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Gongora -- Marie Luciana Gongora passed away April 7, 2003. Marie was born April 19, 1930 in Logan, NM. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Hector Gongora; daughters, Carol Lauer and husband, Steve; Elizabeth Schlessinger; son, Steve Gongora and wife, Rita; grandchildren, Christopher and Mathew Lauer; Jacob and Jaqueline Schlessinger; Emily and Bernadette Gongora; brother, Gilbert Fuentes and wife, Floy; sister, Eva Hazen and husband, Robin; sister-in-law, Belia Peterson and husband, Bob; and many nieces and nephews. She was a very supportive wife throughout Hector's military career. They lived in France, Germany, and several U.S. bases and made many friends wherever they settled. She was an officer's wife and an elegant hostess. Her faith was her strength. It carried through many hardships. Even with her many illnesses, her strong spirit sustained her. She was an inspiration for everyone she encountered. She always had a smile on her face, no matter what. Her family was the centerpiece of her life. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her sweet smile will be missed by all who knew her. She is an angel looking down on the people she loved. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2003 in the chapel of Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2003 at The Church of The Risen Savior 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE with Fr. McGowen, Celebrant. Private interment will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, and to support her Dialysis Family please make your donations to the Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 14238, Albuquerque, NM 87191. Arrangements are under the direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE
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Grubbs -- Joyce A. Grubbs, 77, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past 14 years, and before that had lived in Albuquerque, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2003. Joyce was born May 2, 1925 the daughter of John and Dora Scoggins Atwood in Mangum, Oklahoma. She loved gardening and reading. Joyce loved her family, and keeping the"old man" in line. Joyce is survived by her husband, Quinten Grubbs of the family home; five children, Susan Swann of California, Michael Kearney of California, Quintena Sowders of Rio Rancho, Douglas Grubbs and wife, Maribeth of Albuquerque, and Larry Grubbs and wife, Carol of Rathdrum, ID; one sister, Catherine White of California; one brother, John Atwood of Tucumcari, NM; three grandchildren, Katie, Marianda, and Tyler. She will be greatly missed by numerous friends and relatives. The Visitation will be on Thursday, April 10, 2003 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. The Service will be held on Friday, April 11, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary with Chaplain Larry Wills officiating. Interment will follow in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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Houghton -- Elizabeth A. Houghton, age 78, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away April 6, 2003. Survivors include her husband, Paul Houghton of the family home; daughter, Kay Houghton and husband, Peter Anders of Los Alamos, NM; sons, Paul W. Houghton and wife, Enong of Woodside, CA, Woods E. Houghton and wife, Cindy of Carlsbad, NM; sisters, Virginia Willard and husband, David of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren, Jannetta Houghton, Joshua Houghton, Jeremiah Houghton, Dustin Houghton, Forrest Houghton and Serena Houghton. Elizabeth lived in Albuquerque since 1924 where Girard was the end of town at that time and as a child used to catch wild horses near the mountains. Elizabeth was a Methodist and was a past Honored Queen of Job's Daughter. She enjoyed restoring antique furniture and doing genealogy. Viewing and visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., with the family being present from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2003 at Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors. Services will be held 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10, 2003 in the Chapel of Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors with Dr. Rev. Colin P. Kelly III officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE 884-1188
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Hults -- Ruth Inez Hults, 77, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1985, died on Thursday, April 3, 2003 at the Heart Hospital of New Mexico. Ruth was born April 17, 1925 the daughter of AlvinMulkey and Annie Ruth Erwin Ezell in Bovina, Texas. She had retired as group leader of benefits at Los Alamos National Laboratory. It was unusual for a non-degreed person to achieve the status of group leader. She wasa life member of the Order of Eastern Star, Los Alamos Chapter. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Frank H. Hults of the family home; daughters, Nancy Wood and husband, Jim of Las Cruces and Beverly Kaya and husband, Keith of Honolulu, HI; sons, Ronald Frank Hults and wife, Sherrey of Sacramento, CA, andW. LarryHults and wife, Rebecca of Los Alamos; sister, Ruby Baker of Dallas, TX; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Ezell of Galveston, TX; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2003 at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Vista Verde Mortuary, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. Interment will follow at 11:30 a.m. in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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Kees -- Harry M. Kees, 90, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kees; daughters, Barbara Martinez and husband, A.J., Helen Reeves and husband, Fred, all of Albuquerque and Pat Gormley of Lincoln, CA; sons, Harold and Rick Kees of Albuquerque; sister, Theda Noe of Norman, OK; and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Harry worked for Public Service for 30 years as a plant operator. He loved to fish and hunt for most of his life. Harry enjoyed going to Las Vegas with his family. Graveside services will be held Thursday, 2:00 p.