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Obituary: Neal ‘Scott’ Mills Dec. 8, 1964–March 14, 2016

on March 16, 2016 - 12:50pm

NEAL ‘SCOTT’ MILLS Dec. 8, 1964 – March 14, 2016

Ouray Police Sergeant Neal “Scott” Mills, age 51, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Monday, March 14, 2016.

Funeral services are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, a police motorcade from Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors, 155 Merchant Drive, Montrose, Colo., to Grace Community Church, 16731 Woodgate Road, Montrose beginning at 9:00 A.M.

A public funeral service is scheduled for 11:00 A.M. at Grace Community Church.

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Obituary: Alex Lee Smith March 10, 2016

on March 16, 2016 - 8:43am

ALEX LEE SMITH March 10, 2015

Alex Lee Smith, 89, of Albuquerque, went to God on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

He is survived by his daughter, Sydney Smith; son, Stanley Smith; his grandsons, Ryan and Ashley; and five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Conner, Jackson, Landon and Savannah. He was preceded in death by his wife, Adeline Smith in 2015.

Alex spent his career working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Later he resided in Cochiti Lake and Albuquerque. Alex was an avid wood carver as well as a hunter and fisherman.

Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Mass on Friday, March 18,

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Obituary: Luis G. Sanchez March 6, 2016

on March 11, 2016 - 11:31am

LUIS G. SANCHEZ March 6, 2016

Luis G. Sanchez, 98, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 following a lengthy illness surrounded by his loving family.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Leroy Sanchez and Luis H. Sanchez; parents, Abel and Francesquita Sanchez; sister, Orlecia Archuleta and Filomena Rivera; brother, Delfino Sanchez and grandson, Daniel Sanchez.

Luis grew up on a farm on Ojo Caliente, where he met his beautiful wife Rachel in Los Alamos during WWII. Together they raised seven children.

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Gerald Dudley Kendall Nov. 9, 1949 – March 5, 2016

on March 11, 2016 - 10:13am

GERARD DUDLEY KENDALL Nov. 9, 1949 – March 5, 2016

Gerald Dudley Kendall, 66, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He was born on November 9, 1949, in Houston, Texas, the son of William T. Kendall and Loretta M. DuBois. 

He is survived by his wife, two sons and daughter-in-law, a daughter and son-in-law, seven grandchildren, and four siblings.

Services will be held in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Houston, Texas. In Los Alamos, a Rosary will be recited at 9:00 a.m.

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Obituary: Susan Finkbine Graves 1923 – March 2, 2016

on March 5, 2016 - 6:43am

SUE GRAVES 1923 – March 2, 2016

Susan Finkbine Graves of Los Alamos passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday March 2nd at the age of 92. She died gracefully and quietly in the company of her husband and sons.

Known as Sue to her family and friends, she led a long and full life. Born in Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1923, Sue was the eldest daughter of Frank Mills Finkbine and Mae Reents Finkbine. Her earliest years were spent in Storm Lake along with her sister, Sally, and she was widely known in that town.

As a young woman she enjoyed roller- and ice- skating on the lake in winters, and she

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Obituary: John E. Dougherty, Sr. Feb. 2, 1922 – Feb. 29, 2016

on March 3, 2016 - 4:14pm

JOHN E. DOUGHERTY, SR. Feb. 2, 1922 – Feb. 29, 2016

John E. Dougherty, Sr. died on February 29th, 2016 at the age of ninety four. John was preceded in death by his parents, Jeanette Pauline Cary and Malcolm Stuart Dougherty; wives, Elizabeth (Betty) Culpepper Dougherty and Jean Highfill Dougherty; brothers, Malcolm, Cary, Worden, and sister, Frances.

John was born on February 2, 1922, at the Linwood Plantation in Zachary, Louisiana. He graduated from Louisiana State University and went on to earn his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan.

John and Betty married in 1942, came to

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Obituary: James F. Andrew Feb. 27, 2016

on March 1, 2016 - 5:34pm

JAMES F. ANDREW Feb. 27, 2016

James (Jim) Fletcher Andrew passed away peacefully from heart failure at his home in Los Alamos on Saturday, February 27, 2016. 

