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HOOPER -- Billie C. Hooper, 85, died peacefully on April 16, 2010. She is survived by her daughters Linda Hooper-Cook and Donna Hooper-Stark; granddaughter, Shanna L. D. Cook; great-granddaughter Madalyn M. Nilsson; and sister LaDonna V. Harris and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray Hooper in 1981; her parents William Evans and Lily Crawford; and her grandparents John and Wickki Tabbytite. Yet, a life well-lived is far more than facts. It's the heart-lifting joy of small moments and big laughs shared the gratification of a hard job well-done and the warm, unstinting devotion to family and friends, no matter where they roam or what they do. Billie Hooper lived all this and more. When her family and friends remember Billie - we cry for what we have lost. Then we smile for what we had. She lived a good life and she shared that goodness with everyone - be they family, friends, or total strangers. Linda recalls her Mother's unfailing generosity and kindness to others. But, kind as she was, Billie also had a code of conduct; she epitomized that certain grace of combined personal privacy, calm action and public service that we seem to have lost in today's hectic "It's all about ME! Everything goes and tell everyone about it!" world. Raised on a Oklahoma farm by her grandparents, John and Wickk , Billie early on learned the value and virtues of hard work. A child of the Great Depression, she mastered the old-fashioned talents of gardening, cooking, and simply making do. Billie shared her goodness and intelligence with many she never really knew, working in PHS Indian hospital for 35 years. The first ten years she worked in a tuberculosis ward - which back then many thought extremely dangerous - so she also had no shortage of courage. When her husband, Ray, went off to fight in World War II, she rolled up her sleeves and took a job in a ball bearing factory to do her part. With her mixed heritage - her grandmother was a full-blood Comanche - she knew in her core that respect and consideration are both strengths and virtues in our American melting pot. A life-long Democrat,-she was excited to vote for the first black president, and her VERY FIRST words when coming out of her recent surgery, were, "Did they pass health care?" While conservative in many ways - she never spent a dollar she didn't have - Billie was a liberal in the best sense of the word - open-minded, giving, and unafraid of change. Billie was quiet, but loved to be surrounded by people; she found them endlessly fascinating, rather they were sitting in her den or talking on CNN. She was a MSNBC/CNN junkie and could tell you - in sometimes excruciating detail - what was going on in current affairs..and her opinion of it. Although shy, she was definitely NOT unassuming. She knew what she wanted and how she wanted it. Christmas was always a major undertaking, when she cooked for days.and the search for the ABSOLUTELY perfect Christmas tree took the family to seemingly every lot in town.and then back again. One year, her husband Ray decided he'd had enough of looking at "9 million trees." So, he decided to "surprise" Billie and went off and bought one on his own. That afternoon Donna came home from school to find her father cussing and covered in sawdust. He was cutting branches and drilling holes to create the right tree at Billie's direction. He never bought another tree on his own. But through it all - he loved and appreciated Billie. In fact, in middle age - Ray and Billie rediscovered their youthful passion and seemed to their daughters to fall in love all over again. Billie's last words to her gathered family were "Be nice to each other..and don't pick on Linda! No, now, I'm SERIOUS!" So, with that - we ask our readers to seriously say "thank you" to Billie and applaud her life - well-lived and laughed. And, be nice to each other. A memorial celebration will be held Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. April 21, 2010 at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Roadrunner Food Bank or The Storehouse. Private burial will take place at a later date at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Billie at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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MARTIN -- Nicholas Ewing "Nick" Martin, 16, died unexpectedly April 15, 2010. He is survived by his parents, Bob and Judith; his sister Kathleen; uncle Bill Martin and wife Juanita; his aunt Beth Martin; and numerous other family and friends. Nick was preceded in death by his sister Sara; grandparents, Lee M and Lyle E Ewing, Mary G Martin and Warren R Martin. He was a sophomore at East Mountain High School were he was was a member of the track and cross country teams, he enjoyed the outdoors and was a Boy Scout. Nick was very involved in Soap Box Derby, qualifying for five Nationals in Akron, Ohio. He also was active in science fairs for many years qualifying for regional and state competitions. Nick especially loved his family and friends and will be dearly missed. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 2201 San Pedro Dr. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110, the Boy Scouts of America, 5841 Office Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 or East Mountain High School, a New Mexico Charter School, 25 La Madera Rd, Sandia Park, NM, 87047 in Nick's name. Friends who wish may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM Tuesday, April 20, 2010 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 3:00 p.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5 Entrada Del Norte, Edgewood, NM, located one half mile west of Edgewood on Old Highway 66 and Entrada Del Norte. Please visit our online guestbook for Nick at RememberTheirStory.com. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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MILLIGAN -- Cecilia Milligan died on Saturday, April 17, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born in Manzano, NM on January 7, 1942 and resided in Albuquerque, NM. Cecilia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was dearly loved and will be missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ignacio Chavez and Antonia Chavez; and one sister, Ermalinda Torres. Cecilia is survived by her husband, Raymond Milligan; daughter, Lorraine Milligan; sons, Jason Milligan, and Isaac Milligan and his wife, Pamela Milligan; 11 grandchildren, Robert, Candace, Brian, Penelope, Helena, Jenahsis, Noreyha, Nikki, Ian, Ivan, and Donavon; one brother, Tiburcio Chavez and wife, Amy Chavez, and two sisters, Carol Borders and husband, Carl Borders, and Leonicia Torres; as well as many more dear relatives and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 109 Waterfall Dr, SE, Abq, NM, Off of Old 66 East of Tramway on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St, NW, Abq, 87107. 505-343-8008.
