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LANNIN -- MAX MICHAEL II. Perhaps you brought or served food. Perhaps you sent a lovely card or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you sent a floral piece, if so, we saw it there. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words as any friends could say; perhaps you were not there at all, just thought or prayed for us that day. 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. The family of Max Michael Lannin II. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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LITTLEFORD -- Edna Joan Littleford passed away peacefully on January 23, 2007 in the presence of her son and daughter. Joan was born on December 7, 1931 in Ravia, OK and graduated from Wilberton High School in 1949. She married the love of her life, Arthur Clyde Littleford on October 11, 1952. Soon after, she moved with her husband to Albuquerque, NM where she lived for 44 years as loving wife and mother of her two children, Scott and Myra. She was an active member in the United Methodist Church in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. In 2002 she moved to Plano, TX to be closer to her beloved grandchildren Will, Bonnie, and Ethan. She lived her life in service to the Lord, to her family and made many friends along her journey through life. She will be dearly missed by many. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Clyde Littleford who was called to be with the Lord on August 29, 1985. She was also preceded in death by her older sister, Jean Anderson of Pryor, OK. She is survived by her son, Scott A. Littleford of Las Cruces, NM; and daughter, Myra K. Conklin and husband, Harvey Conklin; grandchildren, Will, Bonnie, and Ethan Conklin of Plano, TX. She is also survived by her brother, Paul Falls, of Houston, TX; and her sister, Mary K. Boston of Pella, IA. A celebration of life Memorial will be held on Friday, January 26, 2007 at 10:30 a.m., at Custer Road United Methodist Church on 6601 Custer Road, Plano, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Mended Hearts, Heart Failure Clinic, Medical Center of Plano. For more information, please contact Ramona Travers at 972-519-1357.
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MARES -- Yasmine R. Mares; a precious baby was born on May 29, 2006 in Albuquerque, NM. Then she became a precious angel in heaven on January 23, 2007. Yasmine was very beautiful and always happy. She was the most perfect child a mother could ever have. Yasmine loved to play and was never scared because she was always surrounded by love from all her family and friends. We will always remember Yasmine and her precious smile that she always had on her porcelain face. Yasmine leaves behind a mother, Erika who loves and cherishes her; a father, Jason, who always played with and protected his little angel; a sister, Esmeralda who always liked to play and talk to her little sister, (they both made each other laugh). Yasmine also left behind grandparents, Edward and Sandra Mares, along with Luciano and Lourdes Anaya who loved her very much. They did everything for Yasmine as if she was their very own daughter. They cherished her, played, protected and loved her. Yasmine touched so many hearts and will never be forgotten. The Rosary will be held on Friday, January 26, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Services Chapel at Vista Verde, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. The Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Rd., Rio Rancho. Interment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park in the Garden of Innocents. "God we know she is with you in your arms." Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, NM 892-9920
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NEELY -- Harriet C. Neely, 93, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at her home. She was born October 5, 1913 in Miccosukee, FL to Lawrence and Hattie Connor. She married Lester V. Neely on February 26, 1949. He preceded her in death in July 22, 1988 after 39 years of marriage. Mrs. Neely was a member of Central United Methodist Church. She enjoyed china painting, cooking, flower, and vegetable gardening and her beloved cats "Princess, Mama and Tiger." She is survived by her sons, Michael A. Neely of Albuquerque and Sydney Haynes and wife, June of Albany, GA; grandchildren, Jessica Neely and Dylan Neely, both of Albuquerque, and Kem Haynes of GA; great-granddaughter, Whitney; and daughter-in-law, Doreen Holmes of Bayfield, CO. Services will be held Monday, January 29, 2007, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Sunday, January 28, 2007, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Hospice Inpatient Fund, 1700 Louisiana NE, Suite 320, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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PAPPAN -- James W. A Memorial Service will be held for James W. Pappan at All Saints Lutheran Church, 4800 All Saints NW (Paseo del Norte/Coors Blvd), on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.
