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Local obituaries as published daily in the Albuquerque Journal newspaper

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for WEAVER
  • WEAVER, PAUL N. III Paul Weaver, deeply loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, son and friend passed gracefully from this life to never-ending life on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the age of 57. Paul is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susann, whom he lovingly adored and playfully pursued to his last day; by two children who gave him unlimited joy, son, Sean Weaver, married to Meghan Navarro, and daughter, Lauren Garcia, married to Bradley Garcia; and by two cherished grandchildren, Camden "Bubba Doo" Weaver and Addisyn "Picky" Garcia. Paul is also survived by three sisters, Cathy McCorkle, Karen Goit and Cheryl Goehring; by his brother, Mark Weaver; by his parents, Paul Jr. and Shirley Weaver; and by many other family members and friends who will sorely miss Paul and what he added to their lives. Paul was the type of person who not only lit up a room with his dazzling smile, he lit up the lives of the people in the room by how he related to them. He was warm, engaging, welcoming, interested, and generous with all people. He was tender, devoted, thoughtful, playful, and unconditionally loving with those closest to him. He was a man of impeccable integrity through 35 years of business practice (banking and investments) in the Albuquerque area. He loved his community, was passionate about his mission to make it a better community, and expressed that mission by serving on numerous non-profit boards and for a variety of charitable causes. Paul was an extraordinarily gifted man; from his amazing sense of humor to his vocal and musical talent to his handyman skills to his keen business sense to his ability to lead worship music to his brilliant mind. Above all, Paul was a man of God; a man of strong faith and deep humility. He loved his church, NewLife Church, Rio Rancho, where he served as an Elder and Worship Leader. He took great joy in people engaging a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. Many lives have been touched and inspired by how Paul was an advocate for the Lord who put Jesus Christ first and foremost in his life, every day of his life. A service celebrating Paul's life will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at Sagebrush Community Church, 6440 Coors Blvd. N.W. Burial will immediately follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, the Weaver family requests that charitable donations be made to Care Net Pregnancy Center of Albuquerque, P.O. Box 21962, Albuquerque, NM 87154-1962 or National Dance Institute (NDI), 4800 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Please visit our online guestbook for Paul at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for WALTER
  • WALTER, RUDOLPH J III,&Quot;RUDY Age 86, passed away on May 5, 2014. Rudy is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alicia, son Rudolph Ralph Walter and wife Betsy; daughter Marcia and husband Barry Schwartz; grandchildren Anneliese and Katharina Walter; Kristine (husband DaMarrio Mitchell), Elliot (wife Lindsey), Rebecca and Aaron Schwartz; great-grandchildren Tevin, Alicia, Abraham and Amari Mitchell; Mason Morper. Rudy grew up in many small towns in New Mexico having a great love for the NM outdoors. He built a mountain cabin with his two brothers and father. Rudy was an avid fisherman and hunter, activities he relished doing with family. He also enjoyed rock hounding, mining, and was a talented artist. He served in the Navy during WWII, then worked at Sandia Laboratories for 33 years. He was loving and caring with a great sense of humor. A private memorial was held for family. Donations may be made in his name to your favorite charity.

