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COOPER -- Vera C. Cooper, 74, passed away peacefully on May Sunday 7, 2006 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born on July 20, 1931 to Thomas and Mary (Harrell) Smith in Mankins, TX. Vera was a loving wife and mother to her three children and her two grandchildren, her love will never die, but she will always be remembered for her open and loving arms. Her greatest joys in life were her granddaughters. Vera is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Robert; her children, Randy Cooper and wife, Sheryl of Bloomfield, NM and Robert Lee Cooper of San Diego, CA; two granddaughters; Randi Cooper of Farmington, NM and Korrie Cooper of Las Cruces, NM; her brother, Alvin W. Smith and wife, Sandy of North Richland Hills, TX; sisters, Louise Green of Wichita Falls, TX and Clytia Lackey of Schaumburg, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Vera was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon A. Gonzales. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2006, 10:30 a.m. at Bernalillo United Methodist Church with Rev. Ron Komatz officiating. Inurnment will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM at a later date. The family requests that you please send no flowers; in lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to your favorite church of charity. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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DAVIDSON -- Sue Catherine Williams Davidson, born April 12, 1912, in Carlsbad, NM, died in Albuquerque, NM, May 12, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 68 years, Roy Wilson Davidson; her parents, George and Josie Williams; brother, Mike Williams; and sister, Martha Atkinson. Her sister, Josephine McCoy of Las Cruces; children, Dorothy Sue Groth and husband, Eddie of Las Cruces, Mary Louise Overpeck of Santa Fe, John Philip Davidson of Raton, and Judy Carol Jones and husband, Larry of Tijeras, NM, survive her. Sue Catherine is also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Patty Ann Groth of Lake Havasu, AZ; David Edward Groth and wife, Lori of Albuquerque; Valerie Sue Pickett and husband, Mark of Las Cruces; Charles Davidson Overpeck of Herndon, VA; George Gentry Overpeck of Homer, AK; Dorothy Sue Sirrine and husband, Rob of Santa Cruz, CA; Joshua Quinn Davidson and Paige Anne Davidson of Denver, CO. Sue Catherine also has four beautiful great-grandchildren: Lauren and Connor Groth, and Wyatt and Whelan Sirrine. Sue Catherine was proud of the fact that she was born on the same day that New Mexico became a state. She was the fourth and youngest child of George Michael and Josephine Witt Williams: her father a rancher and her mother a teacher in Eddy County. Her parents had lived in the area since early 1890. Many happy times were spent fishing and picnicking on the Pecos River at the foot of Dagger Draw and around Lake McMillan. Frequent horseback treks were taken to Lakewood across McMillan Dam for refreshments, chewing gum, and soda pop. Sue Catherine graduated from Carlsbad High in 1929 during the Depression and was President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. She then attended National Business College in Abilene, TX. On her return from Texas, she became a legal secretary for Caswell S. Neal, attorney, who later became Judge of the 5th Judicial District. In 1934 she took a year's leave to work in Santa Fe for the Superintendent of Public Instruction, who was her cousin, Georgia Lusk. On February 21, 1937, Sue and Roy were married in the First Methodist Church in Carlsbad. They eventually moved to Albuquerque where Roy worked for the Internal Revenue Service. On January 1, 1945, just as World War II was winding down, they moved to Raton. Sue was a member of the First Methodist Church where she sang in the choir, and taught Sunday school. She was active in PEO, Hesperian, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Rainbow, and all school events in which her children participated. In 1971, Roy and Sue moved to Santa Fe while he served four years as Banking Commissioner under the Bruce King administration. Sue was involved in many social activities at the Governor's mansion with Alice King. The next 12 years were spent back in Albuquerque after which they returned to Raton when Roy retired. In 2002, Sue and Roy returned to Albuquerque to live in a retirement community. Sue Catherine's interests have been painting, gardening, sewing, and singing. Her paintings have won recognition as well as being featured recently in a one-woman show. She was always proud of her family, and was willing to tell anyone their exploits and achievements. She will be fondly remembered for the roles she so willingly and gracefully filled as homemaker, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Viewing will be held in Raton at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home on Friday, May 19, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Funeral will be held in Albuquerque on Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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HARTLEY -- James A. Hartley, 89, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, May 16, 2006, in Albuquerque, NM. He is survived by his son, Douglas Hartley, and wife, Cynde; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Hartley. James was born January 27, 1917, in York, PA, to James A. and Sarah Douglas Hartley. He had a passion for planes which allowed him to make a career working for the United States Air Force. He was an air craft inspector for "Air Force One" from 1968 to 1980. After retirement James remained active in aviation as a docent for the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. In 1981, James and his wife moved to Albuquerque where he became a docent at the New Mexico Natural History Museum. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, May 21, 2006, at 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, with Reverend Roland McGregor officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87104. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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HOOTON -- Jacque W. Hooton, 78, lost the battle with breast cancer February 21, 2006, Jacque attended Southern Baptist College in Pocahontas, AR, during which time she met and married Hillman Hooton. In early 1953, they moved to New Mexico. Jacque attended the College of St. Joseph, and the University of New Mexico, earning Bachelor's, Master's, and Educational Specialist Degrees. She worked in the Albuquerque Public Schools for 31 years as a teacher, counselor, administrative coordinator, and principal, retiring in 1991. Since then, she remained active in breeding, raising, and racing horses, her lifelong passion. She was a member of Blake Road Baptist Church since 1955, living in the South Valley for over 50 years. Contributions in her memory may be made to: Cowboys for Cancer Research, P.O. Box 202, Dona Ana, NM 88032 (benefiting breast cancer research at UNM). The Memorial Service will be Saturday, May 20, 2006, 11:00 a.m., in the Youth Hall, on the Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Enter Gate 6 on San Pedro near Lomas.
