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BENNETT -- Leon Bennett, 78, peacefully passed away Friday, June 19, 2009. He was born June 15, 1931, the son of Howard Leon and Minnie Irene Muskatt Bennett. He married the love of his life, Mary Louise Merritt, August 15, 1959. She passed away April 18, 1976. The vast majority of his career was spent with KOB TV as a news photographer, editor, and newsman. Leon was a member of the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a die-hard Oakland Raiders fan and his favorite hobby was photography, he also loved to collect things. Survivors include James R. Merritt, beloved step-son, Santa Clarita, CA; Donald G. Merritt, son, Antelope, CA; Mary Lou Raspall, beloved daughter, Vero Beach, FL; Thomas D. Merritt, son; Hollywood, FL; Jane Merritt-McKenna, daughter, Candelaria, TX; John Merritt, step-son; Lakewood, CO; Robert Merritt, beloved step-son; Ingleside, IL; Joan Golder, beloved cousin, Wanetka, IL; grandchildren; Donnella Hanks-Montoya, Dharma and Angel Merritt, and Casey Vivian and numerous other grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral Services will be conducted Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 12:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Friends may attend a visitation, Tuesday, June 23, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial. Please visit our online guestbook for Leon at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE. (505) 843-6333
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BURTON -- Francis C. "Frank" Burton, age 90 of Albuquerque, passed away on June 19, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife Anne of 25 years. He was born in Bethany, WV. On March 4, 1919 to William N. and Florence Burton. Frank graduated from the University of New Mexico, received a certificate from the Bureau of Highway Traffic at Yale University. He worked in Transportation Engineering in Albuquerque, Colorado, Seattle, Atlanta and Cairo, Egypt. He served in WWII 798th Field Artillery Battalion. He was a member of the Nat. Honorary Civil Engineering Fraternity and as actively involved with the friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. Frank also loved gardening. He was preceded in death by his brother, Samuel of Follansbee, WV; and sister, Arline of Miles, Ohio; his son-in-law, William Hile Sr.; and his grandson, William Leo Hile, Jr. Frank is survived by his sisters, Beulah Campbell of Stowe, Ohio, Bessie Eddy of Follansbee, WV, Jean Armstrong and her husband Leo of Hemet, CA; his brother, Alan and his wife Donna of Fairview NC; his daughter, Corene Hile of Mesa, Arizona; his granddaughters, Mary Michelle of Yonkers, NY., Linda of Cleveland Heights, OH; grandson Charles and wife Sarah of Richmond, VA; sons-in-law of Albuquerque, Steve Gallea and his wife Linda, Alan Gallea; grandchildren, Eric, Roy and Elizabeth Gallea; and great-grandchildren, Connor and Ashley Hile, Caiden and Mia Gallea. Memorial Service will be held Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 4:00 p.m., at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria Rd NE. Private Inurnment in Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Franks name to Hospice of New Mexico, 4015 Carlisle NE Suite E, 872-2300. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Frank's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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CHUMLEY -- Shirley Shehan Chumley, a resident of New Mexico since 1979, left us in the early morning of June 16, 2009, having just celebrated her 75th birthday. She was born June 14, 1934, in Evanston, IL to Irma Witte and Robert Lincoln Shehan. They, and Shirley's son, Stephan Gregg Chumley, predeceased her. Moving to Santa Fe in 1945 and then to Los Alamos in 1947, Shirley graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1952. Graduated from UNM in 1956, Shirley was always a loyal alumnae of the University and especially of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was named the outstanding alumnae of Kappa in 1991 and a member of the Kappa Alum Hall of Fame in 1996. While her husband, Syl, was in Navy service during the Vietnam years, Shirley was active in Navy Wife groups and in raising their two boys. Years of faithful membership in Christ the Ray of Hope Lutheran Church strengthened Shirley's strong faith and hope. Shirley, who reached out to her friends through her abiding interest in their lives, her skills as a gourmet cook and provider of many happy events, will be deeply missed and widely mourned. She loved her church and her family, living in New Mexico, playing bridge and being hostess to her many, many friends. Shirley fought a valiant and uncomplaining 30 year battle with cancer, always a beautiful lady, independent and inspiring. She is survived by her son, Bruce; and her husband of more than 52 years, Sylvester G. Chumley. "For every time there is a season; there is a time to die and a time to grieve." Shirley would comfort her friends with the belief that she goes to the place prepared for her in Heaven. A Service of Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30, Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at Faith Lutheran Church, 10000 Spain NE in Albuquerque, NM 87111. In lieu of flowers, Shirley's family suggests the charity of your choice or a Memorial in her name at Christ the Ray of Hope Lutheran Church, 7001 San Antonio NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Shirley's care has been entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109.
