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CHAVEZ, NILA I. 1923-2012 age 89, a life-long resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, November 26 after a long illness. She was born on June 25, 1923 in Belen, the daughter of Remelia and Rafael David Baca. Nila was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and a life-long member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Sacred Heart Society. She graduated from Belen High School in 1941. She was first married in 1946 and moved to San Francisco, California where all five of her children were born. She returned to New Mexico in 1956 and worked for the City of Belen from 1962 until her retirement in 1985. She married Manuel Chavez in 1973 and has resided in Belen. She has always demonstrated a great love for her church and family. Nila's calm demeanor was her greatest strength and admiration by her family. She loved to bowl and take walks with her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Reuben and Vidal; one sister, Emilia; and the father of her children, Juan J. Pea. Nila is survived by her husband of 39 years, Manuel C. Chavez; son, James Pena and wife, Sherry of Prescott, AZ; daughters, Lorraine Padilla and husband Preme of Belen, Joanne Knight and husband, Bob of Santa Fe, NM, Arlene Hays and husband, Jonnie of Durango, CO, and Jeannette Hiner and husband, Larry of Naperville, IL, three step-children, Dennis Chavez and wife, Belinda of Los Lunas, Luisa Lucero of Tome, and Clifford Chavez of Los Lunas; five sisters, Lucy Metzner, Gertrude Sisneros, Celine Baca, Eloria Rhoades and husband, Dusty and Mary Tearnan and husband, Bob; three brothers, Abe Baca, Herman Baca and wife, Mary and Isaias Baca and wife, Patricia; thirteen grandchildren; and twenty-one great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, and ten step-grandchildren and fifteen step-great grandchildren. The family extends its sincere thanks to Dr. Malcolm H. Purdy, MD, Debbie Winkeljohn, CNS and the other nurses and staff at Hematology Oncology Associates of Albuquerque, NM for the loving care given during her long illness. All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church beginning with a Viewing on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Final Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 29 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 her grandchildren. Sign Nila's online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St. Belen, NM
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CORLEY, VERA E. passed away November 24, 2012. Vera was born in New York City and was raised on a ranch outside of Roswell, NM. Vera has been an Albuquerque resident since 1978. She was preceded in death by her parents; Wiley "Don" Williams and Eleanor Williams of Roswell, NM and one brother; Donald Williams of Colorado. She is survived by her loving husband Wayne Corley, Daughter; Mary Whitlow & Son-in-Law; Donnie, Son; Frank Jones and Daughter-in-Law; Vada, two grandsons; Justin Whitlow (wife Julie) and Joshua Whitlow, two great grandchildren; Avery and Wyatt Whitlow, two stepsons; Lance Corley and Scott Corley, one brother; Joe Williams and wife Judy of Clovis, NM, two sisters; Mary Robinson of Virginia and Carmela Godby of Roswell, NM and numerous nieces and nephews. Vera enjoyed being an integral part of Way Cor Redi Mix, Inc., a company she helped co-found with Wayne. She relished talking to the customers and loved all the employees who became family over the years. In later years she was a veracious reader of books and loved to see her friends at the casino and play slots. Her laughter and keen humor will be sorely missed by family and friends. Services for Vera will be held Thursday, November 29 at French Westside at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to St. Labre Indian School, 1000 Tongue River Rd., Ashland, MT 59003, www.stlabre.org. Please visit our online guest book for Vera at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300
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DODD, VELLA L. Memorial services are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Faith Baptist Church, Artesia, N.M. for Vella Lou Dodd of Artesia. Mrs. Dodd, 74, died Monday, November 19, 2012 in Albuquerque, N.M. Cremation has taken place. Vella was born March 5, 1938 in Melrose, N.M.; the daughter of Henry Hartsfield and Vera (Hightower) Hartsfield. She came to Artesia in 1997 from Albuquerque. On March 13, 1974 she was married to Carl L. Dodd in Clovis, N.M. She was a housewife and member of Faith Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother. Survivors include her husband Carl Dodd of the family home; a son Scott Dodd of Albuquerque; daughters Becky Finney of Littlefield, Texas, Darla Dodd of Albuquerque and Tammy Williams of Artesia; brother Dudley Hartsfield of Clovis; sister Donnie Stickley of Phoenix, Arizona; six grandchildren; & ten great-grandchildren. Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please express your condolences at www.artesiafunerals.com
