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An avid marksman, Patricia was a two-time world champion pigeon shooter. She was a conscientious steward of the land always fighting to protect the environment, and was well known for her generous spirit and her many civic and charitable contributions. Of her many accomplishments, her greatest joy came from being a mother to her son, Tom. Patricia is survived by her son, Arturo Tomas Benavides; sister, Peggy Jean Carouso; nephews, Arturo N. Benavides Sr. and Judge C.Y. (Letty) Benavides Jr. and their children, Anna B. (John) Galo, Arturo N. (Malu) Benavides Jr., Carlos Y. Benavides III, Memo (Susana) Benavides, Cristy (Patrick) Alexander, and lifelong friends, Joy and Ed van Es. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Home, 719 Loring at Cortez. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at St. Peter's Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the David Berkley Cantu Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 766, the South Texas Food Bank, or American Legion Post 59. The family encourages you to sign the guest book online at m. Arrangements are under the direction of Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez.

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pay for exhibits and other operational costs, Varela said. Since moving into the new location in the mall, the workshop has seen a 500 percent increase in membership, she said. "This location has brought the museum into such high visibility, it's just wonderful," she said. "We've already outgrown this place." This was the Imaginarium's first major fundraising event, but Varela said they hope to do something similar every year. They need to bring in money to meet their expanding needs, she said. "On any weekend it's so loud (in the Imaginarium) you can't hear the phone ring," she said. Waiting in the wings before the show, models Zoe Benavides, 10, and Bailey Summers, 11, admitted they were a bit nervous, besides having done some previous fashion shows. Like all the participants, they each modeled two outfits. "The kids seem to be loving it," said audience member Minnie Ramirez, whose grandson was one of the models. "These people have done a great job." "It's also great experience for the participants," she said. Whether they will put the experience to use is unclear. Asked if they wanted to make a career out of modeling, Summers and Benavides immediately said they did not. "Well, maybe," they said after a moment of consideration. (Contact reporter Zachary Franz at 728-2582 or by e-mail at [email protected])

The father of Veronica A. Garcia, candidate for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1-Place 1, passed away Oct. 12, 2007. Valentin Garcia, 83, was called upon by the Lord after suffering from an unforeseen liver disease which was diagnosed on or about late June 2007. Mr. Garcia had always been a very healthy man throughout his lifetime, until he was hospitalized for the first time in his life on July 4, 2007. On August 4, 2007, Valentin Garcia was hospitalized for a third time due to his progressing liver condition causing many other health complications. He was later transferred to the Laredo Specialty Hospital for more specialized treatment; however, there was no cure for him due to his advanced age, inability to resist a major surgery or other alternative means of treatment that would extend his life. Valentin Garcia was happily married to Tomasita Garcia for 51 years. Valentin Garcia resided most of his life in Indiana and retired from Inland Steel Company in East Chicago, Indiana. He worked for the aforementioned steel company for approximately 35 years. Mr. Garcia is survived by his spouse, Tomasita Garcia; two sons, Valentin (Alma) Garcia Jr. and Esequiel Garcia; daughter Veronica A. Garcia and three grandchildren Valentin Garcia III and Iris and Jessica Garcia, who

all reside in Laredo. Mr. Garcia's is also survived by two brothers and sisters, Alberto Garcia of Hammond, Indiana; Daniel Garcia of Reynosa, Tamaulipas; Hortencia Juarez of Harlingen, and Genoveva Hinojosa of Kingsville. Valentin Garcia will be greatly missed. Veronica A. Garcia would like to thank and extend her appreciation to all the medical and nonmedical staff at the Laredo Specialty Hospital for their support and positive encouragement in making my father feel comfortable during his stay at the hospital. In addition, I would like to thank Dr. Armando R. Hinojosa for his sincere concern and efforts to help my father's condition be as painless as possible during his last days. Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007 from 3 to 9 p.m. at NietoDickey Funeral Home with a prayer service in the evening. Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 15, 2007. A chapel service will be held at 10 a.m. at NietoDickey Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nieto-Dickey Funeral Home, 802 Coke St.

