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Bartlett, Will H.  
Will H. Bartlett, 63, passed away on April 27, 2015 at his home in Alamogordo, New Mexico after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on September 17, 1951 in Alamogordo. Will attended Alamogordo High School then joined the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1977. He pursued a college education at NMSU where he graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts in 1980. His love of the theatre lead him to New York in 1984 where for the next few years he held management positions with three theatre companies. In 1988 Will was employed by New York University in the department of film, video and broadcasting and he held this position until 2007. He then returned to Alamogordo where he served at NMSU-A as an adjunct professor in both the theatre and art departments. His pleasant demeanor and professional expertise endeared him to everyone he came in contact with, whether in the theatre or in the classroom. One of his proudest accomplishments was his writing of an original play which was performed in NYC and copy written in 1985. Survivors include his daughters Lebra Howard and Lori Furr of Alamogordo, son Jeff Powell of Clayton, North Carolina, brother John Bartlett of Alamogordo, sisters Barbara (David) Benedict of Supulpa, Oklahoma, Diane Weller of Boulder, Colorado, and Margaret (Chris) McCarthy of Arlington, Texas, grandchildren Mark Alan Najar, Michael Levi Howard, Anthony Powell, Amity Furr, Melissa Powell and Alyssa Powell, great-grandchildren Brandon Campbell, Zachary Howard and Jason Najar. Will was preceded in death by his mother Marilyn Bostic, father Dr. Martin Bartlett, sister Deborah Ackerman and granddaughter Angela Sage Van Cleave. The family wishes to express gratitude to Ruth Mikesell of Alamogordo for her tireless effort as a caretaker and devoted friend. Thanks also goes out to the faculty and friends at NMSU-A for their support during his illness. Will's unique personality and sense of humor will be sorely missed by family and friends that knew and loved him. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 29, 2015 at Monte Vista Cemetery. Refreshments will follow at the Protech building on the NMSU-A campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Will and his family request donations be made to Kitty City, 56 Danley Ranch Rd.,Alamogordo, NM 88310. The Bartlett family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation has taken place at PCS. To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 27 to June 26, 2015
Baxter, Marsha Carlyon Russo  
Marsha Carlyon Russo Baxter, 62, went to be with the Lord June 12,2015. She was preceded in death by her mother. Survived by her brother Steven Russo, sister Karen Moore and son Steve Russo and his wife Sara, and grandsons Justin and Lathin Russo, and her nieces and nephews. A longtime resident of Alamogordo, New Mexico, she had many friends who loved her and will dearly miss her. Ray, Steve, Stacey, Shana, Dave, Paul, Tony, Russell, Amy, Delbert, Lori, Nowell, Cindy, Gina, Jay, and Kevin Shell, and many many others not mentioned but not forgotten. Marsha may have left this world, but will forever be in our hearts. AMEN Services are pending. For more information, please feel free to contact: Steve 575-430-9718 or Shana 575-415-6981
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 20 to July 19, 2015
Britton, Joyce Marie (Webb)  
Joyce Marie (Webb) Britton, 76, left this world on May 28, 2015 and walked through the gates of Heaven. She died peacefully at her home with her family near. Joyce will be truly missed by her husband Earl Britton to whom she has been married to for 50 years; their children Allen Britton, Mitzi Britton and Michele Kotan, all of Alamogordo. She had six grandchildren who will miss their grandma's hugs and words of comfort, and seven great-grandchildren whom she loved very much. She also leaves behind three brothers and two sisters, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Though our hearts are broken and tears are flowing, we the loved ones of Joyce Britton find comfort in knowing that she is an angel in Heaven walking with all of those who went before her. Her family would like to thank those who took care of Joyce; Dr. Dan Moezzi and Dr. Kay Banikarim, Dr. Anderson and all of the nurses at Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice. A special thank you to Leann Tucker, Erva Yarbrough, Angie Walsh, Sabrina Solorio and Chuck Moon. In lieu of flowers, the family request that you donate to your favorite charity or Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice. The funeral service for Joyce will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel with Chuck Moon officiating. Burial will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery. Pallbearers include Stevie, Patrick, Kyle, Joey, Josh, Joe and Anthony. The Britton family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 3 to July 2, 2015
Cates, Josephine M.  
