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Martinez, Alfred (In Memoriam)  
ALFRED MARTINEZ Happy Birthday Dad if we knew it was your last Birthday we would have held you tight said a million I love you! We wish for one more day to hug, laugh and never let go. Enjoy all The Cookies and Cream Ice Cream in Heaven Love TonaBerry and Georgie
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec. 22, 2014
Ortega, Michelle Dawn (In Memoriam)  
MICHELLE ORTEGA IN MEMORIAM Today marks a year that God sent his angels to lift you away how it broke our hearts that you could no longer stay Claims of love, caring and friendship were made by some For those of us who truly loved you it hurt us so that they just didn't understand your pain, suffering and hardship For now there are no answers, every day we ask ourselves why So for now we'll remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles until God joins us together again across His heavenly miles IN LOVING MEMORY OF Michelle Dawn Ortega 11/14/78 - 12/20/13 The family wishes to thank with heartfelt appreciation: Father Terrance Brennan for officiating the funeral mass and graveside services, Philip Trujillo for the beautiful Christmas and religious music for mass, Monica Fresquez, Leila Jimenez, Shorty Trujillo for their special help and support, cousin Art for helping with the hall for the reception, Michael and Kathy for catering, Carlos Martinez III for reading the eulogy, Margret Rodriguez for leading the rosary, and pallbearers, Daniel Ortega, Carlos Martinez III, Freddie Gutierrez, Chris Desssaro, Marshall Fresquez and Eric Gonzalez. The family also wishes to thank all who expressed sympathy, caring and support during this most difficult time. A first year anniversary mass will be celebrated with family and friends. Hugs, kisses and fairies, - missing and loving you, your family.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec. 20, 2014
Padilla Jr., Albert Triny  
ALBERT TRINY PADILLA JR. Albert Triny Padilla Jr., loving husband and father passed away November 10, 2014 at his home in San Diego, CA. He was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. Albert was a pillar of strength, generosity and kindness. Those who knew him were fortunate and blessed. He is survived by wife Joan, daughter Dr. Sofia Padilla and her husband John. T. Crenshaw, along with many loving family and friends. Services will be held on December 29, 2014 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi with rosary beginning at 10AM, mass at 11AM and funeral service following at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec. 21, 2014
Pearson, Diane S.  
DIANE S. PEARSON Diane S. Pearson passed away peacefully at her home in Santa Fe on December 14, 2014, ten days shy of her seventy-seventh birthday. Diane's parents moved to Albuquerque from Boston in 1936 for her father to begin practicing law after graduating from Harvard law school. She was born and raised in Albuquerque. She graduated from Highland High School and remained close to many childhood friends. She attended the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority and met her husband, William G. Pearson, on a blind date. Bill and Diane were married for 43 years until Bill passed away in 2003. Diane remained fiercely loyal to the Sooners and her sorority sisters. Bill's oil business career took Diane and their family to many places in the southwest and Europe, the highlights being Houston, Los Angeles, London and Santa Fe. Diane enjoyed the nine-year stint in London, England, poking fun at British customs, antiquing and attending Wimbledon. In Santa Fe, Diane was a member of the Santa Fe Garden Club and a devoted volunteer, most recently at the PMS hospice thrift store and the Christus St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center infusion center. She was also an active member of the Christ Church of Santa Fe. She has gone on annual retreats with her sorority sisters of 57 years. In 2012 she achieved a lifelong ambition of returning to the Sloan family home in Ireland by attending a family reunion in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her sassy personality and pointed opinions were a source of great humor for friends and family. She was preceded in death by her husband, William G. Pearson, and her brother, Geoffrey W. Sloan. She is survived by her son, Mark W. Pearson, daughters, Jennifer Pearson and Laura P. Hurley, her brother, Robert G. Sloan, her sisters-in-law, Karen Hubbard and Susan Pearson, her niece, Olivia Sloan, nephew, David Sloan, and seven grandchildren: Guillermo Cordero Pearson, Andrea Cordero Pearson, Isabelle Margaret Hurley, Sloan Patrice Hurley, Miles Archer Hurley, Ema Diane Pearson and Peter Mark Pearson. To celebrate her life, donations can be made to Youth Shelters and Family Services ( www.youthshelters.org ) or the Cancer Foundation of New Mexico ( www.santafe.com/directory/the-cancer-foundation-for-new-mexico ). A memorial will be planned.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24, 2014
