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PURCHASE -- Wayne Purchase, 82, a resident of Albuquerque since 1998, died on Friday, November 12, 2004, after a long illness which he handled with great courage and dignity. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Putnam of Albuquerque; son, Gary Purchase of Boulder, CO; grandson, Jonathan Purchase of Albuquerque; former wife, Dorothy Purchase of Albuquerque. Wayne lived most of his life in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he had his own business, W.L. Purchase Co. Wayne was proud to serve his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He loved classical music, travel and most of all his family. Funeral services will be held in Holland, Michigan. A special thanks to staff at Laurel Canyon for their kind, compassionate care. French Mortuary, Inc. 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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ROBERTSON -- Marjorie Jane Robertson died suddenly on November 9, 2004. Born in Topeka, Kansas, January 4, 1913 the daughter of Roy Hendrickson and Pearl Salina Craig, she grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She often traveled with her aunt and uncle who fostered her love for traveling. In 1940 she married Gilbert A. Gehrke who preceded her in death. From their marriage were born two sons, Gerald and Alan. Later in life, she and Gilbert moved to Albuquerque in 1967. Following his death, Marjorie married Vernon Robertson on November 9, 1984. Much of their twenty years together were spent traveling, especially in the West which both loved so dearly. In addition, Marjorie took an active part in her final years playing cards with her lady friends and playing Bingo. Confronting life with an incredible zest and enthusiasm, she was especially proud of her grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Marjorie is survived by her husband, Vernon Robertson, a brother Roy Hendrickson of Tucson, Arizona, a son Gerald Gehrke and his wife Elizabeth of Hamilton, New Zealand, a son Alan Gehrke and his wife Marcia of Hampton, New Hampshire, and grandchildren Anna Gehrke of Newton Hall, England, Joe Gehrke of Croydon, England, Jill and Ken Dumas of Plainfield, Massachusetts and their children, Cole and Spencer, grandson Kevin of Nashua New Hampshire, and a stepson Bill Robertson of Albuquerque. Cremation has taken place. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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SAAVEDRA -- Lorraine. The family of Lorraine Dolores Francia-Saavedra would like give a special thanks to the staff at Manzano del Sol for all of their prayers and support during their time of need. A special thanks to Smiths Food Stores and Wal Mart for their donations and support, and to the staff of Direct Funeral Services for their efforts. Thank you to the staff of Zia Hospice, Katy Yankie and Jo Lee Jameson for all of their and concern for Lorraine. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008
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SALAS -- Albert Salas, 95, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday. A Rosary will be recited on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. also at the church. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Funeral Services are entrusted to: Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth Street, NW 898-3160
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SERNA -- RICHARD----The familly of Mr. Richard Serna Sr. 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 Father Daniel Balizan, St. Anne Catholic Church, presider of the Mass, to Deacon Tibo Chavez, to Gabriella Nieto for reciting the Rosary, to the doctors and staff in I.C.U. at Lovelace Medical Center and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd SW
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SHEPPERSON -- George Edwin Shepperson, 86, a resident of Albuquerque since 1953 went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 10, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Frances; children, Bettyanne Roper and husband, Rev. Gary, Rev. Edwin Shepperson and wife, Barbara, and Sam Shepperson and wife, Barb; grandchildren, Ricky Roper and wife, Sonja, Robbie Roper, Hema Roper, Annie Roper, Sarah Back and husband, Ben, Andrew Shepperson, Katie Shepperson, and Jamie Shepperson. George was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Anne, and Marge, his wife of five years. He was born in Monticello, AR and was raised in Greenville, SC. George attended college at Hampden-Sydney College in VA and graduated from Furman University in SC. He then received his Master's Degree in Education from the University of New Mexico. George taught in APS for 30 years and then at Hope Christian School for 10 years. Throughout his teaching career, he coached tennis and basketball. He and wife Anne helped found Hope Bible Presbyterian Church, which is now Hope Evangelical Free Church in Albuquerque. George was also an active member of Alameda Bible Church, and most recently a member of Grace Church. He and Anne founded and taught the men's and women's Bible classes at The Meadows Senior Community. George was an avid member and soloist of the Young At Heart Choir since 1996. He was a member of the Albuquerque Tennis Club and won tennis championships in The Senior Olympics for both men's doubles and singles, on both the State and National level. "Grandaddy" will be dearly missed by all for his sweet and fun-loving nature, and his wonderful sense of humor. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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SPEARS -- Helen Kay, beloved daughter, sister, and friend departed this life on November 9, 2004 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born September 28, 1956 in Fort Worth, Texas. Helen Kay was a 1975 graduate of Sunset High School in Dallas, Texas where she served as President of the Student Body. Helen Kay graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1980 where she was a member of Phi Mu sorority and the University Pom Pom squad. She was honored by being elected one of the ten most beautiful coeds at the University of Arkansas while she attended there. After graduating from the University of Arkansas Helen Kay taught school in the Little Rock, Arkansas area. She was a member of the Little Rock Junior League for five years. She then began her 10 year career with Southwest Airlines starting in Little Rock, Arkansas before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Helen Kay was a dear and loving individual with a flair for the creative arts. She is survived by parents Helen Barrett Spears of Dallas, Texas and John T. Spears Jr. and Mary Spears of Irving, Texas. She is also survived by her sister Patricia Spears Thompson, brother in law Damon B. Thompson, and niece Megan Thompson of Coppell, Texas. She was predeceased by grandparents Gertie Bell Dalton Barrett, and Benjamin C. Barrett of Mansfield, Texas; and John T. Spears, Sr. and Marta Louise Spears of Ardmore, Oklahoma. A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 in the chapel at Riverside Funeral Home at 6:00pm, 225 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, 505-764-9663. Internment will be in the Grimsley-Dalton Family cemetery in Mansfield, Texas. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 2105 Luna Rd. Ste. #390 Carrollton, TX 75006 214-373-1400.
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THAYER -- Larry R. Thayer, USAF (Ret.), a 34-year resident of Albuquerque, died on Veterans' Day, Thursday, November 11, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Phyllis Thayer; sons, Lynn Thayer, Chuck Thayer, Scott Thayer, all of Clinton, IL, and Bill Barber and wife, Margie of Albuquerque; daughters, Barbara Jean Pastore and Lisa Thayer, both of Clinton, IL; mother of his children, Marie Thayer of Clinton, IL; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; brothers, Garry Thayer and wife, Connie of South San Francisco, CA and Dave Thayer and wife, Sandy of Blue Island, IL; and sisters, Amy Skaggs and husband, Stan of Denver, CO, Janet Griffin and Mary Murray, both of Blue Island, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Thayer and Helen Tarbox. Larry was born April 29, 1938 in Clinton, IL. After graduating from Clinton High School, he joined the US Air Force. He proudly served for 20 years. After retirement, he loved playing golf and ballooning. Larry was a talented musician who had his own band, Jeremiah and The Three of Us. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Sunday, November 14, 2004, 4:00 p.m., French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Interment of cremains will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends until 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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TRUJILLO -- PHILIP----The family of Mr. Philip G. ( Phil ) Trujillo 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 Tibo Chavez for officiating the Funeral Service and to Mrs. Eileen Montoya for reciting the Rosary. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd SW
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TURRIETA -- Amalia Turrieta, 76, passed away November 7, 2004. She is survived by her son, Francisco; daughters, Sandra, Gina and Vicky; sisters, Diana and Vivian; several grandchildren; family and friends who loved and will miss her. Services will be held at San Jose Catholic Church, 2401 Broadway SE. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 14, 2004. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 15, 2004, with the burial following at Sunset Memorial Park & Mausoleum. I will keep you in my heart. Neverending love for you Mom! Yvonne & Bubba are missing you Grandma.
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