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WOOD -- Bob L. Wood went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 after a long illness. Bob was born November 1, 1925 the son of Hobart and Nellie Wood in Cortez, Colorado. Bob had been manager of a grocery store before retiring. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Eddie Wood, Burt Wood; a sister, Pauline Floyd; and step-son, Bobby Burke. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Pat, of the family home; sons, Robert Wood of Lancaster, CA, Mike Wood and wife Gloria of Lancaster, CA, and Mitchell Wood and wife Lorrie of Arkansas, CA, step-son, Bill Burke and wife Sherry of Albuquerque, NM; one sister, Ruth Curtis and husband Ken of Moab, UT; two sister-in-laws, Beverly Wood, and Julie Wood of Monticello, UT; grandchildren; great- grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and loving friends. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 9, 2007 from 6 PM to 8 PM in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln, Rio Rancho. The Service will be on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 1:00 PM in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating. Interment will follow in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Robert Wood, Mike Wood, Mitch Wood, Robbie Wood, Bill Burke, and Paul Burke. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bo Bizzell, G.A. Phipps, Doyle Munnerlyn, and Jeznel Bizzell Button. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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APODACA -- Christina Lynn Apodaca December 15, 1955 - February 18, 2007 Former Resident of Albuquerque Christina passed away at home just outside of Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2007. Christina was a longtime resident of Albuquerque who recently had moved to Australia with her fiance. Christina is survived by her loving fiance, Daniel Hauserman; her father, Augustine Apodaca of Albuquerque; daughter, Sarah Wald and husband, Ben Wald of Concord, CA; granddaughter, Amanda Velez; sisters, Aunna Apodaca and Angie DeSimone; brother, Augustine Apodaca Jr.; her dog, Oso; and an extended loving family. Christina was passionate about the Native American culture, and was a gifted artist. She enjoyed music, books and was an avid Scrabble player, which she rarely lost at. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, March 9, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at the Indian Cultural Center in Albuquerque: 2401 12th Street NW. Friends and family are invited. In lieu of flower donations, please send them directly to the Indian Cultural Center the day of the service. Any questions, please call either Sarah Wald 925-383-6862 or Aunna Apodaca 858-382-7629.
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CLAXTON -- W.O. (Bill) Claxton, a long time resident of Albuquerque went to be with the Lord on March 3, 2007. He is survived by one daughter, Ann Horning , two grandchildren, Mark Horning and wife Misty and Barbara Spencer and husband Alan, four great-grandchildren, Kristen Horning, Maya Spencer, Emily Spencer, and Ashley Westcott all of Albuquerque. Four sisters Lerline Duncan, Dulcie St. Pierre, Ruth Maxwell, and LaVern Mooty all of Abilene, Texas. He was born Jan. 13, 1920 in Jones County Texas. He is preceded in death by his mother Annie Stevens, his father Hughie Claxton, two brothers Lonnie and Charles Claxton and 2 sisters Frances Varnadore and Juanita Sartor. Mr. Claxton worked for Stevens, Mallory, Pearl and Campbell Architects as their Lead Architectural Inspector from 1962 until he retired in 1992. He was a vital participant in the major growth of Albuquerque and Mew Mexico. Over the years he has been very active in the racing and showing of quarter horses as well as breeding them. Mr. Claxton took his 50 years of construction experience and wrote a book to help others who are interested in this field to learn from his experience. Unfortunately he did not get to see the final product because the book is scheduled for release the middle of this month. Visitation will be held from 3p.m.-7p.m. on Wednesday evening at Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE. Funeral services will be in his hometown of Abilene, TX. on Saturday March 10. Flowers should be sent to Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home in Abilene Texas.
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COOLEY -- Lorena A. Cooley, 105, of Oxford, IN, passed away at 10:25 p.m., on Sunday, February 18, 2007 at Green Hill Manor in Fowler, IN. She was born on September 7, 1901 in Fowler, IN, a daughter of the late David Besse and Matilda Pilotte of the Besse, Pilotte, Benoit, and Giroux, French-Canadian families that had emigrated to Canada from the La Rochelle area of France in the mid-seventeenth century. She married James Francis Cooley on May 6, 1924 in Fowler and they made their home on a farm at Oxford until James died April 17, 1986. James was of Irish-German ancestry and a son of Michael Joseph Cooley and Catherine Marie Brown. He was a descendent of the Cooley, Braun, May, and O'Neill families of Benton County, IN. Mrs. Cooley was a homemaker, a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Oxford and Daughters of St. Patrick's. She led a long, busy, and useful life and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and playing cards, especially euchre. Surviving are five daughters: Venitta A. Camden of Bridgeton, MO, Iva Gene M. Brouillete of Fowler, Beverly Ann Sanchez (husband: Canuto) of Santa Rosa, NM, Eunice M. Cyr (husband: Leon) of Fowler, Berneice M. O'Neal (husband: Wayne) of Oxford; and a son, Marvin F. Cooley (wife: Phyllis) of Goodland, IN. Also surviving are 36 grandchildren, 95 great-grandchildren;, and 24 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Eldon T. and James F. Cooley; two sons-in-law, Robert F. Camden and Joseph Brouillete; five sisters; four brothers; one grandson; and one great-grandson. Her grandson, U.S. Marine Ronald M. Cooley, died in battle in Vietnam on May 20, 1967. Visitation was 1 hour prior to 11:00 a.m. Funeral Mass on Friday, February 23, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Oxford. Her grandson, Rev. John Cyr, recited the Mass and delivered her eulogy. Rev. Cyr was assisted by the Revs. Donald Eder, Ed Rice, Donald Gross, Ted Rothrock, and Fr. Raphael (Uganda). Interment followed at Oxford Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Benton County Catholic Educational Trust, P.O. Box 25, Fowler, IN 47944.
