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Last Updated:  October, 2021

There is a separate list of all Classmates who are known to be deceased.
Only those for whom we have a formal or informal obituary notice are listed on this page.

Mary Hellen Baxter Mary Helen Baxter Mallow
1942 - 2021

Mary Helen Baxter Malow passed away on July 12, 2021 with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. Originally from Albuquerque Mary Helen moved to Washington, DC in 1966 and soon found employment at the Library of Congress. She also served as a staff assistant for Senator Clinton Anderson, and later in life she worked for Mitretek. Mary Helen was a talented dancer, avid gardener, voracious reader, and animal lover. She volunteered for many years for both SHARE of McLean, VA and St. Matthew's Cathedral and was an active member of the neighborhood where she lived for 45 years.

Her most important and impactful role was as loving mother to her only child, Jessica. Mary Helen is survived by her daughter, Jessica, son-in-law Matt Molesworth, step-granddaughters, Ashley and Samantha Molesworth and brothers, James Baxter and William Baxter. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Malow, her mother Lena
Baxter, née Dolzadelli, father Robert J. Baxter, her brothers Robert J. Baxter Jr, and John Baxter as well as nephews Michael Baxter, Robert J. Baxter III and Matthew Baxter.

Funeral Mass was held
on October 22, 2021 at Aquinas Newman Center in Albuquerque. Internment followed at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque.

Bill Winkler William C. (Bill) Winkler


William C. "Bill" Winkler, AIA, died peacefully of natural causes at age 79 on April 30, 2021. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 16, 1942 to Dorothy and Everett Winkler. He grew up in Wisconsin with his two older brothers, George and Jim, until His family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1957 for his father's U.S. Forest Service job. William graduated from Highland High School in 1960. While at Highland, he was a member of the student Rocket Society and the Thespians. Through friends John and Carolyn Kirpatrick, William met Rosemary McNerney and they were married on December 26, 1964 while he was a student at the University of New Mexico. During the summers, William worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the field, helping to spot and fight forest fires. William graduated from the UNM School of Architecture in the fall of 1969. His son Karl was born in 1966, and his son Kirk was born in 1971.

As an architect, William was involved with the design of several prominent Albuquerque and Santa Fe landmarks, including the downtown Albuquerque police station, Eldorado and Cibola high schools, the KRZY/KRST radio station, the Santa Fe Hilton hotel, the Santa Fe Airport, and the Albuquerque Hilton Hotel (now Crowne Plaza) near the I25/I40 interchange. William worked for John Hawkins and Bill Ellison in the 1960s and 1970s, then Bill J. Shelton through the 1980s. William joined Architectural Research Consultants in 1993 and worked there until his retirement in 2016. While at ARC, William consulted with schools throughout the state of
New Mexico in order to bring them up to modern standards for handicapped access, health, safety, and education.

During the 1970s, William and Rosemary were heavily involved with their neighborhood association, working to improve the area. One of the projects they accomplished was to turn the dilapidated Tesuque Drive-in Theater grounds into
Mesa Verde Park and community center.

William was an avid hobbyist throughout his life, involved with a variety of interests. He loved to build ship, submarine and building models. He learned to sail and navigate on the water, and owned a small sailboat during the 1980s. He had a lifelong interest in the works of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and always made a point to see his landmarks when visiting a city. While a teenager, William was interested in cars and hot rods, owning an extremely fast, modified 1955 Chevy, with which he would race the other
Albuquerque gearheads in the 1960s as part of the Roadrunner Car Club. He claimed that he had "the fastest car in Albuquerque at that time." He continued to repair and maintain his own cars for decades and taught many of those skills to his sons. While in college, William became an avid pot maker - dozens of his pottery items still grace the homes of friends and family. He was also a music lover, amassing a diverse collection of recordings from Fats Domino and Elvis to Walter Carlos and Tomita, from Bach to the Beatles. Yes, Iron Butterfly, Shostakovich, Fleetwood Mac, and Bob Dylan. His favorite pieces of music were Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

William also held an interest in photography all his life after learning the basics from his older brother Jim. He won first place at the New Mexico State Fair for a photograph of Rosemary he took in 1968. When they bought their first house together in 1971, William built a darkroom in the back of the garage, and taught his sons Karl and Kirk how to develop film and make prints. He took the transition to digital photography in stride, learning how to use Photoshop software, scanners, and printers. William was also interested in firearms and would go deer and pheasant hunting with his friends during the 1970s. He became a stamp collector during the 1970s and won a regional Philatelist award for his collection from the German Inflation period of the 1920s. During the 1980s and 1990s, William was an avid woodworker, making dozens of furniture items for his own home and for his friends and family. Throughout his life, William was an amazing handyman, capable of fixing and improving just about anything. He did extensive modifications to the Winkler home, including major bathroom and kitchen renovations and building a beautiful deck off the back porch. During the 1990s, William learned computers and became an expert on the PC platform and Computer Aided Drafting.

William was a wonderful son, husband, brother, father, grandfather and uncle and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rosemary; his sons, Karl and Kirk; his granddaughter, Nina; his brother, George, his daughters-in-law, Jane and Kristy Jo; and dozens of cousins, nieces and nephews on both sides of his family.

If you wish, the family asks that you please make a donation to one of the following in William's name:

Friends of the Albuquerque Public Library,
Assistance League of Albuquerque,
Chatter Music Worth Talking About,
San Juan Symphony,
Albuquerque Genealogical Society,

Sharon Otto Delo Sharon Otto Delo


Sharon Alexandra Otto Delo died in Boulder, Colorado on July 14, 2019.  She was predeceased by her husband, Pete Delo, Jr. her older brother Richard Otto, and her parents Richard G. Otto and Maxine C. Otto.  She is survived by her son Patrick Delo, by her sisters Sally Edings and Gretchen Vore, and by her brother Pat Otto.

 Sharon was a graduate of the University of Colorado where she was active with the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.  After college, Sharon worked a flight attendant for Pan Amderican Airlines.  On her first flight overseas she met her soon to be PanAm pilot husband, Pete.  A proud mother, grandmother, wife, sister and aunt, Sharon was first and foremost devoted to her family.  With unconditional love and grace she taught her family how to live and stood by them.  Donations in Sharon’s honor can be made to the CU of Boulder Tri Delt Chapter and to the American Cancer Society.

Donna Dalbey Ness Donna Kay Dalbey Ness

1942 - 2019

 Donna Kay Dalbey Ness died on May 20, 2019, after complications from Parkinson's disease. Donna was the second daughter of Hortense and John Dalbey.  After Highland, Donna pledged Pi Beta Phi at the University of New Mexico while studying Physical Education.  There she met and later married Gary Ness and remained so married for 57 years.

With her Master's Degree in Physical Education, Donna began a career in Recreational Therapy with handicapped and elderly persons. She also taught Aerobic Dancing classes for many years.

Throughout her life, she lovingly cared for anyone or anything that needed help or compassion including family, friends, strangers, pets, stray animals, the disabled, the elderly and the homeless. Donna's personality was as spicy as it was sweet. At 5'2" she never steered clear from speaking her mind or doing what she thought was right.

Donna loved all things New Mexico. She enjoyed the culture, the landscape, and the food; especially at Christmas.  She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque. 

Donna was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, Gary. She is survived by her sister, Carolyn "Pat" Findley (Jim Clifton); by her daughter, Rebecca Cox (Dustin) and by her grandsons, Camden, Grady, Ryant and Hesston Cox.

A Graveside Memorial took place at Sunset Memorial Park. To honor Donna’s life, consider providing a donation to a New Mexico state park, museum, or local animal shelter.

Donna McNama McBroom Donna McNama McBroom

1942 - 2019

Donna Mae McNama McBroom passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Albuquerque, NM, on April 14, 1942. She is survived by her brother, two sons, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and loyal friends. A Memorial Service was held on June 3, 2019 at Episcopal Cathedral of St. John, in Albuquerque.

Chuck Lewis Chuck Lewis

1942 - 2019
Charles William Lewis, 77, died peacefully, at home, on March 13. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janet Mooney Lewis; his sons Marc and wife Amy, Scot and wife Jaime; five grandchildren; two sisters, Susie and Pat; and brother, John. He was preceded in death by his sister, Kathy.

Chuck was a native of Albuquerque, attending Highland High and UNM, where he majored in Art and was a member of SAE fraternity. After retiring from Mortgage Banking, he resumed his talent for art, spending many hours at the New Mexico Art League, where he served as president for several years. His passions were his family, his art, biking, gardening and his dogs, turtles and birds. Everyone he knew was greeted with warmth and that great smile. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed. Chuck was a good man and best friend to many.

His family would appreciate any memorial gifts be made to the New Mexico Art League or the Animal Humane Society.

Peggy Bradley Schmidt

1942 - 2018
Peggy Schmidt Peggy Schmidt, age 76, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 5, 2018, surrounded by the love of family and friends. Born in Carlsbad, NM, Peggy moved to Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project years before later moving to Albuquerque in 1949. She was very active in life. She volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Home Weatherization Program through PNM. Peggy's lifetime hobbies included cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, and oil painting but her main priority in life was her family.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Carl Schmidt. She is survived by her children, Daren Schmidt and Kristen Emrick; grandchildren, Brooklyn, Daniel, Emma, and Colin; brothers, Jerry and Jimmy Bradley; and other family and friends.

Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park.

; Jerry Monroe Woodard

1942 - 2018

Jerry Monroe Woodard, age 75, of Slidell, LA, passed away, peacefully, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Jerry was born July 16, 1942 in Berkeley, CA, to Franklin and Lorraine Woodard. He graduated from Highland High school in Albuquerque NM. In 1971, Jerry joined the US Coast Guard. After 26 years of service, he retired as a CWO4. Chief Warrant Officer Woodard received many awards throughout his career most notably: the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Arctic and Antarctic Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon, Special Operations Service Ribbon and the Humanitarian Service Medal and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

Throughout Jerry's life, he brought peace and love to all who knew him, living his life with integrity and kindness seen daily in his dedication to his wife and family. Jerry was known for his lifelong passion of water skiing. He was recognized and respected for being a charter Pan American judge responsible for the record tournaments in the South Central region. In 2015, Jerry was inducted into the Alabama Water Ski Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 35 years, Margaret Ann, son Jason Woodard, daughter Connie Carriveau and two
grandchildren, Skylar Woodard and James Arthur Davenport.  Services were at St. Luke's Catholic Church, Slidell, LA.  Interment was at the Southeast LA. Veterans Cemetery.


Thomas Ormsby

1942 - 2018
Thomas Joseph Ormsby III was born April 27, 1943 in New Jersey to Thomas Joseph Ormsby II and Lillian T. Pritchard Ormsby. Thomas' mother Lillian was a Record Keeper at Sandia National Labs and his father was in the military.

Thomas was a member of the Church of God, NM and actively helped with the food bank giving food to those in need.
Thomas is a military veteran and served his country as a specialist in the U.S. Navy from July 30, 1960 until November 22, 1963. He spent 12 months overseas and 6 months at sea.

His interests included photography, travel, web design, movie critic, newspaper editor, biking, hiking, camping, cooking, entertaining and reading. Thomas most especially loved trains and ships.
Thomas was known for his wit and humor. “He was always funny, warm and human, never austere in his personality. He was a complex human being with many facets and many worlds he traveled.” He developed close relationships with friends and brethren that lasted a lifetime.

Thomas was interred at the Veterans National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.

  Ted Reece 

1942 - 2017
Ted Reese, 75, of Parkville, MO passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. 

Ted was born March 22, 1942 to William Howard and Margaret L. (Hawxby) Reese.  He is a veteran of the United States Army and spent the majority of his working career for 44 years at TWA/American Airlines as a mechanic.  Ted was an entrepreneur and hard worker.Ted was very devoted to his family.  He was a dedicated husband to Pat.  In earlier years, he was active in coaching his son’s sports and in recent years he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. 

Ted was an avid KU basketball fan and was a longtime Chiefs season ticket holder.  He also enjoyed attending activities with his sons.  Ted was a very selfless person and was always putting the needs of others first.  He displayed his love for others by always lending a helping hand or tool in any situation, as well as a friendly conversation and smile.

