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SCHIRO, DOROTHY ELENA Age 92, passed away April 13, 2014 at her home in Edgewood, NM. She is survived by her husband Victor; two children: daughter, April Hein and son, Steven Herbek; grandchildren, Heather Nelson and Brendon Herbeck and two great- grandchildren. Dorothy, a young English girl, was born and raised in a Chicago Italian neighborhood. While living in Hot Springs, AR she belonged to the Coast Guard Auxiliary on Lake Hamilton. They moved to Edgewood, NM to be close to her family. Her memberships include: The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and The Edgewood Garden Club, Monday Night DWTS club and the Friday Morning Coffee clauche. Dorothy loved spending time with all her family, friends, and pets. She will be dearly missed. Friends and family will gather at the family home on Friday April 18, 2014, between 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. to remember Dorothy's life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The New Mexico Animal Humane Society, www.animalhumanenm.org. Please visit our online guest book for Dorothy at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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SMALLWOOD, CAMILLE H. Camille Smallwood, 72, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, was called home by the Lord April 11, 2014. A resident of Albuquerque since 1967, she was born in El Paso and raised in and around Fort Hancock and Dell City, TX. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, David Smallwood; her daughter, Robin Seaman and son-in-law Dale Seaman of Albuquerque; her son, Joel Smallwood and daughter-in-law Laurie of Eugene, OR; her daughter, Kellie Bischoff & son-in-law Michael Bischoff of Albuquerque; her daughter, Heather Smallwood of Albuquerque; her sister, Kate Owens of Snyder, TX; and her grandchildren, T.J. and Samantha Seaman of Albuquerque; as well as many nieces, nephews, and family friends. Formerly a nurse at St. Joseph's hospital in Albuquerque, Mrs. Smallwood was a long-time member of Asbury United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She loved cooking, traveling, reading, birdhouses, flowers, country and gospel music, tea with astronomical amounts of ice, and her family, friends, and pets. Camille was known to all as a generous soul who embodied Christ's spirit of loving everyone as they were and was considered family by many who knew her. Friends may visit FRENCH - Wyoming on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Services will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at Asbury United Methodist Church, 10000 Candelaria NE, with a reception to follow. Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, at 2:30 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the National Organization for Rare Diseases, www.rarediseases.org Please visit our online guestbook for Camille Smallwood at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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WILLARD, BETTY "BOOPY" Betty "Boopy" Willard Age 67, of Albuquerque, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 6, 2014. She was born on October 15, 1946, in Sint-Niklaas Belgium. Betty is survived by her husband, Bill; three daughters, Jamie (Jeff) Domain, Therese (Jeremy) Ruddell, Elizabeth (Aaron) Robertson; four grandchildren, Cole Burke, Tessa Ruddell, Romey Ruddell, and McKenna Robertson; and a brother, Guido Cools. She is preceded in death by her parents, Marcel and Georgette Cools. We will be celebrating Betty's life on Saturday, April 19, 2014 between 1 - 4 p.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Services, 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque. A potluck will be served. To View information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com
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ALEXANDER, FRANK D. Age 90, of Albuquerque, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 12, 2014. Frank was a man of great vision, inspiring others to follow their own dreams. After serving in the Army in WWII, he began a career with Electro-Motive Inc., a subsidiary of General Motors in Illinois. Frank came to Albuquerque to work for Sandia National Labs. He later owned and operated Alexander Construction Co. and was a founder of the German Shorthaired Pointer Club in New Mexico. He loved his dogs, having trained numerous national champions, and "Little Big Man", an "All Age" national champion. Visitation will take place Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Wyoming. Services will be held Friday, April 18, 2014, 11:00 a.m., also at FRENCH - Wyoming. Interment with military honors will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Mr. Alexander at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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BURKHEAD, JUNIOR HENRY, BRIG. GEN., USANG (RET.) Age 84, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, since 1991, died on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Loretha; his 7 children, Thomas Burkhead and wife, Janet, Karen Hurley and husband, Tom, Linda Ann Thompson and husband, Larry, Lori Ann Burkhead, Timothy Burkhead and wife, Marcy, Cheri Sorber and husband, Joe, and Lisa Miller and husband, John; eleven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Duane Burkhead and Richard Burkhead and wife, Carol; sisters, Beverly Coyle and Connie Boehler; many nieces and nephews and a host of treasured friends, civilian and military. Brig. Gen. Burkhead was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Kathy Dianne; infant son, James Patrick; and parents, Henry Joseph and Edna Marie Burkhead. He was born in 1930 in rural Logan, Beebee Town, Harrison County, IA. He was the first of five children for Henry Joseph and Edna Marie (Emswiler) Burkhead. His heritage dates back to 1560 (over 400 years) to Bristol, Gloucester, England (fifteen generations and most were farmers like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather). The first seventeen years of his life he spent with his family on an eighty acre farm in Harrison County, Iowa. For eight years he attended a country school and then graduated from Missouri Valley High School in 1948. He was a graduate of Drake University with a Master's Degree in Public Administration. When he was thirteen years old, he prided himself on being able to hand husk one hundred bushels of corn per day by himself. Junior married Marjorie Clare McCrickard after high school and they were blessed with three sons and six daughters. He was most proud