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE, with Pastor Lemuel M. Boyles officiating. Contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association, 8100 Mountain Rd NE, Ste 102, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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Kenneson -- Lillian Kenneson, 53, died Friday, April 4, 2003. Lillian was preceded in death by her mother Prisca Metzgar. Lillian is survived by her father, Alfonso Metzgar, sister, Dorothy Griego; daughter, Natalie Kenneson-Bridwell, David Bridwell; their son, Mark Bridwell as well as many loved ones. Mark is her only grandson; in addition she had three wonderful godchildren each of whom were her pride and joy. Lillian embraced the gift of life, allowing it to serve as a lesson to all who surrounded her. She is a servant of Christ, a steward of hope, and a symbol of unconditional love. All who know Lillian have been blessed as witnesses to a life of Christianity. Her presence reflected an array of beauty. Envision the colors through a stained glass window during sunset and she will be there; smell the life in a botanical garden, and she will be there; hear a symphony and she will be there. She will always be remembered as a host for grace, as one who was concerned for and loved the poor, and one whose strength continuously prevailed for those she loved. Her happiness was a stronghold for all of her family and friends and she will forever be present through spirit and love. Special thanks from Natalie; to all of the staff at Vista Sandia Hospice, as well as Dr. Saiki, and Dr. Ampuero, and each nurse who cared for my mom. All family and friends thank you from the bottom of my heart. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the NM Symphony Orchestra, 3301 Menaul NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 or to the NM Zoological Society, 1320 Iron SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Lillian will be remembered on Friday, April 11, 2003 with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, and a Mass on Saturday, April 12, 2003, at 2:00 p.m., at the Aquinas Newman Center, 1815 Las Lomas Rd. NE.French Mortuary University Blvd. Chapel 843-6333
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Knearl -- Homer L. Knearl, 96, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1972, passed away on April 6, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Inez J. Knearl of Rio Rancho; daughter, Betty Zimmerman of Rio Rancho; son, Homer Lee Knearl of Superior, CO; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Velma Knearl of Wichita, KS and Cora Belle Hall of Fort Collins, CO; one nephew, John Hall of Denver, CO. He was preceded in death by six brothers. Homer was a member of First United Methodist Church in Albuquerque and was their Finance Chairman for six years and also taught Sunday school for 25 years. He was president of Rio Rancho Homeowners Association and President of the Albuquerque Northwest Lions Club. Homer was chairman of the First Study Committee for the Incorporation of Rio Rancho. He started as a Service Station Dealer in Winfield, Kansas and advanced through many sales and management positions to the corporate headquarters at the Chrysler Building in New York City and retired in 1970 after 37 years with Texaco Inc. Homer had been very active in civic and community affairs in Rio Rancho since arriving here in 1972. Service will take place on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 314 Lead SW. Burial will follow at Vista Verde Cemetery, 4310 Sara Rd. SE, Rio Rancho. Memorial contributions may be made to Rio Rancho Lions Club, Hearing Assistance Program, P.O. Box 15212, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Friends may visit French Mortuary Westside Chapel on Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. French Mortuary 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW 897-0300
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Larue -- Jay LaRue, 74, a resident of Santa Fe, NM for 25 years, formally of Albuquerque, NM passed away Sunday, April 6, 2003 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born December 20, 1928 in Crockett, TX, to Tom W. & Alie (Cheairs) LaRue. Jay married Juanita Lawler on December 7, 1951, she survives him of their home. Other survivors include two sons, Jim and wife, Sheryl LaRue, Mike and wife, Cristal LaRue; four brothers, Virgil, Irvin, T.W., and Carl LaRue; one sister, Anna Lee Scoggins; and five grandchildren, Mikey, Molly, Mac, Jacque, and Haley LaRue. Jay enlisted in the National Guard almost straight out of High School at age 18, from there he enlisted and served our Country during the Korean Conflict. (Sergeant). Wounded and nearly killed in action in Central Korea, he spent over 18 months on a Navy Hospital ship in the bay of Seoul before moving the spend months more in the Navy Hospital in California. Jay was awarded the Purple Heart and numerous other medals for his service and was very proud of his time in the military. Jay and Juanita trained horses together on the racetrack as a team for almost thirty years and their time on the racetrack was probably to this day Jay's greatest pleasure. Jay and Nita had many great times with good folks on the track, Jay spent a great many hours with the horses he loved, and had a reputation for taking very good care of them - it was indeed a"work of love." Jay was very proud of his three-star letterman status at Soccoro High School. A very talented athlete, he excelled at all sports, but especially football, basketball, and track. He continued to be an avid sports fan all through life, never missing a college or pro game when he could help it. Jay was also passionate about politics and very outspoken about his beliefs, he was indeed very patriotic and believed strongly that Americans had an obligation to be informed and get involved. Jay obviously loved his family very much although he may not have always been able to demonstrate it. He is missed already by both family and friends, who wish him greatest peace. A Memorial will be held Thursday April 10, 2003-11:30 a.m. at the Moriarty Church of Christ, with John C. Booth Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty, NM 832-6130.
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Martinez -- Myrtle D. Martinez, age 85, passed away in Albuquerque on April 5, 2003. Myrtle Martinez was born June 25, 1917 in Center, TX. She had made her home in Tucumcari until 1972, moving to Albuquerque. Surviving Myrtle Martinez is her son, Pat Martinez of Albuquerque; two daughters, Angie Houston of Tucumcari and Patty Alfred of Llano, CA; two sisters, Ruby Ortega of Las Vegas, NV and Theo Lafferty of Tucumcari; one brother, Charles Dekel of Anthony, NM; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Dunn Memorial Chapel with Rev. Gene Richardson, Methodist Minister officiating. Burial will be in the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.
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McCormick -- Marit McCormick, 90 and a longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away April 6, 2003. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard McCormick in June 1996. Marit is survived by her son, Michael McCormick; grandson, Sean McCormick; and numerous friends who love her. She will be cremated and laid to rest among the roses at Vista Verde Cemetery in Rio Rancho. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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