He was born in a small town in northwest North Carolina in 1925, and would soon have been 91 years old. He grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and attended Guilford College in Greensboro for his undergraduate degree in Physics. He went on to earn an M.S. from North Carolina State (1951) and a Ph.D. (1962) from the University of Buffalo, both in Experimental Physics.

He met the love of his life, Marie Orvis while at Guilford College

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Obituary: Kimberly Smith-Nilsson May 22, 1957 – Feb. 23, 2016

on March 1, 2016 - 8:39am

KIMBERLY SMITH-NILSSON May 22, 1957 Feb. 23, 2016

In a life filled with love and service, the Rev. Kimberly Smith-Nilsson always said her greatest joy was the family she created with her high school sweetheart, Alan Nilsson.

The couple married on July 27, 1980 at the United Church in Los Alamos, NM, where Kim would later be ordained into the United Church of Christ. She received her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and taught special education for two years. After graduating from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, in 1984, she began a career in ministry.

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Obituary: Joseph B. Weber Feb. 23, 2016

on February 29, 2016 - 4:10pm

JOSEPH B. WEBER Feb. 23, 2016

Joseph B. Weber, 67, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Juanita Weber; sister, Deborah Scroggins and nephew, Trent Johnson.

Joseph lived his life in a reserved manner. He enjoyed time spent with his family and enjoyed outdoor activities such as, fishing, camping, riding his motorcycle and taking care of his vehicles. He will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Mr.

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Obituary: Donald Ray Gibbons Feb. 19, 2016

on February 26, 2016 - 3:41pm

DONALD RAY GIBBONS Feb. 19, 2016

Donald Ray Gibbons, 86, of Los Alamos passed away on February 19, 2016. 

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He worked for Standard Oil Company, Nevada Test Site, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

He is preceded in death by his wife, LaRue Bleak Gibbons, parents, Jesse and Eleanor Gibbons, sister, Jessie Jane Gibbons-Brandenburg and brother, Norm and Lee Gibbons. 

He is survived by his children, LaDawn Bushnell and husband Cleve, Larry Brent Gibbons, Jesse Scott Gibbons, Dennis Bradford

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Obituary: Martha Ann Hood Brown Feb. 13, 1922 – Feb. 22, 2016

on February 24, 2016 - 5:43pm

MARTHA ANN HOOD BROWN Feb. 13, 1922 – Feb. 22, 2016

Martha Ann Hood Brown, 94, beloved wife of the late Edward A. Brown, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 22, 2016, born in Knoxville, TN, on February 13, 1922 to Amy and Karl Kedzie Hood and was the middle of three brothers and two sisters.

An Alumnus of University of New Mexico where she received her BS in Education and Journalism. Married Edward A.

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Obituary: Juan Francisco Borrego Feb. 17, 2016

on February 19, 2016 - 8:48am

JUAN FRANCISCO BORREGO Feb.17, 2016

Juan Francisco Borrego, 95, a resident of Pojoaque, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, after a short illness. 

Juan was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Teresa Bustos, daughter Carmen Seitz, parents Juan C. Borrego and Lucia Montoya; brother Gilbert Borrego; sisters Trinidad Espinoza, Ascension Barth and Christina Valerio. Juan was born in Santa Cruz, New Mexico in 1920. He graduated from Holy Cross Catholic School (K-12) where he was Center on the basketball team. 

In 1942, Juan enlisted in the Army/Air Force and was stationed in

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Obituary: Teresa Antonia Gordon May 8, 1939 – Feb. 14, 2016

on February 17, 2016 - 9:31am

TERESA ANTONIA GORDON May 8, 1939  Feb. 14, 2016

Teresa Antonia Gordon, 76, of Topeka, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Brewster Place. She was born May 8, 1939 in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of Merritt and Teresa (Rieke) Ross.

Teresa graduated from Eudora High School and earned a Master’s Degree in Physics from the University of Kansas where she met her husband of 52 years, James Gordon.

