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CRUZ -- Paul J. Cruz, age 77, a resident of Los Lunas, and a former resident of Albuquerque, passed away on July 8, 2005. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Hilda; two sons, Paul J. Cruz Jr. and wife, Veronica, Donald R. Cruz and wife, Lori; two daughters, Sabrina Kawcak and husband, Douglas and Merlinda Acevedo and husband, Arturo; sister, Ada Kozlowski; grandchildren, Dominic, Paul, Alix, Chris, Donald, and Taylor; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he devoted his life to. He was a Korean War Veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart. Mr. Cruz was Secretary of the Department of Labor under the David Cargo Administration. He was also Director of Human Rights and Personnel Departments for the City of Albuquerque, as well as a private business owner. After retiring from the City, Paul was a consultant for Human Rights Issues. He was a true champion of Civil Rights, but enjoyed being with his family the most. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 11, 2005 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. inside Palm Chapel at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, with a Prayer Service following at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 10:00 a.m, with a procession leaving Strong-Thorne Mortuary at 8:30 a.m. Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Ave. SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 (505) 842-8800
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DE ROSE -- Shirlee F. Shirlee Faye De Rose April 25, 1932 - July 11, 2003 With so many loving memories of you, our grief and longing for you are for the rest of our lives. From friends, students, and family including husband Roland, daughter Beth Hanley, grandsons Corey and Chase Hanley who miss you Nana more than anyone can imagine, and sons Michael Bowen and Tim Bowen.
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ESQUIBEL -- Juan De Los Reyes Esquibel, 93, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2005, surrounded by his loving family. Juan was born Sunday, December 17, 1911 in Alamosa, CO to Felicito and Adela Esquibel. He married Felipita Leonardita Sanchez (deceased 1977) in 1930. They resided in Velarde, NM where their union gave birth to seven sons and four daughters; John Richard (deceased), Charlie (Ruby), Ella (Phillip), Jimmy (Mary Helen), Rev. John Leroy, Barbara (Robert), Rosalie (Fred), Clarence, Walter (Rose Marie), Eddie (Vicki) and Marilyn (Manuel). In addition to his own sons and daughters, Juan and Felipita raised as their son, Victor Paiz (Amelia, deceased). He was preceded in death by his only beloved sister, Elvira Suazo of Alamosa, CO in 2005. He is also survived by nine half brothers and sisters. Juan was blessed to have 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-granddaughters. He married Lillie Wildenstein in 1978 (deceased 1997). He loved his life working in his orchards while maintaining a full time job as a heavy equipment operator for Lowdermilk. He enjoyed his involvement in politics and was a social advocate, fighting for a better standard of living for people throughout New Mexico. During his life, Juan expressed his gratitude to God for the blessing of family and his many friends throughout New Mexico and Colorado. Rosaries will be recited Saturday, July 9, 2005, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE and Sunday, July 10, 2005, 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Catholic Community. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Risen Savior Catholic Community Monday, July 11, 2005, 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Mausoleum. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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FERGUSON -- Marian Eller Ferguson, a member of a pioneer New Mexico family, born Monday, March 30, 1908, died on Thursday, July 7, 2005. She was the daughter of Dr. Charles A. Eller and his wife, Alice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Ferguson of Wayne, WV; brother, Dr. Howe Eller; and sister, Barbara Graham. Mrs. Ferguson is survived by six nieces and nephews; Dr. Warren K. Graham, Betty G. McCracken, Patricia H. Bevelo, Mary J. Reznicek, Joe Ferguson Jr., and Alan Ferguson. Marian was born and grew up in Albuquerque. She attended Albuquerque High School and was a graduate of UNM, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity and mortarbroad. She played in the University Orchestra and later played with the Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra. Marian and her husband, Wallace, moved to West Virginia after their marriage but returned to Albuquerque to teach school in the Albuquerque Public School system. Wallace taught at Jefferson Junior High and Highland High School. Marian was Vice Principal and Principal at Valley High School. Marian and Wallace were members of Central United Methodist Church. Marian had many friends and stayed active playing bridge, reading and going to lunch, until the last year of her life. She will be missed by all who knew her. Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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FINLEY -- Ruth Hopkins Finley, 80, an Albuquerque resident since 1980, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2005 surrounded by her adoring family. Mrs. Finley was a native of Oklahoma from a pioneer family. She was proud of her Irish and Choctaw heritage. She is survived by a son, George Waddy and wife, Cheryl of Rio Rancho, NM; daughter, Leslie Cork and husband Chris of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Alison Waddy, Michael Waddy, Ryan Cork, Patrick Cork, Sean Cork and Kelly Cork, who were the light of her life; dear sister, Holly Savage and husband Jim; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Waddy, a well-known aerospace engineer and by her husband, John Finley, an engineer and a member of the Piankashaw Indian Tribe; and brothers, Jack Hopkins and Freeny Hopkins. Besides being a wife and mother, Ruth was a self-made businesswoman and an amateur interior decorator. Ruth was famous for her sense of humor and her selflessness. Her love illuminated her family and friends lives. Funeral Services will be held, Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE. A reception will follow the service. Friends may visit at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd NE, Tuesday, July 12, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 275-3500
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FLORENCE -- Leona Florence, 87, a five-year resident of Albuquerque, died Thursday, July 7, 2005. She is survived by a daughter, Charlene Henderson and husband, Bob of Albuquerque; son, Ted C. Florence and wife, Kathy of Richmond, KY; grandchildren, Jim Henderson and Elaine Albert of San Diego, CA, Margaret Turner, Robert Henderson Jr. and wife, Andrea, all of Albuquerque, Mike Henderson and Jennifer Paskvan of Los Lunas, NM, Phillip Paul Florence of Richmond, KY; and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Florence was a member of the United Methodist Church in Paris, KY and an associate member of Los Altos Christian Church in Albuquerque. She was a 50 plus member of Rose Rebekah Lodge in Paris, KY. Funeral arrangements are pending with Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home in Paris, KY. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at Los Altos Christian Church in Albuquerque. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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GARCIA -- Harry James Garcia died unexpectedly July 6, 2005. He is survived by his mother, Annie Garcia. He was preceded in death by his father, Toby Garcia and brother, Julian Garcia. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Sheilah Garcia and several nephews and a niece. His nephews include Toby and wife Ellie of Albuquerque and their two sons; Garrett and his wife Allison of Raleigh/Durham, NC and their three daughters; Edward and Carlos of Albuquerque and their sister, Pilar of Dallas, TX. Many other relatives including his uncle, Pete Garcia; his aunt, Lizzie Herrera and her husband Juan; his aunt, Emily Nuanes; Joseph Nuanes and his wife Margie; his many cousins and loving friends were among Harry's favorite persons. Harry was born in Albuquerque and graduated from Valley High School in 1962; he attended UNM, and served active duty in the U.S. Army Reserves. Harry spent his life in the automobile business with his father and brother initially at Toby's Truck City and later became the first new car dealer exclusively for Honda. It was known at Harry's Honda in Albuquerque. He was appointed by Gov. Toney Anaya to serve on the New Mexico Racing Commission and served the new and used car dealers' associations for many years. The family wishes to extend its gratitude to the surgical staff and physicians at Heart Hospital of New Mexico. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 7 p.m. at French Mortuary located at 1111 University Blvd. NE. Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 11, 2005 at 10 a.m., at San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town. Arrangements are being made by French Mortuary in Albuquerque.
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GARCIA -- SHIRLEY ANN. The family of Mrs. Shirley Ann Garcia would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Deacon Manuel Montoya for officiating the Funeral Service. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW
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GEAR -- Walker R. Gear September 23, 1990 - July 10, 2003 Walker Dog Deer, We wish you were here. We miss you Mr. Bun. Love, Mom, Dad, Jon and Matt, Andrew, Andrea
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GRAHAM -- Carmen E. Graham, 80, of Albuquerque, died, Saturday, July 9, 2005. She was born December 14, 1924, in Colorado City, TX, a daughter of Ezekiel and Margie Jewel Cooper Wimberley. She is survived by two sons, Jerry Hauk, Albuquerque, Freddie Ferrell, Levelland, TX; and a dear friend, Celina Gonzales. Services will be conducted Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at 9:00 a.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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