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Kimberly Partain

Nov 29, 1952 - Dec 04, 2023

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Albuquerque, NM

Kimberly Jane Partain, lovingly known as Jane or Gram, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2023, in Albuquerque, NM, at the age of 71. She was born on November 29, 1952, in Levelland, Texas, to her parents Jim and Hazel Lewis. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, along with two of her siblings, David and Albert. She is survived by her siblings Jim Lewis, Robert Lewis, and Katey Vowell. Jane is remembered fondly by her beloved husband Rick, her three children - DeWayne, Clay, and Tory, he...Read More

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Nelson Eldridge Welch, Jr.

Oct 19, 1942 - Feb 16, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Nelson Eldridge Welch, Jr. was born October 19, 1942 to Nelson E. (Buddy) Welch, Sr. and Lydia Pawnee Kenyon on the homeplace of his paternal grandparents, Clint and Emma (Letz) Welch, in Cedarvale, NM. As a boy, Nelson enjoyed many summers living with and helping his grandparents. Nelson’s father worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and the family was frequently relocated along the line running between NM and CA, resulting in Nelson, and his older brother, Lester, attending over a dozen schools. While living in Vaughn, NM, the family lived in a converted box car where younger brother, Wayne, was born. Shortly thereafter, the family settled in Deming, NM where, as a sophomore at Deming High School, Nelson met the love of his life, Nina Ruth Dane. Nelson and Nina were married on August 27, 1961 and enjoyed over 62 years of marriage together. While Nelson attended New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM, he and Nina supported themselves through a variety of jobs to include Nelson working as a radio DJ. After his graduation with a Bachelors in Mathematics, they moved to T or C, NM where Nelson began teaching math and physics at the local high school. Here they welcomed their two children, Lydia Lynn and Timothy Todd. Many lifetime friendships, that continue to be treasured today, were established. Eventually returning to Deming, and teaching both at the Jr. High and High School, Nelson completed his Masters degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee by attending summer school. In 1972, Nelson opted to change careers and attended the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) academy where he graduated as the valedictorian of his rookie class. He was stationed out of Santa Fe, NM while on patrol for 2 years. In 1974, Nelson transferred into the NMSP crime laboratory as a ballistics, toolmark and crime scene expert. Nelson worked in the crime lab for 10 years before beginning his own investigative business, Crash-Bang, Inc., in 1984. Throughout his professional career, he was respected as an expert in ballistics, toolmarks and accident reconstruction with uncompromising ethics and integrity. He’s recognized as a lifetime member of the International Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE). As such, he served on the international glossary committee, which defined the standards and outlined the formulas used by this prestigious field, to include identifying velocity as a vector. He was the first to prove under laboratory conditions and publish data on how to match a hole made by a bullet fired from a particular gun using a spent cartridge case. Nelson was sought out as an expert on numerous cases throughout the state of New Mexico as well as testifying in national and international cases. Two that were most significant to him were a case out of Germany where he and an expert from Australia disagreed with the German expert regarding a ballistics identification. The case was eventually tried in a neutral court of the Netherlands where Nelson, along with the other experts, testified and the verdict was overturned due to the evidence Nelson and the Australian expert presented. The second was the case that was featured on the program, Forensic Files, in the episode entitled, “Within Arm’s Reach.” These are just two instances of how Nelson positively impacted the lives and liberty of so many people throughout his career. His byline rings in the ears of those closest to him, “The truth is the truth is the truth!” Nelson and Nina have been blessed with 4 grandchildren, Nathan Dean, Wesley Derek, Anna Jessie, and Muriel Lee, and 2 great-granddaughters, Brenlee and Olivia. Much as they did with Lynn and Todd, Nelson and Nina enjoyed passing on a love of nature through multiple and varied outdoor excursions with these new generations. Nelson always treasured and prioritized his time with family and in the past several years took up genealogy through Ancestry.com where he’s identified thousands of familial relationships and taken great joy in sharing some of the more interesting histories and herstories with all the relatives. After a prolonged battle with COPD, he left us peacefully on the morning of February 16, 2024, forever a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. The family is having a gathering to remember his life with love and laughter from your stories and comments, although it was Nelson’s wish to forego any services. He wanted everyone to remember him as he was and what he stood for. In lieu of any flowers or donations it was also his wish that you do something for your loved ones instead. The family will gather again in October to spread his ashes in Cedarvale. We invite everyone to also share their remembrances of Nelson here, or to email them directly to Nina and the family at nelsonwelch270@q.com Lastly, Nina and family wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to the practitioners, staff and volunteers of Bosque Trails Hospice, especially Theresa, Corey, Jacob, Kathy and Rachel. Gathering to remember the life of Nelson E. Welch with love and laughter from YOUR comments at Riverside Funeral Home, 225 San Mateo Blvd. NE Albuquerque,NM 87108, on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 10:00AM.

