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CROOK -- Jane P. Williamson Crook, 59, a life-long resident of Albuquerque, passed away on July 25, 2006 in Orlando, FL while on vacation with her husband. She is survived by her loving husband, Gene; faithful dog, Christopher; sister, Betty Choc and husband, Paul; nephew, John Paul Choc and wife, Elizabeth; grand-nephew Jacob Choc, all of Albuquerque; step-brother, Jay Krakar and wife, Roberta of California and daughters, Amy and Barbara; step-niece, Vonda Curtis and husband, Ty and children of Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lent and Helen Williamson; and step-mother, Winnie Williamson. Jane was very active as a teenager, jeeping and camping around the Southwest with her parents, sister, and friends in the Albuquerque Jeep Herders Club. Jane learned to shoot pistol and rifle in competition and in doing so achieved many awards and honors for her marksmanship. Jane graduated from Manzano High School in 1964 and worked her way through college to attain a BA degree in Business Administration from UNM in 1972. She was employed by Albuquerque National Bank and PNM in data processing, gaining experience in computer systems. She moved to Fort Worth, TX where she was employed by Valero Energy Corp. and General Dynamics as a senior industrial engineer and project manager. After seven years in Texas, she returned to Albuquerque to care for her step-mother upon her father's death. She joined First Security Bank until her retirement and marriage to the love of her life in 1997. Jane and her husband, Gene enjoyed life to the fullest, traveling around the world, making new friends. Jane was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Assistance League of Albuquerque, Four Hills Homeowners Association, Four Hills Country Club, Pendaries Village Community Association, Albuquerque Knife and Fork Club, The Westerners of Albuquerque, and the Elks ladies of BPOE 461, serving as President and supporting Gene as First Lady of the Lodge. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life reception will take place on Friday, August 11, 2006 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Albuquerque Elks Lodge 461, 2430 Centre Avenue SE. Private burial of the cremains will take place at Fairview Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Jane's name to the Animal Humane Society, the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches, Inc., P.O. Box 9, Belen, NM 87002, or to the charity of your choice. Gene would like to thank everyone for their prayers, calls, and support given him during Jane's illness and subsequent passing.
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DOBSON -- JOHN PHILIP Lt. John Philip Dobson, S.F.D.A.I, 65, died Saturday, July 29, 2006 in Stanford U. Medical Center. Devoted husband of Sherron Dobson; loving father of Rachelle Enderle, Nick Dobson, Steven Simmons and Matthew Dobson; grandfather of Thomas Dobson, Jason Toler, Christopher and Heather Enderle, Sierra and Anna Marie Simmons, Bailey and Ethan Dobson; great-grandfather of Anthony Enderle; son of the late John Joseph and Marguerite Dobson; brother of Marguerite Woltz of Desert Hot Springs, CA and Forrest Custer of Madisonville, LA. Lt. Dobson previously served on the San Diego police force for many years. He currently worked as a lieutenant in the San Francisco DAI's office in the Welfare and Fraud Unit Special Investigations and Bad Check Program. He was the vice president on the executive board of the DAI Association and also Lodge 15 trustee. He was the CA State FOP chaplain and was their advisor for the California Peace Officers Memorial which honors officers who died in the line of duty. He served on the California and the National Easter Seals Committee representing the FOP. Services will be held at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Friday, August 11, 2006, 1:00 p.m. with Captain Eric Tibbets officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Pallbearers will be sons, Steven Simmons and Matthew Dobson; brothers-in-law, Leslie White, Jim Findley and Jim Pearcey; and nephew, Darren Vittitow. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Vittitow, nephew, and Richard Vittitow, great-nephew. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in honor of John Dobson to Church of the Highlands Mission Program, 1900 Monterey Dr., San Bruno, CA 94066. Arrangements by French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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GARCIA -- Daniel Daniel Gerald Garcia Jr. August 11, 2003 to April 28, 2006 Lonely is the home without you, Life to us is not the same; All the world would be like heaven, If we could have you back again A light is from our household gone, A voice we loved is still, A place is vacant in our home, That never can be filled. May the God of Love and Mercy, Care our loved one who is gone, And bless with consolation, those left to carry on. The happy hours we once enjoyed, How sweet their memory still, But death has left a vacant place, This world can never fill. How dearly we loved you, And prayed you might live, But Jesus just beckoned, And we had to give. God gave us strength to bear it, And courage to fight the blow, What it has meant to lose you, God alone will ever know. Happy Birthday Buddy. We Love and Miss You. Your Family
