Articles for the ‘Obituaries’ Category



<span class="normal">LADNER — </span>Ladner, Troy D. "Biz," 42, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2014 with his sister by his side. He was born in El Paso, Texas on September 25, 1972 to John Virgil and Thais Ann (McIntyre) Ladner. Biz graduated from Ysleta High School. He obtained a degree in agriculture from New Mexico State University and later attended Shriner College in Kerrville, where he studied business and marketing and eventually obtained an additional degree. Biz belonged to Alpha Gamma Rho and was especially proud of this because of the many lifelong friends he kept throughout the years. He moved to San Pedro, NM in 2006. He grew to love NM, but dreamed of going back to Texas. While in New Mexico, Biz worked for Tresco Inc, Farm Bureau Financial Services and NM Cattle Growers. He was an avid football fanatic – Go Longhorns! He loved everything Texas, even his New Mexico brand was TX. Biz loved hunting with Topher, Julian and Tracey and fishing with Gianetta and Jimmy Don. He enjoyed his good ole Texas music, Reese's peanut butter cups, tacos, McDonald's chocolate shakes and KFC. He liked the occasional "Biz Bomb", Crown and coke and spontaneous parties. He never left the house without his jeans starched just right, a nice shirt, cool boots and cologne. Biz always had a big truck and he would go anywhere in it, including taking consumers on "the Roller Coaster" on Neel street in Socorro. He liked to kid around with everyone (like Dad) and was stubborn as a mule (like Mom). He loved his friends and would do anything in the world for anyone. He never met a stranger. He had a good attitude about life, and death, and put his life in perspective. Biz felt he was fortunate for many things, this is evident by the many, many friends he had. To name them all would be impossible. Biz valued his relationships. Most importantly he wanted everyone to know, he never gave up, he just gave out. He was always a cowboy at heart. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents. He is survived by his devoted sisters, Tara L. McDowell and husband, Chris; and Tana L. Hudson and husband, Michael; his best and longest friend, Wes Wrye and wife, Ivy and girls, Bailey and Macey; and best Gals, C-laudia Salopek and Clara; and many other loving family members in Kansas and Missouri. Biz is greatly missed by his AGR brothers and families, his countless friends and all those that knew and loved him. Biz wanted a Regatta / Pot luck on the Rio Grande and party at his sister's house for his memorial. It will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm. HAPPY TRAILS!! In Biz's honor, memorial contributions and donations may be made to: The Biz Ladner 4-H Scholarship Fund, First State Bank, 103 Manzanares Ave, Socorro, NM 87801; (575)835-1550. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit <span class="hyperlink"><a href=""></a></span>.

Obituary: Alice Purcell

Alice Purcell

Alice Kipps Purcell, 92, died in Albuquerque on May 17, 2015. She was a preacher's kid with a Halloween birthday, and she spent the next 92 years relishing the contradictions. The third of four children born to a Lutheran minister and his missionary wife in Cogan Station, Pennsylvania, she grew up in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, where she and her kid sister served as cheerleaders and played basketball with wild abandon three decades before Title IX. Emulating her father (but only to a point), she enrolled at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina, where she received an undergraduate degree in English. A master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania followed. In 1953 she married a British mining engineer, Geoffrey Purcell, and followed him back across the pond for a newlywed's-eye view of Stratford on Avon, Tintern Abbey and dozens of Wuthering Heights look-alikes. Returning to the States, they entered graduate programs at Pennsylvania State University, where Geoff received a doctorate in metallurgical engineering, while Alice was distracted from her dissertation by the birth of a son in 1959. Ultimately she chucked it all to move with her husband and son to Socorro, New Mexico, sight unseen, in 1961. After a brief period of mourning for the lush landscapes she had left behind, she threw herself into the life of the community — volunteering at the local library, removing rocks from the future fairways of New Mexico Tech's golf course, and somehow persuading her son and other children in the neighborhood to don tights and tinfoil crowns to perform in her wryly abridged versions of "Hamlet," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Macbeth." (Swordplay with cardboard wrapping-paper tubes was a prominent feature of these productions.) She also collaborated with her husband to create one of the happiest childhoods imaginable for their son. In 2003 Geoff and Alice celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and moved from Socorro to Albuquerque to be closer to their grandchildren. After Geoff's 2005 death, advancing age and declining health took their inevitable toll, but Alice remained lively and deeply loved to the end. She is survived by her son, Charles Kipps ("Kip") Purcell, and his wife, Georgia Will, of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Dylan and Elena Purcell, also of Albuquerque; a sister, Ruth Leidich, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and various Virginia cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Michael Kipps, and mother, Undine Kipps; a sister, Frances Spencer of Danville, Virginia, and a brother, Henry Kipps of Williamsburg, Virginia; and her husband Geoff. Her family thanks Lana Hutchison and the wonderful women of Andrew House for lovingly tending to her needs for the past six years, and Ambercare Hospice for easing her final transition.