He married Patricia Jeanne Pedersen on October 1, 1967 on Treasure Island, CA.  In addition to Pat, survivors include two children: Todd Reese (Jennifer) of Parkville, MO; Tabb Reese (Maureen) of Parkville, MO; six grandchildren: Coleman, Madison, Spencer, Harrison, Alexa and Noah; niece, Kathy Contreras and nephew, Fred Reese.  He was preceded in death by both parents, and a brother, Frederick Reese. 

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Ted's life was held August 2, 2017.  Burial followed at Terrace Park Cemetery.

  Al Rader

1942 - 2017 
Al H. Rader, 74, of Albuquerque, NM, died on March 18, 2017. Al died in his home from natural causes. He was born on April 22, 1942, in Washington, D.C. and moved to Albuquerque in early childhood where he has remained a lifelong resident in the North Valley. He graduated from Highland High School in 1960. Al cherished many long-lasting friendships throughout his life and was very active in his hobbies which included amateur radio operation. He served his country as a National Guardsman in the late 1960's.

Al also enjoyed spending time with his wife Linda (who preceded him on August 20, 2006), camping, riding his recumbent bike, and quipping terrible puns to family and friends.

Al is survived by his son, Thomas Rader, and wife Mary, and many other dear friends and family members.

He was interred at Sunset Memorial Park on March 22, 2017 to be with his beloved wife Linda in their shared final place of rest.  

Marilyn Sasser

1942 - 2016
Marilyn Sasser, 74, a special friend passed away October 17, 2016.

Marilyn was known as a dedicated teacher and pharmacist.

She will be missed by numerous friends.

A service was held October 25, 2016. Interment was at Fairview Memorial Park.


From Marilyn's care givers:

May she rest in peace. My daughter and I were two of her last care givers at home. She will be greatly missed. She was a pleasure to be around. I loved sitting and talking with her about old times. We got into great depth about old actors and movies. Her love was Elvis. It was great to see her eyes light up when she spoke of him. 
Love Brenda Ortega and Kiana Robles Ortega

John Byland John Wesley Byland

1942 - 2016

John Wesley Byland at age 74, passed peacefully at his home in Edgewood, NM.  He survived by his son Michael; daughters Eileen and Darla and her husband Lee; two brothers; one sister; and five grandchildren. John's sister, Judy, was married to Classmate Fred Fluck.  John will be greatly missed. Services were held on Friday, June 24th at Los Altos Christian Church in Albuquerque.


James Richard Hodges

1942 - 2016
Jim was born in Fremont, Nebraska on November 14, 1942. His family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico when he was ten years old. Jim attended Highland High School, graduating in 1960, and earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at the University of New Mexico.

He moved to Colorado in 1969 because he had heard great things about Jefferson County Schools and wanted to be part of an innovative school system to benefit kids. He taught biology at Lakewood High School for ten years and was then elected President of the Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA). When he completed his term, he returned to teaching at Columbine High School for one year before being hired permanently as a Uniserv Director at JCEA, where he advocated on behalf of Jeffco teachers. Jim completed his career as the Executive Director of JCEA, retiring in 2006. He was extremely proud that all five of his children and stepchildren graduated from Jefferson County Schools.

Jim will be remembered as a kind, gentle man who tried to help others. He cared about people more than things. He loved anything turquoise, birds, photography, and animals (especially dogs). He was a die-hard Denver Bronco fan, having been a season ticket holder since 1969. He delighted in little children and always asked for a "high-five" whenever and wherever he encountered them. His ten grandchildren were his pride and joy. He will also be remembered for being 5 foot 18 inches tall.

Jim is survived by his wife of 24 years, Diane Hodges, his son, Peter Hodges (Kelly), son, Chad Hodges (Lissa), daughter, Jenny Cook (Shane), step-daughter, Shannon Lewis (Terry), and step-son, Ryan Early (Hollen), his brother, Charlie Hodges (Marie) and many cousins. He is also survived by ten beautiful grandchildren: Brody, Micah, Max, Mason, Joelle, Gabe, Madison, Beatrix, Charlie, and Ava, and his former wife, Patricia A. Hodges. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard E. Hodges, and his mother, Jessie L. Raeside.

Charles Ray Carder


Ray passed away on June 17, 2016.  Ray lived in Phoenix, Arizona.  He served 8 years with the Air National Guard. He was a Master Builder in Albuquerque and Phoenix for many years. Ray was active in the SCA for 35 years and was well known for his research and knowledge of historical facts and events. His loves included classic cars, building things, genealogy and history.

Ray was survived by his daughters Cheryl Carder-Hernandez, and JD Ellis, as well as his by his granddaughter Ashley Ellis and great granddaughter Isabelle Patton.

A man outside his time, he will be missed.

Evie Brown Tumlin

Evelyn Hallonquist Brown Tumlin, passed away on June 22, 2015, at her home, Cedar Wind Farm in Oxford, Mississippi. She is survived by her husband of forty two years, Robert Lewis Tumlin; step-sons, Russell Tumlin and Steven Tumlin, her sisters-in-law Rita Daniel Brown (Highland, 1960) and Anne Tumlin Hill, her grandchildren, one nephew and one niece. She was preceded in death by her brother, Tyre Harris Brown II.

In her early life Evie was an accomplished marksman and sharpshooter, ice skater, debutant, scuba diver, folksinger and artist, as well as an equestrian trainer for the Olympics. Upon graduation from University of Arizona with a degree in Zoology, she spent two years with the Peace Corps in Liberia. In the 70s she worked at NASA monitoring astronauts' heart rates, taught English in Peru, was a flight instructor, a radio traffic reporter and helicopter pilot, and won air races and derbies.
Evie was a USDF Medalist and Graduate and a Dressage Show judge, She was USDF Region 9 Horse Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Dressage Foundation Century Club member and holder of several leadership positions within USDF Region 9. She developed Cedar Wind Farm, where she nurtured young riders in the area of horsemanship, and the riding disciplines of Dressage and Eventing

Evie had a deep and abiding love and respect for nature her entire life. The family suggests donations be made to the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society, the Friends of the Oxford Mounted Patrol, or to the charity of your choice.

Leon King


Leon King passed away April 28, 2015. He is survived by his soulmate and beloved wife, Leona, along with his children and grandchildren. He is also survived by his son Joe King and wife Jody; daughter Stacy Lopez and husband Sieve; son Lenny King; daughter Cynthia Palley and husband Brant; son Lawrence Castillo del Muro and wife Mariane; daughter Lorraine Tipton and husband Bill; and also by a loving extended family. Leon is also survived by his sister and best friend Brooksene Thompson and husband Frank; two nieces Michele Loyd and husband Tony. Irina Collunis and husband Jerry. Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Brooks and Dorothy King.

Leon was born and raised in Albuquerque. He received an Asso­ciates Degree in Electronic Engineering from the Sothwest Institute of Technology, an Accounting De­gree from UNM, and an MBA from Anderson School of Management. Leon was employed by PNM from which he retired with 31 years of service. He loved work and the friends he worked with. He was a member of Rotary, Kawanis, Optimist Club and PNM's Forerunners (PNM Retirement Group). Leon was a man of God and loved his relationship with the Lord. He spent many years in bible study and was a member of Calvary Chapel. Leon will be tremendously missed by all who knew him and loved him.
Theodoer Faye (Ted) Brown

1942 - 2013

Ted Brown, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died on September 21, 2013 after a long battle with Acute Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma. We will miss his spirit, sense of humor, intelligence and knack for finding interesting projects.  He was happy in that challenge. He was a spititual and loving man, who was generous and very giving.

Ted was introduced to Highway Construction with his fathers business, Brown Construction, as a young man. Ted received a Business Degree from Baylor College, and then served as a First Lieutenant during the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he started and ran his own highway and bridge construction company for 44 years in New Mexico. Ted built many of the roads and bridges you drive on in this state.  Ted served as the President of Associated General Contractors. Ted was a deacon at Hoffmantown Church, which he considered to be one of the highlights of his life. Whenever asked "What do you do for a living?", Ted simply replied "I'm a ditch digger."

Ted is survived by his two sons, Alan Staehlin and Dave Staehlin; brother, James Brown; and cousin, Walter Brown. He had many cousins, nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. He is preceded in death by his father, Theodore R. Brown; mother, Lucy R. Brown; brother, Charles F. Brown; and sister, Eleanor Rucker. Interment is at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE.

Sara Cartmell Pyeatt


Pyeatt, Sara Martin (Cartmell) age 72 died November 22, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM unexpectedly of a heart attack. Her unwavering love of, devotion to and support of family and friends strengthened us. Her true, beautiful spirit embraced everyone for who they are, sustaining and empowering us. Sara is survived by her husband Bob, her children Alyssa and Allan Tapia and Brett Bearce, her step-children Debbie and Colin Anderson, Mike and Genevieve Pyeatt and Clint Pyeatt, her grandchildren Taylor Tapia, Haley Tapia, Selby Anderson, Zach Anderson, Sydney Pyeatt and Lauryn Pyeatt, her sister Ann and Ben Swayze and brother Steve and Judy Cartmell.  Please make a donation in her name to the American Heart Association


Bil McDavid



I am sad to have to report that my good friend, walking companion and colleague, Bil McDavid, died in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, 30 September, 2014.  Bil first came to Brazil as a Fullbright scholar in the mid-1960s to carry out research in Salvador for his M.A. Thesis from the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, his home town and state, of whose cultures Bil was very proud.  He told me it was far from easy for a young, innocent, blond, blue-eyed American to study at the Federal University of Bahia so soon after the 1964 coup.  But Bil no doubt made the most of it, as always, learning capoeira with the old masters, and beginning his life long love, fascination and study of things Brazilian.  Bil's resulting dissertation, on the stereotypical members of Brazilian society, as portrayed in Jorge Amado's novels, was ground breaking for that time, and fostered Bil's continual interest in contrasting Brazilian and North American cultures.  He just had a birthday, on 12th September, which often fell, appropriately enough, during our 'Semana da Patria. Bil worked in the States during the turbulent late 1960s as the coordinator of intensive immersion courses in Portuguese for future Peace Corps workers destined for Brazil.  His future wife, Dinora, was one of the all-Brazilian teaching staff.  That was Bil's first taste of language teaching/learning. Back in Brazil, Bil was a Field Director for Peace Corps volunteers, doing what he loved, traveling around Brazil. In this he was stationed first in Vitoria, ES, where his daughter Erika was born.  Later in Rio de Janeiro, where his son Patrick was born. Bil took over from Anne Whitfield as the TESOL teacher development officer and editor for Ao Livro Tecnico.  This again enabled Bit to do what he most enjoyed and did best: to travel throughout Brazil, setting up TESOL development courses, working together with fellow teachers, and launching new teaching materials.  I first met Bil in 1980 at one of several APIB Conferences, the pre-cursor of BrazTesol, held annually in Rio de Janeiro.  We subsequently ran courses for teachers in Curitiba and other cities in Parana.  Bil was a joy to work with: always flexible, never uptight, open to new ideas and approaches and always demonstrated his fascination for books.  In Curitiba, Bil teamed up with Phil Young (they had known each other in Vitoria), for whom he taught in Parana, Santa Catarina and Florida.  In the last decade of his working life, Bil was the International Testing Manager for CCAA, and in this role often ran stalls at Braztesol, at TESOL conferences in the USA, Canada and even South Korea.  And this final post once more gave him the opportunity to show his professional strengths, traveling all over Brazil, to enthusiastically encourage ESOL practitioners to develop, study and, above all, enjoy their privileged position, as he saw it, of language teachers in the classroom.  And over the past 20 years I've had the privilege of being able to share together with him one of his other great joys: walking the trails of the Mata Atlantica in the Tijuca Forest and other Brazilian national parks.  He will be sorely missed.

Ah, que saudades! David Shepherd


Jeffry Hepple



Jeffry Hepple left this earth on April 28, 2014. Per his request, there will be no services or visitation. He will be buried in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, where his family will hold a private celebration of his life.

