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Richard Lee Briseno
February 19, 1983 - August 3, 2006
A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 7, 2006 at the Assumption Catholic Church for Richard Lee Briseno Jr., 23, of Roswell who passed away on August 3, 2006 at his home. A mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at the Assumption Catholic Church. Fr. Bill McCann will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. There will also be Military Graveside Services conducted.
Our beloved Richard Lee Briseno Jr., age 23, knocked on heavens door August 3, 2006. He was of the Catholic faith, and member of the Assumption Catholic church.
Richard Lee Briseno was born February 19, 1983 to Ricardo and Carmen Briseno who survive him. He is preceded in death by his great-grandfather C.C. Gonzalez and great-grandmother Margarita Gonzalez. He is survived by his loving wife Jamie who stood by his side through thick and thin and his two beautiful children, Lily and Ricardo Lee Briseno III, as he called them babygirl and babyboy, who are his life. He has three brothers, Nathanial Briseno of Arizona and Nico and Matthew Briseno, of Roswell, his brothers were everything to him, and brother-in-law Curtis Dotson of Roswell. Richard is the oldest of four boys. Everyone who knows the family knew that the boys are the life of their parents. Richard never entered, or left his parents home without hugs, kisses and I love you mijo be careful. Richard is a 2001 graduate of Goddard High School. After he graduated, he enlisted in the US Army. He served time and fought for his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Richard was so full of life and he loved his family very much and would do anything for them. After he got out of the Army, he returned to Roswell where he worked for Wal-mart before going to work for the US Postal Service where he was a letter carrier. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, fishing, playing poker with his buddies, and his car. Richard is a very special young man, he impacted so may lives especially his dad and mama. He will be missed greatly. Richard believed in God and was never afraid to say, “don’t forget to pray for me.” Our lives will never be the same without him. He is also survived by his grandparents Prudencio and Jila Briseno of Artesia, Gary and Virginia Parmley of Roswell, grandparents in-laws Evelyn Wildman and Opal and Paul Dotson of Oregon. He is also survived bi his uncles and aunts, Shanna and Jimmy Bock of Colorado who he loved to visit, Gerald and Angela Lee of Santa Fe who he loved to have a good time and laugh with. Michelle and David Clark of Roswell who had a huge part in raising Richard and they will be the god parents of his son, Albert and Linda Briseno of Lubbock Texas, Angie and Frank Vargas of Roswell, Florencio and Erlinda Briseno of Artesia, Solomon Briseno of Artesia, Lupe Campos of Artesia who shared some tough times with us, Dolores Barrigan of Artesia, Ruben and Delia Briseno of Dumas, Texas. Uncle Gary and Kelly Minard of Roswell and uncle Raybo Perez of Roswell. Lots of special cousins, Kamera and Marissa Clark of Roswell, Mary Margaret, Gerald and Gabriel Lee of Santa Fe, Salvador and Joseph Briseno of Clovis and Olivia Vargas who went by (aunt Olivia) of Roswell who loved him from day one, and numerous great aunts and uncles. Special friends, Macho of Portales, Ray of Roswell, Monte of Roswell, Mario of Roswell, Sean of Roswell and Chris of Roswell. We would like to acknowledge RuthAnn as one of his special friends that was always there for him day or night. Special father and mother-in-law Marvin and Della Davis. Marvin, David, Matthew and Curtis were his fishing buddies.
Pallbearers will be Nathanial Briseno, Nico Briseno, Matthew Briseno, Curtis Dotson, Gerald Lee, David Clark, Monte Reyes, Macho and Chris Madrid. Honorary pallbearers will be the US Postal Letter Carriers of Roswell. Richard was a kind loving man who would do whatever he could for those he had seen in need. Richard would do anything for a laugh and I know he will be missed and his laughter will go on because all that loved him and knew him has a story to share. Richard would always want us to continue his memory and laugh of the wonderful time we shared with him. Richard’s favorite Quote from Harry Carrier played by Will Ferall: “ My friends call me Whiskers because I am curious like a cat”.
To my love, I will be with you again when my journey is through. Love always and forever, Your loving wife, Jamie.
Local arrangements are by the Ballard Funeral Home & Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]



William K. Carson

William Carson

Uncle Kit Carson Dies In Hospital
William K. (Uncle Kit) Carson, 99, 619 W. 13th St., a nephew of the famed Kit Carson, died at 8:40 a.m. today in St. Mary’s hospital. He was taken to the hospital after he had been found early yesterday morning in a coal shed at his house where he had been all night.
Death was attributed to exposure and pneumonia. The body is at Ballard Funeral Home.
The famous Indian scout apparently collapsed and spent Wednesday night unconscious on the floor of the coal house in 39 degree temperature.
His faithful dog was cuddled close to him when neighbors found him about 9 a.m yesterday.
He was found in the coal shed by Mary Haskins, 710 E. Hendricks St.

