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Pacheco, Albert
Albert Pacheco, 45, also known as "Frito little people, Abbey." Beloved son, brother, uncle and friend was called home to be with the Lord on Aug.. 25, 2006. Albert was kind to everyone and was always willing to lend a hand. He is survived by his parents, Aurelio and Ermelinda Pacheco, brothers, Clarence (Katie) and Danny (Luisa), sisters, Barbara Pacheco and fiancé Saturnino Martínez, Rita (Rubén) Bustos, Arlene (Cylde) Ferguson, Lori Pacheco, Anna (Fabi) Sandoval. Nieces and nephews, Anthony, Terence Eugene, Jonathan, Angela, Yvonne, Derick, Desiree, Jessica and Valerie. Great nieces and nephews, dear friends and neighbors as well as many cousins. He will be greatly missed by his loving family. We continue to thank all our friends and family who still remember Albert. We thank you for still keeping us in your prayers.

Pacheco, Anita Maria
January 24, 2006 Anita Maria Pacheco, 22, of Costilla passed away unexpectedly on January 24, 2006. She was a 2001 graduate of Questa High School. She worked at Taos Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician. She was very friendly and loved people. She is survived by her parents, Ramon and Linda Pacheco, brothers and sisters, Mariquita Pacheco, Antonio Pacheco (Darlene), Teresa Maldonado (Joe Ben), Ramon, Monica, Lorenzo, Christina and Ernesto Pacheco all of Costilla. She is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. Anita Maria Pacheco, 22, of Costilla passed away unexpectedly on January 24, 2006. She was a 2001 graduate of Questa High School. She worked at Taos Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician. She is survived by her parents, Ramon and Linda Pacheco, brothers and sisters, Mariquita Pacheco, Antonio Pacheco (Darlene), Teresa Maldonado (Joe Ben), Ramon, Monica, Lorenzo, Christina and Ernesto Pacheco all of Costilla. She is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. Rosary was held on January 30, 2006 at Rivera Chapel. Funeral mass was held on January 31, 2006 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Costilla. Accounts have been set up in Anita's name at People's Bank and First State Bank. Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home.

Pacheco, Belarmino
Belarmino Pacheco age 67 resident of Arroyo Seco, NM. died June 19,1968. He is survived by his wife Hilaria Pacheco; Sons Antonio, Belarmino Jr., and Reynaldo Pacheco; Daughters Mrs. Ruben Roybal, Mrs. Moises Lacome, Mrs. Edward Felix and Bernadette Pacheco. Taos News July 4, 1968 A 3. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Pacheco, Bobby Manuel
Bobby Manuel Pacheco, 50, of Ranchitos passed away on February 04, 2007. He is preceded in death by his father, Eloy Gilberto Pacheco Sr., brother, Eloy Gilberto Pacheco Jr. and nephew, Clarence Sisneros. He is survived by his children, Manuel J. Pacheco (Coleen) and Emily E. Pacheco all of Cerro, grandchildren, Luke Pacheco, Breana Demos and Jesus Pacheco, mother, Erlinda Pacheco, brothers and sisters, Alfred Grant (Barbara), Ellen Tafoya, Frances Martinez, Dorothy Martinez, Jerry Pacheco (Geneva) and Mary Alice Chavez (Pablo), goddaughter, Paula Sisneros, numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 07, 2007 at 7 PM at Rivera Chapel.

Pacheco, Eligio
Eligio Pacheco age 76,Resident of Chamisal, NM died Aug 21,1968 at Holy Cross Hospital Taos, NM. He is survived by his wife Patricia Pacheco; Son Manuel Pacheco; Daughters Mrs. Juanita Martinez, Mrs. Emily Abeyta and Miss Maria Pacheco; Brother Silvanio Pacheco. Taos News Aug 29,1968 2. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Pacheco, Gregory
October 10, 2000, The Santa Fe New Mexican, Page: B-4, EMMITSBURG, Md. -- A New Mexico man was among 104 U.S.firefighters killed last year in the line of duty who were honored at the National Fire Academy in western Maryland. A wildfire near Palomar Mountain in California in October 1999 killed Gregory Pacheco, 20, of Taos. He died at a San Diego hospital after suffering a head injury from a falling rock while battling the fire. Pacheco was part of a firefighting team from Carson National Forest in Northern New Mexico. More than 5,000 people watched Sunday as the names of the dead were added to a monument during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. Congress designated the site in 1990 as the official memorial for firefighters who die on the job. Since its creation, 2,077 names have been added to the memorial. This year's ceremony honored firefighters from 30 states and Washington, D.C. They included six Worcester, Mass., firefighters killed in a warehouse fire and three firefighters from Fort Worth, Texas, who died fighting a church fire.