Jeffry was born in New Jersey on March 3, 1942, to Wilson Hepple and Doris VanBuskirk. He married Jo Ann Maschewski in 1968 (who he lovingly referred to as a red-haired spitfire). He was a husband, father, soldier, salesman, inventor, carpenter, entrepreneur, software developer, artist and author. He loved his country and was a true patriot.

He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Elisa "Lisa" Martinez and her husband, Anthony; his son, Scott Hepple and his wife, Terelyn; his sister, Ellie Weinreich and her husband, Don; grandchildren Joseph, Kacie, Joshua, Daniel, Alexander and AnnAlisa; great-grandchildren, Megan and Camden. He also had many nieces and nephews that he adored.

Charles Dennis Miller



CHARLES DENNIS (DENNY) Miller, Age 71, died peacefully at home on October 26, 2013 after a 25 year battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born on February 18, 1942 in Dos Palos, CA to William Lawrence and Helen Monica Miller. Denny is survived by his wife of 45 years, Juanita; step-children William E. Griego (Brenda Campos) of Santa Rosa, NM, Deborah S. Christensen (Dan) of San Diego, CA, Michael A Griego (Tracey) of Tucumcari, NM; Seven grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; and mother-in-law Otilia (Tillie) Chavez of Albuq., NM. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen Monica and William Lawrence Miller.

Denny and his parents moved to Albuquerque in 1948. Growing up, Denny developed a passion for cars and after graduating from Highland High School, his passion for cars led him to pursue a career in Auto body repair. He landed his first job with Hoffmantown Body Shop. In November of 1967, he met his future wife, Juanita Chavez Griego. In December 0f 1968, they were married in Juanita's home town of Santa Rosa, NM by Juanita's father, the Honorable Alfredo Chavez, Sr. Denny immediately stepped in to be a step-father to Bill, Deb and Mike. It wasn't easy given their age, yet he did so in a loving and unselfish way. In 1988, Juanita's mother came to live with them and over the years, she and Denny developed a deep love and dedication to one another.

Denny was working at Rich Ford Body Shop when he finally retired at the age of 56 because of his illness. Anyone who knew Denny knew how gentle, kind, patient and humble he was. He was always content to let others be the star and even though he himself suffered many years of illness, you never heard him complain or say, "why me"? He was a man who got up, went to work as long as he could, lived a good life, loved his wife, and loved and supported her kids and mother-in-law without wavering or asking for much in return.

Denny, we will miss you. Even though your body has left us, your spirit is as alive as ever. We will always remember your smile and one who could quietly light up a room when you smiled.

Ramon Huerta



Ramon Huerta, a longtime Albuquerque educator and a former member of the state House of Representatives, died October 28, 2013 at age 89. 

Mr. Huerta taught Spanish at Highland High School for 30 years, until 1985. He also taught Spanish on television for Albuquerque Public Schools for a couple of years and at the Peace Corps Training Center at the University of New Mexico. Following his retirement, he served as a translator for �El Hispano� newspaper.

During his lifetime Mr. Huerta took pride in serving the public and promoting education. He was also active with the Lions Club and Toastmasters. He served as president of the ACTA of New Mexico Classroom Teachers Association. Later he was on the Executive Committee of the National Education Association in Washington, DC.  He was also a delegate to the World Conference of Teachers in Nairobi, Kenya in 1973.

Mr. Huerta was active in the Democratic Party as a Precinct Chairman and a Ward Chairman.  He represented an Albuquerque district in the Legislature from 1989 through 1994.  He was Democratic caucus chairman for four years.  He was a member of the House Education Committee and the Legislative Education Study Committee, and he sponsored a range of school-related measures.  He also was a member of the Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, serving as its vice chairman for two years.  The Healthy Learner's Bill, which gave all children equal access to a school nurses, was one of his gratifying accomplishments.

Mr. Huerta was born in Kansas City, and grew up in Albuquerque.  He received his bachelor�s and master�s degrees from UNM. In 2002, the university gave him its Zia Award, which goes to distinguished alumni. 

Mr. Huerta was a veteran of World War II, where he served in Burma, China and India.

Mr. Huerta is survived by his wife of 57 years, Evelyn; two daughters; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A private ceremony will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in the spring.


Nancy Sue Null Taylor



Nancy Sue Taylor, 70, of Clovis, NM, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2012, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, TX.

Nancy was born July 27, 1942, to Larry and Betty Null in Shenandoah, IA. She attended the University of New Mexico where she met her husband, Joe Taylor. They married January 20, 1968, in Albuquerque, NM, and they moved to Clovis in 1972. Nancy was the Executive Director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico for 29 years. In 2009, she received the Public Service Award from New Mexico Aging and Long-term Services Department and in 2010 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Way of Eastern New Mexico's annual banquet. Also, The Chamber of Commerce honored her with the Citizen of the Year Award. She was a member of Altrusa, Clovis/Curry County Chamber, and founding member of the Cowbells Mounted Group. She spent her life helping others. A quote from Nancy "We're all put in certain places in our lives at certain times for, I believe, specific purposes".

"Our communities have lost a loyal friend and lost an advocate and pioneer in the fight against hunger," said Erinn Burch, executive director of United Way of Eastern New Mexico. "And to say we are saddened is not enough, because our loss is not only personal � the loss of a friend, colleague, and mentor; but also communal � the loss of a leader and bridge builder."

Survivors include her husband, Joe; step-son, Steven Ryan Taylor of Bolivia, South America and two brothers, Sheldon and Phillip. She was preceded in death by her parents, Larry and Betty; and son, Rob Taylor. Family request memorial contributions be made to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, P.O. Box 1476, Clovis, NM 88102 or Altrusa International Disaster Relief Fund, 332 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1123, Chicago, IL 60604.

Dennis John Miller


Born in Meadville, PA on February 5, 1942 and died on September 2, 2011 after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. He came to Albuquerque with his family in 1945 and attended Monte Vista and Jefferson. At Highland his activities were swimming, H-Club and KHHS. He attended UNM where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. After graduation in 1965, he went through Navy OCS. He served two tours in Vietnam and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After receiving an MBA from Pepperdine University, he spent the majority of his career in southern California in finance for technology-based companies. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, whom he met in San Diego in 1967, and daughter Alexis born in 1974 and two grandchildren. Also, brother David HHS'55 (wife Katherine) and sister Judy Harris HHS '58 (husband Jim). Obituary prepared by Chuck Kohlhaas-best friends at Highland.

Fred Fluck

 (June 2012)


Frederick J. Fluck passed away in June of 2012, following a brief illness. Fred is survived by his wife, Judy Byland Fluck, sister of classmate John Byland. He is also survived by his daughters Kelly Rose, and Sherry Armbruster, and by his son James Fluck.  Fred's life passion was his love and devotion to his wife, children and grandchildren. He was retired as the manager of Ideal Cement in Tijeras, and had worked for Albuquerque Public Schools. His favorite sports team was the Pittsburg Steelers and his favorite entertainers were Clint Eastwood and Johnny Cash.  Fred was well loved and respected.  Although a private person, he was hospitable to one and all.





Marshall Floyd

September 2, 2012


Johnny Samuelson

January 31, 1942   --  November 3, 1962

John Howard Samuelson passed away in a Deming hospital, November 3, 1962, from injuries received in an auto accident on October 20, 1962.   John was born January 31, 1942 in Albuquerque.  At the time of his death he was a sophomore at New Mexico Western College in Silver City.   He was a graduate of Highland High School in Albuquerque and was a member of the Methodist Church.   Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Samuelson, and his sister Mary Louise Bommelaere.     


Arthur Dan Strech

May 19, 2012

ARTHUR DAN Father of Julie Strech, Danna Strech Manganaro and Doug Strech, was a master joker, a smart man, an avid reader, history buff, lover of the ocean, the California redwoods, any back country, the color orange, and his three kids. He possessed a clarity with which he helped us navigate our own lives. Born in Denver to Nadine and Clifford Strech, he graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque in 1960 and was married for 15 years to Connie Wagoner. Dan's life-long career was in real estate and he lived in California for the last 30 years. He was largely a solitary man. We'd like to express our gratitude to everyone who has supported us in coping with this loss. He was loved, is honored in death and survived by his three children; three grandchildren, Jens Strech, Jax Strech and Cooper Manganaro. He died on May 19, 2012.


January 26, 1942 passed away February 6, 2011.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Riverside Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Animal Humane Society on Virginia SE. Arrangements in care of Riverside Funeral Home, Albuquerque, NM


MAY 20, 1920  -  DECEMBER 22. 2010

Hugh Hackett, age 90 of Albuquerque, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2010.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary Clare of Albuquerque; six sons, Michael David of Albuquerque, Patrick and his wife Anita of El Paso TX, Steve and his wife Anita of Placitas, and Gregory Dean and his wife Liz of Rio Rancho, Tom Faddis of Colorado and David Faddis and his wife Lulu of La Quinta, California; 3 daughters, Margaret Mary of Hawaii, Mary Ann of Roswell, Kathy of Albuquerque; He was preceded in death by his sons Hugh Jr. and Timothy. Coach Hackett's legacy will be honored with a public visitation at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas, NE on Tuesday, December 28, at 5:30 p.m., followed by a rosary and tribute service at 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Wednesday morning, December 29 at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. There will be another public memorial tribute service for Coach Hackett in the spring of 2011. The date, place and time will be announced at a later date in the Albuquerque Journal and on the guestbook.

See Arizona Republic Article and Tribute by Ron Pies


Larry J. Brooks

December 10, 1941 - December 18, 2010

Larry J. Brooks, age 69, of Laurie, passed away Saturday, December 18, 2010, at his home in Central Missouri. He was born December 10, 1941, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of the late Joseph F. and Irene Basch Brooks.

He was a member of the Westlake Christian Church in Laurie, the Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 in Laurie, and the American Legion Zack Wheat Post #624 in Sunrise Beach. Larry enjoyed fishing, hunting, target shooting, and volunteering in various aspects of the community.

He is survived by his daughters, Laura Brooks of Glenwood Springs, Colorado and Julie Brooks and husband Dave Johnson of Littleton, Colorado; his fianc�, Bobbie Aubuchon of the home; his brother, Steve Brooks and wife Paula of Las Vegas, Nevada; and many other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Leah Brooks, and his son, Eric Brooks.


Emil Burbridge

November 22, 2010


BURBRIDGE -- Emil. Yesterday, we mourned the loss of a man who gave legitimacy to our state's mantra, the Land of Enchantment. For 27 years Emil Burbridge founding President and CEO of Di-Cor Custom Homes, peppered our hills and valleys with homes for many of our high profile residents that gave new meaning to the term custom home. With his innovative architecture that brought the concrete Grecian pillars, Mediterranean red tile roofs, and Southwestern arches that now embellish most homes seen as high New Mexican style and his extreme hands-on craftsmanship that pursued nothing less than perfection, this New Mexican resident for over 60 years was no less than a state treasure. In his early years, his family traveled around New Mexico as his father looked for new construction jobs. As a small child he lived in Las Vegas, N.M. and Santa Fe, but his family finally put down roots in Albuquerque where Emil attended Wilson Junior School and Highland High School. After graduation high school he served our state in the New Mexico National Guard and the Albuquerque Police Department. Before starting his own custom home company, he worked on the construction of several New Mexican landmarks including the Ruidoso Downs and the Sandia Tram. With his wife Sandra at his side, he began his home building career renovating FHA homes. As his homes became more prominent he had one goal in mind, to exceed his client's dreams. And according to those still living in Di-Cor homes, he always did. One home in particular, a Southern plantation nestled at the bottom of the Sandia mountains, got special recognition by industry newspapers and magazines. His homes now sit all across our land in Tinnin Farms, Tanoan, Glenwood Hills, Sandia Heights as small beacons to one New Mexican's artistry and passion. He retired in 2000 and lived in a home he built on Ute Lake in Logan NM, where he spent the last years of his life working on his second passion, fishing with his grandchildren. According to his wife, he often said he never quit building he just put out a sign that said gone fishing. Though Emil loved his profession, his real love was for his family, friends and Jesus Christ. He was a member of Berean Baptist Church for over 20 years and his closest surviving family members include his wife Sandra; his two daughters, Diana and Corena (for which his company DiCor was named after); and six grandchildren all rest with the assurance he is at peace with the Lord now, adding new style and flare to the mansions awaiting us all. 


