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TURNER -- Carl Monroe Turner, 87, of Santa Fe passed away Saturday, August 23rd after a year long battle with prostate cancer. Mr. Turner was born in East Tupelo, Mississippi on October 18, 1920 to Alec Ewing Turner and Hazel Long Turner. He was preceded in death by his parents and two daughters, Candace Selby Hedeman and Carla Montez Turner. He is survived by his wife, Patricia "PJ" Johnson Turner of Santa Fe; sons, Kim Monroe Turner of Rockford, Illinois; William Shiloh Turner and James Zebulon Turner, both of Santa Fe; daughter, Alexandra Turner Dadio and husband, Stephen of Perkasie, Pennsylvania; step-daughter, Cindy Shewmake and husband, Randy of Salem, NM; grandchildren ranging in age from 40 years to two months: Audra Baca and husband, Hilario of Belen, NM, Amy Rogers of Belen, NM, Clint Sena and wife, Kymberly of Benson, North Carolina, Jett and Hadley Turner of Rockford, Illinois, Stephen, Samuel, and Daniel Dadio of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, and Adelia Turner of Santa Fe, NM; great-grandchildren, Callie Rogers, Sierra, Shelby, and Sydney Baca; also two sisters, Joanne Willis and husband, Lester of Ecru, Mississippi, and Rebecca Flynn and husband, Les of Douglasville, Georgia, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Turner joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, and as a Tech Sergeant served as both a mechanical trainer on aircraft engines and as an aerial engineer in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Mr. Turner earned his BA degree in history and a law degree from "Ole Miss". With law school colleagues, Mr. Turner was active in achieving the inclusion of Harry S. Truman on the presidential ballot in Mississippi in 1948. After that election, Mr. Turner moved to Socorro, New Mexico and opened a land title business until 1960. Elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, Mr. Turner represented Socorro County and surrounds for one term before, in 1960, becoming the first and longest-serving executive manager of the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Santa Fe. Representing the interests of the electric cooperatives throughout the state and in Washington, D. C., Mr. Turner was well known in political circles throughout the country. Known for his vision and fearless ability to create new programs to advance rural causes and preserve the strength and purpose of the electric cooperatives, his work included creating college scholarships for rural students with funds that previously escheated to the state as unclaimed capital credits accrued through electric cooperative margins. Seeing to the necessary changes in state statutes, Mr. Turner's efforts created scholarships which have provided approximately $3,500,000 to over 3,200 students from rural New Mexico families. Mr. Turner's leadership led to the creation of the Cooperative Utilities Finance Corporation as a cooperative lending institution for New Mexico cooperatives. He initiated electrical worker safety programs, including training for co-op workers and created a self-insurance fund for workers' compensation. Under his leadership, the statewide monthly publication, enchantment Magazine, was created which reaches 80 percent of the state and has the state's second largest circulation, exceeded only by the Sunday Albuquerque Journal. He initiated the Legislative Almanac, the highly regarded unofficial yearbook of the state legislature. All issues of the Almanac had been hung in the state capital as part of a retrospective on prior legislatures. Retired in 1989, at age 70, Mr. Turner continued his representation of the rural electric cooperatives in the New Mexico legislature and advanced the cooperative cause whenever the effort was needed. Carl was a moving force in the creation of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in 1968-70 by developing and garnering political support for an interstate compact between New Mexico and Colorado that enabled the states to save and operate the historic, narrow-gauge, mountain, steam railroad -- the central organizing principle was his. He served from that point onward as the railroad's chief lobbyist and champion before the NM legislature and administration. Furthermore, he served as a Commissioner of the railroad for extended periods on three different occasions until stepping down in late 2006. In recognition of his contributions to the Railroad, a parlor car was named for him in 2007. A book lover and collector, a genealogist tracing his roots back to 1623, a carver and chopper of wood, a storyteller extraordinary, and a grower and harvester of horseradish, without compare, Carl Turner will be missed and remembered by his family, friends and all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Carl Turner's memory to the NMSU Foundation, Inc., P. O. Box 3590, Las Cruces, NM 88003 for the Carl M. Turner Endowed Scholarship Fund, or to Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc., Carl M. Turner Memorial Fund, 6005 Osuna Road, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Visitations will be held at Berardinelli on Friday, August 29, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to noon and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the chapel at Berardinelli at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 29, 2008. Mr. Turner will be buried at Hardens Chapel Cemetery in Fulton, Mississippi with services on Tuesday, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. Visitation in Mississippi is scheduled for Monday, September 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at McNeece Morris Funeral Home, 401 S. Cummings Street, Fulton, MS, (662) 862-3155. Arrangements in Mississippi are being handled by McNeece Morris. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600
