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SEGOVIA -- Leticia (Tish) P. Segovia, P.E., age 44, passed away in Las Cruces on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 21, 1966, in Torrance, CA to Roman and Lucina Pacheco. She graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1984. In 1989, she received her Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico and her Master of Science Civil Engineering from California State University Long Beach in 1994. Tish married her high school sweetheart, Dona Ana County Assessor, Andy Segovia, in 1990. She was a egistered Professional Engineer and during her career she had worked for California EPA, IT Corp., Bernalillo County, and the City of Albuquerque. She had been employed by the Dona Ana County Flood Commission for the last nine years. Tish's greatest love was being a wife and a mother to her two beautiful children. Being with her family was her life's joy and a great source of strength to her during her illness. Tish was also a dedicated community volunteer and was an advocate for causes that affected women and children. She has volunteered countless hours of service as a member of the Junior League of Las Cruces, Zia Middle School PTO, LCHS Booster Club, The Whole Enchilada Fiesta Comm. and as a Religious Education teacher for St. Albert's Parish of which she was a member. Tish had an amazing ability to make a friend and be a friendand her friendships lasted a lifetime. The goodness of her heart touched many and she will be missed by all who knew her. Tish is survived by her husband, Andy, her son Andres and daughter Samantha, as well as by numerous loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Roman (Ray) Pacheco. Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm Sunday, March 13, 2011 with recitation of the Rosary following at 6:00 pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:00 am Monday, March 14, 2011. All services will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, 1240 S. Espina in Las Cruces. The rite of Committal and Internment will immediately follow at the San Albino Cemetery, Mesilla NM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Cowboys for Cancer at PO Box 202 Dona Ana, NM 88032
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SHANKS -- Elizabeth (Elisa). Funeral services for Elizabeth (Elisa) Shanks will be held Saturday March 19, 2011 at St. John's Catholic Church in Roswell, New Mexico. Rosary will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Mass to follow at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Picacho Cemetery after the mass. Elizabeth passed away on Wednesday March 9, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico surrounded by loved ones. Elizabeth was born in Picacho, New Mexico on July 2, 1920 to Juan (Romero) Kimbell and Primitiva (Romero) Kimbrel in Picacho, New Mexico, whom preceded her in death. On February 22, 1938, Elizabeth married the love of her life Robert C. Shanks, he preceded her in death on November 4, 2007. She is survived by her children, Hope Wolf of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Roberta Freeman of Cleveland, Ohio, Sylvia Federow and her husband Paul of Blountsville, Tennesse, Katherine Gaura and her husband Bonifacion of Roswell, New Mexico, her sons Charles C. Shanks and his wife Mary Nell of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Billy Shanks of Roswell, NM. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her son, Robert F. Shanks; daughter-in-law Kathy Shanks; sons-in-law Tony Wolf and Chuck Freeman; brothers, Averline, Kimbrell and Charlie Kimbrell; grandchildren, Kimberly Shanks, Cheryl Shanks, Kenny Fedrow and Charles C. Shanks Jr., and one great grandchild. She is also survived by, sisters Lorena Miscavage of Roswell, NM, Merilene Ward of Colorado; brothers, Fred Kimbrell of Montana and Gilbert Kimbrell of Albuquerque, NM. She is also survived by 33 grandchildren and over 100 plus great-great and great-great-great grandchildren. She was a wonderful sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Elizabeth was a woman of great faith which she passed on to all her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and whose lifes she touched. Friends and family will be received at the home of her granddaughter Stephanie Hernandez, 1503 S. Kentucky Ave, Roswell, NM 88203. Fallen Leaves Leaves that blow from autumn trees Prepare the way for winter freeze to chart the path of moving time. A cycle plays out natures rhyme. Though sometimes leaves do fall in spring The sounds an unfamiliar ring new from buds the leaves they form they grow amidst the sun so warm. So why do some release their bounds? And tumble gently towards the grounds to disconnect from what they know And sacrifice the chance to grow. Only god can know these things And why he calls for leaves in spring Perhaps leaves choose to ride the wind To find some place to start again. We Love You.