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HAPKE -- Charlene "Charlee" Hapke, 55, current resident of Albuquerque and former resident of Holdrege, NE, died Friday August 4, 2006. She is survived by her sons, Richard and Monty Holen; grandson, Cody Holen; mother, Adeline Ford; sisters, DeAnna Ross and Dixie Kautz; brother, Randy Ford; and her beloved lab, Ce-Ce. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Ford and her husband, Larry Hapke. Charlee worked for over 25 years for Peter Kiewit Sons (Twin Mountain Construction). She loved dogs, particularly Labrador Retrievers. Charlee was a giving person, she gave unconditionally to all. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services will be at French Mortuary, University Chapel, Saturday, August 12, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Charlee's family request donations made to a charity of your choice in her memory. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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HUDSON -- Barbara Sue (Thompson) Hudson, 11305 Biscayne Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM died Thursday, July 20, 2006 of apparent heart failure. Mrs. Hudson was the daughter of Rev. Charles A. Thompson Sr. and Carrie Susan (Provence) Thompson, both deceased. She was born February 26, 1942 in Muskogee, OK where she attended secondary school. Mrs. Hudson was the widow of the late Limuel Webster Hudson Jr. (1941 - 2003) The family had lived in Albuquerque beginning in 1965, and continuously since 1982. There were two children by this union: Limuel Webster Hudson III (Trey) who preceded her in death in 1995, and Dameon Michael Hudson of Coffeyville, KS. Mrs. Hudson received a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master's in Education from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK and continuing post-graduate work at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She began teaching in the Albuquerque Public Schools in 1965 and retired from same in May 2005, having spent in excess of ten of her last years in Jackson Middle School. Mrs. Hudson had been a member of St. Chad Episcopal Church since 1982. A Memorial Service was held in her honor at the First Methodist, Adair, OK. She is survived by her son, Dameon; and grandson, Dominic of Coffeyville, KS; three brothers, Charles of Owasso, OK, Morgan (Pat) of Midwest City, OK, and Mike of Coffeyville, KS. She is also survived by two sisters, Gwen Campbell of Norman, OK and Ruth Sutton of Tulsa, OK. Her ashes were interred in Adair Cemetery beside her mother and son, Trey on Friday, August 4, 2006.
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HUGHES -- Ruby Mae Hughes peacefully passed away at her home in Albuquerque early Tuesday morning, August 8, 2006. Her passing came after she suffered a massive heart attack and stroke simultaneously - which was just like Ruby to multi-task until the very end. After a brief stay at Lovelace hospital, Ruby's daughter, Diane Dimond of Rockland County, NY, her granddaughter, Jenna Lamond of Brooklyn, NY, and her loved and loyal niece, Sandy Hays of Albuquerque, took her home. There, along with her devoted dog, Chivas at her side, Ruby spent her final days precisely as she had wanted. Born in North Dakota on November 29, 1929, Ruby arrived just as the Great Depression took hold in America. Her father was a farmer and Ruby was the youngest of six children. Always with a joyous gleam of adventure in her eye, young Ruby attended church regularly, earned pocket money picking beets and potatoes, and, even though she was only five foot three inches tall, she was a dynamo on her school basketball team. She married Allen O. Hughes on December 23, 1947, and soon after they moved to California to seek their fortune. After stints working in the airline and defense industries, they decided to move to Albuquerque with their only child, Diane in 1959. They ultimately opened Hughes Meat Company which operated for 30 years. In business, she and her husband were known for their hard work, their integrity and their charity to those who could not afford their products. Ruby was known as the "Energizer Bunny" by those who knew her best. Her multitude of friends and family members will always remember her energy, her love of a good joke and her fun-loving, "get 'er done" spirit. Ruby and her husband Allen loved animals and enjoyed working in the yard of their home, especially in their breathtaking backyard rose garden. She played a mean game of pool, was highly competitive when it came to card games, and never met a party she didn't like. When no one else caught a fish on their numerous fishing trips - from Alaska to Mexico - Ruby did! As long-time members of the Fleet Reserve Club they actively participated in veteran celebrations and Thanksgiving and Christmas charity donation drives. She was a long-time contributor to New Mexico's Boys Town and Joy Junction. Ruby was most proud of her daughter Diane's successful career in journalism as well as her only granddaughter, Jenna, and her three beautiful great-grandchildren: Ruby Jr., 7, Luke, 5, and