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VALENCIA -- William R. Valencia, 71, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on Monday, August 25, 2008. William was born June 15, 1937 in Green River, Wyoming. Arrangements entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124 892-9920 www.danielsfuneral.com
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WEISSENBORN -- Barbara Ann (Burrill) "Mutti" Weissenborn, 75, a resident of Albuquerque, a treasured wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend was called into eternal life by the Lord on Friday, August 22, 2008. Barbara waged her battle with cancer as she lived her life, with strength, bravery, grace and a never ending faith in God. Barbara was born on June 1, 1933 in Evanston, IL to Georgia and Cyril Burrill. Barbara had four sisters and one brother, Mary Whelan (deceased), Joan Straka, Carol Gorelick, Margaret Bratton, and Joe Burrill (deceased). Barbara married her high school sweetheart Ron in 1955 and they had five children. Ron served in the USAF, so the family constantly moved over the years. This lifestyle created many true and long-lasting friendships wherever they went. Barbara loved knitting and traveling anywhere, anytime! She is survived by her husband, Ron, of 53 years, her children and their spouses, Steve and Marsha Weissenborn of Plano, TX, Michael and Jennifer Weissenborn of Moorpark, CA, Paul and Dagmar Weissenborn of Pleasant Hill, CA, Gail and Robert Putz of Carlsbad, CA, and Greg Weissenborn of Albuquerque. Barbara has nine grandchildren, Matthew, Kevin, Katie Jo, Riley, Cory, Dan, Erik, Garet, and Chase. Her family and friends were her greatest blessing and she was ours. Visitation will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at French Mortuary - Lomas Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE with the Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. Services will be held at Kirtland Catholic Community (Kirtland AFB Chapel, enter through Wyoming Gate) at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 29, 2008, followed by a Celebration of Life Reception in the Chapel Hall and burial at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.. Barbara's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors, caregivers, family and friends that have blessed their lives with love and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of the Sandia's Catholic Community, CTOF, 1950 Second St, SE, Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 87117. French Mortuary, Inc. 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 www.frenchmortuary.com
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WILSON -- Eddie Wilson, age 69, passed away on Monday, August 25, 2008. He is survived by his children, Edward Wilson, Janiece Wilson, Edwin Wilson, David Wilson; stepchildren, Dean Lane Jr., Dante Lane; two brothers, Paul Wilson and Freddie Wilson; one sister, Elizabeth English. A Visitation will be held on Friday August 29, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 at Daniels Family Funeral Services Palm Chapel, 1100 Coal Ave. SE. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 1509 Edith SE. Burial to follow at Fairview. Funeral services are entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave. SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800 www.danielsfuneral.com
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ZURIS -- Peggy Anne Zuris, age 52, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 in her home. She was born in Oberlin, Ohio on Sunday, February 5, 1956 and moved to Albuquerque in 1959. Peggy was an artist and was known for her gentle demeanor. She is survived by her parents, Stanley and Patricia (Young) Zuris; twin sister, Nancy Slater; brother, Edward Zuris; and sisters, Suzanne Levy and husband, Paul, Stephanie Collins and husband, Brian, Carol Peacock and husband, Bruce; and eight nieces and nephews. Services will be held Saturday, August 30, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to New Mexico Heartland Hospice, 4001 Indian School Rd., NE, 300, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE (505) 843-6333 www.frenchmortuary.com
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BACA -- Reymundo S. Baca, 82, born in San Fidel, NM and a resident of Albuquerque passed away August 23, 2008. Mr. Baca is survived by his loving wife of sixty two years, Delfida; two children, Candido (Kiki) Baca and wife, Jeannette, Mela Romero and husband, Ronnie; eight grandchildren, Angela, Paul, John John, Leonardo, Reymundo, Lucas, Julianna, Marcos; ten great-grandchildren, Robert, Hiilei, Mapuana, Mariah, Nanea, Elijah, Trinity, Nevaeh, Bear, Carissa; sisters-in-law, Esther Ramsey and Lydia Baca; brother-in-law, Ralph Chavez and wife, Toni; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mr. Baca is preceded in death by his three children, Tommy, Sandra, Shivers; two granddaughters, Reymunda and Gennine. Mr. Baca was a member of the Catholic Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving with the 84 Infantry Division during W.W.II. He was the owner opertator of Rey's P.D.Q. and retired from the Department of Labor after seventeen years. Visitation will be Thursday, August 28, 2008 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. Final visitation will be Friday, August 29, 2008 at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., with a Communion Service at 11:00 a.m, Deacon Gene Tuma, presider. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full Military Honors. Pallbearers are Leonardo Baca, Reymundo Romero, Lucas Baca, Robert, Spackeen, Raymond Savedra, Lawrence Baca. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW 243-7861