Police Chief Tommy Thompson said that the woman had come there to clean the house, that she and E. F. Lewis, 1403 N. Maple Ave., and Raymond Lara were also present when police arrived.
Uncle Kit had lived in Roswell for 31 years but a long time before that—back in 1877– he had worked for the Jingle Bob Ranch near this city.
He had been a scout for the U.S. Calvary and had been at Ft. Sill, Okla., Ft. Peck, Mont., and Ft. Laramie, Wyo., among other posts.
At one time he drove stagecoaches in Lincoln County.
Last August at the time of his 99th birthday anniversary, he had said "he wasn’t feeling too stout" that an old hurt was bothering him.
This turned out to be the result of an old hip wound from an arrow in a Sioux uprising.
Uncle Kit believed the whites brought on their own troubles from the Indians. He said the whites tried to "hog everything in sight, eeping driving the Indian off his land and killing buffalo and other game on which the Indian depended."
The aged scout was a native New Mexican, born Aug. 7, 1858 in Ft. Union. He was a nephew of the famed Kit Carson.
[Roswell Daily Record, Oct. 25, 1957 - Retyped by Elaine Watson]

William Carson



Alex "Allie" Wilson Chavez
November 3, 1918 - July 6, 2006
A rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, 2006 at Ballard Funeral Chapel for Alex “Allie” W. Chavez a lifelong resident of Roswell, who passed away on July 6, 2006 at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. He was 87 years old. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 10, 2006 at Ballard Funeral Chapel. Fr. Paul Juniet O.F.M. of St. Peter’s Catholic Church will officiate. Interment will follow the service at South Park Cemetery where the Roswell Honor Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military graveside services.
Allie was born on November, 3, 1918 in Picacho, New Mexico to Pablo and Adelina Wilson Chavez. He served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII and fought in numerous battles including the Battle of Dutch New Guinea, Philippine Island, and the Papaum Campaigns. Upon his honorable discharge, he received many decorations including the Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster for his duties.
On July 20, 1968 he married Teresa Sambrano in Roswell. Together they raised their family of five and he went to work for the City of Roswell at the Sanitation Dept. and at the Roswell Zoo. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and the D.A.V. As a young man he loved to ride his horse “Ben”. His favorite pastimes were visiting with family and friends, and enjoying a good wrestling match on T.V. He was never a stranger to those he encountered. He will be greatly missed by all of his family.
His survivors are his children, Orlando Chavez of Plano, Texas, Alex Chavez, Jr. of Anehiem, CA., Mary Ann Navarrette of Roswell, Gloria Ann Duron of El Paso, Texas and Tony F. Chavez of Artesia, New Mexico, brother; Lloyd Chavez, and sisters; Jane Aragon of Roswell and Viola Chavez of San Francisco, CA.. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Florinda Duran Chavez, his wife Teresa, and his sister Emma Casarez.
Pallbearers will be Rene Duron Jr., Orlando Chavez Jr., Isaac Salazar, Gilbert Navarrette, Jim Palmer, and Antonio Torrez. Honorary pallbearers will be his close friends, and loved ones.
Visitation will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Ballard Funeral Chapel.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]


Manuelita Lucero Chavez
May 30, 1930 - August 11, 2006
A rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday August 14, 2006 at Immaculate Conception Church for Manuelita Lucero Chavez, 76, of Dexter, who passed away on August 11, 2006 at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, TX. A Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday August 15, 2006 also at Immaculate Conception Church with a visiting priest assisted by Deacon Jesus Herrera. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Manuelita was born on May 30, 1930 to Reyes and Maria Lucero. Both of them preceded her in death as well as a daughter Delores Lopez, and a brother Alfredo Lucero. Manuelita was a resident of Dexter for many years.
On December 25, 1964 she married Salvador Chavez in Reno Nevada. He survives her at the family home. Manuelita was a Nurse and Home Health Provider for many years. She was an active member of Immaculate Conception church of Dexter. She was a Premarital Counselor, Baptismal Counselor, CCD Teacher for all sacraments, Elector of Sunday readings, President of Legion of Mary for, Dexter and Hagerman. She also initiated leadership for Cursillo Movement. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her son Reyes Christopher Chavez, and his wife Connie, and their children Michael, Anthony, Roman, and Ethan of Tucson Arizona. She is survived by six daughters Terry Gomez of California, Children of Dolores Lopez, Katherine Guevara, and husband Jesse, Robert Tackett and wife Patricia, Donald Tackett, and Adela Tackett. Katherine Del Real her children Michael Del Real, and wife Amanda.
Guadalupe Garcia and husband Andrew, Adela Almaraz, and Husband Alfredo, their children Terry and Tamara, Florencia Leon and her children Adrian, Rachael, John and Mary, Ramona Miranda her husband Feliberto and children Henry, Sophia DeLaRosa husband Joseph, Christina and Becky. She had two brothers Alfredo Lucero, who precedes her in death, and Albert Lucero of Roswell. She had 18 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.
(Psalm 91 quoted)
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]

