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FISHER, LUCILE SHEAR Age 97, passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. She was born October 21, 1915 in Waco, TX to Cecil C. Shear and Frances B. Douglass. She was a twin to Frances (Shear) Hart and had an older sister, Kathleen (Shear) Gilmore, and an older brother, James Shear. All predeceased her, as did her parents. Lucile attended TCU following a family move to Fort Worth, TX in 1933, during her senior year of high school. She worked in the Texas school system as a secretary and later in Washington DC in the Department of the Navy during WWII. It was there that she met her future husband, Warren Kenneth Fisher. They were married on April 26, 1942 in Fort Warden, WA, where he was stationed. He was medically discharged from the Army that same year and they came to Albuquerque, where they lived for 64 years until his death in 2006. She cared cheerfully for him during an extended illness and was a wonderful mother and loving grandmother. She will be remembered for her kind and thoughtful ways and for her beautiful smile; and she will be missed greatly by her family and friends. Lucile is survived by her daughter, Lucy (Fisher) Staples and her husband, David; her son, Ken Fisher and his wife, Dianne, all of Albuquerque; and by 12 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial will be in Hillsdale, KS where her husband is interred. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Sandias who cared lovingly for her during her last weeks of life. Please visit our online guestbook for Mrs. Fisher at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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FLOURNOY, ALICE F. Age 88, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday morning, January 28, 2013. Alice was born in Amarillo, Texas on March 12, 1924 to Herman Joseph Metzler of Madison, Indiana and Charlotte Elizabeth (O') Shaughnessy of Portage, Wisconsin. She grew up on a cattle ranch in the White Mountains of Arizona near Springerville. At age 12, she moved back to Amarillo for a several years. She then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she attended and graduated from Albuquerque High School and later earned a BA (in less than four years) from the University of New Mexico in 1945. While director of the Girl Scouts of America in Albuquerque, she met and wed Eldridge David Flournoy (born July 4, 1922 in Falfurrias, Texas) on April 10, 1950. In 1976, the majority of the family moved to San Diego, California. Alice devoted her life to loving and supporting her husband and to raising her eight children. "Along with our father, she taught us the importance of a good education, a good book, hard work, strong principles, the love of the outdoors, and faith in God." She was fun loving and adventurous, and if she had the resources, would have traveled all over the world. She will be dearly missed. Alice was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Eldridge David Flournoy, her brother Frank Metzler, and her sister Katherine Millard. She is survived by her brother Charles Metzler and his wife, Catherine; her children, Elizabeth, and spouse Declan Rieb; Kathleen, and spouse Robert Fargo; David, and spouse Jamie; Mary Ann, and spouse Larry Rosenthal; Virginia, and spouse Duane Green; Frank, and spouse Georgia; Margaret, and spouse, Daren Caltagirone; Mark, and spouse Shin. She is also survived by her 23 grandchildren: Sean, Brian, Jesse, Nathan, Kevin, Jason, Alicia, David, Colin, Danielle, Jackie Ann, Jennifer, Megan, Jonathan, Ryan, Christopher, Alexandra, Nicholas, Vincent, Connor, Trevor, Alec, and Ashley, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. The Rosary and the Mass of the Resurrection were celebrated on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10:30 am at St. Therese Catholic Church, San, Diego, Ca. She was interned next to her beloved husband at Holy Cross Cemetery, San Diego, CA.
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GARCIA, MARY LOUISE JOHNSON was born November 11, 1918, in Cardeth, Illinois, the third of seven children born to Ed and Mary Johnson. Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Garcia; son David; her parents; and five brothers - Arthur, Johnny, Edward, Clarence, and Albert - as well as Albert's son, Danny. Albert, was a prominent Gallup resident, working first for the Gallup Police Department, followed by a career with the New Mexico State of Taxation and Revenue Department, and after retirement, he worked for an armored car company. Louise is survived by her only sister, Dorothy Marie Johnson Sulier of Plano, Texas; Dorothy's two sons and their spouses, Joe and Kimberlee Sulier and Gary and Nona Sulier of Plano; as well as 3 great-nephews, Jonathon & Jeffrey Sulier of Chicago and Ryne Sulier of Washington, D.C. In addition, she is survived by Clem Johnson of Gallup; great-nephews Lance and Billy Bob Johnson (Clem's sons); Julie Johnson of Albuquerque; and great-niece Charla of Albuquerque (Julie's daughter). From Louise's fifteen-year marriage to Nick Bubany, she is survived by her loving stepchildren Nick Bubany of Gallup, Rose Marie Bubany Pajuen of Albuquerque, and Carol Bubany Biava of Rio Rancho. From the time Dorothy was born, Louise became a second mother to the sister she endearingly nicknamed "Do." They shared a bedroom until Louise married Art Garcia at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in 1938. Afterwards, Louise and