In peace and with her beloved son at her side, Patricia J. Benavides left this world to be with the Lord and her husband and soul mate, Arturo T. Benavides, who preceded her in death. She passed away on Oct. 12, 2007, at the age of 69. Sis, as she was affectionately called, was born in Pearsall, to Barry and Rosie von Clausewitz. Her family moved to Bruni, Texas. She graduated from Bruni High School and later received a degree in English and Drama from Texas Woman's University. Upon graduation, Patricia spent several years as a teacher in Los Angeles, Calif. A prominent rancher and business woman, Patricia and her husband, Arturo, and friends Joy and Ed van Es brought a McDonald's franchise to Laredo. Under their guidance the business became one of the most successful independent owner/operator-run franchises in the nation. She was a co-trustee of her family's mineral trust and managed various oil and gas ventures.

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"This is going to take some time," the official told reporters on condition of anonymity in order to describe the private conversations. "This is going to require a lot of hands-on American diplomacy. These are really tough issues." And on her flight from Moscow, where she held talks with Russian leaders, Rice said she did not believe her visit would clear the way for that statement or make enough progress so that conference invitations could go out. "I don't expect out of these meetings that there will be any particular outcome in the sense of breakthroughs on the document," she told reporters on her plane. She said intends to return at least once to the Mideast before the conference. Rice said she wanted to "help them narrow differences that they may have about what the nature of this document has to be." "I do think it's important that they address the core issues in some fashion," she said. "I also think it's important that the document be substantive enough that it points that there is a way forward toward the establishment of a Palestinian state." Israel is pressing for a vaguely worded document that would give it more room to maneuver.

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both citizens and Border Patrol agents to use. Ridding of the Carrizo cane and building trails will give Border Patrol a better line of sight and more patrol access, de Leon said, and it gives residents an area to enjoy the Rio Grande. Although other border communities have recently denied access to their riverfront property, District VI Councilman Gene Belmares said the City of Laredo agrees in working with Border Patrol on this initiative because "Carrizo does need to be eradicated" and in Laredo the agency is not currently requesting access to conduct studies for a border fence. Border cities in the Valley have denied similar requests by Border Patrol because it was seeking access to survey the land for a border fence. "Certainly the City of Laredo recognized that the United States is a nation of laws and the laws in the book need to be imposed even though we are opposed to a border fence," Belmares said. In other business at today's meeting, District II Councilman Hector "Tito" Garcia requested a presentation by the Environmental Services Department about making Laredo a plasticfree city. "Plastic, it's all over the place -- on our trees (and) it gets into our rivers," Garcia said, adding that during recent creek cleanups countless plastic grocery and trash bags have been found in the water. Garcia suggests going in the same direction of several other cities in the nation by changing to a plastic-free community and going "back to the old days" of using paper grocery bags. "A lot of people want to do that. They want to get away from plastic," Garcia said. The major grocers in Laredo -- H-E-B and Wal-Mart -- have already been approached with the idea, Garcia said. And while WalMart officials said paper bags are more costly (about one to two cents per bag), Garcia said, they are major companies that he believes can handle the slightly higher cost for a worthy cause. If City Council approves a plastic-free initiative; Garcia said it could be a gradual movement taking place over the next couple of years. "We don't want to do it drastically. We want to implement it little by little," he said. "We've got to do something. We can't just turn our faces and ignore the environment." Also on today's agenda is a public hearing and introductory ordinance to authorize a permit for "amusement redemption machines," also know as eight-liners or maquinitas, at an establishment in the 1500 block of Zapata Highway. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the request but City Council has the ultimate vote. A similar item went before City Council several weeks ago, when the American Legion requested a permit to operate the machines. City Council approved the Legion's request. Also on the agenda: Discussion requested by Mayor Raul Salinas to increase recreational facilities for senior citizens. Discussion requested by District VII Councilman Juan Chavez to name the Lafayette Bridge the Judge Hector J. Liendo Overpass. A resolution to enter into an agreement with Webb County for a 3-1-1 Center that will offer non-emergency assistance. A motion approving a contractor for the World Trade Bridge expansion of lanes.