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DODGE, MARCELINA "LENA" age 84, passed away on November 25, 2012 in Albuquerque following an illness. She was born on March 26, 1928 in Puerto De Luna, NM to the home of Joseph R. and Marcelina (Padilla) Page. She was reared and attended schools in Puerto De Luna and Santa Rosa. Lena married Antonio Dodge on June 2, 1946 in Puerto De Luna. She and Antonio were faithful members of St. Rose of Lima Parish. Lena was a member of the Catholic Daughters; she was Eucharistic Minister, sang in the church choir, a religious education teacher for over 20 years and ran the St. Vincent De Paul Store for many years. She enjoyed playing the piano, gardening, embroidering and drawing. Lena was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be truly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers and sisters, Richard (Dick) Page, Carmen Cordova-Blea, Patrick Page, Frank Page and Ruth Page. Survivors include her husband Antonio Dodge of Santa Rosa; her children, Anthony Dodge and wife Sharon of San Antonio, TX, Gloria Dodge-Campos of Albuquerque, Susan Sanchez of Albuquerque, Nicholas Dodge and wife Gloria of Taylor Ranch, John Dodge and wife Kate of Albuquerque, James Dodge and wife Linda of Santa Rosa, William Dodge and wife Kim of Albuquerque, Frank Dodge of Santa Rosa and Timothy Dodge and wife Marilyn of Las Vegas, NM. Also surviving is her brother, Cecilio Page and wife Ann of Puerto De Luna; step-sister, Frances Madrid Chavez Delgado; and step-brother, Christian Madrid; 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends. Rosary services will be held on Tuesday, November 27, at 6:00 PM from Nuestra Senora de Refugio Church in Puerto de Luna. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 28, at 10:00 AM from St. Rose of Lima Church in Santa Rosa with Father Thomas Kayammakal officiating. Burial will follow at Nuestra Senora de Refugio Cemetery in Puerto De Luna. Serving as Pallbearers will be her grandsons; Jon C. Dodge, Cory Dodge, Fernando Sanchez, Jessie Dodge, Henry Campos, Jr., Carl Sanchez, Raphael Sanchez, Moises Gallegos, Joseph Gonzalez, Jonathan Gonzalez and Josh Dodge. All services for Mrs. Dodge have been entrusted to the Chavez Funeral Home of Santa Rosa. To place an online tribute please visit our website at www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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ESPINOSA, ANDRES "MAGUA" Love Lives On Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory, they'll live on in the heart. Love and miss you dad. Ida and Christopher
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LA RIVA, ANTONIO A. Dec. 14, 1927 - Nov. 28, 2002 Daddy: We miss you so much. We miss being with you, sharing the ordinary details of our daily lives, and the more extraordinary. We miss your love, generosity and warmth. We love you. The La Riva family
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LECKEY, GEORGE STEPHEN Age 53, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, left this life on Monday, November 26, 2012. He is survived by his sons, Joshua Leckey and his wife, Carrie and Nicholas Leckey, both of Albuquerque, NM; daughter, Jennifer Leckey of Albuquerque, NM; mother, Lois Leckey of Etna, ME; father, Cleve Ronald Leckey of Mexico, ME; granddaughter, Ashley Paige Leckey; brothers, Greg Leckey and wife, Uschi of Germany and John Leckey and wife, Joyce of MA; and sister, Karen Foust and husband, Matthew of ME. George was preceded in death by his wife of 17 years, Beth Preuss Leckey. George loved most his family and children. He enjoyed piloting his plane, chess, skiing, hiking, swimming and photography. George loved his work as a PA, especially working with the elderly and making people more comfortable. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Services will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10:30 am at FRENCH - University Chapel. Please visit our online guest book for George at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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MADRID, LEROY A. "SPOT" JR. of Albuquerque, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, November 24, 2012. He was born on May 15, 1952 in Leadville, Colorado to the late Leroy A. and Senida Madrid. He is survived by his wife Stella. His sons Richard Madrid and wife Beverly and Jose Madrid. Three grandchildren Esperanza, Cecilia and Emanuel. Several great-grandchildren and godchildren Mable, Stephanie, Daniel and Jasmine. Several stepchildren and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews family and friends. Two brothers Louie Madrid and wife Della and Rudy Madrid. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Gene Madrid. Mr. Madrid was a veteran serving our country in the Marine Corps, United States Army and the National Guard. His memberships included the American Legion Post 13, the VFW and the DAV. He was worked the mines in Grants for many years, he loved fishing, hunting, cooking and spending quality time with family and friends. Visitation with the family will be held from 9:30 am to 10:30am Wednesday November 28, 2012 at the Family Worship Center, 7311 Glenrio, NW. A funeral service will be held following the visitation at 10:30am at the church. Pallbearers are Robert Sanchez, Joshua Sanchez, Teddy Madrid, Matthew Moreno, Chris Garcia Sr. and Cisco Martinez. Honorary Pallbearers are Chris Garcia Jr. Daniel Chavez, Pete Marquez and Edward Madrid. Please visit Leroy's on line register book at www.salazarandsonsmortuary.com Salazar and Sons Mortuary 400-3rd St. SW Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-247-4124
