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TURRIETTA, ANNABELLE B. Age 77, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014. She was born on June 9, 1936 to Frank and Lena (Kozlowski) Baca of Albuquerque, NM. She was a longtime member of St. Anne's Catholic Church who loved reading, dancing, long walks, politics, and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents. Ms. Turrietta is survived by her husband, Levi Mora, of Albuquerque, NM; children, Regina Garcia and husband, Dennis, of Pullman, WA and Mary Ann Condit and husband, Carl, of Los Lunas, NM; nine grandchildren, Daniel Sanchez and fiancee, April Lujan, Alisha De La Cruz and husband, Jeff, Anissa Garcia, Ariana Garcia, Alexys Garcia, Stephanie Griego and husband, Steve, Michelle Garland and husband, Nacona, Kimberly Condit and Katherine Condit; nine great-grandchildren, Kiera, Lyla and Aryea Sanchez, Gracie and Adrian De La Cruz, Joshua and Andrew Martinez, Damian Fountain and Mia Garland; and siblings, Mary Jean Baca and Frank Baca. The Rosary will be recited at 10:00 AM, followed by the Memorial Service at 10:30 AM on Monday, April 28, 2014 at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Strong-Thorne Chapel, 1100 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800
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TURTLE, JAMES "JIM" July 26, 1936 to April 21, 2014. He was born in Niles, MI to Alice (Schau) and Edward Turtle. James was raised in Niles, MI and Tampa, FL. Jim married Jessie (Swaim) on December 21, 1957. They were married until her passing on November 17, 2013. He served 26 years in the Air Force, retiring in 1980. His military career sent him all over the world, including one year in Viet- Nam. James is survived by his children, Jamie Turtle and wife, Jill of Niles, MI, Tammy Tackett of Del City, OK, Cindy Sawyer and husband, Mark, of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren; Christie Moore, Lenzy Gilles, Lauren Tackett, Caitlin Turtle, Thomas Sawyer, and Alexandra Turtle; great grandchildren, Isabella, Jaxson, and Emma; brother, Edward and wife, Patsy; sisters, Donna Ochenryder and husband, Herb, JoAnn Flock and husband, Jack. Funeral Service with Military Honor Guard will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM, 505-821-1993. In lieu of flowers donations may be given in James's honor to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.aspx, or to Project Healing Waters, P.O. Box 695, La Plata, MD 20646, http://www.projecthealingwaters.org/Donate.aspx. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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VAN CLEVE, JAMES DONALD J. D. was born January 16, 1920 at Helena, Montana, the fourth of seven children to George Bernice and Fern McWethey Van Cleve and died Saturday, April 19, 2014. The early years of his life were spent on his father's sheep ranch at Canyon Creek, MT. The family moved to Helena in 1928 where his Father died in 1929. In 1932, his Mother moved the family to Missoula, MT. He attended Hawthorne Grade School and graduated from Missoula County High School in 1939. After graduation, he attended the University of Montana as a Music Major. In 1944, he married Lenore Cole at Darby, MT. She died in 1959. In 1961, he married Helen Johnson at Missoula, MT. He was employed for many years by Westmont Tractor Co. In 1973, he accepted a position with Border Machinery and moved his family to Albuquerque, NM. He retired in 1988 and he and Helen moved back to Albuquerque. After his retirement, he was an Associate with French Mortuary. His whole life was devoted to music as well as gardening. He sang at many weddings and funerals over the years for family members and friends. He was a member of church choirs in Missoula, El Paso and Albuquerque. As a young college student he was part of a church deputized team that traveled Western Montana conducting church services for small, rural communities. He was a charter member and Past President of the Missoula Mendelssohn Club as well as SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation & Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America). He was an active member and Past President of the Missoula Lions Club. He also belonged to the BPOE at Missoula, MT. He became a member of Harmony Lodge #49, AF & AM at Missoula, MT in 1969. He was initiated into the Algeria Temple of Shriners at Kalispell, MT and affiliated with Ballut Abyad Temple, Albuquerque, in 1975. He was initiated into