James W. Fanning, D.D.S.  -- May 15, 2010

James W. Fanning, D.D.S., 67, died Saturday, May 15, 2010 after fighting a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. Dr. Fanning was born in Elgin, Illinois in 1942 and moved with his family to Albuquerque in 1953. He was the son of the late Wallace A. Fanning, D.D.S. and Agnes M. Fanning. Dr. Fanning graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder and obtained a second Bachelor's Degree from UNM. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri, Kansas City where he also completed a residency in Orthodontics in 1972. Dr. Fanning returned to Albuquerque to practice and met the love of his life, his wife Mary. In addition to Orthodontics, Dr. Fanning was passionate about waterfowl conservation and helped establish a chapter of Ducks Unlimited in New Mexico. He loved the outdoors and spent many happy hours with good friends hunting and fly fishing. He loved people and took a genuine interest in everyone he met. Dr. Fanning is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary Fanning; son, Michael Fanning, D.D.S. and wife, Rachel Fanning, D.D.S. of Indianapolis, IN; daughters, Jamie Fanning of Albuquerque, and Kathleen Fanning Leibowitz and husband, Jeremiah of San Antonio, TX; sisters, Patricia Farnsworth of Albuquerque, NM and Mary Jo Maly and husband, Richard of Sacramento, CA; as well as nieces and nephews; and many friends. A Rosary will be recited by Father John Carney at French-Wyoming Chapel, Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 7:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Aquinas Newman Center, 1815 Las Lomas NE Thursday, May 20, 2010, 10:00 A.M. with Father John Carney, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Fanning, D.D.S., Richard Maly, Patrick Kinsella, David Hillson, D.D.S., Charles Olinger, D.V. M. and G. Mark Yarbrough, D.D.S. Honorary Pallbearers will be Thomas Keleher, Michael Rueckhaus, Ron Taylor, David Giaquinto, D.D.S., Robert Molinaro, D.D.S. Alan Moorhead, Thomas Arvas, O.D., Patricia Lomeli, Stephen Clark, D.D.S. and Wayne Harley. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jim's name to Pancreatic Cancer Research Team , click on giving tab or to Casa Angelica, 5629 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105.

Nancy Louise Duncan Swigger

May 18, 1942


March 22, 2010


Nancy Louise Duncan SWIGGER Nancy Swigger died on March 22, 2010 She is survived by her daughters, Jocelyn Anne Swigger of Gettysburg PA and Elizabeth Loneta Swigger, of Colorado Springs CO, and her brothers Robert Duncan of Los Angeles CA and John Wm. Duncan II of Albuquerque NM. A celebration of Nancy's life will be held on Friday, March 26 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center theatre at 3:30 PM. At Nancy's wishes, the family encourages donations to the ACLU, Family Planning of Washington, the League of Women Voters, AFS or the Arthritis Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Nancy died in her home of Seattle, WA, Monday March 22nd, of a brain aneurism.  It was sudden and unexpected. She had found such a wonderful nitch for herself there in Seattle and had been very happy these past years. Her family has all assembled there for services Friday March 26 at the Cultural Art Center. Nancy was my closest and dearest friend through our lives. I will miss her.  Evie Brown Tumlin

                   Monte R. Sishc                                    July 19, 1942 -- February 24, 2010

Monte R. Sishc, a long-time resident of Los Lunas was born in Cincinnati, OH on July 19, 1942.
He passed away at his residence in Los Lunas, NM on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at the age of 67, from brain cancer. Monte spent his career as a pharmaceutical representative. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Tina; children, Duane and Jennifer Sishc; three grandsons, Ryan, Sean, Ethan; family members, Lorrie Anderson, Jack Sishc, Larry and Arlene Tichenor, Tammie Roger, Keith and Terri Tichenor, Cindy Norris, Tana and Mike Doyle; his best friends, Ron and Carmen Ward; as well as many other family members and friends who loved and will miss him. A Memorial Service will be held at New Life Fellowship in Belen, on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor John Kennedy officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd NE. Ste 300. Albuquerque, NM 87111. 1-800-227-2345, or to Care Net Pregnancy Center, of Valencia County, 101 N. 6th Street, Belen, NM 87031. 1-505-615-0492. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St, NW, Abq, NM 87107. 505-343-8008.


Lawrence (Larry) Drummond Cantrel died peacefully on May 15, 2010 at his home after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Roxy Ann Cantrel.  Larry was very dedicated to his work of over 30 years at AA Auto & Air Conditioning.
No services were held as Larry has donated his body to science.


Margaret Suzanne Snell            (April 7, 1942 - February 15, 2010)

Margaret Suzanne Snell, born April 7, 1942 in Arlington, Massachusetts passed away on Monday, February 15, 2010. She is survived by her brother, Charles Snell and his wife, Patricia; numerous cousins; as well as many friends in both Grants and Albuquerque. Margaret was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Grants, New Mexico and the Faith Chapter, Eastern Star in Grants. She spent many years teaching special education in Thoreau, Milan, and Grants, from third grade through high school, on the college level, and special programs in the CCA Women's prison, and the men's prison in Grants. Services will be held in Grants, New Mexico at the First United Methodist Church, 510 1st Street, on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Services will be held in Albuquerque at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle SE, on Monday, February 22, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial gifts may be sent to Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St, NW, ABQ, 87107. 505-343-8008.

Georgia Lee Koellmann "Ashley Brophy"

November 26, 1942
NOVEMBER 24, 2009

Intuitive Counselor, Astrologer And Spiritualist Minister Georgia Lee Koellmann "Ashley Brophy" was born on November 26, 1942, in Council Bluffs, IA, to parents Anna Mae and Karl Koellmann. She was raised in Albuquerque, NM with her five siblings Honey Lou, Greydon, John, Carla Jeanne and Princess Ann Koellmann, where she graduated from Highland High School in 1960. Ashley moved to Tucson, AZ in 1962 where she was employed as a Telephone Systems Operator with Bell Telephone Company for two years and was photographed by the Arizona Livewire as their pinup girl. In 1959, she married Phillip Frizzell and was blessed with daughter Perri Darlene Frizzell in 1960. In 1967, Ashley married Calvin Custer and was blessed with three children, Calvin Charles Custer, Jr. (Chuck), Tiffeny Nichole (Watson) and John William Christopher Custer. Ashley was ordained as a Spiritualist Minister in the 1970s and married numerous couples. She then continued her career as a Spiritual Advisor and Astrologer in the greater San Diego area well into the 1990s. She was very well respected and loved by many for her intuitive gift of spiritual guidance. Ashley touched the lives of many friends who unfortunately may be unaware of her passing due to her failing health from complications of rheumatoid arthritis. Ashley resided with her daughter Tiffeny and grandchildren Connor, Griffin and Taylor. Ashley passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her children at Tri City Medical Center in Vista on November 24, 2009. Ashley is also survived by her grandchildren, Phillip and Patrick Williams, Mia, Charlie, Maia and John Michael Custer, and great-grandchildren Ryan, Kendra and Jordan Williams as well as siblings Greydon , Carla, Honey Lou and John. She was our Mother, Sister, Mentor and Friend. She will be dearly missed by all.
 Carolyn Ann  (Higginbotham)  Cleveland

October 14, 2009
at the age of 67

Carolyn Ann Cleveland, loving wife of Tom Cleveland, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at the age of 67. She was preceded in death by her father, Ewell Higginbotham. Carolyn is survived by her husband Tom; mother, Glenna Higginbotham; sisters, Gloria Gooch, Kathryn Higginbotham, Sue Bercovich, and Ellen Gilbert; sons, Todd and wife Dottie, Scott and wife Kathy; grandsons Jeffrey and Joel, and many other family members and friends. She was a member of the Elephant Butte American Legion Auxiliary Post 44 and the Ladies' Dart League. Carolyn loved music, dancing, and was an
avid crossword puzzle fan. Sincere thanks to the doctors and staff at New Mexico Oncology-Hematology Center and all the staff at Presbyterian MSU section. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the New Mexico - El Paso chapter of the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.
A memorial service was held on Monday, November 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the G.T. Evans American Legion Post 44 in Elephant Butte, NM.  


Mary H. (BAIZE) McLean

December 23, 1943 - March 22, 2009

Mary H. (BAIZE) McLean passed away Sunday, March 22, 2009. She was born December 23, 1943 in Dallas, TX to Haynes and Mary Nell (Fergusson) Baize. Mary graduated from Highland High School and worked for Albuquerque Downs for twenty years. She was an avid reader and a longtime member of Northeast Albuquerque Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack McLean, sons, Scott and Jason McLean and her father. Mary is survived by her devoted children, Tim McLean, Kelly Kapela and husband Gordon Eye, Sandie Ethier and husband Nick, her mother Mary Nell Tarrant, grandchildren, Karen McLean, Rory Eye, Collin, Jack and Blake Ethier, great grand-child Leila Bell Simental, sisters, Brenda Cardwell and husband Wayne, Linda Peters and husband Don. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Carlisle Chapel. Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Carlisle Chapel, to celebrate her life. Mary's care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 3113 Carlisle NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505) 884-1188. 

Donald Joseph Roberts

DECEMBER 28, 1941 - JANUARY 6, 2009

Donald Joseph Roberts, 67, of Henderson, died Jan. 6, 2009. He was a retired licensed contractor and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his children, Jeff, Shawn, Brian, Brent and Lucinda. Visitation will be 8-9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, with service following, at St.Andrews Catholic Church, 1399 San Felipe Drive, Boulder City, NV.
From: Cindy Roberts ( Donald's Daughter)
I am writing to inform you of our fathers passing.  Donald J. Roberts  passed away on January 6, 2009. 
I thank you for you work on the Highland  School pages.  Dad  so very much enjoyed them and always sharing the happy  memories he had in school with all of us.  He spoke very fondly of you and again I thank you for bringing the memories to the web so many can enjoy.


Dorothy Lipp "Dottie" Hiller

January 18, 1916 - September 30, 2008

Dorothy Lipp "Dottie" Hiller, 92, passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2008. She was a native New Mexican, born on January 18, 1916, in Roswell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russel D. Hiller, Jr. Dorothy is survived by her two sons, Russel, III and wife, Ann, of Albuquerque and George and wife, Laura, of Richmond, VA; four grandchildren, Shelby Moody of Nashville, TN, Russel, IV of Albuquerque, Katie Renie of Cincinnati, OH and Allison Hiller of Richmond; and seven great-grandchildren. After graduating from Roswell High School, Dorothy moved to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico from which she received her BA in 1936. She joined Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at UNM and was a member for 75 years. Dorothy joined the then new Immanuel Presbyterian Church in 1950 and served as a deaconess for many years. She taught biology at Highland High School for 23 years before retiring in 1978. Dorothy was a devoted fan of the UNM football and basketball teams and held season tickets for many years. In later years she was a world traveler and an active watercolor artist. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to generations of people in Albuquerque. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 3, 2008, 11:00 a.m., at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle SE. Private interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests scholarship donations to the UNM Foundation, 700 Lomas NE Suite 108, 87102, or the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, P.O. Box 38, Columbus, OH 43216.


March 30, 1943 - September 1, 2008

Sherri (PLATT) Williams passed away on September 1 at home in Albuquerque after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born to Mary Margaret and John Charles Blissard on March 30, 1943, in Washington D.C. Sherri graduated in 1960 from Highland High School in Albuquerque, and from New Mexico State University in 1963 with a BA in Psychology.

Sherri met Bill Williams at a school mixer dance in 1960, they were married on February 16, 1963, and have been soul mates for over 45 years. A son, Bryan, was born on May 22, 1969, and currently lives in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

With Bill working for an oil company, several moves were made, so Sherri became pretty adept at being flexible both with family life and her work. Sherri settled on a career in Real Estate as a salesman and later as a Loan Officer and Mortgage Underwriter.

