Obituaries (01/25/2012)

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BAMERT – Marky Bamert, 68, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 19, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born October 14, 1943, in Los Angeles, California, but lived virtually her entire life in Socorro.  Marky was very involved in the 4-H and FFA activities of her children and together with her husband Fred, raised market lambs that were entered in county fairs around the state, as well as the New Mexico State Fair.  In 2002, Marky moved to Magdalena where she owned and operated Peppers Gallery.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Bamert, her daughter, Wendy Jones, and her sisters, Carmen McMullen and Holly Walker.  She is survived by her family: children, Steve Bamert of Sonora, Texas, Mike Bamert and wife, Annalou, of Highland, California, Donnie Bamert and wife, Teri, of Tyler, Texas, Lonnie Bamert and wife, Helen, of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Bill Littlefield and wife, Susan, of San Diego, California; grandchildren, Sandy Waters, Joshua Bamert, Amanda Bingham, Clint Bamert, Shanna Baker, George Littlefield, Jared Littlefield and Lilliana Jones; 5 great grandchildren; son-in law, David Jones of Claremore, Oklahoma; sister, Georgia Rusch and husband, Marty, of Clear Lake, Washington; brother-in-law, Carl Bamert and wife, Jenny, of Muleshoe, Texas; and sister-in-law, Nadine Dawson and husband, Lester of Las Cruces, New Mexico.  She is also survived by her lifelong best friend, Mary Gallegos, of Bingham, New Mexico, who stood with her throughout the joys and challenges of both of their lives.  She will be remembered by many friends throughout Socorro County, and in particular her friends in Magdalena who sustained her in the last years of her life.  Marky’s family offers special appreciation to our brother Mike and his wife, Annalou, who lovingly brought her into their home during the final stages of her life as well as her caregiver Helen Seno for her extraordinary kindness to Marky.  Graveside services will be held on Friday, January 27, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5140 W Picacho Avenue, Las Cruces, New Mexico.  In lieu of flowers and should friends desire, donations may be made to Casa Esperanza, New Mexico’s home away from home providing a caring community to support families facing cancer, located at 1005 Yale Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 www.casaesperanzanm.org

SAULSBERRY – Dolores Olive Saulsberry, 82, a long time resident of Socorro, New Mexico passed away January 20th, due to a heart related condition. Dolores was born on July 18, 1929 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Harold Worth and Dorothy Agnes Keeton. The immediate family consisted of three brothers, Harold Jr, Llyod, Wayne and one sister June. Dolores attended the public school system in Colorado Springs and Venice, California. She graduated from Venice High School following a family move from Colorado. She worked at the telephone company while in high school, and was the youngest person at the time to be promoted to a supervisory position.
While at the telephone company she was introduced by a co-worker to her future husband, Bert Saulsberry. Bert and Dolores were married on April 20, 1950 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. The marriage produced two sons, James Fray and Daryll Bert Saulsberry. During her life, Dolores also lived in Santa Monica, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico while Bert worked as a carpenter and truck driver. While in Albuquerque she was employed by GTE and held the position of head receptionist/secretary at the GTE Lenkirk manufacturing facility in Albuquerque. After leaving GTE, she trained and qualified to drive large trucks. The newly acquired training allowed her and Bert to travel throughout the United States hauling goods as a team. While a resident in Socorro, she worked in the Purchasing Department at New Mexico Tech and was active in community affairs. Dolores was a long time member of the Order of Eastern Star and enjoyed working outdoors while spending time maintaining a small farm. Additionally, she managed two small businesses, one in Socorro and the other in Magdalena, New Mexico. She was adventuresome and independent and prided herself in handling challenges. For instance, on her 80th birthday, she was invited to intertube the Rio Grande tail water below Elephant Butte Dam by some close friends. She accepted the invitation and fondly recalled the adventure, on occasion. Dolores is survived by a sister, June Cooper, a son, Daryll, three grandchildren, Brad Saulsberry, Lauren Ward, Erin Armijo and two great grandchildren, Ray and Angelica. In addition, she is survived by nieces, Peggy Vessells, Marianne Stockero, Nelda Duffy, Michele Brown, Kathy Whithall, and Dedre Keeton, Randa Brown, and Retta Gay Saulsberry. Surviving nephews include Wayne and Leburt Saulsberry, Regor and Garen Keeton, and Mark Keeton. Dolores is predeceased by her husband, Bert, her son, James Fray Saulsberry and her brothers, Harold, Llyod, and Wayne. Additionally, she is predeceased by a nephew, Michael Cooper. The memorial service for Dolores Saulsberry will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the 25th day of January at the Epiphany Episcopal Church a.k.a. First Unitarian Church. The address: 908 Leroy Place, Socorro. If additional information is needed, please call 575-884-1801. The family of Dolores Saulsberry would like to convey their gratitude for the support and messages of condolences received from her many family members, friends and acquaintances. In remembering Dolores, the three words that would best describe her life is independent, caring/compassionate, and outgoing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Church at the aforementioned address to: AFTD Radnor Statio Blg. #2, Suite #320 290 King of Prussia, Rd., Radnor, PA 19087