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Stella R. Buster

Jan 29, 1926 - Feb 07, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Stella R. Buster beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was called to her eternal resting place on February 7, 2024. Stella was born in Albuquerque’s South Broadway neighborhood to Ignacio and Rebecca Rodulfo on January 29, 1926. She had two older sisters Lenore and Ophelia, one older brother Manuel and one younger brother Prex. Faith and family were very important values impressed upon her by her parents and she held these values close to her heart throughout her life. Her father Ignacio built the family home himself mostly of adobe construction. Stella actually helped make some of the adobes the house was built with! They had a one-acre lot and there were crops and a few farm animals that she would help tend along with her sisters and brothers. As a young girl she took a few piano lessons, and it became clear that she had a special talent for the piano. She loved to play and amazingly she didn’t need to read music. She would continue to play by ear for the rest of her life much to the enjoyment of others. She attended San Jose elementary, Lincoln Jr. High and graduated from Albuquerque High School class of 1944. After graduation she visited her sister Ophelia in southern California where she worked briefly at a chenille factory and a Dixie cup factory. After a while she missed her New Mexico family and decided to return. Upon returning she applied and was certified for a teaching position in Cedar Crest New Mexico. It was a one room classroom and she spoke often of how much she enjoyed teaching and how fond she was of her students. Around that time, she went to a dance with her brother Manuel where she was introduced to a former sailor named Reuben Villanueva. After dating for a while, they were engaged and then they married in June 1946. They began to raise a family in the Martinez Town neighborhood and would eventually have five children, Reuben Jr., Patricia, Michael, Dennis, and David. Although their marriage ended in divorce, and she faced some challenging times she always managed to keep her family together. She worked at the Wilson Jr. High cafeteria and later as a court clerk at the Bernalillo County courthouse to make ends meet. Years later when her children were on their own, she met her second husband, Ralph G. Buster. He was a retired USAF Chief Master Sargeant who served 30 years. After dating a few years they were married in Reno, Nevada in 1978. Ralph absolutely adored Stella and they enjoyed many adventures together. There were many road trips on their Honda Gold Wing motorcycle that they pulled a small trailer with all their gear inside. Later, when the motorcycle became too much to manage, they switched to an RV and continued their adventures. At this time, she also worked as a substitute teacher’s aide and later as a volunteer at the Kirtland Air Force Base thrift shop. Stella had quite a green thumb and she enjoyed gardening and taking care of her houseplants. Meanwhile Ralph loved to tinker and build things in his workshop. He always had a project in the works. He even restored a player piano for Stella. Ralph was very kind and always welcomed all of Stella’s family into his home as if they were his own. Those were probably the happiest days of her life! Sadly, Ralph passed away in 2001. Stella always spoke kindly of him and missed him dearly the rest of her days. After Ralph’s passing Stella remained active and spent more and more time with her family. She continued to work at the thrift shop for over 25 years and made many, many friends there. She was very proud of her volunteer service there. She did water aerobics, went on a trip to Spain as well as many visits to her son David and his family in Syracuse, NY. In 2012 she suffered a devastating loss when her son Michael passed away. Those were her saddest days, but she remained strong with the support of her family, friends, and her faith. When it came time for her to leave the home her and Ralph made, she moved first to Brookdale and then to Bear Canyon Estates independent living facilities. It was a hard move for her, but she eventually adjusted to her new life. She enjoyed many good times and was involved in many interesting activities with lots of new friends. She always attended weekly Bible study meetings and would often read scriptures out loud to the group. In her last years she developed dementia and eventually had to move to Watermark Memory care. Although she had dementia she still remembered and recognized all her children, grandchildren, and friends. She could still play the piano, which was greatly appreciated and requested by her fellow residents and the staff. She still participated in and enjoyed many of the activities they offered. On January 28, 2024, she celebrated her 98 birthday with her family and friends surrounding her. She had a good time and was very happy that day! Stella passed from this world a short time after that. Her greatest joy was always to be with her family and when she passed, they were all at her side giving her comfort and thanking her for all the love she gave. Stella really was a very special person to everyone that knew her, full of life and love, she will always be missed. As a woman of great faith, she now rests in the everlasting arms of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Jorge Medina Toledo