Josephine M. Cates, 97, passed away on Tuesday, June 23,2015. She was born in Alamogordo, New Mexico to Miguel and Catarina Montoya. She was a life long resident of Alamogordo and worked for the Alamogordo Public Schools until she retired. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam C. Cates, her parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers and her grandson. She is survived by her sons Mickey (Helen), Larry, and daughters Sandra (George),and Margie (Rick), and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a brother; and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rosary for Josephine will be recited on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 11 a.m., followed by a mass at 12 p.m., at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Alamogordo.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 28 to July 27, 2015
Clark, Donna Lynn  
Donna Lynn Clark passed away on Tuesday June 2, 2015. She is finally at peace after a long battle against several health issues. She was born on August 8, 1947 in Abilene, Texas. Donna met and married Donald Clark in 1966. They moved from New York to Alamogordo in 1977. She retired in 2007 from The State of New Mexico Probation and Parole office. Donna and Don owned and operated Clark Builders, Clark's Family Restaurant and New Use Recovery. They spent most of their retirement traveling the United States. Donna received the Woman of Merit Award (Alamogordo Woman of the Year). She was a member of XI Alpha Chi Sorority, The Red Hat Society, and she was a CASA volunteer. She also volunteered her time with the AARP Tax Assistant Program, Twice Blessed Thrift Store, Flickinger Performing Arts Center, and the Alamogordo Big Brother Big Sister program. Donna was preceded in death by her husband Donald, and their two great-grandchildren Liam and Eli Osiecki. She is survived by her three children and their families: Andrew and his wife Toni and their two children, Alena and Mitchell; Vickie and her two children Richard and his wife Megan, and Reese Osiecki; Philip and Monique, and his children Rylee and Kevin. Her sisters and brothers: Nancy, Trudy, Tom and Steve. We will be celebrating her life with a memorial at the Alamogordo Funeral Home on Monday June 8th, at 12 p.m. The Clark family invites everyone to join them. The Clark family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 5 to July 4, 2015
Daniels, Impi Ilona  
Heaven is pleased to announce the arrival of Impi Ilona Daniels (also known as Mimi, Gram or Grandma D) on June 21, 2015, just 38 days shy of her 107th birthday. She was honored with bedside services shortly after passing at the Betty Dare Good Samaritan Center in Alamogordo. Impi was born in a Massachusetts cranberry field on July 29, 1908. Several months later, her parents returned to Finland where she was raised by her beloved grandmother. As a child, Impi enjoyed the countryside north of Helsinki where the freedom of the forest and responsibility of farm life helped build a strong, determined character. When battles were close during the Finnish Revolution of 1917, she helped by shielding younger children in the forest she knew so well. To her gentle credit, Impi eventually "let go" of her long time animosity toward Russians who she said "killed my uncle, ransacked the house, stole the blankets, and ate the cow." According to family lore, it was a village expectation that Impi would sail to America on her 18th birthday. She boarded the venerable Oscar II in the summer of 1926 and arrived at Ellis Island several weeks later. With preferential treatment due to her US birth certificate, she was quickly ushered to a city cab and her first job as a Finnish maid in the United States. Over the years, Impi cleaned rooms at Princeton University and Princeton Seminary. She became friends with Albert Einstein who often joined her while walking to work on Mercer Street in Princeton. She later reported that Dr. Einstein was "friendly, funny, and a little smart." She became well-known among elite families in the Princeton-New York area as an honest and hard-working housekeeper. Over the years, employers included Robert F. Goheen, John O'Hara, Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe. She held them all in high esteem with many compliments regarding fairness and kindness. She credited them for the employment that enabled her to raise four sons. Impi is now survived by three of those sons, their families, and their children's families. Celebrating their mother's long, storied life are John and Betty Daniels of Smithville, Tennessee, Conrad and Rosalie Daniels of Hamilton Square, New Jersey and Bob Daniels of Cloudcroft, New Mexico. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Impi was predeceased by her beloved son, Richard and great-grandson, Gianni. She was also predeceased by four brothers, five sisters and husband Conrad Daniels, who spent most of his married years on the family farm in southern Georgia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Betty Dare Good Samaritan Center; 3101 N. Florida Ave. Alamogordo, NM 88310 or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation online at JDRF.org. Impi says, "Thank you, thank you, thank you! And Goodnight." Direct cremation will take place under the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.cremation-pcs.com
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 28 to July 27, 2015
Duran, Nena  
