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Dixon -- Santino Salvador de Cruz-Dixon (Rufus), age 25. Born: November 19, 1977 Died: March 23, 2003Santino had a smile that lit up the night. Santino's engaging smile made you pause from your worries to feel a warm glow. Santino's open smile made quick friends out of strangers anxious to know this happy spirit. Santino's loving smile reached a place inside you where words don't go. Everyone who received his smile has its imprint stamped in their hearts. Santino loved to fish, cycle and repair old cars. He was a Jack-of-all-trades. He loved to help others. Mostly, he loved to look you in the eye and smile. Santino attended Sandia Prep School and graduated from Cushing Academy. He is survived by his mother, Valentina de Cruz-Dixon. His father, William S. Dixon, passed away four days after Santino. Santino is survived by his little sister, Naila Dixon; older sisters, Sarah Dixon and Heather Badal; brother in-law, John Badal; nieces, Rhythm and Trinity Badal; aunt, Elizabeth Dixon, NY; grandmother, Adelaida Cruz; aunts, Lola and husband, Bob Granillo, Frances and husband, Ernest Kemp, Angie Cruz, Adela and husband, Gary Kerns; uncle, Gregorio Cruz Jr. and wife, Anita, all of Tempe, Arizona; along with numerous cousins. He was predeceased by grandfather, Gregorio Cruz; and grandparents, Alma and John Dixon. He will also be missed by his faithful companions, Pedals and Malacite. Rufus, our hearts are broken that you left us. We will cherish in our hearts the 25 years we were blessed having you in our lives. Everyone is invited to Services celebrating Santino's life at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at The First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle Blvd, Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to All Faiths Receiving Home, 1709 Moon St, NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112. Interment will be private. Arrangements under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800 "Of this bad world the loveliest and best has smiled and said"Good Night" and gone to rest." (Belloc)
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Fitzgerald -- Reverend Father John Watson FitzGerald Jr. The family wishes to thank all 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 & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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Fulmer -- David Fulmer, born on January 5, 1950, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2003. He was a resident of Rio Rancho, a US Marine, a member of the National Guard and an important supporter of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. When we opened our newspapers during the balloon fiesta, it was David's picture, all dressed up in his top hat and tails, that we saw directing the launch of the balloons. His spirit will continue to soar over our blue skies. His mother, Helen Fulmer; close family friend, Bob Steager; his brother, Wesley Fulmer; niece, Jayme Lytle; and nephew; Ryan Fulmer-Lytle survive him. Memorial Services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2003 at Sunrise Funeral Home, 2400 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you direct your memorials to the David Fulmer Memorial Fund at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, c/o Pat Brake, 4401 Alameda Blvd., Albuquerque, NM 87113. David wanted to fly in the sky with the balloons and his wish has come true.