Aug 16, 1966 - Feb 18, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Jorge Medina Toledo de Santiago Niltepec, Oaxaca México, se despidió inesperadamente el día 18 de Febrero 2024 con tan solo 57 años. Nació el 16 de agosto de 1966, Hijo de Javier Medina y Gregoria Toledo. (Chiton o coki) como lo llamaban sus amigos y familiares, siempre fue una persona amable, amorosa , respetuosa y llena de sueños. Jorge vivió su infancia en el rancho de Niltepec, Oaxaca. En el año 1990 salió a ciudad Juárez donde obtuvo su licenciatura en administración de empresas en UACJ. Estando en Juárez conoció a su esposa Josefina Barraza y tuvieron 3 hijos, Jorge , Jose y Jacqueline Medina. En el año 2011 llevó a su familia a los Estados Unidos para prosperar. Fue un hombre aguerrido y trabajador. El legado que Jorge dejó a sus hijos fue un sueño que siempre tuvo y salió de la petición de su corazón, su propio negocio, que actualmente está fundada en Santa Fe, Nuevo México, “Medinas Rustic Furniture” La familia Medina organizará su funeral el jueves 22 a las 10:00am. El servicio será en la iglesia Jesucristo fuente de vida en Albuquerque, NM. El entierro se llevará acabo en Santa Fe Memorial Gardens a la 1:30pm. Por favor no usar ropa color negra.

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Richard Tapia

Apr 02, 1993 - Feb 13, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

On Tuesday February 13, 2024, Richard “Cheech” Tapia, loving son and brother passed away at the age 30. Richard was born on April 2, 1993 in Albuquerque, NM to Anthony Tapia and Donna Mendoza. He is survived by his sister Antoinette Mendoza nieces Fayth, Precious, Hope and Ivonnie. Richard had many uncles, aunts, cousins and many extended family. Richard is known by many as Cheech. He was the life of the party, so full of energy, made everyone laugh with his bad jokes and just his smile or his smirks. Richard loved to travel, hang out with friends/family. He had a love of music always had a favorite one (which was many). Funeral services will be held on Thursday February 29, 2024 at Riverside Funeral Home at 10:00am. Flowers of donations may be sent to 225 San Mateo Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM

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David Michael Newman

Jun 22, 1956 - Feb 05, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

David Michael Newman June 22, 1956 - February 5, 2024 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of David Michael Newman, who left this world suddenly and tragically on Monday, February 5, 2024, at the age of 67. A victim of a senseless hit-and-run, David's departure has left a void in the hearts of all who knew and loved him and has left a community in shock. David was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts and grew up nearby in Arlington. He honorably served his country as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he spent most of his service at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Eventually moving with his family to Erie, PA, he was known as the fun Uncle Davy, always taking his children, nieces and nephews on road trips in his camper. Later in life he moved to the southwest and enjoyed the freedom of his moped, occasionally testing his luck at the local casinos, and the comradery of his community of veterans at Veteran’s Independent Living of Albuquerque. David leaves behind his daughter, Jennifer Newman; step-daughters, Lesley Jackson and the late Beth Smith; his siblings, Linwood G. Newman Jr., Catherine A Barry, John E. Newman, the late Marianne L Biagioni, and Janelle Newman. His son, Matthew Michael Newman, preceded him in death, a loss that deeply touched David's heart. In facing the tragedy of losing both Matthew and now David, the Newman family draws strength from the incredible legacy of resilience they left behind. As we mourn David's passing, we also remember Matthew, and we celebrate the impact they have both left on our hearts and lives. A memorial service for David will be held on June 22nd in the Boston Area. This gathering will be a time to honor David's memory, reflect on the joy he brought into our lives, and support each other in grief. In lieu of flowers, please would you consider donating in David’s memory to Semper Fi & America's Fund or a veterans' support charity. As we say goodbye to David, we hold tight to the memories, and the love he shared. We also renew our commitment to seeking justice for David. The search for the individual responsible for this horrendous crime continues, driven by a collective determination to ensure accountability and honor David's memory. Rest in peace, David. You, alongside Matthew, will forever be in our thoughts and hearts.

