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Connor -- Wesley Olin Connor IV, age 54, a resident of Albuquerque for 30 years died April 1, 2003. Survivors include his sister, Kathleen C. Vergara and husband George of FL; brother, Karl Bliss of TX; nieces and Nephews, George Wesley Vergara, Mario Pipho, Theressa Vergara and Kristen Bliss. Wesley served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2003 in Fern Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary with Mr. Larry Pierson officiating. Arrangements under the direction of: Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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Craft -- Barbara K. Craft, age 86, was born in Great Bend, Kansas, November 17, 1917. She was the widow of the late Dean Craft, who was killed in World War II. Barbara lived in Albuquerque for over 50 years. Barbara worked for several United States Agencies; Federal Civil Service employee, Social Security Administration in its early years, Soil Conservation Service for more than 25 years, and she also worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, retiring as an administrative assistant to the regional director at the Albuquerque office. Barbara was a graduate of UNM, and after retirement she was involved in many volunteer activities including the Albuquerque Zoo, La Dera nursing home and the Taylor Ranch Library. Barbara is survived by her sister, Betty K. Lambert of Salina, Kansas; niece, Karen Black also of Salina, Kansas; nephew, Dr. Paul Lambert of Dayton, Ohio. No services will be held, cremation has taken place. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. Albuq.¯ 505-343-8008.
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Dixon -- William Smith Dixon, 59, passed away peacefully at his North Valley home on March 27, 2003, after a yearlong courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Bill was born on October 5, 1943. He graduated from the Pingry School in New Jersey in 1961. He received a Bachelor of Arts Pi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 1965. He received a doctor of laws from Yale University in 1968. Bill began a distinguished 35 year legal career with Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, PA, in 1968. He was a senior partner at the firm. He was also an adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico Law School teaching constitutional law courses on the First Amendment for 20 years. Among the many awards he received were:"Champion of Liberty" from the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association,"Outstanding Lawyer" from the Albuquerque Bar Association,"Best Lawyers in American for first amendment and business law," and the"First Amendment Torch Award" from the ACLU of New Mexico. In addition, the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government established the 1st Amendment Freedom Award in his name. Bill was passionate about his family, his friends, his clients, freedom of speech, books, the law, politics, tennis and laughter. He was a lawyer's lawyer, who used his exceptional skills in defense of unpopular clients, whether they were large corporations or a solo voice that should be heard. Bill is survived by his wife, Valentina de Cruz-Dixon; his daughters, Naila de Cruz-Dixon, Sarah Dixon, Heather Badal; son-in-law, John Badal; granddaughters, Rhythm and Trinity Badal; sister, Elizabeth Dixon, NY; Bill's son, Santino de Crux-Dixon died four days before his father. Additional survivors are mother-in-law, Adelaida Cruz; sisters-in-law, Lola and husband, Robert Granillo, Frances and husband, Ernest Kemp, Angie Cruz, Adela and husband, Gary Kerns; and brother-in-law, Gregorio Cruz Jr. and wife, Anita, all of Tempe, Arizona, along with many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Alma and John Dixon; and father-in-law, Gregorio Cruz. The Dixon family expresses their gratitude to Dr. Patrick Rivera, Dr. Richard Giudice and Dr. Susan Smith for their compassionate and quality medical care. In addition, the family wishes to thank the caring nurses at the New Mexico Cancer Center; Sharon Joyner from Presbyterian Home Health care; Janet, Sarah and Mary Jane from the Presbyterian Hospice with special gratitude to Norma Gutierrez, the hospice chaplain, for the loving support of Bill and the entire family. The family was blessed with many miraculous friends, who were Bill's angels helping the family care for him around the clock in the final weeks of his life. We are grateful for our wonderful friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Presbyterian Hospice Homecare, P.O. Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125; People Living Through Cancer, 3939 San Pedro Blvd. NE, C-8, Albuquerque, NM 87110; ACLU, P.O. Box 80915, Albuquerque, NM 87198 and New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, P.O. Box 92197, Albuquerque, NM 87199. Celebrate Bill Dixon on Monday, April 7, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. in the Alvarado Ballroom, Sheraton Old Town, 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104."These men are the good ones, who love, work, walk and dream. And on a day no different from the rest They lie down beneath the earth." (Antonio Machado)Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. 842-8800
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Eimer -- Guenther Max Eimer, 80, of Rio Rancho, passed away April 1, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Irmtraud Eimer and Ronald Montoya, the son he never had. Mr. Eimer was born in Germany on August 7, 1922, and moved to Buffalo, NY in 1927 with his family. In 1940, Guenther joined the Army as a paratrooper and was wounded in Okinawa on April 10, 1945. He was a World War II veteran and was honored with the Purple Heart. Guenther married Irmtraud on May 8, 1971 and has lived in New Mexico for the last 32 years. Guenther was ill for several long years. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Monday, April 7, 2003, 11:00 am at Hillcrest Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery, with military honors. Hillcrest Funeral Home 225 San Mateo NE 265-5959