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SHOEMAKER -- Babe Alta Logan Shoemaker of Albuquerque, NM passed away January 17, 2011. She was born March 8, 1912 in Boise, ID. Alta and her husband, Ivan "Dee" Shoemaker, owned and operated the El Camino Lodge on 4th Street for many years. She was a member of the American Women's Business Association and had previously worked in the Accounting Department at Dillard's. She was an avid bowler and many bowlers credited her with improving their games. She believed that man's nature was good because she herself had a heart of gold and she reached out to help friends and strangers alike. She was always encouraging and had a loving sense of humor. She passed through this life with generosity and thoughtfulness. She was preceded in death by her husband, "Dee" and daughter, Dolores June. As she wished, Alta was cremated and her ashes scattered over her beloved Sandias, which overlook the city she treasured, in the State that nourished and sustained her.
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SIMMONS -- Willard C. Simmons, LtCol, US Army (ret), 95, a resident of Rio Rancho, NM for the past 11 years, passed away March 3, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, June Simmons; children, Bruce W. Simmons and wife Danise, Barry A. Simmons and wife Sally, Carol A. Simmons and husband Lee Williams; brother, Wallace Simmons; grandchildren, Sarah Page and husband Adam, Marshall Simmons and wife Jessica, Logan Simmons; great-granddaughter, Hosanna Beth Page; several nieces, one nephew and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Melvyn Miller Simmons, and by a granddaughter, Carrie Simmons. Born June 15, 1915 in McKinney, TX and raised in Oklahoma, Willard graduated from Chickasha High School and worked as a railway mail clerk. At the beginning of World War II, he joined the army and graduated from Officer Candidate School. His military career was highlighted by serving in Patton's army, acting as a courier for the Manhattan Project, running the post office on Okinawa after the war, serving in Korea, and assisting with plans during the Cuban missile crisis before retiring as a Lt. Colonel. His numerous military stations included the Philippines, Japan and Puerto Rico. After leaving the Army, Willard worked for the Social Security Administration as a Systems Analyst from 1962-1980. He was recently interviewed for the Veterans History Project by a representative of the Library of Congress. During his later life he earned a reputation as an expert blackjack player at the local casinos. A member of MENSA, he was also a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Road Chapel, 4310 Sara Road SE and Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho, NM. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM. To view funeral information or to leave condolences please visit: www.danielsfuneral.com. Willard's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Sara Road Chapel 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 505-892-9920
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SMITH -- Herb Smith, 61, lifelong resident passed away on March 10, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte and daughter, Loren; brother, Richard Smith and his wife Carolyn of Scottsdale, AZ.; nieces, Rachelle Regan and Regan Smith; mother-in-law, Evelyn Pierce and brothers-in-law John Pierce and Ron Pierce. Herb was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Edith Smith. Herb was a field sales rep for over 30 years and currently employed by L'Amy Eyewear. He had a very close working relationship with all his clients and had developed personal friendships with many of them. He was a sports fanatic and he never missed a Steelers, Lakers, or Yankee game. Herb was passionate about his music. He spent much time enjoying classic rock and blues, as well as watching old movies. He loved his family including his 3 grand dogs, his BFF GR, and will be missed by many. A Memorial Service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. or the American Heart Assoc. To view funeral information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Herb's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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SPRINGER -- "Mac" Macedonio R., lifetime resident passed away peacefully Thursday, February 10, 2011, after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family. Mac was a retired Baliff for the Second Judicial District Court under District Judge James A. Maloney and District Judge Philip R. Ashby. Prior to his service with the State of New Mexico, he retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mac was a veteran of the U.S. Marines serving during WWII at Guadalcanal. He was a member of the American Legion, Veteran's of Foreign War, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart. He also belonged to the Institute for Certification of Engineering Technicians, American Society of Certified Engineers and Senior Certified Engineer Technician. Mac enjoyed fishing, oil painting, restoring antiques, playing black jack and poker. He is preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Alfred L. Romero, Jr., father, Henry Springer, mother, Carmelita R. Springer, who were members of the pioneer Springer