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Alvina Hallie, 102. Born at home in Hillsboro, Kansas, to Gerhardt (George) and Emma (Unruh) Lowen (Loewen) on March 21, 1912. The doctor waited until the 29th of March to fill out the birth certificate, resulting in a documented birth date of the 29th of March. Alvina passed away on May 18, 2014, at Casa de Oro Care and Rehab Center, where she had been a resident for several years. Alvina gained some notoriety as she participated in the New Mexico Centennial parade, having been born in 1912, the same year New Mexico became a state. After attending school in Hillsboro, Alvina married Edward Hallie on Dec. 10, 1932. From this union, two sons were born, Roger Edward and Niles Norman. She and her husband moved to California, where she began to raise her two sons. During World War II, when her husband worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, she and her two boys lived in Hillsboro until his return. They moved back to California, where she lived until 1989, when at Roger's request she moved to Las Cruces to occupy a home until Roger's retirement. She remained in Las Cruces, having a brother, Darryld Lowen, and many friends here. Alvina regularly attended the First Baptist Church of Las Cruces, until her health would no longer allow her to do so. Alvina was preceded in death by her husband, in 1981, three sisters, a brother, a daughter-in-law, a granddaughter and a great-grandson. Surviving are her two sons, Roger and wife, Cathy, Niles and wife, Mary, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. Alvina will be interred at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, California, alongside her husband. Local arrangements are being provided by La Paz-Grahams Funeral Home.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on May 21, 2014
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