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Rhea -- Elanor Rhea, 91, was a long time resident of Rio Rancho. She passed away on Friday, February 19, 1999. Elanor was born March 17, 1907 in Roddy, Texas the daughter of James and Lida (Milling) Miller. Elanor's parents homesteaded eastern New Mexico. She taught first and fourth grade in the Las Alamos public school system for 45 years. Elanor is survived by her daughter, Mary Murdock of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; one brother, J.M. Milling of MartinView, ARK; one sister, Mary Opal Tate of BroadView, New Mexico; three grandchildren, Jerry Murdock of California, Andrew Murdock of Los Alamos, Michael Moore of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; five great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, February 24, 1999 at 10:00 a.m., Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements by Vista Verde Mortuary Sara Rd at Meadowlark, Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920.
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Rodriguez -- In Loving Memory Edward M. Rodriguez Feb.10, 1961- Feb.23, 1997Two years have passed and we still miss you dearly. We take comfort in knowing that you are our special angel watching over us. We think of you daily and remember how you used to make us laugh. Your memory lives on through Michael, who looks and acts just like you. Daddy, please continue to give us the strength to deal with the tough times that lay ahead.Love Always and Forever, Your wife, Consuelo, children, Michelle and Michael, and your Mom, Laura
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Roger -- Charles S. Roger, Jr., 86, a resident of Albuquerque since 1946, died Wednesday, February 17, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Lila L. Roger, of the family home; daughter, Patricia M. Roger and husband, Michael Ward of New Orleans, LA; grandsons, peter Roger Ward and Nathaniel Roger Ward; and granddaughter, Amelia Roger Ward, all of New Orleans, LA. He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen John Roger and sister, Katherine A. Roger. Mr. Roger served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He retired in 1969 from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers after 31 years of service. He was a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Memorial services will be held Monday, 10:00 a.m., at La Mesa Presbyterian Church, 7401 Copper Ave. NE, with Rev. Kathi Hunter officiating. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Romero -- The family of Mr. Manuel"Indio" Romero, Sr. wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all relatives and friends who were so kind and sympathetic during their recent loss. Services were under the direction of Garcia Mortuary.
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Sawyier -- Iva Sawyier, 74, a resident of Albuquerque since 1965, died Monday, February 8, 1999. She grew up in California and graduated from UCLA. She sang professionally for many years in California, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and New Mexico. Her beautiful soprano voice was an inspiration for hundreds. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, wife and friend."Her children arise and call her blessed." She was a member of many musical organizations through the years, and worked for many years for the Welfare Department. She was much loved and will be missed sorely. She is survived by a daughter, Marian; a son, Paul; a son, Edward; a granddaughter, Alice; a daughter-in-law, Nancy; her former husband, Bill; and her many friends. Services will be private. Contributions in her name may be given to the American Cancer Society. Cremation arrangements are provided by Metropolitan Direct Burial and Cremation Center, Inc., 601 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, 766-9400.
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Scherer -- The family of Mr. Leon E. Scherer would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement. For beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Deacon Harry Bearer for officiating the funeral service. Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Dr., SW, in charge of arrangements.
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Slinker -- Dr. Richard Earl, 72, a resident of New Mexico for 58 years, died Friday, February 19, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Betty Slinker of the family home; daughters, Barbara Anne League and husband, David of Houston, TX and Tina Slinker of Denton, TX; son, John Michael Slinker and wife, Pamela of McKinleyville, CA; granddaughter, Allison Brenee Ewers and boyfriend, Chris Myers of Tempe, AZ; brother, Leslie Slinker and wife, Ila Mae of New Palestine, Indiana; brothers and sisters-in-law, Christine Antrim and husband, Owen, Trueman Utterback and wife, Reba, and Ed Utterback and wife, Sharron all of Terre Haute, Indiana; nieces, Carol Utterback, Peggy Fraza, Linda Deckert, Becky Bozen, and Anita Kelsey; nephews, Ed, David, and Paul Utterback, and Jeff and Gary Slinker; and ten great-nephews and five great-nieces. Dr. Slinker was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Dessie Patterson Slinker and his four sisters. Throughout his lifetime, he was active in sports, including senior softball and tennis. Dr. Slinker spent 25 years officiating sports. He was a coach at Gallup High School for four years before coming to Albuquerque, where he coached and entered administration for 12 years. For 17 years, he was the Director of Admissions and taught secondary education at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM. Dr. Slinker was a high School principal in Yuma, AZ for three years. He was a member of the National Education Association, New Mexico Education Association, Phi Delta Kappa, the Rotary, Kiwanis Club, Senior Softball Team, and St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Dr. Slinker, a loving husband, father and grandfather, will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Services will be held at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas NE, Tuesday, February 23, 1999, at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Gerald White officiating. Pallbearers will be J. Michael Slinker, Leslie Slinker, Jim Hulsman, Dallan Sanders, Lloyd Call, Bill Short, and L.C. Cozzens. Honorary Pallbearers will be Senior Softball Teammates and The Shores Tennis Association Members. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Monday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 6301 Forest Hill Dr., NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87110 or the American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87110. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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Smith -- William Thomas Smith passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Edna Louise Smith; son, Geoffrey Smith and his wife, Barbara; daughter, Laura Smith; grandchildren, Allison, Sara and Trevor Wolfe. Other friends and family, Walter Antonuk and wife, Bonnie, Deborah Wearn, Tracie Antonuk, Betsey, Marty and Andrew Chavez, Pam Hargrove, Charles Elliott, and many others in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Scotland. Bill was born in Bathgate, Scotland. He was the youngest of eight children of Thomas and Helen Smith. He immigrated to Detroit in 1929. He worked for Chrysler Corporation for 35 years and became the comptroller for Dodge Main. Cremation will take place. The family will receive visitors at Bill and Louise's home, Regent at Sandia Springs, 1000 Riverview Drive, Rio Rancho, on Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Quality Continuum Hospice, 2625 Pennsylvania NE, Suite 225, Albuquerque, NM 87110.
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Tapia -- Mr. Adolph Tapia died Thursday in Albuquerque at the age of 74. Mr. Tapia was the owner of Adolph's Bakery which was located in The Southwest Valley for many years. He was also a veteran of World War II and was awarded the Victory Medal. Mr. Tapia is survived by his son, Lloyd J. Tapia and wife, Yvonne; daughters, Selinda Turner and husband, Timothy, Pearl Romo and Shirley Edwards; brothers, Julio Tapia and Manuel Tapia; sister, Lucy West; grandchildren, David and Kimberly Turner, Christopher and Brian Romo, Ashley Tapia, Sylvia Willey, and Jonathan and Brittany Edwards. A Rosary for Mr. Tapia will be recited on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Committal Service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements by the Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 3rd St. SW.
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Tapia -- The family Mrs. Placida Tapia would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement, to Father Jack, Holy Family Church, for celebrating the Mass, to Minnie and Porfirio Vasquez for reciting the rosary and to the pallbearers. Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Dr., SW, in charge of arrangements.
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