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GARCIA -- ERNEST PAULO Born on January 25, 1944 in Los Angeles where his parents had moved from New Mexico to find work, Ernest succumbed to cancer July 18, 2012 at his home in Albuquerque. A talented visual artist, he began his career as a screen printer and moved on to become an art director for one of California's largest T-shirt companies. In the eighties, Ernest turned his attention from commercial to fine art, returning to school to pursue a Masters of Fine Art in painting. His work in this period was largely concerned with Southwestern themes and he developed a style that synthesized a passion for abstract expressionism with the loosely representational. He culled his subject matter from amongst the abandoned ruins of the Anasazi civilizations which provided a strange geometry that was both abstractly beautiful and profoundly mystical. After many visits to New Mexico he finally "returned" in 1989, bringing his wife and son back to his ancestral homeland. He found work as a teacher at what was then Albuquerque TVI where, in the early nineties he pioneered the studio art program instituting the school's first studio classes. In the 22 years that followed he touched countless students' lives in his art history and studio art classes at Central New Mexico Community College. The son of a United Rubber Workers union member, he was a founding member, strong advocate, and long-time officer of the CNM Employees Union, an AFT local. Ernest was a loving husband and father, a committed citizen, talented artist and moved through life with a genuine sense of wonder and curiosity. He earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues both as an inspiring, caring, and effective teacher and as a dedicated union advocate for professional recognition and fairness for his fellow workers. His memory will continue to inspire the best in us. Predeceased by loving parents Climaco Damacio and Ignacita Baldonado Garcia; an older brother William; and sister Alice. He is survived by his wife, Mary Humphreys Garcia; son David C. Garcia in Albuquerque; and brother C.D. Garcia of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. A memorial celebration will be held Sunday, August 26 at 4 pm at the Albuquerque Museum of Art. Donations can be made in his honor to a scholarship fund in his name at the CNM Foundation.
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GARLEY -- BOBBY M. 1922-2012 age 89, a life long resident of Belen, passed away peacefully and went to be with the Lord on Tuesday August 14, 2012. Bobby was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. He owned and operated his liquor establishment, Party Doll for nearly 65 years. Bobby raised his eleven children in Belen since the loss of his wife. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 20 years, Jennie Vigil; parents, Enrique and Leo Martinez Garley; sisters, Amada Sanchez, Erlinda Moya; and brothers, Enrique, Sylverio, Eloy, Johnny, JoeSalo and Rosendo. Bobby is survived by 11 children, Bobby Jr. and wife, Lillian, James and wife, Patsy, Manuel and wife, Carmen, Henry and wife, Sally, Mary Garley Moore and husband, Mike, Ray, Lydia Garley Pino, Randy, Willie, Gerald and life long partner, David and Bernadette Garley; brothers, Clifford, Stanley, and Joey; and sister, Mary Jo Moya; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church beginning with a Public Viewing on Monday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Final Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 21 at 9:30 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Natalie, Audrey, Amanda, Monica, Carlos, Matthew, Bobby Ray, Robert Garley, Antonio Tellez and Petunia Padilla. Honorary Pallbearers will be Cameron Garley, Gavin and Damon Baca, Raven and Trent Padilla, Aubrianna and Andre Kinsey. The Family would like to thank Harmony Hospice staff, Robert, Victoria, Cassendra and Yamelott. Romero funeral Home, Chaplin Chris, Deacon Barela, Father Scott McKee and primary caregiver Audrey Garley. Sign Bobby's online register book at: www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St. Belen, NM
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GILLILAND -- WILMA 9/7/22 - 8/14/12 After a long illness, her fight for life was given up to the Lord. She will be transported to Indiana for burial but her spirit and soul have been transported into the hands of God in heaven. Special "thanks" to Chelsea, you are truly an angel! Wilma, you will always be loved and will be greatly missed.
