Jerry M. Potts(1945 - 2019)
Jerry Mac Potts, age 73, passed away on April 3, 2019. He was born in Bonham, TX on June 28, 1945 to a farming family and was the younger of two brothers.
Jerry served his country for the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War and then the Pentagon with the Judge Advocate General as a 71E20 Court Reporter. He was honorably discharged as a SP6 in 1971 after receiving 2 overseas bars and 4 medals of honor including the Army Commendation Medal. In his civilian life, Jerry was widely considered one of, if not the best court reporter in the state of New Mexico for over 45 years, being specifically requested for some of the most well known cases in history including the New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot of 1980. He was an avid golfer and a passionate fan of the New Mexico Lobos, Texas Tech Red Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. He loved his family with everything he had, was a great friend to countless, and very well respected. He also had a sense of humor unlike any other and a particular love for his dog.
He was preceded in death by his parents Herman "Bill" and Olah Potts, grandson, Jerry Mathew Potts, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his brother Bill Potts and Bill's wife Sandra; son Jerry Michael Potts and Jerry Michael's wife Stephenie; and his daughter Jennifer (Potts) Ross. Grandchildren Andrew Duran and wife Erin; Vanessa Nieto, Zachary Potts, Dustin Ross and wife Tara, Lauren Ross and Jerome Nieto-Potts; as well as two great-grandchildren Robin Duran and Nathan Ross.Services will be held at the Daniels Family Funeral Home located at 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 on April 26 at 1:00 pm with a reception to immediately follow in the chapel hall.
Funeral HomeDaniels Family Funeral Services
7601 Wyoming Blvd Ne Albuquerque, NM 87109
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 21, 2019
Kathy Townsend, November 2018
Deborah E. Trattel
July 2, 2018
Deborah E. Trattel a resident of Placitas, NM died Monday, July 2, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Richard J. Estrada; daughter, Arianna Estrada; mother, Martha Trattel; sister, Beth Trattel and husband, Clay Bishop; brother, Andrew Trattel and wife, Keri; niece, Samantha Trattel; and numerous extended relatives and friends.
Deb was preceded in death by her father, George Trattel. She was born in 1960 in Schenectady, NY and obtained her associates degree in Court Reporting from Alford State University in NY. Deb worked for the court system in Rochester for six years before moving to Albuquerque. Deb began her own Court Reporting Business in 1997, Trattel Court Reporting & Videography. Deb was the consummate professional and was well regarded by everyone who worked with her. She married Richard in 2001 and together along with Arianna began their love of world travel and adventure. Deb was a Board member of NM Animal Protection and a dedicated lover and protector of animals. She loved her Dalmatians and was a truly loving and caring person. More than anything she was very proud of her daughter, Arianna, an A-Student and Club Soccer standout. She was a member of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Deb was a devoted and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Deb will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church in Placitas. Interment will follow at San Antonio De Las Huertas Land Grant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made in Deb’s name to Animal Protection of New Mexico, 301 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Charles "Charly" Anderson
A STENOGRAPH ASP (AUTHORIZED SERVICE PROVIDER) IN NEW MEXICO SINCE THE 1990S, PASSED AWAY ON MAY 31, 2017, FROM PULMONARY FIBROSIS. IN APRIL 2005, NMCRA PRESENTED CHARLY WITH A plaque memorializing his ongoing support of NMCRA and New Mexico reporters since he arrived in New Mexico in the early '90s. The plaque read: What Would We Do Without You Award Presented to Charly Anderson April 16, 2005.
In recognition of the outstanding service you render to New Mexico court reporters, your unfailing reliability and willingness to get the job done, and your consistent support of the New Mexico Court Reporters Association, this award is presented to you with gratitude and heartfelt appreciation. You keep us in business.
The only question now is: What will we do without him? Rest in peace, Charly. You will be missed.
Carolyn Kay Proctor
Carolyn Kay Proctor died at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM on February 25, 2017 following a long term, increasingly debilitating illness. Her immediate family was near her side.
She was born September 22, 1946, in Lubbock, TX, the daughter of Warren and Marie Embree. Both parents preceded her in death. Kay is survived by her husband of 49 years, Roger Proctor; her son, Patrick Proctor; her daughter-in-law, Melissa; two grandchildren, Cody and Jillian of Moriarty, NM; and a niece, Jennifer Buckman. She also has one surviving sister, Virginia Luckey, of Temple, TX.
Kay graduated from Bovina (Texas) High School and attended Texas Tech University. After completing Southwest Business College, she spent her entire professional life as a court reporter and was an active partner of Proctor and Davidson, Inc. in Albuquerque. A well-respected member of the legal community, her career in Albuquerque spanned more than 30 years.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and member of the Church of Christ, where she remained an active participant until her failing heath intervened.
