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Trujillo -- Patrick Trujillo died Friday at the age of 41. He is survived by his mother Martha Trujillo, one brother, Martin Trujillo, and four sisters, Rosemary Garcia Dolores, Darlene, and Berna Trujillo. Arrangements by Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 3rd st S.W.
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Tull -- Wilfred O. Coach Tull, 86, a resident of Albuquerque since 1977 passed away peacefully in his home after a long battle with cancer. Coach Tull died in the presence of his wife and daughter on Tuesday January 7th, 2003. He was born in Trinidad & Tobago on October 5, 1916. Coach Tull retired from the United Nations in 1976 where he worked for 20 years. As an Olympian, husband, father, grandfather, friend and coach, he will be missed by the many whose lives he touched. As an Olympian he was the first athlete to represent Trinidad & Tobago at the XIV Olympics in London, England, in 1948. As a husband he truly was the head of the household. As a father he was a disciplinarian and provided us with the tools to be independent, and instilled in us a work ethic to always be the best. As a grandfather he wanted the very best for his grandchildren and was always there for them. As a friend he was supportive of those who needed his time and energy. As a coach he worked hard to bring out the very best in each of his athletes. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Monica; his sons, Julien Tull; Wesley Foster; Robert Foster; Wilfred Tull, Jr.; Wendell Tull and wife, Angela; and his only daughter, Hazel Tull-Leach and husband, Ken, as well as grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 18th at 1:30 p.m., at St. Johns Episcopal Cathedral, 318 Silver Ave. SW, with The Rev. Gary Meade officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wilfred Coach Tull Memorial Fund, Albuquerque Community Foundation, P.O. Box 36960, Albuquerque, NM 87176-6960. The fund will benefit student-athletes who are participating in track & field at the collegiate level.
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Tuttle -- Lucius McCall"Mac" Tuttle, 72, a resident of Albuquerque since 1938, passed away on January 9, 2003. He is survived by his sister, Jean Tuttle of Albuquerque; niece, Lori Bausback and husband, Eric and their family, Jeremy and Brandon Davis all of San Jose, CA; nephew, Jeffrey McCall Carlon and his family, Nathan McCall and Alex Jeffrey Carlon all of Sandy, UT; numerous cousins including, Mary Lou Sinnott and family, Cori, Tim, Mike, Carina and Miguel Sinnott; Jim, Becky, Jimmy and Jennifer Tuttle all of Albuquerque, Bob and Cindy Jacks of Kerrville, TX, Pat and Angie Hodges and family, Bob and Diane Tuttle all of Tennessee, Jerry, Sylvia, Mark and Daniel McCall Tuttle, Bill, Kathy, Matthew Tuttle and family, Charles McCall and Jimmie Tuttle all of Dallas, TX and dear friend, Geraldine Campbell of Albuquerque. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Lucius worked for Railway Express for 20 years, he was employed by Qwest for 15 years as a printer and retired in 1997. He graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1949. Lucius was a member of First Christian Church. Service will take place on Monday, January 13, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at French Mortuary-Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (3 blocks N. of Paseo del Norte) Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul Blvd. NW. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Westside Chapel, on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch, 6209 Hendrix NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.
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Vinzant -- Ronald J. Vinzant, a long time resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on January 10, 2003. Ronald was born on November 14, 1941 in Los Angeles CA. He came to New Mexico in 1981 from Kentucky. He was very proud to have served over 20 years in the US Army, serving several tours of duty overseas. After his military retirement, he went on to work as a warehouse manager for Quality Imports, manager of U.S. Cotton, and as a mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office. His favorite pastime was working in his yard. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Ronald was preceded in death by his wife, Linda in 1999. He is survived by his daughters, Inge Bishop of Panorama City CA, Angie Hughes and husband, Greg of Tularosa NM, and Janet and husband, Mike Coburn of Estancia NM; brother, Grady Moss of Scottsdale AZ; grandchildren, Jason, Brandi, Chelsey, Tyler, Haley, and Spencer; his very special friends, Nila and Leonard Baker; and his beloved dog, Odie. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Sunrise Funeral Options, 2400 Southern Blvd., Rio Rancho, NM. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery with the U.S. Army Honors Detail presenting military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the DAV Chapter 3, 1121 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Services under the care of Sunrise Funeral Options (505) 891-9192.
