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Britt -- Bill E. Britt, age 68, a life long resident of Albuquerque died February 20, 2003. Survivors include his wife, of 51 years, Rose Marie of the family home; children, Cindy Phalen and husband, Micky, Lademma Nelson and husband, Greg, LaVon Britt, Shannon Minero and husband, Andrew, Randy Britt; sister, Charlotte Strain; brother, Jerry Britt; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild all of Albuquerque; many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by sister, Barbara Daggett. Bill was a lifelong member of I.B.E.W 611; he loved horse races, fishing, golf, and gardening. He was an avid Lobos and Dallas Cowboy's fan, coached for the Central Valley Little League and was a Boy Scout Awards Officer. Viewing and Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 24, 2003 at Strong-Thorne Mortuary. Memorial Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 25, 2003 in the Palm Chapel, with Pastor Richard Encinias officiating. Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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Cater -- Ted Cater, 89, a longtime resident of Jarales, N.M. and a resident of Albuquerque since 1994, died Saturday, February 22, 2003. He is survived by his sister, Inez Gumfory of Albuquerque; nieces, Novice Schick and husband Ray of Oregon, Donna King and husband Larry of Las Vegas, NM, Marlene Langess and husband Gene of Colorado, and Mary Calderone of Albuquerque; nephews, David Lamb and wife Carol of Colorado, Eddy Lamb and wife Lori of Albuquerque; and many great nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, February 24, 2003, 4:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 275-3500
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Chavez -- Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruth M. Chavez will be held on Monday at San Ignacio Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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Fowler -- Dorothy L. Fowler, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on February 19, 2003. She was born on January 11, 1926 in Chicago, IL. Dorothy was extremely fond of playing bingo. She loved doing needlepoint and crafting. Dorothy was a very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Dorothy is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years Denver Fowler of Rio Rancho; her son Stan and wife Cindy of Crest Hill, IL; cousin Loretta Trescott of Rio Rancho; and her grandchildren Christopher and Eric. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of Sunrise Funeral Options on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. Services under the care of Sunrise Funeral Options 2400 Southern Blvd. Rio Rancho, NM (505) 891-9192
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Garcia -- A final visitaiton for Mrs. Clorinda Garcia will be Monday morning from 9:30am until 10:00am at San Jose Catholic Church, 2401 Broadway SE with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00am by Father Vincent Dominguez. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:00pm. Pallbearers will be, Charles Gallegos, Richard Trujillo, Oscar Lozoya I I, Armando Garcia, Mikie Garcia and Jerome Garcia. Honorary pallbearers will be, Patrick Garcia Jr., Matthew Garcia and Gillie Garcia I I I. Arrangements by: GABALDON MORTUARY 1000 OLD COORS DR SW 243-7861
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Gomez -- Mr. Albert Gomez, life long resident of New Mexico, is now in peace with his Lord Jesus. Mr. Gomez succombed to a long illness and passed away in his home with his loving wife of 56 years and his children at his side on Friday, February 21, 2003. Mr. Gomez was the son of Jose and Josefa Gomez and was born in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Mr. Gomez worked for the railroad prior to serving int he U. S Army in World War I I. After his return from the service Albert and Dora's lifes crossed again and he married his sweetheart Dora Gonzales of Bosque Farms. He retired from KAFB after 38 years as a civil servent in 1984. Mr. Gomez was a faithful member of the Annunciation Catholic Church, After services, Albert and Dora were frequently seen gliding across the dance floor at the North Valley Senior Center on a Sunday afternoon with their many friends. Mr. Gomez was a life time member of the American Legion Post #99. Mr. Gomez is the beloved husband of 56 years to Mrs. Dora Gomez. Mr. Gomez is also survived by one daughter, Albertina T. Gomez-Wilkinson and husband Bill H., one son, Kenneth Paul Gomez; grandson, William Albert Paul Wilkinson, two grand daughters, Michelle Renee and Monica Therese; Two great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews. The remainder of Mr. Gomez's family and friends are too numerous to list, but his everlasting love, humor and wit will truly be missed by all. Mr. Gomez was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. Mr. Gomez a truly devoted, Loving husband and father never complained or made personal requests for himself and always put everyone else first. His Memory will be forever cherished in the hearts and minds of his family as well as all who knew him. The abundance of love and grace he has brought to his family will never be forgotten. The Absence of his presence leaves a deep void in our lifes. A visitation for Mr. Gomez will be Monday evening from 7:00pm until 7:30pm in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, 1000 Old Coors Rd SW with a Rosary to be recited at 7:30pm by Gabriella Nieto. A final visitaiton will be Tuesday morning from 8:00am until 8:30am at Annunciation Catholic Church, 2600 Vermont NE with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 8:30am by Father Ronald Bruckner. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:30am with Military Honors. Pallbearers will be, Don Bilberry, John Birner, Jerry Chavez, Lawrence Gonzales, Willie Gomez Jr. and Bill Wilkinson. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Gomez, Delfino A. Gonzales, Jackie Gonzales, Ralph Sanchez and Raymond L. Sanchez. Arrangements by: GABALDON MORTUARY 1000 OLD COORS RD SW 243-7861