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Flores -- The family of Mr. Carlos Flores would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Father Lancaster, St. Anne Catholic Church celebrant of the Mass, to Deacon Charlie Johnson for con celebrating the Funeral Mass and the graveside blessing, to Deacon Bob Contreras for officiating the graveside blessing, to Tony Rivera for reciting the Rosary and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: GABALDON MORTUARY 1000 Old Coors Rd SW
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Flynt -- Jim D. Flynt (Buddy) Our beloved Jim was the first son of¯ Mary E. and Jim F Flynt. He passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident April 2, 2003. He was born Sept 18,1949 in Alamogordo, NM. Jim had been a resident of Albuquerque since 1950. Jim attended local schools, Highlands University and graduating with a GPA 4.0 in electronics. Jim joined the USAF in1968 and was a decorated veteran of the Viet Nam war serving as an airborne¯communications intercept operator gathering vital enemy intelligence and targeting information. He was an entrepreneur embarking on a number of startup companies the last of which is Estancia Valley Mobile Homes, LLC. He was very active in the East Mountain Communities working to provide affordable housing alternatives to low income families. He will be remembered most ¯by his charismatic and personable nature. Jim is survived by his wife loving wife Annie , daughter's Kathleen and partner Steve Drake, Shelley and son Matthew. Grandchildren: Kathleen's children Kylene Flynt, Kayla Flynt and Brandon Drake and Matthew's son Tyler Flynt. Parents Jim F. and Mary E. Flynt, sister's Gerry Brooks, Jeanne Kubiak, Peggy Dumas and Mary Sue Flynt, brother Ken Flynt , his nephews and nieces that loved him. Many aunts, uncles and family, also surviving Jim his bestfriend from childhood Robert Chall and wife Robin and close friend Lee Hardwick. A memorial at the Moriarty Civic Center will be held at 10:00 am and a Graveside service at Sunset Memorial Park at 2:00 Monday, April 7, 2003 in Albuquerque.
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Fulbright -- Sarah L. Fulbright, 81, a resident of Albuquerque since 1949, departed this life April 2, 2003. She is survived by her daughter, Jannie Fulbright-Hall of Albuquerque; sister, Marzilla Yates of Paris, TX; four grandchildren, Tamika L. Hall, TeNesha R. Hall, Johnny R. Hall II, all of Albuquerque, and Stacy Mitchell of New Boston, TX; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, friends and family that will greatly miss her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Fulbright; father, Willie Thornton; mother, Lula Thornton-Russell; brother, Willie B. Thornton, Jr.; and stepfather, Lon Russell. A visitation for Sarah will be held Sunday, April 6, 2003, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Shiloh Baptist Church, 608 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 7, 2003, 11:00 AM, also at Shiloh Baptist Church, with Rev. V.L. Wilson, officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park. Pallbearers are J.C. Baty, Arthur Baty, James Williams, Lonzo Aikins, Leroy Brown, and Chris Henderson. Hillcrest Funeral Home 225 San Mateo NE 265-5959NEW !!
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Fuller -- Mark David Fuller, 49, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 31, 2003. Mark is survived by his mother, Annie; loving caretakers, Almita and Rudy Pacheco of Albuquerque; loyal friends Eloy and Gary; brothers, Drew and Steve of Albuquerque; and sister, Ginger McLamore of McKinney, TX. Mark also had four nieces, Angela, Jeni, Jesi, and Sarah; three nephews, Eric, Kyle and Kory; and one great-niece, Sophia. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Fuller; and his father. Mark was born in Kermit, TX, on September 26, 1953 to Andra Lee Fuller and Annie Lee Moreau Fuller. The family moved to McLean, TX in 1957 and back to Jal, NM in 1966 where Mark graduated from high school in 1972. Mark's school days were filled with many friends and fond memories. He was an avid and gifted golfer throughout his high school days and enjoyed working in the Pro Shop at the Jal Country Club. Mark received a scholarship to play golf for Clarendon"Texas" Jr. College. After his junior college days, Mark joined the US Navy and served aboard the USS Monticello. He enjoyed traveling with Rudy and Almita Pacheco and looked forward to their next excursion. He was a good hearted, gregarious and loving person who liked to share his ideas with all. Mark's nieces and nephews dearly loved to chat with him and will truly miss not having conversations about the system. Mark loved macaroni and cheese, red beans and rice, drinking Dr. Peppers, smoking Marlboro cigarettes, and reading candy wrapper labels to the amusement of everyone. The Veterans Hospital Staff were among Mark's biggest fans and were deeply sadden to hear of his passing. Services will be held Saturday, April 5, 2003, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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Garcia -- The family of Mrs. Alice Garcia would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Father Manuel Viera, Holy Family Catholic Church, celebrant of the Mass, to Gabriella Nieto for reciting the Rosary and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors SW 243-7861
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Griego -- Alfred (Al) Griego March 17, 2002 Our Love His face, his smile, and his hands. Our love, our memories. We shared a special love--a love that could never end. Now it still hasn't ended. Just seeing the tears in his eyes, and the pain in his face just breaks my heart. I could probably write a million things about how good a grandpa he was. Not a single bad thing about him. His face, his smile, and his hands. Our love, our memories. We love and miss you very much Written by Amanda Padilla 3/ 16/ 02
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