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DOWNUM -- Virginia Lee Downum, 87, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2007. A native of El Paso, TX, she married F.E. "Eddie" Downum in 1938, and the couple raised their family in West Texas and Arizona. They retired to Albuquerque in 1980. Between 1958 and 2005, Virginia volunteered 32,000 hours at R.E. Thomason Hospital in El Paso TX, Flagstaff Medical Center in Arizona and Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM. Upon her retirement, the Flagstaff Medical Center gift shop was renamed in her honor. She was a member of the NM Masonic Widows Club and the Woodbine Chapter of Eastern Star. She received the Arizona Daily Sun Citizen of the Year Award in 1974. Virginia was preceded in death by Eddie, her loving husband of 58 years. She is survived by two sons, Fred Downum and wife Linda of Albuquerque and Bill Downum of Highlands, Ranch, CO; one daughter, Georgia Reilly and husband John of Cottonwood, AZ; nine grandchildren and eleven great- grandchildren. Services will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, 10000 Candelaria NE on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Friends may visit Friday, March 9, 2007 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. The family would like to thank the Montebello Staff and Ambercare Hospice for their loving care of Virginia French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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GALLEGOS -- Feliberto Gallegos, 91, died after a short illness on Saturday, March 3, 2007 in Albuquerque. He was born March 10, 1916 the son of Eliseo Manuel and Petria Gonzales Gallegos in Roy, New Mexico. Feliberto went on to live a very fruitful life. From life on the family ranch in De Haven, New Mexico to school in Raton and work at the Highway Department in Springer. He was always up to a challenge to the point of being one of the first from northern New Mexico to obtain his pilots license. When World War II broke out, Feliberto enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to a submarine tender stationed out of New York. He took a brief hiatus from service to marry the love of his life for 62 years, Lucille Ortiz, who joined him in New York. His life from this point on included his honorable discharge from the service and the beginning of business adventures that continued up to and until his death. Feliberto returned to New Mexico after the war and in the 50's, opened a timber mill operation in Taos, NM. The operation expanded to Albuquerque with the opening of O.K. Lumber Inc. later to become ABC Lumber & Hardware and then Paint Pot of NM. Feliberto, along with his wife and business partner, for a short period also owned the Embassy Nightclub in Tijeras Canyon and would bring in acts from Hollywood to perform. The family business changed with the times and from lumber and hardware it also included rental and commercial property acquisitions many of which are still active today. Feliberto returned to work for the State Department of Human Services in the 80's and eventually semi-retired remaining active in the family business. During this time Feliberto and his wife raised four children and made many friends. Theirs was the kind of marriage people aspire to; inseparable best friends who enjoyed each other's company, entirely devoted to each other and their children and grandchildren. Feliberto was also very active in politics, community service and the church. His speaking skills were exceptional and served him well in all of his endeavors. He augmented those skills with a very active participation in Toastmasters of NM. Though health problems plagued him for many of his last years, Feliberto remained a focused and dynamic individual who continued to move forward in spite of the obstacles placed before him. Feliberto was preceded in death by his daughter, Olivia Juarez. He is survived by his loving wife Lucille; daughter, Yolanda Sanchez; sons, Phillip Gallegos, and Anthony Gallegos and wife Barbara; grandchildren, Michael Sanchez, Joshua, David, Ashley and Paige Gallegos, and Justin and Cameron Gallegos. The Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at 7:00 PM in the Chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 11:00 AM at the San Ysidro Catholic Church in Corrales with Fr. James L. Vance as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Vista Verde Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Michael Sanchez, Joshua Gallegos, David Martinez, Gilbert Gallegos, Mike Gonzales, and Bill Bowen. Honorary Pallbearers are Ashley, Paige, Justin and Cameron Gallegos. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 892-9920
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GARCIA -- Maria Rita Garcia, 94, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 4, 2007. Maria Rita was born August 3, 1912 in Willard, NM. She grew up in Torreon, NM specifically her father's ranch called "El Cuervo". In 1949, Maria, Ross and family moved to Los Alamos and they lived there for 25 years. Maria is survived by her daughters, Rachel Martinez and husband, John of Albuquerque, Rosalva Pennington and husband, Arlin of Edgewood, Lucy Garcia of Albuquerque; sons, Melquiades Garcia and wife, Bernice of Phoenix, AZ, Eddie Garcia and wife, Marguerite of Spokane, WA; daughter, Carmen Gill and husband, Bob of Los Alamos and Lorina Justus of Los Alamos; sister, Pablita Padilla of Albuquerque; 19 grandchildren, J. D. Sandy and Lori Martinez, Anthony, Kurt and Bryan Pennington, Caterina Nelson, Bennie Ross, Chris and Steven Trujillo, Michael Atkins, Stephen Garcia, Robert, Gary, Lisa and Michael Gill, David and Ross Justus and Julia Blanco; 29 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Garcia; parents, Melquiades and Leonor Trujillo; brothers, Sosteno, Preciliano