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SANTOS -- Katherine Santos, age 74, went to be with our Lord, Thursday, November 30, 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Wendy De Smet and husband, Huck; grandsons, Dennis, Michael and Brandon De Smet; sister, Lillian Briesacher and husband, Fred; and granddaughter-in-law, Erica De Smet. Mrs. Santos was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Santos; parents, Dennis and Viola Fulmer; and brothers, J.L. and Vernon Fulmer. Cremation has taken place and Mrs. Santos will be laid to her final resting place next to her husband in Colorado. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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TOMLIN -- John R. Tomlin passed away November 28, 2006 at Mountain View Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM. He was born April 20, 1926 in Albuquerque, NM. John graduated from Las Cruces Union High School in 1944, and then entered the United States Army during WWII. While enlisted in the Army, he served as an Infantry Sergeant in Europe and trained the Military Police. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy, Soils, and Agriculture Education, and Master's Degree in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University. John was a well-respected farmer in the Mesilla Valley. In 1947 he started farming in the north valley and was later joined by his son Joel in 1982. Tomlin Farms and Seven L Bar produced very diverse crops which included onions, chile, corn, lettuce, cotton, cabbage, alfalfa, pumpkins, watermelons, and honeydews. In addition to farming, John was a legislator in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1966 - 1976 (Chairman of Transportation, House of Appropriation Committee, Interim of School Study Committee, Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Water Committee), and he taught agriculture to Veterans at New Mexico State University in the early 1950s. John was a member of the Southwestern Irrigated Growers Co-op Board of Directors, Farm Service Agency United States Department of Agriculture State Committee (appointed by President Clinton), Winrock Foundation Farmer to Farmer Program to Nicaragua, First Presbyterian Church, Farm Bureau, Shriners, Toastmasters International, Masonic Lodge, Boy Scouts of America, Elks Club, and the Dona Ana County Rock Hounds. John received numerous awards throughout his life which included a Certificate of Achievement from the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture, numerous Toastmaster International Awards, a Soil Conservation and Natural Resources Award from the state of New Mexico, New Mexico State Fire Marshall Award for outstanding community work and leadership, New Mexico Board of Realtors Award for legislation for realtors, and the Governor King Award for the creation of the school funding law that is still in use today. John was very dedicated to the Presbyterian Church. He served as an officer to the church numerous times, and he enjoyed the challenges of working with the mission committee. One of the last things he did was to join other Presbyterians on a mission tour of Peru in July 2006. God always came first in his life, and he devoted countless hours to the church. John was a teacher to all he met. He was a compassionate man who had friends from all generations and walks of life. He loved the challenges of farming, the Mesilla Valley, politics, his family and friends. John will be missed by all who knew him, and life without him will never be the same. John is survived by his sons, John Timothy, Joel and his wife, Patricia; daughter, Jennifer and her husband, James U. Le Noir; grandchildren, David, Sarah, Rory, Douglas, Lauren, Ryan (Tomlin), Jeremy, and Joshua (Le Noir). He was preceded in death by his father, Roy; mother, Sallie; son, Jeffery; and his wife, Ina. John will lie in state December 1, 2006 at Graham's Mortuary from 1 to 8 p.m., with the family receiving visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., December 2, 2006, First Presbyterian Church 200 E. Boutz, Las Cruces, NM. Burial Services will be held at the Masonic Cemetery with Military Honors. Pallbearers will be Manual Rosales, Mark Trujillo, Steven King, Matt Holt, Steve Lohman, and Steve Hardin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in John's memory to the First United Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Boutz, Las Cruces, NM 88005 Services are with Graham's Mortuary, 555 West Amador, Las Cruces, NM.