Her family wishes to extend special thanks to all the medical professionals who helped care for her over these last years.
Friends and family may visit Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at FRENCH â€" Wyoming. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE in Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the MS Society of New Mexico. Please visit our online guestbook for Kay at
Thomas Lee Garrett entered into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at his home. Thomas is survived by his grandfather, Perry L. and step-grandmother, Carolyn Randall of Belen; parents, Grayson W. and Carol E. Garrett of Albuquerque; two brothers, Michael P. and Jesse S. of Albuquerque; and sister, Sarah L. and her husband, CWO5 Jeffrey A. French-Lujan and their children, Emily, James, Joseph, Jesse, and Jackson of Camp Pendleton, CA.
Born Monday, August 13, 1973, at St. Joseph Hospital in Albuquerque, NM, Thomas graduated from Highland High School in 1991. He attended the University of New Mexico from 1991 to 1992, and graduated from the Metropolitan College of Court Reporting, Albuquerque, in 1994. He served as court reporter for District Court in Roswell from 1994 to 2003 under the Hon. Judges Schneider and Lynch, after which he moved to Federal Court in Albuquerque, under the Hon. Judge Johnson, where he worked until 2014. Thomas was then employed by Bean & Associates, Inc. and Paul Baca Professional Court Reporting, Inc. of Albuquerque. He was a Certified Court Monitor, Court Reporter and Federal Certified Realtime Reporter. Affiliations include the United States Court Reporters Assoc., National Court Reporters Assoc., and New Mexico Court Reporters Assoc.
Thomas was well-respected by his peers for his court reporting acuity, professionalism and dedication to his life’s work. Thomas was a fashion aficionado with an exceptional eye for color and design, always drawn to the finer things in life. He liked gardening, the outdoors, loved music, and had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved his conure parrots, Duckie and Sunny, whom he took on many adventures. Thomas worshiped at Adat Yeshua in Albuquerque for several years, occasionally visiting Eastern Hills Baptist Church. He appeared in the TV series “Better Call Saul” Season 2, Episode 6 as a court reporter extra. Profoundly loved, he will be sorely missed.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at FRENCH – University. Funeral Service will be Monday, June 13, 2016, 10:30 a.m. at Eastern Hills Baptist Church, 3100 Morris St. NE.
MICHAEL H. RICE
MICHAEL H. RICE Michael H. Rice, age 75, passed away on May 15, 2014. Mike was a long time resident of Santa Fe, NM. During the process of his passing he was surrounded by his loving family.
Mike Rice - Miguel Arroz as he sometimes called himself - led a beautiful and powerful life. Mike was born in Monahans, Texas on January 18, 1939, to his beloved mother Mildred Hudson Higgenbothem Rice and father Ernest Glenn Rice who preceded him in death. His family lived in several West Texas towns and settled in Breckenridge, Texas, where Mike was raised. He remained proud of his West Texas heritage his entire life.
Mike enlisted in the Marines at 18, and a very proud one at that. He served for 6 years, stationed in Twentynine Palms, CA. Because Mike was so intelligent he was encouraged to be trained and educated as a court reporter, reporting military proceedings around the world. After the Marines he moved to New Mexico where he worked for a firm as a court reporter eventually being recruited by Judge James Scarborough to work for the 1st Judicial District Court. This began his "tense, nervous and exciting" 25 year career as a court reporter for many Judges who respected his detailed and meticulous work, retiring as one of the best in his field.
Mike went on to a second career as a PGA Professional. Golf was a passion to Mike Rice and something he was incredibly gifted at, it was his love and joy. He taught, played and lived his passion for 20 + years. Mike prided himself in all he did. Mike not only had a full professional life, but he had an amazing personal life, filled with love, deep commitment, loyalty and high standards for himself and those around him.
Mike is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Soledad Rice, his protective and beloved dog Dempsey, his step children Phillip Romero (Cynthia), Martha Baca (Leonard), Angela Couleur (Doug), Anna Rossiter (Rudy), and his step grandchildren, Marc and Lindsay Romero, Monique Glidden (Chris), Amanda Baca, Nikole and Erika Couleur, Kaitlin Rossiter and their children. Mike is survived by his daughters Debbie Rice Johnson (Greg), Michelle Rios Rice (Opaa Boomer), grandchildren Nathanial, Megan, Jubal, Ethan and Robert Johnson, Tanya Martinez, Michael Martinez (Melissa), and great-grandson Mason Martinez. Mike is survived by his step sister Beverly Vanghn and step brother David Browning, both from Texas. Mike lived his life fully and had a good life. He will be greatly missed and always loved. He and his way will never be forgotten, as it was legendary. He will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 9:00 am, and a Memorial will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., at The Women's Club in Santa Fe, 1616 Old Pecos Trail. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations, 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505. Phone: (505) 989-7032 Fax: (505) 820-0435. santafefuneraloption.com
Barbara Jane Webster Ellis
Sept. 19, 1942-Jan. 16, 2013
Barbara Jane Webster Ellis, 70, of Farmington, died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 in Farmington. She was born Sept. 19, 1942 in Bay Village, Ohio to Glenn Allen Wright and Marjorie Grace Ruff.