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GORHAM -- MARIE ELLIS "YEI" KELLY July 1, 1923 August 7, 2012 Yei passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from complications of a cerebral stroke at the Heart Hospital in Albuquerque. She was born in the old St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe to parents Daniel T. Kelly and Margaret Gross Kelly, and grew up in Santa Fe with her sister Caroline Linton Kelly, and brothers Henry Warren Kelly, Daniel Thomas "Bud" Kelly Jr., Mark Gross Kelly, and William Booker Kelly. Yei attended the Loretto Academy for Girls, Villa Duchene in St. Louis, and The Shipley School for Girls in Philadelphia. Upon graduation, she attended Pine Manor Junior College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Yei studied ballet and dreamed of dancing professionally, but traded her fantasy in for the reality of falling in love. She married a handsome Tenth Mountain Division ski trooper named Frank Devore Gorham Jr. from St. Louis, Missouri on September 1, 1947 at the St Francis Cathedral Chapel followed by a festive reception in the Kelly family home on Palace Avenue. After a short honeymoon in Taos and Colorado Springs, Yei and Frank moved to the jungle of Venezuela near Maracaibo and Quiri Quiri where Frank was employed as an exploration geologist for the Creole Petroleum Company. She would often reminisce about the rigors of traveling from Caracas to Miami via freighter, and on to New York, Albuquerque, and finally Santa Fe, to deliver her first two children in the old St. Vincent Hospital on Palace Avenue. After three years of quonset hut existence in the jungle, Frank and Yei moved to Denver with their young family for several years, and then finally settled in Albuquerque where Frank became the head geologist for the newly formed oil and gas exploration subsidiary of the Public Service Co. of New Mexico known as Pubco Petroleum. In Albuquerque, the Gorham family of four became a family of seven with five boys keeping Yei and Frank occupied beyond their wildest imaginations. Ski trips, backpacking excursions, endless school activities and nightly "Darwinian" style dinners of enormous proportions kept her tethered to the role of "Ma", "Mom", "Mammy", "Hagamus Bagamus" and Chef de Cuisine, around the clock, seven days a week. Yei loved her sons, guarded them jealously from female suitors, and became the legendary mother of "The Gorham Boys". "I don't know how she did it!" was a familiar refrain heard frequently from friends, neighbors, teachers, and police officers during her life. An amazing leap of faith, enormous courage, a great sense of humor and a mild case of insanity were required to accomplish what she did during her lifetime. Her devotion to the Catholic Church and friendships with a number of inspirational "Padres" from her beloved Immaculate Conception Church in Albuquerque helped guide her along the way. Yei was passionate about art, the New Mexico Symphony, The Santa Fe Opera, the lives of the Saints and Apostles, The Carmelites, and she loved to travel, especially to Florence, where she and Frank would revisit the Tuscan towns and villages of his wartime past. Yei and Frank spent considerable time at their "Riva Ridge Ranch" which they built over thirty years near the town of Philipsburg, Montana, and both were responsible for the creation of the Frank D. Gorham Jr. and Marie Kelly Gorham Charitable Foundation that has bequeathed substantial sums to New Mexico non-profit organizations around the state for many years. She is survived by her five sons: Mark Linton Gorham, his wife Ingrid, and daughters Anika and Krista; Robert "Berto" Hawley Gorham II, his wife Barbara, and their children Anthony and Olivia; Timothy Walker Gorham, his wife Susan, his children David and Laura; Daniel Kelly Gorham, his son Will and daughter-in-law, Heidi; and Frank Devore Gorham III, his wife Ramsay, and their sons Hunter and Walker, and Walker's wife, Rebecca. Yei is also survived by her brothers, Daniel T. "Bud" Kelly Jr., Mark Gross Kelly, brother-in-law, William S. Gorham, and his wife Jean. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to charities of benefactor's preference. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Church, 619 Copper Ave. NW in Albuquerque at 10:30 a.m., preceded by a 10:00 a.m. Rosary. FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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HENDERSON -- WALTER LEE JR. "HANK" Born in Washington, D.C. on June 26, 1921, passed away peacefully at home on August 6, 2012. Walter grew up in Chattanooga, TN where he joined the U.S. Army Air Force and served as a fighter pilot in World War II. After retiring from the Air Force, Walter worked for Sandia National Laboratories at Kirtland AFB. He was a volunteer pilot for Saint Jude's Express and volunteered at Albuquerque Civic Light Opera. Walter was preceded in death by his son John Charles Henderson and is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Ida; his brother Robert and wife Carla; son Robert and wife Vicki; grandchildren Sheri and Michael and his wife, Andrea; great-grandchildren Nikolas and Alexander, Merri Dileanis and husband Bill, and their children Kara, Kimberly, Cliff and Kevin.