Most of Bill�s working career was spent in California. During two job assignments in Bakersfield, Sherri took up motorcycle riding, camping in the nearby mountains and bought a Corvette. While living in Ventura, Sherri and Bill went sailing with a neighbor and both fell in love with the ocean. Three sailboats later Sherri and Bill retired early and left Ventura harbor in February 1996 on a 44-foot sailboat on their great adventure. Sherri loved the ocean and meeting people from various countries they visited. This love affair lasted 12 years as they explored Mexico, the many countries in the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, the South Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and back up the Pacific Ocean, completing their circumnavigation at Mazatlan, Mexico. About 2 years ago they bought a motor home and started land cruising -- no more tent camping!

Sherri was quiet and considerate and loved helping people. She laughed easily and often. We will miss her bright smile and cheerful personality.

Sherri is survived by her husband, Bill; son, Bryan; sisters: Jan Blackman and husband Jac; Charlene Baker and husband Bob; and numerous nieces and nephews. Reflections Funerals & Life Celebrations is handling the cremation arrangements.

A memorial will be held at 12 pm on Sunday, September 14 at the High Desert Center For Spiritual Living, 5621 Paradise Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations made to a charity of your choice.

Allen D. Krumm

June 2, 2008

Allen D. Krumm, former City Councilor and retired Principal, 83, a resident of Albuquerque since 1949, passed away June 2, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Juyn C. Krumm; his daughter Kris Clark and husband Jean; son, Allen E. Krumm; step-sons, Robert H. Orr and wife Mary, Ross D. Orr, Randal M. Orr and fiancee Joyce; ten grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter, Judy Krumm. Allen was a WWII Veteran. He graduated with a Masters Degree from UNM.
He was Principal of Highland High School and Del Norte High Schools and was on the planning committee of La Cueva High School and was selected as their first principal.
He was elected to the first Albuquerque City Council in 1974, and served as Vice President from 1974 - 1977. Allen served as a board member and officer on many National and local educational and youth committees. Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 10,000 Spain NE, Albuquerque, at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 6th. Interment will be held Monday, June 9th at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, on Thursday, June 5th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers those who wish may contribute to Faith Lutheran Church.

(Elvira M.)  "Tiny" Vidano

July 28, 1920 - March 20, 2008

Beloved Mentor
Was Trailblazer

February, 2008

Tiny (Elvira M.) Vidano, died peacefully on March 20, 2008, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, her home for 60 years. She was born July 28, 1920, the only child of Bernard Vidano of Joliet, Illinois and Erminia Ballotti of Sestola, Italy who predeceased her. Tiny, as she was known, obtained an undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and a Masters from the University of Michigan. She began her teaching career in 1942 teaching math and boys/girls physical education to 6th through 8th grades while obtaining her Masters Degree. She was the only woman coach out of 19 teams for the County tournaments! One of her most enjoyable years was teaching Phys. Ed. at the Illinois Soldier's & Sailor's Children's School in Normal, IL, Grades 1-8 where she also served as the critic teach for Illinois State University. It was 1948 when she came to New Mexico to serve as the Albuquerque Girl Scout Camp Director at the Jemez Mountain campgrounds and began teaching at Highland High School. She taught there until her retirement in 1980. She was instrumental in promoting and forming women's athletic organizations and tournaments in New Mexico such as the Girl's Athletic Association. Not accepting the theory of girl's athletics as secondary to boy's athletics or the lack of funding for them, she conducted a big City service project each year which earned all the money spent for travel and hosting Sports Days and events for women's athletics! She traveled all over the State to participate in these events in Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Tennis, and Speed-A-Way. She also instituted Field Hockey competition in the City and State (Only Roswell and Santa Fe outside of Albuquerque). From 1955-57 her female students never lost a game in ANY SPORT ALL THREE YEARS! From 1961-67 her softball team never finished lower than 3rd in the State Meets and they won every year they participated retiring with a 1st place trophy and four consecutive titles. Her teams were undefeated in Hockey (from 1973-1978), Field Hockey (from 1974-75), and the Basketball team only lost one game (1974-75)! In 1960-61 she was awarded the Order of the Torch from the Highland High School Student Council for Leadership in Guidance & Scholarship. In 1967, The New Mexico Association for Health, Physical Education & Recreation awarded her the Honor Award in recognition of the meritorious Service of Professor. She received the New Mexico International Women's Year Award in 1977 for outstanding contributions to the advancement of women in Athletics in the State of New Mexico. In 1979, she was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Illinois State University. She was an outstanding member of the Albuquerque Public School Physical Education Committee (1988) as well as the Albuquerque Association of Educational Retirees (1991) and was saluted as the Outstanding Retiree of the Albuquerque Public School system (1992). Until recently, she was a volunteer docent for school tours and home scholar tours at the Telephone Museum of New Mexico. Over one million-plus students and many dear friends revisit her from time to time and correspond regularly which stands as a testament to her caring and sharing attitude always bringing out the best in all who met her or who were taught by her. She will be missed by many friends, students, and colleagues. Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 27, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5311 Phoenix NE. Friends may visit on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel from 4 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Internment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Telephone Museum of New Mexico, PO Box 1892, Albuquerque, 87103, or a charity of your choice in her name.

Larry W. Shulse

Larry W. Shulse, 63, a longtime resident of Alamogordo, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at his home. Mr. Shulse was born July 22, 1943 in Hannibal, Missouri to John Wallace and Donna Jean (Griffith) Shulse. His family moved to Albuquerque where he lived for many years. He graduated from Highland High School, then received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Mexico in history and political science. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. After starting his career in insurance, he moved to Alamogordo in 1975 and was a partner in Lynch & Shulse Insurance and Bonds. He has been active in community affairs and was a longtime member and former chairman of the Otero County Economic Development Council, a former chairman of the Committee of 50, and a member of St. Jude Mission. Survivors include his wife of 38 years Kathy Shulse of the family home; two sons, Jeffrey Shulse and his wife Tiffany of Houston, and David Shulse of Denver; a granddaughter Kathryn Elizabeth Shulse of Houston; his mother Donna Jean Shulse of Center, Missouri; a sister Linda Laird and her husband Alan of New London, Missouri; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father. A vigil service was held  conducted March 11th,  at the Hamilton-O'Dell Chapel with the Rosary to be recited by the St. Jude Rosary Society. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated Monday at at St. Jude Mission with Father Wayne D. Herpin, S.J. as celebrant. Cremation has taken place and private inurnment will be at a later date. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to their charity of choice.

 Maxine Goldberg

Maxine Goldberg, November 16, 1942 - January 27, 2007, 64, a resident of Albuquerque. She is survived by a brother, Harold Goldberg and wife, Gena of Albuquerque; sister, Arlene Ravel of San Jose, CA; sister, Orene Goldberg of Mill Valley, CA; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. Maxine was born in Albuquerque on November 16, 1942. She attended Highland High School, graduating in 1960. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Marion Goldberg. Private burial has taken place at Fairview Cemetery.

John Michael LaTronico

JOHN MICHAEL LATRONICO, August 26, 1942 - January 14, 2007, Born in Longmont, CO and passed away January 14, 2007 in Dallas, TX. John served in the U.S. Air Force and was the owner of Ordinal Enterprise / Perfectech Company. A loving husband, father and grandfather who is survived by his wife, Keni LaTronico; son, Mike LaTronico; daughters, Tina Petty, Daphne Levenson and Dawn Myers; grandchildren, Philip and Marshall; best furry friend, Raife.  In lieu of flowers, family requests for you to sign up to become an organ donor.  Memorial service held, January 18, 2007 at Restland Memorial Chapel, Dallas, TX.

Avery Forrest Kimbrough

Avery F. Kimbrough
, age 64, passed to the peace of the Lord's garden, September 28, 2006. Holding his memory in this life, he is survived by his wife, Louise; their three children, Laura, Jon, and Leanne, and their families, including five grandchildren, with whom he was deeply bonded. He also is survived by his brother, Bill and his wife. He is in the hearts of his mother-in-law, Estelle Domke, neighbors, friends, and co-workers. The family has chosen cremation, and will honor his memory by gathering at the later date. In lieu of flowers, please honor his love of our Lord by a donation in his name to your church, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Presbyterian Hospice, or charity of your choice. "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace" Luke 2:24.


DON ABBOTT died July 14, 2006 in Louisville, Colorado. He is survived by his second wife, Elzbieta; 2 children, Lon and Tasha; 3 grandchildren; his sister, Judy; and his older brother, Jim.

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Sandra (Le Neave) Nickelson


Sandra (Le Neave) Nickelson, a resident of Albuquerque since 1949, passed away on Friday, June 23, 2006.  She is survived by her daughter, Sheri Hoyne and husband, Roger of Olympia, WA; her daughter, Kari Cunningham and husband, Scott of Salt Lake City, UT; her brother, Allen Nickelson and his wife, Karen of Albuquerque, NM; and her mother, Virginia Alexander of T or C, NM.  She is also survived by five grandchildren; one niece; two uncles; and one aunt.  Sandra shared her heart with so many thru IPM, massage therapy, as a professional clown, and most recently greeting guests at Churches Chicken.  A Celebration of Life Service was held Thursday, June 29, 2006 at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Walter Thomas Richards

Walter T. (W.T) Richards, 63, a life-long Albuquerque resident, died Thursday, April 6, 2006. He is survived by his children, Crystal Hansen and husband, Kerry of Ammon, ID, A. J. Litschewski and husband, Jon of Albuquerque, Julia Daniels and husband, Kenny of Albuquerque, and Joe Murphy and wife, Emily of Tampa, FL; loving wife, Veronica Susan Murphy of Albuquerque; nine grandchildren; his business partner, Paul Jayson of Albuquerque and numerous other friends from the drag racing community. W. T. was passionate about cars and drag racing his entire life. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service was held at, Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John, 318 Silver Ave. SW. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Carrie Tingley Children's Foundation, 1720 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Suite 202, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or the charity of your choice.

James Fay Ellis

James Fay Ellis, 64, a long-time resident of Albuquerque, left his earthly home on  March 12, 2006, after a long illness, to be with his Lord. He was born in Madison, WI on December 5, 1941, the son of Fay Montgomery Ellis and Marie Hanson Ellis. Jim, as he was known to family and friends, will be long remembered for his love of the outdoors and his love of a good story. He worked for the State of New Mexico, UNM, and DOD as a programmer analyst. During retirement, he found great delight exploring the wide and beautiful expanses of this great state and fishing at every opportunity with family and friends. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Fay Ellis. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Carol Ringstead Ellis; his mother, Marie Ellis of Albuquerque; brothers, Phil of Albuquerque Ted and his wife, Barbara of Montgomery, TX, and Chuck of Grand Prairie, TX; sisters, Cathy Irvin and her husband, Bill of Albuquerque, Janet Elliot of Albuquerque; and numerous nephews and nieces. Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at a later date. At Jim's request, memorial contributions may be made to the UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital, 1121 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 or the Shrine Children's Hospital, C/O Ballut Abyad Shrine, 6600 Zuni Rd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Myrtie Lew Sawyer

Myrtie Lew Sawyer "You are my Sunshine" , beloved mother, grandmother, and a kind-hearted and generous friend passed away unexpectedly September 30, 2005 while hiking in the canyons of Price, UT. Myrtie was born to Virginialea and Elmer Sawyer on September 28, 1942 in Blackwell, OK. She was raised in Oklahoma and then in Albuquerque, NM. She attended schools in Albuquerque and graduated from Highland High. She then attended John Brown University where she received her bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in English. Upon graduation she landed a job in Carson City, NV. She taught high school Biology at Carson High School. She met her husband, John Horgan while teaching there her first year. They were married in March 1964. They resided in Carson City where they had two beautiful daughters, Anne Margaret and Mary Catherine. She first volunteered and then taught science and math at St. Teresa's for several years while her daughters attended there. Myrtie had a great thirst for knowledge. She obtained her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Nevada in Reno. She and John were divorced in 1980. Her second Masters brought her to Utah. With 2 children she set out on an adventure to seek a Masters in School Counseling at the U of U. She has been a counselor with the Granite School District at Valley Jr. High for the past 17 years. Myrtie has touched many lives in her line of work, mostly because she truly cared about people. She was a dedicated and hard working person who never shied away from anything. Myrtie had a quick wit and a keen mind. She was an avid reader; she loved to travel and enjoyed bowling, movies, U of U games, nature, and spending time with the Packard Family. Myrtie enjoyed collecting scrap booking paper and stamps - we were just waiting to get started. She was preceded in death by her mother, Virginialea; her father, Elmer; her daughter, Mary; and stepfather, J.D. Wallace. She is survived by her daughter, Anne and son-in-law, Rex Pico and their beautiful children, Matthew, Shanna, Jessica, Charity, Andrew, and Sarah; aunt, Olive Richardson of Albuquerque; and her adopted family, Char Packard's Family (Mike, Jake, Erin, and Phill, Adri and Corby). Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She proudly displayed their artwork in her home and office. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2005 at 12:00 Noon at the Valley View Funeral Home Chapel, 4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City, UT. Tributes may be sent to the family at In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mary Horgan Memorial Scholarship Fund at Cochise College, 4190 West Highway 80, Douglas, AZ, 85607-9724. Myrtie was our foundation. She was the practical one to help us achieve our goals but gave us the strength to reach beyond our goals to the stars above. She was our guiding light towards the future. She was the first one to offer help and advice, and the first one to offer any comfort or joy we were in need of. She was and will always be our forever friend.
We greatly miss you and will love you forever. Goodbye for now.

