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Spence -- Don Spence, 51, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, February 11, 2000. He is survived by his daughter, Renee Martinez and husband, Earl; grandmother, Maybelle Kilmer, all of Albuquerque; sisters, Barbara Dyvig and husband, Bob of Mission Viego, CA and Bonnie Austin and husband, Merrill of Plymouth, MT; brothers, Philip Spence and wife, Darlene of Fairview, OH and Danny Spence of Hamilton, OH; best friend, Nancy J. Moseley of Albuquerque; and many other friends who will miss him. Services will be held Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE with Rick Donaho officiating. Private disposition will take place. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center, Attn: Rosalee Montoya-Reed, 900 Camino del Salud NE, 87131-5636. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Taylor -- Clara"Mimi" Taylor of Albuquerque, entered the world near Waco, TX on January 1, 1899 as Clara Barton Jones and lived to be a part of three centuries. She passed away in Albuquerque on Sunday, February 13, 2000, at the age of 101 years. Clara moved to New Mexico in 1912, the same year that New Mexico became a state. She met her husband, William B. Taylor in Tucumcari, and they married in 1919. At the time, she left behind a teaching career to become a rancher's wife and mother to his young son, Buster. Soon after, the couple had three daughters. The family spent time in Logan, and Roy, NM, and Adrian TX. When Mimi, as her grandchildren named her, was widowed in the 1950's, she returned to college to pursue the career she had left behind, but had never forgotten. Graduating as a member of the dean's list at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM with a teaching degree in her mid 50's, Mimi found rewarding work as an elementary teacher in Conchas Dam, Los Alamos and White Rock, and retired after 20 years of teaching. Even then, she volunteered at public schools in Albuquerque following her retirement. Mimi fondly remembered her teaching days until the end. Those who knew Mimi best recall her love of family, her faith, her adoration of her adopted state of New Mexico, her passion for teaching, her love for young people and her belief in the importance of education. She was a remarkable woman who influenced the lives of many. Countless children passed through her classroom or knew her words of encouragement on the playground. Numerous friends shared her fellowship at church, in neighborhood get-togethers, at Delta Kappa Gamma and at P.E.O. Grandchildren, great-grandchildren and students grew and nurtured under her loving guidance. Mimi is survived by her sister, Judy Wade of Lubbock, TX; daughters Margaret Church of Boerne, TX; Lois Cantrell of San Antonio, TX; and Wanda Walker of Placitas; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her loyal companion of the last two decades, Pat the cat. As a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and teacher, Mimi's spirit has inspired generations. With the legacy of family and students she leaves behind, her spirit will continue to inspire generations to come. Memorial services will be held, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Mimi will be laid to rest beside her husband, William B. Taylor, at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to make donations send them to the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, 615 Virginia, SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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Thygesen -- Leon R. Thygesen, 78, a former resident of Albuquerque, died Sunday, February 6, while out of the country. Leon was a pilot in the Army Air Corps during WWII, with the rank of Captain. Services will be held Monday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. in Denver. Surviving him are his wife, Beverly; two daughters; a son; three step-daughters; and two sisters, Delores Thygesen and Marilyn Edgar, both of Albuquerque. Burial will take place at Ft. Logan in Denver.
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Turney -- Katherine Turney, age 83, a resident of New Mexico since 1979, died February 9, 2000. She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Wade C. Turney, September 30, 1992. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Lynn Turney of Bosque Farms; sister-in-law, Valda Turney of Addison, PA; brother-in-law, Roy W. Turney and wife, Patricia of Beaver Falls, PA; Jack R. Turney of Oakland, MD. She belonged to Goddard Wives Club of Goddard Space Flight Center, MD, Newcomers Club, Four Hills Welcome Wagon and Spanish Club and Book Club. She was the best mother I could have asked for. She loved to cook and her favorite thing was fruit. She loved the theater, Opera and learning about new cultures. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 17, 2000 at Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors, 3113 Carlisle NE, with Pastor Larry Pierson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Hospice, 8300 Constitution NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors, 3113 Carlisle NE, in charge of arrangements.
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Van Der Geest -- The family of Jacob Van Der Geest wishes to express their gratitude for the many kind expressions of sympathy after our loss.
