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STEWART -- Charles Austin Stewart, born on March 10, 1916 in Luna, New Mexico, passed away on May 09, 2004. He is preceded in death by a son, Ronald Keith Stewart. He is grieved by his wife, Eula-Mae Stewart of the home in Bosque Farms, NM; sons, Kenneth C. Stewart and wife, Patricia J. Stewart of Mesa, AZ; Randall Kenton Stewart and wife, Cherie of Las Cruces NM, Austin Lynn Stewart of Bosque Farms, NM; daughters, Rhonda Sue Schoenig and husband, Mark Schoenig of Huntsville, AL; grandchildren, Keven C. Stewart, Kimberly F. Stewart, Karen, Lyn Stewart, David Keith Stewart, Dennis Lynn Stewart, Jessica Marie Stewart, Allyson Cherie Stewart, Daniel Kenton Stewart, Josh Randall Stewart, Cady Schoenig; and many loving great grandchildren. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St. Belen.
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TRUMAN -- Lois M. (Nelson) Truman departed this world Friday, April 30, 2004. Lois was born in Raton, NM, December 5, 1942 and went to school in Albuquerque. After high school, she went into the Army and served at San Francisco and Honolulu Hawaii. After her stint in the military, she went to work for the Army in Hawaii and during this time met her husband of 34 years. They returned to New Mexico and she became a charter member of a new chapter of the WAC Veterans association. She was an active bowler and homemaker and during their early years loved spending time with her daughters both in school activities and after school . She was a girl scout leader for several years and her home was always a gathering place for the neighborhood kids. She will be missed by her husband, Maurice of Millbury, OH; and daughters, Suzanne (Rich) Callis of Albuquerque, NM and Christy (Troy) Ranes of Stony Ridge, OH. The light of her life was her grandson, Troy (TJ) Ranes Jr. and she will be sadly missed by him. She is also survived by her sisters, Elizabeth Romero of Killeen, Texas and Lorene Rogers of San Diego, California; and one brother, Jack T. Nelson of San Diego California. Visitation was May 3, 2004 at the Eggleston-Meinert Funeral Home, Millbury, Ohio.
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WATSON -- Ellsworth B. Watson passed away on April 28, 2004 at the age of 96. He was born June 5, 1907 in Denver, Colorado, the son of Ralph LeRoy Watson and Lena Mae Bowman. Mr. Watson graduated from East High School, Denver, CO, in 1926. He then attended the Colorado School of Mines and earned a BS in Metallurgy in 1931. Mr. Watson was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, ROTC, and the Editor of the school's Prospector Newspaper. Upon graduation Mr. Watson worked for the Jones and Laughlin Steel Mills in Aliquippa, PA. During World War II Mr. Watson served as 1st Lt. in the 5th Army and was stationed on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Mr. Watson was employed by Mountain Bell for 37 years before retiring in 1972. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and was very active in his church and with the Braille Service of New Mexico. Mr. Watson was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. Mr. Watson was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Mather Brown, his second wife, Dorothy N. Glubranson, and a son, Ralph LeRoy Watson II. Mr. Watson is survived by a son, Ellworth B. Watson, Jr. of Santa Fe and wife Betty, a daughter Barbara Werner of North Richland Hills, TX and husband Fred. Six grandchildren: Keith Watson, Charles Watson, Robert Watson, Catherine Watson, Christin Werner and Susan Werner. 6 great grandchildren: Estevan Montoya, Desire Montoya, Hunter Watson, Chelsea Watson, Ryan Watson and Sydney Werner. A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, May 11, 2004, 10:00 A.M. at St. John's United Methodist Church in Santa Fe. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Johns United Methodist Church - Organ Fund. . Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 983-4331
