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TRUJILLO -- Ray. The family of Ray Christopher Trujillo would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to the during their bereavement; for the beautiful floral tributes and a special thank you to Father James Vance, St. Edwin Catholic Church, presider of the Mass, to Gabriella Nieto for reciting the Rosary and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW
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VALDEZ -- Florencio. The family of Mr. Florencio A. Valdez would like to thank all their relatives and friends for their kind expression of sympathy extended to them during their bereavement; for the beautiful tributes and a special thank you to Father John, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cuba, NM presider of the Mass, to Gabriella Nieto for reciting the Rosary, to the staff and doctors at Lovelace Medical Center, CCU, for their kindness and care and to the pallbearers. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW
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WATERMAN -- Jane. The family of Jane Harris Lewis Waterman thanks their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be gratefully remembered and deeply appreciated. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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WILSON -- Peter Wilson, 97, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died Thursday, March 3, 2005 in Colorado. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Virginia Wilson of Rancho San Diego, CA; sons, Charles Robert Wilson of Cherokee Village, AR and Samuel Peter Wilson of Centennial, CO; daughter, Debra Ann Stenovec of La Mesa, CA; Eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister, Flossie Kalthoff of Independence, MO. Graveside services will be held Monday, 10:00 a.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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BASHAM -- Austin Basham passed away suddenly March 2, 2005. Born February 8, 1939, in Sophia, West Virginia. Austin moved to Las Vegas, New Mexico to attend Highlands University where he met and married Judy Encinias. At Highlands, Austin played football and basketball and ran track. He obtained both his BA and MA from Highlands. In 1962, Austin coached football and wrestling at Las Vegas Robertson High School. In 1964, Austin and Judy moved their family to Santa Fe where Austin became the assistant football coach and the head wrestling coach at Santa Fe High School. In 1969, Austin was honored to be the Head Football Coach at Santa Fe High School, the largest high school in the State at the time. Austin was chosen to coach the North All Star Football Team in 1968. Austin was a past member of the Santa Fe Jacycees, Kiawanas, and the Las Vegas and Santa Fe Elks (Leading Knight). He also served on the Santa Fe Public Schools Credit Union Board for 17 years. Austin served as Chairman of the New Mexico State Credit Union League from 1973 to 1980 and served on the Board of Southwest Corporate Board of Directors from 1973 to 1980. Austin's passion was working with children in sports, and he spearheaded the development and organization of the Young American Football League (YAFL) in Santa Fe. He served as Commissioner of YAFL for five years. During his tenure with YAFL, Santa Fe was the State YAFL Champion. In addition, Austin was an active volunteer for the Special Olympics for many years. Austin's career also reflected his love for working with children. He was a principal of Kaune Elementary School from 1969 to 1973 and principal of Salazar Elementary School from 1973 to 1979. He went on to hold the position of Associated Executive Secretary for the New Mexico Commission of Higher Education from 1979 to 1982. In the mid-eighties, Austin was the state Motor Vehicle Director and became Deputy Director of the New Mexico Public School Insurance Authority in 1989. At the time of his death, Austin was enjoying retirement. Austin was preceded in death by his father, Ivan McKinley Basham; and his mother, Anna Basham. Austin will be dearly missed by his wife of over 45 years, Judy Basham. He is also survived by his two children, Donna (Espy) Lytle and husband, Larry of Las Cruces, and Mark Basham and wife, Katherine of Santa Fe. Austin also leaves behind his grandchildren, in whose lives he was actively involved, Ryan Lytle, Taylor Lytle, Jordan Basham, Mack Basham, and his namesake Austin Basham; brothers-in-law, Leon F. Encinias and Benito R. Encinias; sister-in-law, Casandra Encinias and husband, John Biddle; nephews, Joel Francke, Mario Encinias, Dominico Encinias, Carlos Encinias, Cristobal Encinias; and niece, Marlo Michaeli. Also surviving Austin are his siblings in West Virginia, brother, Ivan Basham and wife, Myrtle; sister, Frances Kelly; brother, Donald Ray Basham and wife, Betty; brother, Doug Basham and wife, Linda; and brother, Gary Basham. A memorial service and reception will be held at Inn of the Loretto on Saturday, March 5, 2005, beginning at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Santa Fe Boys and Girls Club are being accepted in Austin's name. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 983-4331.
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BESSOM -- Virginia Lee Bessom, January 12, 1930 - March 4, 2005. Virginia was born and raised on a ranch near Yeso, New Mexico until the age of 16. She then attended Highlands University. After graduation, she taught Elementary School for the next 23 years. In 1965 Virginia married Colonel (Ret.) Russell Bessom. Together they raised seven children. In 1972 as Virginia was expecting her youngest daughter, she acted on a longtime dream and opened Bessoms Gardens in Corrales. It was there that her talent as a business woman was realized. She hosted many weddings at Casa de Bessom in Corrales. Virginia always had a strong belief in God. She had wonder, enthusiasm, and interest for the world she lived in. She loved music, dancing, traveling and watering plants. With the support of her faith and family, she survived cancer for nearly eight years. She will be loved and missed, but not forgotten by the many whose lives she touched. Virginia was a loving daughter, mother, and wife. She is survived by her husband, (Ret.) Col. Russell Bessom; her 100 year old mother, Laura Lee Smith, and her seven children, Clifford Roy Bessom and wife, Mary Ann, Steven Dee Bessom and wife, Katie, Laura Lee Bessom Vigil and husband, Russell, Valerie Ann Bessom, Randy Gordon Bessom, Melody May Hooker and husband, Bryan, Gail Klodt and husband, Brad; her brother, Lawrence Smith and wife, Judith; beloved friend, Jo Ann Van Fleet. A Memorial Service will be held for Virginia on Monday, March 7, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho, 3609 19th Avenue, Rio Rancho with Pastor Si Budagher officiating. Arrangements by: Sunrise Funeral Options 2400 Southern Blvd. Rio Rancho, New Mexico 891-9192
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BRAULT -- Catherine M. Brault passed away on March 1, 2005. She was born in Liverpool, England on November 25, 1930. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Frank M. Brault; son, David, his wife, Karen, and children, Jennifer and David K.; son, Robert, his wife, Cyndi, and children, Dana and Kevin; brother, Allan Lavery and wife, Norma; brother-in-law, Don Schick; sister-in-law, Carol Lavery; and many nieces and nephews. As per Catherine's wish, there will not be a service.