Milton Chrisman
(1955 - 2011)
The Funeral Service for Milton “Candyman” Chrisman, 73, of Lovington, NM is scheduled for 2:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2011 at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Reverend Jimmy Crawford and Dr. Bob Smith officiating.. Burial will follow at the Lovington Cemetery. There will be a visitation 6 to 8 pm on Friday, December 16, 2011 at Stevens Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
He passed away December 14, 2011 at Nor Lea Hospital in Lovington, NM. He was born February 15, 1938 to William Joe & Callie Christine Chrisman in Hagerman, NM. He married Wanda Almeda Smith March 13, 1955 in Lovington, NM.
He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. He was a Sunday School teacher, a Deacon and on numerous committees at church. He owned and operated the Sonic Drive In for 14 years. He worked for the Lovington Transportation Company and drove the bus for the school system for 20 years.
He is survived by wife Wanda Chrisman of Lovington, NM, son Floyd Chrisman & wife Terri of Lovington, NM, Daughter Joey Harris & husband Craig of Flower Mound, TX, son Leslie Chrisman & wife Jacqueline of Albuquerque, NM, 7 grandchildren Brad Chrisman, Amanda Chaffin & husband Collin, Joy Chrisman, Ashley McCasland & husband Sean, Will Holland, Preston Harris and Logan Harris, 7 great grandchildren, 2 brothers Bob Chrisman & wife Sharon of Roswell, NM and Lloyd Chrisman & wife Jenny of Roswell, NM, 2 sisters Louise Rhodes & husband Aaron of Phoenix, AZ and Ida James & husband Eugene of Dexter, NM.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son Leslie Ray Chrisman.
Stevens Funeral Home, Lovington, NM

James Wesley Coats
August 30, 1922 - July 7, 2006
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday July 10, 2006 at South Park Cemetery for James Wesley “Dobber” Coats who died July 7, 2006 at Eastern New Medical Center.
Dobber was born on August 30, 1922 in Coalgate, Oklahoma to James and Ella Allen Coats.
Jack Ferguson will officiate the service.
The Roswell Veterans Honor Guard will conduct a military graveside services.
Dobber owned and operated Coats Plumbing in Dexter for 30 years. He was a longtime member of the Dexter Volunteer Fire Department and was of Baptist faith.
Dobber is survived by his son Vic Coats and his wife Sharon of Dexter, New Mexico, daughter; Judy Pilley and husband Jim of Hagerman, New Mexico, brother; Sam Coats and wife Imogene of Dexter, New Mexico. He had four grandchildren; Allen Coats, and Brent Coats both of Dexter, New Mexico and Jett Pilley and Jana Lucero both of Hagerman, New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty; his parents; one brother and two sisters.
Memorial contributions can be made to ones favorite charity.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]

Jose Angel DeLaPena
October 2, 1920 - July 16, 2006
A rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at Ballard Funeral Chapel for Jose Angel DeLaPena, 85 of Roswell, who passed away July 16, 2006 at a local nursing home. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 20, 2006 at St. John’s Catholic Church Fr. Juan Montoya O.F.M. will officiate. Interment will follow the service at South Park Cemetery.
Jose was born on October 2, 1920 in Villa Ahuamada, Mexico to Jesus and Josephina Solis DeLaPena. They both preceded him in death.
His survivors include his sons, Rene DeLaPena of Leesburg, VA, Raudel DeLaPena of Mesa, AZ, Mario DeLaPena of Mesa, AZ, and Sergio DeLaPena of Colorado Springs, CO, one sister, 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be his sons, and grandsons.
Viewing will be held from 2 p.m. till 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Ballard Funeral Chapel.
Online guest book register can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]


Benjamin Clayton Finch
February 2, 1978 - July 16, 2006
A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2006 at Church on the Move for Benjamin Finch, who went home to be with our Lord and Savior on July 16, 2006. He was 28 years old. Pastor Troy Smothermon will officiate.
Ben was born on February 2, 1978 in Farmington, NM to Glen and Arlys Haugen Finch. They both survive him at the family home. He graduated from Dexter High School, and later attended the Ocean Corp Dive School in Houston, TX where he then graduated. Ben loved to hunt and fish, and restore older cars. He was an active member of Church on the Move and was a true servant of the Lord. He had a compassionate heart for others and will be truly missed.
His other survivors include his brother, Jesse Coe Finch and his wife Chelsey of Roswell; sister, Shama Joy Bootzin and her husband Joshua of Yelm, WA; niece Darian Aguilar of Yelm, WA, grandmother; Ruby Haugen, and numerous other aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Euel and Mildred Finch, and Clifford Haugen.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jesse Finch, Dwight Pirtle, Aaron Pirtle, Josh Bootzin, Donny Stuart, Thomas Deason, Eddie Jurado, Lindell Finch, and Aubrey Carter.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]


David E. Graven
April 26, 1950 - July 29, 2006
David E. Graven, age 56, the nationally recognized securities law attorney, passed away at his home in Roswell, New Mexico, on Saturday, July 29, 2006. He is survived by his wife Lisa, daughter Katie (age 18) and son Lance (age 14) and also his father and mother Art and Sally Graven.
For more than 20 years, Graven, a 1994 University of Denver Law School graduate who also started as defensive nose guard for then-ranked Utah State (1973), left his mark on securities law in the United States. A recognized expert on the subjects of regulatory audits, Securities and Exchange Commission ( “SEC”) enforcement actions, and securities arbitrations, Graven often spoke at national conventions hosted by the SEC, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Financial Planners and other professional organizations and law schools.
As a senior trial attorney for the SEC, Graven was instrumental in establishing and enforcing the implementation of rules regarding prompt execution of stock trades, equitable commissions, and appropriate sales practices involving sales of initial public offerings.
In private practice, and as an executive vice-president for a nationally recognized securities brokerage firm, Graven litigated hundreds of securities law trials and arbitrations before 25 state and federal courts and regulatory bodies, including appearances before the United States Supreme Court.
Graven may best be remembered in Colorado for his stunning 1995 victory before the Colorado Supreme Court that implemented what came to be known as the “Graven Rule.” In that case, which involved a claim for injuries that Graven had experiences while skiing at Vail, the Colorado Supreme Court adopted a narrow exception the Colorado Ski Act, a law that many argued provided complete immunity against liability from damage claims by skiers against Colorado ski area operators. The Graven Rule paved the way for other injured skiers to seek damages. Having been told by numerous Denver attorneys that his case was not winnable, Graven represented himself. Despite losses at the trial and appellate level, Graven persisted and prevailed in his arguments before the state’s highest court. The 1992 injuries that Graven suffered, however, set in motion a series of medical complications from which he never recovered.
Before going on medical disability David worked at Burg Simpson Law Firm as Senior Associate in charge securities arbitration and litigation in the Denver area.
Services are to be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednsday August 2, 2006 at Grace Community Church, Roswell, New Mexico.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]