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JONES -- FRED H. Fred. H. Jones, Lt Col USAF (ret) died Aug. 16, 2012. Born in Houston, TX, 12/6/17 to Mary Belle Howell and C. Gordon Jones. Brothers Gordon, Blandin, and David Howell Jones and sisters Mary Frances Reid, Dorothy Galindo, and Edyth Preussner preceded him in death. He is survived by Dorothy Ann, his wife of 63 years; son Bob Jones, wife Elena, grandchildren Jeff Tabet and Celena Jacquez, and great-grandchildren Miguel Rubalcaba and Gabriella Jacquez; and daughter Penny White, husband Rick, and grandchildren Liz and Charlie White; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In 1941 at the end of his junior year at Rice Institute, Fred joined Aviation Cadets. He received Navigator Wings and 2nd Lt. bars in the US Army Air Corps on 6/4/43. He flew replacement B-24s and B-25s to the South Pacific. He later flew mail outbound and wounded inbound from the South Pacific. In 1946, he transferred to the USAF Reserve. He joined Banff Airways and was sent to Brownsville, TX, where he met his wife Dorothy Ann. He was recalled to duty in the US Air Force at Scott AB on 7/1/1948. Fred and Dorothy Ann married in Dallas, TX, on 10/9/48. He transferred to the 92nd Bomb Wing 327 Bomb Squadron and flew 25 B-29 bombing flights over Korea. He flew 3,000+ hours in B-36s & B-52s from 1950-1957. He was a logistics planner at the SAC Underground Command Post at Offutt AFB 1957-1960. Fred received a BGE degree from the University of Omaha on 1/3/57. He attended the AF Institute of Technology Advanced Logistics School 1960-61, and then joined the 17th Air Force at Ramstein AB, Germany, 1961-64. He was Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies at the AFROTC detachment at NMSU in Las Cruces, NM, 1964-68. He served as a logistics officer with the 7th Air Force at Ton Son Nuitt AB in Saigon, Vietnam, 1968-69. Fred retired from the Pentagon on 11/1/70 as a Master Navigator with 6005 flying hours. His 15 awards include the Bronze Star, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Commendation Medal, Outstanding Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Medal with 4 Battle Stars, the UN Korean Medal with 2 Battle Stars, and the Vietnam Medal with 2 Battle Stars. He earned an MBA from NMSU on 1/5/73. He was instructor in Management and Marketing at NMSU in Las Cruces and the College of the Southwest in Hobbs, NM, full time and part time. He was a member of Rotary, SCORE, St. Andrews Vestry in Las Cruces, the Step Study Meeting in Las Cruces, and Seniors Seeking Serenity in Albuquerque. A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 PM on August 23 at French - University Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. Burial will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 PM on August 24. The family request that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of New Mexico. Please visit our online guest book for Fred at www.RememberTheirStory.com. FRENCH 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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LIESS -- BERNICE MAY Passed away peacefully at home. Born April 28, 1915 to Wurt and Anna Hickey in Chicago IL. Whether dodging bullets on the streets of Chicago as a child during the Al Capone era, bike racing for Schwinn in the late 1930's, making sure her brothers and every other young soldier had the right equipment during WWII or raising her four children, our mother lived a full and beautiful life. Survived by her children Linda Liess, Bill (Cindy) Liess, Steve (Gayl) Liess, Peter (Susan) Liess; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Do not weep for her, it was time for her to dance to the whaler songs once again with her dear husband. In lieu of flowers, donations to your local food bank in her name would be appreciated.
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MEIER -- ROBERT "BOB" G. Age 79, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 11, 2012. In 1932, Bob was born in Lyman, NB where he graduated high school in 1951. He went on to earn his degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska in 1961. He is survived by his longtime companion, Hannelore "Lore"; daughter, Deborah Meier; son David Meier and his wife Sheryl; grandchildren, Rici, Johnelle, D.J., and Ben. Bob was preceded in death by his youngest son, Dale Meier. He is also survived by Lore's daughters, Diane Agarwal and Denise Muehe; Lore's grandchildren, Ria H., Neel, Miranda, and Matthew. Bob served for four years in the Navy on an aircraft carrier in the 1950's and retired from Sandia National Labs. He spent many joyful hours caring for all of the wonderful wildlife on his property, including bears, deer, raccoons, and squirrels. Per Bob's wishes, a private family gathering will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made in Bob's name to Sandia Mountain Bear Watch, P.O. Box 591, Tijeras, NM 87059. Please visit our online guestbook for Bob at: www.RememberTheirStory.com FRENCH 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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MONTOYA -- ERNEST VICTOR age 72, born August 8, passed away August 18, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM. Please visit the online guest register for Ernest at http://www.riversidefunerals.com/. Services entrusted to: RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME 225 SAN MATEO BLVD. NE 505-764-9663
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MORALES -- RICHARD "CUCO" The family wishes to thank their many friends and relatives who reflected on his Life. Your sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be gratefully remembered and deeply appreciated. REFLECTIONS Funerals & Life Celebrations Louis & Gloria Salazar 2400 Washington Street NE 884-5777
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