Roger Willis Wadsworth

Roger Willis Wadsworth passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2005. Born in Iowa, February 21, 1942, he was a loving father and grandfather, and to many, an honorable friend. Roger was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Neva and Raymond. Roger leaves behind his two daughters, Tipavan Sadler and Neva Wadsworth; seven grandchildren, and a special friend, Thongdee Thompson. Roger will be forever young. A Memorial Service was held on Friday, September 23, 2005.

Karen (Logsdon) Madole

Karen (Logsdon) Madole, born December 21, 1942, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 31, 2005. She is survived by her daughter, Carla Martin and husband, Bruce; son, Kyle Madole and wife, Tina; her beautiful grandchildren, Alex Ulibarri, Johnathan, Jacob, and Elijah Madole, Mariah and Emma Chase Martin. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2005 at Aspen Funeral Alternatives. Donations in her memory can be made to the Brain Injury Association of New Mexico, 121 Cardenas NE, 87108.

Roberta Brown Redding
English Teacher

Roberta Brown Redding
passed away December 13, 2004 at her home in Stillwater, OK. She was born June 29, 1910 in McAlester, OK. She graduated from McAlester High School, received her Bachelors Degree from Oklahoma Women's College and a Masters Degree from the University of Oklahoma. She taught English in Calvin, Lawton, McAlester, and Norman, Oklahoma. In 1944 she married Haddon C. Redding. They moved to Albuquerque in 1952 where she taught English at Highland High School until her retirement in 1975. He worked at Sandia National Laboratories. They moved to Stillwater, OK in 1996. She was predeceased by her parents, Judge and Mrs. Samuel Brown; brothers, Charles and Clyde Brown; and sister, Mina Brown Martin. She is survived by her husband, Haddon C. Redding; nieces, Betty Murrah, Ardmore, OK; Berta White, Wichita, KS; Patsy Spratt, Anchorage, AK; Mina Foster, San Diego, CA; Roberta Armstrong, Stillwater, OK; Pat DeLarios, Dallas, TX; nephews, Ron Brown, Stockton, CA; Michael Brown, Raleigh, NC; and sister-in-law, Juanita Brown, Lawton, OK. Memorials may be made to Judith Karman Hospice, Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076.

Lawrence " Larry" Osoff

Lawrence Harvey Osoff, 62, a lifelong Albuquerque resident, died on Tuesday, November 9, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Betty of Albuquerque; brother, Malcolm of California; and many other family and friends. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Maury and Frieda Osoff. He was a lifelong automobile enthusiast. Larry worked for A & I Warehouse before opening his own business, Mid-City Automotive Warehouse. He retired in 1998. Services were held on Thursday, November 11th, at Congregation B'nai Israel with Rabbi Arthur Flicker and Cantor Catlin Bromberg officiating. Interment will follow at the B'nai Israel area of Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Fred Lachenmeyer, Bill Palladino, Dale Schafer, Bob Scoby, John Lippold and Richard L. Cottrill. Honorary pallbearers will be Herb Bishop, Dick King, Nick Nicholson and Steve Pino. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Congregation B'nai Israel, 4401 Indian School Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.

Patsy Irene Bennett
(School Nurse 1957-1960)

Patsy Irene Bennett
, age 75, passed away in Albuquerque on September 16, 2004
after a long and hard battle of MS. She was born 1929 to Irving and Josephine (Beehler) Bennett in New York. Patsy was a member of the Hillside Community Church in Albuquerque and served many years as a nurse for the public schools; including Highland High School from 1957-1960. She was a special loving and caring friend and nurse to all the students that knew her.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Irving Bennett Jr. Survivors include one brother, John Bennett and wife, Virginia of Pasadena, MD; one cousin, N. Thomas Williams of Milford, CT; two nieces; two nephews; three great-nieces and one great-nephew. A memorial service was held Wednesday, August 22, 2004 at Hillside Community Church, 435 Jefferson SE, with Dr. Larry Morris officiating, followed by cremation.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution can be made to Lovelace Medical Center, 5400 Gibson Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Frank R. Emig II

Frank R. Emig II, 62, a resident of Albuquerque since 1954, died Monday, August 16, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Karen Emig of Albuquerque; daughter, Heather Brano and husband, Keith of Albuquerque; son, Kenneth Emig and wife, Kim of Albuquerque; daughter, Katherine Piper and husband, Bryan of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Jacob, Jack, Caleb, Austin, Andrew, Christian, Sarah, and Kaitlyn; mother, Elsie Emig; and sisters, Dee Slenes and Elizabeth Emig. Mr. Emig served in the Navy and was a retired Albuquerque Police Officer. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #1 and New Mexico Sheriff and Police Association. Frank had many talents and interests but above all he was a loving husband and father and a proud grandfather. Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services was held on August 20, 2004, at French Mortuary.

Jerry Lee Alwin

Jerry Lee Alwin, 61, Post Falls, ID, born Sept. 19, 1942, died June 19, 2004, at home. He was born Sept. 19, 1942, in Davenport, Iowa, to Margaret and Phillip Alwin.  In December 2003 Jerry Lee and his wife, Sharon, moved to Post Falls, ID from Albuquerque, where they had lived since 1960.  Jerry Lee graduated from Anderson School of Business at the University of New Mexico. Most of his working life was in Albuquerque.  He started his colorful business career in 1963 as an intern in data processing on IBM and Honeywell computers for an Atomic Energy Commission project. During that same year, Jerry Lee founded Alwin School of the Dance, a family business which he developed into the largest dance school in the western United States. The school is still in operation teaching tap, ballet, jazz and acrobatics after he sold it in 1985. Meanwhile, he worked as a financial analyst from 1964 to 1968 at First National Bank of Albuquerque. From 1968 to 1983, Jerry Lee was territory manager for RCA Home Electronics primarily responsible for west Texas, New Mexico and southern Colorado, but also took special assignments from Spain to Hawaii.  In 1988, he purchased Imperial Travel Service Unlimited, in existence 16 years at that time, and operated it another seven years until he sold it in 1994 to another agency.  Jerry Lee had a political career beside. He served from 1987-1998 in the New Mexico House of Representatives and was involved in the legislative committees relating to business and industry, labor, finance authority oversight and others. After that term, he became a lobbyist and represented groups such as Society of Public Accountants and National Coalition for Affordable Accounting during the 1999 legislative session.
His lifetime memberships in organizations included the Fraternal Order of Police, Temple Lodge #6 Masons, Scottish Rite Masons and York Rite Masons.  A member of the board of regents at Albuquerque Bible College and Graduate Theological Institute, Jerry Lee belonged to Hope Evangelical Free Church and was a member of Coeur d'Alene Bible Church.  He is survived by his wife, Sharon, at home in Post Falls; son Troy Alwin, daughter Tami Alwin, both of Albuquerque; stepson Chad Golson, Houston; stepdaughter Joie Perry, Albuquerque; and four grandchildren.


David Lee Couch, 61, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 9, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Couch; five children, Melanie and husband, Paul Stephenson, Melissa Couch, Michelle Couch, John and wife, Tammy Couch, Reba and husband, Aaron Salas; eight grandchildren, Mary, Megan, Kyle, Michael, Holly, Katie, Glenn and Cody; two nieces, Kristy Rook and Polly De Mar. David Couch was cremation followed by a private family service.


Jack Rushing passed away on November 26, 2003, following a long illness. Born on April 14, 1915, in Hanna, Oklahoma to B. Frank Rushing, M.D. and Leda Huls Rushing, his parents, two sisters and three brothers preceded him in death. Jack is survived by his wife of 64 years, Theda Douglas; daughter, Bettie Rushing of Albuquerque; son, Jack Douglas Rushing and his wife, Barbara of Audubon, Pennsylvania; grandson, Jack Douglas Rushing, Jr. and his wife, Carol of Rockville, Maryland; grandson, Woodrow Robert Rushing of Albuquerque; great-grandson, Jack Grenville Rushing of Rockville, Maryland; and four nephews, Mac Harris of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Mark Rushing of Dallas, Texas; Robert Rushing of Mesa, Arizona; and, Dr. Joe K. Thomas of Poteau, Oklahoma. His mother died when he was six years old and his father died when he had just reached his 14th birthday. Upon the death of Dr. Rushing, Jack and his two younger brothers were taken to the Masonic Orphanage in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The two younger boys were accepted, but Jack was ineligible due to his age. Determined to obtain an education, he stayed with various family members and friends, always working for his room and board. He played football his senior year in high school and received a football scholarship to attend Bacone Indian Junior College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In 1938, he received a football scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico where he and Steve Reynolds were co-captains of the UNM football team that played in the 1939 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Following his graduation in 1941 from UNM, Jack began his coaching and teaching career in Santa Fe. Shortly thereafter he volunteered for active duty and was inducted as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He was proud to have served in the South Pacific and the Atlantic. At the close of World War II, he returned to his position with the Santa Fe Public Schools. In 1946, Jack joined the coaching staff at Albuquerque High School, and in 1957, he became the Athletic Director at Highland High School. He wanted all young men, no matter their height or weight, to have the opportunity to participate and excel in sports. With the assistance of the New Mexico Educational Activities Association, he introduced the sport of wrestling at Albuquerque High School, the first public school in New Mexico to participate in the sport. Jack retired from the Albuquerque Public Schools in 1975, after 32 years as a teacher and coach, and from the Naval Reserve as a Lt. Commander. Although he received numerous awards and tributes for his coaching of baseball, football, and wrestling, he believed the credit belonged to the hundreds of fine athletes with whom he was honored to work. Jack referred to his years of coaching as his "Golden Years" and his memory never wavered when he recalled players and recounted games. He enjoyed the friendship of students and colleagues and found great happiness in the accomplishments of his many students. He contributed his time and experience to the New Mexico Boxing and Wrestling Commission, the UNM Lettermen's Association, the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, and many civic and youth organizations. Jack was inducted into the Albuquerque High School Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame, University of New Mexico Hall of Honor, Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame, New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor, and New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame. He was a Master Mason and member of the Ballut Abyad Shrine, Hiram Lodge #13, and York Rite. George Friberg will give the eulogy and Ron Hoskie will perform original compositions. Kenneth Carson, Herbert Hughes, Robert Lalicker, Jack Douglas Rushing, Jack Douglas Rushing, Jr., and Woodrow Robert Rushing will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Coach Rushing's athletes and fellow coaches. Interment at Fairview Memorial Park.