Family that settled in Old Town in 1862, and by his grandson Angelo Chavez. He is survived by his sister, Cecilia Romero, son, Michael, daughter, Marilyn and husband Bill, grandchildren, Damon, Rochelle, Devin, Vanessa, Aaron, great grandchildren, Chrystal, Joseph, Cyrea, Maya, Justin, Jr., nieces, Carmen Baca, Christine Romero, Rita Zamora, Carla Romero, nephew, Lawrence Romero, and eleven great nieces and nephews. A memorial service for Mr. Springer will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at San Felipe De Neri Catholic Church, 2005 N. Plaza St. NW, Old Town. A reception will be held immediately following at the Mission Church of San Jose in Los Duranes, 2110 Los Luceros Rd., NW. In a private ceremony, interment will be at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. The Family would like to thank everyone at Princeton Place Nursing Center for the comfort and care given to Mr. Springer and would like to thank all of the dedicated Doctors and nursing staff at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center while Mr. Springer was under their care. He will be missed by his family and many, many friends. In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America
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TAFOYA -- Rachel. The Family of Rachel Tafoya would like to thank all the relatives and friends for your kindness and sympathy at a time when it was greatly appreciated. Services Entrusted to: www.salazarandsons.com Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street SW 505-247-4124
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TAYLOR -- Lillian. Beloved College of Santa Fe professor Lillian Taylor passed away January 31, 2011. Born in Bison, OK on Februry 28, 1933, Taylor was a 1950 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and a 1959 graduate of Sacred Heart College in Wichita. She was a member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and was originally named Sister M. Theophane Taylor. She later returned to her baptismal name and was known as Sister Lillian Taylor. She taught in various schools in Kansas then began teaching music at Sacred Heart Academy. She taught speech and drama at Sacred Heart College from 1962 to 1969, during which time she earned a master's degree in speech and drama from Marquette University in Milwaukee. In 1970 Lillian Taylor moved to Santa Fe after requesting a dispensation from her vows. In her 33 year career at the College of Santa Fe, she served on every committee ever formed and taught drama, speech, humanities and English. Taylor also taught in several NM correctional facilities. Through her close friendship with actress Greer Garson, Taylor was instrumental in obtaining funding for CSF's Greer Garson Theater where she produced many popular plays and musicals drawing large audiences. She was also a faculty member for the Board of Trusties for CSF and renowned for her authority on Native American literature. A well-respected teacher, Taylor received the Distinguished LaSallian Educator Award in 1989 and became an affiliated member of the Christian Brothers. Affiliation is the highest and rarest honor bestowed by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Upon her retirement from CSF in 2002, she received the Beata Netemeyer Award from Newman University for her outstanding service and exemplary teaching. Active in the Santa Fe community for 40 years, Taylor chaired the St. Francis Cathedral Liturgy Commission and was the music minister and choir director. Taylor also served as president of the Pilot International Club and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a woman educator's sorority. Taylor's philanthropy extended to numerous New Mexican Indian schools, nationwide Catholic foundations, several educational/arts funds, and many international humanitarian charities. Lillian Taylor will be remembered as a loving sister, aunt, cousin, colleague, Godmother and friend. Her love of literature, drama and humanities has inspired thousands of students and leaves a legacy beyond measure. A public funeral mass for Ms. Lillian M. Taylor will be held at the St. Francis Cathedral chapel on March 19, 2011, at 1:00 p.m..
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TAYLOR -- Sol Taylor. May 12,1912-March 11, 2011. PUMPS "WAS" HIS BUSINESS. Sol Taylor, who started T-P Pump & Pipe Company in 1940, passed away on Friday morning, March 11, 2011 at age 98 after a great life. Sol was a man of great integrity and humility. He started with a single truck and a load of pipe on far South Fourth and Cesar Chavez (then Bridge Ave.), and he built the business to its current third generation level with good and honest service and by being a man of his word. Sol came from humble beginnings. He lost his mother at the age of three and his early years were difficult. He graduated from a vocational high school in Kansas City. He survived the great depression, worked in the CCC in California and he and his wife, Mildred, were in the grocery business in Kansas City. At the suggestion of Sol's cousin, he and Mildred headed for Albuquerque in 1940. Sol and his wife were among the earliest members of B'nai Israel Congregation and very active in the Jewish community. Sol started in the scrap business that developed into T-P Pump & Pipe Company