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SMITH -- Colette L. Smith, 71, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1988, passed away on November 22, 2008. She is survived by her son, Michael R. Smith and wife, Monica; mother, Cecile Bourque; granddaughter, Michelle Godfrey and husband, Jonathan; and grandson, Michael S. Smith, all of Rio Rancho. Colette was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Charles R. Smith in 2007. She was born in Magog, Quebec, Canada the daughter of Robert and Cecile Bourque. The family moved in 1947 to the United States and in 1959 she married the love of her life, Charles. Along with her husband, they were longtime local entrepreneurs. They were very involved in local charities and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. Visitation for Colette will be Friday, November 28, 2008, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., at Daniels Family Funeral Chapel, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, November 29, 2008, 1:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Rd. SE, Rio Rancho. Entombment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho. Those that wish to do so may send condolences to the family at www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. SE Rio Rancho, NM 505-892-9920
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WEIR -- Ella Weir, age 101, a resident of Albuquerque since 1988, passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2008. She was born to James and Ida Key in Uniontown, AL on June 14, 1907. Ella has been a member of Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church since 1989. She was the Church Mother and member of the Missionary Society. Services will be held Friday, November 28, 2008, at 10:30 a.m., at Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 339 Pennsylvania Street NE. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit one hour prior to the Service at Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Please visit our online guestbook for Ella at RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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WOOD -- Clifford Bearan Wood, 83, was called home to join his heavenly Father early Sunday morning, November 23, 2008. Though time took his body and his soul lives with the Lord, his memory will live forever in the hearts of those who loved him. A veteran of World War II, he served his country as a Navy machinist mate on both the European and Pacific fronts. He was a very successful businessman and accomplished pilot. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Velma Wood; daughter, Joyce Cox and husband, Ross; grandson, Jimmey Cox and wife, Cathy; great-granddaughters, Darla, Jamie and Krystal Cox; brother, John Wood and wife, Jean; and sister, Betty Thomas. Services will be held Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be John Wood, Jimmey Cox, Ross Cox, Lloyd Myers, Gene Myers and Charles Morino. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Hospice Homecare, P.O. Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125. Please visit our online guestbook for Clifford at RememberTheirStory.com. French 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333
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ARGUELLO -- Carlos "Charlie" Arguello, age 64, of Tijeras, succumbed to his courageous battle with cancer, Monday, November 24, 2008. Carlos was raised in Vaughn and graduated from Vaughn High School in 1961. He served his country in the US Army during Vietnam. Carlos is survived by sister, Patricia Aragon and husband Bob; daughters, Veronica Suarez and Yvette Guzman and husband Eli; sons, Raymond Arguello and wife Sara, David Quist, and Richard Caccamise; and his beloved grandsons, Israel and Emanuel Guzman; beloved granddaughter, Sara Sinclair; longtime girlfriend and companion Jenika Mayer; and numerous other family members. Carlos was preceded in death by his parents, Anastacio and Josephine Arguello and his great-granddaughter, Leila Serrano. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 3:00 p.m., at French Mortuary Westside Location. Please visit our online guest book for Carlos at RememberTheirStory.com French 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW (505) 897-0300
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BACA -- Roland Baca was born December 28, 1935 in Pena Blanca, NM. He passed away Sunday, November 23, 2008 in Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sigfredo Baca Sr. and Fulgencia Baca; his brothers, Danny Baca and Ted Baca. Roland is survived by his four sisters, Loyda Pogorelic, Sylvia Aguilar, Mary Garcia and Eileen Gallegos; three brothers, Sigfredo Baca Jr. of California, Herman Baca and Frank Baca of Albuquerque; other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. Cremation has taken place and Services are pending. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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BROWN -- William (Bill) Brown, 68, a resident of Tijeras, died Saturday, November 22, 2008. He is survived by his son David Brown and wife Jessica; daughter Cindy Stein and husband Mike; and grandchildren Lauren Brown and Jake Stein. William was preceded in death by his wife, Claudia. William dedicated his life to ensuring the safety of others as a firefighter. He spent his retirement volunteering at numerous wildlife refuges, most notably at Wildlife West Nature Park, where he helped raise and served as main caretaker of Moon Shadow, a 150 pound mountain lion. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 3:00 p.m., at Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Bill's name to Wildlife West Nature Park at PO Box 1359 Edgewood, NM 87015 or (505)281-7655. Aspen Funeral Alternatives 1935 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87112 (505) 323-9000 www.aspenfuneral.com
