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Local obituaries as published daily in the Albuquerque Journal newspaper

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  • 08/21/14--00:00: Obituary for JARAMILLO
  • JARAMILLO, ERIC HENRY 1961-2014 Eric Henry Jaramillo, age 52, beloved son, brother, father and grandfather went to be with our Lord on Monday, August 18, 2014. Eric above anything adored his mom, his dad and his children and loved spending time with them. Eric will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Henry T. and Casianita Jaramillo; maternal grandparents, Willie and Manuelita Sanchez; his brother, Edward (Eddie) Andrew Jaramillo; and many beloved family members. Eric is survived by his loving parents, Henry and Elsie Jaramillo of Belen; sisters, Paulette Jaramillo Hartman, Judy Janelle Haikin and husband, Glen and Cristina Jaramillo all of Albuquerque; daughter, Erica Montoya and husband, Benjamin and their children, Benjamin III, Stefon, Damion and Mercedes all of Colorado Springs, CO; son, James Jaramillo and wife, Anne and baby Jaramillo all of Milwaukee, WI; daughters, Breanne Serna of Albuquerque and Jenna Jaramillo of Bosque Farms; niece, Triana and husband, Trent and their children, Christopher and Lila of Denver, CO; nephew, Troy Hartman of Albuquerque; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Friday, August 22nd beginning with a Viewing at 8:30 a.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. with Father Valadez presiding. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. Please sign Eric's online tribute at: www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen, NM.

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  • 08/21/14--00:00: Obituary for JACOBS
  • JACOBS, DOLORES JUNE June 13, 1932 - August 18, 2014 of Bellevue, NE, she was preceded in death by her husband James. She is survived by sons, Michael and wife Carol Jacobs, Huntsville, AL, Steve and wife Lisa Jacobs, Elephant Butte, NM, Bradley Jacobs and significant other Diane, Vallejo, CA; brothers, Harold Patterson and wife Norma, Plattsmouth, NE, Richard Patterson and wife Linda, Nashville, TN; sister, Alberta and Gary Truax, Lincoln, NE; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial Service: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:30 p.m., Heritage Ridge Retirement Community, 1502 Fort Crook Road, So., Bellevue, NE 68005. Interment: Santa Fe National Cemetery.

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  • 08/21/14--00:00: Obituary for HUNTER
  • HUNTER, JOANN Age 82, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Friday, August 15, 2014. Jo Ann was born in Mosquero, NM to Jane and Marvin Drake on February 25, 1932. She grew up and lived in Mosquero until she moved to Albuquerque to attend UNM. While at UNM she was a proud Lobo, majoring in Business and joining the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. During her time at the University she made many life-long friends and throughout the years she shared many stories of all the fun and special friends in her life. She graduated in 1953 and was married soon after to Weldon Hunter at Central United Methodist Church where they have been long- time members. In 1959, together they established Hunter Lumber Corporation. Jo Ann had an adventurous spirit and never backed away from a challenge. She enjoyed camping and water skiing with her family. She took up snow skiing and found a love for the game of tennis. Jo Ann was a spirited member of the tennis community, competing in local tournaments as well as the Senior Olympics. She enjoyed travel, art, and always seemed to find a new challenge. She went to real estate school, took swimming lessons, and learned to speak Spanish. She was a loving mother, and a beloved grandmother to seven grandchildren. Jo Ann was a fun loving spirt and will be greatly missed by all that knew her. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Weldon Hunter. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela (Mike) Berg; son, Mike Hunter; daughter, Susan Hunter-Miller; grandchildren, Jennifer (Curtis) Edenfield, Justin (Kate) and Jessica Berg, Mitch and Matson Hunter, Kaitlyn Hunter, and Gavin Miller; sister, Donna Walker; nieces, Tracie Campbell, Jan Maxwell, and Kim Wallace; and nephews, Tyme and Ken Hunter. The family would like to thank Home Instead and The Woodmark at Uptown for the wonderful care in the last few years. A special thanks to Presbyterian Hospice. Visitation will be Thursday, August 21, 2014, at FRENCH - University, from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. Funeral Services will be Friday, August 22, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. N.E. Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul N.E. Should friend's desire contributions may be made in Jo Ann's memory to Central United Methodist Church or Alzheimer's Association 9500 Montgomery NE #121. Please visit the online guestbook for Jo Ann at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333

