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Thies -- The family of Mr. Walter Thies 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 Bill Sanchez, St. Edwins Catholic Church, celebrant of the mass, to the U.S. Navy for the Military Honors and to the pallbearers. Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Rd SW in charge of the arrangements.
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Torrez -- The family of Mrs. Dora C. Torrez 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 Bill Sanchez, St. Edwins Catholic Church, celebrant of the Mass, to Deacon J. O. Luna for reciting the Rosary, con-celebrating the Funeral Mass and officiating the Graveside Blessing and to the pallbearers. Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Rd SW in charge of the arrangements.
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Valdez -- Francis P. Valdez, 90, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, passed away on December 11, 2002. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ida E. Valdez of Cuba, NM; daughter, Betty Foster and husband, George of Las Vegas, NM; son, Robert F. Valdez and wife, Lucille of Cuba, NM; grandsons, Robert Valdez and Al Foster and wife, Erica all of Albuquerque; granddaughters, Carol Montoya and husband, Jody of Cuba, NM, Sandra Foster of Las Vegas, NM and Isabel Valdez of Farmington, NM. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren. Francis was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was involved with the F.H.A.; he also served on the school board in Cuba, NM. Service will take place on Monday, December 16, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary - Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (3 blocks N. of Paseo del Norte) with Reverend Jaime Quinones and Reverend Wilfred Sawyier, officiating. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Francis' grandchildren. Friends may visit French Mortuary - Westside Chapel on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service.
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Whitley -- Anna Mae (Lucero) Whitley died Thursday, December 12, 2002 in Albuquerque at the age of 57. She is survived by her mother, Jennie Lord; children, Richard Lucero, Cathy Maya and husband, George, Christine Trujillo and husband, David, Bernice Lucero, Debbie Parson and husband, Josh, and Denise Davis; sisters, Betty J. Lord and Edna Fonseca; 20 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one niece; and one nephew. Funeral Services for Anna Mae will be held on Tuesday at Ascension Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Pajarito Cemetery. Pallbearers will be George Maya Jr., Georgie Maya, Ricky Lucero, Evan Chavira, Flor Lucero and Sammy Sanchez. A Rosary will be recited on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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Woodward -- Angeline E. Woodward (Angie), 95, a resident of Albuquerque for five years, died on Friday, December 13, 2002. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Elizabeth Woodward Culp and husband, Wm. Charles of Athens, OH, Joanne Schackow and husband, Gerald D. of Gainsville, FL, and Susan W. Kim (Susie); and the late Henry Y.H. Kim of Albuquerque. Tutuis also survived by ten grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Raymond Cummings Woodward, USAF Retired; and seven brothers and sisters. Angie and Ray were long time residents of Hawaii. Angie was a very giving person, volunteering many hours at various organizations during her life. She was very active during the past five years at La Vida Llena, where she competed in a golf putting tournament last month. Services will be held Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. at La Vida Llena, 10501 Lagrima de Oro NE, with The Reverend Peter A. Schoew officiating. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. Should friends desire to make memorial contributions they may be made to your favorite charity. French Mortuary Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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Alarid -- Carmen (Granny) Alarid, 94, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Thursday, December 12, 2002. She is survived by her son, Pete Alarid of Santa Fe; granddaughters, Nancy Jo Alarid and Pamela J. Alarid, both of Santa Fe, Judy Rizek and husband, Tim of Albuquerque, Eleanor Olsen and husband Chris of Sidney, NE and Roberta Oritz of Albuquerque; grandsons, Richard S. Alarid of Santa Fe, John J. Ortiz of Dayton, OH and Jerry T. Ortiz and wife, Patty of Albuquerque; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Rosary will be recited Sunday, 5:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Deacon Tom Jones reciting. Mass will be celebrated Monday, 10:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 4020 Lomas NE, with Father Francis X. Eggert, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Pallbearers will be Tim Rizek, Jr., Jason Rizek, Bradley Alarid, Jeffery Alarid, Tim Rizek, Sr., and Jerry Ortiz. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Sunday, 3:00 p.m. until Rosary.