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BUTEAU -- Richard (Dick) Neil Buteau, Sr., 72, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on November 22, 2008. Richard was born February 12, 1936, the son of Ernest and Shirley Buteau in Skowhegan, ME. Dick served his country with the Army National Guard, and the Air Force. He worked for Brookhaven National Laboratory, and retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was a dedicated husband and father, an accomplished musician, and a Master Technician. He was preceded in death by one son, William. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia; sons Ric and wife Aleta, and Timothy; grandchildren, Jennifer, Austin, and Jacquelyn. The visitation for Richard will be held today, Tuesday, November 25, 2008 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 11:30 a.m., at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Military Honors will be presented by the United States Air Force Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Presbyterian Hospice, 8300 Constitution Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Those who wish to send condolences may do so 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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CANDELARIA -- Joseph J. Candelaria, born September 10, 1935 died November 23, 2008 at Princeton Place Nursing Home where he received exceptional care during his last years. James graduated from Albuquerque High in 1954, served in the US Navy until 1956 when he received an honorable discharge. He lived in San Bernardino, California until his return to Albuquerque in 1989. His passion for music drove him to become a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios in both California and New Mexico. James' love to help others gave him the compassion and patience to volunteer over 10,000 hours in the years he dedicated to the VA Hospital. During this time he made countless friends through his overwhelming sense of humor. James was preceded in death by his father, Jose Ignacio; mother, Rosa; sisters, Sefora and Dominica; and brothers, Alberto, Trancito (Jerry), Juan (Johnny), and Ramon. James is survived by his son, Michael, 27; sister, Ella Montoya, 91; brother, Tom, 77, and wife, Rosie; brother, Joe A., 75; brother, Eloy (Blackie) 72, and wife, Terri; sister-in-law, Mary; several nieces and nephews; several great nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church where the Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place on Friday, November 28, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124 www.salazarandsons.com
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CARSON -- Donald W. Hastings resident, Donald W. Carson, 81, died Thursday, November 20, 2008 at his home. Services will be at a later date in Colorado. The body was cremated. Condolences may be sent to the family from www.brandwilson.com. Arrangements by the Brand-Wilson Funeral Home, Hastings, NE. Donald was born, November 24, 1926 to Ray and Eva A. (Kline) Carson in Geneva, NE. He was in the Navy during WWII as a radioman in Shanghai, China from November 22, 1944 to July 23, 1946. He worked in sales and estimating for floor coverings and pre-cast concrete. He had lived in the Hastings area for 16 years. He is survived by one daughter, Deborah L. Carson of Arvada, CO; and two sons, Michael R. Carson of Arvada, CO and Wayne D. Carson of Denver, CO; three grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and two sisters. Memorials may be given to the family.
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CURETON -- Jane L. Cureton, 88, formerly of Silver City, passed away November 16, 2008 in Bainbridge Island, WA. Visitation will be held Saturday, November 29, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Silver City with a Service beginning at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor David Goble officiating. Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery. Jane was born in Santa Rita, NM to Jesse L. and Edith M. Turner. The family moved to Silver City when she was school age and she attended Teachers' Grade School and High School. She attended Colorado Women's College and the University of Colorado and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She was chosen to be among the first airline stewardess for Continental Airlines and was selected to be their poster girl. Jane was married to James L. Hart, MD in 1942 and they had one daughter, Mary Edith. She later returned to Silver City and married James S. Cureton, to whom she has been married for 57 years. They have two children, Sam Cureton (Nicky) and Alice Bundrant. After her children were born, Jane returned to nursing and continued in her much loved profession until retirement. She served a school nurse for the Lordsburg School District for about twenty years. She then nursed at the Lordsburg Hospital and the local nursing home. She was known for her compassion and her ability to secure resources for those in her community. She served on the Gila Regional SWISH Board and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Tyrone Chapter. Jane was also a member of the Hospital Auxiliary of the Gila Regional Hospital and was an active volunteer. Jane was a member of Silver City First Baptist Church and taught an adult Sunday School Class there for many years. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Edith and Alice; her son Sam; seven grandchildren, Eda Jane and James Canniff, Chance, Erin and Paige Cureton, Brittany and Logan Bundrant; five great-grandchildren; her sister, Frieda Roach and brother-in-law, Tom Baker as well as many extended family members. She had been living near her daughters the past year in Seattle, Washington, when she departed from us. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., F1 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 210 W. College Ave., Silver City, NM, 575-388-1911.
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