Marcelino G Guerra
May 25, 1927 - August 21, 2006
A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Sunday August 27, 2006 at St. John’s Catholic Church for Marcelino “Japo” Guerra. Marcelino passed away on August 21, 2006 at the family home surrounded by his daughter Tammy, and sons, Scott Sutherland, and Michael Peralta. He was 79 years old. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 28, 2006 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow the service at South Park Cemetery.
Marcelino was born on May 25, 1927 in Tularosa, NM to Alexandro Guerra and Margarita Gurule. On August 1, 1971 he married the love of his life, Patsy Guevara Gonzales Peralta. Both of his parents, his brothers, and his wife Patsy preceded him in death as well as his grandsons, Daniel Greg Peralta, and Lucas “Luke” Peralta.
He worked at Furr’s Cafeteria, the Roswell Country Club and the Roswell JOY Center as a kitchen helper till he retired. He enjoyed playing cards, doing yard work, Bingo, watching Boxing, wrestling, John Wayne movies, Spanish movies and old movies. There wasn’t an old movie that he hasn’t seen and he could name all the actors in the movies. He was a very quiet man, we never saw him upset or mad. He took his days how God would give him. He missed Patsy very much, as they were inseparable and was always helping people out by giving them food, clothing or advice. He enjoyed being around his family, and attended St. John’s Catholic Church until ill health prevented him from attending.
He is survived by his sons and daughters; Manuel G. Gonzales, David and wife Dora Gonzales and family Ted G. and wife Maria and family, Michael A. Peralta and boys, Michael Jr., Cory and James, grandsons he helped raise, Samuel and Marcelino “Macho” Peralta, Caroline G. and husband Raymond L. Silvas and family, Agnes Gonzales and family, Rachel Serna and family Becky Gonzales and family, Gloria Peralta and family, Tammy and husband Scott Sutherland and family also brother Alexandro Guerra and family from Hemet, CA, sister-in-law Mary G. Otero and family from Mesa, AZ and Missouri, Ruth Ann Gonzales; boys, Christopher and Armando Hernandez, 45 grandchildren, and 65 great-grandchildren, nephew Johnny and wife Louise Gamboa and family of Roswell.
Pallbearers will be Raymond L. Silvas, Samuel Peralta, Marcelino “Macho” Peralta, Jesse Michael Contreras, Michael Peralta Jr. and Tony Peralta. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandsons.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Daniel Raes, and the nurses from Well Care and Vista Care.
Family will be receiving friends after the services at 411 S. Ohio.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]


John Robert Hennessey
(1883 - 1959) died in Chaves County, 17 Dec 1959:
FINAL RITES PEND FOR LONGTIME RANCHER
John Robert Hennessey, 75, retired rancher, resident of New Mexico for 44 and of Chaves County for 36 years, died this morning at 805 N. Union Ave. the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hans K. Schmid.
He came to High Lonesome in 1915, then moved to Caprock where in 1918 he married Josephine Douthitt. They came to Roswell in 1923.
Mr. Hennessey was a member of the Apostolic Faith Church. Son of Thomas and Matilda Jane Hennessey, he was a native Texas born in San Angelo on Dec 29, 1883.
Survivors are the widow; a son who resides in Daly City, Calif.'; daughter Mrs Hans K. Schmid of Roswell; three grandsons.
Three brothers, George and Ed of Arizona and James of Modesto Calif.
Four sisters, Nancy Adams of Robert Lee, Tex., Nell Adams of Phoenix, Rose Hennessey and Mrs. Hettie Miler both of Modesto, Calif.
[Submitted by Jo Ann Hatch]

Mary Kelley
MARY (KEIM) KELLEY of Roswell, N.M. died Sept. 3, 1982 at Roswell Medical Center. Funeral services were held at Roswell Funeral Chapel and burial was at Roswell East cemetery. Born April 19, 1928, she was the daughter of Henry and Anna Keim. The mother survives. She was married to Charles Kelley in 1943 in the state of Washington. Survivors are sons, Lawrence William Kelley of Hannibal, Charles and Gary Kelley who lived with their mother at Roswell, and a daughter, Mrs Garrill (Mary) Allensworth of New Canton; two brothers, Harry Keim of Jerseyville and Alan Keim of Kinderhook, and sisters Lucille Edmiston of Kinderhook, Dorothy Gray of Roswell and Margaret Keim of Hull.
[Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection Pike Co IL]