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Webb -- Helga Elsbeth Webb, born in Berlin, Germany on November 20, 1926, died quietly Sunday, February 13, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Mrs. Webb is survived by her loving family; son, Harvey Lee Webb and wife, Rositta; one grandchild, Ashley Nichole Webb; her mother-in-law, Viola Morgan. Helga was preceded in death by her husband, Jerald N. Webb and parents, Franz and Elsbeth Drefke. She made Albuquerque her home for the last 32 years and retired from Albuquerque National Bank. Helga met her husband, Jerry, while he was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany and as a soldier's wife, they were stationed at various bases throughout the United States and Germany. Upon Jerry's retirement from the military, they returned to their favorite city, Albuquerque. She loved beautiful sunsets, all animals and visits to their cabin at Blue Water Lake. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The family wishes to thank Manor Care for their kind and loving care for the past several months. Cremation has taken place and in accordance with Mrs. Webb's request, no services will be held. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 1330 San Pedro Dr., N.E., Suite 146, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE
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Weese -- Joyce M. Weese, 90 years old and a resident of Albuquerque, died peacefully Saturday, February 12. Joyce was born on October 30, 1909 in the small town of Valley Falls, Kansas, where she was the youngest of four children. Joyce and her brothers all attended the same elementary and high school as her parents. It was during these year that she developed her love of music and sang in a popular women's quartet, which was one of her fondest memories. She is survived by an older brother, Allison Knouse; her son, Dale; three grandsons, Christopher, Kirt and Peter Kempter; and two great-granddaughters, Katherine Shannon and Victoria Noel Kempter. Joyce was a gentle, beautiful lady who enjoyed singing and always had a smile for everyone-even when she did not feel well. No memorial service is planned at this time. Donations in her name may be sent to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Foundation.
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Abreu -- Funeral Services for Conrado Abre will be held on Monday at the San Ignacio Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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Doyle -- Thomas Patrick Doyle, 71, a resident of Albuquerque since the 1960's, died Wednesday, February 9, 2000, five days after his 71st birthday, after a short bout of cancer. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Virginia Puccini Doyle; sister-in-law, Adelina Puccini Timofeyew; brother-in-law, Oreste L. Puccini and his wife, Virginia, all of Albuquerque; close friends, Kenneth"Lefty" Fisher, Raymond Griego and Ken and Kate Piper; and many nieces, nephews of Albuquerque, and many friends of Albuquerque, Ohio and Kentucky. Mr. Tom Doyle was preceded in death by his mother, Amy Creighton; father, Robert Doyle; and brother, Bob Doyle. He was a comedian, part of the famous duo, Doyle and Dedman of the Harmonicats. Mr. Tom Doyle was a talent promoter with offices in the historic Franciscan Hotel. He was a member of the American Legion Post 313. He was also a coach for the Albuquerque Boys Club basketball team, starting in 1977. Mr. Tom Doyle and his wife owned the country western nightclub, the Captains Cove, which had a 3 1/2 acre fishing lake and picnic grounds in Coldsprings, KY; the first Monterrey Tavern in Delhi, OH and the other one in Bernalillo, NM; the Blarney Stone in the Manzano Mountains, NM; and managed, with his wife, the El Rey Liquor Establishment and the Golden West Saloon, and managed rental properties. Mr. Tom Doyle also owned several racehorses, some with his partner, George Katsaros, was involved with New Mexico horse racing, and helped to promote casinos at the racetracks. He was very active in the Democratic Party. Mr. Tom Doyle was a licensed real estate agent in New Mexico. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Rosary was recited Sunday, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University NE with Fr. Edmundo Rodriguez, S.J. reciting. Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, 10:30 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 619 Copper Ave. NW with Fr. Edmundo Rodriguez, S.J. Celebrant. Interment of cremains will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation c/o Presbyterian Hospice Inpatient Unit, P.O. Box 26666, 87125-6666. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Duran -- Carlos Leo Duran, 67, a resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, February 11, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Sostena Duran of the family home; children, Carlos Duran and wife, Denise, Leo Duran and fiance, Terry Leal, Rennee Duran and husband, Charles Ortiz and Andrew Duran and wife, Joann; grandchildren, Carlos, Diego, Lisa, Catalina, Sacheena and Marianita; sister, Bertha Estrada; and many uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Margarito and Flora Barnum Duran. Carlos taught at APS and retired after 30 years of service, touching many lives in the South Valley. He served in the United States Air Force for four years. Carlos also had a great sense of humor and loved fishing. Mass will be celebrated Monday, 10:00 a.m. at Santuario de San Martin, 8321 Camino San Martin SW, with Father Dan Farris, Celebrant. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Salazar, Jessie Harrison, Phil Candelaria, Castulo Trujillo, Samuel Estrada, Steve Herrera, and Salomon Ulibarri. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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