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for VAN SOELEN
  • VAN SOELEN, ESTHER LYNEILLE SMITH Age 86, of Clovis, New Mexico, passed away on May 14, 2014. She was born in Clovis on April 4, 1928 to Samuel "Otto" Smith and Eva Burge Smith. She married Theodore "Ted" Van Soelen, Jr. on October 25, 1969. Ted and Esther raised four children. A life-long resident of Clovis, Esther graduated from Clovis High School in 1946. An exceptional student with a passion for learning, she received an Associate of Arts degree from Cottey College in 1948. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, with a Bachelor of Arts in 1949, and with a L.L.B. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1951. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology in 1976 and Master of Arts in Religion in 1992 from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. She passed on her knowledge by teaching courses at Clovis Community College for many years. Upon completion of her law degree, Esther returned to her hometown and became the first female lawyer in Clovis and a well-respected member of the legal community. Originally practicing with her father, she later practiced both on her own and with various other attorneys. Hal Grieg and David Richards were her partners in Van Soelen, Greig and Richards, P.A. at the time of her retirement in 2001. Although Esther practiced law in Clovis for almost 50 years, her faith and her family were her priorities. A member of Clovis' First United Methodist Church for over 70 years, Esther served for many years on leadership committees, taught Sunday school for more than 40 years, and made countless cups of Sunday morning Kool-Aid for the children of FUMC-Clovis. She also served the United Methodist church extensively at both the District and Conference levels. Esther's membership in PEO for nearly 70 years was very meaningful to her. She also enjoyed her many years of involvement with the Rancher's Camp Meeting Association of the Southwest, the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, CHS Band Boosters, and ENMRSH-ARC. Esther believed strongly in the value of education, and this belief led her and her husband to sponsor two students from Bosnia, Selma Catovic Hughes and Alena Causevic Raymond, young women who became members of the extended Van Soelen family. Esther was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Eva Smith, her devoted husband Ted, and her beloved brother Darrell Otto Smith. She is survived by her daughter Marian Hand and son-in-law Todd Hand of Albuquerque, her daughter Beverly Van Soelen and son-in-law LTC Robert McCauley USA-Ret. of Bettendorf, IA, her son the Hon. Fred Van Soelen and daughter-in-law Erin Sumrall Van Soelen of Clovis, and her son Darrell Van Soelen and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Doty Van Soelen of Las Cruces. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jake and Thea Hand of Albuquerque, James, Myles and Caroline McCauley of Bettendorf, Iowa; America, Silver and Asa Van Soelen of Clovis; and Sophia Van Soelen of Las Cruces. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, May 19, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, 1501 Sycamore Street, Clovis, NM with Rev. Keath Baskett Baskett officiating. Burial will follow in the Smith family plot in the original Clovis Cemetery. The family will be at Steed Todd Funeral Home on Sunday, May 18th from 2:00-4:00 for viewing. Arrangements are under the direction of Steed Todd Funeral Home 800 E. Manana Clovis, New Mexico 88101 (575) 763-5541 you may also sign the family guest registry at www.steedtodd.com

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for TRANTHAM
  • TRANTHAM, CECIL A memorial service will be held May 25, 2014 at Veterans Memorial Park, 1100 Louisiana SE from 10:00 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m.

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for SUTTON
  • SUTTON, RUDY D. Rudy Dale Sutton passed from this earth on Thursday, May 8th, 2014. An Army Vietnam veteran from 1969-1972 he spent the majority of his life as an Albuquerque resident. His last living relatives are his wife, Marilyn Gail; daughters, Christina Renee and Jessie Sarah; his brother, Galen Sutton; brother-in-law, Terry West; nephew, Sean Harris; and son-in-law E.J. Gallas. For full obituary, view www.riversidefunerals.com

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for STOCKHOFF
  • STOCKHOFF, CY Cy was a dedicated teacher and avid student in every aspect of his life. Not content to pass up any chance to learn and explore, his life was a long adventure, and a history of opportunities seized. After realizing the need for an EMS system in Eagle Nest, NM, and with zero previous experience, Cy took it upon himself to create one, an example of his firm faith that any problem could be solved if we are brave and hopeful enough to face it together. From a single ambulance in Eagle Nest grew a career that would eventually touch much of the state's EMS community. Cy was a compassionate teacher, at CNM and UNM, who compelled his students and colleagues to do their best work through his own thoughtful and humble example. For almost 40 years Cy shared every success and mulled every challenge with his wife Jan, who he trusted and admired like no one else. He also spent the last 25 years joyfully raising his two children, Paul and Maren, supporting them in a way that was boundless. His love for his family was unflinching and unabashed, and he made sure it was celebrated every single day. Whether it was around the dinner table or in the classroom, Cy believed in learning the lessons life has to offer, embracing them rather than being afraid of them, even when they are hard. Please come help celebrate his life and lessons at a casual open house on Saturday, May 24, from 1-5pm. Please email celebratecy@gmail.com for directions. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Cy Stockhoff Memorial Scholarship, to pay examination fees for EMS students-in-need taking the National Registry of EMTs practical examination, at www.cnm.edu/wtc. Please visit our online guestbook for Cy at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for SRUBAS
  • SRUBAS, JOHN R. 89, beloved family man, of Albuquerque, passed away May 14. A memorial gathering took place at Placitas Presbyterian Church on May 17, 2014. View information & express condolences at www.danielsfuneral.com