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  • 08/21/14--00:00: Obituary for HIGGINS
  • HIGGINS, CATHERINE MARIE MUTTO born June 10, 1925 in Gallup, New Mexico. She joined her husband in Heaven on Monday, August 18, 2014. She is survived by her four children Lou, Cathy, Rick and Linda, and their spouses; eleven grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She had a heart for community service, but most importantly was an amazing mother, and grandmother. Catherine loved New Mexico and was very proud of her heritage. She was dearly loved and will live on in the hearts of all the lives she touched. Friends and family are invited to a viewing on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at FRENCH-University. A Memorial Service will be held at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. NE on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM with a reception to follow. Private interment will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to The Central United Methodist Church Music Fund, 201 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 or The Greater Southwest Council - Boy Scouts of America, 5841 Office Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Please visit the guestbook for Catherine at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333

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  • 08/21/14--00:00: Obituary for HANKS
  • HANKS, SHAUN NEIL Shaun Neil Hanks, age 34, of Hobbs, NM, tragically passed away on Saturday, August 16th. He was born in Hobbs, NM on November 30, 1979 to Susie Ann Hicks Manes who preceded him in death. He is survived by his two sons Joshua and Connor Hanks; his sister Brandi Manes; nieces and nephews, family, and countless friends. Shaun worked as a driller in the oil fields, a job that he loved and was proud of. He was also an avid Colts fan who loved watching and going to the games, however it was his two boys that were his pride and joy and his entire life. He loved to take them camping, fishing, to amusement parks, swimming, and loved to watch his sons play sports. Shaun was adored by his boys, loved by so many, and his absence will leave a void in the Albuquerque community. Services will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church located at 8600 Academy Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Interment will follow at Gates of Heaven Cemetery at 7999 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Please visit our online guestbook for Shaun hanks at www.FrenchFunerals.com.

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  • 08/21/14--00:00: Obituary for GONZALES
  • GONZALES, ERMA LINDA Erma went home to be with the Lord on August 18, 2014, after battling cancer for ten years. She is preceded in death by her parents Gilbert and Margaret Cabrera; father Rudy Enriquez, Sr.; sisters Alice Enriquez and Marylou Enriquez; grandson Leonard Lujan, Jr.; godson Daniel Enriquez; grandmother Dorothy Medina; and love of her life Michael Purk. Erma is survived by her children Mary Ochoa and husband Pete, Melissa Yanni and Dominic Yanni; her baby boy Joseph and Natasha Gonzales; grandchildren Anthony Martinez, Hondo Martinez, Dominique Yanni and husband Fidel Maldonado, Marissa Yanni, Joseph Gonzales, Jr., Dominic Yanni, Jr., Liana Gonzales; her great-grandchildren Aaleah Maldonado, Zaylie Maldonado and one expecting great- grandchild; siblings Rudy Enriquez, Gene Enriguez, Gilbert Cabrera, Oly Enriquez, Margaret Cabrera, Mary Chavez; many nieces and nephews. Erma worked at Barelas Coffee house for twenty-five years before she became ill. Loved by all her customers because of her big heart. Gone but never forgotten. Erma will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Affordable Cremation & Burial 621 Columbia Dr. SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-262-1456