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Gallegos -- Felimon Gallegos, 80, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque passed away on March 25, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 37 years Rose Gallegos; eight children, Rose Garcia and husband, Joe, Ernest Garcia and wife, CeCe, Jenny Roybal and husband, Orlando, Virginia Archuleta and husband, Tony, Manual Martinez, Kathy Martinez, Diane Lovato and husband, Phil, and Felimon Gallegos Jr. Felimon is also survived by 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. The Pallbearer's will be his oldest grandson's, Martin Garcia, Domacio Archuleta, Anthony Archuleta, James Archuleta, Mario Marez, Russell Mcafee and Joseph Lovato as the Honorary Pallbearer. Special thanks goes out to his son Phil; daughter, Diane and her husband, Phil who at the end of his life cared for him at there home day in and day out. Felimon was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his family. Rosary Services will be held on Monday, March 31, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at 10:00 a.m., also at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1860 Griegos Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87107. Followed by Burial Services at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
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Garcia -- Mary B. Garcia, 95, went home to be with the Lord on March 28, 2003. She was born on September 10, 1907 in Magdelena, NM. Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Benito P. Garcia; and daughter, Esther Garcia. She will be deeply missed by her loving family. Visitations will be held on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Stover Chapel of Garcia Mortuary with a Rosary to be recited following at 5:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joaquin Garcia, Ronald Garcia, Ben Garcia, Johnny Garcia, Raymond Garcia and Jack Martinez. Services are in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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Gibbons -- James Brown Gibbons, 88, a resident of Albuquerque since 1955, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Josephine Gibbons of Albuquerque; daughter, Flori Beauchesne and husband, David, of Corrales, NM; grandchildren Mariah Gibbons and Joel Gibbons of Albuquerque, NM; daughter-in-law, Maryellen Gibbons, brother-in-law, Major General Paul Patch, USAF (Ret.) and wife Rita and devoted friends, Margaret Muller, Glenn Muller, Gary Muller, Diane Ledford, Irene and Johnny Gonzales, Uncle Gonzales and Jimmy Silva. He was preceded in death by his son, James Paul Gibbons in March of 2000. Mr. Gibbons was born in Oklahoma City, OK and graduated from Oklahoma City Central High School in 1935. He worked for the Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City from 1938 to 1941 as a radio technician. He held a commercial broadcaster's license and diploma in television operation and maintenance. Mr. Gibbons was stationed in the European Theater during WWII serving in the Army Air Corp. He worked with the AAF and Royal Air Force in England in a radar-photographic section. Mr. Gibbons met and married Josephine Patch in Denver, CO and they were married in 1945. He worked at Lowry Air Force Base and taught photography bomb navigation. Mr. and Mrs. Gibbons moved to Albuquerque in 1955 where he worked for Sandia National Labs until his retirement in 1979. He owned and operated Gibbons Camera Service until 2002. He was a member of SPT, a photography publication and a long time member of Hoffmantown Church. Mr. Gibbons was a loving husband, beloved father and grandfather and a friend to many and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Services will be held Monday, March 31, 2003, 1:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE with Chaplain Lemuel Boyles, Col. USAF (Ret.), officiating. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends may visit Monday, March 31, 2003, at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, from 12:30 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Albuquerque Academy for a student scholarship fund, 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE, 87109. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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Gutierrez -- Eva B. Gutierrez, age 74, Our Lord and her Son have come to take her home on March 27, 2003. Eva was retired from Presbyterian Hospital. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Ernie Encinias; her parents Valentin and Timotea Baros. She is survived by her daughter Chris Lucero and husband Sam; granddaughters, Cynthia Leon and husband Victor, Melanie Pino and husband Thomas; grandsons Matthew Lucero and Joseph Lucero; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Isaac, and Adrian Leon, Michelle Pino, Anthony and Michael Lucero. Also surviving are one brother, John Baros and wife Lottie; one sister Betty Sanchez and husband Toby; a special son, Jerry Gutierrez and the Gutierrez family, Bob, Joe, Orlando, Virginia and Pricilla of Hondo, NM; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitations will be held Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Alameda Mortuary; followed by a Rosary and Funeral Services at 2:00 p.m. Graveside services will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Corona Community Cemetery, in Corona, NM. Casketbearers will be Lincoln Sanchez, Pete Corralez, Jr., Danny Baros, Larry Chavez, Randy Maldonado and Patrick Sanchez. Honorary bearers will be Tomas Campos, Tobias Baros, Orlando Baros and Thomas Tafoya. Special thanks extended to the Staff of Valle Norte Care Center. Funeral services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW 898-3160
