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BEATTY -- Laura E. Beatty, 80, moved from life here on earth to eternal life with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a brief illness with cancer. Laura was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Luther Z Beatty "Luke"; infant son Kevin Lane Beatty; her granddaughter Sarah Bethany Shelton; brother Paul E Elmore; and her parents Paul H and Annie Laura Elmore. She is survived by her children Sandra Watson of Odessa, TX, David Beatty of Oklahoma City, OK, and Diane Shelton and husband Ira of Quemado, NM, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many dear friends. Laura was an active member of Monterey Baptist Church for 27 years where she worked with the Keenagers for more than 15 years. Services will be Tuesday, 10:30 am, November 16, 2009 at Monterey Baptist Church, 12501 Lomas Blvd NE, with burial to follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit Monday 4:00-6:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Memorial contributions may be made to the Monterey Baptist Church building fund. Please visit our online guestbook for Laura at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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BELL -- William R "Bill" Bell, 81, died November 9, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Rita; children, Michael R. Bell and wife Saundra Ann, and Melissa Reynolds and husband Matthew; grandchildren, Andrew R Bell, Parker D Reynolds, Bene Vigil and Lauren Vigil, siblings, Richard and wife Kay, Vivian, Lorraine , and Neva as well as many other family and friends. Mr. Bell served in the United States Army Air Corps, attended Drake University and worked for GAF Ozalid Corporation for over 35 years before retiring in 1991. His family would like to thank Amber Care Hospice for their dedication and care. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced. Please visit our online guestbook for William at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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BETIN -- Richard George Betin, 56, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. Richard was the youngest in a family of two sisters and a brother. His family emigrated from Europe after World War II to Texas, where Richard was the first of his family to be born a US citizen. He was born in Dallas in 1953 and spent his early years in Dallas And Austin, graduating from high school and attending Eastfield College and the University of Texas at Austin. Richard was a technician and foreman in the air conditioning business before changing careers to the microprocessor industry and moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was proud of the work he and his fellow team members performed and was fortunate to work on several innovative processes. He was a well-respected team member of Intel for more than 15 years at the time of his sudden death. Richard had many interests, especially travel and the outdoors. He never spoke unkindly of others. He was an attentive uncle and great uncle to his nieces and nephews in Texas. His passing has left a hole in the hearts of those who loved him and he will be deeply missed by his entire family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother John of Denver, CO; his sister Irene of Aurora, CO, sister, Barbara and husband Mark Macha of Highland Village, TX; along with aunts, and uncle, nieces and other family members. Donations can be made in Richard's name to the American Heart Association, 2201 San Pedro DR. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. For those who wish, you may send condolences to the family at www.danielsfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 (505) 892-9920
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BIGGS -- Colonel George Joseph Biggs, USAF (Ret.), passed away on Veterans Day, November 11, 2009. Colonel Biggs, who was known to everyone as "Joe", was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 8, 1918 to Augusta and George Biggs. He was 91 years old. Colonel Biggs was a 1937 graduate of Jamaica High School in Queens, New York. He was commissioned in the Army Reserves in 1941 and called to active duty in 1942. He completed pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona; Mather Field, California; Columbia Army Airfield, South Carolina; and Hunter Field, Georgia, and went on to fly 82 missions in B-25 bombers in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. His missions were both low level, including strafing, and high level with targets consisting of supply depots, bridges, and railroad yards in Burma. Following the War, Joe served as a Budget and Fiscal Officer in Assignments with the USAF Watson Laboratories at Red Bank, New Jersey, and the Directorate of Intelligence at USAF Headquarters, The Pentagon, until 1953. His next 14 years were with the Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Lincoln AFB, Nebraska, and Moron and Torrejon Air Bases in Spain. Among his many duties were serving as a B-47 medium bomber Aircraft Commander, Squadron Commander, and Vice Wing Commander. He also piloted KC-135 jet tankers while stationed in Spain. Joe left SAC in 1967 to become Chief of Aircraft Maintenance for the Air Force Eastern Test Range at Patrick AFB, Florida. On July 29, 1968, he received his final assignment at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, where he served as Commander of the 4905th Maintenance and Supply Group. Upon his retirement from the Air Force in 1972, he received the Legion of Merit, a high-ranking decoration, for exceptionally outstanding service to the United States. During his 30-year service career, Joe earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Medals, and three Air Force Commendation Medals among other military decorations. At retirement, he held the dual aeronautical ratings of Command Pilot and Navigator. While in the Air Force, Joe earned a BS degree in Military Science from the University of Maryland. In retirement, he earned an MBA from the University of New Mexico. Joe resided in Albuquerque since 1968. He was a longtime member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, serving several terms as President of the Parish Council and the Holy Name Society. In recent years he lived in the Montebello retirement community and served as President of the Resident's Council until his death. Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Irene Crawford; a son, Michael Crawford Biggs; his mother, Augusta; his father, George; and sisters Lillian, Viola and Eleanor. He is survived by his sons George Joseph Biggs and wife Prompon and step-daughter Supphanida of Albuquerque; James Michael Biggs and wife Diane of Albuquerque and their children Jennifer Keltos and husband Michael of Springboro, Ohio, Jill Spears and husband James of Ocoee, Florida, and Joseph Biggs of Chicago, Illinois; and daughter Patricia Anne Morrisette and husband Robert of Huntington Beach, California, and their children Andrea of New York City, Hayley of Los Angeles, California, and Corey of Huntington Beach. Joe had five great-grandchildren, Kaitlin and Benjamin Keltos; and Hayden, Connor, and Adeline Spears. Joe was, put simply, a good and generous man, highly respected and admired by family and friends alike. He will be very much missed by all. Friends may visit Monday, November 16, 2009, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at French, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Rosary will follow at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, November 17, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1818 Coal Pl. SE. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite100, Jacksonville, Florida 32256. Please visit our online guestbook for Colonel Biggs at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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BORG -- Pearl Borg, 96, went home to her Savior on Thursday, November 5, 2009 in Princeton Place Nursing Facility with her friends at her side. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and retired to Albuquerque in 1990 with three long-time lady friends. She is predeceased by her parents and Harold, her husband of 50+ years. Pearl was an avid musician, singing in her church choir and other choral groups. In 1946, she attended her first women's barber shop quartet competition. At the organizational meeting, Pearl was invited to become a member of the first Board of Directors of Sweet Adelines, Inc. She was later elected President, serving two terms. During her second term, the organization became International with the addition of Canadian Chapters. Pearl sang tenor in a championship quartet, the Tune Twisters. In the 1950's, she sang with the Happy Harmonizers, a popular International medalist quartet. She also directed three choruses through the years in the Chicago area. Pearl also served as editor of The Pitch Pipe, the official publication of the Sweet Adelines International, for over 16 years. Upon moving to Albuquerque, she transferred her membership to the Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus. Throughout her life, Pearl never wavered in her faith as an Anglican, serving in many capacities, as well as singing in choirs. Pearl is survived by her three dear friends, Martie Haden, Patricia Newell and Denise Benshish and her "puppies" Abby and Duke. Her signature was always "With a Song in My Heart." Now, "the song is ended, but the melody lingers on." In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael and All Angels, 601 Montano Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Or Young Singers Foundation, Sweet Adelines International, P.O. Box 470168, Tulsa, OK, 74147-0168. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Michael and All Angels on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St, NW, ABQ, 87107. 505-343-8008.
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BROWN -- Kenneth George Brown, 67, born February 4, 1942, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents Chester K. Brown and Louise U. Brown; grandparents Nellie Shibley Mahboub and Said Mahboub; niece Shirley Rosie Brown,; and father-in-law Sal Gurule, whom he looked to as a Father and Friend. He is survived by his wife and friend of 37 years, Shirley Brown; and sons Thomas Brown and Kenny Brown; his three dearly loved grandchildren Zoey, Madison and Diego; his sister Annelle, husband (Gary); and godson, Sean; sister Angelle Brown; and brother Ron and his wife Sue, and their children Caton and Chet. Shirley's family was very dear and close to Kenneth. He loved and respected his mother-in-law Emma; brothers-in-law Peter Gurule (Ronnie and Steven), Ken Gurule, Jerry Gurule and wife Lisa (Kyle, Carey and Allison), Billy Gurule (Samuel, Samantha, Matthew, Jonathan), Keith Gurule and wife Janell (Bryce); sister-in-law Diane Jackson and husband Rodney (Joey, Jennifer and Tyler), and many friends and colleagues who loved and respected him. He attended grade school and high school at Our Lady of Sorrows, Bernalillo and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He served as an assistant district attorney, had a law practice in Bernalillo for nine years during which time he served as the Town Attorney, and in 1984 he was elected District Court Judge in the 13th Judicial District, a position he held for twenty years. He received numerous awards and recognitions for his service as District Judge and was responsible for the creation of Grade Court, a specialty program he started in 1999 that is credited with keeping young people in school and resulting in a very low rate of recidivism. Ken loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren, which was the major reason he retired from the bench. He will be deeply missed by the many lives he touched during his career. Visitation will be held at Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming Blvd., NE Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Sunday, November 15, 2009, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. followed by the Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Mass will be held on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 11:00 a.m., at Our Lay of Sorrows Catholic Church in Bernalillo, with the Rev. Fr. William "Bill" Sanchez officiating. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven. Pallbearers will be Diego Chavez Brown, Sean Brown, Hooky Apodaca, Peter Gurule, Jerry Gurule and Billy Gurule; Honorary Pallbearers: the 13th Judicial District Court Judges, Debra Farrar, Senator Michael Sanchez, George H. Perez, Ronald Abousleman, Al Briley, Alfred Baca, Ken Gurule, Keith Gurule, Camille Chavez, and Kelly Baker. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the UNM Cancer Center, MSC-07-4025, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com Kenneth's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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CATON -- Roy Duane Caton, 74, went home to be with his Lord Jesus on November 7 2009. Roy is survived by his wife Ingrid, daughter Tina, son Roy Jr., sister Judy Rivera, brother-in-law Crescencio L. Rivera, extended family and many wonderful friends. Roy was born 6/15/1935 in Kansas City Mo. to father Roy Allen Caton and mother Ada Alburtis Caton. He was raised on the Navajo reservation until the age of nine, when his family moved to Albuquerque and his father began work on the Manhattan Project. Roy attended Coronado Elem., Ernie Pyle JHS and Albuquerque HS - graduating in 1953. He trained as a pilot in 1958 and served in the Roadrunners squadron of the NM National Guard. A UNM alumnus, he earned a PhD in education administration in 1973. He met his wife of 49 years, Ingrid, while attending college. An educator for 30 years he was there from the beginning of the Albuquerque Skill Center as well as Albuquerque TVI. He had a high regard for his students. Musically inclined, he sang and played four musical instruments, celebrating a lifelong love of music. A member of four Albuquerque bands, he played with the Ortiz Trio. He sang in many venues from the church choir to Popejoy's presentation of Carmina Burana. His final resting place will be the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorial services are pending.
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CONANT -- Kathleen "Kat" Elizabeth McGrath, age 95, a resident of Belen, NM, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2009. She was born in Los Angeles, CA. When she was seven, the family moved to Belen where her father was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad. Kat often recalled that the first time she saw Belen it had no paved streets or electricity. After graduating from Belen High School she married Clifton Conant, living first at Casa Colorada, NM, and then settling in Bosque, NM, where he ran the Conant store and was postmaster. Kat worked in banking at First National and then Ranchers State. After retiring, they sold the store and moved to Rio Communities. Kat and Clifton were familiar faces at Sugar Bowl Lanes, where Kat continued bowling into her 80s. She also enjoyed listening to music, dancing, reading and travel. One of the highlights of her travels was a visit to County Cork, Ireland, where her grandfather was born. She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Belen Parish. She was preceded in death by her husband; three sisters; one brother and a grandson, Edward Peter. Kat is survived by her daughters, Janis Peter and husband, Eddy of Belen and Annette Hardern and Maxine Conant, both of Rio Communities; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and a special sister-in-law, Clara McGrath of Midland, TX. She is also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, on Tuesday, November 17, at 5:30 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Wednesday, November 18, at 10:30 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery. Sign Kat's online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM. Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM. (505) 864-8501
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CUNNINGHAM -- Boots Cunningham - Sweet be her rest and gentle be her sleeping. God's way is best, she is in His keeping. Whatever the part the Lord had you play to console our hearts, we thank you so much, and may He bless each one of you. Your loving daughter Candy and family. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 505-275-3500
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DE VARGAS -- Victor Anthony De Vargas. IN HONOR OF OUR DEVOTED VETERANS ON VETERANS DAY. Victor Anthony De Vargas was born and raised in Taos, NM, where he honored his heritage, traditions, and family. He passed away suddenly, Saturday, October 24, 2009. Victor retired from the military after honorably serving his country in the US Army. As well, he retired from the VA Medical Center. Services were held, and he was buried at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 with US Army Retired Honors. Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Susan; four loving children, Victoria and husband, Jeff, Liza, Angela and husband, Sean, and Nathan; seven grandchildren, Derek, Anthony, Kaitlyn, Elizabeth, Nathan, Liliana, and Chloe; and numerous other family and friends who loved him and will miss him. The family would like to thank everyone for their love and prayers. He will be dearly missed. Victor will be loved and missed always and forever. It is our family's prayer to always honor and respect our Veterans who have honorably served their Country. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St, NW, ABQ, 87107. 505-343-8008.
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