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VANOVER -- John P. Vanover Jr., affectionately known as "Geezer", 65, passed away November 29, 2006. John retired from the State of New Mexico Department of Labor, was a private pilot, a semi-professional singer and guitarist, a Harley Davidson enthusiast, was known for his great sense of humor, and was always the life of the room. He is preceded in death by his parents, John P. Vanover Sr. and Viola Vanover; brother, Mark James Vanover; sister, Phillis Costley; daughter, Mary Celeste Vanover; and great-grandson, Devin Chapman. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Isabel Vanover; sons, John Ross Vanover, Michael Paul Vanover and wife, Gizelle Ordonez-Vanover, William Mark Vanover and wife, Tania, James Edward Vanover, and Steven Matthew Vanover and wife, Amethyst Marciano-Vanover; sisters Joan Roberts and husband, John Maddox Roberts, Gayle Maggard and husband, Roger, and Debbie Standifer; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, December 2, 2006 at Salazar & Sons Mortuary at 11:30 a.m. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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ATENCIO -- Olacio E. Atencio. The family would like to thank all of their relatives and friends who attended the Rosary and Funeral Services. They would also like to express their gratitude for all the love, care, and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by: Salazar and Sons Mortuary 400 3rd St SW 247-4124
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BARROS -- Rufina Ruth Barros, born July 19, 1923 passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2006 in Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her husband, Desidrio Barros. She is survived by her son, John and wife, Luisa; three grandsons, Pete and wife, Tisha, Carlos, and Daniel and wife, Crystal; two great-granddaughters, Taylon and Aaliyah. She is also survived by a like daughter, niece, Portana and Tonio; two like sons, nephews, Toby and Louis; lots of nieces and nephews, too many to mention; and also by her number one band, Los Garapatas. A Rosary for Mrs. Barros will be recited on Friday evening, December 1, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at Salazar & Sons Mortuary. Funeral Services are pending and will be announced. Pallbearers will be Leo Chavez, Frank Chavez, James Chavez, Gene Chavez, Marco Chavez and Raul Chavez. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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CAPERTON -- Betty Gene Caperton, or as she was known, Mrs. Tibo J. Chavez, passed away on November 28, 2006 in the presence of her loving family. Betty was born in Shamrock, TX on February 9, 1927, but moved to Portales, NM at a very young age. She was raised by Rep. Coe Howard and Lillian Howard. As a child Betty excelled in her studies, played tennis and loved to sing and play the piano. Her favorite topics were English and History and she could debate any subject skillfully. She attended Eastern New Mexico University for two years and then completed a degree in political science by finishing the remaining two years at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. During the summer months while attending school, and after graduation she worked at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. It was during this time that Betty met her future husband, Tibo J. Chavez. Betty often recalled the times that she would listen to him on the Senate floor with admiration. He was State Senator from Valencia County when they met and married. Shortly after their marriage, he announced for Lt. Governor and was elected in that position in 1950. Betty shared her husband's love of politics and public service. She considered it the greatest privilege to support him in every way possible in the many political campaigns and offices that he held. Together, Betty and Tibo devoted great passion and energy to the rearing of their four sons, Chris, Reggie, Tibo Jr. and David. They had horses and dogs and would often saddle up and ride in the open land in Belen, and were sometimes referred to as the "Chavez Posse." They enjoyed many wonderful years raising a family and then traveling together all over the world after the boys were grown. Betty was a charter member of the Beta Sigma Phi, a life long member of the Daughters of the Confederacy, served as the Secretary for the AARP Hub City Chapter, and was Honorary Chair for the UNM Valencia Campus Development Committee. She became immersed in New Mexico history and her love of this led to her involvement at the Harvey House Museum, Valencia County Historical Society and the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus Cultural Series. She was named Citizen of the Year for 1998 by the Belen Chamber of Commerce and was very involved in the Onate Cuartocentenario celebration. She was also named a Top Ten Newsmaker from Valencia County because of her strong leadership in organizing both the first Founder's Day Celebration in honor of the first Spanish settlers to the river valley and the Columbus Day Celebration. Betty was invited to Spain as a guest of the Spanish Government and the twentieth generation descendants of Columbus. In 2002 she received the Dona Eufemia Award for her work in promoting and preserving the Spanish culture of New Mexico. Even more than her contributions to her community, Betty contributed tremendously to the growth and well-being of her family. She was a fiercely devoted wife, a loving mother and a grandmother who would drop whatever she was doing to pick a grandchild up at school or help them with a project. Betty had a vivacious and fun personality. She enthusiastically shared her appreciation for her family, her community and her country. Betty is survived by her four sons and daughter-in-laws, Chris and Mary, Reggie and Darlene, Tibo and Lana, David and Mary Ellen; ten grand-children, Lisa (and spouse, Christian), Carlos, Juan Diego (and spouse, Cynthia), Joseph, Nicolas, Paul, Emily, Elaina, Zachary, and Caleb; and three great-grandchildren, Maya, Emery, and Elise. Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Friday, December 1, 2006 beginning with a public viewing at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Final visitation will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. with a Funeral Mass being celebrated at 9:00 a.m. with Father Stephen Schultz officiating. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Carlos, Juan, Joe, Nick, Paul, and Zach. Honorary pallbearers will be John and Peri Salazar, Mike and Mary Merrell, Daniel and Tina Garcia, Hortencia Colmonero, Priscilla Reyes, Edenio and Corina Garcia, Salomon Montano, Robert Sanders, Alice Letteny, Judge John W. Pope, Judge William Sanchez, Judge Louis McDonald, the Belen Chapter of the Alpha Ki Omega, and UNM Campus Development Board. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to be made to the UNMVC Betty Chavez Scholarship Fund. The family would like to thank Ambercare Home Health for their loving care and services they provided to Betty. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen. Visit online register at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com
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CASTILLO -- Clovis Clovis Castillo In Loving Memory 10 Year Anniversary 1900-1996 We love you and miss you so very much Your Family
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CERVINI -- Gloria Ann Cervini, 70 and a resident of Rio Rancho since 1979, died November 23, 2006. She is survived by her husband, Andrew J. Cervini. Born in the Bronx, NY, she was the daughter of Anthony Albero and Angelina Gariola Albero. She had worked as a cafeteria manager for Albuquerque Public Schools before retiring. The loving wife, mother and grandmother was a member of the American Legion Post 118 Ladies Auxiliary in Rio Rancho. Along with her husband, survivors are: her sons, Andrew L. Cervini and his wife, Darlene and Anthony Cervini, all of Rio Rancho, and Chris Cervini and his wife, Georgette of Albuquerque; her sister, Marjorie Piteo of Rio Rancho; and grandchildren, Felicia Cervini of Shoreham, NY, Shayna Cervini of Rio Rancho and Simon Cervini of Albuquerque. Memorial Service and Mass will be Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho. Interment will be in Vista Verde Memorial Park, 4310 Sara Rd. in Rio Rancho. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929. Arrangements by Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Rd. in Rio Rancho, NM 505-892-9920
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CHAVEZ -- Charles Chavez, our "leader of the band", our sweetheart, our daddy, our granddaddy; went to be with the Lord on November 27, 2006. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Anne's Church. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 1, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Anne's Church. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations may be made to St. Mary's School Fund. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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CHAVEZ -- Maria Del Carmen "Cocoy", born October 31, 1949, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2006 after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francisco and Esperanza Reyna; brother, Fernando Reyna; mother-in-law, Mary D. Chavez and sister-in-law, Laura Trujillo. She is survived by her loving husband Charles D. Chavez; sons, Charles D. Chavez II and Bernadette A. Moya, Candelario F. Chavez and Charmaine I. Gonzalez; stepchildren, Raymond, Roberta, Patricia, Andrew, Christopher and Angela; father-in-law, Candelario G. Chavez; sisters; Maria Louisa, Goya, Vicky and Lilly Reyna; brother-in-law, Manuel D. Chavez and Cindy Trujillo; grandchildren, Ariel, Charlene, Cheyanne, Charles III, and Shantel. Cocoy was employed by The University of New Mexico for 22 Years. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed by her family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances. Cocoy was famous for her ability to feed all who came to enjoy her great cooking, especially her famous tamales. Cremation has taken place and a Rosary will be recited on Friday December 1, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. A visitation will be held prior to the Rosary from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 3, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. A reception will follow the Mass at the American Legion Post #69, located at 9000 4th Street NW. Gabaldon Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements.
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