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Darlene Katherine Carr

Apr 28, 1938 - Feb 12, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Darlene Katherine Carr, age 85, passed away on February 12, 2024. Full obituary is currently pending. Funeral arrangements were trusted to Director's Choice, 9316 Susan Ave. SE Albuquerque, NM 87123, (505) 275-6524.

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James Nathan Spells

Dec 30, 1940 - Feb 05, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

James Nathan Spells (Jim), 83, of Fayetteville, NC, passed away February 5th, 2024, at his home in Albuquerque, NM. He was born on December 30th, 1940, to his father Lewis Spells and Sally Williams. At the age of 19, Jim enlisted in the Air Force. He valued this service highly and attained the rank of Master Sergeant. As part of this service, he received many awards, Ribbons, and Decorations including the Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Clusters. He married Mary Lou on May 12th,1985 in which they brought their two families together including Jim's two Children and Mary Lou's daughter. After retiring from the Air Force he did continue to work, moving over to Sandia National Labs. Work was not Jim's entire life. He kept his sense of adventure after his service and enjoyed Road trips and camping. You could catch him and his wife out in the wilderness fishing just as happy as could be. Another life long hobby Jim held was a never ending infinity for anything technological. Who knew one man could own so many tablets and printers. Then on the other end of the scale he loved woodworking - hiding in the garage for hours making wooden puzzles. Jim is survived by his wife Mary Lou, children Regina, Anthony, step daughter Shelley, grandchildren (by age) Ariana, Miguel, Jerad, Danielle, Mina and great grandchild Porter as well as his siblings Harvey, Tommy, Elizabeth, May, Katie Marie, Pauline, Linda as well as many nephews and nieces He was preceded in death by his Parents Lewis Spells and Sally Williams, siblings - Juanita, Joe, Larry, John, and Leon, and his ex spouse Mary Jo.

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Rutilo Garcia

Aug 11, 1956 - Feb 18, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Rutilo "Ruty" Garcia, aged 67, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 18, 2024, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ruty was preceded in death by his father Rutilo Garcia, mother Maria Benitez, and two older brothers: Mario Garcia and Gerardo Garcia. He is survived by his wife Lorena Garcia, son Joshua Garcia, and daughter Ruth Jade Garcia. Born on August 11, 1956, in Huitzuco, Guerrero, Ruty was a man whose zest for life was as vibrant as the music he played. He was a beloved figure in his community and a well-known musician whose melodies brought joy to all who heard them. Ruty's passion for music was paralleled only by his love for the outdoors. An avid golfer, gardener, and hunter, he found solace and excitement in the embrace of nature. His laughter was a frequent and comforting presence on the golf course, in his meticulously cared-for garden, and in the quiet of the wilderness. Family was the cornerstone of Ruty's life. He cherished every moment spent with his loved ones and was always eager to travel great distances to be with them. His adoration for guitars was almost as profound as his love for his family, and he often combined these two joys, serenading gatherings with his playing and his ever-present sense of humor. Those who knew Ruty will remember him as a man who was funny, loving, and courageous. He had an uncanny ability to light up a room and make people laugh, ensuring that every encounter with him left a warm, lasting memory. His spirit and laughter will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Ruty's legacy is one of love, laughter, and music. It is etched in the hearts of his family, friends, and all the lives he touched with his kindness and his tunes. As we bid farewell to Rutilo Garcia, we celebrate a life well-lived and a man who was truly one of a kind. Ruty's Life Celebration details are to be announced. To to the family or in memory of Ruty Garcia, please