Pacheco, Henry
El Crepusculo, Thurs., Jan 12, 1950 Henry Pacheco A full military funeral was held Sunday in El Valle for Private Henry Pacheco, who was killed in action in Belgium during the war. Private Pacheco was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ismiel Pacheco. He was a native of El Valle and is remembered by many friends and relatives in that area. The Lopez and Pacheco Post of the American Legion in Penasco was named in his honor. An uncle, Liondes Pacheco of Taos, attended the funeral. No date of death is given in the obituary.

Pacheco, Juan B.
Juan B. Pacheco age 77 of Ranchitos de Abajo, NM. died at his residence Monday 14 June 1909 at 5:00 AM. Surviving him are his children: Rafael, Florencio, Secundino, Alcaria and Albina Pacheco. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Pacheco, Leonides
October 1, 2005 Leonides Pacheco, 97, passed away on October 1, 2005. He was an avid fisherman and loved gardening. He graduated from Penasco Catholic School and attended Highlands University. He taught school in Penasco, served 2 terms as County School Superintendent, worked in the Taos Post Office and worked for the Bureau of Land Management. After WWII he worked for the Welfare School (now New Mexico Health and Social Services) as a social worker and director. He also worked for Crippled Children Services in Albuquerque. He retired after 50 years with the government, 35 spent working with the public. He is preceded in death by his wife, Maclovia R. Romero Pacheco, sons, Moises and Manuel Leonides Pacheco, parents, Moises and Sofia Pacheco, sisters, Cleotilde Trujillo of Rio Lucio, Lydia Martinez of Denver, Adelaida Trujillo, brothers, Alejandro Pacheco, Ismael Pacheco, Octaviano Pacheco all of Rio Lucio. He is survived by his children, Bertha Pacheco of Taos, Joe Pacheco of Pueblo, CO, Joniva Cardenas of Taos, Carlida Montoya of Utah, Eddie Cardenas of Taos, Manny Pacheco of Rio Lucio and Frances Montoya (Jerry) of Denver, sister, Sinforosa Joseph of Rio Lucio, 29 grand children, 58 great grand children, and 35 great great grand children.A prayer meeting was held on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at the Rivera Chapel. His funeral was held on October 5, 2005 at the First Presbyterian Church in Taos. Interment followed at the Pacheco Cemetery in Rio Lucio. Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home.

Pacheco, Lucario Rick
Lucario Rick Pacheco, 57, of Taos passed away recently. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jose Cipriano and Maria Aurora Pacheco, sisters, Lydia and Emma and brother, Cipriano Antonio. He is survived by children, Cynthia Ann Trego (Jay) of Phoenix, AZ and Richard Lee Pacheco of Seattle, WA, brother, Robert "Beto" Pacheco (Catherine), sisters, Margaret Pacheco, Rose Tafoya (Felix), and Josephine Martinez (Larry), very close nephews and nieces and other relatives. Memorial service was held on July 20, 2006 at Rivera Chapel. Interment was held at Descanso Cemetery.

Pacheco, Soledad Lopez de
Soledad Lopez de Pacheco age 72 of Arroyo Seco, NM. died a little after 1:00 PM 5 Oct 1909. Survived by sons: Manuel, Cosme, Pedro and Antonio Pacheco. Antonio Pacheco is Taos County Representative to the Territorial Legislature. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Pacheco, Sophie
Sophie Pacheco, 80, Local Ranchos de Taos Resident and Community Volunteer passed away on June 25, 2006. On many occasions at the end of her life some would call her Doña Sophronia. A great honor bestowed upon an ordinary woman with an extraordinary heart. Little in her life was about what she accomplished for herself but about what she gave to others and how she could be of service. The elderly, the needy and the down in spirit were often the recipients of her amazing faith, generosity and goodwill. Throughout her life she had a strong relationship with the Presbyterian Church. In particular the Ranchos de Taos Church, serving in many capacities, including board member and volunteer extraordinaire of the Loma Verde Summer Camp for children. In her later years she would devote herself tirelessly to Habitat for Humanity as a board member, fundraiser, and a hand with a hammer and a broom, working locally and in Mexico and Cuba. Even when immigrant rights and environmental conservation were not popular Sophie was in the forefront in her community finding resolution and educating those around her by example. She is known to many for her constant attention to conservation, and her daily bike rides to work. She was making and delivering meals, long before "Meals on Wheels" and always had someone she needed to visit with a smile and a prayer. Over the past 20 years serving as sales clerk of Navajo Silver and recently The Covered Wagon - stores owned by her son and daughter–in law, George and Lyndee Cook - she was an ever pleasant greeter for those travelers seeking not only Native American crafts but local advice and stories given with a warm heart. She had a great affinity for the Hispanic and Native American cultures, understanding the importance of keeping those cultures vibrant and alive in this ever-present movement towards assimilation. With her heart always in Taos, even when she left to reside elsewhere she always returned, as she has once more. Born and raised in the then small villages of Ranchitos and Ranchos de Taos, to Ramoncita Vialpando Pacheco and Manuel Lauro Pacheco, on April 14th 1926. She was one of six sisters & four brothers with only the oldest and youngest sisters, Juanita Isabel Garcia of Ranchos de Taos and Maria Laura Riddle, of Hartsville, PA. surviving.From her first marriage to Gaines Allen Cook, daughter Catherine Cook Gerry and her son, of Stone Ridge, NY and son George Allen Cook and his five children of Albuquerque, NM, survive her. David Cook, a second son from her marriage to Mr. Cook, died at the young age of three of accidental causes. She missed him dearly. From her second marriage to Tito Martinez, an only son Arthur Martinez and his life long partner Cathy Baca survive her. Many nieces and nephews also survive her. For those who knew and loved her, the last six months of her life were a gift of love and support for all as she struggled with bone cancer. She can now rest in peace as she has gone home. Ahora está en paz al lado de Dios. Evening service was held on, June 28, 2006 at Rivera Chapel in Taos. Funeral service was held on June 29, 2006 at Ranchos Presbyterian Church. Interment was held at Descanso Cemetery.