Reed, Irene Taylor  
IRENE TAYLOR REED Irene Taylor Reed passed away peacefully on the evening of the first day of Winter, December 21st, 2014, at the age of 95. She left this world in the presence of loving family at her home at the Pacifica Rosemont in Santa Fe. Irene is survived by two children: W. Hamilton Reed and Stephanie Reed, her three grandchildren: Alex Reed, Jenna Reed, and Saxon Reed-Christian, and four great-grandchildren: Dexter, Sawyer, Lexi, and Ava. She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde E. Reed Jr. and her two sons James Dorrington Reed and Jeffrey Jay Reed. Irene was born in London on July 27, 1919. She met her husband Captain Clyde Reed during World War II and married him in a bombed out church in London on February 10, 1945. After her husband retired from the Army, Irene moved with him to the States where she became a U.S. citizen, making America her new home for the remainder of her days. After living in several states across the country, she retired with Clyde in New Mexico and moved to Santa Fe in 2001 to be close to her daughter. She was married to Clyde for 63 years until the time of his death in 2008. A small service for family will be held at 8am on Friday at Berardinelli's Funeral Home, followed by interment at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday, December 26th at 9am where Irene will be buried with her loving husband. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec. 25, 2014
Reid, Fred M.  
FRED M. REID Fred M. Reid passed away at age 86 on December 11, 2014 in Santa Fe, NM. For over 58 years Dr. Reid served the Santa Fe community and beyond as a respected and trusted Optometric Physician and public servant. Born in Brooklyn, NY to Jewish immigrants from Poland via Russia and Argentina, he grew up with a strong work ethic and deep spiritual values which allowed him to attain the skills and wisdom that enriched the lives of so many from all walks of life. He chose Santa Fe because he fell in love with the mountains and culture while visiting and staying at La Fonda. After rigorous studies in NYC at Stuyvesant High School, Fred worked his way through college at the University of Connecticut, attaining a degree in chemistry. Having a love of animals from living on the family farm in CT, he tried Veterinary school in Georgia but decided to change course. He found his true calling at Pennsylvania College of Optometry where he earned his OD in 1955, passing the Boards in CT, PA and NM with the highest scores. Establishing himself in Santa Fe on E. Palace Ave. as an associate of Dr. Denhof, he bought that practice and eventually relocated to Plaza Luisa which he built with a group of doctors, staying there for over 20 years. By 1960 Dr. Reid was admitted as a Fellow by the American Academy of Optometry and made his mark as a contact lens specialist, participating in research trials with the FDA leading to the introduction of the first extended-wear lens in 1983. He was known for making caring connections with his patients, thorough eye exams, accurate prescriptions, and loved challenging cases. Part of his time was spent doing charitable screenings in the public schools and for organizations such as Delancey Street. In 1997 he sold his practice, but continued working another 16 years as an independent contractor until he was over 85 years old. At 86 he still shared his knowledge by checking vision screening results at Villa Therese Catholic Clinic and with Capital City Lions Club in the city elementary schools. Dr. Reid's humanitarian work extended far beyond the city limits. Under the auspices of Lions Club International, he travelled to Costa Rica in 1974, sleeping on dirt floors to bring better vision to those in need. He volunteered for Save the Children's "Eyes on the Future" program on the Navajo Reservation in the early 1990's during the hantavirus outbreak. But he considered the highlight of his career a trip to Laos in 2000 at age 72 with a group of 50 doctors and staff through the "Gift of Sight" program. They examined and treated 500 people a day who stood in long lines for a needed surgery or pair of glasses. Dr. Reid served Santa Fe on the City Council in the early 1960's when approval was given, under protest, for the second traffic light in the city at Osage and Cerrillos Rd. He also approved the De Vargas Mall and the widening of St. Francis Dr. Fred was President of Girls Inc., helping secure the current property, and President of Santa Fe Host Lions Club. He was an early President of Temple Beth Shalom and instrumental in bringing legendary Rabbi Leonard Helman to Santa