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Madrid -- Robert L. Madrid Jr. (Porky), 36, went home to be with the Lord on February 17, 2003. He was born on March 14, 1966 in Albuquerque, NM. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Madrid Sr. Robert is survived by his mother, Angel Martinez and step-father, Tom Beard; fiancé, Audra Garcia; children, Sarah Sanchez, Melissa Madrid and Robert Madrid III; brothers, Mark Martinez and wife, Athena and Michael Martinez and daughter, Janelle; sister, Ericka Martinez Beard; nieces and nephews Andres Bazan, Felisha and Janelle Martinez, Angel Martinez, Heaven Morris, Isaac, Maria and Vicki Candelaria and Andrew, Brandy, Chantel and Christopher Shock; and brother-in-law, Andrew Garcia. Robert will be deeply missed by his loving family. Visitations will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Eighth Street Chapel of Garcia Mortuary with a rosary to be recited following at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Thomas Morris, Rick Sanchez, Johnny Sanchez, Joseph Cordova, Patricio Gonzalez and Anthony Morris. Honorary Pallbearers will be Mark Martinez and Robert Madrid III. Services are in the care of: Garcia Mortuary 717 Stover Ave. S.W. 243-5222
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Martinez -- Clara Martinez, 87, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on February 21, 2003. She was born in Santa Rita, NM on November 26, 1915 to Pasqual Jimenez and Minnie Swartz. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Pasqual and Henry and sisters Virginia and Rosa. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Julio of Albuquerque; daughter, Lora Otero and husband David; sons, Robert Martinez and wife Karen, Louis Martinez and wife Melissa, and Marc Martinez and wife Janette, all of Albuquerque. She leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 16 great grand children, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Surviving siblings include, Julian Jimenez and wife Ruth, Arturo Jimenez and wife Guera, Lucinda Garcia and husband Pete, Rita Holguin and husband Edward, Mary Miranda, and Sara Puentes and husband Sal (Chava). Clara was a devoted catholic and a member of the Blue Army. She was a loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed. Rosary will be recited Tuesday, February 25, 2003, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, February 27, 2003, 9:00 a.m., at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 833 Arizona S.E. with Father Thomas Mayefske, Celebrant. Interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers are David, Mike, Daniel, Manny, Michael, Carlos Otero, and Eric Martinez. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting a donation to the charity of their choice. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 275-3500
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Martiss -- Alice M. Martiss, a resident of Albuquerque since 1963, died on Saturday, February 22, 2003. She is survived by her son, John R. Martiss and wife, Julie Starks, of Albuquerque; granddaughter, Heather Martiss and grandson, James Martiss. Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Martiss. She enjoyed bowling, traveling, gardening and also her"granddog", Murphy. She was a wonderful, generous wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend. Private family services will take place at a later date. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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Olmstead -- Geneva Marie Olmstead, longtime Albuquerque resident, died Thursday of a heart attack and complications of a lingering illness during an extended visit to Hawaii. She was 83. In addition to her loving roles of wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, she was an extraordinary gardener, who showcased her tomatoes and roses, and a heartfelt poet. A member of the Montgomery Church of Christ for 32 years, she had been a dedicated Sunday School teacher during her younger years, especially in congregations in Dodge City, Kansas, and Guymon, Okla. Ms. Olmstead, who was born in McKey, Okla., April 22, 1919, lived in Oklahoma, Arizona and Kansas, before moving with her family to Albuquerque in 1971. She is survived by her daughters Donna Olmstead of Albuquerque and Joyce Finley of Waipahu, Hawaii. Also grandchildren, Ryan Jones, Rachel Jones, Greg Olmstead Jr., Shell Seaman, Shawn Cole, Stacy Cole and Taran Finley. She has eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Wilson; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, George Olmstead; her sons, Charles and Freddy Cole and Greg Olmstead Sr.; and her daughter Sandra Romo. Visitation is 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Sunrise Funeral Options at 7601 Wyoming NE. A graveside funeral service will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Instead of flowers, consider sending a memorial donation to All Faiths Receiving Home or the Alzheimers Association in Albuquerque.
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