Barbara was a graduate of Port Huron High School in Michigan. She attended Port Huron Junior College in Port Huron, Mich. and was a licensed Court Stenographer Reporter (CSR). She was a restaurant owner, secretary, computer typesetter and a court reporter. She won 2nd place in a nationwide typing contest. She entertained and served everyone that came into her and her husband, Ken's restaurant, Oliver's.
Barbara was a member of the New Mexico Court Reporter Association and the Four Corners Ramblers R.V. Club. She loved to play cards and was wickedly competitive.
Although Barbara was not a member of any church, she had amazing faith. She loved to make people laugh and had a great sense of humor. She could cuss better than anyone.She was an amazing wife, mom and sister. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Leroy Ellis; her parents and her sister, Judith Ann Gott.
She is survived by her husband, Marvin Wayne Webster; son, Mitchell Levi Webster; daughter, Kari Lynne Webster; brother, William Edward Wright and her sisters, Marjorie Ellen Skaggs, Susan Jean Barath and Glenda June Griego.
A Celebration of her Life will be 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3202 Municipal Dr. in Farmington. Barbara's care is entrusted to Alternative Choice, 804 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington, 505-325-9611. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of
Syd Huseby (1954 - 2014). Click this Link for more information. The article below was posted a couple of years ago about Syd's career as a court reporter.
A Court Reporter with Ties to New MexicoKRTV.com
Great Falls court reporter enjoys unique, challenging job
It's a fast growing career field; the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics expects a 14% increase in court reporter jobs over the next 10 years. But becoming one can be challenging; according to the U.S. Department of Education, many court reporting schools have a graduation rate between 2% and 14%.
Huseby noted, "There's a high demand for court reporters. You can get a job pretty much anywhere in the country." But the primary tool of a court reporter is not easy to master; Huseby explained, "There are 24 key and each key can be pushed at the same time, unlike a typewriter."
Judge Dirk Sandefur appreciates the expertise that Huseby brings to the job, adding, "I am generally familiar with the machine. I'm not at all qualified to operate one. It takes a great deal of experience and training." But once you learn the unlimited combinations of the unmarked keys, Huseby says, it's a piece of cake: "It is like second nature. It's just like automatic."
Huseby says he's not worried about a machine taking over his job one day, because audio recordings are not always clear and voice recognition software can have a tough time picking out distinct voices in a crowded room. He noted, "I think there will always be a need for court reporters. There's that need for the human input and the human ear to distinguish what is actually being said, who's saying what." Which is good news, because he says that he's not going anywhere: "Oh, I don't have any plans to retire."
Helen W. Cordova of Albuquerque passed away Saturday, January 28, 2006 after a long illness. Ms. Cordova, a former resident of Raton, NM, began her career as a legal secretary in Raton. Ms. Cordova was a well respected court reporter at the Bernalillo County District Court with the Honorable Paul F. Larrazolo and the Honorable Richard J. Traub; she later established her own court reporting business and retired in 1995. Ms. Cordova was a president of the New Mexico Court Reporters Association and received the Mary Walters Distinguished Service Award in September, 1997. Ms. Cordova was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Juanita Weaver of Raton, NM. She is survived by her daughters, Sherrill Staley, Deborah Goodnow (Mark Caldwell), Karen Cordova-Andrews (Christopher); grandchildren, Douglas Auringer, Sheila Valerio (Robert), Adam Cordova (Kala), Devin Goodnow (Jeanette), Andrew Cordova-Andrews, Christian Andrews, and Brett Andrews; and great-grandchildren, Haley, Isaac, Dominic, Amanda, Serena, and Daniel. She is also survived by her brothers, Thomas Weaver (Dora) of Tucson, AZ and Raymond Weaver (Betty) of Glendale, CA; sister, Gloria Weaver Wood (Seldon) of Pueblo, CO; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Wednesday, February 1, 2006, 9:00 a.m., Shrine of St. Bernadette 11401 Indian School Road, NE. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heritage Hospice, 1700 Louisiana Blvd., NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM, 87110 or to Carrie Tingley Children Hospital, 1720 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Suite 202, Albuquerque, NM, 87110. Ms. Cordova was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be dearly missed by all.