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Baca -- Sgt. Leonard R. Baca, born February 20, 1940 died Wednesday, November 13, 2002 in Albuquerque at the age of 62. Mr. Baca is survived by his wife of 33 years, Betty Baca; one sister, Ramona and husband, Louis Garcia; sons, Michael, Carlos, Demetrio, Richard and wife, Ramona; four daughters, Ieane and husband, Ruben Garcia, Michelle and husband, Paul Aguilar, Lisa and husband, Tony Aguilar, Denise and husband, Joe Martinez; 21 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He will be remembered by many loved ones. Memorial Services for Mr. Baca will be held on Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. Honorary Pallbearers will be Emmanuel, Alfred, Joshua, Jacob, Jeremy, Isaac and Daniel. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Church. Arrangements by Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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Bailey -- Betty J. Bailey, 75, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, resident of Albuquerque, formerly of Los Alamos, passed away on November 14, 2002. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Larry Bailey of Albuquerque; three sons, Barry Bailey of Los Alamos and friend, Joanne Roybal of Espanola, Marc Bailey and wife, Susan of Los Alamos and Randle Bailey and wife, Christina of Albuquerque. Betty is also survived by her three grandchildren, Jacob, Michelle and Matthew Bailey; and numerous relatives and friends. Betty enjoyed fishing and was an accomplished bridge player. She will be truly missed by those who loved her. Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 18, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary - Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (3 blocks N. of Paseo del Norte.) In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas NE, Attn: Lorraine West, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110.
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Barreras -- In Loving Memory of Dorothy S. Barreras June 14, 1922 - November 16, 1999Gone but not forgotten Forever missed, forever remembered, forever loved. Your loving family
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Batsel -- Leona M. Batsel, 92, a resident of Albuquerque since 1957, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002 in an Indianapolis, IN Nursing Home. Leona Clara Cisco was born June 19, 1910 in New Kensington, PA. She graduated from New Kensington High School. She worked for Alcoa in Pennsylvania and Phoenix, AZ. Leona was an active member of Progress Women's Club, First Baptist Church and Hoffmantown Church. She was also an avid bridge player. She is survived by her wonderful, caring nieces, Constance Rupel of Indianapolis, IN and Jacqueline Conaway of Lafayette, IN who took Leona under their wing and gave such great care and comfort in her last years. Also surviving are her stepchildren, Katherine Scrivner of Durango, CO and Charlie Batsel of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Margie Disque of Albuquerque and Chuck Batsel of Arlington, TX; seven great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; seven great-nieces and nephews; and 15 great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Horace"Dutch" Miller of Casa Grande, AZ; her 2nd husband, Paul M. Batsel of Albuquerque; stepson, Bill; one grandson; and one nephew. Services will be held Monday, November 18, 2002, 10:30 a.m., at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE, Dr. Robert Butler officiating. Entombment will follow at Chester T. Memorial Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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Billingsley -- Harold"Dean" Billingsley February 4, 1941 - November 9, 2002The Lord called Dean home on November 9, 2002. His long and courageous battle with cancer has ended. Dean touched many hearts in his short 61 years and all who knew him will remember him always with love and respect. We will all miss him! Dean was raised in the farming country of Arkansas, where he spent his younger years farming, hunting and fishing with his family. He left home at the age of 18 to work for Western Union in the Southern states. At the age of 24, he went to work for Mountain Bell in Belen, NM and retired there in 2000. He then moved to Buchanan Dam, TX with his wife, Ann the following year to help care for his wife's ailing parents. He is survived by his wife, Ann Billingsley of Buchanan Dam, TX; mother, Dora Billingsley of Tuckerman, AR; son, Steven Billingsley and wife, Valerie of Bosque, NM; daughter, Renee Marquez and husband, Joe of Belen, NM; daughter, Dr. Carla Martinez of El Paso, TX; brother, Ellis Billingsley and wife, Bev of Muscatine, IA; sisters, Jane Massey of Batesville, AR, Brenda Green and husband, Eddie of Tuckerman, AR, Martha Zuber and husband, Eugene of Newport, AR, and Shirley Hall of Batesville, AR; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Billingsley; and sister, Kathryn Billingsley. A Celebration of Dean's life will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Chapel in Belen. Family and close friends are invited to gather and remember the fun times, hunting stories and card games that Dean loved to talk about at the reception following the Service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cancer Research Center of your choice.
