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SCALES -- Alvin E. "Gene" Scales, 79, a resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, December 28, 2004. He is survived by his wife Rosetta "Rosy" Scales of Albuquerque; sons, Michael A. Scales and Edwin A. Scales and wife, Karen, all of Rio Rancho, NM; daughter, CMSgt. Rosetta "Jeannie" McLean of Washington, DC; granddaughter, Elissa Scales and grandson, Alex Scales, both of Rio Rancho, NM; grandson, Vincent McLean of Lubbock, TX and sisters, Marie Dockery of Dallas, TX and Amiee Brown of Wichita Falls, TX and seven sisters-in-law. Mr. Scales was a member of Lodge #68 AF & AM, Chapman Lodge #2 AF & AM, Santa Fe Lodge of Perfection (Scottish Rite), Ballut Abyad Temple and Royal Order of the Jesters. Burial has taken place at Santa Fe National Cemetery and a memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 4, 2004, 2:00 p.m., at the Ballut Abyad Shrine Temple, 6600 Zuni Road SE. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners, Children's Transportation Fund, PO Box 8410, Albuquerque, NM 87198. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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SCHULTZ -- Christena D. "Chris" Schultz, 82, passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2004. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Ann Schultz of Albuquerque and Kathy Goldman and husband, Joe of Whittier, CA; granddaughters, Amy and Beth; sister, Loaine Perry and husband, D.J. of Winfield KS; and brothers, George D. Haines of Winfield, KS and Donald R. Haines and wife, Dorma Lee of Cripple Creek, CO. Chris was preceded in death by her husband, Albert F. Schultz in 1992. She was a longtime member of Netherwood Park Church of Christ. Services will be held on Wedneday, 10:30 a.m., at Netherwood Park Church of Christ, 5101 Indian School NE, with Bill Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be Danny Allen, Sam Martin, Marlin Aker, Phillip Chapel, Wayne Rorie and Larry Cochran. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel on Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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SORTOR -- Mrs. Ida Bell Sortor died in Albuquerque on Sunday, December 19, 2004. Mrs. Sortor was born on May 27, 1910 to Everett and Fannie (Stephens) Tedder. In 1942, she married Jacob L. Sortor in Anchorage, Alaska. The couple moved to Albuquerque in 1961, where he died in 1976. Eight of her brothers and sisters died earlier. She is survived by her daughter, Juanita Schikore; sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Clarence Crawford, of Belgrade, Missouri; and many other relatives who loved her dearly. Mrs. Sortor's remains will be buried in Belgrade after January 3.
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TAYLOR -- Barbara Ellen Taylor, a resident of Canon, near Jemez Pueblo, passed away on December 25, 2004 with her loving family at her side. Born on October 6, 1943, Barbara loved to brighten the lives of those around her and taught us all to embrace life. She is survived by her husband, Sidney E. Taylor, Sr. of Canon, NM and her stepchildren, Laura Taylor and her companion, Fred Fiedler of Hico, TX, Sidney E. Taylor, Jr. and his wife, Karen Taylor, Richard Taylor and John Pacheco, all of Jemez Springs, NM. She is also survived by a daughter, Rachel Fonda of Ardmore, OK. Arrangements are under the direction of Strong-Thorne Mortuary. A celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date.
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VANDERSYS -- Ethel A. Payne Vandersys died Thursday, December 16, 2004 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the age of 90. She was born in Shelby, Michigan on September 14, 1914, to Orin and Mabel Payne. She and her husband, James Vandersys, and her brother Sherman Payne and his wife Emille, moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in February, 1942, to establish Santa Fe Nursery and Greenhouses. She worked side by side with her husband and continued to be involved in the business. They built a home, raised four children and supported them in their activities, were involved in the community, and especially loved having large family gatherings. Ethel is survived by her children; Sharon Mason of Albuquerque, NM; Richard Vandersys and wife, Patricia of Rio Rancho, NM; and Pam Adams and husband, Jay of Silver City, NM. She is fondly remembered as "Opoe" by twelve grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, James Vandersys in 1998, and by her son, James C. "Butch" in 1988. Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Cemetery Preservation Association, P.O. Box 5958, Santa Fe, NM 87502. A memorial celebration of her life will be held Wednesday, January 5, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., at Christ United Methodist Church, 6200 Gibson Blvd. SE in Albuquerque, NM. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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WOOD -- Hazel Luetta Wood, 90, died Wednesday, December 29, 2004 in a Galveston hospital following a brief illness. Hazel was born on January 31, 1914 in Capulin, NM to Jared and Lecta Toothman. She married James Wood December 24, 1931, and they had two daughters, Betty and Shirley. Hazel served the Lord and served as a role model for her family, living her life according to Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Hazel and James were long-time residents of Raton, NM, and Los Lunas, NM. Hazel recently moved to Kingwood, Texas to reside with her daughter. She was preceded in death by her husband James; a grandson, Doug Hord of Kingwood, TX; and a granddaughter, Kassi Crites of Midland, TX. She is survived by her daughters, Shirley Marsh and her husband Vernon of Sandia Park, NM, and Betty Hord and her husband Bobby of Kingwood, TX; four grandchildren, Kay Crites of Midland, TX; Dale Marsh of Albuquerque, NM; Greg Hord of Kingwood, TX, and Jim Marsh of Denver, CO; and seven great-grandchildren, Sean Crites of Midland, TX, Tim and Codi Hord of Kingwood, TX, and Emerson, Rachel, Shannon, and Adam Marsh of Denver, CO. Services will be held Monday, January 3, 2005 at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque, NM, at 10:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Fairmont Cemetery in Raton, NM. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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WRENN -- Daniel C. Wrenn, formerly of Albuquerque, passed away from emphysema on December 11, 2004, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was laid to rest in Arkansas' Sate Veterans Cemetery on December 15, 2004 with a Navy Honor Guard in attendance. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, a member of the VFW Post 401 and a member of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society. He was retired from A.T.&T. and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He is survived by his his wife of 56 years, Helen; a daughter, Donna of Albuquerque; a son, Jack of Little Rock; a daughter, Sheila and her husband, Dr. John Doyle, of St. Helena, CA and two grandsons, Michael Wrenn and Wayne Doyle.
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BAMFORTH -- ELIZABETH A. VALLEJOS BAMFORTH of Albuquerque and formerly of Hatch, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 42, December 29, 2004 in Hatch. She was born October 28, 1962 in Las Cruces to Primitivo Sr. and Ramona Padilla Vallejos. Liz will always be remembered for her kindness, generosity and strong loving spirit, always putting others before herself. She was a precious gift from God and she will never be forgotten, always holding a place in our hearts. She is survived by her three sons, John Bamforth III, of Clovis and Scott Bamforth and Bryan T. Faifer both of Albuquerque; her parents; two brothers, Primitivo Vallejos, Jr. and wife Jo Beth of Las Cruces and Edward Vallejos and wife Mary of Albuquerque; three sisters, Zenaida Chavez and companion Nelson West of Las Cruces, Rose Lytle and husband Faron of Rincon, Gina Fields and husband Darnell of Hatch; paternal grandmother, Maria Vallejos also of Hatch. Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and one special God Child, Savannah Ramona Apodaca. Her husband, John Bamforth, one sister, Mary Elizabeth Vallejos, grandmother, Maria Inez and grandfathers, Alejandro Vallejos and Cornelio Padilla, preceded her in death. Visitation for Elizabeth will begin at 6 PM Sunday, January 2, 2005 in Our Lord of Mercy Catholic Church, 117 Hartman in Hatch, where the Prayer Vigil is scheduled to begin at 7 PM. Family and friends will join together to Celebrate the Funeral Liturgy at10 AM Monday, January 3, 2005 in the same church with the Reverend Franklin Eichhorst, Celebrant. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow in the Rincon Cemetery where she will be laid to rest in the family plot. Serving as casket bearers will be Edward, Jordan and Primitivo Vallejos, Jr., Faron Lytle and Derrick and Darnell Fields. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces. 527-2222
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BRYANT -- The family of Lois M. Bryant wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all family and friends for their support and kind expressions of sympathy received during our time of loss. Thank you so much. Arrangements under the direction of: STRONG-THORNE MORTUARY 1100 Coal Ave. SE 842-8800
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EIFERT -- Dorothy M. Eifert. Memorial services are pending for Dorothy M. Eifert, 88, formerly of Norfolk, NE. She died on December 24, 2004 in Albuquerque, NM where she was living near her daughter, Marilyn Eifert. She was born on May 12, 1916 to Jesse and Beatrice Barlow in Kearney, NE. She attended school in Kearney and graduated from Kearney High School in May of 1934. On August 4, 1936, she married Howard Eifert in Holdrege, NE. They lived in Wausa, NE for 35 years, then lived in Kerrville, TX until 1991 when she came to Norfolk, NE. Survivors include seven sons and three daughters: William and Melba of Bauldwin, MS, Robert and Mary of Kingsland, TX, Don of Mansfield, TX, Charles and Cathy of Tullahoma, TN, James and Kathy of Ponca, NE, Eldon, and Michael of Kerrville, TX, and daughters, Betty Graziano of Horseshoe Bay, TX, Marilyn Eifert of Albuquerque, NM, and Carolyn and Doug Nolze of Stanton, NE; twenty-six grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and three sisters. Memorials can be sent to Zia Hospice, 4141 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or your local chapter of the Alzheimers Association.
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