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Naranjo, Josefita Salazar de
Josefita Salazar de Naranjo of Los Sauces, Colo. died 8 Nov 1909. Survived by Husband Juan B, Naranjo. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Naumann, Paul
April 8, 1952 - October 20, 2009 Paul Naumann was cremated

Neathamer, Richard
Richard "Rickey" Neathamer, 48, of Taos passed away unexpectedly on July 08, 2005. He worked as a truck driver for Randall Lumber. He is preceded in death by his father, Jack B. Neathamer. He is survived by his mother, Margaret V. Lane of Taos, brothers and sisters, Cathy Thomas (Mike), of Salt Lake City, UT, Michael Neathamer of Angel Fire, Maysel Castillo (Santiago), Charlene Aguilera (Rene) and Margaret Ann Lane (Tito) all of Taos, Charles Lane (Joe) of Nebraska, Heather Lane (Jason) and Freddie Johnson (Lorraine) of both of Taos. He is also survived by godson, Noah Dale Tafoya, many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Rosary was recited on Monday, July 11, 2005 at 7 PM Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Funeral mass was held on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 10 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

Neifert, Daniel A.
Daniel A. Neifert, 104, left for his next journey on January 20, 2007, at his home in Taos, NM with a close friend at his side. Dan was the fifth and final son born December 17, 1902 on the family homestead near Bloomfield, NE. He married Mildred Turner in 1923. Dan and Mildred served as coordinators with the Southwest Community Center from 1938-1951, which served as a self help project for those living in poor conditions SW of Friends University during the depression and war years. Dan and Mildred left Wichita in 19551977 to begin work with the civil service and American Friends Service Committee, sharing their skills of teaching and community building with the Sioux in South Dakota, the Utes in Colorado, and the Hopi in Arizona & Osage in OK. While in South Dakota, Dan was given the name “Shield Boy” by Chief Red Cloud's great grandson. At age 95 Dan moved with his granddaughter, Danny Elizabeth, to Grand Junction, CO, and later to a new home in Taos, NM, where he attended Clear Light Quaker Worship Group. Dan lived the fullest life, built on a foundation of Quaker Principals & Justice, gardening, natural foods, positive attitude, and a never ending voice that said, “I'm getting better.” He leaves a living legacy to all who knew him and words of “thank you” to those who cared for him. Dan is survived by his three children, sons, James Turner Neifert, Daniel Turner Neifert; daughter, Ferne Elizabeth Vanek, and many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Services were held at 10:00 am, Monday, January 29 at University Friends Church.

Noeding, Faye Seamer
Faye Seamer Noeding, 78, a longtime resident of Taos, NM died November 13, 2002 after a short illness. She was born on July 28, 1924 near Low Moor, Iowa to Mr. and Mrs. Virtus R. Seamer. She attended public schools in Elvira, Iowa, and attended Iowa State Teachers College. She taught public school in Iowa. Immediately after World War II, she married Otto T. Noeding in Sidney, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Noeding then moved to Taos where she taught elementary school at the Canon School, and began to raise a family. In 1959, Mr. and Mrs. Noeding established the Bent Gallery and Museum which Mrs. Noeding continued to operate successfully until the time of her death. Mrs. Noeding was an active longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Taos and Presbyterian Women. She was also involved in many community activities and served as President of the Las Milpas Condominium Association. In Taos, she had many friends and touched the lives of many. She was preceded in death by her parents and Mr. Noeding, her husband of 52 years. She was a wonderful homemaker, wife, and mother. She is survived by her sons, Nicholas (Jane) of Albuquerque and Taos, Thomas of Taos; daughter, Barbara Mott of Taos; grandsons, Nicholas J. Noeding, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, Henry Noeding of Albuquerque; granddaughter, Sara Michelle Mott; and grandson, Daniel Mott of Taos; she is also survived by her sister, Nan Ellen Hendricks (Rev. Charles) of Springfield, IL; several cousins; a brother-in-law, John Noeding (Carolyn) of Tuscon, AZ; sisters-in-law, Ruth Thomas of Fort Collins, CO, Mary Simmons of Scottsdale, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Taos, Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Women, c/o First Presbyterian Church in Taos, 215 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571. Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home.  ABQJournal November 19, 2002