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MORGAN -- Charmaine M. Morgan, age 38, went to be with her Lord on April 17, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born to Billy and Patsy Zamora in Albuquerque, NM. Charmaine loved to play soccer in high school, then enjoyed playing on a women's league. She loved to watch her sons football games and loved her dogs, Katie, Emma and Jack. Charmaine had a passion for living life, taking ever moment to the fullest. Her love and spirit will never be forgotten and her memory will always be cherished. Charmaine is survived by her husband, Rusty; her son Michael Birach; her parents, Billy and Patsy Zamora; one brother Christopher Zamora; her paternal grandparents, Billy and Candy Zamora; and numerous extended family. Charmaine was preceded in death by her brother, Steven Zamora. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. until time of the rosary. The Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., French Mortuary ~ Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., Risen Savior Catholic Community. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Charmaine at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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MOSELEY -- William "Elson" Moseley,(Bill) went home to be with the Lord on April 17, 2010. He was born to Willie E. Moseley and Mattie Bell (Meek) Moseley on June 9, 1926 in Venus, NM. He grew up in the Estancia Valley. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from Stanley High School in 1943. He joined the Merchant Marines in 1945. He met Della Hoffman in 1944 and they were married on August 18, 1946. They moved to Albuquerque in 1948. They were members of Parkview Baptist Church where Elson was a deacon. Elson worked as a pipe fitter for the Santa Fe Railroad from 1947 - 1953. He worked at ACF from 1953-1967 and then was a maintenance supervisor at GE until he retired in 1991. Elson and Della worked hard to provide for their three children and his mother, Mattie Bell Moseley, and sent each of the three children through college. Elson enjoyed coin-collecting, painting ceramics, creating decorative ostrich eggs, gardening and growing roses. He was very mechanically inclined and could fix anything. He enjoyed studying scripture and had read the bible in its entirety twice. He is greatly loved and will be deeply missed. He was preceeded in death by his father; his mother; and his sister Ada V. Moseley. He is survived by his brother Marvin M. Moseley and wife Helen (Hatton) Moseley; his three children James E. Moseley, Marilyn (Moseley) Maito and husband John F. Maito, Kenneth G. Moseley and wife Linda (Farmer) Moseley; grandchildren Ben Moseley, Kelly Moseley, Jennifer Maito, Connie Maito, Stephanie Maito, Ryan Moseley and wife Andrian (Garcia) Moseley, Kayla (Moseley) Blystone and husband Joseph Blystone; an uncle Theo Ray Meek; cousins Ruby (Meek) Bell, Viola (Meek) Purcella and husband Charles Purcella, William Ray Meek; and many more cousins, nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place at AllState Cremation, Aurora, Co. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy Rd NE. Contributions may be made in his name to the church or charity of your choice.
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MUELLER -- Audrey M. Mueller, 84, passed away on April 18, 2010. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Audrey's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 2400 Southern Blvd SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 891-9192
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O'BRIEN -- Irene A. O'Brien, 96, passed away, Tuesday, April 13, 2010. She was born November 24, 1913 in Shawano, Wisconsin, the daughter of Francis and Agnes Kugel Nachtwey. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 9:00 a.m., at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11401 Indian School NE. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7500 Paseo Del Norte NE. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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O'NEILL -- Patrick Daniel O'Neill, Jr. July 23, 1955 - April 17, 2010 Pat O'Neill died peacefully surrounded by family and listening to the Beach Boys, following a joyous yet tearful toast with many friends and family at his side. "Life is Good!" - A sentiment Pat shared millions of times, but also the attitude he lived with in each moment on this earth. A native of Albuquerque, Pat was born to Irish immigrants Pat and Kitty O'Neill. He attended Highland High School and the University of New Mexico, and went on to receive BS and BBA degrees from the University of Albuquerque. Pat was also an active member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He spent 54 years in this life, encircled by loving family, dear friends and the mountains he loved. Pat was a corporate investigator at Sandia National Laboratories, and was employed there for 33+ years, but his true life's work was his family. Married to his college sweetheart Melissa Richter, she knows Pat as her "one true love" and was blessed to have such a rare and beautiful relationship. The O'Neill family spent wonderful times together skiing, hiking, traveling, scouting and taking part in many sports activities. "Dad never missed a game" Meaghan and Sean can attest. Sean best describes his dad as a "giant among giants". Pat took great pride in being the world's best dad, and was also known as a "loving mentor" by his nephew Keaton. As a scoutmaster for more than a dozen years, Pat mentored many young men, and was