the Order of the Eastern Star, Electa Chapter #7, by his wife, Helen, who was Conductress at the time. He was a Past National President of Training Directors of International Harvester Construction Dealers. He is a member of St. John's United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Helen, of 53 years; son, Gerald Van Cleve and daughter-in-law, Marsha, Pittsburg, CA; daughter, Deborah and son-in-law, Danal Estes, Fairview, TX; daughter, Marianne Portillo, El Paso, TX. Five grandchildren, Lauren Woerner (Matt), Concord, CA, Jennifer Spaeny (Shawn), Wichita, KS, Sarah Portillo, Helen Portillo, and Andres James Portillo, El Paso, TX; and five great-grandchildren, Alaina, Ashlyn and Ariel Woerner, Juliette Portillo, and Lincoln Spaeny. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Herbig Sawyer and Berna Louise Clayton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Ralph, George, and John; one sister, Annis Anderson Olson; and his son-in-law, Raul Ramon (Ray) Portillo. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Gentiva Health Services, 5600 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Suite 10, Albuquerque 87109 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, Fairfax Road at Virginia Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church, 2626 Arizona NE, 2:00 p.m., on Friday, April 25, 2014, with Rev. Dr. Steven Roberts officiating. Please visit our online guestbook for J.D. at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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WELLBORN, LOUISE MCKINNON Louise passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, April 20, 2014. At the time of her death, she resided in Santa Fe. Louise had many wonderful friends who will miss her dearly. Louise is survived by her stepsons and their families, who loved and admired her greatly, Fred Wellborn Jr., Chuck Wellborn, Bill Wellborn, Jim Wellborn and Tom Wellborn; and her nieces and nephews and their families, Nancy Alzate, Michael Burnett, Barbara McKinnon, Ian McKinnon, Linley Allen and Alexis Keijer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred W. Wellborn; her parents, Dr. Daniel Angus McKinnon, Jr. and Mary Love McKinnon; and her siblings, Joan McKinnon Allen, Molly Love McKinnon, Daniel Angus McKinnon III and Paula McKinnon. According to Louise's wishes, cremation will take place. Donations in her memory to support UNM Women's Athletics may be made to the UNM Foundation, 2 Woodward Ct NE, Albuquerque NM 87102. A memorial gathering will be held at a time and place to be announced in May. Please visit our online guestbook for Louise at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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ANDRE, DORIS SUMNER Of Albuquerque, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. She was born in Mt. Clemens, MI in 1932. Doris is survived by James Andre M.D., her husband of 64 years; two daughters and sons in law, Linda and Owen Wells of Wisconsin, and Paige and Dennis Hudson of Florida. She is also survived by three brothers, Elmer "Al" Sumner of Texas, Benjamin Sumner of Georgia, Elger Sumner of Michigan; a sister, Elner Green of Alabama; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Rene' James Andre in 1979, and her grandson, Christopher James Andre Hudson in 2003. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH-Lomas. A funeral service will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at FRENCH-Lomas with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Flowers are nice, but donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the Heart Association, if desired. Please visit our online guest book for Doris at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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ARMIJO, PAUL BACA Paul, age 86, of Albuquerque, passed away on April 16, 2014. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m. at the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna Rd. NW, Albuquerque. Rosary will be recited at 8:25 a.m. Paul was born in Magdalena, NM on October 7th, 1928. He attended St. Michael's High School and College in Santa Fe, NM and went on to work his family's cattle ranch until his retirement. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Ann-Stockly Armijo and was preceded in death by his parents Andres and Aurelia Armijo of Armijo Ranch, near Alamo, NM. He was a loving husband, a good, kind man and will be dearly missed. May God bless his loving soul.