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Walker -- Nellita Elizabeth Walker, died at home on Friday, January 3, 2003. She was born October 18, 1918 in New Orleans, to Louis and Lillian Mejia. The parents divorced, and Nellita traveled with her father who was an orchestra cellist. Upon his death, Nellita lived in New Orleans with her mother. Nellita came to Albuquerque to enter the University of New Mexico in 1932 where she met Andrew Ralph Walker. Nellita earned a BA in English, and the couple married on December 29, 1937. Nellita worked for the Albuquerque Journal and reported for the International News Service. She started the Youth Employment Service in 1952. In 1966, Nellita earned a MA in education and became a teacher, then a reading specialist. Nellita was preceded in death by her youngest son, Todd in 1969, and by her husband in 1996. She leaves a son, Duff Walker and wife, Elise; grandsons, Kirk, Scott and wife, Amber; great-grandchildren, Max, Sophia, and Analise. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 13, 2003 at the UNM Alumni Chapel, call 277-5808 for directions. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th NW Albuquerque, 343-8008.
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Watt -- Ruth Shirley Howe, 82, a resident of Albuquerque since 1967 passed away peacefully at home on January 9, 2003. Born in Chicopee Falls, MA on May 12, 1921 and raised in Union, Maine. Ruth is survived by her husband, John Collin Watt; son, Colin Campbell Watt; daughter, Susan Watt Young; grandson, John Carlton Young all of Albuquerque; brother, Charles Howe and wife, Anne of Thorndyke, ME; sister, Virginia Howe Delaney of Due West, SC; and nieces and nephews. Ruth was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, a dear friend and neighbor who inspired us all with her quiet strength and insight. Her family wishes to extend its heartfelt appreciation to all of those who assisted us in her care, most especially those of Lovelace Hospice. It was Ruth's wish that there be no services, but memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107.
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Word -- The Family of Word Hugh Payne wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all family and friends for the support and kind expressions of sympathy received during our time of loss. Thank you so much. Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave SE was in charge of all arrangements.
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Zdunek -- Estell O. Zdunek, 85, of Albuquerque, passed away at Valle Norte Caring Center in Albuquerque. She was born on May 15, 1917, in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee and moved to Albuquerque in 1959. Estell is survived by her six children, Helen Dew, Dennis Zdunek, Tom Zdunek, and Donna Zdunek all of Albuquerque, Leeanna Travis, of Santa Fe, NM, and Roland Zdunek of Coral Springs, FL. She is also survived by eight grandchildren. She was a life-long member of the Church of Christ and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. As the ravages of Alzheimer's Disease slowly took Estell away from her family and friends, she was finally call to her Lord on January 4, 2003. Her remains will be laid to rest in Turner Cemetery near Hermitage Springs, Tennessee next to her parents and other family members. She will remain forever in the hearts of her children and grandchildren.
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Baca -- Josephine S. Baca, age 86, and an Albuquerque resident died January 8, 2003. Survivors include her husband Patricio Baca; daughter, Patricia Hendren and husband, Philip of Albuquerque; son, Deacon Rudolph F. Baca and wife, Juanita of Albuquerque; brothers, John J. Sanchez of MN and Eduard Sanchez of Santa Fe; nine grandchildren; great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Josephine was a member of San Ignacio and St. Therese Little Flower Churchs; she also worked for Bernalillo County as a Probate Court Clerk until the mid 1970's. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 10, 2003 in the Palm Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2003 at St. Therese Little Flower Church 300 Mildred Ave. NW with Fr. Jim Suntum, Celebrant. Serving, as Pallbearers will be Rodolfo Baca, Carlos Baca, Joaquin Baca, Javier Baca, Rudolph Patrick Baca and Chris Hendren. Honorary Pallbearers will be Maria Carmen Vahtel, Monica Rawson, and Philip P. Hendren II. Strong-Thorne Mortuary is entrusted to the care of Josephine.
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Baker -- Carlyle Juslyn Baker, 59, died on January 7, 2003 in Albuquerque. He was born in Jackson, MS to Sam and Barbara Willis Baker. Mr. Baker served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. A year ago, he moved from Jackson, MS to Albuquerque and was a member of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande. His interests included Boy Scouts, Knights of Columbus and Christian Motorcycle Club. He is survived by his wife, Mary C. Baker of Albuquerque; parents, Deacon Sam and Barbara Baker; children, Casey Xavier Baker, and from a previous marriage to Sarah Baker, Dejuan Baker, Tammy Dickerson and husband, Dwight, and Carlotta Baker (his son, Mario Baker, preceded him in death six months ago); daughter-in-law, Michele Broussard; and a grandchild, Sarah E. Baker. Also surviving are a sister, Sandra Baker-Taylor; brothers, Rhenaldo Baker and wife, Barbara and George Baker and wife, Nita; nieces and nephews; and numerous relatives and friends. A Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2003 in Chapel of Sandia, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2003 at St. Joseph on the Rio Grande, 5901 St. Joseph Drive NW, with Fr. Frank Prieto as Celebrant. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. in Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM. Sandia Funeral Care 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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