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  • 08/21/14--00:00: Obituary for GARCIA
  • GARCIA, DANIEL ELISEO Our little angel Daniel Eliseo Garcia passed peacefully in the arms of his family on Monday, August 18, 2014. Daniel was born on January 10, 2014 to Jay and Rosa Garcia of Albuquerque, NM. He is survived by his parents; brothers, Nathan and Levi; and his sister Gabriella. Daniel proved to be very strong through all of his trials. He had a beautiful smile and loved playing with his brothers and sister. Although his time was short, he brought great joy and an abundance of happiness to his family and all the lives he touched. Daniel will be missed and is now in the safe and loving arms of Jesus. A Rosary will be recited at Church of the Ascension, 2150 Raymac Road SW, Albuquerque NM 87105 on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Church of the Ascension on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Pajarito Cemetery. Please visit the online guestbook for Daniel at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH 1111 University Blvd. NE 505-843-6333

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  • 08/21/14--00:00: Obituary for BILLMAIER
  • BILLMAIER, LAWRENCE Age 93, passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014. A memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at Risen Savior Catholic Community Church, 7701 Wyoming Blvd NE. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Air Force. Please visit our online guestbook for Lawrence at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300

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  • 08/21/14--00:00: Obituary for BAROS
  • BAROS, LEONARD (LONNIE) In loving memory of my son Leonard Lonnie Baros Today is three years that my Lord came for you. Not a day goes by that we don't think of you. We miss you so much. Forever in our hearts. Love, Mom, Sister & all your family

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  • 08/21/14--00:00: Obituary for BACA
  • BACA, DOMINIC J. Age 29, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, went to heaven on Sunday, August 10th, 2014. Dominic is survived by his children, Dominic Jr. and Delecia Baca; his fiancee, Amanda Barela and her two special girls Analeeza Gonzalez & Kimberly Archuleta; mother Renee Baca and boyfriend Joe; brother Bernard Barraza; sisters Stephanie Barraza and Jessica Aragon; grandmother, Berna Baca. He leaves behind many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Fidel Baca and uncle Ralph Baca. Dominic J. Baca was a loving father, fiance, grandson, son, nephew, cousin and friend. His children were his world. Dominic was awarded many degrees and certifications. He graduated from the University of New Mexico Civil Engineering department in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. He served our country in the United States Air Force, Air National Guard. Dominic was a member of Sheet Metal Workers LU #49. He enjoyed coaching soccer, baseball and basketball, he also loved to teach. He truly loved his family and friends and will be missed greatly. Family and friends are invited to memorial services at San Martin de Porres, 8321 Camino San Martin SW, on Friday, August 22nd, 2014. Visitation will begin at 10am with Rosary to follow at 10:30 am. Mass will begin at 11 am.

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  • 08/22/14--00:00: Obituary for WATSON
  • WATSON, CHASE TYLER Our beloved son and brother, age 25, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Chase is survived by his father, James W. Watson; his mother, Leesa C. Watson; his sister, Taunee C. Peyton; brother, Kaden J. Watson; brother-in-law, Matt Peyton; extended family, Roberta Armenta, Jerica Gallegos, Philip Gallegos, Eli Gallegos, Carlo Gallegos; grandparents, Maria and Dick Neel; aunts and uncles, Kim and Donnie Bloomer, Paula Whittlesey, Jerry Watson, Hemming and Star Atterbom, Per and Melanie Atterbom; cousins, Sonia Whittlesey, Hannah Dalton, Skylar Atterbom, Sabrina Atterbom, Sydney Atterbom, Doniven Gallegos, Issac Gallegos. Chase was a resident of Albuquerque, NM and was previously employed by Western Commercial Glass as a glazer. He was a loving son, brother and friend. He had the ability to make everyone smile and laugh. He loved dancing and sports. Chase was a ray of sunshine in a mixed-up world and we will miss him everyday. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Chapel, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-892-9920