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PARRAS -- Louis G. Parras was born November 9, 1910 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He passed away Thursday, January 25, 2007 in Albuquerque, NM, surrounded by his loving family. Louis will be remembered as our loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved his family with all of his heart. Louis was a Master Carpenter and lifetime Union member of the Local Union 713 of Hayward, California. He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid sports fan, with his favorite teams being the Oakland A's and Oakland Raiders. Louis was preceded in death by his wife, Cora; sons, Alfredo, Orlando and Manuel. He leaves behind his sons, Louis Jr., Frank, Ismael and Robert and wife Edwina; daughter, Rosella and husband John; many grandchildren; great grandchildren; great great grand children; many other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. Services will be held at San Ignacio Catholic Church, 1300 Walter NE. on Saturday, January 27, 2007. The viewing will begin at 9:30am, followed with the Rosary being recited at 10:00am. The Funeral Service will be celebrated at 10:30am. Additional Funeral Services and Burial will take place in Hayward California next week. Pallbearers will be Gerald Parras, Gerrid Parras, Lawrence Parras, Frank Sanchez, Efren Ruiz and Carlos Ramirez. Honorary pallbearers will be Davina Parras, Jerry Parras, John Parras, Torina Carter, Valencia Sanchez and Priscilla Sanchez. Dad, you will be missed very much!! Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services and Chapel of the Chimes 510-471-3363, respectively, 2919 4th ST. NW.ABQ. 505-343-8008.
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PICKENS -- Mary Ann McCollum Pickens died December 31, 2006 in Dallas, TX. Mary Ann was born in McCaully, TX on February 21, 1929 to Levi and Florence McCollum, and she liked to joke that this event single-handedly set off the Great Depression. She completed her undergraduate study at McMurry College in Abilene and her Masters study at the University of Texas in Austin, and she taught school in Texas and New Mexico for 40 years. Her numerous friends will remember her musical talent, her generosity with time and energy in the United Methodist church community, and her love of visiting and spending time with friends and family. Her family and her 54-year marriage to Dr. Jim Pickens were the center of her life, and she took some of her greatest pleasure in joining him in his capacity as a Methodist minister in the Northwest Texas/New Mexico conference to visit friends and parishioners as often as possible. Her family remembers her as a mother devoted to the pursuits and happiness of her children and the loving support of their families. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Jim Pickens; daughter, Larissa Pickens Carroll and husband, Steve Carroll; granddaughter, Chloe Carroll; son, James Pickens and wife, Laura Pickens; and grandchildren, Hunter and McKenzie Pickens. Services will be held Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Abilene, TX, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association (https://www.alz.org/Donate/EProcess1.asp) or Vista Care Hospice (http://www.vistacare.com/giving/foundation/index.php).
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POORBAUGH -- Ruth Poorbaugh succumbed to a brief illness Saturday, January 20, 2007, one month short of her 92nd birthday. Ruth's parents migrated to the United States from Sweden. She grew up speaking Swedish, of which she was very proud. Ruth worked as a secretary to a Supreme Court Justice in Kansas until she married Fred W. Poorbaugh, who at that time was an officer in the 7th Cavalry. Fred had been raised in Roswell, so it was natural that following World War II, the couple moved to New Mexico, where they eventually established their home in Albuquerque. Ruth retired many years ago from a career in real estate, a career which she combined with raising her children. Ruth's central focus in life was a strong faith in God. She constantly maintained a firm conviction that God would take care of her. When Ruth was told that her illness was terminal and her death imminent, Ruth's face lit up. She beamed and her eyes sparkled. She was overjoyed when she told us that she was going to "be done soon" and would "get to cross over." We now recall her joy, and we keep that picture of her in our hearts. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Wilson Poorbaugh together with two grandsons, Richard James Cataline and Brian Martinez. She is survived by her son, Fred E. Poorbaugh and wife, Ann; daughters, Mary Martinez and husband, Dennis, and Patty Cataline and husband, Carl; beloved and loving granddaughters, Evelyn Whitbeck-Poorbaugh, and Mikie Payton and husband, Chris; wonderful great-granddaughter, Kaella Payton; and grandsons, Frederick J. Poorbaugh and Nathan L. Poorbaugh. At Ruth's request, there will be no services. Ruth's family asks that rather than attending a service, take that time to do something fun with your loved ones. Thanks to all of you. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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PUHARA -- Florence E. Puhara, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2007 in Glendale, CA. She was 91 years old. Florence was born in Albuquerque in 1915, and lived there until 1995 when she moved to California to be closer to her children, Gerry and John. She was a great joy to her family throughout her life and especially during her final years with Alzheimer's which she spent listening daily to her favorite jazz standards, performing tap routines in a chair, and visiting with her family. Florence was preceded in death by her husband, John Puhara, whom she married in 1943. She was also preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Knight; and her father, Edgar Knight; as well as her sister, Laura Crum; and her brother, Robin Knight. She is survived by two children, John Knight Puhara and Geraldine Dorothy Puhara; a niece to whom she was a mother: Elizabeth Simons; a son-in-law, Russell Ferrante; and one grandchild, Claire Ferrante. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews including Rob Knight, Nancy Smart, Patti Hopper, Fred Knight, and Diana Winter. Grand-nieces include Rebecca Simons, Sara Simons, Brad Clifton, Jeff Clifton, Saxon Knight, Kristin Davis, Ryan Hopper, and Scotty Knight. Florence and her mother Dorothy, were the owners of the Dorothy Knight School of Dance in Albuquerque, NM. Founded in 1922, it was the first dancing school in Albuquerque and continued in business until the 1980s. Florence was a fantastic tap dancer, and teacher during those years. During the war she spent time in Los Angeles with her sister, Laura, studying dance and working at Douglas Aircraft. Alzheimer's disease never stilled her tapping feet, or her love of music. Her life was celebrated at a Memorial Service at All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA on January 13, 2007. Graveside Services will be performed in Albuquerque, NM on January 27, 2007 at 11:00 at Fairview Cemetary, 700 Yale Blvd., Albuquerque, NM. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to: The Rhythmic Arts Project TRAP PMB#144 1072 Casitas Pass Road Carpinteria, CA 93013
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REIDENBAUGH -- Donald W. Reidenbaugh 1933-2007 Donald W. Reidenbaugh passed away at home in Albuquerque, January 21, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer. Donald was born October 1, 1933 in Lititz, PA to Roy and Helen Reidenbaugh. He graduated from Lititz High School in 1951. He acquired a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, the President of Skull & Bones, and was a member of Lion's Paw. He pursued Graduate Studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, and was an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Donald founded Reidenbaugh Hufford Associates in 1963. With over 40 years of experience in architectural engineering, real estate planning, and the design and construction processes, he authored acquisition due diligence opinions for more than 500 major commercial sales transactions involving more than 1,700 buildings located throughout the United States. His background included the executive management of architectural and engineering design and construction projects for major retail centers and high-rise office buildings. In addition, Donald was recognized nationally as a forensic expert on standard of care legal issues related to the performance of design, construction and real estate professionals. Donald enjoyed his life by traveling, backpacking, flying his own aircraft, skiing, sailing, and in later life, designing and building a home on his ranch in Abiquiu. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed working with his grandchildren in his workshop and taking them for ATV rides. He is survived by his wife, Colleen, whom he met and married at Penn State 50 years ago; son, Andrew and his daughter, Megan of Venice, CA; son, David of Albuquerque, NM; son, Jim and his wife, Kathy and their sons, Dietrich and Ian of Boise, ID; sister, Janet and her husband, Bob Reiner of Sierra Vista, AZ; Peggy Reidenbaugh, widow of his late brother, Bob Reidenbaugh from Lititz, PA; and his beloved Great Dane, Skidmore. Services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 314 Lead S.W. in Albuquerque at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2007. Don was a member of Valley View Methodist Church in Espanola, N.M. Contributions to his church are requested in lieu of flowers. Valley View Methodist Church P.O. Box 1304 Espanola, N.M. 87532
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