Pacheco, Teresita
Teresita Pacheco Age 2 years and 7 months of Arroyo Seco, NM. Died 11 Dec 1915 at 4:00 PM. Survived by parents Jose Eulogio Pacheco and wife name not listed. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Pacheco, Victoriana R.
Victoriana R. Pacheco age 103. Resident of Taos, NM. died Aug 27,1968.Survived by her daughters Longina, Emedais, Julia and Eloisa Pacheco. Taos News. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Packard, Anastasia
Albuquerque Journal, May 8, 1998 Sia (Anastasia) Packard, 69, passed away Monday, May 4, 1998 at her home. Mrs. Packard was born in Boston, MA on January 16, 1929. She was a graduate of Manchester High School Central and recently returned from a wonderful 50th Class Reunion. Mrs. Packard worked for JC Penney for over 20 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Harry; and her son, Murl Boston. Mrs. Packard was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. She leaves behind her loving and supportive family: son, Harry Packard Jr. (Spike) and wife, Irene of Farmington, Charles Packard of Albuquerque; daughters, Deborah O'Brien and husband, Michael of Phoenix, Helen Spencer and husband, Andrew of Flower Mound, TX, and Vera Topping and fiance, Anthony Chavez of Belen; grandchildren, Evie Ringenberg, Monica Carrillo, Tearsa Packard, Michael O'Brien Jr., Nicole O'Brien, Anastasia, Nicolette and Archie Topping IV, Cody Maurice Chavez and Sophia Chavez; great-grandchildren, Arron Bussell, Brittni and Danille Packard, Morgan Ringenberg and Jessica Topping. Sia is also survived by her loving brother, George Economou and wife, Nancy of Pittsburg, PA; in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. Packard; and sister-in-law, Rosemary Packard, all of Taos. She leaves behind a host of relatives and friends. Sia was a wonderful, loving person and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 9, 1998, 2:30 p.m., at Sierra Vista Cemetery, Taos, NM. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.

Paden, Harold
Harold Paden of 11320 Academy Ridge NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111 passed away suddenly on March 29, 2001 near McKinney, TX. Harold was born July 22, 1922 at Wagner, TX and lived 30 years in Italy where he preached, taught and started a school for orphans at Frascati, Italy and more recently mission work in North New Mexico, Taos, Chama, Espanola, Penasco, etc. while living in Pojoaque, NM. Harold served as Minister of University Church of Christ and was active in development of Albuquerque Christian Children's home and started an inner city outreach program"Mission Albuquerque" that served minorities. He was active in the jail outreach program in the State Prison and with teaching to prisoners from Taos, Pojoaque, etc. He began the Red River Family Encampment at Red River, NM. Harold is a highly decorated Veteran of the 10th Mountain Division in WWII and received commendations for valor in combat (Bronze Star) with Col. Darby's regiment. He was active with the 10th Mountain reunions in United States and with Germans and Italians at the Riva Ridge Memorial in Italy. Harold attended Abilene Christian University and Pepperdine University and completed a Masters Degree in Education and Bible. He received the Outstanding Christian Service Award of Harding University and many other honors. A Memorial Service will be held at Montgomery Blvd. Church of Christ, 7202 Montgomery Blvd. NE, April 6, 2001 at 11:00 a.m.   ABQJournal April 06, 2001

Padilla, Dorothy C.
Dorothy "La Dot" C. Padilla, 55, of El Prado passed away on June 14, 2006. She is preceded in death by her father, Alberto Padilla, brother, Laudencio Padilla and sister, Stella Ruedemann. She is survived by her sons, Leroy Padilla (Sharon) and Michael Padilla (Trish) all of Taos, grandchildren, Lily Padilla, Mariah Voigt, Michael Padilla, Kristen Padilla, Andres Rivera, sisters and brother, Frances Espinoza (Billy), Alex and Mary Ann Padilla. Rosary was recited on Sunday, June 18, 2006. Funeral mass was held on Monday, June 19, 2006. Both services were held at San Isidro Catholic Church in Los Cordovas. Interment was held at Dolores Cemetery in Canon.

