In Memoriam

In Memoriam …

Tiffany Lee Eggleston-Tuttle, 49, Albuquerque, passed away peacefully on Oct 1, 2014 at home after a long battle with breast cancer. Tiffany was born on August 24, 1965 in Albuquerque to Ralph and Susan Eggleston. Tiffany was a loving, devoted wife to husband Dwight (Bud) Tuttle, and a loving mother to her two precious sons; Brennen and Tres, and stepson, Matthew and wife Naomi of Austin, TX. She is also survived by her sister, Stacey Hall and husband Richard of Capitan, NM; and brother Trevor Eggleston of Albuquerque. She was a doting Aunt to nephew, Connor Hall; and nieces, Brayden and Payton Hall, all of Capitan. She is also survived by in-laws: Dwight Tuttle Jr., Cindy, Scott, Don and Emily Pine, and Bill Tuttle as well as many special Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and close friends. Tiffany graduated from Manzano High School in 1983 and attended the University of New Mexico. She took great pride in being a 4th generation Contractor, most recently working at Sundance Mechanical where their love and support got her through the worst days of her illness. Tiffany was an advocate for Breast Cancer awareness and research, taking pride in her participation in several clinical trials. These trials lead to advancements towards cancer treatments.

Wanda Eileen (McCarey) DuBois, 94, passed away on October 13, 2014. Wanda was born in Osage, Oklahoma on December 10, 1919 to Lacey McCarey and Helen (Keith) McCarey. She graduated from high school at age 16 and Kilgore Junior College at age 18. She started her career in retail and was eventually assigned to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1945 where she met and married Frank A. DuBois, Jr. in 1946. Wanda was a volunteer Gray Lady, an organization associated with the Red Cross, which provided non-medical services to veterans. As a Gray Lady, she most enjoyed finding and booking musicians and singers to come and entertain the patients in hospitals. Wanda continued her career in retail and then became a teacher aide at Hoover Middle School in Albuquerque. Running the media center, she supervised students and coordinated projects with teachers and administrators.  She retired from the school system and worked until the age of 85 in the student travel industry. Wanda enjoyed music, dancing, reading, crossword puzzles and travel. Her infectious laugh, adventurous spirit, vibrant personality and positive attitude delighted everyone she met. She is survived by her three children, Frank A. DuBois III (wife, Sharon) of Mesquite, Fara Green, Anthony, and John E. DuBois, Albuquerque; four grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Dub Williams, 87, Ruidoso, former New Mexico state legislator from District 56, died on October 27, 2014 at home. Dub was a rancher, coach and teacher. He was a friend to everyone he met, was soft-spoken, gentle in spirit and nature and joked about how easily he cried. Dub will be sorely missed.

Robert Geronimo Jr., 83, Mescalero, passed away October 1, 2014 in Mescalero. He was born August 11, 1931 at Mescalero and had lived there all of his life. He had worked at Cow Camp #1 before going to work for B.I.A. Roads Department, he retired after 37 years. He married Iris Marden in 1955 at Alamogordo. He is survived by his wife, Iris; children, Jonelle Geronimo, Belva Geronimo, Robert Lensen Geronimo, Neida Rose Geronimo, and Joleen Geronimo; four grandchildren; one great grandchild; sister, Eva Ann Geronimo and brothers, Larry Geronimo and Teddy Rodriguez.

Troy “Biz” Ladner, 42, Socorro, passed away on October 13, 2014 following a long bout with kidney disease. Born on September 25, 1972 to John and Ann Ladner. He attended New Mexico State University. Biz was passionate about agriculture and private property rights. He literally never met a stranger, and touched the hearts of countless people who knew and loved him. His positive attitude, big smile and larger than life presence will be forever missed by all.

Shirley “Korina” Peralta, 49, Silver City, passed away September 28, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born April 25, 1965 in Reserve to Kenneth Craig and Shirley Darlene Williams Shellhorn. She taught at Reserve High School and she worked for FedEx. Korina was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Ralph F. Peralta; three sons, Raymond Peralta (wife, Kasey), Las Cruces; Matthew Peralta (wife, Marcy), Las Cruces; Orlando Peralta (wife, Cheyenne),Silver City; six grandchildren; two brothers, Keith Shellhorn (wife, Mary), Springerville, Arizona; Kleve Shellhorn (wife, Lina), Thatcher, Arizona.

Richard Dana Jay, Santa Fe, passed away peacefully October 24 after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Richard was born in New York City, on October 26, 1944, to Nelson Dean Jay, Jr. and Diana Draper Jay Bigelow. He was the grandson of the famous interior decorator Dorothy Draper. Richard truly was a renaissance man who lived an incredibly full and adventurous life. His fun-loving spirit, humor, optimism and positive attitude energized anyone who came into contact with him. In his early days he was a great woodworker and fantastic mechanic. He was the most gifted storyteller and treated strangers like true friends. Richard was an unbelievably devoted father and grandfather. At age 3, Richard and his family moved from NYC to the beautiful Pojoaque Valley. He grew up on a ranch in Peña Blanca where his family introduced Black Angus cattle and traded alfalfa to Maria’s Kitchen in Santa Fe for family meals. During this time, he learned mechanics and the workings of ranch life. In the USAF he served as a Weapons Crew Chief on A-26 Aircraft in Vietnam. In 1971, he began his 40-year career in real estate. Richard is survived by his brother George Jay (partner, Sue Shellenberger), his sister Susan Jay Dean (husband, Hal Dean), his sister Wendyl Jay (partner, Bill Bailey), his son Trevor (wife Dina and their children Alison and Cooper), his son Tyler (wife Melissa and their children Lucas and Jocelyn), and his son Fitz (partner Megan Shaffer), and many nieces and nephews.

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