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Obituary: Barbara Honey Nov. 11, 1933 – Feb. 14, 2016

on February 17, 2016 - 8:17am

BARBARA HONEY Nov. 11, 1933 – Feb. 14, 2016

Barbara Honey, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Her children and family members were at her side. 

Barbara was born in Manhattan, KS on November 11, 1933. The youngest of three children of Orville and Lovey Hunt, she graduated from Manhattan High School in 1951 and then attended Kansas State University. During her first semester, she met her future husband Francis Honey, whose Engineering academic advisor happened to be Barbara’s father, Professor OD Hunt! Both were advised to take Algebra and the rest is history!

They were

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Obituary: W. Clarence ‘Court’ Courtright June 7, 1928 – Feb. 11, 2016

on February 14, 2016 - 12:56pm
W. Clarence ‘Court’ Courtright June 7, 1928 – Feb. 11, 2016
 
Walter Clarence “Court” Courtright, longtime lab employee, business owner, and farmer died February 11, 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and cancer.  
 
Court was born on June 7, 1928 in Beaver City, Nebraska to Byron G. and Marie C. Courtright. He graduated from Beaver City High School in 1946 and the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree. 
 
Court was preceded in death by his parents and brother Leland Courtright.
 
Court began his career in 1955 as a safety engineer
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Obituary: Neil Zack April 26, 1947 – Feb. 10, 2016

on February 13, 2016 - 8:36am

NEIL ZACK April 26, 1947 – Feb. 10, 2016

Neil Zack, 68, passed away February 10, 2016. He was born April 26, 1947 in Canton, Ohio to Joseph and Frances Zack.

Neil is survived by one brother, Philip Zack, his wife Susan, and sister in law, Shirley Zack, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and one brother, Duane Zack.

Neil had a very productive career after receiving a Ph.D. in chemistry working at INEL In Idaho Falls, ID and LANL in Los Alamos, NM.

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Obituary: Sally Feise Feb. 10, 1939 – Feb. 5, 2016

on February 10, 2016 - 1:24pm

SALLY FEISE Feb. 10, 1939 Feb. 5, 2016

Sally Feise, age 76, resident of Espanola, NM passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016 after a long illness. She was surrounded by her loving children.

Sally was born February 10, 1939 in Walton, West Virginia to Wallace G. and Elizabeth Evans. Sally was preceded in death by her brother Timothy Evans, Jack Reynolds, Jack Feise, mother M. Elizabeth Evans, and father Wallace G. Evans. 

Sally grew up in Walton, West Virginia and Cincinnati, Ohio where she met and married Jack Reynolds.

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Obituary: Melvin Lewis Prueitt Oct. 16, 1932 – Jan. 30, 2016

on February 2, 2016 - 12:29pm

MELVIN LEWIS PRUEITT Oct. 16, 1932 – Jan. 30, 2016

Melvin Lewis Prueitt, 83, died January 30, 2016 with his family at his side in Los Alamos New Mexico. He was born October 16, 1932 in Wickes, Arkansas to Ernest and Bessie Prueitt. He worked as a physicist for 31 years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he pioneered the field of computer graphics and worked in theoretical physics. His later years were spent developing clean energy and water technologies.

At an early age he knew he would be a scientist and eventually earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Arizona, followed by

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Obituary: Mary Martha Blum May 26, 1924 – Jan. 26, 2016

on February 1, 2016 - 12:06pm

MARY MARTHA BLUM May 26, 1924 – Jan. 26, 2016

Mary Martha (Lusk) Blum, affectionately known as "Mott" by her parents and relatives passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, in Los Alamos, NM.

She was born May 26, 1924 to Raymond and Martha Lusk in Columbus Grove, Ohio. At the age of 19, she and her husband Dr. William A. Blum moved to California where he practiced Optometry for 54 years. Dr. Blum sold his practice and returned with Mary to Lima, Ohio in 1999. Her husband preceded her in death as well as her daughter Judy Jeanine Blum-Fernandez and grandson Christopher Thomas Blum.