and Julian Trujillo. Maria Rita was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She was the heart of her family. Maria Rita had deep faith in God and steadfast spirituality. She bestowed this faith and spirituality to her family. Maria Rita gave her family, not only the comfort of her daily prayers, but her unconditional love and support. Maria was blessed with 94 beautiful years and lived to see her children's children and her grandchildren's children and to also grace her family with her presence and blessings at the many weddings, graduations, baptisms and numerous family social functions, the last one being of her daughter's 50th wedding anniversary. Maria Rita loved people and enjoyed having visitors at her home and she was a hostess in the most eloquent Hispanic tradition. Maria Rita will be greatly missed by her large family, relatives, her many nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Rosary will be recited Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at the Shrine of St. Bernadette, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE. A viewing will be held at the San Antonio Catholic Church in Torreon prior to the interment which will follow at Torreon Catholic Cemetery in Torreon, NM. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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GARCIA -- Maria Villa Garcia Born August 15, 1928 passed away March 5, 2007 Viewing will be 12:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Wednesday March 7, 2007 with a Rosary to follow from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and a funeral Mass Thursday March 8, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. all at the Riverside Funeral Home. A cremation will follow service RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 San Mateo NE 764-9663 Riversidefunerals.com
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GOMEZ -- Rosa Gomez, age 86, passed away March 6, 2007 at her residence in Santa Rosa following an illness. She is preceded in death by her husband Guadalupe R. Gomez on July 8, 1965. Rosa is survived by her children; Fred Gomez and wife Pita of Albuquerque, Chris Gomez and wife Maida of Santa Rosa, Wilfred Gomez of Albuquerque, Alfonso Gomez of Santa Rosa, Gilbert Gomez and wife Faby of Santa Rosa, Richard Gomez and wife Jeanie of Santa Rosa, Georgia Gomez of Santa Rosa, Deborah Lopez and husband George of Puerto De Luna and Danny Gomez and wife Cindy of Rio Rancho. also surviving are 29 grandchildren, 33 great- grandchildren and 3 great- great- grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends. Rosary services will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. from Chavez Funeral Home Chapel. A second rosary will be recited on Thursday, March 8, at 4:00 PM from St. Rose Church in Santa Rosa. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 9, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. also from St. Rose Church with Father Nick Nichols officiating. Burial will follow at St. Rose Cemetery. All services are entrusted to the Chavez Funeral Home of Santa Rosa. www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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HERRERA -- Eva Jane St. John Herrera passed away at home, with her family by her side on Sunday, March 4, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. The first of five children, she was born in Las Cruces, NM, on September 4, 1932 to Marshall and Jesusita St. John. Eva graduated from Las Cruces High School and Hotel Dieu Nursing School of El Paso, TX as a registered nurse. She was married on March 5, 1954. As a military wife for more than 20 years, Eva and her family were stationed in many places across the country and abroad. With each move, she transformed every house into a safe haven; combining her aesthetic flair with a domestic proficiency, so that no home ever felt temporary. She was a devoted mother, wife, sister, daughter, grandmother and great-grandmother who dedicated her life to caring for her family. Her love for her family knew no bounds, choosing to spend her life as a mentor, a teacher, a friend and loving partner. She raised her children with strength of character, and the courage to navigate the world, secure in the knowledge that they would always be unconditionally loved and always have her support, should they fall. Firmly entrenched in her unparalleled devotion to each of them, her grandchildren reaped the richness of her kindness and generosity. Although we will miss her, we are fortunate to have had her to guide us this far. We will pay tribute to her life by celebrating the rest of our lives, knowing that she will continue to inspire us from heaven. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Henry; four children, daughter Kathy Valdovinos, and husband, Henrique, Joanne Herrera, Jeanne Herrera and husband, Ellery Edwards, Henry Herrera II and wife, Patricia; and five grandchildren, Karl Hedges, Sara Bewley, Catlin Herrera, Colin Edwards, and Amanda Edwards; one great-granddaughter, Isabella Bewley; brothers, Marshall St. John and wife, Carmen, Robert St. John, and Freddie St. John and wife, Delia; sister Celcelia Ulibarri and husband, Lee; as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Eva will lie in state Wednesday, March 7, 2007 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, where a Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, at 9:30 a.m. at Church of the Risen Savior, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE. A committal service will be held Monday, March 12, 2007 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the UNM Women's Health Clinic for Breast Cancer c/o The Development Office MSC:084630, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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