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WILDER -- Almaron M. Wilder, 75, a resident of Albuquerque since 1991, died Saturday, May 8, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carol D. Wilder of Albuquerque; and sister, Beverly Hillman and husband, Art of Lincoln, NE. Almaron received his PhD from Ohio State University after his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma and his Bachelor's from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Almaron had a rewarding career in social services directing many United Way and non-profit organizations to help teens and the disadvantaged. He was a member of Four Hills Country Club and a member of First United Methodist Church. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, May 12, 2004, 10:00 a.m., at First United Methodist Church, 314 Lead SW, 4th and Lead, with Dr. Terry Anderson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 314 Lead SW, 87102. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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BARKER -- Marvin C. (Corky) Barker died May 6, 2004 in Llano, California after a courageous two year battle with cancer. Corky was born in Long Beach, California, October 10, 1946. He moved to Albuquerque in 1948 and lived here most of his life except for the past few years. He is survived by his mother, Iantha Irene Barker of Albuquerque; brother, Don Barker and wife, Doryne and their children in Los Lunas, New Mexico; sons, Shane Barker and wife, Showna and children of Las Vegas, Nevada, Shannon Barker and friend, Rose of Simi Valley, California; daughter Shawn Barker of Tarzana, California; son, David Dean Librea of Arkansas; two grandchildren and two aunts, Mary Ellen Hedrick and husband Bill of Bosque Farms, New Mexico; Lou Emma Mechler of Bogata, Texas. Also and especially his best friend Joey and wife of California. Corky was preceded in death by his father, Charles C. Barker of Albuquerque, in 1999. He was a professional truck driver and worked in the transportation department in the motion pictures studios in California. Corky was a member of the Church of Christ. Cremation has taken place and interment will follow at Bland Canyon near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Donations may be made to the Pecos hurch of Christ at Pecos, New Mexico.
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BENGE -- Eula Ray Benge passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on May 9, 2004. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Don L. Benge, of Waxahachie, Texas, daughters Sharron Benge-Hartley and spouse Michael, of Waxahachie, Texas, Tina Roxan Benge Anderes and spouse Robert, of Arlington, Texas, Holly Benge Bernal and spouse German, of Mallorca, Spain, and son, Michael Ray Benge, and spouse Debra, of Cherry Hills Village Colorado. Ray was born on September 22, 1930 to Ralph Melbourne and Eula Ernestine Wilson Melbourne. She was preceded in death by both her parents and her step-father Carl Schlick. She is also survived by her brothers Ralph Melbourne and spouse Maxine, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Carl Michael Schlick and spouse Julie, of Placitas, New Mexico, and grandchildren Candice, Kirsten, Reagen, Kathleen, Allison, Rachel, Ryan, Avery, Mark and Alex. Ray graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1948 and attended the University of New Mexico, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. She married Don in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1951 and moved with him to Jamaica after their marriage. They returned to live in Hobbs, New Mexico, before moving to El Paso, Texas where they lived for 23 years, while raising their family. She was a licensed pilot who loved to travel with her husband. A loving and dedicated wife, mother and sister, she also participated in civic organizations; including the El Paso Garden Club, El Paso's Child Guidance Center and Thomason General Hospital Emergency Room Volunteers. Ray moved to Waxahachie, Texas in 1983, and was a patron of the Dallas Symphony Association, the Dallas Zoo and a supporter of The Oakridge School, Arlington, Texas. She was a member of St. Paul Episcopal Church, Waxahachie, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m., May 13, 2004 at St. Paul Episcopal Church, Wasahacie, TX., 624 Ovilla Rd., Waxahachie, TX with Rev. Jerry Hill officiating. Please call 972-937-9841, ext. 11 for information. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in the name of Eula Ray Benge to The Oakridge School Endowment Fund, 5900 West Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington, Texas , 76013, or St. Paul Episcopal Church, 624 Ovilla Road, Waxahachie, Texas 75165.
