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Rutledge -- Rosemary Rutledge, 46, quietly ended a courageous two-year long battle with breast cancer on September 9, 2002. Rosemary is preceded in death by her mother, Edy Schmidt, who also succumbed to her own battle with cancer in 1994. Rosemary is survived by Kyle Rutledge, her lifelong companion and father of their two daughters, Adrianne and Teryn Rutledge. She is also survived by the following family members, father, Willard H. Schmidt; brothers, Will Schmidt, Jr., Tom Schmidt and wife, Joi, all of Albuquerque; sisters, Teri Richardson and husband, Dan, of Glastonbury, CT and Cindy Maxwell and husband, Chris, of Albuquerque; nephews, Samuel Sandoval, Justin and Ryan Richardson, and Harrison Schmidt; niece, Antoinette Sandoval; In-laws R.R. and Joy Rutledge; brothers-in-law, Rusty Rutledge, Jr., Bart Rutledge and wife, Deneen, all of Albuquerque; nephews, Rusty Rutledge III, and Brandon Rutledge; nieces, Sharlyn Rutledge, Rachel and Julia Rutledge. Rosemary Rutledge was born in Ft. Worth, Texas on April 6, 1956 and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The eldest of five children, Rosemary graduated from Eldorado High School in 1974, immediately thereafter began her career in new home construction where she was employed by R.R. Rutledge at Rutledge Investment Co. The extensive knowledge Rosemary gained over the past 28 years has been built from the sound fundamentals of business and construction detail instilled by her mentor, R.R. Rutledge. Starting as the receptionist, progressing to bookkeeper then comptroller of the company enabled Rosemary to learn the business from the ground floor up. Rosemary earned her General Contractors License in 1994 and with her background knowledge in construction became one of Albuquerque's finest award winning women Custom Home Builders. In 2001, Rosemary directed her focus on Albuquerque's re-sale home market and joined Keller Williams Realty and became an active member of the Albuquerque Board of Realtors. Rosemary was a woman of many talents and outside interests. Aside from winning Interior Home Design Awards, she was very competitive in the Cutting Horse arena where she won numerous competitions. She was an enthusiastic big game hunter, who found excitement on African Safaris and in and around New Mexico. These awards are indicative of the hard work and dedication she displayed in everything she did. However, by far the sweetest rewards in Rosemary's life were her two daughters, Adrianne and Teryn. Rosemary was a devoted mother who encouraged her girls to strive for excellence. She participated in their many activities with loving encouragement, constantly instilling self-confidence and sportsmanship. A stunning brunette, Rosemary possessed a sense of grace and confidence, and loved to"let her hair down" by playing billiards, traveling, shopping, and enjoying time with family and friends. She was the only woman who could get away with pitchin' horseshoes in high heels. One can't help but feel that her life was cut too short, It doesn't seem fair. One can't deny the difference she made In each of the lives she touched, She really cared. One can't deny she will live Forever in our hearts. She's still there.Services were held Thursday, September 12, 2002, 11:00 a.m., at First Family Church, 4701 Wyoming Blvd. NE, with Pastor Galen M. Woodward officiating. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers were Rusty Rutledge, Jr., Will Schmidt, Jr., Samuel Sandoval, Dan Richardson, Bart Rutledge and Tom Schmidt. The family would like to give special recognition to Rosemary's dear friend Karen Hudson who will be participating in the AVON 3-Day Walk for the Cure in October 2002. Karen will be walking 60 miles in honor of Rosemary and her courageous fight with breast cancer. Donations are encouraged and payable to: Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day c/o Karen Hudson, 10916 Malaguena NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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