Owen, six months, who met his great-grandmother last week during her hospitalization. Ruby had a life-long love of watching sports. Thanks to her devoted and much loved niece, Terry Case of Dallas, TX, Ruby acquired real life bragging rights. Terry's son Bryan Clampitt is a back-up quarterback on UNM's Lobos football team and Ruby reveled in every game. She was also a dedicated Lady Lobos basketball fan due to her own illustrious high school prowess. Ruby Hughes was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Allen, her loving brother, Ralph, and her equally captivating sisters, Wilma and Isabel. She is survived by her dear sister, Roberta Stafford of Newark, DE, who recently came to Albuquerque for a "catch up" visit. She will be fondly remembered by nieces, Debbie Hays and Meredith Clampitt; nephew, Steve Hays; and numerous family members and friends. Ruby will always be fondly remembered as a vivacious and loving wife, mother, aunt, and friend. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of her life will be held at French Mortuary, Lomas Chapel on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Her adored dog, Chivas and stand-offish cat, Bubba would be pleased if any donations went to the Animal Humane Society, 615 Virginia SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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JOJOLA -- Tony Patrick Lay down my dear Brother, lay down and take your rest I want to lay your head upon your Savior's breast I love you, but Jesus loves you best I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight. Bahamian Gospel (sung best by Aaron Neville) Tony left this earth shortly after midnight, Friday, August 4, 2006, at the University Medical Center, Tucson, AZ, where he was being evaluated for heart transplantation surgery. Always quick to smile, laugh and share his incredible wisdom and easy personality, and always, with his eyes twinkling, he practiced his dazzling charm on the doctors, nurses, technicians and aides providing his care at the UMC and Presbyterian Hospital until his heart could beat no longer. His family is extremely grateful for the excellent care Tony received, including AirCare which flew him to Tucson. Born on October 9, 1951, at the old Albuquerque Indian Hospital, to Peggy B. and Juan Antonio Jojola (late), Tony grew up in Albuquerque, graduating from Manzano High School in 1970. Tony described himself as one-half Isleta Indian and one-half east Texas/Louisiana cowboy and was deeply proud, knowledgeable and influenced by his diverse background. Tony earned his Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees from the University of New Mexico and had been pursuing graduate studies in special education until his health began deteriorating in 2005. Tony was employed by the Albuquerque Public Schools at Taylor Middle School, but it was in 1975, in his position as Indian Home School Liaison/Indian Education Department, where his life made its most significant turn. Tony came into the Counseling Office at Albuquerque High School where he recognized April, from their UNM days, a young, red-haired woman working there. April and Tony celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary on July 21st. Tony had an incredible ability to engage anyone with whom he shared a conversation. Extremely quick on his toes, a sharp wit, Tony was a forgiving, calm and contented man. He had peace and that allowed him to be fully present and focused in the now. He was also a humble man; never needing to prove himself. Tony knew where he belonged in God's universe and he knew he was deeply loved. More than anything on earth, Tony loved April and his beautiful children, Cole and Brynne. He wanted to see Cole receive his Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts this December and then pursue his passion for art. Tony knew that Brynne could accomplish whatever she wanted, and if that was being President of the United States, well, "she could do it." Tony's family knows that his spirit is still with them, watching, guiding and protecting them. His family is strong, well-grounded and will learn and grow from this, always cherishing his essence. They thank God for Tony and thank his mother, Peggy, for raising such a wonderful man; a husband and father they will hold forever in their hearts. Tony is survived by his wife, April; children, Cole and Brynne; and by his special sister-in-law, Valerie Bargas. Also surviving him: his mother, Peggy; brother, Jon and sister, Teri; mother-in-law, Frances Bargas; Marie Ashby; Roger and Cathy Bargas; nieces and nephews: Miki, Jacqi, Danyelle, Spencer, Ryan, and Natasha; and all his aunts, uncles, and cousins originating from Isleta and Texas/Louisiana. A celebration of Tony's life will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2006, 3:00 p.m., at one of his favorite places, the Ladera Golf Course, Notah Begay Room. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to New Mexico Donor Services, or the American Heart Association. Tony was an organ donor and his family encourages others to do the same by making your wishes known on your NM driver licenses. Tony, I love you, but Jesus loves you best I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight.