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BUCK, JOHN HAROLD JR. John Harold Buck, Jr., age 84. On Friday April 11, John's passing left the world a far less colorful place. The original "Most Interesting Man in the World", John was both extremely opinionated (ONLY Oscar Meyer bacon, cake glazed Dunkin Donuts, Cure 81 ham and Blue Bunny ice cream would do) as well as genuinely interested in learning the most he could about anyone he encountered. A Clarion State basketball star, a soldier, a basketball coach in the guise of a geography teacher, a music lover, a traveler, tinkerer, refurbisher, apartment manager and psychologist, John connected with people instantly through spirited conversations over coffee, rum, or both. Fiercely proud of his wife Nancy, his children Greg and Laurie, and his beloved grand- daughters Rachel and Emma, John was also known for "adopting" children in his former Pittsburgh neighborhood with his Cosby style of parenting. His love of all sports (baseball especially) and all things spiritual gave him distinctive bonds with his son-in-law Jon and his daughter-in-law Kumiko. His soaring spirit inspired all those whose lives he touched, and to those who knew him well, the simple memories and his unique pearls of wisdom define him best. Who can forget: "buy good meat and leave it alone", "work hard but enjoy doing it", and "you can't make chicken salad out of chicken sh?t". Often he would read inspirational billboards and improve upon them from a perspective only John could see-the most recent entry-"be silly, be honest, be kind"; then adding "be connected, be grateful". That we are John, that we are.
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CERVANTES, AGUSTIN "AGGIE" Age 82, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, was embraced by the Lord and taken to Eternal Life, Friday, April 18, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, NM. Agustin worked in Public Relations for the State of New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department where he retired. He enjoyed spending time with his family, socializing with people, dining out, and going to the casino. Agustin thought the world of his family. He was very proud of his children and all of their accomplishments. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Adela Cervantes; his wife, Kathleen "Katie" Cervantes; brothers, Ignacio, Frank and Phil Cervantes. Agustin is survived by his loving children, Richard Cervantes and wife Cynthia, William Cervantes and wife Diana, David Cervantes, Emily Cervantes, Gerald Cervantes and wife Wendy; his precious grandchildren, Michael Cervantes and wife Diondria, Bret Cervantes Madrid, Cameron Cervantes, and Kaylin Cervantes; his great-grandchildren, Deziah, Jasmine, and Jeremiah Cervantes. Also surviving are his two loving sisters, Barbara Monica and Lucy Cervantes; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends. Agustin will be greatly missed by his loving family and by those whose hearts he touched. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Carlisle Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, 3113 Carlisle NE, where a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, located on Fourth Street and Mildred NW. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Richard, William, David, Gerald, Michael and Ruben Cervantes. Honorary Bearers will be Bret Cervantes Madrid, Cameron Cervantes, Ignacio "Jude" Cervantes and Jeremy Madrid. Those who wish to sign Agustin's guest book or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services ALAMEDA MORTUARY 9420 Fourth St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 505-898-3160
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CHALMERS, DONALD L. Donald L. Chalmers, 65, passed away peacefully on Easter morning, April 20, 2014, surrounded by his family. Known to most as Don or to his family as he was growing up as "Dude." Don was born on May 4, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to James S. (Bud) and Marjorie (Cohenour) Chalmers. Don is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dianne; his daughter Courtney and her husband Rob; his son Cameron and his wife Brandi; and his two grandchildren Kayley and Ben Howard. He is also survived by his two brothers Greg Chalmers and wife Karen, and Kirk Chalmers and wife LaDon along with other extended family. Don was active in his high school, Tulsa Memorial High School, where he was Vice President of Student Council his senior year and a member of the wrestling team. He went on to attend Tulane University where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He returned back to Oklahoma to marry his high school sweetheart, Dianne, in 1969 and attended Oklahoma State University and received his BS degree in Marketing in 1970. Don along with his two brothers worked at the family automotive parts business all through junior high and high school. Being close in age many good times were had amongst the brothers and their parents along with their dog, Bruce. Don's grandfather, Jimmy Chalmers, a Scottish immigrant, lived with the family. Don and his brothers learned about their Scottish heritage from him as it was a main stay of their family tradition. Don traveled several times to Scotland to experience more of his heritage which was extremely important to him. Family to Don was always near and