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Arvas -- In Loving Memory "Yia Yia" Katherine"Kay" Arvas September 8, 1915 - October 27, 1997 We Miss You So Much Your Family
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Bebber -- In Loving Memory of Chester Francis Bebber, Jr., April 10, 1927, Albuquerque, NM October 19, 2002, Denver, COChester F. Bebber, Jr., 75, of Denver, CO died at his home after a long illness. Chester is survived by his wife of 53 years, Delores; four children; nine grandchildren; three sisters, Henrietta Loy of Albuquerque, Ruth Bebber of Ashland, OR and Marilyn Sheppard of Albuquerque; and sister-in-law, Jacko Bebber of Chico, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Chester and Henrietta Bebber; and his brother, Bill Bebber. Chester graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1944 and from the University of Montana. He was a World War II Marine Corps Veteran; a retired geologist; and was a worldwide traveler.
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Bernal -- Rose Bernal, 72, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, October 25, 2002, peacefully at home in the arms of her loving family. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dalio Bernal in May 1999. She is survived by her children, Virginia Sanchez, Madeline Bernal, Michael Bernal, Patsy Tavarez, Sandra Domiguez, Mary (Lena) Garcia and Renee Rose Bernal; their spouses, Louie Sanchez, Bobby Gonzales, Barbara Bernal, Jaime Tavarez, Johnny Dominguez and Eddie Garcia. Rose was blessed with her grandchildren, Brian and Louie (We/G) Sanchez, Yvonee Gonzales, Melissa Bernal, Melinda Bernal, Dalio (DJ) Tavarez, Ursula Contreras, Mario Dominguez and Joseph (EJ) Garcia; and three great-grandchildren, Brian Sanchez, Alyssa Contreras and Justin Contreras. She is also survived by her step-mother, Feloniz Duran; brothers and sisters and their families, Jerry Duran, Orlando Duran, Manuel Duran, Delma Gonzales, Eligio Duran, Angelica Duran, Raymond Duran, Philbert Duran, Lupita Morgas, Nancy Morgas and Patsy Sanchez; brother-in-law, Phillip Baca and wife, Juanita; sisters-in-law, Ricky Smith and Anita Andrade and husband, Joe; and many nieces and nephews. Rosary will be recited Monday, 7:00 p.m., at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, 5525 Fortuna NW. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brian Sanchez, We/G Sanchez, Mario Dominguez, EJ Garcia, Melissa Bernal and Melinda Bernal. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Valenzuela, Orlando Duran, Tony Contreras, Phillip Baca and Carlos (Carlitos) Ortiz. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE. Mom, life has been so wonderful because of all you have done for us. You created such warm feelings, brought so much happiness and gave us so much love. Thank You. We know as you reached the Gates where the Light of Lights poured out, your angel met you with extended arms welcoming you into Heaven, and you were greeted by shouts of joy saying"You're Home!" There is a glorious welcome going on in Heaven right now. Mom, we will miss you. God Bless you. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Carrico -- Mark Carrico, wood designer and longtime resident of Albuquerque passed away on October 23, 2002 in South Bend, IN. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; and children, Julie Marie, Dominic and Sarafina. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Aquinas Newman Center at 1815 Las Lomas near the UNM campus on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. with Father Bob Keller officiating. Donations to the Theresa Carrico family can be sent directly to the Aquinas Newman Center. Funeral Services also will take place in South Bend, IN on Monday, October 28, 2002 under the direction of Palmer-Guisianger Mortuary, 3708 Michigan, South Bend, IN.
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Chavez -- Mrs. Florence Elizabeth Chavez, 82, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on October 24, 2002, peacefully at home in the arms of her loving family. Mrs. Chavez is the beloved mother to one son, Donald Packingham and wife Della. Mrs. Chavez is also survived by three sisters, Ellen Garcia and husband Herman, Margaret Sanchez and Mildred Archibeque and husband Tony; three grandchildren, Don Andrew Packingham, Donna Elizabeth Woody and husband Justin and David Packingham; three great grandchildren, Don Andres Packingham, Dustin Patten and Kyle Packingham; a special niece, Patsy Wardle; a best friend, Dolores Smith; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Chavez was preceded in death by her husband, David A. Chavez; sisters, Dorothy Rubi and Lena Smith; a brother, John Lyons and a granddaughter, Debra Lucille Packingham. Mrs. Chavez was the wife of a World War I I Veteran Batan Death March Survivor. A visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 3:30pm until 4:00pm, with a Rosary to be recited at 4:00pm by Deacon Harry Beare. A final visitation will be Monday morning in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, 1000 Old Coors Rd SW from 9:00am until 10:00am. A graveside service will be held at 10:30am at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery by Reverend Jesus Bermudez and Mrs. Louisa Bermudez. Pallbearers will be, Don Packingham, David Packingham, Antonio V. Silva, Vernon Smith, Jim Wardle and Graham Smith. Gabaldon Mortuary in charge of the arrangements. 243-7861
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Chavez -- The family of Mr. Manuel R. Chavez wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during their recent loss. Your kindness will always be remembered. Funeral services were entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th Street NW
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Christensen -- Lydia Christensen, 93, a resident of Albuquerque for more than 50 years, died Saturday, 19 October 2002. Lydia was born in Flaxton, North Dakota. She was a Registered Nurse, and practiced nursing in Portales, NM, before coming to Albuquerque, where she worked for the Public Health Service until her retirement. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Lydia is the last of a family of nine brothers and sisters. Her death marks the passing of a generation of sons and daughters of pioneers from Denmark who settled on the plains of North Dakota. She was beloved by her family, and the large number of her nieces, nephews, and their offspring. Memorial Services will be held at La Vida Llena on 2, November 2002 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 8100 Mountain Road NE, Suite 102, Albuquerque, NM 87110.