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CORDOVA -- Anthony (Gordy) R. Cordova, 27, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on June 19, 2009. Anthony is survived by his wife, Savannah; his son, Santiago Cordova; his daughters, Estrella and Angelica Cordova; his parents, Anthony and Sylvia Cordova; his sisters, Angela Cordova and Ruby Gutierrez; his niece, Janelle Barelas; his grandmothers, Rosella Santillanes and Rosie Cordova; his in-laws, Art and Hazel Sanchez; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and lifelong friends. Anthony was a member of the Catholic Church, and loved the outdoors. Anthony was loved by everyone and will be missed by all. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna NW, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. by Gabriella Nieto. Final visitation will be Wednesday morning at the Church from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. with a Communion Service at 9:00 a.m., Deacon Harry Beare, presider. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nathan Gonzales, Ruben Martinez, Isaac Cordova, Vincent Aguilar, Joey Sedillo, and Martin Roybal. Honorary pallbearers will be Fabian Martinez, Andrew Martinez, David Duran, Matthew Gonzales, Joseph Lujan and Victor Candelaria. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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DAVIS -- Billy Edd Davis, 89, a resident of Rio Rancho/Albuquerque since 1993, died Friday, June 19, 2009. He is survived by his spouse, Mary Kay Davis of Rio Rancho/Albuquerque; daughter, Kathy Munro and husband, Chris of New Mexico; Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; son, Elmer Davis of Las Vegas, Nevada; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Davis was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Mr. Davis served in the Army during WWII and the Korean War. He also served as a post commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and is a life-long member. He worked during his civilian life for NASA at Edward's Air Force Base in southern California where he had the opportunity to play a part in the United States space program which included his working on the flight simulators for the X-15, the simulators for the outer space vehicles, and the Digital Fly-by-Wire. The Digital Fly-by-Wire is now used for commercial aircraft to fly by instruments only. Billy received several awards for his outstanding work on the X-15 flight program; an award which President Lyndon Johnson also received. During his work at NASA, Billy worked alongside many astronauts and watched as the first spacecraft landed on the moon, something he helped to accomplish. He will be remembered by both family and friends as a loving and caring husband, father, and friend...we will all miss him. Pallbearers will include Chris Munro, Mike Donoho II, and Jim Carrie. Friends may visit Mr. Davis at French Mortuary, Westside location, Tuesday, June 23, 2009 from 5-7 p.m. Services will be held Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 10:30 a.m. at French Mortuary Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Road NW with Pastor Si Budagher officiating. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Please visit our online guest book for Billy at RememberTheirStory.com French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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HORTON -- Eleanor G. Horton, 83, passed from this earthly life on Friday, June 19, 2009, at the Albuquerque Kaseman Presbyterian Hospice. Preceded in death by her parents Hattie and John Horton; and her brothers Lindley and Lowell Horton. Eleanor was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on August 31, 1925. The youngest of six children, she was four years old when the family moved from Arkansas to Albuquerque, New Mexico. There she graduated from Albuquerque High School and attended some college at the University of New Mexico. Eleanor and her mother moved to Long Beach, California in the late 1940's, where she worked in the histology department of the VA Hospital and Long Beach Memorial. After the passing of her mother, Eleanor moved to Roseburg, Oregon where she worked at Douglas Community Hospital. She also volunteered with Friendly Kitchen, Mercy Hospital and the VA Hospital. Eleanor returned to Albuquerque in 2001 to care for her sister Mildred. One of Eleanor's passions was researching family history. She made trips to old graveyards, to Salt Lake City, and spent many hours at the library. She liked to travel to see places where long ago relatives lived. Going for drives with friends, bird watching, a little casino playing and stopping for "a bite to eat" were also favorite pastimes. One never got hungry going somewhere with Eleanor. Eleanor is survived by her sister Mildred Stamps of Albuquerque; her brother Alvin W. Horton of Pasadena, California; her sister Mary Little of Roseburg, Oregon; her nephew Charles Horton of Mill Creek, Washington and his wife and their children Jeff and Greg Horton; and her niece Carolyn Stuart of Roseburg, Oregon. A Graveside Service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico at 10 a.m., Monday, June 29, 2009. Giving the blessing will be her great-nephew, Pastor Jeff Horton of Shoreline, Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice. Thank you to the staff of Presbyterian Hospital and Kaseman Hospice for the kindness and care of Eleanor's final days.