Noeding, Nicholas J.
Nicholas J. Noeding - Born Taos, NM, November 4, 1948; peacefully and with joy left this life on August 10, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Jane; sons, Nick Noeding Jr., Henry Noeding, Brett Kelley and his wife, Mica; daughter, Kirsten Wells and her husband, Al; brother, Tom Noeding; sister, Barbara Mott and her children, Sara and Daniel; mother-in-law, Adelia Kastning; brother-in-law, Jerry Kastning and his wife, Barbara,; special cousin, Louise Blair; and three grandchildren, Lauren, Braiden, and Korrin Wells. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Faye Noeding of Taos, NM. Nick had a long and wonderful career practicing labor and employment law. His family and friends have been enriched because of the love, care, and integrity he showed in every aspect of his life. Nick's life was made full and complete by the love of his family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 16, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Taos. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church of Taos, 87571. Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home. ABQJournal Thu August 12, 2004

Noeding, Otto Thomas
Otto Thomas Noeding, 82, a resident of Taos, NM since 1936, died December 27, 1998. He was born July 26, 1916 in Scales Mound, llinois to the Reverend and Mrs. H.J. Noeding. Mr. Noeding attended public schools in the midwest and graduated from high school in Lansing, Iowa in 1934. He attended the University of Dubuque and received his BA and MA degrees from the University of New Mexico. Mr. Noeding first came to Taos in 1936 and taught school at Ojo Caliente, NM. He served in the United States Army in the European Theater during World War II. After the war he married Faye Seamer in Sidney, Iowa and returned to Taos where he taught in the public schools and served as principal of Canon school and Taos Elementary School. He retired from the public school system in 1971. Mr. Noeding started the Bent Gallery and Museum in 1959 and was active in the operation of the business until his death. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Kiwanis Club and the Retired Teachers Association. He was a past member of the Taos Chamber of Commerce Board, the T.A.A. Board, and Town of Taos Lodges Fax Advisory Board. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America for many years for which he received the Silver Beaver Award. He served the El Molino Ditch Association in many capacities. He was a past State President of the Elementary School's Principal's Association. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Rebecca Lovato of Taos, Esther Grosvenor of Colfax, IA and Louise Tenorio. He is survived by his wife, Faye of Taos; sons, Nicholas of Albuquerque and Thomas of Taos; daughter, Barbara Mott of Taos; grandsons, Nicholas Noeding, Jr., Henry Noeding of Albuquerque and Daniel Mott of Taos; and granddaughter, Sara Michelle Mott of Taos. He is also survived by his brother, John Noeding (Carolyn) of Tucson, AZ; sisters, Ruth Thomas (Russ) of Ft. Collins, CO, Mary Simmons of Scottsdale, AZ; numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Taos on Sunday, January 3, 1999 at 2:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Taos Public Library, P.O. Box 2419, Taos, NM 87571 or the University of Dubuque, 2000 University Ave., Dubuque, Iowa 52001.   ABQJournal December 30, 1998

Norman, Rodney
Rodney "Dale" Norman, 50, of Questa passed away on Dec. 27, 2006. He was a member of Faith Mountain Fellowship Church in Red River. He is preceded in death by his mother, Annie McDonald Norman and brother, Roy Glen Norman. He is survived by his father, Roy Norman of Farmington, NM, children, Cherity Ann, Timothy and Tommy Norman, fiancée, Shirley Eyler of Questa. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 1 PM at Faith Mountain Fellowship Church in Red River.

