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JONES -- Roy Lee "Pinky" Jones, 84, passed away on Monday, February 7, 2005. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Charline Jones; two children, Janet Sterba of Keswick, VA and Michael Jones of Albuquerque; their spouses, Jeff Sterba and Mary Pat Jones; and five grandchildren, Katy Sterba, Dane Sterba, Brent Jones, Seth Jones, and Megan Hardin. Roy was born in Corsicana, TX on November 14, 1920. He was raised in Pampa, TX and graduated from West Texas State College in Canyon, TX. A WWII Air Force veteran, Roy served in England as a bombardier and flew 31 missions over Germany and France. When he returned from the war he began a career as a coach and educator in Canyon, TX. He later moved to Clovis and then Lovington where he served as high school principal and coach. He left public education while in Lovington to become a banker. He served as the mayor of Lovington and was involved in other civic matters including chairing the Lovington United Fund campaign. He and Charline moved to Ruidoso in 1973 and purchased the High Country Agency, which he operated for many years. He served as Mayor of Ruidoso and Chairman of the Democratic Party of Lincoln County. He was very active in civic, community and church affairs throughout his life, including Chairman of the Ruidoso Hospital Board and served on the board of Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Pinky loved the horses and owned a number of winners in Ruidoso. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, located at 4601 Juan Tabo NE, at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 10, 2005. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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LOBIONDO -- Joseph J. LoBiondo, age 92, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2005, in Albuquerque, NM. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary LoBiondo; son, Joseph A. LoBiondo and spouse, Amy; and one granddaughter, Rachel Mary. A viewing and visitation will be held in the Chapel of Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW, on Thursday, February 10, 2005 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas NE., on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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LUJAN -- Richard Sammy Lujan was born August 18, 1963 and died Saturday, February 5, 2005. Richard Lujan was a native New Mexican for 41 years, having been born and raised in Albuquerque. He is survived by his wife, Alma Lujan; his mother, June Lujan; his four children, Robert Blea and wife, Tiffany, Marie Yazzie and husband, Floyd; Richard Blea and wife, Crystal, and Yvonne Lujan; five brothers and sisters, Ruben Lujan, Andrew Lujan, Carla Lujan, Leonard Lujan, and Kristy Lujan; nine grandchildren, Robert Jr., Angel, Damien, Gabrielle, Alexandria, Shantel, Sabrina, Seannah, and Romeo; numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved and will miss him very much. Services will be held at St Anne Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal Rd. SW with a Rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2005. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 11, 2005. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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MELILLO -- Virginia Lee Fisher. Memorial Services for Ms. Virginia Lee Fisher Melillo, age 79, were held at St. John's Catholic Church in Butler, Alabama on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. Ms. Melillo, a native of Albuquerque, NM passed away in a Meridian, MS hospital on January 27, 2005. Ms. Melillo is survived by son, Ted Melillo (Brenda) of Butler, AL; brother, Perry Fisher (Jean) of Grants, NM; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler, Alabama was in charge of arrangements.
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NASER -- Ella May Naser, 99 died on Saturday, February 5, 2005. Ella May was born in Marion County, OH, to Clarence McMillan and Jenney (Beatty) McMillan on August 23, 1905. She was raised in Indianapolis, IN and married George J. Naser of Kewanee, WI on September 12, 1928. She lived on the Naser farm where she raised her three children until 1956 when she and George moved to Green Bay briefly and then to Albuquerque in 1958. She raised four of her seven grandchildren after the death of her middle daughter in 1964. She cared for many north valley neighborhood children during her many years here. Ella May moved to Tempe, AZ in 1976 after the death of George until 1987 when she returned to Albuquerque. Ella May was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church where a memorial service will be held on Friday, February 11, 2005 after a brief graveside service at Sandia Memory Gardens where she will be laid to rest with her husband George and her daughter Patricia Maez. Ella May was a loving grandmother to seven, mother of three, great grandmother of eleven, and great-great grandmother of two. She was a published poet and songwriter, jewelry maker, craftswoman, quilt maker, Sunday school teacher, church worker and a believer in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. She will be grievously missed by those who love and survive her and who will remember her with affection always. Viewing - French Mortuary - 7121 Wyoming NE -10:00 a.m. Graveside - Sandia Memory Gardens - immediately following the viewing Memorial Service - Redeemer Lutheran Church 210 Alvarado SE -12:00 noon Reception - Redeemer Lutheran Church -following the service
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PEARCE -- Judy Karen Pearce, 63, died on Tuesday, February 8, 2005. She is survived by her mother, Isadora Maria Barnett of Madill, OK; children, Michelle Pearce of Edgewood, Kevin Pearce and wife, Rita of Albuquerque, Tracey Keel of Edgewood, and Jason Pearce and wife, Tammi of Tijeras; grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Charles, Justin, and Joseph Pearce, Pamela Tapscott, Gene, Shannon, and Ronnie Keel; great-grandson, Eris Lawson; brothers, Robert Barnett of Spirit Lake, ID, Dan Barnett of Los Lunas, and Charles Boyce of Bernalillo; sisters, Carol Dunn of Madill, OK and Sharon Keplar of Reno, NV. She is preceded in death by her father, Jack S. Boyce; step-father, Charles Barnett; and sister, Diana Barnett. Services will be held Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, with Rev. Jim Cunningham officiating. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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PEELE -- Shirley L. Peele, 68, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away Saturday, February 5, 2005 at her home. She is survived by her husband, Tex LaVerne Peele; son, Will Grimmer and wife, Brenda; daughter, Renee LaVerne Peele, all of Albuquerque, NM; sister, Brenda Jefferson and husband, Bobby of Chesapeake, VA; brother-in-law, Fred Hartlove of Portsmouth, VA; and grandchildren, Adrienne Hurd and husband, Joe, Rachelle Grimmer, Alexis Peele, Ivana Peele, Elijah Spring, Caitlyn Hurd and Kyle Hurd. Shirley had worked at WalMart on Carlisle for the past 17 years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She enjoyed spending time doing macram, crocheting, needlepoint, and preparing large meals for friends or family. She got great pleasure in giving her crafts away to others. Shirley was a very kind, considerate, generous, and giving person. She always put others' needs in front of her own. She loved her work, her family and friends and will be missed by all who knew her. Services will be held Friday, February 11, 2005, 10:00 a.m., at Temple Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. Friends may visit Thursday, February 10, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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RAMIREZ -- Paul Anthony Ramirez, 48, passed away suddenly on February 7, 2005. A Rosary will be recited Friday February 11, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the Salazar & Sons Mortuary. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday February 12, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. at the Holy Family catholic church as well. Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW 247-4124
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SANDOVAL -- Virginio Sandoval, a resident of Cuba, NM passed away Wednesday in a local hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date. Funeral services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street NW
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STEVENS -- Nan M. Stevens February 10, 1908 - July 28, 2002 Happy Birthday! We thank you for the gifts of life... our roots and our wings. We love you and wish you were here. Your beloved and grateful family.
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