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Downing -- Donald N. Downing, 79, passed away on August 1, 2000 at Kaseman Hospital. He was born in Coldwater, Kansas, raised in Wilmore, Kansas and resided in Belen for the past 14 years. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a recipient of a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was a member of the American Legion, Santa Clara Post. He retired from San Jose State in the Building and Grounds Department as head carpenter in 1983. Donald loved to be outdoors doing what he liked best, fishing and camping. He also loved all sports, especially the 49ers, which was his favorite football team. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Mary Downing, and two brothers, Orlin and James. He is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Clara L.; children, Donna Downing of Stockton, CA, Ronald A. and wife, Flora of San Ramon, CA, Susan Downing Lawson and husband, Randy of Belen; grandchildren, Scott Metzker of Las Vegas, Nevada, Denise Settles of Washington, DC, Brian Metzker or Reno, Nevada, Colene Metzker of Stockton, CA, Donald Downing of San Leandro, CA, Wayne Lawson of Belen, Amiee Downing of Patterson, CA, Lisa Lawson of Belen, Lea Ann Lawson of Belen; and nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Myrtle Sunderland of Columbus, Ohio and Dorothy Purkey of Wichita, Kansas; two brothers, Edgar and wife, Oletta of Odessa, TX and Robert and wife, Mary of Aiken, SC. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and will be greatly missed by all. A Viewing will be held on Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Romero Funeral Home in Belen, NM. A Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Romero Funeral Home. In Wilmore, Kansas the viewing will be held on Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. at the Hatfield Mortuary in Coldwater, KA. Interment will take place in the Wilmore Cemetery in Kansas. Officiating will be Pastor Kent Little. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
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Jeffers -- "Coketta" Oldfield Jeffers, a lifetime resident of Albuquerque passed away at home after a long illness at age 55, on Tuesday, August 1, 2000. Coketta attended St. Mary's Catholic School, was a graduate of Albuquerque High School, and Regina School of Nursing. She devoted 30 years of caregiving and compassion to the terminally ill. Her many friends and family will truly miss her Irish wit and unconditional love. Coketta is survived by her husband, Virgil Jeffers; four daughters, Kathleen Weidnerm her sons, Jason Schoolcraft and wife, Roberta, and Kaleb Weidner, Debbie Beeson, her husband, Kenneth, and sons, Troy and Glenn Barber, Linda Shawn and husband, Zane, their children, Brian Oldfield, Dustin and Chandra Shaw, Cynthia Mauzy and husband, Joe, children, Justin Thigpen and wife, Wendy and Andrea Taul. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the love, care, and compassion of extended family members; Sue Garcia, Melody Scobee and family, Crystal Ritchie, and the staff of Delta Hospice. Services will be held at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2000. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2000. Friends and family are invited to come share in the celebration of Coketta's life following mass. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St NW., Albuquerque. 505-343-8008
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Johnson -- Mary Loretta Estavillo Johnson, died July 31, 2000 at Sandia Hospice in St. Joseph Northeast Heights Hospital, Albuquerque, NM after a long illness. Born in El Paso, Texas on December 28, 1950, she was a long time resident of Albuquerque. Her father, Eddie H. Estavillo, her mother, Lenore Marie Gesner Estavillo and a sister, Noma G. Cordoni, predeceased her. Her surviving sisters, Rebecca V. Thompson of Fresno, California and Teresa R. Velarde of El Paso, Texas were at her bedside. Her many nieces, nephews, cousins, brother-in-laws, aunts, and friends will grieve her passing. She was a communicant of Hope Episcopal Church, a mission of St. Mark's-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Mark's-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society and Sandia Hospice Memorial Foundation.