Norsworthy, William Lee
William Lee Norsworthy 70, also known as "Billy Graham", died in his home November 14, 2006. He was born February 2, 1936 in Las Vegas, New Mexico to the late Mary Margaret Graham of Costilla, NM and George Washington Norsworthy of Albuquerque, NM. Bill was raised in Amalia, NM since the age of 3 by his late grandparents, Francis L. and Torrance Graham. He was a skilled equipment operator, construction worker, rancher, hunter, fisher, rock hunter, craftsman and prankster. He enjoyed recreation in hunting, fishing, crafts and fun. He was an Honorary Member of the Río Costilla Cooperative Livestock Association. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a loyal husband, caring father and grandfather, devoted friend and unique spirit. He endured life's perils and made lasting memories throughout his life. He suffered a twenty two year battle with severe illness. He will be remembered for his humor, his diligence, love and support. He is preceded in death by his grandparents (Francis L. and Torrance Graham), his stepfather (Joe A. Martínez), his Aunt (Francis P Graham), his father (George W. Norsworthy), his mother (Margaret Martinez), wife (Marsha Norsworthy), grandson (Randy Crabb) and beloved family members and friends. He is survived by his children: Jerry (Victoria) Crabb of Albuquerque, NM, Torrance (Patti) Norsworthy of Hillsboro, OR, Bill Jr. (Kelly) Norsworthy of Albuquerque, NM, Newt of Edgewood, NM, and Billie Jo of San Luis, CO; his siblings: Linn (Nita) Norsworthy of Seminole, TX Denise Norsworthy of Albuquerque, NM, and Genevieve (Dennis) Marquez of Las Vegas, NM; his grandchildren: Mike, Daniel, Beth, Andrew, Jessica, Ian, William and Jeremiah; four greatgrandchildren; those he helped raise: Jerry (Bonnie) Valerio of Taos, NM, Jo Ann Fernandez of Tucson, AZ and Glenda Tafoya of Costilla, NM; extended family and friends. Family and Weylen's Funeral Home provided Memorial services November 17, 2006 at 7:00PM at Weylen's Funeral Home in Questa, NM, The Funeral Service was at 10:00AM at Mesita Community Building in Mesita, CO followed by burial at Norsworthy Family Cemetery in Amalia, NM. Heartfelt thanks from the family to New Mexico State patrol, Amalia-Ventero Volunteer Fire Department and Weylen's Funeral Home .