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Briggs -- Feliciana Briggs, 24, died suddenly in San Diego, CA on Saturday, November 9, 2002. Feliciana graduated from Stanford University and was living in San Diego with her father at the time of her death. She is survived by her father, Charles L. Briggs and stepmother, Clara Mantini-Briggs; her mother, Helena Reilly; brother, Michael of Los Angeles, CA; sister, Jessie Fries-Kraemer; brother, Gabriel Fries-Briggs; their mother, Barbara Fries, all of Albuquerque; grandmother, Nancy Gay Robb Briggs; grandfather, William C. Briggs and friend, Barbara Ellis; uncle, Christopher Briggs and wife, Patricia; their children, Matthew and Rachel; great-uncle, Herbert R. Briggs; his children, Randy and JoAnn Briggs; great-uncle, John D. Robb, Jr. and wife, Peggy of Albuquerque; their children, John Celeste, Ellen, Brad, Jeffrey and David; and great-aunt, Priscilla McDonnell and husband, Sanford of St. Louis, MO; and their children, Robin and Randy. Feliciana graduated from the Taft School in Watertown, CT, she studied a year in France, worked with Native American children in Venezuela and the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, was a gifted writer of short stories, fluent in French and Spanish, taught yoga, and loved to sing, dance and run. She will be remembered for her beauty and grace, her ebullient laughter, her intelligence and the strength of spirit and intensity of love with which she graced those who knew her. Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 1:00 p.m., at Aquinas Newman Center, 1815 Las Lomas Rd. NE, with Tom Steele, Celebrant. Cremation will follow services. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Brito -- Alfonso (Big Al) D. Brito, 74, peacefully left our lives when called home to be with our Lord. Born in Estancia, servicing our country in the United States Army, settling in Albuquerque upon his return. He served his community as a firefighter with Manzano Base and was dedicated to his family. He is forever living, always loved and remembered by his family, friends, and all he touched. Big Al is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ruth L. Brito; five daughters, Anita L. Miksch, Dolores M. Brock, Rebecca I. Myers, Roberta A. Brito and Joey E. Brito-Tenorio; three sons-in-law, Mark Miksch, Dean Tuckman and Ron Tenorio; and six grandchildren, Francisco J. Garcia, Johanna M. Stahlecker, Allison L. Brock, Christine M. Garcia, David A. Brock and Amy E. Brock; one great-grandchild, Maisie M. Finley; brothers, Efren and wife, Margaret, Amelio and wife, Ester, Benny and wife, Lourdes, Arturo and wife, Marylou; and sisters, Marie Brito and Madeline Diaz. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugenio and Josefita Brito. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., November 16, 2002 at French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd.
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Chavez -- The family of Rafaelita L. Chavez wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all relatives and friends who were so kind, supportive and helpful during their recent loss. Your kindness will always be remembered and appreciated. Services were in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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Dudley -- The family of Virginia Baird Dudley thanks their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be greatly remembered and deeply appreciated. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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Emswiler -- Rodney L. Emswiler an Albuquerque native for 43 years passed away November 14, 2002 after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathryn Emswiler. He is survived by his children, Jocelyn and Kevin Emswiler and wife, Alicia Moya-Emswiler; step-daughter, Daisy Paz; father, Everett Emswiler; sisters, Kerry Bratcher and husband, Ted, Debbie Mann and husband, John, Denise Griffin and husband, Thomas all of Albuquerque; and many loving nephews, aunts and uncles. Following Cremation a Memorial Service will be held at Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors, 3113 Carlisle NE, Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Presbyterian Hospice who cared for him in his final days.
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