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Keleher -- Loretta Barrett Keleher, 102 years of age, the widow of William A. Keleher, died in Albuquerque, NM on July 31, 2000. She was born September 15, 1897 on a farm near Crystal Lake, Iowa. She attended a one-room county school and in 1915 graduated from high school in Britt, IA. After high school she taught in one-room schools, one of which was the same one-room country school she attended as a child. For the next several years she alternated between teaching positions and attending the University of Iowa. At the time scholarships were not available and she financed her education. In February, 1925, she graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in physical education. In 1925, she accepted a summer teaching position at the University of New Mexico as the only womens P.E. teacher at UNM, with Coach Roy Johnson heading the department. In the fall of 1927, she returned to UNM as head of the womens physical education department. In 1927, the enrollment at UNM was 596 students. In 1932, she married attorney historian William A. Keleher. Thereafter, her life was primarily centered on her family. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and for many years actively participated in parish activities. In the 1940s she frequently showed flowers at the New Mexico State Fair, occasionally winning blue ribbons. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed duplicate bridge. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.A. Keleher; as well as Mary Ann Keleher Rogers and James W. Rogers; and grandson, John Bureau Keleher. She is survived by four sons and their wives: William B. Keleher and Jan Reeves Keleher; Michael L. Keleher and Margaret Wills Keleher; John G. Keleher and Linda Bureau Keleher; and Thomas F. Keleher and Gretchen Cunningham Keleher. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild as well as two sisters, Mary Barrett and Ella Barrett Muehe of Mason City, IA. Rosary will be recited Thursday, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Deacon George Sandoval reciting. Mass will be celebrated Friday, 10:30 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 619 Copper NW, with Father Richard McGowan, S.J., Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be William R. Keleher, Mark A. Keleher, Brian G. Keleher, Christopher L. Keleher, Peter W. Keleher, Daniel W. Keleher, Thomas F. Keleher, Jr,, Michael W. Keleher and David L. Keleher. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Barrett House, 905 13th NW, 87102 or to the charity of your choice. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Lafferty -- Charles Buddy Lafferty, 67, a resident of Albuquerque since 1958, died Tuesday, August 1, 2000. He is survived by his wife of almost 42 years, Anna Mae Lafferty of the family home; sons, Edward D. Lafferty and wife, Donna of Tucumcari, and Bobby C. Lafferty of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Lafferty; and mother-in-law, Dorothy E. Foote of Tucumcari. Mr. Lafferty was a contractor for 16 years at the Sandia National Laboratory working in the"wind tunnel". He also worked in the heating and air conditioning field throughout Albuquerque and New Mexico. On February 29, 1997, he retired from the Lab and the National Pipetrades Union, Local 412. As his family, we wish to thank Dr. Beddo, Dr. Seelinger, and all of the Presbyterian Hospice Staff for their kind care and help. We also want to thank all of Buddys co-workers in Building 865 at Sandia National Labs for your faithful support and visits. Graveside memorial services will be held Friday, August 4, 2000, 11:00 a.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lou Gehrigs Disease Foundation at the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Assoc., 21021 Ventura Blvd. Suite 321, Woodland Hills, CA, 91364, or to the charity of your choice. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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Montoya -- Perfecto Montoya, 73, a beloved and godly man passed away on August 2, 2000 at Presbyterian Hospital of a massive heart attack. Father to six children: Gerald, Elaine, Bernie, Patricia, Donna and Miguel; grandfather to eight: Anita, Stefanie, Dominic, Veronica, Matthew, Thomas, Vic Jr. and Mariah; four great-grandchildren: Andrea, Cecilio Jr. Andrew, and Angel. Born and raised in Tecolote, moved to Albuquerque. When he was 40 married Emma Montoya for the wonderful and happy years. This man will always be remembered by having a smile on his face, would go out of his way just to make someone feel loved and secure. The Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. August 3, 200 at the French Mortuary Wyoming Chapel. The Mass is at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Annunication Church on Friday, August 4th. Burial will be held at Sunset Memorial following the mass.
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Pettit -- Christopher (Chris) Scott Pettit, 19, of Rio Rancho died Sunday, July 23, 2000, as a result of an accident at Elephant Butte Lake near Truth or Consequences. He was born February 23, 1981 in Farmington to Jeff S. Pettit and Desirae (Dez) Pettit. Chris was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he loved playing the guitar, creating web sites, exotic cars, working out, and extreme sports. He is survived by his parents; four brothers, Anthony, Shawn, Matt and Austin Pettit, and a sister Lindy Pettit, all of Rio Rancho; his girlfriend, Dana Krill; his grandparents, Medford and Ann Pettit of Deming, and Catherine and Thomas Bond of Kirtland; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved him dearly. He will be missed by all. There has a been a Christopher S. Pettit Memorial Fund set up at First Security Bank in Rio Rancho for donations in lieu of flowers.
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Robinson -- Jimmie Lee Robinson, 71, an Albuquerque resident since 1948, died in an auto accident near Wilcox, Arizona on Thursday, July 27, 2000. Mrs. Robinson is survived by her husband, James E. Robinson of Albuquerque; son, James Robinson and wife, Charlene of Tucson, AZ; daughters, Linda Slack and husband, Steve of Albuquerque and Jacqueline Wilson and husband, Delloyd of Symrna, GA; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Lottie Stewart of Pontiac, MI and Ella Scott of Muncie, IN. Mrs. Robinson was a born again Christian and a member of First Baptist Church where she taught Bible School for a number of years. She had also taught Sunday school for over 35 years. She had a strong, abiding faith in her Lord Jesus Christ. Mrs. Robinson was retired from Sandia National Labs. She was currently an instructor with AARPs 55 Alive driving class and a part-time employee at Nations Bank. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 5, 2000 at First Baptist Church, 101 Broadway, NE. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2000 at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd, NE.
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Salazar -- In Loving Memory of ANDREW PORFIE SALAZAR August 3, 1999 Andrew, it's been a year since you've been gone, although it seems like just yesterday. When we think of you we remember your smile. We miss you and love you."Rest in Peace Homie." All your close friends and family
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Sanchez -- In Memory of Veronica (Betty) SanchezMy beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother My beloved (Bama) - It has been two years (today) since God called you. We (all your family) pray for you daily. Even though we know you are in the Glory of Heaven. We miss you very much, but we rejoice knowing that you're in a much better place than we are.Bless you always, Bama. Love you, your husband, Alberto
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