Padilla, Jaclynn Kari
December 17, 2005 Jaclynn Kari Padilla, 13, of Black Lake passed away on Dec. 17, 2005 surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence and Trinidad Mondragon, uncles, Ernest Padilla and Ernest Mondragon, great grandparents, Eufemia Gallegos and Mardequeo Tafoya . She is survived by her parents, Dan and Elsie Padilla, brother, Nathaniel D. Padilla, grandparents Marvin and Emily Padilla of Des Montes, great grandmother, Cecilia Tafoya. She is also survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins and other relatives. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at Rivera Chapel. Interment was held in Black Lake.

Padilla, Joseph
Joseph Padilla age 61. Resident of Taos, NM. died Nov 11,1968 in Napa Valley, Calif.He is survived by his wife Mary Padilla; Sons Robert, Gilbert and Eugene Padilla; Daughter Mrs. Dolores Jennings; Brother Jesus Padilla; Sisters Ramona Lopez and Magdalena Herrera. Taos News Nov 14,1968 6. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Padilla, Juan
PADILLA, Juan; 49; Questa; died August 26, 1998; Albuquerque Journal North, Tuesday, September 1, 1998, page 2

Padilla, Manuel
Manuel Padilla age 33 of Arroyo Seco, NM. died at 4:00 PM 8 Aug 1909. He is survived by his mother Irene P. Gonzales; Wife Silveria V. de Padilla 1 son and 2 daughters. Names not listed. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Padilla, Palemon Pascual
Palemón Pascual Padilla, 73, of Arroyo Hondo passed away on December 23, 2009. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dociteo & Fininia Padilla, brothers, Arturo, Luciano, Abel and Abrán Padilla. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Padilla, children, Vincent Padilla (Mary Dee), Christopher Padilla, Renee Lucero (OV), Annette Gallegos (David). He is also survived by nine grandchildren, sister and brothers, Eralia Martínez, Fares Padilla (Socorro), Roger Padilla (Angela), sisters in law, Arabela, María Elva Padilla and many special nephews and nieces. Rosary was recited on December 27, 2009. Funeral mass was held on December 28, 2009. Both services were held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Arroyo Hondo. Interment was held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements by Rivera Family Mortuaries.

Padilla, Petra T.
Petra "Petrita" T. Padilla, 99, of Taos, died Friday October 24, 2003. She was a member of the Taosenas and War Mothers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Candido Padilla, sons, Tony R. Padilla, Jake Padilla and Candido Padilla; two grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Matilde, Adelina, Bentura, Rafaelita and Amadeo. She is survived by her daughters, Rebecca Valdez (Edward) of Santa Fe and Marcella Sandoval (Gilbert) of Colorado Springs, daughter-in-law, Tina Padilla of Albuquerque. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great-granchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 tonight at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home. Journal North October 29, 2003

Parraz, Rayla
Rayla Parraz, 20, of Taos passed away unexpectedly Friday September 17, 2003. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marcelina and Vicente Parraz, uncle, Frank Parraz and aunt, Nancy Montano. She is survived by her parents, Raymond and Irene Parraz, brother, Robert E. Padilla (Marisa) of Albuquerque, Denise Frank (Michael) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Darren Parraz of Taos. She is also survived by grandparents, Alejandro and Gertrude Montano of Arroyo Seco, godparents and uncle, Alfonso Montano (Patricia) of Virginia, uncles and aunts, Martin Montano (Mae) of Rio Rancho, Francine Barnes (Darren) of Santa Theresa, Concha Arguello (Frank) and Evelyn Archuleta, all of Taos, and Robert Parraz (Kay) of Moriarty, Anna Romero (J.D.), Becky Parraz, Tommy Parraz (Frances), all of Taos, and Joe Parraz (Stella) of Albuquerque, Martha Lujan (Eloy) of Taos, Joe Jaramillo (Pat) of Wyoming, Emilia Sanchez of Taos, Adela Gonzales (Efren) and Meliton Montano, all of Arroyo Seco, Eliseo Montano (Mary) of Utah, Ida Montano, Tina Mondragon of Utah and many other relatives and friends. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. today at 10 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Taos. Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home. Journal North September 23, 2003

Pena, Julia T.
Julia T. Pena, a long time Albuquerque resident passed away on October 13, 2010 at the age of 88. She was born on October 19, 1921 in Taos, NM to Ignacio and Minnie Trujillo. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Johnnie L. Pena. She is survived by three daughters, Christina Courville, Veronica Haschke(Albert) and Anita Pena; as well as two grandsons, Michael Courville(Tammie) and Jason Haschke(Kristy); and three great-grandchildren; She is also survived by one sister, Josephine Liebert of Santa Fe; along with many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Valerie Lotz, her Presbyterian Home Helth Care team, Dr. Carol Merovka, Amanda Lowe, Victoria Cain and the wonderful people of Hospice of the Sandias for the compassionate care of their mother and all their support. ABQ Journal October 17, 2010

