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BRIGGS -- Herbert R. Briggs, 86, peacefully left this earth surrounded by family members on Wednesday, December 20, 2006 after a very brief illness. He was preceded in death by Aileen, his wife of 38 years. He is survived by his brother, William C. Briggs of Albuquerque; son, Randy Briggs; and daughter, JoAnn Briggs, both of Albuquerque; grandchildren: Royce and Derek Briggs, and Jacinda and Danielle Wortman; nephew, Chris Briggs, wife, Pat and children; nephew, Charles Briggs, wife, Clara and children. A lifelong resident and second generation Albuquerquean, Herb was born December 8, 1920. He graduated from Albuquerque High School, attended Northwestern University and graduated from the University of New Mexico. Music was his passion in life from a very early age. From traveling the state selling musical instruments for May's Music Co., to being a drummer in the U.S. Army marching band, a concert percussionist in the NM Symphony Orchestra, nearly everything he ventured into in life involved music. He opened the first retail high fidelity store in the region, even prior to the advent of stereo. He and Aileen owned and operated the Hi-Fi House on Monte Vista near UNM for over 35 years. He wired and installed sound equipment at Johnson Gym, Tingley Coliseum, UNM Stadium, and together they served the music and audio needs of area residents in a caring and personal manner. He was a strong supporter of the arts in the community. Herb was on the board of Planned Parenthood and sang with a Seniors Group that performed at retirement homes. As an active member of The Rotary Club of Albuquerque for 52 years, Herb was a recipient of their highest international honor, the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Those who knew Herb appreciated his positive attitude and exuberance for life and learning. Herb "beat" and truly "lived" the rhythm of life! A Memorial Service will be held Friday, January 5, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Alumni Memorial Chapel, The University of New Mexico Campus (505-277-5808). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Herb's name to the scholarship fund at Hummingbird Music Camp, 104 Hummingbird Lane, Jemez Springs, NM - 87025.
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CAIN -- Donald R. Cain, 66, longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away on December 29, 2006 after a long illness. Services will be held on January 4, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at Steed Todd Chapel in Clovis, NM, with burial to follow at Hollene cemetery. Don was born on June 18, 1940 in Kaufman, TX to the late Tom and Jimmie Mae Cain. Don married Anita Rierson on February 22, 1959. In 1996 they moved to Conchas Dam, NM where Don retired after 29 years as chief mechanic for PNM. Don was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Don is survived by his wife, Anita of Conchas Dam; children, Deanna Scarton and husband, Les of Albuquerque, Steve Cain of Rio Rancho, Jeff Cain and wife, Leslie of Longveiw, TX, Ronnie Cain and girlfriend, Lorraine of Conchas Dam, Cara Gregory and husband, Peter of Albuquerque; ten grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Helping Hands Hospice, 615 South Second St., Tucumcari, NM 88401.
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COMER -- Rosa E. Comer, born December 22, 1911 in Chanute, Kansas, died on December 31, 2006 in Albuquerque, NM. She was a resident of Ft. Myers, FL and Albuquerque. She is survived by Edwin Comer, husband of 68 years; son and daughter-in-law, John and Bonnie Comer of Roseville, MN; granddaughter, Kristin Luse and two great grandchildren, Jake and Vicki. She loved life and being with her many friends. She was a member of Four Hills CC. A private service will be held. Memorials may be sent to Salvation Army.
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DAVIS -- Frank Edwin Davis, 88, devoted husband and loving father, passed away Friday, December 29, 2006, after a year long battle with cancer. He was preceded in death in 1998 by his loving wife of 57 years, Jennie Lee Davis. He is survived by his son, William B. Davis and fiancee, Janet Lyden of Albuquerque; his beloved daughter, Beverly Beebe and son-in-law, Elmer Beebe; grandsons, Timothy Beebe, Lloyd Beebe, both of Albuquerque and Stewart Beebe; granddaughters, Laura Weaver, and Shawna Gold all of West Virginia; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Frank was born in 1918 in Cimarron, NM into a northern New Mexico pioneer family, which included his father, William B. Davis, his son's namesake, who was the sheriff of Colfax County for much of the 1920s and '30s, and later a well known businessman in Springer, NM. Frank returned this Labor Day to Cimarron for Cimarron Days to see his birth place and childhood home for the last time. He and Jennie Lee called Albuquerque their home both before and after World War II, where they raised their two children, Bill and Beverly. For the past 16 months, Frank aka Poncho was a resident of La Vida Llena Life Care Center in Albuquerque, which he fondly called "the ranch." Frank served with honor in WWII and was a disabled veteran and retired Santa Fe Rail Road conductor. Having both retired in their early sixties, Frank and Jennie Lee had 17 good years of traveling the world on many trips. However, they most liked their many camping trips with their RV Club, the Manzanita Sams. Frank was a devout Christian and member of the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho, although he most recently attended the weekly Vespers Services at La Vida Llena during the time of his residency. In spite of his rapidly progressing disease, he spread hope, good cheer, and joy to other residents and staff alike. His family, many friends, and LVL staff will greatly miss his daily greeting of "What's cooking?" which provoked many a smile and a multitude of humorous responses. Frank's positive attitude, loving, and generous spirit as well as his courage and triumphs in overcoming his many ongoing health issues brought hope and encouragement to everyone around him. He was truly an inspiration to all that knew him and loved him. He enjoyed his final Christmas at "the ranch" surrounded by his family and friends. Give us that little wave, go with God, and at last, be in good health and peace, Daddy. We love you, and have faith that we will see you and mother again some day. Contributions may be made in his name to either the La Vida Llena Foundation, 10501 Lagrima de Oro NE, 87111, which assists other less fortunate elderly residents to pay their healthcare costs, or the American Cancer Society of Albuquerque, Attn: Lorraine West, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 300, 87111. Services will be held Friday, January 5, 2007, 11:00 a.m., at Del Norte Baptist Church, 5800 Montgomery Blvd. NE. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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DAWE -- Mable "Nana" Dawe's family would like to thank so many who made her final days peaceful and comfortable. The staff at Simple Pleasures Senior Home, Home Instead Care Givers and Presbyterian Hospice treated her with dignity and respect that will be forever appreciated and remembered. Parishioners of Faith Chapel and friends who took time to sit and visit, sing or read the Bible with "Nana" are fondly remembered and thanked. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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DENNY -- Doretha Denny passed away on December 29, 2006. Services are being entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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DIEFENDORF -- Sonia Mindlin Diefendorf, 85, died in her sleep Saturday, December 30, 2006, at the Montebello on Academy. Devoted to her family, she is survived by daughter Gail; and husband Don Devine of Calabasas, CA; son Jeffry Diefendorf and wife Barbara of Kittery, ME; granddaughter Shannon and husband Shawn Grassman, grandchildren Oliva and Jordon Grassman, of Alameda, CA. Raised in Los Angeles, Sonia came to Albuquerque to study at the University of New Mexico. She married Morris Diefendorf in 1942, mourning his death in 1997. Sonia was a member of Chi Omega at UNM, an active member of the Albuquerque Junior League, and a member of the Albuquerque Country Club. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Lovelace Hospice, c/o Lovelace Medical Center, 5400 Gibson Blvd, SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, or the charity of your choice. A brief Memorial Service will be held Thursday, January 4, 2007, at 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Private Burial will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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DOUGHTY -- Florence (Offtermatt) Doughty died December 28, 2006. She was the third of six children, first of two daughters, born to Catherine Dullea and Ernest Offtermatt. All have predeceased her. Florence was born April 25, 1920, in Cleveland, OH, and lived there until February 1943, when she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. She was a recruiter in Washington DC until early 1944, when she requested that she be sent to short wave radio school. She became a code operator during the rest of her service. She was stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station at El Centro, CA, until her discharge in December 1945. She also had a distinguished career at the Federal Aviation Agency starting at the Albuquerque Control Tower and then at the Albuquerque Air Control Center. Florence married Francis (Skip) Doughty, also a marine, on February 16, 1946. They have lived in Albuquerque since the spring of 1961. She is survived by her husband; and their three children, Ruth (and son-in-law Mike) Vermilion, Dr. Dan (and daughter-in-law Chris) Doughty, and Mike (and daughter-in-law Maria) Doughty. She is also survived by eight grandchildren. Teri Vermilion Phillips, Diana Vermilion Amirhamzeh, Jeff Vermilion, Brian Vermilion, Carolyn Doughty Romero, Sara Doughty Tabor, John Doughty, and Daniel Doughty. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her charm and wit, her litany of jokes, and her demand for perfection in whatever path one chooses. "If you are going to do it, do it right". We are so thankful for the time we have had with her. Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, January 3, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 4, 2007, at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Annunciation, 2621 Vermont NE at Claremont. Interment to follow at 1:30 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 from 4:00 p.m. until the Rosary. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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ESPINOZA -- Andreita E. Espinoza, The family would like to thank all of their relatives and friends who attended the Rosary. They would also like to express their gratitude for all the love, care and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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FELDMAN -- Blanche Feldman, 90, resident of Albuquerque for 27 years and formerly of Detroit, MI where she lived for 62 years, died Monday, January 1, 2007 following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Feldman is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bernard Feldman of Albuquerque; sons, Bruce Feldman of Albuquerque, William Feldman of Phoenix, AZ, Jeffrey Feldman of Oakland, CA; grandchildren, Nicole Feldman-Maxwell, Megan Feldman, Jonathan Feldman, Rebecca Feldman and Alexander Feldman; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Adam Maxwell; sister, Florence Epstein of Scottsdale, AZ; and brother, Frederick Shevin of Franklin, MI. Member of Hadassah and Sisterhood Congregation Shaarey Zedek of Detroit, MI. She was a member of Congregation B'nai Israel of Albuquerque. Services will be held Thursday, January 4, 2007, 12:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Park.
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