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  • 08/22/14--00:00: Obituary for WATKINS
  • WATKINS, MARILYN E. was born September 23, 1926 and peacefully passed into eternity on Friday, July 18, 2014. She is alive today with her risen Savior, Jesus Christ, and her loving husband of 47 years, Jesse Watkins. She is survived by her five children, Dianne Todd and husband Pete, Tom Watkins and wife Harriet, David Watkins and wife Maxine, Mark Watkins and wife Jenny, Dan Watkins and wife Cathy, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and extended family and friends who loved and will miss her. Marilyn faithfully served the Lord beside her husband in Albuquerque, Socorro, and Veguita, NM. She played the organ at Alameda Bible Church for many years and played the "Wedding March" time and time again. She could pick up any sheet of music and play it without fault on the organ or piano. A memorial service will be held at Alameda Bible Church, 220 El Pueblo Road, on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a lunch and fellowship after the service for all who care to come. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Victory Christian School, 220 El Pueblo Rd. NW. ABQ., NM. 87114. "Now I belong to Jesus, Jesus belongs to me, Not for the years of time alone, But for eternity". Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008.

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  • 08/22/14--00:00: Obituary for WAETZIG
  • WAETZIG, IRMA I. Age 83, passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014. She was born in Harveyville, KS on June 9, 1931. Irma is survived her by sons, Chuck Waetzig and Herbert Waetzig, wife Donna; grandchildren Lacy, husband Derrick, and Becky; great-grand children Cadance & Bentley; sister Edna of Topeka, KS. Graveside service will be held 10:00 am on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Sandia Memory Garden, Albuquerque, NM. In lieu of flowers donations to the Animal Humane Society may be given in Irma's honor. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 3113 Carlisle Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 505-884-1188

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  • 08/22/14--00:00: Obituary for ROMERO
  • ROMERO, CHRISTINE O. a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Thursday, August 20, 2014 at home with her family at her side. Mrs. Romero is survived by her husband, of 46 years, David Romero; children, Brian Romero and Carla Rios, Debbie Garcia and husband, Gary, and Denise Torres; special nephew and nieces she raised, Robert J. Gonzales, Desiree Gonzales, Roberta Rose Gonzales, and Eugene Arthur Gonzales; brothers, Robert Gonzales and Teddy Gonzales. Visitation will be Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel by Deacon Don Roseborough. Final visitation will be Monday, August 25, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at San Ysidro Catholic Church, Tinaja, NM. Interment will follow at the San Ysidro Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brian Romero, Gary Garcia, Tommy Cordova, Daniel Lovato and David Lewis. Please visit our website at: www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Drive SW (505) 243-7861

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  • 08/22/14--00:00: Obituary for PENA
  • PENA, ABELICIO (ABE) Abelicio (Abe) M. Pena 87, a legend in Cibola County and western New Mexico, died on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Abe is survived by his wife, Viola Cisneros Pena; three daughters: Ramona Alires (Norman), Paula Ladd, Cecilia Salisbury (Randy); son Marco Pena; granddaughters: Maria Ladd Ehrlich (Jason), Andrea Alires, Michele and Jessica Ladd; two grandsons: Marco Alires and Paul Ladd; his two great-grandchildren: Elijah and Anya Ehrlich. Also survived by his brother Bennie Pena (Sandra); sisters Lydia M. Pena S.L., and Dorothy Pena McBride; and sister-in-law, Marie Moleres Pena. Pallbearers will be: Sgt. Marco Alires, Albert Barnett, Patrick Collins, Lcpl. Paul Ladd, Vincent Martinez, Paul Pena, Robert Pena, Isaiah Stafford, Kevin Terrell. Honorary Pallbearers: Bennie Pena, Norman Alires, Bobby Cisneros, Mike Cisneros Sr., Karl Gutierrez, M.D., Pablo Smith, Marty Sweeney, Ron Waterman. Rosary, 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 22nd; Resurrection Mass, Saturday, August 23, 1:00 p.m., both at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grants, New Mexico. Celebrant, Father Alberto Avella. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph's School, P.O. Box 370, San Fidel, New Mexico, 87049.