Della Knight
February 21, 1923 - July 12, 2006
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July17, 2006 at South Park Cemetery for Della Knight, 83 of Dexter, who passed away on July 12, 2006 at a local nursing home. Phillip Grassie, Minister of First Christian Church will officiate.
Della was born on February 21, 1923 in Hartman, Arkansas to General George Stricklin, and Hattie Jones Stricklin.
Born and raised in Hartman, she met and married Arbie Knight on January 21, 1939, in her hometown. In 1940 they relocated to Dexter, NM to raise their family. She worked as a nurse’s aid at St. Mary’s Hospital, and the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Dexter and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband, Arbie of the family home, her sons, Tim Knight and his wife Shirley of Seacy, AK, and Hurbie Knight of Dexter; daughter, Barbara Frazier and her husband Marvis of Dexter, 5 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Ocie Spicer of Paris, AK and numerous nieces and nephews.
Della was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and her three sisters.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Thelma Bailey, and Goldie Ross.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]

Linda F. Lance
October 16, 1947 - July 16, 2006
No funeral services are scheduled for Linda F. Lance, 58, who passed away Sunday, July 16, 2006 at home with her family around her.
Linda was born an identical twin in Madera, CA, October 16, 1947. The youngest of 6 children, Linda lived in Roswell more than 40 years, and worked locally as a private duty elderly attendant giving comfort to the elderly, sick, and especially terminally ill here in Roswell.
Linda is survived by her 3 children, Allen Rhodes and his wife Beverly, Pam Rhodes, and Charles Rhodes, her best friend and loving ex-husband, Lee Lance, one granddaughter, her identical twin Glinda McPherson with whom she shared a unique bond and special love and her husband Gene, one brother, Bob West and his wife Helen, numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Logan and Nellie West, 3 brothers, Lewis, Marvin, and Steve West.
It was Linda’s last wish that there be no funeral and no long sad goodbyes.
The family has entrusted Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory to carry out her final wishes.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]

Lee F Little
March 18, 1924 - August 12, 2006
A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at Ballard Funeral Chapel for Lee F. Little of Roswell. Lee passed away on August 12, 2006 at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. He was 82 years old. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2006 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Fr. Juan Montoya O.F.M. will officiate. The Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard will conduct military graveside services at South Park Cemetery.
Lee was born on March 18, 1924 in West Virginia to Thomas N. and Sarah V. Richards Little. Both parents preceded him in death.
On January 31, 1950 Lee married Dorothy Demetria Chavez in Roswell, NM. She survives him at the family home.
He served our country in the United States Army during WWII, and in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was very active with the Veteran’s Honor Guard, and past commander for the VFW #2575. He also enjoyed playing pool at the Roswell Joy Center.
He is also survived by his sons; Frank Little and his wife Christina, and Louis Little, daughters; Linda Tegeda and her husband Frank, and Lereda Sandoval and her husband Michael all of Roswell, and his brother Richard Little and his wife Jane of West Virginia.
He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter Valerie Sandoval.
Pallbearers will be Michael Sandoval, Michael Tegeda, Frank Tegeda, Mark Tegeda, Frank Little Jr. and Matthew Little.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]

David Montoya
January 18, 1945 - August 6, 2006
A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2006 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in San Patricio for David Montoya, 61 of Tinnie, New Mexico. He passed away on August 6, 2006 at his residence. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2006 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church. Rev. Alfred Galvan will officiate. Interment will be held following the service at Picacho Cemetery.
David was born on January 18, 1945 in Picacho, NM to Samuel and Eufracia Montoya. They both preceded him in death as well as one brother George Montoya.
He worked 41 years with Ozark, TWA, and American Airlines as a crew chief. He held a degree in Foreign Languages, and his favorite pastime was best spent with his family and friends. David loved to fish and play pool, and his most enjoyable moments were being able to cook for everybody.
He is survived by his sons, David Allan Montoya of Ventura, CA, and Carlos Antonio Montoya of St. Louis, MO, his brothers; Sammy Montoya and his wife Betty of Seabrook, NH, Joe Montoya and his wife Carol of Albuquerque, NM, and Melvin Montoya and his wife Diana of Roswell, and one sister, Ursula Chaves and her husband Modesto of Tinnie, NM. Other survivors include many nieces, nephews, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, uncles, aunts and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Felix Gonzalez, Felix Gonzalez III, Joseph Montoya, Joe Jaramillo, Ray Comer, and Will Huber. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ruben Sanchez, Dusty Chavez, Eddie Montoya and Chris Romero.
Online register can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]