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KEASLER -- Doris M. (Dorie) Keasler passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2009, she has been a resident of Albuquerque since 1961. Our beloved Dorie is now with our Lord, and will be dearly missed by all. Dorie was preceded in death by her husband, Gary A. Keasler; her parents, Joseph and Helen Griffin; and sister, Rita A. Griffin. She is survived by two sisters, Catherine Hardy of Binghamton, NY and Barbara Winnie of Palm Bay, FL; brothers, William Griffin of Montrose, PA, Robert Griffin of Friendsville, PA, Donald Griffin of Little Meadows, PA, Bernard R. Griffin of Binghamton, NY and J. Michael Griffin of Friendsville, PA; and many nieces and nephews. Dorie was employed by Kirtland Federal Credit Union for over 28 years, Clark Cleveland in Binghamton, NY for three years, and Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, NY before coming to Albuquerque. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 7:00 p.m., at French - Wyoming Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 10:00 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5311 Phoenix Ave. NE. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Friends may visit on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. until start of the Rosary. Please visit our online guestbook for Dorie at RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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LAFON -- James "Jim" Lowell LaFon, 91, a longtime Albuquerque resident, died on Sunday, June 21, 2009. He was born at home in Lelia Lake, TX in 1918 and grew up in Clarendon and Canyon TX during the Depression. His father, James Robert LaFon, was a farmer and his mother, Selma Edna LaFon was a housewife and teacher. Lowell came from a large family of six sisters and was the only boy. He learned to love fishing and being outdoors with his father, and attended public schools in Clarendon where he was an excellent student. Lowell was active in sports including golf and tennis and wrote for his high school newspaper. He graduated with a degree in business from West Texas State University in Canyon, TX and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Navy to serve in World War II. Lowell was an officer in the Navy and served in the South Pacific until the war was over. Following the war in 1946, he married Julia (Judy) Ann Kasinec from Masontown, PA and worked briefly for the U.S. Department of Labor before moving to Albuquerque in 1948, when he started a long and successful career as a real estate broker. During the next 30 years, Lowell and Judy raised four sons. He closed his business (American Agency Realty) in the mid 1970's and retired finding more time for golf, fishing, hiking, travel, and gardening, activities that his four boys also came to love. After Judy's death in 1981, Lowell met Roseanne Palmer who became his dear companion until his death. Lowell was a great dad and devoted husband who always had a quiet demeanor and met old age with grace and wisdom. Lowell died peacefully and according to his wishes, will be privately buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery next to his wife, Judy LaFon. He is survived by his sons, Scott of T or C, NM, Alan of Canyon, TX, Mark and wife, Leigh and their daughter, Christina of Denver, CO and Neal and wife, Joan and their sons, Maxwell and Weston and daughter, Calley of Franktown, CO, and Roseanne Palmer of Fullerton, CA. Lowell was preceded in death by his six sisters, Edna Mae Beville, Lynn Pope, Bernice Watters, Ruth Shanklin, Roberta Currie, and Bobbie Condron. Lowell was a kind and gentle man and will be fondly remembered by those he left behind. Friends may visit French, Lomas Location, Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, Albuquerque, 87111, Attn: Lorraine West. Please visit our online guestbook for Jim at RememberTheirStory.com French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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MAESTAS -- Charlotte. In Loving Memory of Charlotte Maestas June 23, 1950-February 8, 2004 Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Daughter Love and Miss You, Larry, Mark, Edward, Stephanie, Estevan, Ted and Dora
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MONTOYA -- Emilio F. Montoya was born on April 18, 1934 and passed away on June 13, 2009. At this time, no services have been arranged. Arrangements in care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663
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