Peralta, Jose Arturo
Jose Arturo Peralta age 53, resident of La Loma de Taos, NM. died July 3,1968 at home.He was the son of the deceased Malaquias Martinez y Peralta.Surving him are his daughters Rose Alarcon and Louise D. Wreath; Son Tomas Lee Peralta. 2 brothers and 1 sister not named in the obit. Taos News July 11,1968 11. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Peralta, Rebecca Sandoval de
Rebecca Sandoval de Peralta age 39 years and 8 months old. Of Malpais, NM. died 8 April 1907 8:00 AM died at child birth. Has a great number of relatives in the Taos and Ocate NM area. She is survived by her husband Jose M. Peralta, 3 sons and 3 daughter. Names not listed. She was the daughter of Jose Bartolo Sandoval and the deceased Maria A. de Sandoval. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Peralta, Simon E.
Albuquerque Journal, September 10, 1998, Simon E. Peralta, 60, of Las Cruces, died Tuesday, September 18, 1998 at home. He was born on November 18, 1937 in Taos, NM. Simon had been a Las Cruces resident for the past 12 years, moving from Taos to Las Cruces after his retirement. He is survived by his sons, Simon L. Peralta and wife, Linda of Albuquerque, Dennis Peralta and wife, Matilda of Santa Fe; daughters, Francella Martinez of Bernalillo, Loretta Martinez, widow of Fernando Martinez of Santa FE, Ana Marie Peralta of Las Cruces; mother, Benita G. Peralta of Taos; brother, Orlando (Datto) Peralta of Espanola; niece, Daniella Peralta of Albuquerque; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and by many other relatives and friends. Simon was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marcia V. Peralta. A Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 1998 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Taos, NM with Interment of cremains to follow at the Pilar Cemetery. Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, corner of Solano and Bowman, Las Cruces, NM, 526-2419.

Perez, Albert
Albert Perez. And the Lord said, "Good job, my shepherd-now come on home." Friday, November 13, 2009. It is a sad day for the Albert Perez family-but what a great day in Heaven. There it's just breaking daylight. The sky's magenta, pickup engines are being revved, helicopter blades are starting their roll, cowboys are saddled up on fresh horses. Laughter and raucous conversation fill the chilly air. This could be the best coyote hunt ever. And life will continue on here, as it should, but not without dear memories held closely and safely to our hearts. Albert Perez had many loves-family, friends, sheep, ranching, rain (damn, it's dry), sheep, hunting, fishing, sports (let's go Aggies!), sheep, a good day's work, bologna on white bread (again, Albert?), Corinne's roast leg of lamb, sheep; and one deep, abiding hate most worthy of mention-any live coyote. Albert was born in Flagstaff, AZ on May 28, 1922 to parents Ramon and Ysaura Perez. The family moved to New Mexico in 1927, where they began assembling ranches near Yeso, Pastura, and Pintada. Here Albert's siblings, Anna, Carmen, Ramon, and Alice were born. At the age of seven, Albert was already camping with sheep bands. He attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Buchanan and in Vaughn, where he graduated from high school in 1941, then joined uncles Narciso and Manuel and a couple other hired hands in fencing the entire ranch. He left the ranch to attend New Mexico A&M (now NMSU) for a short time, but returned when WWII began. Albert met Corinne Ribera, the light of his life, when his sister brought her out to the ranch from Albuquerque to ride horses. They married on August 30, 1947 and continued with a partnership, friendship, and love that lasted 62 years. After living in Flagstaff for a short time, the couple moved to the ranch at Pintada, NM and proceeded to raise their family. Eventually they moved to Vaughn, where Albert was a longtime member of the Vaughn School Board. In addition, Albert was chairman of the Guadalupe County Soil and Water Conservation District for thirty years, and was honored with the New Mexico Wool Growers' 2000 Sheepman of the Year. Albert was the consummate rancher and steward of the land. As with any good shepherd, the care of his livestock and family came first, his pasture and water shortly behind. He led by example-his life, his hearty laugh (AhhOOOF!), his honor and love are all the lessons we need carry on. Adios y a Dios, Alberto. Albert is survived by his wife of 62 years, Corinne; son Albert (Tibo) Perez and wife Robin of Taos; son Narciso Perez of Albuquerque; daughter Cambria Masci and husband Greg of Gallup; daughter Pier and husband Lane of San Diego, CA; grandchildren Cassidy Nunn and husband James of Montrose, CO, Kendall Perez of Greeley, CO, Sean Perez of Las Cruces, and Giuliano Masci of Gallup; sisters Anna Osle of Albuquerque and Alice Perez of Vaughn; along with numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws, out-laws, and other beautiful friends he thought of as family. In addition to his parents, Ramon and Ysaura, Albert was preceded in death by his brother, Ramon, and a sister, Carmen. Pallbearers will be Vincent Perez, Dominic Perez, Bruce Dereta, Frank Perez, John Spensieri, and Carlos Armendariz. Honorary pallbearers are Mannie Aguilar, Alfredo Flores, Charlie Serrano, Butch Del Curto, Gino Lujan, Jack Achen, Jim Sachse, Earl Sena, Sec Rivera, Brahaim Hindi, Sr., Alex Gazolas, Norbert Archibeque, Andy Cordova, Charles Schoolcraft, Johnny Madril, and Ernest Perez. Rosary will be Thursday, November 19, 2009, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, November 20, 2009, 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vaughn, NM. Please visit our online guestbook for Albert at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 ABQ Journal November 18, 2009