At

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Obituary: Steven Ray Marshall Jan. 11, 2016

on January 30, 2016 - 7:25am

STEVEN RAY MARSHALL Jan. 11, 2016

Steven Ray Marshall, age 40, a resident of White Rock, NM, passed away on January 11, 2016.

He is survived by his parents Fredie and Rita Marshall, sister Shela Marshall, nieces Cheriece and Aries Margiotta and nephew Vincent Margiotta.

Steven was a graduate of the class of 1993 at Los Alamos High School. He loved to watch his favorite teams, the San Francisco 49er’s and the Boston Red Sox.

There is a Memorial Fund set up at Los Alamos National Bank in the name of The Steven Marshall Memorial Fund. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

A

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Obituary: Helen Margaret Falkenberg Ruminer Feb. 8, 1921 – Jan. 16, 2016

on January 27, 2016 - 7:23am
HELEN MARGARET FALKENBERG RUMINER Feb. 8, 1921 – Jan. 16, 2016
 
Helen Margaret Falkenberg Ruminer died peacefully on January 16, 2016, surrounded by family.
 
She is survived by her sister Frances Byrne, two sons and four daughters: John (and wife, Kit) Ruminer of Los Alamos, NM, Patrick Ruminer of Ponderosa, NM, Janice (and husband, Jim) Humphrey of Colorado Springs, CO, Judith (and husband, Sterling) Carter of Winston, NM, Mary (and husband Butch) Williams of Albuquerque, NM, and Kathleen (and husband, David) Funk of Los Alamos, NM.
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Obituary: Jean R. Riegle June 22, 1940 – Jan. 18, 2016

on January 26, 2016 - 7:05am

JEAN R. RIEGLE June 22, 1940 – Jan. 18, 2016

Jean R. Riegle, born June 22, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio, passed away Monday, January 18, 2016 at 6 p.m. Preceded by William, whom she married in 1960; parents, Walter & Henrietta Reiniger; and family friend, Kevin Haber. 

Jean attended Miami U. in Oxford where she met Bill. After sending daughters off to school, Jean worked at WSU then Sinclair. Jean kept at her education, earning her BA from UD and Masters from Antioch. 

When Jean retired in 2012, she was working as an advisor at Sinclair.

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Obituary: Fidencia ‘Fede’ Cordova de Barela Jan. 23, 2016

on January 26, 2016 - 6:55am

FIDENCIA “FEDE” CORDOVA de BARELA Jan. 23, 2016

Fidencia “Fede” Cordova de Barela, 92, a longtime resident of Truchas, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Isidoro and Leonardita Barela; sister, Hope Lopez; brother, Gilbert Barela; beloved daughters and grandchildren.

Fede had a compassionate, loving and open heart and kept God next to her side in her everyday life. Her love was genuine and she was sure to show that. Fede enjoyed spending quality time with her sister, Susie, as well as each one of her children and their families and friends.

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Obituary: Diane Petersen Peters Sept. 2, 1942 – Jan. 23, 2016

on January 25, 2016 - 9:37am

DIANE PETERSEN PETERS Sept. 2, 1942 – Jan. 23, 2016

Diane Peters, 73, left this world on January 23, 2016 to meet her heavenly maker.

Diane Petersen Peters was born in California on September 2, 1942 to Leonidas and Beverly Petersen. She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a degree in Chemistry and met the love of her life. Richard and Diane moved to Los Alamos, NM in the fall of 1972 where Diane quickly became an active volunteer in the community.

Diane had a gift for serving and comforting those who were overlooked or struggling.

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Obituary: Barbara Lois Gilbert Storms March 24, 1927 – Jan. 13, 2016

on January 25, 2016 - 9:18am

BARBARA LOIS GILBERT STORMS March 24, 1927 Jan. 13, 2016

Barbara Lois Gilbert Storms, age 88, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of January 13th, 2016 in her apartment at Aspen Ridge in Los Alamos, NM.

She began her lifetime adventure in Inglewood, California, on March 24, 1927, born to Philip and Lois Gilbert. Most of her youth was spent in the Coos Bay, Oregon area where she graduated from North Bend High School just after her 17th birthday.

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