play produced at Rodey Theatre and wrote the music for another. He also danced the lead of "Billy the Kid" with the Modern Dance Dept. He received his BFA in Piano and began graduate studies in piano and composition. A scholarship took him to Mexico City to study with the founder and conductor of the National Orchestral of Mexico where he had his professional debut as a concert pianist. Following that he was invited to Bucharest, Romania for the Gerges Enescu Competition. He was awarded a Fullbright Fellowship and spent two years in Brazil studying the music of that country. This was followed by a solo concert tour throughout South America as a musical ambassador for the US State Dept. From sketches he made in Brazil he wrote his 1st Piano Concerto, "Maractu", which premiered with the NM Symphony, and was later reworked into a ballet score for the Harkness Ballet in NY, where he was musical director for a time. His Brazilian "Bahia" songs for Soprano and Orchestra were premiered in Wisconsin and later performed at Carnagie Hall. Reviews of that work termed him "a master of orchestration, producing a score glittering with vivid color, savage rhythms and changing moods". His works, both music and drama, were commissioned by a number of groups across the country from New York, Nashville, Minnesota, and many in New Mexico. His "Santa Fe Spirit" won the Special Music Award from the Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma. Work he did with La Compania de Albuquerques production of Tierra Sagrada especially pleased him. Five of his plays were premiered at the U of Albuquerque. "Resurrection" won both Best Play and Best Playwright, and "Mirage" won Outstanding Production from the American College Festival. The musical comedy, "Travelin Show" was a joint venture by the drama and music Depts. at UNM and was a roaring success. It was also performed in Raton, Gallup and Red Rock. Opera SW has premiered four of his operas, the latest was just last June. He is survived by a nephew, Craig Fox, a niece, Carla Fox and Steve Slater, their children Stephanie and Kathleen Slater, a niece Chelsea Fox and Scott Harnish, their children Bailey and Kenzie Harnish and the many colleagues and friends who loved him. A viewing will be from 3 - 7 pm on Sunday 7 August. Service is at 11 am on Monday 8 August, both at French Mortuary on University, just north of Lomas. A Memorial Tribute to celebrate some of his prolific contribution to the performing arts will be held the 4th of October at Stage One Theatre, Pope Pious X High School on N. Coors. Time to be announced.
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GRIEGO -- Mr. Benito Griego, 81, a much loved and admired patriarch of the Duranes Community passed away peacefully Thursday and is home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Theresa; his four sons, Robert and Cathy, Patrick, David and Louis; and his daughter, Yasmin. He was also blessed with 18 grandchildren, David Lee, Demetrio & Delfina, Samantha & Charlie, Dominic, Jason, Cara, Charles, Daniela & Thomas, Micaiah & Dan, Jennifer, Bernadette & Anthony, Adrian, Christina and Gabriel. His life was further fulfilled by the laughter of 7 great-grandchildren, Esperanza, Anthony, Benito, Victoria, Demetrio Jr., Phillip and Estevan. He is also survived by two brothers and four sisters and innumerable nephews and nieces. Bennie served in the Army Air Force as Tech Sergeant during World War II and retired from the Albuquerque Fire Department in 1981 after faithfully serving the community for 30 years. He was born in Las Vegas, NM on September 24, 1921 and soon after his arrival to Albuquerque in 1949, he committed his life to serving the parishes of the Immaculate Conception, San Felipe de Neri, San Jose de Duranes, the Queen of Angels and St. Therese. He is remembered for his strong values of family unity and his faithful devotion and prayer life. His home has always been filled with blessings and all who knew him were always welcome. Funeral Services for Mr. Griego will be held on Monday, September 8, 2003 at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be members of the Albuquerque Fire Department. Honorary pallbearers will be Victor Escaria, Robert Jaramillo, Juan Vigil, Joe Baldonado, Frank Sierra and Trujillo. A Rosary for Mr. Griego will be recited on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the San Jose de los Duranes Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the San Felipe de Neri Catholic School. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street SW 247-4124
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KONDOURAS -- Nancy Kondouras, 66, died on Monday, September 1, 2003. She is survived by her husband, Milton Kondouras, of Albuquerque; sister-in-law, Evangelia Chrisikos of Denver, CO; nieces, Anna Peulen and husband, Mike; Eleni Demos and husband, George, all of Denver, CO; nephew, George Chrisikos of San Diego, CA; sister, Eftihia Eleftheriou and husband, Leftheris of Thessaloniki, Greece; brothers, Kosta Chrisikos and wife, Popi and Stelios Chrisikos and wife, Leena, all of Thessaloniki, Greece; and numerous nieces and nephews in Greece. Trisagion service will be held on Saturday, 4:00 p.m., at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Funeral services will be held at a later date in Thessaloniki, Greece. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 308 High Street SW, 87102, in memory of Nancy Kondouras. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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LUNA -- Matilde Garza (Tita, Tillie) Luna, beloved, precious mother and grandmother passed peacefully unto the Lord Thursday, September 4, 2003. She is survived by her son, David Luna; daughter, Victoria Gonzales; grandchildren, Victoria Lynne Lucero, Kristine Gonzales and Brian Gonzales; brothers, Eufemiano Garza, Jr., John E.. Garza, and Jose S. Garza; sister, Mary Hernandez. Matilde will be missed by all that love her. Services will be held Monday, 1:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM, Monday, 3:00 p.m. Friends may visit Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. A sincere thanks to the Anna Kaseman Hospice staff, especially Dell. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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MCKNIGHT -- Marvis Katherine McKnight. Our cherished mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, wife, and friend passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2003 at home surrounded by family. She fought courageously and went peacefully. Marvis is preceded in death by her husband, Richard. She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Stueber, Donna Kohler and her husband, Mitchell, Laura Filbert and her husband, John; son, Joseph McKnight; grandchildren, Christopher, Kevin, Bailey, John, Cody, Meghan, and Emily Jo; brother, Arthur O'Connell, and her nephew and nieces, Joseph, Sheila, and Barbara Ann. Mom will be most remembered for her unwavering love for family and friends, her humorous outlook on life, and her love for the ocean. Graveside services will be held at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery on Saturday, September 6, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the New Mexico Center, 4901 Lang NE.
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