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ALDERETE -- ROSE MARIE ALDERETE 1923-2009. The light of one of New Mexico's gems has extinguished. Rose Marie Alderete ("Rosie") passed away peacefully and gently on October 18, 2009, at home holding hands with her two sons. She was born Rose Marie Tuffly in Lockhart, Texas in 1923. She married and had two sons, Frank T. Bass, Jr. and Stephen D. Bass. She moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1958 to start a new life with her two sons. Rose Marie worked for the City of Santa Fe Attorney's Office and the law offices of Howard F. Houk. She then began work for the Clerk's Office of the Supreme Court of New Mexico and shortly thereafter became the first female clerk of the Supreme Court. She held that position for 25 years, longer than any other clerk in the history of the court. She served on the Board of Bar Examiners for many years and was a cherished friend of most of New Mexico's lawyers. She married John C. A. Alderete in 1963 and they lived the remainder of their lives in Santa Fe. She served as President of the St. Vincent's Auxiliary and on the Fiesta Council for many years. Rose Marie was always driven to accomplish more. She finally completed the college education she had begun at the University of Houston by receiving her degree in Public Administration from the College of Santa Fe - at the age of sixty. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John C. A. Alderete; and is survived by her two sons, Frank T. Bass, Jr. (Julia) and Stephen D. Bass (Laura); and her step daughter, Roberta Espinosa; her grandchildren: David Bass, Brian Bass and Justine Bass Hines; and three great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice, the St. Vincent Hospital Auxiliary, The Santa Fe Fiesta Council or the University of New Mexico School of Law. Cremation has taken place and Rose Marie was interred with her husband at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600
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