Fe. He went on to become a founding member of Congregation Beit Tikva. As a lifetime member of Hadassah he supported important medical research in Israel. Fred was an avid tennis player, forming many close friendships on the court. He loved art, accepting trade for services with notable artists, especially potters from the Pueblos Attending Feast Days in their homes was special for him. He volunteered at the Palace of the Governors Gift Shop in his final 2 summers as well as at the Bienvenidos booth on the Plaza, sharing stories with visitors from around the world. Over the years he vacationed with his growing family, most recently in Kauai from 2005-2012, and always encouraged his children to pursue their dreams through higher education. Fred lived a full life up to his last day, leaving us quite unexpectedly. His legacy will be the light created by his big heart, sense of humor and many good deeds. He is survived by his 4 children and 10 grandchildren: daughter, Jessica Reid, and her children Krystal, Jacob, Jonathan, Troy, Alyssa, Brandon; daughter, Staci Goad (Doug), and their son Chad Fredrickson; son, Josh Reid (Tracy), and their son Jakson; daughter, Judy Reid, and her children Cailey and Conner; and by his partner in work and life for 28 years, Joanne B. "Johanna" Travis. He was preceded in death by his parents Gertrude and John Reid, sister Flora Codman and brother Aaron Reid. A private burial service took place December 12 at Santa Fe Memorial Gardens in the Shalom section. There will be a public Celebration of Life, to be announced at a future date. Contributions may be made in Fred's name to Congregation Beit Tikva for their building expansion and to the Museum of NM Foundation.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec. 19, 2014
RIVERA, LYDIA ELIZA  
LYDIA ELIZA RIVERA For those who believe as Lydia believed, she left her earthly body on December 22, 2014 and is now present with our Lord. A viewing is being held at Berardinelli Mortuary on Friday, December 26th from 10am to 11am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on December 26th at 1:00 pm at St. Anne's Catholic Church, followed by burial at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15pm. Thank you to all who loved and cared for her. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec. 24, 2014
Roybal, Donelia  
DONELIA ROYBAL Donelia Roybal, Age 80, a resident of Chili, ended her journey in this world on December 15, 2014 of a sudden stroke. She passed away peacefully with her beloved children by her side. Born in El Rancho NM, Donelia was a hard working woman with strong self determination and filled with compassion to help others, often sacrificing her own needs. She maintained a healthy, modest lifestyle and found great joy working the land and raising animals on the ranch she owned. However, her greatest pride and joy came with the arrival of her grandchildren, for whom she cared for and loved deeply. Donelia is preceded in death by her children Pablita Maria and Fredrick Aaron Salazar, her parents Aaron and Veronica Roybal; Sister, Eufemia Roybal; brothers, Billy, Gilbert, Alfonso, and Eloy Roybal; Brothers-in-law, Clyde Herrera and David Manzanares. Donelia is survived by her children: Daughter, Pepita Wilkinson and husband Dean, son, Ted Salazar, her beautiful grandchildren, Michaelyne and Lincoln Wilkinson. Brothers: Luciano, David, Floyd, Manuel, Paul, and Abel Roybal; Sisters: Julia Manzanares, Jane Herrera, Esther Romero, Lillian Duran, Ruth, Gloria, and Nora Roybal and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and special friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, c/o Amigos de Sevilleta, PO Box 1248, Socorro, NM 87801 or Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, PO Box 280, San Antonio, NM 87832. Memorial service is pending and will be announced after the New Year.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Dec. 26 to Dec. 28, 2014
Scott, Reverend Dr. John Gerity  
SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE for REVEREND DR. JOHN GERITY SCOTT Rev. Dr. John G. Scott, age 69, died on September 4, 2014. A service of remembrance will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Avenue, Santa Fe, on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Dec. 12, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015
Sosaya, Mannie (In Memoriam)  
IN MEMORY OF MANNIE SOSAYA 12/20/31 to 11/20/07 Grandpa, it's been seven years since you left our world. You will be 83 yrs., and we miss you with all our hearts. You loved life more than life itself, you no longer are suffering, and are celebrating an eternal life with God. Love you, Rochelle, Gina, and Michelle. (Mass will be announced).
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec. 19, 2014
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