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  • 08/22/14--00:00: Obituary for PAYNE
  • PAYNE, THOMAS J. was born May 4, 1927 in Cassville, Missouri. He departed this life on August 20, 2014 in Springfield, Missouri. After service in the US Navy, he moved to Seymour, Missouri where he met and married his wife, Janet Nell Miller on June 19, 1952. Thomas is survived by his wife, Janet of 62 years; one son, Brent and wife Anna of Costa Mesa, California; grandchildren, Tommy, Jenny, Michelle and husband Jason. Surviving siblings are his brother Bill and wife Jewel of El Cajon, California and sister Wilma Hughesman and son Ronnie of San Diego, California. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Billie Ridenour and husband Lesley of Springfield; nieces Shelly Ambler of El Cajon, California and Linda Payne of Lake Havasu, California, Debra Keithley of Ash Grove, Missouri, and Rebecca Dotson of Walnut Grove, Missouri; nephews William and Eugene Payne of El Cajon, California. He was preceded in death by his parents Pearl and Ernest Payne and two sisters Irene and Delilah. In 1957, Thomas moved with his wife and son to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he was employed by the University of New Mexico in their printing department. He worked there for over 35 years, with the last ten years serving as Director of the department. He was a devoted Bible student with a passion for teaching. He was often sought out for his spiritual insights and counsel by his family and friends. He had many favorite scriptures as evidenced by the tattered pages and highlights in his Bible. In loving remembrance for his devoted life in Christ, with lasting inspiration to his closest family and friends. Services will be Friday, August 22, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. A graveside service with full military honors will be Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Missouri Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1630 W. Elfindale, Springfield, MO 65807.

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  • 08/22/14--00:00: Obituary for MYERS
  • MYERS, FREDERICK MARTIN Frederick Martin Myers passed away this past Tuesday, August 19, 2014. He was born on April 3, 1916 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. He served in the occupational US Army, stationed in Japan. After his discharge, he earned his BA at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. Then in 1950, Frederick moved with his family to Albuquerque where he received his Master's degree from the University of New Mexico. He taught in the Albuquerque Public School System until his retirement at age 62. Not one to sit idle, he studied for the deaconate in the Episcopal Church and served as a deacon at both St. Mary's Episcopal Church and at the Cathedral of St. John's. As an avocation, Frederick and his wife Margaret started the not-for-profit organization Teen-Age Study Tours and over the years spent summers taking thousands of New Mexico high school students on educational tours of Western and Eastern Europe. Frederick is survived by his wife of 74 years, Margaret Myers; his three children, Ann, Stephen and Michael; by his four grandchildren, Michelle, Douglas, Adan and Maria Sol; and eight great-grandchildren. His life-long passions with church, education and travel provided him with a full and rewarding life that is to be envied by all. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations to the Episcopal Relief Fund would be appreciated. Memorial services will be held at the Cathedral of St. John, 318 Silver Ave SW, on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 2:00 pm.