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Avritt -- Tamara"Tammy" Kay Wright Avritt, 54, a resident of Shingle Springs, CA, passed away in Cameron Park, CA on December 9, 2002. Tammy was born in East Chicago, Indiana the daughter of June and Larry Wright. Tammy had great love for children. She was a caregiver at the Blue Oak Elementary School Extended Day Program, for the before and after school care program. Christmas was her favorite time of the year. She collected Christmas ornaments, dolls, and American Indian pottery. She made and collected Teddy bears. Tammy will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her father, Larry Wright. Tammy is survived by her husband of 35 years, Bill Avritt; mother, June Boyd of Rio Rancho; brother, Roger Wright of Corrales; sisters, Barbara Lueras of Albuquerque, Kathy Lovell of White Rock, NM and Lotus Williams of Austin, TX. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 16, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Snowline Hospice, 670 Placerville Drive, Placerville, CA, 95667. Services were also held in Cameron Park, CA. Vista Verde Mortuary 4310 Sara Road 892-9920
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Baird -- Carole J. Baird. Mom, friends like you will live forever. Memorial Service will take place Sunday, December 15, 2002 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Sunrise Funeral Options, 2400 Southern Boulevard, Rio Rancho, NM (505) 891-9192.
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Black -- Willea Black, born September 1, 1913 in Canadian, Texas and moved with her parents, William and Mary Nuckles to Hot Springs, New Mexico, now Truth or Consequences, New Mexico when she was a youngster. She finished high school there and attended the University of New Mexico and returned to T or C where she began working in the Postal Service. When her husband Frank returned from the military service, they moved to Albuquerque in 1953 when she then transferred to the Postal Service. She retired as Secretary to the Postmaster after 38 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank and their daughter, Jo Ann Thompson; and sister, Velma Estes, who lived in Oregon. She is survived by her granddaughter, Margaret and her husband, William Henderson and their two daughters, Katelynn and Samantha; another granddaughter, Jennifer Thompson; and her son-in-law George Thompson and his wife, Judy. Services will be held Tuesday, December 17, 2002, at 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. Santa Fe National Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Albuquerque Christian Children's Home, 5700 Winter Haven Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM, 87112. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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Boutz -- Col. William Ray Boutz died Monday, December 9, 2002 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Geraldine Boutz; sons, Gary and wife, Geri of Reno, NV, Allen and wife, Betty of Springfield, VA; grandchildren, Gary Jr. and Graham and wife, DiAnne, Kimmer Franz, Brian and Lauren; sister, Corabelle McKinnon of Tyler, TX; and sister-in-law, Emma Lee Boutz of Albuquerque; and many loving nieces and nephews. Ray Boutz was born in a small sod farmhouse near Harris, Saskatchewan, Canada on June 2, 1910 to John William and Pinckney Ford Boutz. He returned to the US in 1919 with the family and later attended Deming High School. While attending New Mexico A&M, from which he graduated in 1932 with a degree in Civil Engineering, he joined the New Mexico National Guard in a horse cavalry unit. Deciding that flying was his true calling, he trained at Randolph Field in Texas in the Army Air Corps and earned his Pilot's wings in 1934. It was in Texas that he met his future bride. Married to Geraldine that same year, they began a long military career together that spanned the next 25 years. First stationed at Luke Field in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in the quiet pre-war years, they then returned to Texas where, as an instructor pilot, he trained many future generals in proper flight techniques. During World War II he flew combat missions in B-24's from Italy over Europe. After the war he served in numerous posts in Ohio, New York, Greenland, Alabama, and Japan, finally retiring in Albuquerque in 1959. After his Air Force career he worked for the New Mexico State Welfare Department as a Social Case Worker. Retiring a second time in 1973 he enjoyed family, friends and fishing in New Mexico during the remainder of his life. He was preceded in death by his son, John Frederick; brothers, Monroe and Paul Lawrence; and sister, Juanita. Ray was a wonderful father and uncle, loving husband and faithful friend, and will be deeply missed. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 16, 2002 at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.
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