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BROWN -- Edward "Brownie" Brown, 76, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, May 8, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Lou; daughters Marie Keller and husband, Jim, of Ruidoso, Saundra Miller and husband, Edwin, and Patricia Brown, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren Anthony DeHart, Corey DeHart, Erika Miller, and Preston Frazier; great-grandchildren Cineva and Julian; sister, Louisa Dimas; brother, Robert Brown and wife, Gloria; sister, Josie Savage and husband, Dave, and numerous other family members. Edward served his country as a U.S. Marine during World War II. He owned and operated Brownie Electric and Construction Company. He was a member of El Buen Samaritano United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge, Mesa #68. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, University Chapel, 1111 University Blvd NE. Funeral services will be Thursday, , 2:00 p.m. at El Buen Samaritano United Methodist Church, 700 Granite NW. Friends may visit on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the University Chapel. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-633
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CAUGHRAN -- Elsie Faith Caughran, 83, passed away very peacefully at home May 7, 2004. Elsie was born in McComb, OK, May 19, 1920 to John and Eva Bliss and moved to Grady, NM when she was 5 years old. She married her first grade sweetheart James Virgil Caughran on June 29, 1941. Elsie went to collage in Portales, NM and taught school in Columbus and Grady, NM for several years. She and Virgil moved to Dove Creek, CO in the mid 1940s where she taught school and helped Virgil farm and run his LP Gas business. She has lived in Albuquerque for over 45 years where she helped Virgil with his Real Estate business and took care of her son, Don. Elsie was an active volunteer for the Lovelace Hospital Auxiliary for over 30 years. Elsie was a wonderful pianist playing for the Methodist Churches wherever she lived. She was an avid reader, loved to play bridge with her many friends and loved to be outdoors and work in her garden. She loved to spend time with Virgil at their Mount Taylor home. She was a very active member of the communities where she lived. Elsie is preceded in death by her parents; and her son, Don. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Virgil Caughran of Albuquerque, NM; her sister, Mildred Merrill of Clovis, NM; one niece and many nephews; her daughter - in-law and other family. Elsie was an elegant, charming, warm, nurturing lady who loved people and people loved her. She always had a smile and lent a helping hand. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Private family interment will be held. The family prefers memorials to The Ranches 6209 Hendrix Rd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 Arrangements are under the direction of: Fitzgerald & Son Funeral Directors 3113 Carlisle Blvd. 884-1188
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CLARK -- Cindy Lee Clark, November 28, 1951 - May 8, 2004, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away following an automobile accident. She was a people person who loved life. She enjoyed many outdoor activities. She was an avid gardner, hiker, runner, gourmet cook, reader, and artisan. She belonged to a Tuesday morning cermaic group of friends. She was a church member of Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque. Her and Spooky (her dog) were members of the S.W. Canine Corp of Volunteers, which takes dogs to visit patients in the heart hospital and nursing homes. She is survived by her loving husband, Mike Clark, who she adored; and her daughters, Caren von Roeder, Stephanie Kimey, Lindsay Clark; and her step-son, Ross. She also leaves her father, Bob Beebe; brother, Bruce Beebe; two nephews, Brandon and Brent; her two step-brothers, Chris and Jeff Meloy; and her aunt, Jean. The two apples of her eye were her grandchildren, Alexis and Tyler. Being a grandmother was her life's blessing. She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Beebe; and her son, Chris von Roeder. Cindy was a warm, loving, outgoing, lovable, and fun person. She never met a stranger, lived and loved life to its fullest. She was a great wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and bestfriend. There are not enough words to say how much is and will be missed. By request of the family please do not send flowers. Instead donate to the S.W. Canine Corp. of Volunteers in her name. May God Rest Her Soul.
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COHN -- Edna K. Cohn, 82, a resident of Rio Rancho for the past 18 years, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2004. She came to New Mexico from Levittown, Long Island, NY in 1986. Edna was born March 27, 1922 the daughter of Harry and Ida Zwerling Korman in New York City, NY. She was a lifetime member of Sperry Rand (UNISYS) Stamp and Coin Club; Nassau County, NY Women's Police Auxiliary; was involved in both Boy and Girl Scouting in a leadership role for her children; member of the Jewish Women's War Veterans Auxiliary; Jewish Community Friendship Club; and the Meadowlark Senior Center. Edna was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Sadie; and brothers, Abraham and Nathan. She is survived by her husband, Irving I. Cohn; two children, Eileen Cohn and Joel Cohn; brother, Milton Korman; grandchildren, Aaron and Sara, Debbie and Eddie; great-grandchildren, ThresaDaniella, Justin, and Dylan; and many nieces and nephews. The Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in the Jewish War Veterans section in Vista Verde Memorial Park, Sara Rd. at Meadowlark Ln., Rio Rancho. It has been suggested that memorial contributions be made in Edna's name to the NM Alzheimers Association, 8100 Mountain Rd. NE, Suite 102, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Arrangements by: Vista Verde Mortuary Rio Rancho, NM 892-9920
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