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CHAVEZ -- Patricia Chavez, 94, our loving mother and grandmother, was called home by our Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, September 11, 2004. She is survived by her daughters, Helen Pacheco, Rose Marie Chavez, and Roberta Montoya and husband, Michael; son, Richardo Chavez, Sr.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Anselmo; son, Reynaldo; infant triplet baby boys; and granddaughter, Stephanie. She was a native New Mexican and a lifetime member of San Felipe De Neri Catholic Church. Patricia participated in many different groups in her church including, Blue Army, Sacred Heart League, Altar Society and Madres Christanas. Patricia graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1933. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at San Felipe De Neri Catholic Church, with Fr. Ron Gonzales, S.J. Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rudy Mora, Steve Pacheco, Anthony Pacheco, Ricardo Chavez, Jr., Michael Montoya, Jr., and Arthur Pacheco. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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CRACKEL -- Fern L. Crackel, 79, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, went to be with her beloved Bill in the house of the Lord, Sunday, September 12, 2004. She is survived by her daughter, Lana L. Finley; and the light of her life, her grandson, Derrick W. Finley of Mooresville, NC; one sister, Mussette Trent of Tucson, AZ; one brother, Bob Carrico; nephew, Monty Carrico and wife, Lucy, all of Albuquerque; nieces, Cheryl Thompson, Sandy Tolman and husband, Frank and Darlene Harwell and husband, David. Fern gave 110 to everything she did. She was retired from Mountain Bell with 38 years of service. She loved her job and everyone who has been a part of her telephone company family. She was a member of the Charter Chapter of American Business Women's Association, Business Women's International and the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and a member of Hoffmantown Church. Fern was the author of "No Big Deal" and "I Love You Too." She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Graveside Services will be at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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CULLINS -- Robert B. Cullins III 1934-2004 Robert B. Cullins III, 'Bob,' age 69, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2004. The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, September 16, 2004 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at Riverside Funeral Home Chapel in Belen. A private family burial will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery later that afternoon. Arrangements by Riverside Funeral Home, 418 W. Reinken in Belen, 864-4448.
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ESTES -- Violet L. Estes, 85, originally from Seattle, WA moving to Albuquerque in 1976, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2004. She is survived by her sons, Gerald L. Estes and wife, Kay of Spring, TX and Gary L. Estes and wife, Sandra of Lake Stevens, WA; grandchildren, Amy and husband, Shane Dunham, Bradley and Kurtis Estes. Violet was preceded in death by her husband, Fletcher on January 20, 1977; daughter, Annette Estes; sisters, Florence Brown and Ida Belle Miller; and brother, Chester Minnie. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held on Thursday, 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, with Fr. Robert J. Kirsch officiating. Interment will take place on Friday, September 17, 2004, at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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FISHER -- Mary Taylor Fisher was born in Silsbee, TX on February 8, 1920 to James and Caroline Taylor. She moved with her family to La Junta, CO in 1921 where her father, James Taylor, worked as a machinist for the A.T. & SF Rail Road. Mary graduated from La Junta High School in 1938. Shortly after that she married Bill Stafford and continued to live in La Junta where Bill worked for the Santa Fe. They moved to Raton in 1941 where they lived until 1954. Mary and Bill and their three children, Patricia (Pat), Margaret (Peggy), and William Jr. (Billy) then moved to Albuquerque. Mary was employed by the Kistler-Collister department store in Albuquerque for 23 years. She worked her way up from retail clerk to Department Head of the cosmetics department, the most exclusive department of fine cosmetics in the city. She enjoyed traveling to New York City and other locations for cosmetics schools and buying trips. She loved her job and loved helping women feel good about themselves. Mary attended St. Marks Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, where she lived for 48 years. After retiring from Kistler-Collister, she worked in numerous shops in Old Town including the Old Town Indian Trading Post and The Candle Shop. She loved the excitement, cultural diversity, Mexican food and the handicrafts of Old Town. She loved it so much she didn't retire until the age of 73. Mary was an accomplished artist and won first place for one of her paintings at the New Mexico State Fair. She was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Eastern Star and volunteered for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History. She was also an accomplished cook who made fantastic Pecan Rolls. She loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Europe, Brazil, and Hawaii, and to visit her large family. She dearly loved the Albuquerque Zoo. Mary hated leaving her beloved Sandia Mountains, Old Town and New Mexican food, but due to health and other reasons, she moved to Littleton, CO in 2002. She remained there until her death on Sept. 2, 2004 from lung disease caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Mary is survived by her brother, Col. James Taylor X and wife, Charlotte of Hilton Head, SC; daughter, Pat Stafford of Littleton, CO; daughter, Peggy Hankinson and husband, George of Littleton, CO; and son, Bill Stafford, Jr. and wife, Laurie of Lake Montezuma, AZ. She has seven grandchildren, including Steve Jolly and wife, Bonnie of Bailey, CO, Tom Jolly and wife, Jeanette of Littleton, CO, Susanne Velarde and husband, Sean of Littleton, CO, Mark Hankinson of Denver, CO, Jennifer Hankinson of Littleton, CO, Zach Stafford and wife, Crystal of Prescott Valley, AZ, and Keli Stafford of Bend, OR. She also has eleven great-grandchildren. A beautiful Memorial Service was held at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in Littleton on Thursday, September 9 at 3:00 p.m. with the Graveside Service held at the Fairview Cemetery in La Junta, CO at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 10. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary's name to the Arthritis Foundation Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2280 S. Albion, Denver, CO 80222 (303-756-8622). All services have been entrusted to the loving care of Johnson-Romero Funeral Home, La Junta, Colorado.