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BERRY -- Michael S. Berry was born January 30, 1968 in Tucson, AZ. Our beloved son, brother, father, grandson and friend, passed away suddenly, Sunday, August 24, 2008, as a result of a bicycle accident while participating in the Rio Grande Bike MS Atomic Ride, a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis. The ride started Saturday in Bernalillo, going through the Jemez Mountains to Los Alamos, and returning to Bernalillo by the same route on Sunday. Michael was a very family oriented man and a friend to all who knew him. He cherished his family and friends and will be truly missed. Michael is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Roxann; two daughters, Kimberley and Jessica Berry all of the family home in Albuquerque; his father, Don Berry; his mother and step-father, Georgia and John Killgore all of Albuquerque; two sisters, Lori Hinson and her husband, Delanie, Tracey Walter and her husband, Scott all of Albuquerque; several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. A Memorial Service will be held at Northdale Baptist Church, 123 Osuna Rd NW in Albuquerque, on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4125 Carlisle NE. Suite "A". ABQ., NM. 87102. 505-243-2792. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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BEXFIELD -- Mildred "Mickey" Bexfield, 88, of Albuquerque, NM died July 21, 2008 in hospice care at Goodwin House in Alexandria, VA. She was born in Gallup, NM, February 24, 1920 to Adolph M. and Jessie E. (Hartline) Johnson. After graduating from Gallup High School in 1937, the striking six-footer attended Stevens College in Missouri, and graduated from Drake University in Iowa in 1941 with a BA in political science and education. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honorary society and president of Chi Omega sorority. While working in the Chicago area, Mickey met the love of her life and her husband of 59 years, Frank W. ("Bill") Bexfield, who was a career Air Force officer. They moved frequently and lived in Reno, Washington D.C., London, Paris, the Philippines, Wiesbaden (Germany) and in numerous other US locations, from Spokane, WA, to Montgomery, AL. In retirement, they lived at Cochiti Lake, NM, for more than 20 years, until advised to move to a lower elevation for health reasons. Mildred enjoyed playing the piano, reading novels, keeping up with world events and, above all, she loved a good laugh. She spent the last five years in Alexandria near her son, Jim. Mickey was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her three children, James N. (Judy) Bexfield, Susan K. (Gary) Fedel, and Rebecca J. (Don) Tilley; eight grandchildren, David (Laura), Karen, Kathryn, Kelly (Dan), Nikki, Sean (Idali), Shannon and Sherri; and three great- grandchildren. Mickey will be buried with her husband at Santa Fe National Cemetery in her beloved New Mexico. A small Service will be held September 2, 2008 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org) or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS.org). The family would like to extend special thanks to the doctors and caregivers involved with Mrs. Bexfield's care during the past year.
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CAVALIER -- GEORGE MATTHEW CAVALIER AUGUST 22, 1966-AUGUST 27, 2000 IN LOVING MEMORY IT HAS BEEN 8 YEARS SINCE OUR LORD SENT FOR YOU, BUT WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN YOU. WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU, SO VERY MUCH. NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT WE DON'T THINK OF YOU. REST IN PEACE MY SON. YOUR LOVING MOTHER, BROTHERS & FAMILY.
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COLEMAN -- John Coleman, 81, went to be with the Lord on August 25th, 2008, after having a stroke a month earlier. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy; daughters, Debbie Rogulich and husband, Andy their children, David and Kimberly of Albuquerque, Susan Kestell and husband, Pastor Pat Kestell, their children, Stephen and his wife, Gayle of Blacksburg, VA, and Philip of Los Alamos. He was proceeded in death by his parents and his sister, Betty Jane (Coleman) Farmer. John was the son of John Edward and Johnie Augusta Coleman, of Oklahoma City, OK. John has been a resident of Albuquerque since 1955, he was employed at Sandia Laboratories for 31 years, fulfilling his dream of being an electrical engineer. He was an Oklahoma City boy, and graduated from Oklahoma A & M. John always enjoyed leading Bible studies and being leader of a Bible class. He was a "Precept" Bible Study leader for many years along with his wife as co-leader. In his retirement years he learned to woodcarve and enjoyed teaching others this art of crafting wood into a work of art. Visitation will be held at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Wednesday, August 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Services will be held at Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Dr. NE , on Thursday , August 28, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. The Family requests donations be made in John's name to Gideon Bible International, C/O Robert Alvis, 3020 Camino Real Ct. NE, Albuquerque, 87111, or Hosana/Faith Comes by Hearing, 2421 Aztec Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, or a favorite Organization. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 www.frenchmortuary.com
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