Jane Wolfe Oldrup
February 1, 1926 - July 18, 2006
Jane Wolfe Oldrup, 80 died Tuesday morning, July 18 at her home following a long illness. She was born Feb. 1, 1926, the daughter of Frances Bear Wolfe Kyte, a prominent Roswell journalist, and Lawrence Wolfe, and the granddaughter of Mr. Mars. R.H. Wolfe of Tillar, Ark., and Harvey and Grace Thorp Bear of Roswell, all deceased.
Jane attended Roswell Public Schools, graduating from Roswell High School in 1943. Her mother and father also graduated from Roswell High School, where her father played on the RHS first basketball team. She attended Hockaday Junior College in Dallas, Texas and the University of New Mexico. She served as a Red Cross Nurse Aide at St. Mary’s Hospital during World War II. She and Roy “Ole” Oldrup were married Aug. 25, 1946, at First Presbyterian Church of Roswell, where they were active members of the church for many years.
Active in many community affairs, Jane was a member of the Roswell Reading Club and a founding member of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Mexico. For many years, she worked on her family genealogy, which was of great interest and satisfaction to her. She often said she could not believe how many cousins she discovered.
Her husband and her granddaughter, Lisa Oldrup, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Larry Oldrup, and her daughter, Jane Ann Oldrup; her grandson Erik Oldrup of Nogales, Arizona; two cousins, Bob Bear and his family of Houston, Texas, and Jerry Bear and his family, of El Paso, Texas, and a Wolfe cousin, Ann Harrell of Hutchinson Island, Fla.
The most important things in her life were faith, family, and friends. She was grateful to God for all of her blessing. She and “Ole” had 46 years together, she often said they were her happiest.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Friday morning, July 21 at 9:30. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VFW, the First Presbyterian Church or Vista Care Hospice. Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory are handling arrangements.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]


David Olivares
June 13, 1978 - August 18, 2006
A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at St. John’s Catholic Church for David Olivares, 28, of Roswell, who died August 18, 2006. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow the mass at South Park Cemetery.
David was born on June 13, 1978 in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma to Jose Olivares and Nita Dale Cole. He was a smart, kind and loving person in his own way. In David’s early life he suffered a great loss when he tried to save his younger brother, Johnny, from a drowning accident in which he almost lost his own life. He had never fully recovered from that tragic day.
David was loved by all his family, especially his paternal grandparents, Jose, and Tomasa Olivares and will be greatly missed by all his family.
He is survived by his father, Jose R. Olivares and his step-mother, Eva Servantez and his mother, Nita; his brother Carlos and his wife Cindy of Las Cruces, sister; Rein M. Olivares of San Antonio, TX, and his nephews and nieces; Carlitos, Freddie, Zarethan, Xanthius, Honesty, Jusiah “Blondie”, and Memory. Other survivors include numerous aunts, and uncles from Houston, TX, Kansas, and New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his brother; Jose Johnny Olivares, grandparents; Jose and Tomasa Olivares, and Cisco Cole, uncle; Juan Manuel Olivares, cousins; Jennifer M. Olivares and A.J. Lumas.
Pallbearers will be Ray and Selena Luna, Carlos R. Olivares Jr., Juan M. Olivares Jr., Joseph L. Olivares, and Robert Olivares Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be all of his cousins.
He will be remembered as a kind and caring person to those of us who knew him. We love you David.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]


Hazel Louise Poe
Hazel Louise Poe passed away on September 5, in the year of 1962; she was only 46 years old. She left behind, 1 daughter and 3 sons and a husband. Cause of death, brain cancer. Husband- Paul Edward Poe died 1975, Raymond Edwin Poe died 1975, Earl Edward Poe died December 15 2002.
[Submitted by Mary Louise Poe, Hazel's only daughter, Dardanelle, Arkansas. Pub. in Roswell Daily News Paper 9/5/1962]


Bonnie Powell
(September 18, 1930 - July 27, 2010)
Services were scheduled at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 30, at Mayhill Church of Christ in Mayhill, N.M. for Bonnie Powell, 5071 Rio Penasco Road, Hope, N. M.
Mrs. Powell, 79, died Tuesday, July 27, 2010 in Roswell, N.M.
Eddy Coleman and Dub Cox will officiate at the services with burial at Elk Cemetery in Elk, N. M. Pallbearers will be Jim Ellett, Joe Gutierrez, Gary McClain, Mike Joy, Charles Mulcock, and Bernard Cleve. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Bonnie was born September 18, 1930 in Lakewood, N. M.; the daughter of James Taylor Ross and Charity Frances (Brazeal) Ross. She was a lifelong resident of Penasco River area.
On January 6, 1952 she was married to Hezzie Jay Powell in Artesia. He preceded her in death December 21, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents; by a son Brent Powell; and by brothers Alton Ross, Carl Ross, and Joe Ross; and sister Jewel Hickman.
She was a rancher's wife, member of the Mayhill Church of Christ, and member of the Penasco Volunteer Fire Department for over 50 years. Survivors include her son Jay Powell and wife Kristy of Penasco River, N. M.; sister Myrtle Herd of Florida; sister-in-law Ruby Ross of Artesia; grandchildren Justin Powell of Dexter, N.M., Jaime Reed and husband Randy of Las Cruces, N. M., and Bryan Hunter and wife Jessica of Albuquerque, N.M.; great-grandchildren Ajane Powell, Cohen Reed, and Corbin Reed; and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Hezzie Jay Powell
(February 10, 1929 - December 21, 2009)
Services were scheduled at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 23, at Mayhill Church of Christ in Mayhill, N.M. for Hezzie Jay Powell, 5071 Rio Penasco Road, Hope, N. M.
Mr. Powell, 80, died Monday, December 21, 2009 in Lubbock, Texas.
Eddy Coleman and Marlon McWilliams will officiate at the services with burial at Elk Cemetery in Elk, N. M. Pallbearers will be Jim Bates, Dub Cox, Gary McClain, Jim Ellett, Charlie Mulcock, and Mike Joy. Honorary pallbearers will be Harvey Taylor, Mel Foley, Bernard Cleve, Cecil Laman, Fred Griffin, Steve Lewis and Joe Gutierrez. Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary beginning at noon on Tuesday.
Mr. Powell was born February 10, 1929 in Elk, New Mexico; the son of Hezekiah James Powell and Mellie Mae (Hooten) Powell.
On Jan. 6, 1952 he was married to Bonnie Ross in Artesia, N.M. He was a lifelong resident of Penasco River area.
He was a rancher and member of the Church of Christ, Penasco Volunteer Fire Department for over 50 years, Penasco Soil and Water Conservation District, and a Penasco Valleyu Telecommunications board member.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Brent Powell, and by sisters Hazel Reeves and Rachel Thompson.
Survivors include his wife Bonnie Powell of the family home; son Jay Powell and wife Kristy of Penasco River, N.M.; grandchildren Justin Powell of Dexter, N.M., Jaime Reed of Las Cruces, N.M., and Bryan Hunter of Albuquerque, N.M.; and great-grandchildren Ajane Powell, Cohen Reed, and Corbin Reed
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Julia Warner Romero
August 1, 1918 - July 7, 2006
A rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2006 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in San Patricio, New Mexico for Julia Warner Romero, who passed away on July 7, 2006 in Covington, Louisiana. She was 87 years old. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15 at St. Jude’s. Rev. Al Galvan of Ruidoso will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Hondo Cemetery.
Julia was born on August 1, 1918 in Lincoln, NM to Juan and Emilia Torres Warner. She was married to George Romero and together they raised a family of nineteen children.
She was an active member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church, and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Her survivors include her sons, Basil, Willie, Richard, Jimmy, Roger, Fred, Clifford; daughters, Cecilia, Andrea, Rebecca, Ethel, Martha, Carmen, and Bernice; sisters, Estela, Mary Violia, and Lucila Alice. She is also survived by her 33 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sons, John, Sammy, Daniel, Eddie, and Samuel; her brothers, Manuel, David, Julian, and Eloi, and her sisters, Predicanda, Apalonia, Carmelita, and Francisca.
There will be a viewing on Friday, July 14, 2006 from 6-8 p.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]

