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GRIMM -- Robert Grimm, age 73, passed away October 18, 2010 in Albuquerque. He was a resident of Elephant Butte, NM and Salazar and Sons Mortuary are in charge of the arrangements. Salazar and Sons Mortuary 400 Third Street SW Albuquerque, NM 505-247-4124
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GURLEY -- Margaret Alice Gurley, 84, of Farmington, passed peacefully into the arms of our Heavenly Father Saturday, October 17, 2010. She was born April 6, 1926, in Lindrith, New Mexico to Chester Hepner and Leona Hunter Hepner. Margaret married Howard Gurley in 1942. She loved the community of Lindrith where she was born, it was her safe place and place of solitude. Margaret was a dedicated wife, mother and sister and took the title of grandma most seriously. According to her granddaughter "she was the finest woman she ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was my hero, my friend, my confidante and my Grandma". Her loving devotion will be greatly missed. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years, Howard; son, Richard Gurley; brother, Bill Hepner; sister, Lena Sumner; and grandson, Joseph (Trey) Peskor. She is survived by her best friend, Ezekiel Trey Peskor of Farmington; daughters, Ann Gurley (John Borses) and Kathy Peskor (Carl), both of Farmington; son, Arlin Gurley (Leslie) of Jemez Springs; brothers, Raymond Hepner (Inez), Ralph Hepner (Claudia) and sisters, Norma Thorpe, Rosie Hepner, all of Farmington; brother, Martin Hepner of Dallas, Texas; As well as nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Visitation for Mrs. Gurley will be Friday, October 22, 2010 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., at Cope Memorial Chapel of Farmington. Funeral services for Margaret will be Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., at the Lindrith Baptist Church, with burial to follow at Gavalin Cemetery. Those wishing to send condolences or fond memories, please visit Margaret's posting at www.danielsfuneral.com Funeral services are entrusted to: Cope Memorial Chapel 404 W. Arrington Farmington, NM 87401 505-327-5142
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JOHNSON -- Viola (Vickie) Johnson, born July 23, 1923 , passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 17, 2010. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Johnson of the family home; and her son, Kenneth Woodward of Gallup, NM. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Jamie Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Kaitlyn Johnson, Tiffany and Stephanie Woodward; and four great - grandchildren, Fabian, Gabriella, Isabella and Hazel. She will be missed by her friends and family. Memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at Mesa View Methodist Church at 4:00 p.m., (corner of Montano and Taylor Ranch Road). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help with her internment. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone, for part of us went with you on the day God called you home.
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JONES -- Dean Jones, 71, a resident of Rio Rancho, NM passed away on October 15, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife, Gail Jones; son, Monte Jones; daughter, Valerie Allen; grandchildren, Hunter Jones, Bailey Allen; siblings, Velma Faye McClure, June Vanzant, Bert Jones and wife Jeanene as well as numerous other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Casey Kathaleen Jones; brother, Ralph Jones; parents, Casey and Cleffie Jones. Dean was a retired New Mexico State Police Officer (Lieutenant) and former Chief of Police at the Corrales Police Department. He was a lifelong resident of the State of New Mexico. During his 23 year career as a NMSP officer he was stationed at eight different duty stations throughout northern New Mexico where he made many lifelong friends. He finally retired at the Albuquerque District in 1986. We will ALL miss him very much, he cannot be replaced but we will always have the fond memories of him. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 22, 2010, Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Road Chapel, (located inside Vista Verde Memorial Park), 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Arrangements are 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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JONES -- James M. Jones, 83, a resident of Los Lunas, NM passed away October 19, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Janice Tafoya; step-daughter, Sharon A. Shannon; numerous grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryl Arnold of Albuquerque, NM; step-son, Dr. Robert J. Goldsworthy of Scottsdale, AZ; parents, Willis C. and Edith Jones of Garner, OK. James was born in Stilwell, OK November 27, 1926. He served during World War II on AKA 52, one of the most important vessels of that war which was "designed to land fully equipped assault troops on enemy held beaches while defending herself against possible enemy actions." He worked with the Corps of Engineers in Kansas City, Bureau of Indian Affairs in Albuquerque, and the Bureau of Land Management in Santa Fe before retiring in 1981. James loved nature. He enjoyed hiking in the mountains, bird watching, walking on the beach looking for driftwood, studying the Bible, music, especially the older Hymns and singing with Church Choirs, teaching and playing with his German Shepherd, and most of all, helping and giving to others. His quick Midwestern wit and love of humor endeared him to others. The family requests that no flowers be sent. A Visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 21, 2010, Daniels Family Funeral Services, Carlisle Chapel, 3113 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM. A Memorial Service will immediately follow the visitation, Carlisle Chapel. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 22, 2010, Santa Fe National Cemetery. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at: www.danielsfuneral.com. Arrangements are 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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LEACH -- Doyce Lee Leach passed away, Saturday, October 9, 2010 at home, surrounded by family and his beloved wife, Emilie. Doyce led an exemplary life of integrity and faith. Prior to his retirement in 1990, Doyce was involved with various civic volunteer activities, was a member of the Shriners, and was a 32nd Degree Mason. Doyce retired as an Agency Manager for Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S. (now AXA Life) in Utah, Nebraska, and New Mexico. He was an active member of the Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, and he and his wife enjoyed membership in the Albuquerque Country Club. Doyce's interests included fishing, golfing, walking, traveling, watching all sporting events, and attending his grand children's soccer games. In recent years, Doyce was most passionate about traveling, laughing and being with his wife. He is survived by Emilie Beacham Leach; his children, Brian (Deborah), Shannon (JoAnn), Anne Kundtz (Paul), and Stewart (Lea); his brothers, Jack and Paul; and his brother-in-law, Byron McBride; Doyce's grandchildren include Tom and Andrew Leach, Matt and Molly Kundtz, and Christopher and Patrick Leach. Doyce was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn McBride Leach. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at The Cathedral Church of St. John. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to The Cathedral Church of St. John, 138 Silver SW, PO Box 1246, Albuquerque, N.M 87102.