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Hatfield -- Everette Hatfield, born May 3, 1925 in Hardy, KY, died comfortably in his home in Albuquerque, NM, Wednesday, March 26, 2003 after a prolonged illness. Everette is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Virginia Damron Hatfield; sons, William A. Hatfield of Plano, TX and Larry E. Hatfield of Blanding, UT; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Everette and Virginia have resided in Albuquerque for over 33 years. He served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1967. During this period, he served in World War II, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam. His last sea duty was aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. He served with VB 110 during World War II and participated in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Campaign, D Day Invasion, and numerous missions over occupied Europe. His shipboard service included duty aboard the Naval Aircraft Carriers USS Wright, USS Siapan, USS Enterprise and USS Kitty Hawk. Lt. Hatfield served in numerous Naval Air Squadrons worldwide. Everette had also served as the Senior Chief at the U.S. Navy's elite Test Pilot School. He was on the cutting edge of the United States Navy's transition to jet aircraft. Everette held every enlisted grade in the United States Navy and retired a Commissioned Officer. His many awards and decorations include the Air Medal and Air Combat Crewman's Wings with Three Gold Stars. His wife, family, friends, neighbors, and military will miss him. Private services will be held. Interment will be held in Santa Fe National Cemetery with full military honors. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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Jackson -- Leslie Ray Jackson, a loving husband, father, son and grandfather, was born December 20, 1939 in Alamogordo, NM. He was a resident of Albuquerque, NM. since 1968 and passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2003. Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his father, Ell Dee Jackson; his grandparents, H.I. and Annie Cook and John and Mattie Jackson. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 34 years, Rosita C. Jackson; mother, Coma Jackson; daughter, Theresa Cordova and husband, John; sons, Joseph Jackson and wife, Caroline, Matthew Jackson and wife, Sandy; grandchildren, Felicia, Julian, Jeremy, Nikki and John and great grandchildren, Valerie and Ayana; and his brother, Harris Dee Jackson and wife, Sandy. He was an draftsman by trade and worked for the County of Bernalillo and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, where he retired from in 1992. Before his illness, he was active and enjoyed outdoors, yard work and keeping busy. A Rosary will be recited at Holy Family Catholic Church, 550 Atrisco SW on Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church on Monday, March 31, 2003 at 9:00 a.m. followed by interment at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be Roger Archuleta, Charles Neal, David Martinez, Jr., Jimmy Livingston, Fred Livingston and Michael Montoya. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW 505-343-8008.
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Johnson -- Lula Mae Johnson, 92. Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 31, 2003, 10:00, at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Graveside Services will follow at Santa Fe Memorial Gardens, Santa Fe, NM. Mrs. Johnson was born in Beinville, LA on Friday, May 20, 1910 and died Thursday, March 27, 2003 at Mission Manor after being bedridden for more than ten years. She was the widow of Charles W. Johnson, who served as Assistant New Mexico State Highway Engineer. He preceded her in death in 1970. She and her husband were married July 17 1928 in Little Rock, AR. At the time he was pitcher for the Triple A Little Rock Travelers and she was in nurses training there. After their marriage, they moved to Aztec, NM. A homemaker, Mrs. Johnson lived in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. She is survived by her children, Jean and Al Cynova of Soda Springs, ID and Rio Rancho, NM; Mary and Eric Odendahl of Santee, CA; Phyllis and Peter Maglione of Sandia Park, NM; and Charles Gregory and Odessa Johnson of Redlands, CA; 13 grandchildren, Tommy Cynova of Afton, WY, Debbie Talik of Rio Rancho, NM, Terry Odendahl of Santa Fe, NM, Pamela Odendahl-Quant of San Leandro, CA, Cindy Adams of SeaTac, WA, Jim Hill and Charley Hill of Albuquerque, NM, Mary Hill-Matthews of Sandia Park, NM, Rhonda Johnson of Detroit, MI, Charley Johnson, Kenny Johnson, Maegan Johnson and Kristen Johnson, all of Redlands, CA; 17 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. She was a loving mother and grandmother. All will miss her infectious laughter. The family expresses special thanks to Peter Maglione, Diana Sanchez and all who cared for Mrs. Johnson during her illness. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Sunday, March 30, 2003, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts are requested to be made to Lovelace Hospice of Albuquerque, 5403 Gibson SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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