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MARQUEZ, VIOLA age 71, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on November 26, 2012. Mrs. Marquez is survived by her husband of forty four years, Jose; children, Leonard Marquez and wife, Trish, Jimmie Marquez and wife, Machelle, Thomas Marquez and wife, Leona, and Bernice Harrower and husband, Michael; sisters, Mary Anderson, Olivia Tapia, Lorraine Hosssfeld, Ida McAllister, Beverly Tapia, and Rosie Sanchez and husband, Daniel; brothers, Steve Tapia, and Leroy Tapia and wife, Rose Mary; fifteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mrs. Marquez was preceded in death by her parents, Uvaldo and Josephine Tapia. Visitation will be Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at the Rio Grande Baptist Church, 2121 Gunclub SW with a Funeral Service at 9:00 a.m., Pastor John Boggs, presider. Committal Service will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:15 a.m. Pallbearers will be Leonard Marquez, Jimmie Marquez, Thomas Marquez, Michael Harrower, Augustine Marquez, and Avery Marquez. Honorary pallbearers will be Zachary Marquez and T.J. Marquez. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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MARTINEZ, MARIO Longtime New Mexico educator, coach and athletic director Mario Edward Martinez of Belen, NM died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque following a battle with cancer. Martinez, 58, was surrounded by his family when he peacefully passed away after a rich and full life dedicated to the young men and women of New Mexico. Public visitation is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, in Belen, NM. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at Our Lady of Belen, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at 9 a.m. with Father Steve Schultz officiating. He will be buried at the Fort Sumner Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Mario Martinez was born Aug. 30, 1954 in Las Vegas, NM to the home of Leopoldo and Mary Martinez. He was raised in Ocate, NM for the first six years of his life. The family then moved to Springer, NM and he attended Springer Schools, graduating with honors in 1972. He was an outstanding and determined student and athlete and competed in three sports for the Red Devils. Mario attended the University of New Mexico, graduating with a degree in special education in 1976. He became a teacher and coach, working in Moriarty, Pojoaque, Tucumcari, Carlsbad, Springer and Fort Sumner. Mario led the Springer Red Devils to state championships in basketball and track and led the Fort Sumner Foxes to five state championships in football and six state championships in track. He is one of only two coaches in New Mexico history to have coached teams to state championships in three different sports. He was chosen as one of the head coaches for the North-South All-Star Basketball Game in 1989 and the A/AA All-Star Football Game in 1995. He also served on the New Mexico Activities Association Board of Directors, representing small schools in the southeastern quadrant of New Mexico. Martinez left Fort Sumner after winning the state track championship in 2004, the school's third straight. He became Associate Director of the New Mexico Activities Association, serving six years until his retirement. With the NMAA, Martinez was a fierce advocate for New Mexico's small schools and had a unequaled understanding of the challenges they face. Martinez was elected to the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and is scheduled to be inducted into the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June, 2013. He was member of the Tierra Del Sol Men's Golf Association, serving in many leadership capacities, and was a regular member of the Belen "Gaggles" golf club. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Martinez always attributed his success to working with many great people who shared his same passion and dedication in working with kids, and to the many dedicated young athletes he said he was fortunate to coach over the years. He will be remembered for his ability to analyze, organize and lead. His motto was "Always live life to the fullest." Mario was preceded in death by his father, Leopoldo in 1964; his mother, Mary, in 2003; his first wife, Patricia (Gutierrez) Martinez, in 1994; a sister, Dynna Martinez in 1995; and his in-laws, Arabella Borrego in 2006 and Arturo Borrego in 2011. He is survived by his wife, MaryAnn Martinez of the home; a daughter Candida Gonzales, her husband D.J. and their daughter Kyrah, of Artesia, NM; a son, Montana Martinez of Springer, NM; a step-daughter, Kimberly Branch-Ceniceros, her husband Ernesto and their children, Santiago Montoya and Marisa Branch, all of Belen; a step-son, Kenneth Branch, his wife Shenoa and their son Armando Branch, also of Belen. Also surviving are a sister, Agnes Martinez of Pueblo, CO; a brother, Patrick Martinez and his companion Theresa LeDoux of Springer, NM; a niece, Tonya Vargas and her husband Leroy of Albuquerque; and a nephew, Pat Martinez and his wife Julie, of Springer; and Patricia's parents, Con and Lucille Gutierrez, also of Springer; as well as many more treasured nieces and nephews. Pall bearers are Scot Stinnett, Benny Segura, Mike Ortiz, Gary Tripp, Stanford Salazar and Lecil Richards. Honorary pall bearers are D.J. Gonzales, Delbert Jaramillo, George Chavez, Johnny Apodaca and all his former players. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Activities Association Scholarship Fund, in memory of Mario Martinez, 6600 Palomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, 830 N. Fifth Street, Fort Sumner, NM. (575) 355-2311. To place an online tribute or sign the guest book, go to www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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