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WRIGHT DE CHAVEZ -- Edwina Wright de Chavez, 56, has lost her battle with lung cancer. She is survived by her husband, Rudy; daughters, Theresa, Lisa, and Geneva; step-son, Thomas; grandchildren, Roger Jr., Jasmine, Gabriella, Andrew, Denzel, Romain, Kyrrah, and Amanda; her parents, Lorenzo and Rose Wright; brothers and sisters, Ervin, Raymond, Liz, Joseph, and Cassandra; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceding her in death were her brothers, Clarence and Steve Wright. Special thanks to the Vista Care staff for their assistance and her niece, JoAnn Esquibel, who took care of her. Visitation for Edwina will be Wednesday evening after 6:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 14th and Coal SW with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. As per Edwina's wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vista Care, 5639 Jefferson NE, 87109. Cremation will take place at a later date.
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BACA -- Leo L. Baca December 8, 1961 - August 14, 2005 My love, it's been a year ago today that the Lord called on you. I know God took away all your pain and you are at peace. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you. Everyday without you is a challenge. I will always treasure the wonderful memories of the life we had together. You will forever remain in my heart. Until we meet again my Love, I miss you and Love You Forever. Your wife, Grace
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BELL -- Willie B. Evangelist Mother Willie B. Bell was the only child born to the late Myrtle Wilma Lee Lawfton in Collin County, Texas on May 23, 1923. Evangelist Mother Willie B. Bell dedicated her life to Christ at an early age. She was one of the first members of Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Evangelist Mother Willie B. Bell was a true Pioneer in the Church of God in Christ in New Mexico. As a songster, she used her Angelic voice to lift up the Word of the Lord. Evangelist Mother Bell served in the Church of God in Christ in New Mexico as State Choir President, State Minister of Music, State Hospitality Worker and District Missionary. She helped several Pastors organize and establish their churches. Evangelist Mother Bell was the First Mass Choir President of Faith Temple, served as the Vice-President of the Mother's Board and an all around Pastor and First Lady helper. She served faithfully until she moved out of state with her family. When she relocated with her family, she continued to fellowship with various churches in the Warner Robins community, as well as her ministry throughout the United States and overseas. Evangelist Mother Willie B. Bell wore many hats. She was a loving wife, devoted Mother and caring Grandmother. She was a blessing to all who came into her path. She was truly a woman of virtue, and loved the Lord with all her heart. She faithfully prayed until her eternal rest. On Tuesday, August 8, 2006, God sent his angel to call his devoted servant home. Evangelist Mother Willie B. Bell is preceded in death by her husband, the late Reverend Clifford Bell. She leaves to mourn her two loving and devoted children, Phillip Wayne Bell and Pamela Arlene Martinez; one uncle, William Shelby; one niece, Terry Hanford; nephew, Kenneth Newman; daughters-in-law, Shirley Bell, Janet Friday; son-in-law, Angelo Martinez; grandchildren, Eric Bell and wife Grace, Chey Bell, Maurice Martinez, Demond Martinez, Phillip Bell, Jr., Brianna Bell; one great-grandchild, Jazmyn Bell; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Funeral Services will be help at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 14, 2006 in the sanctuary of the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, 1000 Broadway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Samuel Gilmore officiating. Services under the direction of Sunrise Funeral Options