Art moved to Gallup, where Dorothy visited every summer from the age of 8 until she graduated from Las Vegas High School. Art and Joe became best friends when Dorothy married Joe Sulier in 1952. The four spent vacations, holidays, weekends, and every summer together, often with their children, Louise's two sons, David and Robert, and Dorothy's two sons, Joe and Gary. Louise and Arthur opened a small grocery store on the north side of Gallup. While Art worked for the Port of Entry, Louise ran the store, living in an apartment in the back. Under Louise's keen management, the store thrived, allowing Louise and Art to relocate their store to the middle of Coal Avenue, where they again lived in an attached apartment. In addition to managing the store, Louise handled car registrations and license plates while raising two sons. Due to Louise's astute business sense, Louise and Art were able to buy a house on the hill on Green Avenue, Louise's first dream home; she was ecstatic. Eventually 514 West Coal became available for purchase. In order to buy the property and move the store, Louise and Art had to sell their house. Louise's father, a licensed and professional contractor in Las Vegas, New Mexico, remodeled the store and built an apartment for the family. Ed Johnson promised her a postage stamp-sized yard with grass and a picket fence that Louise had always longed for, and he didn't disappoint his eldest daughter! From that point on, Louise's two sons were old enough to visit Grandpa and Grandma Johnson every summer in Las Vegas. It was then that Art's brother, Bill Garcia, stepped into the picture to help run the store. Louise and Bill were a good team, working seamlessly and tirelessly together to make Art's Market a huge success, and Art successfully ran for State Representative. After Art's untimely death, Louise continued to run and grow her businesses, adding rental properties to her portfolio, leaving a rich legacy to her only living son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Louise's widowed mother, Mary, bought a home in Gallup to be close to her now widowed daughter. Mary moved to Albuquerque in 1979 to live with her other daughter, Dorothy, newly widowed, until Mary's death at the age of 92. Louise and Dorothy had always had a special bond, but now they became closer than ever. With sons grown, Dorothy moved to Gallup to be near Louise, living next door to each other on Aida Court. Daily phone calls between the two sisters continued for well over a decade when Dorothy moved back to Plano, Texas. They often talked for an hour or two every evening. Louise and Dorothy were not only the soul survivors of their family, they were best friends. Dorothy's move from Gallup would have left a tremendous void in Louise's life had it not been for her two most cherished friends who lived across from Louise in the cul-de-sac. Nancy Kester, a registered nurse now living in Farmington, and retired Franciscan nun Sister Mary "Midge" Doiron, now of Jamestown, spent countless hours together. If they weren't talking or running around together, they were playing Scrabble. Not surprisingly, Louise was the Queen of Scrabble! Dorothy's son, Joe, and his wife bought a Victorian home in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in 2005. Dorothy and Louise would meet there, along with valued friend, Sister Midge. Reminiscing, strolling the gardens, dining on Joe's gourmet cooking, going to Mass at the church where Dorothy was married, and spending evenings playing Scrabble or Canasta with Midge and family filled their days and nights. Carol, Marilyn Scott, long-time friends, new friends and neighbors came to see the Grand Dames of 6th Street, sitting on the big front porch, filling the air with endless conversation and merriment. These visits back in their hometown of Las Vegas were precious moments for Louise and Dorothy. Louise had many good years, and though she was greatly loved and revered by her Johnson family, stepchildren and friends, the last few years took its toll on her. Louise and Dorothy were kept from communicating in any way with each other, and the same happened to Louise's closest friends, Midge and Nancy, and Louise's devoted stepchildren. With much time and effort, Nancy finally found Louise in a nursing home in Belen. Word quickly spread so that others could also see or talk with Louise. Each time Louise was moved, Nancy, Midge, and Carol persevered in their quest to find her. Their unrelenting pursuit paid off and The Lord smiled down upon Louise. Nancy and Carol were able to visit with Louise, offering the comfort, companionship, and affection that Louise was so grateful for and desperately missing. Unfortunately, Midge would never again be able to see or talk to Louise after she was moved from Gallup. Louise managed to call her adored "Do" a couple of times in the last year, confirming the eternal bond the two shared. Those calls and visits will forever be treasured. By the Grace of God, and the river didn't rise, Dorothy learned of Louise's passing on January 23, 2013. With this advanced knowledge, Dorothy was able to attend the funeral service, accompanied by her two sons, daughter-in-law, Midge, Nancy, and Carol and her husband, John. Louise would surely have approved of and appreciated our need to pay tribute to this truly remarkable lady! Louise had always told Dorothy that nothing could ever come between them. Louise was right. Walk in Peace, dear sister, until we are together again forever!