Rushing Was Outstanding Coach

By Paul Logan
Albuquerque Journal Staff Writer
    Jack Rushing was from the old school era of the do-it-all, no-nonsense kind of coach.  Rushing coached baseball, football, wrestling, tennis and track at Albuquerque High School in the 1940s and then coached and was athletic director at Highland High School.  In all, his teams won eight state titles. For all his sports contributions, Rushing was inducted into five halls of fame.  Rushing, an Albuquerque resident since 1946, died Wednesday of complications from cancer. Rushing was a strong, forceful man at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. He was known for his booming voice and for being a strict disciplinarian, said Jim Hulsman, who played football under Rushing and later was a colleague. "If he told you to do it, you did it with the best of your ability and no alibis," Hulsman said. "He was a good teacher. I realized later when I became a coach that to be a good coach you have to be a good teacher first. He could teach anything."    Despite his tough-love approach, Rushing also had a soft side, Hulsman said. "He could be a very good, strong, personal friend of the athletes," he said. "That (tough) barrier could break down when you were with him on a one-on-one situation."
    Born in Hanna, Okla., Jack Rushing was of the Creek Nation. His mother died when he was 6, and his father died soon after Rushing turned 14. Rushing's two younger brothers went into an orphanage, while Rushing stayed with relatives and friends, said his wife of 64 years, Theda Douglas Rushing.
    Rushing went to four high schools before he graduated. He earned scholarships to play football for Bacone Indian Junior College and then for the University of New Mexico. He was co-captain of the Lobos' Sun Bowl team in 1939.  Along the way, Rushing also was Oklahoma's amateur heavyweight boxing champion.
    After serving in the Navy during World War II, he came to Albuquerque High. Rushing's baseball teams won state titles in 1947, '48 and '50. His Highland baseball teams won in 1968 and '69.
    Rushing was inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame and New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor in the 1980s. In 1992, he went into the UNM Hall of Honor and the Albuquerque Sports and Albuquerque High School Athletic halls of fame.
    Other survivors include a daughter, Bettie Rushing of Albuquerque and a son, Jack Rushing and his wife, Barbara, of Audubon, PA.

Robert L. Salyer

Robert L. Salyer, Lt. Col.USAF (retired), Veterinarian Doctor, at age 61, of Ames, Iowa, died Tuesday, August 19, 2003 due to complication of cancer. Graveside services will be held at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M. He is survived by his wife, and HHS 1960 classmate Gayle (Atkisson); his mother, Bernice; two children; and four grandchildren.

Coach Mickey L. Miller

Mickey L. Miller, 82, died Sunday, April 27, 2003 in Albuquerque. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise Dean Miller; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Sid Kelly of Corrales, Lee and Randy Parks of Pasadena, CA and Lynne and Rich Carson of Albuquerque; and one grandson, Daniel Miller Parks of Pasadena, CA. Mr. Miller was born July 26, 1920, at Women's & Children's Hospital in Albuquerque, retired in 1990 after teaching, coaching and serving as athletic and activities director for Albuquerque Public Schools for 44 years. He was the first teacher-coach hired for Highland High School, three years before the school opened in 1949. He taught mathematics and history while coaching football, basketball and baseball at the then-Jefferson Junior High School. He became assistant principal at Highland in 1963 and transferred to Albuquerque Public School's central office in 1970. Miller graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1939, starring in football, basketball, and baseball, and from UNM in 1943, earning nine UNM varsity letters in the same three sports. He is one of two Lobo athletes to earn these honors. He received a master's degree in administration of secondary athletics from Columbia University, New York City, in 1949. He wrote a handbook in this field after retiring. He had written a number of handbooks on elementary physical education, high school athletics, high school activities, and student responsibilities and rights before his retirement. For several years Mr. Miller scouted for several major league baseball teams, with particular service for the Pittsburg Pirates. Former NM Governor, Bruce King appointed him in 1992 as a public member of the NM Dentistry Board, on which he served six years. His awards include citations from Highland High School, Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico Coaches Association, New Mexico Officials Association, New Mexico Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance, and the six-state Southwest District AAHPERD, having served as president of each of the organizations. In 1999, Miller was presented an honor award by the National AAHPERD at its convention in Boston, the only New Mexico and Southwest District member ever to receive this honor. The UNM Alumni Lettermen's Association, of which he was the founding secretary-treasurer, elected him to its Hall of Honor in 1994, and he was inducted into the Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. Miller was one of the UNM players honored at the Legends of Lobo 100 Years of Basketball dinner earlier this year. Miller served as an usher at the First United Methodist Church, of which he was a lifelong member. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at UNM. Services will be held Thursday, 2:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, Fourth and Lead SW. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be his three sons-in-law, Dr. Randy Parks, Dr. Rich Carson and Sid Kelly and Jack Easley, Jim Hulsman and Buddy Robertson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Rushing, Hugh Hackett, Clem Charlton, Bud Adams, James Paulantis, William Thompson and former Governor Bruce King. All Highland High School athletes who played for Coach Miller and his UNM Lobo teammates will be considered honorary pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 11038, 87103; to the Mickey and Louise Miller UNM Sports Medicine Endowment Fund; or to the American Cancer Society.

Sharon Lee (Noe) Hankforth

Sharon Lee (Noe) Hankforth, born on July 10th, 1942 in Glendale, California; passed away on January 1st, 2003 after fifteen courageous years battling cancer. She was married to Michael R. Ortega-Storey from 1960-1973 and had three children. Sharon worked in real-estate, as a production motivator and supervisor for Olan Mills Photography Studios and later as rural-route postal carrier in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Her interests included; gardening, clothes and jewelry design, home decorating, finding treasures on the beach and "window" shopping. She was later married to Earl (Hank) Hankforth in 1978, until her passing in 2003.

Sharon is survived by her mother Theda Noe and brother Steven Noe both of Oklahoma, daughters Marlene Hoard and Rhodana Janssens, granddaughter Kelsey Hoard all of Oregon, son Damon Storey of Washington and loving husband, Hank Hankforth also of Washington.

Her family will miss her unique flair and passionate nature. Sharon's spirit will live in our hearts forever.

Robert Lee "White Eagle" Canard

Information on Robert's passing was provided by Judy (Jermark) Waterhouse, who wrote the following:
"He was a most interesting gentleman and I saw him last in 1986 when he came to a hospital where I was employed here in Albuquerque to assist in conducting an audit.   I would appreciate your sharing this information on this most gifted and talented gentleman."

Robert Lee"White Eagle" Canard, beloved father, son, and brother, passed to the Spirit World December 9, 2002, after several years of declining health and energy. Bob was born in Washington, DC, on February 3, 1942, the first child of Virgil V. and Ruth Swamp Canard. He was a member of the Oneida Indian Nation through his mother and of the Creek Nation, Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, through his father. His grandfather, Roly Canard, was principal chief of the Creek Nation, an honor that Bob was very proud of. In 1981, Bob was chief of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town. Bob attended public schools in Albuquerque and graduated from UNM in 1969 with a degree in Biology. He attended the University of Utah Medical School for two years, and then graduated with an MSW from the University of Utah in 1977. He was a Lt. in the NM National Guard for seven years. He is survived by his two children from his former marriage, a son, Robert Brandon Canard (spouse, Andrea) of West Jordan, UT; and a daughter, Tracy Leigh Canard (fiance, L.T. Goodluck) of Chinle, AZ. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Brandon, Bobbie, Cassidie, and Cody Canard, all of West Jordan, UT. In addition, he is survived by his mother, Ruth Swamp Canard, Albuquerque; brother, Roger Canard (Denise), Los Lunas; two sisters, Patti Canard, Albuquerque, and Linda Doering (Allen) of Moenkopi, AZ; two nephews, Jason Romero and Mekko Doering (Tammi); and an uncle, Curtis Canard (Diane). His father, Virgil"Buck" Canard, preceded him in death. Bob loved his children more than anything in the world, and their accomplishments gave him much joy. He was close to them throughout his life, even when distant geographically from them. He also took great joy in helping other people. He was a medicine man, healer, and counselor. He held several jobs in the social work field until recent years. His caring especially extended to his mother. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Albuquerque Indian Center, First Nations Community Health Center, or a charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place by Sunrise Society. A Memorial Service was held at St. Marks-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church,  December 16, 2002,.


MARGARET RUTH (HAYES) BRYANT (Dallas Morning News), born on April 8, 1943 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; passed away on May 23, 2002 after a fifteen-year battle with breast cancer. Margaret believed that everybody was put on earth with a purpose and that hers was to be a mother. She spent most of her adult life fulfilling that purpose. Margaret was the driving force in the lives of her two daughters, Debbie and Angela, her two stepchildren, Cindy and Curt, and her two grandchildren, Ashley and Tyler. Margaret's inexorable belief that participation was the key to achievement shaped all of our lives. She completely fulfilled her purpose and died with no regrets. She is survived by her husband, Tim; her brother, Walter Hines, and his wife Bettie; all of her children and grandchildren; and, friends too numerous to name. Margaret will be terribly missed by those that knew and loved her. A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 25, 2002 at Restland Memorial Chapel.

MARGARET HAYES BRYANT (Albuquerque Journal), 59, passed away of a cancer-related stroke in Dallas on May 23, 2002. Margaret was a New Mexico native and longtime resident of Albuquerque. She attended Jefferson Junior High, Highland High, and New Mexico State, serving as a cheerleader at each school. After employment at Sandia Labs, Margaret moved to Dallas in the late '60s, worked at the University of Texas Medical Center, and met and married husband, Tim Bryant. There she began a family that became her pride and passion. The family includes two daughters, Debbie of Austin and Angela of San Diego, CA; a stepson, Curt; and stepdaughter, Cindy of Dallas; and two grandchildren, Jessica and Tyler of Dallas. Margaret was the consummate mother and friend to her immediate and extended family, and the Bryant home was the every-day meeting place for a stream of friends -- many gained through years as a soccer mom, school supporter, event organizer, and adviser. Besides her Texas family, brother, Walter Hines of Albuquerque survives Margaret. She also leaves many dear friends in Albuquerque who will miss her infectious wit, beauty, and fellowship. Mother, Ruth Parry Hayes Hines; father, Jimmy Hayes; brother James "Jimbo" Hines; and stepfather, Jerry Hines preceded her in death.

So full of family, joy and life
Sweetheart Mother, friend, and wife
What times, what places...
The smiles, the faces!
Go whirling by, these thoughts of you

Services for Margaret were held at the Restland Memorial Chapel in Dallas on May 25, 2002. Interment at Restland Memorial Cemetery. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society

Barbara Jean (Anthes) Figge

Barbara Jean (Anthes) Figge, 70, a resident of Albuquerque for over 50 years, passed away on March 3, 2002 after a brief illness. Barbara was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1931 and moved to New Mexico in 1947. She graduated from Roswell High School and received her BA and MA degrees in History from the University of New Mexico. She taught U.S. History at Highland High School from 1956 to 1963 and worked for the past 12 years for Real Estate Market, Inc. She was an avid iris gardener and was a long-time member of both the New Mexico Iris Society and the American Iris Society, serving most recently in the national offices of Director and RVP for Region 23 of the AIS. She was also an active Master Judge for AIS, the Past President of NMIS, Former Director of Aril Society International, and Historian. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Roger; daughter, Debra Owen, her husband, Todd and granddaughter Rebecca, of Sandia Park, NM; son, Steven Figge, his wife, Deborrah, and grandchildren Marlena, Jacob and Dylan of Tijeras, NM; and brother- and sister-in-law Robert and AliceBlue Figge of Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Viola Anthes. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, March 5TH from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE. Funeral services held on March 6, 2002  also at French Mortuary, with Rev. Jim Hawk presiding. Family requests contributions be sent in her memory to the American Cancer Society or to the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, 615 Virginia SE, 87108. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.

Marian (Richards) Albright

Marian (Richards) Albright passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2002 at the age of 59 in Naples, Italy while visiting her family. She is survived by her daughter, Shauna Lynn Curtiss and husband, Tim of Como, Italy; grandson, Casey; parents, Lee and Fay Richards of Albuquerque; brothers, Mike and wife, Margaret Tiffin of Goettingen, Germany, Bart and wife, Shannon of Sinking Springs, PA; sisters, Jean Burnham and husband, Kim of Stillwater, OK, Joan Langholf and Dever of Albuquerque; 13 nieces and nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bruce David. Marian was a lover of art and life and lived life to the fullest. Marion loved her family and was loved by all who knew her. A Memorial Service to celebrate Marian's life were held on Monday, January 21, 2002 at French Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. (505/260-2105).  See Tribute by Marilyn McKay

 Gwendolyn Arlene (McKee) Sheppard 
Gewn (McKee) Sheppard passed away in July 200l
Gwen resided in Chula Vista CA at the time of her passing. She is survived by 2 sons.