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William Basil Harris

Jul 31, 1953 - Feb 08, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

William Basil (Bill) Harris passed away peacefully in his own bed, Thursday morning, February 8, 2024, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, never waking up from what we like to believe was a deep, heavenly sleep granted by his Heavenly Father. Bill was born on July 31, 1953, into a military family in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, son of Lieutenant Colonel James Maxie Harris, US Air Force, and Betty Jane Goodman Harris, a well known local artist.Bill's life in Albuquerque was rowdy with a household of 3 boys, Bill and his two brothers, Jamie & Vaughn. They always had a plan for the day whether it was riding bicycles or putting on a play for mom, dad & Gram (grandmother). Their lives would change when his father was asked to serve at the Pentagon for 5 years. This of course provided many learning experiences for everyone with access to Washington, D.C. and making friends with dignitaries from across the nation.Upon Bill's father's retirement, the family returned to Albuquerque where he continued his high school education and decided to go to UNM College where he obtained his bachelors degree in Theatre. UNM provided Bill along with his special high school friends, not only a playground for doing what "boys will do" but also the academics they needed for their careers. Bill chose theatre which added yet another layer to his fun-loving nature and would eventually lead him to years of acting in local theatres, working as a DJ at the radio station and then landing a job at Channel 7 as the Host of Dialing for Dollars and the New Mexico Lottery. He didn't stop there. Next learning experience would be how to write and produce advertisements for television. Bill found fame NOT on the theatre stage but on television; he could be pointed out in any crowd. Despite this little bit of fame, Bill's humble heart and love for each person he worked along side, even grade school friends old buddies from high school and college continued to be a priority in his life producing lifelong relationships.Then, look out world, Southwest Airlines hires this young man with a heart of gold for serving others and a living example of what Southwest Airlines would come to be known as "the love airlines". Bill was an quick learner and moved up through different departments setting his sights on becoming an Operations Agent.This job would involve not only serving airline customers but working with pilots, flight attendants, Reservations, Customer Service and basically any other departments related to getting the planes off on time. Bill's main goal was to offer each customer the best service he could along with his genuine smile and warm personality. After 24 years, he decided to move over to the Freight Department and learn something entirely different but still required a heart of service to customers using Southwest Airlines cargo services.As God would have it, Bill's life would intersect with a Texas girl in 2007 in the town of El Paso where he was introduced to Deborah Harris by his cousin and his wife, Jim and Nathalie Harris. It didn't take long for Bill and Deborah fall in love and marry in a small church in Wimberley, Texas. He brought his new wife out to Albuquerque where they made a special life together, along with their two cats, Sasha and Jazz. They traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, the British Virgin Isles, Mexico, France and Italy, enjoyed many out door activities, movies and even cooking!!!Bill expanded his life of service after retiring from 28 years at Southwest by volunteering to help clean up designated bus stops and any trash along the medians that were safe to clean. Retirement also gave him the time to prioritize his new found hours to see how he could help near by neighbors that were sick or had projects they needed help with and also volunteer getting donations to shelters & drug addiction rehabs.He left behind his wife of 16 years, Deborah and his brother, James M. Harris in Belen, NM, his nephew, David Harris of Utah, his niece, Emily Harris of Florida, his two steps son, Phillip Estes of Albuquerque & Robert Estes of Brooklyn, NY, his cousin and wife, Jim & Nathalie Harris of Wimberley, TX. He was preceded in death by his father, James Maxie Harris, his mother, Betty Jane Harris and his brother Vaughn Harris.In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity or nearby homeless shelter or drug addiction rehab.

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Vincent Robert William Cordova

May 25, 1949 - Feb 15, 2024

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Albuquerque, NM

Vincent Robert William Cordova, born on May 25, 1949, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Vincent is now reunited with his parents Pete and Delia Cordova, and brother Emilio Cordova in heaven. He was a compassionate and intelligent individual, a devoted single father to three children: Alyssa Cordova, Antonio Cordova, Amelia Cordova, father to Vanessa from a previous marriage. He loved being a Grandpa to Jonah Gonzales, Desidrio Sanchez. He also leaves behind his brother John Cordova and wife Theresa; sisters: Linda Hernandez and husband Manuel, Helen Wills, Liz, Monica, and Lillian Cordova. He also had a great many nieces and nephews, several Godchildren, and lots of “adopted” kids he took care of along the way. A proud veteran of the US Army with the rank of Private, Vincent served his country from 1967 to 1970. He was a distinguished college graduate with degrees in Architectural Drafting & Electrical Engineering. Vincent was an employee at Sandia National Labs, LANL, and Holmes & Narver among many others. Known for his legendary mustache that concealed his top lip, his love of music and his great sense of humor. He had many friends, several of which he’d known since elementary school. Together they visited many of New Mexico’s beautiful lakes enjoying two of Vince’s favorite leisure activities: drinking Bud Light and fishing. His selfless nature was evident in his words, "I don't care as long as my kids are okay." Vincent will be laid to rest on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 10:00 am at the Santa Fe National Cemetery located at 501 N. Guadalupe St, 87501. To to the family or in memory of Vincent Robert William Cordova, please

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