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MARTIN -- Stella Jewel (Hicks) Martin. Funeral Services were held Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Cordell, OK with Reverend Marvin Kehl and Reverend R.B. Mathis officiating. Interment under the direction of Jack Loftiss Funeral Home, Cordell, OK followed with burial at Lawnview Cemetery. She departed this life January 25, 2004 at the Cordell Christian Home at the age of 90 years. Stella married Lendon Martin August 1, 1936 at Hobart, OK with Reverend H.L. Janes officiating, a former Cordell Baptist Minister and special family friend. Lendon and Stella lived in Albuquerque for 40 years, owning Martin's Market where they made many friends. After Lendon's death, Stella returned to Cordell and resided in a condominium at 1503 Crestview until her health began to fail. She then moved to the Cordell Christian Home July 2001, and remained there until her death.
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MARTINEZ -- Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad February 29, 1932 William R. and Gabriela Martinez Forever in our hearts, your Loving Family
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MATTINGLY -- Rex M. Mattingly passed away on February 27, 2004. Mr. Mattingly lived in New Mexico for the majority of his life, but has lived in NC since 1985. He attended the Univ. of NM, and served as a lieutenant in the Army Air Force during WWII. He was a well-known businessman in Albuq., and was very active in NM state politics, serving as Chairman of the NM Republican Party during the mid to late 1960's. He served on the Fed. Renegotiation Board in Washington, D.C., 1969-77. He was loved by many, and will be missed by his wife of 62 years, Laura Mattingly, daughters Sharon Billings and Sally Abril, and son Lloyd Mattingly, all from NC. Eight grandchildren also survive Mr. Mattingly: Kenny Billlings and Christine Pasela; Mario and Andres Abril; Wyatt and Garrett Mattingly; as well as eight great grandchildren.
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MERRILL -- Evelyn A. Merrill, 79, passed away on February 23, 2003 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born in Buffalo, NY, to Harry and Amelia Kolb Merrill. She was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Over 25 years ago, she moved from Buffalo to Albuquerque where she worked in healthcare at Kirtland Air Force Base before retiring and was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Forestry Service, American Legion, WAVES National, Republican Women, Einstein Society, American Business Women's Association, and Order of the Eastern Star. In 2003 Evelyn was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Merrill. She is survived by her son, Michael Wannenwetsch and a very special and adored granddaughter, Amelia Wannenwetsch, both of Albuquerque. Also surviving are a sister, Vivian Miller of Buffalo, NY; brother, Franklin Merrill and wife, Doty of Buffalo, NY; loving sister-in-law, Charlotte Merrill; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. The family wishes to send heartfelt thanks to the Staff of Ladera Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and the Staff of VistaCare Hospice. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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NELSON -- Mrs. Carmen G. Nelson, 95, a resident of Albuquerque passed away on February 28, 2004. Mrs. Nelson is survived by her son, Frank Nelson; three grandchildren, Steve Nelson and wife, Candy, Debbie Sanchez and husband, Ray and Barbara Nelson; five great grandchildren, Crystal Garcia, Kristi Sanchez, Christopher Nelson, Francisco Nelson and Raymond Sanchez; a special Goddaughter, Agueda Sandoval; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mrs. Nelson was preceded in death by her husband, Cristobal Nelson and a daughter in law, Lugardita (Wala) Nelson. Mrs. Nelson was a member of the Catholic Church. A visitation for Mrs. Nelson will be Monday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. A final visitation for Mrs. Nelson will be Tuesday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be, Raymond Sanchez, Christopher Nelson, Francisco Nelson, Ray Garcia, Eddie Trujillo and Joe Martinez. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary 1000 Old Coors Rd SW 243-7861
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NILSEN -- Francis "Sonny" Nilsen, age 70, a native New Mexican, died Friday, February 27, 2004. Sonny retired from PNM after 33 years of service. His life passion was his family, friends and horseracing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Flora Nilsen; and his brother, Vivian Nilsen. Sonny is survived by his wife, JoAnn Nilsen; five children, Becky Lucero (Sal), Debi Conrad (Mike), Alan Nilsen (Tina), Jolene Peralta (Jerry) and Jimmy Chacon (Lori); sisters, Flora Thomas, Esther Hoover and Irene McCrory; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. Rosary will be recited Sunday, February 29, 2004, at 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated Monday, March 1, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, 12500 Carmel Avenue NE. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, Sunday, February 29, 2004, from 1:00 p.m. until time of rosary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of New Mexico, 216 Truman NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87108. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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ORDONEZ -- James D. Ordonez, age 33, of Pecos, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2004. He was born March 4, 1970 in Santa Fe. He was preceded in death by his father, James G. (Jgi) Ordonez; and uncle, Freddie Ordonez. James was a generous, kind hearted, respectful, and out-going person who will be missed by those who knew and loved him. James is survived by his paternal grandparents: Lydia D. and Horacio Ulibarri; mother, Pat and husband Robert Marsh; children: Jaqlyn and Niqole Ordonez; mother of his daughters and special friend, Marisa H. Ornelas; brother, Bobby Marsh; girl-friend, Cristina Quintana; maternal grandparents: Agapito and Antonia Valencia; special close relatives: Ursula and Diego Velasquez; and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Bobby Marsh, Jon Paul Chapman, Roderick Valencia, Archie Archuleta, Roderick Padilla and Daniel C de Baca. Visitation and rosary will begin on Sunday, February 29, 2004, 3:00 p.m. and a second rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Pecos, NM. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, March 1, 2004, 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Pecos. Interment will follow in Pecos Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 983-4331
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OWENS -- Daniel H. Owens, a resident of New Mexico since 1973, passed away February 13, 2004. Daniel was born June 29, 1924 in Llanelly, Wales. He was a World War II veteran having served as a radio operator in the Merchant Marines in the North Atlantic and Southwest Pacific during hostilities. He is survived by his sister Mary Morgan of Llanelly, Wales; his daughter, Daniela; and three granddaughters, Deniz, Jasmine, and Sara of Willich, Neersen, Germany. Cremation has taken place and the ashes will be returned to the sea. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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PARSONESE -- Vickie Ann Parsonese, born September 27, 1941 in Fond du Lac, WI, to parents, Victor and Maysel Hau, died Friday, February 27, 2004 in Albuquerque, following a battle with cancer. She graduated from St. Mary's Springs Academy and attended Spencerian Business College in Milwaukee, WI. She met her husband, Peter there and moved to Albuquerque in 1969 and raised a family. She was active in church at John XXIII Catholic Community and was a longtime member of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Peter Parsonese; children, sons, James Parsonese and wife, Jackie and their son, Jacob, and Timothy Parsonese and wife, Isela and their son, Roman; her loving daughter, Tracey Parsonese; brother, Joe Hau and family; sister, Cathy Burns and family; and numerous cousins and friends. Rosary will be recited Monday, March 1, 2004, at 7:00 p.m., at John XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge Drive NE. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at 11:00 a.m., also at John XXIII Catholic Community. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Friends may visit John XXIII Catholic Community, Monday, March 1, 2004, from 6:00 p.m. until time of rosary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2021 Girard SE, Suite 201, 87106, the American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas NE, 87110, or to Vista Care Hospice, 5201 Venice NE, Suite A&B, 87113. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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PAYNE -- Mandona Hanchett Payne, 90, a resident of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, February 24, 2004. She is survived by her daughters, Rae Payne Mortensen, Ruth Payne Palmer, Mary Payne Hartman, and Judith Payne Meyer; sons, H. Vern Payne, Lloyd V. Payne, James B. Payne, John M. Payne and Roger L. Payne; 63 grandchildren; 134 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; brothers, Emmett Hanchett, James L. Hanchett, Myron Hanchett and Charles Hanchett; sisters, Raydene Cluff; and Lurlene James; and many other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Judge H. Vearle Payne, sons, Jay R. Payne, Spencer L. Payne, and Donald M. Payne, three sisters, and 4 brothers. Mrs. Payne was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and her descendents have served more than 65 years of voluntary full time missionary service for the church in many countries around the world. She was selected as New Mexico Mother of the Year in 1997. Her husband was NM Speaker of the House of Representatives, a State Senator and a US Federal District Judge. Her descendants have served in many elective and appointed positions in the community and in their church. Mrs. Payne was also active in community service for children with disabilities and with unwed mothers. She served more than 15 years as the local President of the Women's Relief Society Organization for her church in New Mexico and many years as Ward Primary President directing the children's groups of her church. She loved children! Mrs. Payne also enjoyed quilting and gardening. When asked which of her 12 children she loved most, she would say the one that gone until they get home, the one that is sick until they get well, the one in trouble until its resolved. Friends may visit one hour prior to services. Services will be held Monday, March 1, 2004, 11:00 a.m., at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11750 San Victorio NE, with Bishop Kendall Crookston conducting. Interment will take place Tuesday, March 2, 2004 in Virden, NM. Friends may also visit Sunday, February 29, 2004, at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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