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HARTBARGER -- Billy Gene Hartbarger, 67, a life long resident of Albuquerque, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died on August 11, 2006. Billy died peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a lengthy illness. Billy was born on Dec. 4, 1938, in Kansas City, Mo., to William Creed and Dollie (Means) Hartbarger. He grew up in Albuquerque where he graduated from Valley High School in 1956. Billy enjoyed a successful career as a lumber salesman and was the owner of Hartbarger Cabinet Hardware. Billy cherished many long-lasting friendships throughout his life. He enjoyed traveling and visiting his grandchildren. Billy is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Gerry; his sons, Jerry Hartbarger and wife, Paula, Kevin Hartbarger and wife, Barbra; his daughter, Stefanie Hartbarger with Steve Conrad Jr.; and his loving mother-in-law, Mary Levesque. Billy also is survived by eight grandchildren, Jessica, Kristina, Timothy, Tyler, Alec, Andrew, Tayshia and Tristen; and along with many dear friends. The family would like to give special thanks to Drs. John Bettinger, Jennifer Benson, Neil Kaminsky and Melissa Klein who assisted over the years. The family also thanks Presbyterian Hospice Care for the extraordinary care given to Billy. Memorial services will be held at Vista Verde Mortuary in Rio Rancho, 4310 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, NM on August 14, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. A reception follows at the Vineyard clubhouse at 6118 Edith Blvd., Albuquerque, New Mexico. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Presbyterian Hospice, 8100 Constitution Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Arrangements by Vista Verde Memorial Park and Mortuary 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 892-9920
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HUBER -- Mitchell E. Huber, 36, died on Saturday, August 12, 2006, after a short illness. He was born January 29, 1970, in Aberdeen, SD. He graduated from Central High School in Aberdeen in 1988. He moved to Albuquerque in 1990 where he was a co-owner of Route 66 Designs and was employed by Giant Industries at the time of his death. Mitchell is survived by his partner, Howard Velasquez; mother, Patricia Giese; grandmother, Evelyn Hoyt; brother, Mike and wife, Patty, of Redding, CA; sisters, Michelle Magnuson and husband, Todd of Sioux Falls, SD and Mindy Allison and partner, Kristi Yarrow, Melissa Mye and husband, Jon, of Albuquerque, Melanie Jepson and husband, Gordy of Sioux Falls, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Mitch leaves behind a loving family and numerous friends who will miss him greatly. Services will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, on Monday, August 14, 2006, from 3 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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KISNER -- Mike Kisner February 16, 1965 - August 7, 2006 Mike was a kind and gentle husband and father that always put his family's needs first. Mike had exceptionally high morals and core values that influenced everything he did in life. He had a strong sense of right and wrong and treated everyone in life with respect. He loved his family more than anything else in life. He was dedicated to his job and strived to maintain the highest level of service and reliability possible. He was loved by all he serviced and respected by his coworkers and peers. Mike loved the peace, tranquility, and beauty of the mountains and nature. He loved the beauty and wonder of the universe and the night sky. He was dedicated to being fit and healthy through regular exercise and healthy eating. In the last 5 years he developed a passion for cycling that improved his health even more. Mike touched everyone's life in a positive way and his presence will be missed. Mike is survived by his wife of 27 years, Lisa; his children, Michael and Alicia; his parents, Edward and Mary Ann; his siblings, Theresa and Ed; and the countless other people he inspired and touched. There will be 2 Memorial Services. The first was held for family and close friends at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2006 at Apple Valley Ranch. The second will be held for all who were touched by Mike's life Saturday, August 19, 2006 again at Apple Valley Ranch at 11 a.m. Call 573-2105 for directions and info. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation to the New Mexico Chapter of the ACLU.