instrumental in encouraging both son Sean and nephew Keaton to become Eagle Scouts. His sister Sheila, who was not just sister, but best friend, drew great comfort from knowing "there was nothing he wouldn't do for me". A great friend and caregiver, Pat touched many lives in positive ways, always with generosity, a great smile and his hallmark sense of humor that never waivered. In speaking of Pat, friends always used words like sincerity, integrity, character, honesty and loyalty. Pat is survived by his loving wife of 27 years Melissa Richter O'Neill; wonderful children Meaghan Catherine O'Neill and Sean Patrick O'Neill; sisters, Sheila Ann O'Neill and Mary Catherine O'Neill; nephew Keaton Gibson Richter; and sister-in-law Lisa Gibson Richter; along with countless other friends and family that all know how blessed they were to be a part of his life. Pat was preceded in death by parents Patrick Daniel O'Neill, Sr. and Catherine Murphy O'Neill; in-laws Max Adam Richter and Norma Whittaker Richter; and brother-in-law Keith Malcolm Richter. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 3:30 p.m. at the Sombra Del Monte Christian Church, 2528 Utah Street NE, Albuquerque NM 87110, 505-298-6707. In lieu of flowers, the O'Neill family requests that donations be made in Pat's honor to the Pat O'Neill Fund, c/o The Great Southwest Council, Boy Scouts of America, 5841 Office Blvd. NE, Albuquerque NM 87109, 505-345-8603 May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand. Please visit our online guestbook for Pat at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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PROSCIA -- Mamie Theresa Proscia, passed away peacefully, April 16, 2010 in Albuquerque. She was born March 12, 1923 to Charles and Anna Cimino in Sunol, California. She attended St. Mary's High School in Albuquerque, graduating in 1942. She later met Nicholas Proscia while he was stationed at Sandia Base serving in the United States Army. They married in Albuquerque at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in 1947. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Long Island, New York, and returned to Albuquerque in 1956. Mamie was an active member of The Italian Women's Club, Casa Angelica, and a faithful long time member of Our Lady of Assumption Parish. Mamie is survived by her children, daughters, Ann Atwood and husband Charles Barbara Roesch and husband Joseph; son, Michael Proscia and wife Marylin; brother; Father Michelangelo Cimino and his twin sister, Jennie Castro; grandchildren, Gregory Atwood, Christopher Atwood, and Dr. Justin Roesch, MD. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Nicholas Proscia; sisters, Mary Pascetti and Josephine Pascetti. Rosary will be recited Thursday, April 22, 2010, 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 10:00 a.m., at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum Chapel, Wyoming Blvd. and Paseo del Norte N.E. Entombment will follow. Friends may visit one hour prior to rosary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Mamie's name to Our Lady of Assumption School, 811 Guaymas Pl. NE, Albuquerque, 87108. Please visit our online guestbook for Mamie at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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SKARSGARD -- Doris Skarsgard, 86, New Mexico and formerly of Roseglen, died on Monday, April 12, 2010 in a New Mexico hospice facility. Doris was born September 27, 1923, in Clayton, Iowa, the daughter of J.H. and Viola (Selleck) Wilmeth. She spent her childhood in Princeton, Iowa, where her father was a dredge engineer on the Mississippi River. Doris spent many hours playing near the rivers around Davenport and Princeton. As a teenager, she resided with her aunt Gracie O'Hare in St. Paul, MN, where she attended high school. Doris was united in marriage to Karl D. Vangsness, April of 1943 in St. Paul, MN. They eventually made their home on the family farm in Roseglen, ND. This union was blessed with three children, Roxy, Jan and Don. Karl died in 1970. Doris married Arnold Skarsgard in Minot, ND on July 15, 1983. They made their home in Albuquerque, NM. Doris entered Torrey Pines Nursing Home in Rio Rancho, NM on January 15, 2006. Doris was a member of Immanuel Lutheran of Roseglen, a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary as well as a member of the Tanoan Country Club of Albuquerque. She loved to travel and was also a avid reader. Surviving family includes: daughters, Roxy Denney, Albuquerque, NM and Jan (Arnie) Ellwein, El Dorado Hills, CA; son, Don (Beth) Vangsness, Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Rondi Hartert, Jason Ellwein, Steven Hayer, Lisette Henry and Karl and Jack Vangsness; great-grandchildren, Alex Denney, Katie Foglietta, Natalie, Jason and Devyn Procka, Isabella and Clarissa Ellwein and Jacqueline and Alexandra Henry; step-Children, Gordon (Patience) Skarsgard, Bob (MJ) Skarsgard, Candice (Roger) Pearson, Danny (Debbie) Skarsgard, Tammy (Brad) Haugen, Rockey Skarsgard and Betty (Joel) Wold; sister, Willie (Jack) Beyer, Davenport, Iowa; and many stepgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Karl Vangsness and Arnold Skarsgard; and a sister, Lily Mae Scannell. A funeral service was held Monday, April 19, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Roseglen, ND. Interment: Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Roseglen, ND Memorials: Memorials are preferred to Ambercare Hospice of New Mexico. Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com
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