Perez, Genoveba A.
Genoveba A. Perez age 76, resident of Valdez,NM, died Dec 27,1967 en El Hospital Presbiteriano Del Embudo, NM.Surving is son Fernando Perez; Daughters Mrs. Darrell Leslie and Mrs. Macia Romero; Sister Agapita Martinez; Brothers Eloy and Max Alires. Taos News Jan 18,1968,10. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Peterson, Robert
Robert Peterson December 3, 1927 - July 4, 2005 Robert "Pete" Peterson – Age 77 a resident of Las Colonias, New Mexico, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 4, 2005 with his loving family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a Veteran of the United States Merchant Marines having enlisted at the age of 16, he was also a United States Army and Air Force Veteran as well as a former Bernalillo County Sheriff Deputy. He will be remembered as a dignified and proud gentleman with a great smile, a sparkle in his eye and a firm handshake. He enjoyed flying his own airplane and held a private pilots license and especially enjoyed the beautiful New Mexico hunting, fishing and riding horses with his brother-in-laws: Raul, Felix, Eliseo Jr. and Palemone Miera. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rose Peterson in 1999; the love of his life and daughter, Norma Jean Peterson in 2000. Robert and Rose lovingly cared for their daughter, Norma Jean for over 44 years in her struggle with Cerebral Palsy. After his wife's passing, he and his family proudly cared for Norma Jean until her passing. He is also preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Peterson; sister, Helen Gualde and many in-laws. He is survived by his children: George R. Peterson and wife Donna of Las Colonias, Dianna Blozis of CA, Charles Peterson of CA and Lisa Roybal and her husband Duwayne of Pecos; sister, Carol Ciccarelli of FL; grandchildren: Robert Peterson of CA, Kelly Rivera and her husband Matthew Sr. of Santa Fe, Brian Peterson of Las Colonias, Janet Peterson of Taos and April Peterson and fiancé Daniel Sanchez of CA, Tracy and Eric Blozis, Amanda, Emily and Erica Peterson all of CA, Joseph, Camille and Derek Roybal all of Pecos; great-grandchildren: Matthew Jr., Robert, Angelo, Anthony and Hailey; as well as many brother and sister-in-laws and numerous other nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He will be deeply missed by everyone. A devotional service will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home in Taos. Graveside service will be held on Friday, July 8, 2005 at 12noon at the Miera Family Cemetery in El Prado with Military Honors. The Rivera Family of Block-Salazar Mortuary is providing the family of Robert "Pete" Peterson with care and professional services. 505-753-2288 or Toll Free 1-800-443-4854

Pfeiffer, Leona
Leona Pfeiffer, 79, of Questa died Saturday February 21, 2004. She was formerly of Taos. She is survived by her daughters, Constance Walsh, Nancy Hughes and Suzanne O'Reilly. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home, Journal North February 27, 2004

Pierce, Florence Miller
Artist Florence Miller Pierce, long-time Albuquerque resident, died October 25, 2007 at the age of 90. Born in Washington, DC in 1918, Ms. Pierce moved to Taos, NM in 1936. Two years later she married fellow student Horace Towner Pierce from Emil Bisttram's School of Art. Ms. Pierce became the youngest member of the Transcendentalist Painting Group, and was ultimately known for her subtly reflective poured resin works. Ms. Pierce is survived by her son, Christopher and daughter-in-law, Carole Pierce of Kentucky; her grandson and his spouse, Brendan Pierce and Lisa Hill-Pierce and great-grandson, Henry Hill Pierce of California; her granddaughter, Mikaela Pierce and spouse, Priscilla Gonzalez of Albuquerque; and cousins, Chris Koch and Jamie Koch. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the New Mexico Museum of Art. ABQ Journal October 31, 2007