Christine (Jackel) King

Christine (Jackel) King lost a courageous five-year battle with cancer in 200l.  She is survived by her husband, Larry King of 37 years, and two sons Wright and Jeffrey and one grandson, Austin.   Christine resided in Brighton, Michigan at the time of her passing.

Clyde "Sonny" Holland

Clyde C. "Sonny"  Holland, 60, a resident of Albuquerque for many years, was called to be God's newest Angel on Wednesday, December 18, 2001. He was born October 12, 1941 in Hixson, TN. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph C. Holland. A devoted son, brother, uncle, he leaves his mother, Lorina L. Holland of Albuquerque; sister, Yvonne Boggs and husband, Brian of Ooltewah, TN; and nieces, Lee Burleson and Dawn S. Burleson of Albuquerque. He also leaves a son, Jeffrey Holland of Albuquerque. He graduated from Highland High School. He served in the US Army and fought for this country in Vietnam. Sonny retired from Sandia National Laboratories. He was a gentle, caring, kindhearted man who was an avid Dale Earnhart and Dallas Cowboys fan. He will be missed by his family and many friends. Graveside services were held, December 21, 2001, at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1330 San Pedro NE, Suite 205, 87110 or Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Tony Manning

George Anthony ("Tony") Manning, age 59, passed away on November 28, 2001 after a brief illness. Tony was born on July 9, 1942 and is preceded in death by his parents, Lucille and George Manning. He is survived by his sister, Gloria Reitmann and husband, Richard of Albuquerque; nieces and nephews, Mike Manning and wife, Terri, Chandra Manning, Robin Gomez and Leslie Reitmann of Albuquerque; Bill and Virginia Reitmann of Corpus Christi and Mark Manning of Seattle and other relatives in the Manning and Wayne families. Funeral Services were held on, December 1, 2001, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 619 Copper Ave NW. In lieu flowers, please send a contribution to your favorite charity in Tony's name.

Arthur Edson Loy

Arthur Edson Loy,
87, a resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, June 22, 2001. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Henrietta Loy of the family home; children, Laura Loy Dennison of Centennial, CO and David Edson Loy of Fremont, CA and 3 grandchildren. Henrietta, his wife said: "They had had a visitor and gone to Jemez the day before.  They got up and had breakfast and planned to go to the Arts and Crafts Exhibit.  Arthur said he needed to water some plants before they went.  When he didn't come back, Henrietta went to see why and found him dead on the lawn with a smile on his face, she said."
 Arthur came to Albuquerque in 1930. He graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1932, received his B. Ed. at the University of New Mexico in 1938, and his Masters in musicology at Berkeley in 1949. Arthur served in the Army during World War II. He taught for 39 years in the Albuquerque Public Schools at Washington and Jefferson Junior High Schools, and at Highland High School, where he was chairman of the fine arts department and taught humanities, choral music and music theory. He retired in 1977. Very active in Albuquerque music circles, he had been a member of the boards of the June Music Festival, Albuquerque Symphony, and KHFM. He was a founding member and original program director of this classical music radio station in 1953. He had a deep appreciation for nature and the environment, taking many photographs to support the establishment of wilderness areas in New Mexico. In addition, he used his skills as a photographer to create a complete, statewide pictorial archive of historic and contemporary churches. He also delighted in writing poetry and satirical articles. Arthur enjoyed camping, picnicking and hiking. With a good friend and hiking companion, he discovered in 1979 the fossilized remains of a new species of dinosaur, seismosaurus (the longest dinosaur ever discovered) that is on display at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History. Memorial services were held on Thursday, June 28, 2001, at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Photo Archives at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87104, Attn: Mo Palmer. 

Richard Henry Ness

Richard Henry Ness, 80, passed away May 3, 2001, in Boise, ID. A Private Funeral Service was held on May 4, 2001 by his surviving children, Kevin Ness of Boise, ID, Laura Ness of Boise, ID, and Carla Ness Ranum of Bermunda. Richard (Dick) was born December 9, 1920 in Detroit, MI to Henry and Mildred Ness. He grew up in Chicago, with his beloved sister, Bonnie Mae, until he joined the Navy during WWII. As a Captain, Richard was stationed in both England and Scotland. Later he served in the Reserves. Richard received a BA in English Literature from the University of New Mexico and an MA in Literature from the University of Wisconsin. He married Mildred Dorothy Morrow of Albuquerque and fathered a son and two daughters. He was employed by APS for 30+ years, teaching English Literature, Composition, and History at Highland High School. Richard was genuinely an inspired teacher and earned the respect and adoration of both students and colleagues alike, many former students became lifetime friends. Most of all, he was a Renaissance man, placing his faith in human reason and art, Aristotle and Shakespeare. He lived a life balanced between thinking and action and he is deeply missed by his children, grandchildren, and friends. The following is an excerpt from Wallace Stevens' Sunday Morning, one of my father's favorite poems, "We live in an old chaos of the sun/ Or old dependency of day and night/ Or island solitude, unsponsored free/ Of that wide water, inescapable/ Deer walk upon our mountains, and the quail/ Whistle about us their spontaneous cries/ Sweet berries ripen in the wilderness/ and in the isolation of the sky/ At evening, casual flocks of pigeons make/ Ambiguous undulations as they sink/ Downward to darkness, on extended wings." Please send condolences to the Ness Family at 6587 W. Limelight, Boise, ID. 83703

Lana Sue (Murphy) Garcia

Lana Sue (Murphy) Garcia, a resident of Albuquerque since 1946, passed away Friday, March 23, 2001 in a local hospital. She is survived by her son, Paul J. Garcia of Phoenix, AZ; her mother, Eva Rae Murphy; a sister, Georgann Moran and husband, Marvin; a niece, Cindy Poncho and husband, Johnny; nephews. Lana was a member of the Netherwood Church of Christ. She had been employed by American Express - IDS for 27 years. She had also been an active member of PEO for many years. The family requests in lieu of flowers to make a donation to American Cancer Society. Services were held at Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors.

Sandra Kay (DOWD) Daugherty

Sandra Kay (DOWD) Daugherty a resident of Albuquerque for 24 years, died Thursday, February 1, 2001. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Tom Daugherty of Albuquerque; daughter, Denise R. McIntire and husband, J.W. of Farmersville, TX; son, Foy J. Daugherty and wife, Sherry of Albuquerque; seven grandchildren, Larissa, Joshua, and Megan McIntire of Farmersville, TX and Amy, Kimberly, Melissa, and Wesley Daugherty of Albuquerque; father, Foy A. Dowd and brother, Hardy M. Dowd and wife, Eydee, all of Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her mother Wilma Dowd in March 2000. Kay was born in TX and graduated from Highland High School in 1960. She married Tom Daugherty in 1960 and accompanied him on his many Navy Tours of Duty until his retirement in 1976. Kay was involved in retail bookkeeping for the last 26 years. She was a loving wife, beloved mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Kay was a member of Northeast Church of Christ. Services were held, February 5, 2001,, at French Mortuary Chapel,  with John Phillis officiating. Interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM.

    William "Bill"  VonESCHEN  

William "Bill"  VonESCHEN  passed away in December, 2000 in West Columbia, SC, following a long illness.

Dorothy Jean (DALE) Lucero

Dorothy Jean (DALE) Lucero, age 58, of San Antonio, TX, died on Tuesday, September 12, 2000. She was born May 4, 1942 in Albuquerque, NM where she lived most of her life. Mrs. Lucero was an avid gardener and animal lover. She also volunteered at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens as well as the Animal Humane Association in Albuquerque. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Dale. Survivors include her husband, Larry Lucero of San Antonio; two sons, Michael Gnerich and wife, Karen, and Steve Gnerich and wife, Beth; three granddaughters, Amy Gnerich, Julie Gnerich and Calista Gnerich, all of Albuquerque, NM; brother, Charles Dale and wife, Linda of Phoenix, AZ; and mother, Zora Dale of Albuquerque, NM. Services were held at the Second Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, September. Interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Second Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 812 Edith NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102

Patricia (Simms) Reuter

Patricia (Simms) Reuter of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at her home at the age of 57.  Patricia is survived by her husband, Don; father, retired Dr. Donald Simms of Ruidoso, N.M.; brother, Tom Simms of Waldport, Ore.; daughters, Sheri Lee Whitmire and Vicki Lynne Coffey; father-in-law, Charles Reuter; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mike and Leah Benjamin, Perry and Robin Tootle, and Henry and Debbie Craig; nephews and nieces, Paul Benjamin and Tracey Rutledge, Angel and Iris Francis, Samantha and Candy Craig; great-nephews and nieces, Jordan Rutledge and Kianna Craig.
She will be greatly missed by all.


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Donna Jeanne Hilton Gardner died Monday, November 13, 1995 in Salt Lake City, Utah of respiratory failure following major cancer surgery. She was 53.

Donna was born March 5, 1942 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Lyle Hilton and Sally Electa Palmer. She graduated from Albuquerque's Highland High School in 1960, an honor student, pianist, high school band and orchestra member and valedictorian. She attended Brigham Young University and was affiliated with the Tokalons, White Key Scholastic Honor Society, BYU Ballroom Dance Team and was selected National Duchess of Intercollegiate Knights and runner-up to "Bell of the Y." She also served in a campus Stake Relief Society presidency. Donna graduate with high honors in 1964, earning a BA in English and a minor in music.She married Robert Quinn Gardner, son of Ralph "Rollie" M. Gardner and Grace Robinson of Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 1, 1964. Donna taught English of Pleasant Grove and Orem High Schools from 1964-1966, then left the formal teaching profession to raise a family of seven daughters and one son.

A faithful member of the LDS Church and devoted student of the scriptures, Sister Gardner served as Primary president, Relief Society president and teacher, visiting teacher, ward choir director and organist, Gospel Doctrine teacher and in numerous other callings in various wards around the country including Albuquerque, N.M., Provo, Utah, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dallas, Texas, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Salt Lake City, Kennewick, Washington, and Bountiful, Utah.

From 1976 to 1995 Donna made her home in Bountiful, Utah, where she was an active member of the community. She served as PTA president, where she conceived and subsequently developed Art Start and Music Start, special programs now used in various Davis County schools to supplement the elementary arts curriculum.

A gifted writer, Donna was a 1993 Ensign Poetry contest winner; her poem entitled, "Stones," was published in the September, 1993 Ensign. She was also a gifted pianist, disciplined student and teacher, lover and avid pursuer of the cultural arts, music, and literature, a talented seamstress, dedicated homemaker, and cherished mother.

A righteous woman who devoted her whole energies to raising her cherished family, Donna created a gospel-centered home where her children learned lasting values. She ably supported her husband in his many church assignments and business responsibilities. A true Latter-day Saint who selflessly served others. Donna centered her whole life on striving to serve the Lord and her fellowmen. Through her devotion and daily comport, she leaves a legacy of love and faith in all she taught and influenced.  [From Deseret News, Salt Lake City, November 15, 1995]

John W. Scheer

John W. Scheer Jr., 52, passed away at his home, Saturday, August 19, 1995 following a brief illness.  Mr. Scheer was born in Sheboygan, WI on December 26, 1942 to John W., who preceded him in death and Bernice Scheer.  He married Nancy O'Buck in Los Alamos on November 7, 1987.  Mr. Scheer received his BS and MS degree from the University of New Mexico.  He served in the N.M. Army National Guard.  Mr. Scheer was a broad-cast engineer for KOB and KHFM in Albuquerque.  He  worked as an electronics engineer at LANL.

James "Jim" Edward Moulton

Keri, Jim's daughter, notified us that Jim passed away October 13, 1990
Keri wrote: "Browsing your site for pictures of my father. I noticed his name under lost alumni (section 3). His name was James Edward Moulton, I'm sorry to say that he passed away October 13, 1990. Thought maybe you'd like to know. 

If possible I would love for anyone who knew him to write me, my e-mail address is    Thank You, Keri

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