Callaghan Ranch north of Laredo for 13 years and later developed his own business as a land conservationist, heavy equipment operations. His son Keith Douglas and wife Barbara of Bulverde; daughters Teressa and husband, Justin Mitchell, of Carrizo Springs; Rhonda Gary of Austin, his mother, Lois Kramer, of Marion, brothers, Wiley and wife Dee, of Marion, Albert and wife Melinda, of Tyler, and one granddaughter, Aurora Collett of Rocksprings, survive him. Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, 10 a.m. at Peters Funeral Home, Cotulla. Burial will follow in the Cotulla West Cemetery with Keith Gary, Wiley Gary III, Cody Gary, Scott Gary, Larry Crisp and Kenneth Crisp serving as pallbearers. Arrangements by Peters Funeral Home, Cotulla, Texas, 830879-2615.


driguez III and Guillermo "Willy" (Guadalupe) Rodriguez; grandchildren, Octavio Solorio Jr., and Marco A. Solorio, Gabriel Rodriguez and twins Carolina and Cristobal Rodriguez. She is survived by her brother Rodolfo (Estela) Ochoa, brotherin-law Adolfo Garcia and sisterin-law Teresa Ochoa. Also surviving are numerous nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends. She will always be remembered by her family as loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and a truly loyal friend. A rosary will be recited Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at 7 p.m. at Hillside Funeral Home, 310 Hillside Road. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at 9 a.m. from Hillside Funeral Home to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. by Msgr. James Harris. Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home, 310 Hillside Road.

Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, Our Lord called upon our wife, mother, grandmother, and sister Sara Ochoa Rodriguez to join Him in heaven when she passed away in San Antonio, with her immediate family by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents, Guadalupe Ochoa and Otilia Saenz de Ochoa; sisters, Lydia (Luis) Peñaloza, Omelia (Alfredo) Marmolejo, Olga (Arturo) Cavazos, and Irma O. Garcia; and brothers, Raul and Horacio Ochoa. Mrs. Rodriguez is survived by her loving husband of 45 years of marriage, Cristobal Rodriguez; children, Mayra Rodriguez Solorio, Cristobal Ro-

Douglas Monte Gary, 58, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, in San Antonio with his family at his bedside. He was born Nov. 5, 1948 in Cotulla, to Wiley and Lois (Crisp) Gary, Sr. Douglas loved the outdoors and the agriculture industry. He worked as foreman on the


and daughters, Nancy (Pablo) Martinez, Juan E. (Dalila) Martinez, Rolando (Guadalupe) Martinez, Claudia (Ruben) Martinez, Trinidad (Francisco) Martinez and Reynaldo Gabriel (Ana Laura) Martinez; 24 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Josefina G. Lazaro. Also, nephews, nieces, other relatives and numerous friends. Visitation will be held Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, from 4 to 9 p.m. and a Vigil of the Deceased will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hernandez-Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. Funeral services will begin at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, from the funeral home chapel. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.


other relatives. A rosary was recited Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at 7 p.m. at Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez. Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at 8:10 a.m. from Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church for a holy Mass at 8:30 a.m. Pallbearers will be Rolando Garza, Arthur De Leon Jr., Angel Ortega, Julio Garcia, Juan F. Ortega and Fernando Ortega. Interment will follow at the family plot in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family encourages you to sign the guest book online at Arrangements are under the direction of Joe Jackson Heights Funeral Chapels, 719 Loring at Cortez. Maria D. Gonzalez Martinez, 72, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, in a local hospital. Mrs. Gonzalez was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and had been a resident of Laredo most of her life. She was preceded in death by her mother, Trinidad R. Ruiz; sister, Sara Reyna and by her brothers Ignacio Gonzalez, Jesus Gonzalez and Antonio Gonzalez. She is survived by her sons


Guillermina Alonzo 87, passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, in Laredo. Funeral services are pending with Hillside Funeral Home, 310 Hillside Rd. For more information please call (956) 724-6060.

Mrs. Leonor "L" O. Molina passed away peacefully at her home Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at the age of 84. Mrs. Molina was preceded in death by her husband, Esteban Molina. She is survived by her brothers and sisters Tomas (Concepcion) Ortega, Francisco (Bernarda "Nina") Ortega, Carlos (Lucy) Ortega, Rosa Maria Ortega and Esperanza (Joe) Cerda. She is also survived by her 14 nephews, 16 nieces and numerous


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