Pinnelli, Ringsella
Ringsella Pingselli, 67, passed away in Taos on October 17, 2009, after enduring cancer. She was born on August 7, 1942, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Stig and Elsa Westerlund Ringselli. The family moved to Lulea in northern Sweden where she grew up sailing in her own small boat, skiing and developing a lifelong appreciation for nature. She went to Paris in the 1960s to study mime, then to New York City with a friend with the idea of becoming an actress. She studied theatre in New York and did some acting. She also became a painter and muralist. Her works are characterized by a colorful palette and whimsical subject matter. In New York City, she met what friends describe as her soul mate, Joseph Pinnelli, at the time that he was opening the Fillmore East. Ringsella won a New York State award for promising artists in the 1970s. She had shows at many galleries throughout her life, including Stanford University. The couple married and traveled the country, passing through, and falling in love with, Taos. They moved to Taos where they opened a gallery across the street from the old Apple Tree restaurant. After Joseph's sudden death, Ringsella traveled to Hawaii and California but her heart was in Taos. She spent four years in Las Vegas, NM, in the 1980s attending New Mexico Highlands University and pursuing her artistic endeavors, but returned to live in Taos until the end of her life. She is credited with painting a number of murals in Santa Fe, Taos and other locales. Besides an artist, Ringsella was an astute astrologist and a highly creative fashion designer. She enjoyed a simple life as a pacifist. She loved her pets and all animals. She always sought out truth and beauty. She had an extremely caring nature and a great social conscience. Her friends also remember her excellent culinary skills, especially chocolate truffles and mango margaritas. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her two brothers Lasse and Lingon Ringselli, and sister-in-law Boitt Mare Ringselli, all of Sweden; beloved friend Richard Benn; and numerous other friends and admirers. A memorial gathering is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Mabel Dodge Lujan House with food to follow. Food and flowers as Prasad for the occasion are appreciated.

Pollard, James
James "Wilson" Pollard, a resident of Albuquerque, died Saturday, November 8, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Pollard of Albuquerque; two daughters, Marianne Mathis of Chicago, IL, and Kathy Miller of Springfield, VA; three grandchildren, Chris Mathis, Aaron Mathis, and Nicole Fleisher; and a sister, Mary Wheeler of Taos, NM. Wilson volunteered for many organizations including the Albuquerque Zoo, the Natural History Museum, Pueblo Indian Cultural Center, KNME, and many others. He was a retired Army Reservist and an active member of Hoffmantown Church. Services will be held Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at French Mortuary - Wyoming Blvd. Chapel with Pastor Ken Moore officiating. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m., Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE 823-9400 ABQ Journalovember 12, 2003

Pond, Lucille Olson
Lucille Olson Pond born 5/26/12 in Starbuck, Minnesota to Axel H. and Ragnhild Olson, residents of Glenwood, Minnesota. The seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, and the last of nine children, Lucille died peacefully in her home Tuesday 10/17/00. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ashley Pond III, 3/17/86. Survivors include children, Joan Pond?Taos, Karen Krone (James)?Albuquerque, Gretchen Lofgren (Norman)?Tucson, and Ashley D. Pond (Katherine)?Taos; grandchildren, Kersti Tyson, Briget Tyson, Jono Tyson, Dawn Boulware, Elizabeth Wynia, Patty May, Teresa Lane, Hal Lofgren, Ashley Evan Pond, & Adrienne Pond; plus many great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and cousins. Lucille received her education at St. Olaf's College in Northfield, Minnesota and at the Yale School of Nursing. She married Ashley Pond III in 1935 and in 1936 the couple came to Taos, bringing modern medicine to the community. They were instrumental in establishing Taos' first hospital in a building donated by Mabel Dodge Lujan. The couple also introduced skiing to Taos, trekking to the US Hill and Tres Ritos area in the late 1930's. Lucille was well known for her extensive community service, including the cub scouts, girl scouts, the Taos Town Council from 1968 to 1972, the Taos Planning and Zoning Commission, an original member of the National Ski Patrol, Taos Schools PTA, the Holy Cross Hospital Taos Health Systems Board, and many others. Perhaps her most avid service was to the Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary of which she was a charter member in 1937 along with Winnie Berninghaus and Helen Emily Brandenburg. She was honored in 1990 as the NM Hospital Association's outstanding Auxilian and received certificates of appreciation this year for over 60 years of service to the Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary. In 1991, she was honored as one of the Fifth Annual Taos Living Treasures. In 1966, she was named Mother of the Year by the tri-culture Women's Division of the Taos County Chamber of Commerce. In 1985, she was honored as"Mrs. PTA" and"Mrs. GOP". A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Taos, she served her church in many capacities during her lifetime. While she was loved and admired by many people, her pride was her family and she engendered a tremendous mutual devotion with her grandchildren. Lucille requested cremation. A memorial service will be held at a future date at the First Presbyterian Church of Taos. The family asks that no flowers be sent, but instead donations be made to the Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary (P.O. Box DD, Taos) or to the First Presbyterian Church of Taos (215 Paseo del Pueblo Norte), or to Mountain Home Healthcare (Box 2566, Taos) if people so choose.  ABQJournal October 19, 2000