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for SPENCER
  • SPENCER, JAMES RICHARD James Richard Spencer (Coach), 75, of Albuquerque, died May 2, 2014. At his request no service will be held. He was born August 12, 1938 to Alvin and Raynor Moon Spencer of Gilmer, Texas. Jim graduated from Gilmer High School in 1956. He attended Arlington State and East Texas State and received a degree in physical education and biology. Jim served his country from 1962 to 1964. He moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he coached football at West Mesa and Cibola High School in the 70's. He married Kathleen Holcombe Spencer and had a daughter Jolene. He was a member of Sitzmarkers Ski Club and enjoyed riding dirt bikes. Jim retired from Albuquerque Public Schools and moved back to East Texas where he enjoyed fishing the bayous of Caddo Lake and spending time with his friends and family. Jim is survived by his wife Kathy Spencer & daughter Jolene Spencer, of Albuquerque; two siblings Eugene Spencer of Gilmer Texas, Marjorie Tevebaugh and her daughter Elain of Stevenville, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marilyn Bralley. We are very grateful for the help we received the last years of his life from the Veterans Administration, ALS Association, and Solamor Hospice. Donations can be made to the ALS Association. Jim enjoyed his life to the fullest!

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for SHELBRICK
  • SHELBRICK, LARRY Age 66, a resident of Albuquerque, died May 12, 2014. He is survived by two brothrs. Larry will be missed.

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for SELIGMAN
  • SELIGMAN, LEE J. Beloved husband of 52 years to Barbara B. Seligman, father of his beloved sons Douglas P. and Gregory R., father-in-love of Anja and Daisy Seligman, grandfather of twins Kaylee and Amber, brother of Susan Seligman Kennedy and Jack Kennedy, passed away May 14, 2014 with his family at his side. He is now happily singing bass with all his wonderful Barbershop brothers in their heavenly chorus! Lee had an exceptional life with his wonderful parents, Thornton and Doris Seligman, sister, Susan, and his huge close family here in Albuquerque. He loved his career in the medical instrumentation field after receiving his Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He also attended the University of New Mexico and the University of California, Berkeley for his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. His great pleasure in life was music. He was an active 50-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Lee was an outstanding bass and sang in many Barbershop choruses and quartets throughout the years, most recently the quartet Short n' Sweet (guess who Short was!). Those memories still put a smile on all of our faces. He was a member of Rotary, Mensa, the Albuquerque Jaycees and the UNM Alumni Board. His memorial service will be held graveside at Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery, 700 Yale Blvd. SE at 2:00 PM on Tues., May 20th. It will be a celebration of his wonderful life. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his name can be made to the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation at 505-828-3789. They gave him his extra years of joy and life.

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for SCOTT
  • SCOTT, CHARLES CARLYSLE Age 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 15th in Albuquerque, NM. Born in Los Angeles, CA on December 3, 1927, he served two years in the Navy after graduating high school. Following his military service he attended the University of New Mexico where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. After graduation with a degree in Architectural Engineering, he married Sara Jane Cudabac in June 1953. Chuck worked in El Paso for ten years, then moved to Albuquerque to start his own custom home business, Charles Scott Construction, from which he retired in 1990. In addition to his beloved wife Sara, Chuck is survived by his daughter Ann Scott Anderson (Steve) of Las Cruces, NM; his son David M Scott (Jane) of Spokane, WA; as well as five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Devoted to his family and a loyal friend, Chuck was a man of great integrity, conviction and principle - always striving to make our world a better place. He will be greatly missed. According to his wishes there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Planned Parenthood, 3625 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central NM, 2500 Louisiana NE, Ste 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110.