of his family and relished his roles as husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. Junior enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard at Sheldon, Iowa on June 23, 1948 as a Private in an Infantry Rifle Company and retired in June 10, 1991 as a Brigadier General. He served in combat in the 111 Corps Tactical Zone in Vietnam and was appointed in 1978 by Governor Robert D. Ray as Adjutant General of Iowa with a promotion to Brigadier General. After his tenure he was ordered to Washington and there he served as principal director to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Mobilization, Training and Readiness. He served over five years in the Pentagon. On June 1, 1991, The Secretary of Defense, Mr. Dick Cheney awarded a certificate of Retirement to Brigadier General Junior Henry Burkhead for 41 years and 10 months of faithful service to the United States Government. He received many other awards throughout his career. He was a life member of the National Guard Association of the United States, Association of the United States Army, The Retired Officers Association, Disabled American Veterans, Alumni Association of the US Army War College and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Upon his retirement, Junior returned to his heritage occupation, farming and ranching in the State of New Mexico. Before his death, he purchased a small horse ranch in the North Valley of Albuquerque. At the time of his death, he and his wife, Loretha operated a horse ranch and stable, Aunt Hazel's Stables, caring for eleven horses, and a fruit orchard, an occupation he dearly loved. Friends may visit FRENCH Wyoming on Saturday, April 19, 2014 beginning at 12:00 p.m. Services will follow at 1:00 p.m. Brigadier General Burkhead will then be transported from Albuquerque to Hennessy-Annan Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, IA for final services with full military honors. His son, Colonel Thomas D. Burkhead, will escort his father to his final resting place. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Junior's name to the American Heart Association, 2201 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Please visit our online guestbook for Brig. General Burkhead at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CHAVEZ, FREDDIE J. 04/17/1959-07/15/2012 Happy 55th Birthday Babe! Thinking of you not only today but everyday. We miss you and love you very much. Love your mom, your wife, kids, grand- daughters, brothers, sisters and the rest of your family and friends.
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COPELAND, ANNIE Age 47, of Moriarty, New Mexico, passed away at her home on Monday, April 14, 2014. Ann was born November 22, 1966 in East Meadows, NY to Robert and Ellen (Johnson) Lein. She married Peter Jay Copeland June 20, 2012 in Albuquerque. She lived in Moriarty for the past 2 1/2 years having previously lived in Albuquerque. Ann was an advocate and supporter of Animal Welfare, and dedicated lifes work to Humane Society efforts. She was preceded in death by her father Robert Lein and her brother Vincent. Ann is survived by her mother Ellen Lein of Moriarty; husband Peter Copeland of Moriarty; son Jonathan Reed of Clemson, SC; daughter Courtney Reed of Albuquerque, NM; brothers Robert Lein, Jonny Lein; grandson Jacob Sean Reed. There will be a Memorial Service on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 4:00pm at Mary Soto's Apartment, 1904 Alvarado NE, Apt B. Albuquerque, NM 87110. In lieu of flowers, please make donations of toys, blankets and treats for the animals at Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department and Lucky Paws. Arrangements entrusted to: Harris-Hanlon Mortuary "Our Family Serving Your Family" www.Harris-HanlonMortuary.com
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CORDOVA-MARTINEZ, CAROL J. Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything. It's the time we spent together that matters. Carol J. Cordova-Martinez was welcomed into the arms of our Lord on Friday, April 11, 2014. Services are pending.
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GERZON, FLORENCE C. (CALOMINO) age 74, passed into Eternal Life on April 14, 2014. Florence was preceded by her loving husband James L. Gerzon, son Ray, parents Fred and Bella Calomino, and brother Junior. She is survived by her son James; daughter Connie; son Fred (Margaret); daughter Michelle; and brothers Frank and Joseph (Donna). "Nanny" is survived by her grandchildren Dan (Kristy), Glen, Jamilee, Morgan, Amanda, and Nick; and great-grandchildren Leah and Matthew. Florence lived her life with grace and courage through 45 years of Multiple Sclerosis. She not only survived, she also lived fully. She handled every person and situation she met with her strength, her positive outlook, and most importantly her faith. Her husband James devoted himself to her care and she truly flourished. Florence and James welcomed people into their home with compassion and an eagerness to share their enthusiasm for life. Florence enjoyed cooking superb meals and she believed food was a vital pleasure to be savored with others. Shortly before she passed she said "I love you" and she said "goodnight." We are grateful for her peace now in eternal rest and we will find strength in remembering her absolute love for us. Florence will continue to live through the memories of others. Visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 at Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Drive SW. Final services to be held in Chicago.
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HAWKINS, ELVIRA Elvira Aragon Garcia Hawkins, 80, of Los Lunas, passed away Tuesday, April 15, at her home in Los Lunas. Elvira was born November 16, 1933, in Peralta, N.M. She was sealed for time & all eternity to Clyde Hawkins in the Albuquerque, New Mexico Temple in March 2003. Elvira Served a Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints in the Houston Texas Mission in 1956 and was a life long member of the same Church. She is preceded in death by her parents Juan Jesus Aragon and Bersabe Toledo, her two sisters Erlinda Aragon and Emma Carriaga. She is survived by her siblings, Nila Pino, Joe Aragon, Inez Aragon, John Aragon, Gilbert Aragon, Albert Aragon, Lorenzo Aragon and Lorraine Aragon. Nieces and Nephews Sarah Haynes, Sammie Moore, Raul Aragon, Irma Miguel, and Bayley Aragon. Services will be held at the LDS Church on James and HWY 314 in Los Lunas on Saturday April. 19, 2014 at 10am. With a viewing at 9am.
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