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GATEWOOD -- Clarence N. (Cal) Gatewood II, a resident of Albuquerque since 1977, died Monday, September 13, 2004. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryl Ann Gatewood; and his granddaughter, Criselda G. Teachey. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Esther E. (Candelaria) Gatewood; two sons: Donald N. Gatewood and wife, Evelyn of Virginia Beach, VA and David N. Gatewood and wife, Lynn of Albuquerque; eight grandchildren: Anna and Barbara Gatewood of Virginia Beach, VA, Donna Minson of Orlando, FL, Chris and Marcus Hulliger of Albuquerque, Daniel, Miguel and Nicole Gatewood of Albuquerque; and four great-grandchildren: Chaz Gatewood of Virginia Beach, VA, Stephen and Elijah Teachey of Turkey, NC, and Travis J. Minson of Orlando, FL. He is also survived by four brothers: George J. Gatewood of Los Angeles, CA, Henry D. Gatewood II and wife, Mary Lee of Chandler, AZ, David Gatewood and wife, Tillie of Fayetteville, NC, Mickey Dalton and wife, Marilyn of Ft. Defiance, AZ; and one sister: Mary Ann Gatewood of Prescott Valley, AZ. All the brothers were US Army Paratroopers. Cal was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church, where his father-in-law, the late Rev. J.I. Candelaria was a pastor for more than 30 years. Cal retired from the Army with 30 years of service. He entered the Army in 1947 as a paratrooper and later became the Navajo Nation's first helicopter pilot. Cal served in several overseas locations including Korea as a helicopter pilot, two tours in Vietnam flying the CH-47 Chinook on his first tour and the CH-54-B Skycrane on his second tour. On his first tour Cal was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a night rescue of 14 Air Force personnel whose plane had crashed into the side of a mountain. Cal was a Master Army Aviator, Master Parachutist, and received many awards. He was born in Fort Defiance, AZ in 1930. Cal attended the Ganado Presbyterian mission school where he met his future wife, Esther E. Candelaria, who was attending Nurse's Training School. They were married on June 14, 1951 at the Second Presbyterian Church by her father Rev. J.I. Candelaria. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, 11:00 a.m., at the Second Presbyterian Church, 812 Edith Blvd. NE, with Pastor Jaime O. Quinones officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE, with full military honors. Pallbearers will be Brian DeHerrera, David Candelaria, Eric Candelaria, Marty Gallegos, Travis Irwin, and Nathan Gatewood. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Southwestern Indian Foundation, 100 W.Coal Ave., Gallup, NM 87301. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
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GONZALES -- ET2 Dean Gabriel Gonzales, US Navy died Saturday, September 11, 2004 in Corpus Christi, TX. He is survived by his parents, Michael and Kay Gonzales; sister, Leticia Reynolds and husband, Wesley; brother, Gregory Gonzales and wife, Laura; sister, Kristy Gonzales; grandmother, Margaret Gonzales; and niece, Aubrey Gonzales all of Albuquerque. Dean was a graduate of La Cueva High School in 2001 where he was the Drum Corp Leader. He served his country in the US Navy on the USS Shrike MHC-62. Dean was a qualified enlisted surface warfare specialist. He was one of the ship's master helmsmen and was at the helm as the ship transited the Panama Canal returning from 6 months deployment overseas. Dean earned several awards including the Navy Achievement Medal. Services will be held Thursday, September 16, 2004, 7:00 p.m., French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd NE. Interment will take place Friday, September 17, 2004, 11:30 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Thursday, September 16, 2004 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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HALE -- William E. Hale, 88, passed away early Friday, September 10, 2004. Born in Oklahoma on July 22, 1916, "Bill" lived most of his life in New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; and sister, Bess. William E. Hale is survived by three sons, William M. "Dusty" and wife, Nan, David L. and wife, Becky, and Stephen D. and wife, Debi; five grandchildren, Eric Hale and wife, Elsie, Mindy Hale and partner, Pamela, Cassie and husband, Travis Stuart, Jenifer Hale, and Krista Hale; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, David Hale and wife, Betty of Santa Fe, and a sister, Jean and husband, Wesley Wilcox of Illinois. Bill Hale worked for the U.S. Geological Survey and traveled much during his career. After retiring he liked to stay in touch with fellow workers and to visit the work sites of his sons. There will be a reception honoring Bill on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 from 4-6 p.m. at 7206 Carriage Rd. NE. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400
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HILLEY -- Mary Louise Hilley, 88, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on September 13, 2004. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, at Chapel of Sunrise, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 17, at New Hope Baptist Church, 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue NE, with interment at Fairview Memorial Park to follow. Sunrise Funeral Options 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 821-0010
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HOGLAND -- Elton Ray Hogland, 66, passed from this world and found peace on September 11, 2004. He leaves behind four children; Sharon, Russ and wife, Jane, Susan and husband, Paul, Dan and wife, Gena and their mother, Mary and their five grandchildren; Chelsea, Sarah, Taylor, Hannah and Jack; brother, Doyle and wife, Lou; sisters, Betty Jean and Frances and husband, Harold, along with many nieces and nephews, as well as all those who loved him. Although we deeply mourn his passing, we are comforted by his reunion with those of our family who have gone on before him. He joins his wife, Julie, parents Herschal C. and Ruth B. Hogland, brother, Herschal Jr., and great-nephew, Joshua. We would like to express our deep gratitude to those who extended to our family their emotional support and provided loving care to our father in these last months. Memorial services will be held on Friday, September 17, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., at Chester T. French Memorial Chapel in Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. "Daddy, we will always love you and hold you in our hearts forever." French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE 275-3500
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