George Rogers
October 30, 1937 - July 15, 2006
Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for George Rogers, of Roswell, who passed away July 15, 2006 at a local nursing home. A further announcement will be made when arrangements have been finalized.
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Louis L. Salcido
July 21, 1954 - July 25, 2006
A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at Ballard Funeral Chapel for Louis L. Salcido, a lifelong resident of Roswell, who passed away on July 24, 2006. He was 52 years old.
Louis was born on July 21, 1954 in Roswell, New Mexico to Vincent and Isabelle Lopez Salcido.
On February 14, 1992 he married Mary Christine Salcido in his hometown. She survives him at the family home. He was a construction worker and was employed by P.T. Production. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his mother, Isabelle; his sons; Louis Salcido Jr. and his wife Evette, and Jimmy Aragon, daughters; Vanessa, Christina and her husband Mario, Wendy Lynn and her husband Matthew, and Angela Aragon. Other survivors include his brothers, Diego Salcido, Ray Salcido and his wife Kathleen, Andrew Salcido, Vincent Salcido III, and Ray Salcido, grandchildren; Lizette, Lovette, Veronica, Cyrus, Annjenette, Reina, Mario, Israel, JoeEddie, Monique, Marc, Matthew, Mikal, and Rico.
He was preceded in death by his father Vincent Salcido Sr. and his brother Vincent Salcido Jr., and his son Ernest Aragon.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]

Manuela Rodriguez Sanchez
February 18, 1928 - July 26, 2006
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. today at South Park Cemetery for Manuela Rodriguez Sanchez, who passed away July 26, 2006 at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. She was 78 years old. Pastor Lawrence Sanchez will officiate.
Manuela was born February 18, 1928 to Margarito Rodriguez. Her parents both preceded her in death, as well as her husband Marcelino Sanchez.
She is survived by her sons, Alberto Sanchez and his wife Carol of Clovis, NM, Lorenzo Sanchez and his wife Elaine of Roswell, and Marcelino Sanchez Jr. also of Roswell. Other survivors include 7 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]


John D. Wagner
August 13, 1935 - August 8, 2006
A graveside committal of ashes will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11, 2006 at Twin Oaks Cemetery in Artesia for John D. Wagner, of Artesia, New Mexico. He passed away on August 8, 2006 at his residence. He was 70 years old. Ed Kneeland Of Vista Care Hospice will officiate.
He was survived by his wife of over 50 years Clara A. Wagner, of the family home, and his daughter Ramona Wagner Taylor of LaPorte, TX. He was preceded in death by his son Charles A. Wagner.
John was born on August 13, 1935 in Pueblo, Colorado to Charles J. and Frances Pekar Wagner. He was the youngest of 9 children. After graduating high school, he went to work at Navajo Refinery in Artesia, NM. For over 40 years he worked at the refinery until his retirement. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Artesia, and the Eagles Lodge of Roswell.
Other survivors include his brother, Tommy Wagner, and his sisters, Pearl Martin, Pat Hardrick, and Francis McArthur.
He was also preceded in death by 3 sisters, and one brother.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
[Source: not certain, but may have been pub. by the Ballard Funeral Home - Sub. by Andrew Bristol]