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BRITO -- Jenelle Marie Brito age 25, a life long resident of Albuquerque passed away on March 2, 2005. She is survived by her parents, Jacob M. Brito, Jennie Brito-Duran; Step-father, Jimmy Duran; grandmother, Mariel Brito; daughter, Alexandra Marie Brito; three sisters, Jenifer Brito, Jenise Brito, Veronica Duran; two brothers, Joseph Duran, Carlos Duran; aunts, Carole and husband, Mo, Diane, Dolly and husband, Billy, Georgia and husband, Jim, Andrea and husband, Joe, Kathy and husband, Damon, Shirley and Dorean; uncles, Andy and wife, Marianne, Victor and wife, Yvonne, and Patrick; nieces, Jasmine DeVincentis, Dominic Anaya; and numerous cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Lupe and Isidro Vallejos, and Jake Brito. A rosary will be recited on Monday, March 7, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. Funeral Mass to follow at 10:00 a.m. at our Lady of Assumption. Pallbearers will be Keith King Jr., Gilbert Montoya, Victor Vallejos, Andy Vallejos, Andrew Vallejos, and Billy-Joe Lara. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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COSPER -- Bonnie Cosper. Her name was Bonnie Bertha Blue Cosper, but all who knew her simply called her "Mom". Bonnie died peacefully in her sleep on February 28, 2005 at the age of 102, after living one of the most fulfilling lives a human can lead. She was born on July 25, 1902 in Gordon, Texas. At the age of 17 she married her lifelong love, James Arthur Cosper, in Iredell, Texas. Mom and Pop Cosper shared 72 years of constant companionship before Pop passed away in 1992. In 1921 Mom and Pop moved across the state of Texas, from Spring Creek to Clarendon, a journey that took 24 days by covered wagon. It was a long, difficult trip, but Mom and Pop and infant daughter, Earlene were a hardy crew who fared just fine. Before moving to Albuquerque in 1942, Mom had given birth to two girls and three boys. The Cospers lived in southwest Albuquerque for more than 50 years where they owned and managed Fashion Dry Cleaning until they retired. Bonnie is survived by two brothers, Harry Blue of Cranfills Gap, TX, Tony Blue of Nashville, TN; and sister, Edna Whitney of Los Angeles, CA; her children, Earlene Johnson and husband, Bayard Johnson of Waco, TX, James (better known as "Pete") and wife, Norma Cosper of Stanley, NM, Leroy (everyone calls him "Poss") Cosper of Weatherford, TX and Jerald (also known as "Tooter") and wife, Patricia Cosper of Corrales, NM. Mom and Pop's five children gave birth to 14 children of their own, and at last count their legacy included 29 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great- grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be Hank Cosper, Jerry Cosper, Gary Cosper, Clyde Heath, Mike Lee and Justin Lee. Honorary pallbearers will be John Cosper, Ronnie Feder, Rusty Heath, Dusty Heath and Mathew Mosier. A viewing was held at French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Thursday, March 3, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services are set for Friday, March 4, 2005 at 10:30 a.m., also at French Mortuary. Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Mausoleum.
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GILLETTE -- Larry Dale Gillette, a longtime resident of Bosque Farms who recently moved to Aurora, CO to be near his daughters, died February 23, 2005 of lung cancer. He was born September 30, 1939 at Grandview, IA at the home of his grandparents, Edith and Elmer Young. Parents are the late L. John Gillette and Ruth Gillette. Larry graduated from Wapello High School in 1957. He then attended Central Technical Engineering School in Kansas City, MO and graduated in 1959. He was employed by Sandia National Laboratories of Albuquerque, NM for 33 years. Larry is the beloved father of LaRae Gabol (Rodney) and Susan Gillette, both of Aurora, CO, and the grandfather of Gage Gabol. He is also survived by his mother of West Burlington, IA; brothers, L. John Gillette Jr. and David Gillette (Sharon) of Muscatine, IA; sisters; Kay Pfeifer (Dan) of Burlington, IA, Phyllis Beik (Dan) of Morning Sun, IA, and Barbara Dieterich of Burlington, IA. Services will be held at the Lunning Chapel in Burlington, IA on March 5, 2005 at 10:00 am., and burial will be at Grandview Cemetery, Grandview IA. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Hospice of Metro Denver. You may access further information at www.mem.com and go to the Gillette Obituary.
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