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GARIBAY, AUGUSTINA "TIA" The Family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during this time. Your kindness will always be remembered. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160
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GEPHART, KENNARD W. (COL. USAF - RET.) passed away quietly with his family at his side on February 8, 2013, one month short of his 102nd birthday. Born March 4, 1911, to Jesse C. and Ella May (Overmyer) Gephart in Ballville Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, he graduated high school in Fremont, Ohio, in 1929. He began his military career with the Ohio National Guard, serving from 1930 to 1936 in 1930 in artillery (and the cavalry). He was commissioned on November 11, 1932, while serving in enlisted status with the National Guard. In November 1939 he married the "loveliest girl I have ever seen," Elizabeth Henrietta Staver, of neighboring Clyde, Ohio. He was ordered to extended active duty in 1940, and he served with the 37th and 38th Infantry Divisions and as Inspector General for the Fifth Air Force, including overseas tours in the Pacific Theater and Alaska. He retired from active duty in November 1962 as Comptroller of the Kirtland AFB Special Weapons Center, and returned to work as there as a civilian program analyst until 1974. During his long and honorable military service Col. Gephart earned the Legion of Merit; Air Force Commendation Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal (Japan); National Defense Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit Citation. While stationed at Kirtland, he was a member of the chartering board of directors of the Kirtland Federal Credit Union. A charter member of the Air Force Association, following retirement he was an active member of the Reserve Officers Association, the Military Order of World Wars, and MOAA. Active in the Boy Scouts of America from his childhood, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1929, and continued in leadership positions with local councils and roundtables, was a member of the Order of the Arrow, and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. An active member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, he taught adult Sunday School (The Salty Christians), as well as serving in leadership positions in congregation, the Presbytery of Santa Fe, and Synod of the Southwest, and on various boards and committees of the local and national church. An active member of the community as well, he was on the initial board of directors for Encino House and Encino House East and a board member of the Albuquerque Tutoring Council (as well as an active tutor). He was a member of local and national groups of Masons, Scottish Rite, Sojourners, and Heroes of '76, as well as the American Legion and Shriners. He loved children and dogs (especially the family's Kerry Blue Terriers over the years) and was an avid birdwatcher. A life-long learner, he was an avid reader, enjoyed continuing education classes on a wide variety of subjects, and loved music, particularly opera. Col. Gephart is survived by his daughter, Suzanne, and her husband James Dressler, numerous nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty, in 2010, and his siblings, Iva Fitzgerald, Edna Nabors, Wilbur Gephart, Howard Gephart, Mary Crosskill, and Olive Ebright. The family expresses its heartfelt thanks for the community of care and support from residents and staff at Manzano del Sol and Hospice of New Mexico. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for March 2, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, with interment at a later date at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Humane New Mexico, 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
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GOOLSBY, RONNI G. 63 years old, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. She is survived by her Husband, Billy J. Goolsby; of 46 years; Daughter, Cara L. Tulino; husband Joey; Son, Jared S. Goolsby; wife Amanda. Ronni has 3 beautiful grandchildren; Mother, Gloria J. Fletcher; Brothers, Terry Fletcher; wife Karen, Keith Fletcher; wife Kathie, and Mitch Fletcher; and several extended family members. Ronni was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church where she served as financial secretary for several years. Ronni had many talents, she was a wonderful cook, loved her needle point, crocheting and knitting. Ronni loved the outdoors, hiking, camping and fishing. Ronni enjoyed waking up early to take her dogs for a walk. Most of all, Ronni loved to help with her children's school projects and activities and spending time with family and friends. We may have lost one of the most beautiful flowers from our garden, but now God's garden has increased by her blossom. A memorial service will be held in her honor on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Daniels Family Funeral Services at 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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HANNA, JOHN "JACK" Age 62, resident of Albuquerque for four years, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Madeline; and daughter, Erin Hanna Baker and husband, Samuel. Private services will be held. FRENCH 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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HICKEY, BARBARA LOU Age 77, a resident of Albuquerque, died on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. She is survived by three daughters Karen Hickey Vernon of Albuquerque, NM, June Smith and Alice Ferrari and seven grandchildren. Barbara was a teacher and Librarian and graduated from Northern Illinois University. She resided in Illinois, Florida and New Mexico. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, brother and her husband Donald Hickey. Barbara was a member of Bella Vista Baptist Church. Services will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas, with Monty Roach officiating. There will be a reception following the services. Memorial contributions can be made to the Barbara Hickey Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank. Please visit our online guest book for Barbara at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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HUSTON, WALLACE (Papa), age 89, passed away peacefully in his home Friday, December 21, 2012. He was born in Darlington, PA, but was a long-time resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, RosaLee Huston,; son, John B. Huston (Wendy); grandchildren, ShayLee Rose Huston, KasseeLyn Huston, and family, David (Patty) Crow. Wallace retired in 1989 from ABF Trucking Company after driving semi trucks for over 37 years. He served in WWII as a Special Forces machinist for the U.S. Army.
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IZZI, THERESA I. Age 70, a resident of Albuquerque, passed Thursday, February 14, 2013. She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Pasquale Izzi; son, Carmine and wife Jenine Lepera Izzi; daughters, Rosa Izzi and Josephine Izzi; sister, Rosa; brothers, Antonio and Giovanni, all residing in Italy; and many nieces and nephews in Italy, New York and Albuquerque. Mrs. Izzi was preceded in death by her parents, Francesco and Josephine Viola; and sister, Nuccia Lista. Theresa was born in Terranova Di Pollino, Italy and immigrated to the United States in 1963. She was a member of Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church. Rosary will be recited Tuesday, February, 19, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 9:15 a.m. at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church, 8901 Candelaria Rd. NE. Interment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to The New Mexico Cancer Center, 4901 Lang Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Please visit our online guestbook for Theresa at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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