Agnes Anne Williams-Mulcock
(November 3, 1917 - December 2, 2010)
Services are scheduled at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at First Presbyterian Church of Artesia for Agnes Anne Williams Mulcock of Artesia, New Mexico.
Mrs. Mulcock, 93, died Thursday, December 2, 2010 at her home.
Daniel Phelps will officiate at the services with burial at Elk Cemetery where he will be assisted by Dub Cox. The burial is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Monday. Pallbearers will be Evans Mulcock, Wade Mulcock, James Mulcock III, Michael Lutz, Sam Teel and Van Bullock. Honorary pallbearers will be Genie Lutz and Elizabeth Cazel.
Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
Mrs. Mulcock was born November 3, 1917 in Mansfield, Louisiana; the daughter of Boyd Williams and Georgie (Turpin) Williams. She grew up on the family ranch at Elk, N.M. She came to Artesia for high school where she boarded with local families from 1929 to 1933. She returned to the ranch for 2 years and then went to N.M. State in 1935.
On Sept. 3, 1936 she was married to J.B. "Buster" Mulcock in Roswell, N.M. He preceded her in death July 6, 1993. She was also preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, 2 sisters, a son, and a grandson.
She was a homemaker and a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Artesia including being an elder and a deacon. She delivered food for Meals on Wheels well into her 80's. She was a census taker and a member of the American Legion Auxillary.
Survivors include her son Charles Mulcock and wife Marcetta of Mayhill, N.M.; daughter Georgie Lutz and husband Calvin of Walnut Creek, California; daughter-in-law Louise Mulcock of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren Genie Lutz-Wierzbicki, Michael Lutz, Elizabeth Cazel, James Mulcock III, Evans Mulcock, and Wade Mulcock; 7 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Artesia, N.M. or charity of choice.
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Richard O. Wright
April 26, 1913 - July 6, 2009
Richard O. (Dick) Wright
A graveside service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Thursday, July 9, 2009 at South Park Cemetery for Richard O. (Dick) Wright, 96, of Roswell who passed away July 6, 2009 at his home. Harley Parnell will officiate.
Dick was born in Onalaska, Texas on April 26, 1913 to Leslie O. and Cora Wright. He attended school in Buna, Texas.
Dick was a teenager during the depression and attended CMTC at Fort Bullis in San Antonio, Texas to earn money to buy school clothes for his brothers and sisters and himself.
When the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was established, he joined it in Houston. He was soon promoted to the rank of sergeant, and was sent with a cadre of ten to Arizona to set up a CCC Camp at Bowie, Arizona. This group worked fighting forest fires and with soil erosion. Because of his work in Arizona, Dick was invited to be an honored guest at the celebration of the Chiricahua National Monument’s 75th anniversary on April 17, 1999.
He left the CCC and went to Clarksville, Texas in 1938 to work at Kurth Lumber Mill as a saw filer. There he met Avis Emery who became his wife on December 21, 1941. Because of the need for lumber during World War II, he was given a one-year enlistment deferment.
On September 30, 1943 Dick entered the 361st Engineer Regiment-S.S. During his military service, his unit followed the initial invasion of France on D-Day. They built landing strips, hospitals, mail processing stations, and kept supply routes open to the troops on the front line. When war was over in Europe, the S.S. Engineers were changed to Combat Engineers; and were sent to Japan. On the way they stopped in the Philippines to rebuild Clark Field. Before they reached Japan, the atomic bomb was dropped; and the Japanese surrendered. The 361st Engineers was then given the assignment to help rebuild Japan. He was discharged February 2, 1946 with the rank of Technical Sergeant, and returned to Clarksville, Texas where he settled down to working in a machine shop.
The West-Arizona and New Mexico- were in his heart, and hoped someday to return. The time did come. In 1959 the missile silos were being established in the Roswell, New Mexico area; and Roswell schools needed teachers. Avis applied for a teaching position and was accepted. Then the Wright family of three moved to Roswell.
In Roswell Dick worked at Smith Machinery for 19 years. When ENMU-R moved to the now vacant Air Base site, Dick was asked to help start a welding program for the college. Having had no training in the teaching field, this was a big decision. With encouragement and help from his wife and several local people, he accepted the challenge. He soon had 20 young men in a class that was short of money and machines. With lots of determination and a demand for respect and dignity in his classroom, he finished his teaching career in 1978. The average employment rate of the welders he trained over the years was 97%. During the ENMU-R 50th Anniversary in October, 2007, Dick was recognized for his contribution to the school.
After he retired, his only child, Mike Wright died in 1990. Then he and Avis traveled for several years in Europe, Canada, Alaska, and enjoyed many Elderhostel’s.
When age began to take its toll, they decided to sell their Pine Street home; and move into an area where help was available. Especially dear to his heart where his “Pine Street Kids” whom he encouraged to continue their education, many have done that, and he loved having them “come by.” Many of his welding students have kept in touch through the years.
Richard was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, and served as the trustee chairman for many years. He was a member of the “Backyard Boys” who kept the grounds of the church looking beautiful.
Dick is survived by four sisters and one brother, a brother in law, and numerous nephews and nieces, all in various places in Texas, as well, as Avis, his wife of 67 years. A special nephew is Bryan Sturch of Florence, CO, and a special niece Marian Holster of Mesquite, TX. Then there are his Pine Street Kids, The Roger Noriega Family (Roger, Alison, Roger, Jr, and Ryan) Amanda Lazano, and Randy and Jacqui Clark.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
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