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MARTIN -- Dorothy "Rene" Martin passed away on October 13, 2010 in Farmington, NM. She was born in Rock Island, Illinois to James and Mamie Marre on February 10, 1922. Rene and family moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1955 and after her husband's retirement they returned to Albuquerque to enjoy their grand children and where she resided until 2009 when she went into a nursing facility in Farmington, NM. She was preceded in death by Sherman A. Martin, her husband of 64 years, her son-in-law Howard Jeffrey Hull, grandson Christopher Jeffrey Martin Hull, one brother and two sisters. Rene is survived by three sisters, Vernie Rosene, Val Kaminski and Patsy Averill; three daughters, Sue Miller, Nancy Chavez and Carol Harvey; three sons-in law; Tim Miller, John Chavez and Edward Harvey; seven grandchildren, Matt Hull, Amber Miller, Andrea Miller, Zach Clark, John Michael Chavez, Erin Mata, Leslie Lamb and Timothy Ramczyk; and seven great grand children, Taylor Lamb, Wyatt, Hailey and McKenzie Clark, Nadia, Lacey and Ava Mata. Grandma Martin loved her family and especially all the grand children and great grand children whom she devoted her time and energy to spoiling without regret. Rene loved to play bridge, garden, interior design, landscape, sew, oil paint and cook and was accomplished at all. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was always willing to help no matter what was asked of her. She will be greatly missed by all. Services will be held Friday, October 22, 2010, 10:30 a.m., at French ~ Wyoming Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Rene at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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MARTINEZ -- Dora Martinez, age 82, beloved and devoted mother, grandmother, and sister, was called to her heavenly home, Saturday, October 16, 2010. Visitations will be this evening (Thursday) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 820 Broadway Blvd., SE, where a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday morning at 10:00 a.m., also at the Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Dora's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160
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MURRAY -- Verbal Battles Murray, 95, a resident of Albuquerque since 1958, died Sunday, October 17, 2010. She is survived by her daughters, Pat Johnson and husband, Jim of Jacksonville, AR, Sue Geiwitz and husband, Lewis, Bonnie Dana and husband, Mike; son, Joe Battles and wife, Judy, all of Albuquerque; ten grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; She is also survived by her sisters, Helen Cooper, Faye Shell, and Laura Hodges; and sister-in-law, Frances Davidson. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Tony Cailteux, great-grandson, Alex Layer, and great-granddaughter, Rainey Heintz. Verbal was a gifted interior decorator for Sears for many years. Homes all over Albuquerque are prettier because of her special touch. She was a longtime member of Highland Baptist Church. "Nana" was the most precious mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and taught all of her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids about loving Jesus, working hard, and taking care of family. Friends may visit French ~ Wyoming Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Friday, October 22, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Services will be held Saturday, October 23, 2010, 12:00 p.m., at French ~ Wyoming Chapel with Pastor John Embry officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. In Nana's memory, memorial contributions may be made to the Alex Fund at Noon Day Ministries, P.O. Box 25451, Albuquerque, 87125. French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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NORLANDER -- Melvin Douglas Norlander, 72, born October 6, 1938, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2010. Melvin was born in Mercedes, Texas the son of the late Louise and Kenneth Norlander. He proudly served in the United States Navy as a Fire Control Tech as well as in the Navy Reserves. In 1960, he married his sweetheart, Florence Grace Hawkinson, and together they raised four children. Melvin and Florence just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. In his career, he worked as a Civil Servant at Guam's Anderson AFB and as an Alarm Shop Supervisor at Kirtland AFB. In his life, what he enjoyed the most, was spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his brother Donald Norlander. He is survived by his spouse Florence; his children, Roy Norlander, Diane Crook, Michael Norlander and Janet Van Why; his brothers John Norlander and Gary Norlander; his granddaughters, Heather Lako, Jenny Crook and Aubrey Tillotson; his great-granddaughters, Eliza and Kharma as well as many nieces, nephews, and in-laws; and his beloved dog Tipper. He was a wonderful husband, dad, brother, grandpa, great grandpa and uncle and will be greatly missed. A small memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Sunset Memorial's Centennial Urn Garden, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM at 1:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Melvin at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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