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for SATTERWHITE
  • SATTERWHITE, HELEN JO Helen Jo Satterwhite was born in western Oklahoma on a dry land farm to Mary Ethel McQuigg Satterwhite and Alvis Lowell Satterwhite. She is preceded in death by her parents, and her only brother, Charles Lowell, in 2002. She is survived by his wife, Eva Bouton Satterwhite; nephews Larry, Matt, Kent and families; and numerous McQuigg and Satterwhite cousins. She is also survived by sons, Kurt, Scott, and his wife, Kathy, and their children, Shannon, Justin, and Breann Pogh. A graduate of Northwestern State University majoring in Elementary Education and English, and a Masters in Education from Oklahoma University, her career in education spanned 30 years teaching first grade. Twenty six of those years were at Matheson Park Elementary in Albuquerque. Marked by her years on a Depression-era isolated farm, a strong work ethic was firmly ingrained in her by her upbringing and her parents. Retirement years were spent serving in volunteer and service organizations including Central United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Asbury Sunday School Class, The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (an honorary teacher's organization), Kiwanis of Sandia, American Association of University Women, and several years with Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau. She served as state president of Theta State Delta Kappa Gamma Society 1983-1985, as well as Theta State Editor for many years. Helen Jo was informed and passionate about many social and humanitarian issues, with a focus on accessible education for all and women's equality worldwide. In her free time, she was a voracious reader, an accomplished world traveler, and enjoyed caring for her plants. She had a deep love of children, and took great joy and pride in her sons and grandchildren. She was often a pillar of support to those around her, and in her own struggles she trusted in her unwavering faith to get her through any hardships. She often put the needs of others before her own, finding joy and contentment in giving to others. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held Friday, May 23, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. NE, followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CUMC, or to a charity of your choice. Please visit our online guestbook for Helen at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for RIVERA
  • RIVERA, RAY REFLEXOLOGIST. My brother Raymond Rivera, a Vietnam US Navy veteran, died unexpectedly from pneumonia three years ago at the age of 64 on May 18, 2011. Ray had clients all over the State of New Mexico, but primarily in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. I am printing this so that all his friends and clients are aware of what happened to him. Not a day goes by when I do not think of Ray and the countless people he helped during his lifetime. God Bless you brother. Rest in Peace. Love, your sis, Hope River

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for PEAY
  • PEAY, CHERILYN J. Cherilyn J. Peay, born Dec. 14, 1956 and a lifelong resident of New Mexico, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2014 at her home. She survived by her husband of 30 years, Matt Kwapich; her parents, Dr. Wayne and Marilyn; brother Michael; sisters DeeAnne, Deborah, Elise; nieces and nephews. Cherilyn embraced life with a passion for travel, fishing, spanish, genealogy, investing, teaching and always learning something new. She has touched the hearts and lives of many and will be missed dearly. A special thanks to Mike and Cindy Sponsler for keeping up the CaringBridge site during her bout with cancer. In lieu of flowers please contribute to www.caringbridge.org

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for PALMER
  • PALMER, JT SR. Much loved and respected husband and father, soldier and long time Texas Peace Officer died peacefully at home May 15, 2014 surrounded and supported by the love of family and dear friends. Arrangements by Riverside Funeral Home with burial to be held at the National Cemetary in Santa Fe.