dear to his heart. Whether traveling on business or pleasure Dianne was always with him. A large part of his heart was in Texas where his children and grandchildren live. He traveled to Dallas to spend as much time with them as he could and to cheer on his beloved Dallas Cowboys. Don loved to play golf and was able to experience some of the best golf courses around the world. From his days of fishing in the ponds and creeks around his home as a young boy, Don fell in the love with the solitude of fishing. He fly fished throughout the world with friends and his son, Cameron. Don was both a connoisseur and student of wine, taking great pleasure in knowing the history of different wines. With his love of reading, he most enjoyed learning more about history, business leadership and self improvement. Throughout his life animals played an important part whether it was his lizards, turtles, and snakes as a young boy or his horses and dogs as he had as an adult. His dog, Minnie, stole his heart the minute she came to live with them. Don started his career with Ford Motor Company as a Dealer Representative in Houston, TX. He would call upon local dealers and was so highly thought of by one dealer that he was given the opportunity to become a partner in a dealership in San Antonio, TX. During this time their children, Courtney and Cameron, were born. Two years later, he became partner in Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. He went on to own eight automotive dealerships in the Seattle area which included twelve franchises. In 1987, Don sold his interests in the Seattle dealerships and moved back to Tulsa where he owned and managed two successful dealerships. Education has always been extremely important to Don. He wanted to lend his leadership abilities and was elected and served on the Jenks Board of Education, one of the largest school district in Oklahoma. Don was very active in the Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Jenks communities where he served on various boards and led the community by example. Throughout the years, Don and Dianne greatly enjoyed watching their children's activities throughout high school and then sending them off to college. In 1995, Don sold his dealerships in Tulsa and he and Dianne moved to New Mexico where he was asked by Ford Motor Company to build a new dealership in Rio Rancho. With Don's foresight, he built a non-traditional car dealership where the customer would have a more positive buying experience. His personal family values were extended into the culture of his dealerships. Don was very loyal to all his employees and treated them like his extended family. Don Chalmers Ford opened its doors on February 29, 1996. He acquired Chalmers Capitol Ford in March 2007. Don shared his leadership abilities with various national, state and local organizations. Don served as Vice-President of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents; Vice-President of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Board of Directors; Served on the board of the National Auto Dealer Association and was Chairman of the Government Relations and Industry Relations committees; Board member of the Ford National Dealer Council; Past Chairman of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes National Board; Past Chairman of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce; Past Chairman of United Way of Central New Mexico and Alexis de Tocqueville Society; Past President and current member of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque del Sol; and numerous other boards and organizations. He was especially gratified to recently co-chair the Capital Campaign for the National Dance Institute Highland Theater Renovation raising over $14 million dollars. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for contributions to be sent in Don's memory to one of the following: University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Attn: Justin Schroer, 1201 Camino de Salud MSC07-4025, Albuquerque, NM 87131-001; National Dance Institute of New Mexico, 4800 Central SE, Albuquerque NM 87108; Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 8701 Leeds Road, Kansas City, MO 64129. Memorial services will be held on Friday, April 25th at 10:30am at Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Rd NE, Albuquerque NM. Please visit our online guest book at www.FrenchFunerals.com Funeral arrangements are being handled by French Mortuary - University, 1111 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque NM, 505-843-6333.
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CHALMERS, DON DON CHALMERS IN MEMORY OF A DEAR FRIEND AND CHAMPION OF NEW MEXICO'S CHILDREN NDI New Mexico extends our most heartfelt condolences to the family of our dear friend and champion, Don Chalmers. Don and his wife Dianne have made invaluable contributions to the welfare of children participating in NDI programs and to the entire communities of both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. NDI's "Core Four" Values of Work Hard, Do Your Best, Never Give Up, and Be Healthy resonated deeply with Don's strong work ethic and positive attitude. We will miss Don's strong leadership, critical business acumen, and warm friendship, and will continue to remember him with great fondness and appreciation.
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