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RIVERA -- Lucia C. Rivera., age 92, beloved mother, grandmother, was taken home by the Lord our Savior, Friday, August 11, 2006. Mrs. Rivera was a resident of Algodones, formerly of Sile, NM. She was a member of the Catholic Church, where she devoted many years as a Catechism Teacher. She will be remembered by many for her homemade bread, cakes, and cooking; and the love she showed everyone. She was involved with the Bernalillo Senior Citizen Center, where she enjoyed quilting, going to the Casino and seeing her friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ricardo Rivera; infant daughter, Evangeline Rivera; three sisters, Dolores Diaz, Emma Stevens, Beatrice Torres; grandson, Maros Duran. Lucia survived by two sons, Ricardo Rivera and wife, Lillian, Benjamin Rivera Sr. and wife, Margie; three daughters, Delfinia Rivera, Theresa Bustamante, Evangeline (Vangie) Duran and husband Steven; 15 grandchildren, Laura, Annabelle, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Jr., Donald, Ronald, Marlene, Michael, Efren, Danny, Anthony, Angela, Lorenzo, Eperanza, and Santana; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; and many other beloved family members and friends. Lucia will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Visitations will be Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Alameda Mortuary. A rosary will be recited Tuesday evening at 8:00 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Bernalillo. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. also at the Church. Interment will follow at the Sile Community Cemetery in Sile, NM. Casket bearers will be Donald Rivera, Ronald Rivera, Benjamin Rivera, Jr., Steven Duran, Tim Lucero, Tim Paez. Honorary bearers will be Larry Torrez, Anthony Bustamante, and Efren Garcia. Funeral services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 4th St NW 898-3160
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SANCHEZ -- Sally S., 80, a resident of Belen, was called home by the Lord on Friday, August 11, 2006. She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Alex G. Sanchez, who passed away on May 3, 2006, her parents, Jose De La Cruz Salaz and Maria Hinia Salaz, and her brother, Doroteo Salaz. Sally is survived by her children, Beatrice (Bea) Sanchez and husband, Bob Reis, Linda Raether and husband, Fred, Danny Sanchez and wife, Tracy Love; her beloved grandsons, Jesse Raether and Ryan Raether; sister, Vina Sanchez; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to a devoted love and commitment for her family, Sally enjoyed spending time with friends who were part of her extended family. She will be missed by all those who loved and knew her. The family wishes to extend gratitude to all members of Vista Care Hospice, especially Sandra Ault and Dorothy McMillen, for the compassionate care given to Sally. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations in her name be made to the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 for donation instructions. A viewing and visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 6:00 p.m., at Romero Funeral Home. A final visitation will take place at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 16, at 8:30 a.m. with the Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be held at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Fred Jesse, and Ryan Raether, Jerome Barreras, Robert Aragon, and Tom Sanchez. Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St. Belen www.romerofuneralhomenm.com
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SCOTT -- Russell C. Scott, 97, died peacefully from old age on August 12, 2006. A long time resident of Albuquerque, he moved here in 1946 from Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife and family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Imogene Jackson Scott; his parents, Aurther and Rose Scott; and two sisters, Marie and Ruth. He is survived by his daughter, Anne Scott Leder and husband, John, of Seattle, WA; son, Robert Collins Scott and wife, Helen, of Dallas, TX; surrogate daughter, Patricia Cazier Renken of Albuquerque and her family; grandchildren, David Leder, Beth Leder Peterson and husband, Brian, Kathleen Scott Alfuth and husband, Eric; and many, many friends. He dearly loved and was dearly loved by his family. Russell was born May 11, 1909, in Moberly, MO, and graduated from high school in Paducah, KY, in 1928. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1933 with a BSCE. He worked first as a County Engineer for the CCC, moved to the National Park Service, and then , finally, the US Army Corps of Engineers, retiring in late 1966. He was one of the first Registered Professional Engineers in New Mexico. Russell was an accomplished outdoorsman: a hunter, fisherman and horseman of note. He greatly appreciated the outdoors and considered it a sanctuary. The family is told he is the last surviving Charter Member of St. John's Methodist Church in Albuquerque. There will be a short public celebration of life at Inez Park, Cutler and Virginia at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2006. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the General Scholarship Fund at the University of Kentucky, 400 Rose Street, King Alumni House, Lexington, KY 40506-0119 or Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria Rd. NE, 87107. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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STROTHER -- Michael "Muddbone" Leroy Strother Sr., 57, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at his home. He is survived by son, Michael J. Strother Jr.; his wife, Shawnae and son; brother, Bill "Billy" Strother and wife, Diane; sister, Josephine Randles; and many other cousins, nieces and nephews, and many, many friends. Mr. Strother was preceded in death by his mother, Emily Marie Randles-Strother; and brother, Richard Allen Strother. He was born in Albuquerque on June 18, 1949 to the union of Guy Randles and Emily Marie Randles-Strother. Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 11:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. Family and Friends may visit French Mortuary on Monday, August 14, 2006 for viewing from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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