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for PADILLA
  • PADILLA, ROSE R. Rose R. Padilla, 98, a life-long resident of Albuquerque, crossed over to eternal life with our Lord on Monday, May 12, 2014 at home of age related causes. Rose was born in Santa Fe, NM to Pedro and Rita Roybal (Roibal). She moved to Albuquerque after marrying the love of her life, Tony, with whom she is now joined in eternal life with our Lord. Not only was she a devoted, loving wife and mother, and an accomplished seamstress, she volunteered her skill to St. Anthony's Boys Home and was part of the Women's Craft Club at Queen of Heaven, creating items for the Church Bazaar. Her artistic creativity - limitless - among many were her bread dough creations. Her Northern New Mexico cooking skills were enjoyed by all visiting family (thanks, Mom, for the recipes)! Rose is survived by her daughter, Gloria P. Cameron of Portland, OR; brother, Abenicio Rodriguez of Morrilton, AR; sister, Anna Duran and husband, Waldo of Murrieta, CA; and many nephews and nieces. Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 72 1/2 years, Tony N. Padilla; brothers, Max Roybal and Pedro Rodriguez; sisters, Sofia Manzanares, Isabel Mares, Elvera Weadock and Josefina Roybal. Rosary will be recited on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 10:00 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5310 Claremont NE. Interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery, will follow. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made to The Carmelite Monastery of Santa Fe, NM; Animal Humane Association of NM, 615 Virginia SE, 87108; or Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. "When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure - Rose shall evermore be her family's dearest treasure." Please visit our online guestbook for Rose at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH University 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for MURRAY
  • MURRAY, DOROTHY JUNE Dorothy June Murray passed away on May 13, 2014 at the age of 80. Born June 19, 1933 in Espanola, NM, Dorothy grew up in Del Norte, Colorado. In 1955 she married her high school sweetheart, Wally Murray. In 1959 she and her husband moved to Albuquerque with their first child, and soon had their second. Albuquerque was where they made their home and reared their family. After 59 years of marriage Dorothy is survived by her husband, Wally; her two children, Laird Murray and Linnea Murray, and her two grandchildren, Chance Semones and Kili Murray, as well as her brother and sisters, nieces and nephews. Dorothy has enjoyed being a homemaker, mother and wife, and has always loved her family and friends, birds, flowers, music, visiting their cabin in Colorado, and so much more. Her family will be having a get together in remembrance of Dorothy at 1:00 pm on Sunday May 18, 2014 at 10808 Bellamah NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Dorothy at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for MELLEKAS
  • MELLEKAS, JOAN AND ANDREA The honor of your presence is requested at a memorial service to celebrate and remember the life of Joan R. Orlebeke Mellekas (1936-2014) and Andrea M. Mellekas (1969-2006) prior to interment of their ashes. The informal remembrance will be held Friday, May 23rd at Gate of Heaven, 7999 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque. We invite you to visit with other friends and family members anytime between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for MEAD
  • MEAD, JAMIE ELIZABETH Jamie E. Mead, age 37, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 15th, 2014. She was born in Annapolis, Maryland on February 1st, 1977. Jamie dedicated her life to assisting others spending several years as a home health care provider ensuring the comfort and support of each of those she worked with. She is survived by her parents Bette (Kay) Morrow and Patrick (Pat) Mead; sisters Valerie Wagner, Jennifer Hollis, Jessica Tsarnas, Kelly Smith; nieces Harmony and Electra Tsarnas; nephew Noah Tsarnas; uncle Danny Mead; aunt Suzie and uncle Bernie Kalchthaler; aunt Kathleen Mead; uncle Todd and aunt Kathy Morrow; aunt Catherine Buffmire; dear friends Elaine Chiarello and Quincy Manasco; and numerous cousins. Jamie loved spending time with her family, friends and dog Belle. She was cherished for her amazing sense of humor, wittiness and kindness toward others. When we speak of Jamie speak not with tears for thoughts of her should not be sad. Let memories of the times we shared give us comfort for our lives were made richer by her. Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footsteps left on our hearts. - Dorothy Ferguson A wake will be held for Jamie at her mother Kay Morrow's home for close family and friends Saturday May 17th, 2014 from 1pm-4pm.

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  • 05/18/14--00:00: Obituary for MAXFIELD
  • MAXFIELD, NAHOMA R. Age 82, passed from this life peacefully on Thursday, May 15, 2014. She was a loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother, and aunt. Nahoma is survived by her daughter, Rhonda; son, Michael and his wife, Kris and their daughter Kyra; brothers, Windell and his wife, Marge and Roy and his wife, Patricia; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Robyn; and the love of her life, husband, Carl. Nahoma was a successful business owner in Albuquerque for over 20 years where she touched countless lives, many of which she held very dear. Her love for her family and friends was unparalleled and she will be deeply missed. Services will be held Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms 1350 Bosque Farms Blvd. She will be laid to rest with Carl at Garland Cemetery. Should friends desire donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Ranches of New Mexico 6209 Hendrix Rd Ne, Albuquerque, NM, US, 87110. Please visit our online guestbook for Nahoma at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH University 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333

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