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Corner -- Cecil Corner, 90, died Tuesday, October 22, 2002, in Los Alamos, NM, after a long and healthy life. Born April 2, 1912, in Leeds, England, ninth in a family of ten children, Cecil left for New York in 1930. He graduated from Cooper Union with a degree in architecture in 1934, became a U.S. citizen in 1937, and married June Fox in 1938. Cecil served as a staff sergeant in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. His unit was part of the planned invasion of Japan until the dropping of the atomic bomb made that unnecessary. After discharge in 1946, he returned to his career with the U.S. Civil Service, which over the course of 30 years took him and his family from New York City to Sacramento, CA; Kodiak, AK; Little Rock, AR; Buffalo, NY; and then to Albuquerque in 1956 where he put down roots. He fell in love with the Southwest, and after retirement in 1972, he started painting its vibrant colors, bold forms, and muscular horses. He and June celebrated 60 years of a loving marriage before she died December 31, 1998. He moved to Los Alamos a year later to be close to his only child, Dorothy and son-in-law, Anthony Amsden. During his three years in Los Alamos, he published his memoirs, A Yorkshireman's Odyssey, and had several exhibits of his oil paintings. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at Sombrillo Nursing Home in Los Alamos on Wednesday, October 30, at 10:30 a.m.
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Croxton -- Donald B. Croxton, a resident of Albuquerque for 42 years, died Saturday, October 26, 2002. Don was born in Moline, Illinois on January 13, 1929 to Charles and Miriam Croxton. He graduated from Moline High School in 1947. He also attended college at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan where he graduated in 1958 with a degree in Theology. Don received his certification as a Respiratory Therapist while in Albuquerque. While attending college he met and married Nancy Dowell. They had four children, David, Kathy, Becky and Robert. In 1960 the Croxton's moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where Don worked at various jobs. He taught Biology and Math at Lincoln Jr. High, he worked at Presbyterian and Lovelace Hospitals before hiring on at TVI, where he worked for 30 years teaching Respiratory Therapy, Math and English classes. Don loved to fly fish on the San Juan River with his friends. He also took up woodcarving and 'dabbled' in writing. He was a very spiritual man who was strong in his faith. Through his spiritual leadership over the years he brought many to the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. He recently enjoyed teaching a Sunday school class at the First United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, NM. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his children, David Croxton and wife, Mindy from Apopka, FL, Kathy Gardner and husband, Ted from Winston Salem, NC, Becky Witte and husband, Joe from Sandpoint, ID, and Dr. Robert Croxton and wife, Melissa from Los Osos, CA, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Juanita Bissell and husband, LeVerne from Hot Springs, AK, his brother Larry Croxton and wife, Ann from Heflin, LA, his brother Robert in Silvis, IL along with his cousins, nieces and nephews. His mother and father and older brother Walter precedes him in death. Services for Donald B. Croxton will be held Saturday, November 2, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 4th & Lead, SW. Interment will follow at Vista Verde Cemetery, Rio Rancho, NM. Friends may visit French Mortuary-Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd., NW. (3 Blocks N. of Paseo Del Norte) Friday, November 1st from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
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Donald -- Vera N. Donald, 77, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque since, died Wednesday, October 23, 2002. She is survived by his son, Danny P. Donald and wife Sharee; daughter, Leah Garris; grandchildren, Wesley and Justin Donald and Corby and Kelly Garris; brother, Phillip Rockwell and wife Sandra, all of Albuquerque; and sisters, Florence Watson, Fay Scutt, Fern Kahlor, Wilma Dillow and Phyllis Stephens. Services were held Saturday, 10:00 a.m., at Del Norte Baptist Church, 5800 Montgomery NE, with Dr. Robert Myers officiating. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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