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  • 08/22/14--00:00: Obituary for MILLER
  • MILLER, ROSE ANN Age 97, passed away Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Boise, ID. She was a resident of Boise for the last two years, and formerly a resident of Albuquerque, NM for 28 years, and Western Springs, IL for 32 years. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara M. Hoyns and husband Lawrence of Longmont, CO, and Lucinda M. Gonzalez and husband, Antonio of Boise, ID; grandchildren, Virginia Nowell and her husband, Christopher, and Edward Russell, of Longmont, CO, Julia Gonzalez of Trinity, FL, Antonio Gonzalez, Laura Davis, and her husband, William, and Thomas Gonzalez, all of Boise, ID; and sister, Mary F. Bonfield, of La Porte, IN; and great- grandchildren, Miranda Nowell and Spencer Nowell, of Longmont, CO. She is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Thomas G. Miller; her sisters, Helen Mieczkowski, Anne Newsom, and her brothers, Andrew Blaida, Paul Blaida, and Bernard Blaida. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Mrs. Miller at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 08/22/14--00:00: Obituary for LUCAS
  • LUCAS, CHESTER DONALD Don passed away peacefully on August 18, 2014. He was born June 8, 1935, on a ranch east of Nolan, NM. He spent most of his life in New Mexico attending elementary and high schools in Albuquerque. After graduating from Albuquerque High School, he joined the U.S. Navy and served one tour of duty in Japan after which he attended UNM. He graduated from UNM with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Don owned and operated his own business for over 25 years with offices in Albuquerque and Tempe, AZ and retired in 1996. He especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the family cabin in northern New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Thomas Lucas and Patsy Hatton Garrett; brothers, Richard Lucas and David Garrett; and nephew, Ty A. Garrett. Don is survived by his wife, Maxine; son, Terry A. Lucas and wife Marta; grandson, Dustin A. Lucas; great- grandson, Keyton A. Lucas; brother, Michael T. Garrett and wife Juanita; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; step-mother, Louise Blair; and extended family members Erica, Mike and Brien Brooks. The family would like to extend thanks to Bill Willis, owner of Buena Vista Senior Care, all of the caregivers at Buena Vista (especially Sharon Martinez, Lea Martinez and Michele Velarde) and Hospice De La Luz (Sharon McBride, Kim Locklear, Dr. Joy Lovette and Gary Ortiz) for extending Don's life by providing excellent care. At Don's request, there will be no funeral but we ask that wherever you are that you join us in observing a minute of silence to remember Don on August 30, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Please visit our online guestbook for Don at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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  • 08/22/14--00:00: Obituary for KEY
  • KEY, SHANNON T. Age 40, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, NM, took his first steps in Heaven early Wednesday morning, August 20, 2014. Shannon is survived by his wife of 19 years, Sorcha L. Key; his children, Cassia S. Key age 17, Kaylynn M. Key age 16, Garrett T. Key age 14; and his parents, Ernest T. Key and Ethel L. Key. Shannon battled brain cancer for 7 years and during this time never complained and always said he felt "GREAT" even when he didn't. He was known to many as a family man, police officer, fighter, warrior, friend and most importantly a servant of God. Shannon was a member of Mesa Baptist Church where he faithfully served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and Choir Member. After graduating high school Shannon served in the U.S. Navy onboard the USS George Washington as an aviation ordinance man. After getting out of the Navy Shannon dedicated his life to serving the community as a Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputy. During his 17 years as a deputy Shannon served on the Honor Guard, worked as a homicide and violent crimes detective and was a SWAT and K-9 Team Member. Shannon loved his job and considered all those he worked with, his brothers and sisters on the force. Often people would tell Shannon that it was good to see him and he would respond by saying, "It is good to be seen." I like to think that when he entered Heaven God looked at Shannon and said, "It's good to see you" and Shannon replied, "It's good to be seen". I will forever love you my partner, my lover, my stronghold, my best friend for now it is my job to carry on your legacy of, Keeping the Faith. Can't wait to spend eternity with you A viewing will be held for Shannon on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Westside. Shannon's life Celebration service will be held on Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at Mesa Baptist Church, 1411 Golf Course Rd. in Rio Rancho followed by a procession to Shannon's final resting place at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Following the graveside service everyone is welcomed to attend a reception located at the Albuquerque Moose Lodge at 2121 Edith Blvd. Pallbearers will be: Sgt. John Allen, Sgt. Van Eldredge, Sgt. Larry Harlan, Deputy Tim Hix, Deputy Micah Barker, Deputy Chris Starr, Sgt. Pat Burk, Sgt. Mark Kmatz, Deputy Nathan Kmatz, Capt. Justin Dunlap, Officer Rob Swessel and Officer Dennis Tafoya. Flowers can be delivered to FRENCH - Westside starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Shannon's children's college fund. Contact Mesa Baptist church for information on making donations. Please visit our online guestbook for Shannon at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Westside 9300 Golf Course Rd NW 505-897-0300

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