Concepcion "Nena" Duran, 86, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2015, at her home in Tularosa surrounded by her family. She was born December 8, 1928 in Tularosa, to Nicholas and Francisca (Carrillo) Duran. Nena was a loving perpetual homemaker that devoted her entire life to the Lord. She was a dedicated member of the St. Francis De Paula Catholic Church. She was the best cook you could find in Tularosa, and she used this gift to not only feed her family, but to assist in raising an incredible amount of money for the St. Francis De Paula Catholic Church, while many of her family members were running for Fiesta King and Queen. She also cooked for many years at the Mescalero Coming of Age Ceremonies during the Fourth of July. She was also a Mayordoma for Santo Nino Atocha Church in Three Rivers. She always found time to help anyone in any way possible. Everyone in the family was included in Nena's prayers. She passed her everlasting faith down to all of her family who joined her in saying the rosary in her last days before moving on to be by the Lord's side. Nena was survived by her daughters Gina Kowatch and husband Louie; Mary Guilez; and sons Frank Duran and wife Candy; Bennie Wooten and wife Sylvia; son-in-law Robert Sainz; daughter-in-law Naomi Hiles; 16 grandchildren; Lawrence Chavez and wife Kim; Steve Chavez and wife Liz; Frances Vigil and husband Jimmy; Cindy Provencio and husband Perfecto; Robert "Chonies" Sainz; Ray Sainz and wife Ashley; Frankie Duran and wife Emma; LeighAnn Duran; Alex Duran; Annette Guilez; Georgette Forbes and husband Tommy; Trisha Coney and husband Archie; Nash Kowatch and wife Erica; Max Jr.; Shana Duran; Faith Casares and husband Clint; 40 great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Raymond Duran; daughters Josie Chavez, Gloria Sainz; and son Max Duran; son-in-law Matias Chavez; grandson Matthew Chavez; and six brothers. The rosary will be recited by Steve and Liz Chavez at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at St. Francis De Paula Church. Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at St. Francis De Paula Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Pallbearers include: Nash, Lawrence, Frances, Annette, Josh, Kyanne, Chonies, Frankie and JR. Honorary Pallbearers are all remaining grandchildren. The Duran family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the services. To sign the online guest register, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 9 to July 8, 2015
Fitts, Robert Scott "Bob"  
Robert Scott Fitts "Bob," born in Clovis, New Mexico, on December 23, 1939, was received into the arms of his Lord June 3, 2015. Bob was 75 years old and is survived by his wife of 19 years, Sandra J. Fitts "Sandy" and by his children, Jacquelyn Delgado (Edmond Talbott), Robert Fitts Jr., Marie Fitts (Carol Muhs), David Fitts (Dana Dolcini) and stepson Gregory Scott Abney, (Irene). He leaves behind nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Bob is also survived by his father William Fitts, and brothers Dr. William Fitts Jr. (Sharon), Ronald Fitts (Laurel), Lynne "Jack" Judah (Linda) and Daphna Gonzales. Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years Sophie "Nena" Fitts, mother Louise "Sis" Fitts, and grandson Justin Delgado. Bob grew up in Tularosa, New Mexico, and graduated from Tularosa High School in 1957. He then served a 4-year tour of duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, which took him from California to Alaska, New Orleans, and eventually back to California. After he married and raised a family in California, with stops in New Mexico, Texas, and Florida, Bob settled back in New Mexico in 1993, and reunited with his high school sweetheart Sandy, who he married in 1995. Bob loved family and friends, and enjoyed keeping up with the "goings-on" of his family. He derived much pride and satisfaction from their accomplishments. Bob's interests included reading, good food, good friends and an occasional game of chance. A life-long faith in Jesus Christ gave him comfort throughout his years. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that friends and family send donations to Paralyzed Veterans of America. "Semper Paratus" Cremation will take place under the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.cremation-pcs.com
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 7 to July 6, 2015
Fitzgerald, Jodie Louise  
Jodie Louise Fitzgerald, of Alamogordo, NM, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2015. On this day the world lost a best friend, a companion, a mother and a daughter. Jodie was born on February 10, 1950 in Portland, Ore. to Don and Mary Bunnett. In 1977, she married her long-time love Daniel Fitzgerald, and, in time, gave birth to two daughters, Kira and Kinsey. Jodie worked in the Special Education department for Alamogordo Public Schools for 25 years and she truly loved her job and the children she taught. Her passion and enthusiasm for teaching reflected in her students. Jodie will be loved and missed by her husband, Dan Fitzgerald, her daughters, Kira and Kinsey Fitzgerald and her brothers, Brian Bunnett and Bret Camp. In lieu of contributions, Jodie requests that you take time to spend with your loved ones. No services will be held. Cremation will take place at Professional Cremation Services in Alamogordo. The Fitzgerald family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to handle the arrangements. To sign the online guest register, please visitwww.alamogordofuneralhome.org
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 28 to July 27, 2015
Ford, Billy Joe  
MSgT, U.S.A.F., Ret Billy Joe Ford passed away on June 22, 2015 at his home with his family. He was born on May 19, 1948 in Hardingburg, Kentucky to Avery and Myrtle (Blain) Ford. Mr. Ford retired from the U.S. Air Force having served in Vietnam. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, he returned to school where he obtained his nursing degree; he then worked until retirement from Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Ford of the family home; two daughters, Christa Ford-Buszka & husband Mike Buszka of Longmont, Colorado and Rada Ford of Mountain Home, Idaho; brother Jeff Ford; sister-in-law, Charlett Ford; mother-in-law Rada Winkles; brother-in-law Max Winkles and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Avery Ford, Myrtle Marie Ford his brother, Royce Ford and father-in-law Perry Winkles. A Celebration of his life will be held on June 26, 2015 from 3-6 p.m., at the VFW, Post 7686 (office building) with Chuck Moon officiating. Military Honors will be provided by Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard. A pot luck dinner will follow. No ties or suits, casual wear only please; this is the way Billy would have it. The Ford family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. Cremation will take place at PCS. To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 23 to July 22, 2015
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