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KEOUGH -- George E. Keough passed away at his daughter's home in Denver, CO, May 12, 2006. A longtime resident of the East Mountains, he had a distinguished career with Prudential Life Insurance Company. He is survived by his son, Daniel Keough of Corrales; and his daughter, Maureen Ames Pline of Westminster, CO. He also leaves behind six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. His wit, wisdom and love will be missed by all who new him. He will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Marilynn at the family cemetery.
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LOPEZ -- Fred C. Lopez Born: July 7, 1944 Died May 17, 2006 Age 61. Hometown Albuquerque, NM. Wife Frances Lopez at his bedside. He was a wonderful Dad to his three children, David Lopez, wife Alma Lopez; Frank Lopez with Michelle Zamora; daughter Veronica Lopez with Saul Barraza. He was loved very much by his four granddaughters, Geneva Lopez, Stephanie Vigil, Valentina Lopez, Jessica Lopez; and grandson, Francisco Lopez. We love you Dad/Grandpa, we will miss you very much! Services pending.
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MILLER -- Kathleen Miller, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away May 17, 2006. She was born to George and Hattie Pittman September 25, 1917 in Mendenhall, MS. Kathleen is survived by her loving husband, R.A. Miller; brother-in-law, Craig Andrews; and numerous nieces and nephews. Kathleen was a member of the Del Norte Baptist Church. A visitation will be held for Kathleen Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors. A Graveside Service will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Sandia Memory Gardens. Services are under the care and direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE. 505-884-1188
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OLIVARES -- Robert Miguel Olivares, 61, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at his home in Bernalillo, NM. He was born May 30, 1944 in Martineztown. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lydia Pacheco and three brothers, Frank, Manuel, and Tony. He is survived by his wife, Emily; daughter, Yvette Marie Trujillo and husband, Frank; stepchildren, Tanya and husband, Robert Gutierrez and James Atencio; sister, Sandra Gutierrez and husband, Michael; brothers, Larry Pacheco and wife, Liz and Victor Pacheco and wife, Shelley of Olympia, WA; grandchildren, Valentin II, Frank Jr., Andres, Rebecca, and Vicente Trujillo, Isaiah, Amanda, Champagne and Mya; one great-grandson, Valentin III; and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held Saturday morning, May 20, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Alameda Mortuary with his cousin, Deacon Joe Santana, officiating. Visitation for the family will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow Services at Sunset Memorial Park where he will be laid to rest beside his mother and brothers. Pallbearers will be Valentin II and Frank Trujillo Jr., Anthony and Larry Pacheco Jr., Michael Gutierrez Jr., and Damian Garcia. Honorary Pallbearer will be James Atencio.
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PAULSEN -- John W. Paulsen, Master Sgt. (USAF Ret.), 87, died Saturday, May 13, 2006 at his home. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Verla Paulsen of the family home; son, Eugene Paulsen and wife, Nikki of Minot, ND; daughter, Joan Shirley and husband, Wayne of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren, Kirsten, Emily, Karen, Jennifer, John, and Amanda; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Paulsen was preceded in death by his grandson, Kevin Shirley and his two sisters. He served twenty years in the United States Air Force and worked for twenty years for the United States Post Office. Mr. Paulsen never met a stranger and was known for his humor and love of people. Services will be held Saturday, May 20, 2006, 1:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Friends may visit Friday, May 19, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Cremation will follow the Service and private ennichement will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery with full military honors. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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SANTILLANES -- Eloy Pete Santillanes July 17, 1948 - May 19, 2005 In the rising of the sun, And in its going down, We remember him. In the blowing of the wind And in the chill of Winter, We remember him. In the opening of the buds And in the rebirth of Spring, We remember him. In the blueness of the sky And in the warmth of Summer, We remember him. In the rustling of the leaves And in the beauty of Autumn, We remember him. In the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember him. When we are weary And in need of strength, We remember him. When we are lost And sick at heart, We remember him. When we have joys we yearn to share, We remember him. So long as we live, he too shall live. For he is now a part of us, As we remember him. Your Loving Family, Julia, Eric Sarah, Elonzo, Marcus and Diego
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