Poole, James R.
James R. Poole, 86, of Taos, NM, passed away on January 27, 2006. He was a native of the State of Virginia, born in Lawrenceville, VA, in 1919, and a descendent of the founder of the town of Poolesville, VA. After graduating from Virginia State College in 1942, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force, as one of the renowned Tuskegee Airmen. In December of 1946, he entered civilian duty as Director of Personnel for the Veterans Hospital, in Tuskegee, Alabama. From July 1952 through March 1961, he served in the positions of Director of Personnel and Assistant Administrator of Freedmen's Hospital in Washington, DC. In 1961, he joined the U.S. Civil Service Commission (Office of Personnel Management, OPM) as Assistant Director, Office of College Relations and Recruitment, and later served as Director of the Office of Student Employment Programs. Included in his responsibilities was the development and implementation of policies and Presidential executive orders for the recruitment and staffing of Federal positions within the Executive Branch of Government. He assisted several U.S. Presidents in choosing staff. He held memberships in many professional organizations: Board of Directors, National Cooperative Education Association; Editorial Board, Cooperative Education Journal; National Panel, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation; World Council, International Cooperative Education Association; Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Clubs of America; Sigma Pi Phi (professional fraternity); and throughout his life maintained his membership in Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. At the time of his death, he was residing in Taos, NM. He is preceded in death by his beloved daughter Frances Poole Lee, 1999. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Frances Pinder, daughter JoAnn Poole Mills and grandson Seamus Mills of Taos, NM; sister Daisy McFadden of NY; and nephew Dr. Samuel McFadden of Mass., and numerous relatives and friends. He was generous with his time and love. Private services were held at Taos, NM.

Pooler, Robert C.
Robert C. Pooler was shot and killed in his tavern on the Taos Plaza at 9:00 PM 26 March 1909. Alvan Potter, jeweler and watch repair man was in the bar drinking whiskey. He was somewhat inebriated and was trying to pick a fight with P. M. Dolan. Alvan Potter was escorted out of the bar. 10 to 12 people remained in the bar some of them were playing cards when a gun shot came in to the bar through a back window. The bullet missed B. M. Blackwell's head by 5 inches but struck Robert C. Pooler on the right face cheek exiting out the left side of the face killing him instantly. The bullet struck the wall where it was located. It was a bullet from a rifle caliber 45 by 70. A search was made and Alvan Potter was found drunk still dressed in his bed with a rifle caliber 45 by 70 lying next to him on the bed. Robert Pooler is survived by his wife Maclovia Mares and a brother (name not listed) At trial Alvan Potter was found guilty and sentenced to 99 years in prison. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

POWELL, John Douglas
John Douglas Powell, 64, of Taos, NM, passed away September 6, 2007, after a valiant struggle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) complicated by Lyme disease. Born in Abilene, TX, he graduated from Abilene High School in 1961. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1964 with a BS degree in Business and Distribution Management. He served in the U.S. Navy in DaNang, Viet Nam, where he was admiral's aide and flag lieutenant. He achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant. In 2000, after 27 years with Xerox Corporation, he and his wife, Olivia, moved to Taos, NM, where they founded Aspen Business Systems, Inc., a Xerox sales agency serving seven counties in Northern New Mexico. He was a member of Good News Christian Fellowship and Taos Milagro Rotary Club. He enjoyed fishing, hiking and woodworking. He was preceded in death by his father, Roscoe Powell. He is survived by his wife, Olivia Pinion Powell of Taos; his mother, Rebecca Powell of Abilene, TX; a sister, Patty Williams and her husband, Joe, also of Abilene; two nieces; five great-nieces; and one great-nephew. He is also survived by his cousin and friend, Paul Ungerer and his wife, Cheryl of Denver. Interment will be held on Friday, September 14, 2007 at 3 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 10 a.m. at the Rio Bravo picnic area in Pilar. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the ALS Association, P.O. Box 16495 Albuquerque, NM 87191-6495 or The Lyme Disease Association, P.O. Box 1438, Jackson, NJ 08527. Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home. ABQJournal September 14, 2007

Previti, Kathaleen
March 2, 2006 Kathaleen Previti, 70, of Llano Quemado passed away on March 02, 2006. She was the former owner of Tea & Coffee Shop. She is survived by her children, Terry Previti of Taos, Kelly Previti of Albuquerque, Patrick Previti of Albuquerque and Donna Rose Previti of Taos, grandchildren, Phoebe Anne Moore and Ian Lucier, nieces, Erin Ruscetti, Megan and Morgan Chavez. Mass was held on March 10, 2006 at San Francisco de Asis in Ranchos de Taos.

Pulito, Richard J.
PULITO, Richard J.l 53; Taos; died August 24, 1998; Albuquerque Journal North, Friday, August 28, 1998, page 2

Purdy, Charles
21 Jan 1905 Double Killing. Charles Purdy 70 and Green Redding 19, son of E.S. Redding of Questa,NM. Both miners were shot and killed by John Conly 42 of Red River, NM. About 1:00 PM Monday 16 Jan 1905 at the mining camp at Canon de Guadalupe about 3 miles from Questa,NM. John Conly was found guilty of 1st degree murder at trial in Taos, NM and was hanged shortly thereafter. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

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