on North Second. Sol mastered a business that involved complex math, electronics and hydrology. Mitchell Taylor, Sol's youngest son, and Mitchell's son, Jeremy, now operate T-P Pump that has been in operation for over seventy years. Sol greatly enjoyed working and talking with all the loyal employees and wonderful customers of T-P Pump, as talking pumps with anyone and having a good laugh were his passions. Sol developed a tremendous command of the English language. When Sol started T-P Pump, his motto was "Pumps Is Our Business", and he debated the correctness of the motto with many a person who stopped in to advise Sol that it should have read "Pumps "are" our business." Sol loved his family, his business, and his airplane. Sol loved golf and the time he spent with his golfing buddies. He loved golf for its challenge, its camaraderie and for the beauty and tranquility of the Four Hills Country Club Golf Course. He played the game until five months before he passed away. After the loss of his wife, Mildred, in 1998, Sol moved into Montebello Retirement Home on Academy. Sol's family extends their heartfelt hugs and thanks to Mary Earl Williams of Montebello for being such a beautiful and wonderful friend to Sol. The family also extends thanks to Rae and Arnold Frishman for their loving care, and to the entire staff at Montebello and to Presbyterian Hospice. One of Sol's last remarks was that he had no regrets about is life. He said his life was just good luck. But Sol made the "good luck" happen by hard work, being a good and honorable businessman, and a good father and family man. Sol leaves a beautiful family, son Allan, his wife Susan, and grandsons David and Michael, son Ron Taylor, his wife Karen, granddaughters Leah and Dorian and grandson Ben, and son Mitchell, his wife Sandi and grandsons Jeremy (Jennifer) and Chad (Elizabeth), and three great-grandchildren. After an 11:30 a.m. graveside service on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the B'Nai Israel section of Fairview, there will be a luncheon and celebration of Sol's life at 1:30 p.m. at Four Hills County Club for family and friends. The family requests that anyone wishing to make a contribution, in Sol's honor, do so to the Jewish Federation of Albuquerque or Jewish Family Service. Sol's sense of humor and quick wit was a joy to all who knew him. He was a kind, charitable decent man who was loved by all who had the good fortune to know him.
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THOMAS -- John W. (Jack) Thomas (86) passed on, early Sunday morning March 6, 2011. An Albuquerque resident since 1960, he was born in Manhattan and raised in New York City. He grew to love dove and pheasant hunting with his Labrador, fishing, sailing and fine food. He left this Earth in good spirit, without pain. Jack is survived by his wife of 37 years, Consuelo G. Thomas from Old Mesilla, NM, now of Largo, Fl; his sister Charlotte T. Lowry of New York; six children: Stephen John and wife Therese of Flagstaff; Consuelo Josephine of St. Petersburg, Fl; William Gustave of Alb.; John W. Jr. and James Edgar, Carla Eugenia and husband Scott Kominiak all of Alb. Six grandchildren, Ramona and Taylor Thomas, Sean and Alec Burnett, Owen and Tice Kominiak. And his niece, Nancy Hastings of Maine. Jack lived a full life. As a youngster he became practiced in photography to the point of having his own darkroom. During his teenage years he worked with his uncle, helping in the manufacturing of surgical instruments. He attended Stuyvesant High in New York City. Upon graduation from high school he joined the Army Air Corps in order to help the Allies in Europe. He was soon attending bombardier training in California. Jack would often comment on the beauty of California's citrus groves. He was stationed in Southern Italy with the 463rd Bomb Group. One of his missions involved bombing a ball bearing plant outside of his mother's hometown in Hungary. His B-17 was shot down and he was a POW for several months. Jack did not like the War and considered it a great loss of men and resources, but considered it his duty to help. Jack earned the rank of 1st lieutenant while with the Corps. Jack attended New Mexico State University on the GI bill and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Here he met his soon to be wife and mother of his children, Consuelo Griggs. Moving to New York and working on Long Island for various engineering firms, Jack helped perfect the welding of aluminum for airline and rocket use. 1960 found Jack moving his family from Long Island to Albuquerque. He continued his engineering career while working on the opening of his own business. Mother's Day 1962 saw the opening of El Pinto Restaurant in Albuquerques North Valley. Jack managed the restaurant as if it were his home, allowing his patrons to have a pleasant and delicious dining experience. Using the Griggs Family recipes of Old Mesilla, New Mexico, El Pinto soon became a favorite of Albuquerque! There will be a memorial service held at French Mortuary on Wyoming at 2:30 to 3:30pm Thursday, March 17, 2011. A gathering for friends and family will be at El Pinto Restaurant from 4:30 to 6:30pm that day. Jacks ashes will be interned at the National Cemetery of Santa Fe.
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