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JONES -- Amelia Rose Jones April 4, 2001 - August 10, 2004. Amelia, today we should be celebrating yours and Delex's 1st day of school. Instead, today is the seconnd anniversary of you leaving us to be with our Heavenly Father. We miss you very much Lula, Tahlula, Half Pint, Baby Girl, Inchworm. Life as we knew it two years ago will never be the same for any of us. Our hearts are broken and they won't mend until we meet again in Heaven. With all our love, Mammaw, Mommy, Daddy, Matt Jones, Delex, Tio Nino and Tia Nina. P.S. Say hello to Jessie and all the other baby dolls that are with you. We know how much you love them.
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LUCERO -- Roberto Andres Lucero, 68, of Albuquerque, NM, made his final journey to be with Great Spirit, on Sunday, August 6, 2006 at 10:55 p.m. Roberto is survived by Gabriel James, M. Angela of Albuquerque, NM, Joaquin E. of Alamosa, CO, and Celia Andrea of Denver, CO; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; as well as his brothers and sisters. Roberto was a respected member of the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the New Mexico Art League. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a participant of local Teatro and golf events. He was also an accomplished artist and a published author with his work entitled "Sangre del Monte." His mother, father, eldest daughter, and a beloved uncle preceded Roberto in death. His ashes will be returned to his native Los Pinos, NM. Memorial Services will be announced at a later date. Roberto will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
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LUJAN -- Phillip Oscar Lujan, born April 7, 1952, went home to be with the Lord on August 6, 2006 at the age of 54. Phillip was a Private 1st Class who proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He retired from the City of Albuquerque Traffic Division in 1991. Phillip was preceded in death by his parents, Castulo and Florinda Lujan; his brother, Henry (Enriquez) Lujan; also by his father-in-law, Jose C. Perea. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, B. Lillian Lujan; his two sons, Phillip G. Lujan, Eugene T. Lujan; his daughter, Dolores J. Lujan and husband, J.J.; his three brothers, Albert Lujan and wife, Eileen, Samuel Lujan and wife, Georgia, Steven Lujan and wife, Debora; his three sisters, I. Jeanette Sanchez and husband, Alcario, Josephine Gutierrez and husband, Antonio, Bertha Sanchez and husband, Tom; his sister-in-law, Margaret Lujan Tenorio; mother-in-law, Lorey Perea; his brothers-in-law, Raymond Perea and wife, Patsy, and Ivan Perea; his sister-in-law, B. Patsy Luna and husband, Charles; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He will be deeply missed by all. Visitations will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2006 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Stover Chapel of Garcia Mortuary. A Rosary to follow at St. Anne's Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m. Rosary will be led by Reyna Chavez. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday August 11, 2006 at St. Anthony Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Torreon Cemetery, in Torreon, New Mexico. Pallbearers will be Alcario Sanchez, Antonio Gutierrez, Tom Sanchez, Raymond Perea, Ivan Perea, and Charles Luna. Honorary Pallbearers will be Charlie Taylor, and Charlie Gutierrez. Funeral Services are in the care of: GARCIA MORTUARY 717 Stover Ave. SW Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 (505) 243-5222
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