Nunnally, Randolph S.
Randolph (Randy) S. Nunnally, 69, beloved father and grandfather died on March 25th after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Randy was born in Virginia on May 19, 1931 and had been a resident of New Mexico since 1966. He is survived by his loving children - daughters, Nancy, Susan and Laura; sons, Thomas M. and his wife, Pamala, Nathan-Alan and Nathan's mother, Mercedes Nunally; his two treasured grandsons, Alexander James and Noah Randolph; his cousin Gerald Knott; his devoted assistant, Jan Brennan; and his cherished soul mate, Irene Lee. Randy was born on a farm in Dinwiddie County, Virginia in May 1931. He and his mother, Virginia Olive Bulifant and his father, Craddock Jones, moved to Pembroke, Virginia where he learned to hunt, fish and adventure into the countryside exploring the Civil War trenches. Tall and thin, he was a great runner. He used to make money for Christmas presents by cutting Christmas trees, dragging them back to the small town and selling them for five dollars each. Almost everything he did he learned on his own, and in his own words he was"blessed with a strong will to survive and succeed!" While in high school, Randy used to earn money by trapping muskrats in the winter and selling the fur. He also built two boats which he frequently sailed on the Appomattox River. He walked to school (three miles each way) and spent much time with his cousin Gerald, who was like a brother to him. In 1949, during his senior year in high school, he took the best job he could find at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company as an apprentice building steam turbine engines for ships. One of the first great experiences of his life was when he attended the University of Virginia where Thomas Jefferson became his inspiration. He enrolled in Engineering School (simply because he envisioned himself being able to work outdoors building bridges, dams, etc.) He put himself through school by driving a cab and by helping his father who was a building contractor. In his senior year, he was elected President of his Engineering Fraternity - Theta Tau. Out of 20 students who started together, only six graduated in the class of 1953. After graduating, he worked briefly for the Pennsylvania Railroad and then applied for and was accepted in the Navy's Civil Engineering Corp. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1953 and was assigned to Port Hueneme, California as a Seabee where he learned about the military construction business. Here he met and married Barbara Petersen at the age of 22. He was sent to Subic Bay as an ensign and in 1954, he became Lieutenant and the Company Commander of the main site building airfields and advance bases. This valuable experience led him into the field of management and administration. In September of 1956, Randy finished his naval duty and embarked on a new phase of his life. During the early stages of Cape Canaveral (now known as Cape Kennedy), he worked in the Guided Missiles Range Division of Pan American World Airways as a Facility Engineer. Pan Am was selected by the Air Force as its range contractor to plan, engineer and operate the launch sites at the Cape. Randy worked for eleven years at the Cape and experienced the sense of urgency, excitement, and importance as the space program and NASA began to unfold. Many at this time were being challenged to make superior efforts and accomplishments, and Randy rose to the challenge. He progressed through engineering management responsibilities to become Manager of Launch Complexes and subsequently, Technical Operations Manager at Cape Canaveral. He was responsible for range operations, missile propellants, pad safety and laboratories. His work at the Cape occurred during the development of the ICBM missiles, Titan, Atlas, and Minuteman missiles. Before his passing, Randy was writing a book about his adventures in the space industry titled"Pioneers of Cape Canaveral." In 1969, Randy and his family moved to High Rolls, New Mexico where he joined Dynalectron Corporation. Four years later, Randy became Vice President of Dynalectron's Facilities Services Division. He directed the company's diversified facilities, engineering, management, technical services and support activities for a number of the nation's leading aerospace test ranges, scientific labs and research facilities. He felt very fortunate to remain lifelong friends with many of his Dynalectron colleagues. After many enjoyable years, he retired in the mid 1980's. Randy was an avid river runner who explored rivers from Alaska to the Grand Canyon. His favorite river thrill was the Taos Box, which he had run over 50 times in his life. Randy was also a master fly fisherman, spending many an hour standing waist deep in ice cold river water. He was so persistent and wanted so badly to catch fish that he would arrive back at camp well after dark. Randy was a true Renaissance Man in every sense of the word. He was an exceptional person of tremendous character who embraced life with passion. On top of his many interests and accomplishments, Randy also ran for and was elected to the City Council in Titusville, Florida for one term. He will be remembered for his energy and drive as he endeavored to live each day to its fullest. His passions encompassed skiing, fishing, nature-watching, painting, writing, whitewater rafting, and traveling the world...most recently going to Europe, China, and his favorite spot - the Island of Kauai. Randy's recent ad in the Albuquerque Journal titled"Cancer Victim's Plea" drew an overwhelming number of positive responses from the medical community and the general public. Despite being in the last stages of cancer, his courage and compassion remained strong as he pushed for improvements in the healthcare industry in order to help both doctors and patients. He was known for his big heart and generous spirit as was evident in his many philanthropic endeavors which helped many charities like the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer Foundation, Veterans of the Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and many others. Randy's children humbly request that all contributions in honor of his memory be made to his two favorite organizations: New Mexico Boys & Girls Ranches, Inc. 6209 Hendirx Road NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 Church of the Good Shepherd 7834 Tennyson Street NE Albuquerque, NM 87122Services will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd (above address) at Noon on April 8th Palm Sunday. Dad, even though you are embarking on this new faraway journey, your strong and loving presence will forever remain in our hearts.  ABQ Journal March 29, 2001

Nuttall, Daniel W.
In Loving Memory Daniel W. Nuttal Born November 28, 1954, in Taos, NM, age 53, died March 30, 2008. Preceded in death by his father, John N. Nuttal. Survived by mother, Delores Trujillo; son, Daniel Padilla and wife, Carime; granddaughter; Angelina Daniella; three brothers, John, Eddie, and Robert; four sisters, Cathy, Diane, Jeanette, and Joanne; nieces, nephews, and friends that loved him and will miss him. There will be a viewing Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 8:30 a.m. folloed by Mass at 9:00 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, 300 Mildred Ave. (505) 344-8050. Burial will take place in Eagle Nest, NM April 3, 2008. Pallbearers will be Daniel, Jennifer, Jimmy, Frankie, Johnny Ray, and Robin.          Thu April 03, 2008

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