Deaths and funerals (07/14/12)
The love and bond between a mother and daughter transcends all space and time.
Katie passed away early Tuesday morning after spending the previous day and night surrounded by her family and friends, attending her mother’s funeral and wake.
Katie and her mother, Debbie, were friends, caregivers and a loving mother and daughter for all of their 31 years together.
We almost lost Katie as a small infant when we first found out about her heart trouble. Throughout all the years of their lives, their love and support for each other grew and grew.
When Debbie’s health started failing two years ago, young Katie became the caregiver, lovingly staying by Debbie’s side. When Debbie passed away last Friday, Katie was very, very sick with phenomena.
Katie refused to leave her mother’s side, and even through her pain, anguish and sickness, she stayed with us and supported all of us through Debbie’s funeral and wake on Monday.
Early Tuesday morning, Katie’s phenomena, her broken heart and suffering were more than her weakened heart could bear.
Her family wishes to thank the Rio Grande Estates Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department for all of their efforts to help Katie.
In the end, a mother’s and daughter’s love is the most powerful force in the world. They lived their entire lives together and now they will spend eternity together in a much better place.
God bless you Debbie and Katie. We all love and miss you both.
Rosenda A. Armijo
Rosenda A. Armijo, age 77, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Wednesday, July 11.
She was a member of Sangre de Cristo Parish in Valencia and American Legion Auxiliary. Rosenda loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. Rosenda’s favorite pastimes were going to the casino, fishing and camping with her partner, Alex. Rosenda had the most beautiful smile. When she smiled, her beautiful green eyes would light up.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Canuto and Delfinia Apodaca and Isidora and Julian Apodaca; brothers, Jose, Antonio, Adelino, Flavio, Rudy and Daniel Apodaca; sisters, Librada Garcia, Elvina Tafoya and Lala Desoisa; husband of 42 years, Arturo B. Armijo; daughter, Alberta Armijo; son, Julian Armijo; son-in-law, Frank Gonzales; and daughter-in-law, Josephine Armijo.
Rosenda is survived by her longtime partner of 12 years, Alex Torres; daughter, Maria Gonzales; sons, Joseph Armijo and wife, Gina, and Phillip Armijo; grandchildren, Joseph A. and wife, Kim, Iris, Vincent, Rosemarie, Alex, Julian, Christalyn and Joshua Armijo; great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Alexandra, Miranda Julian III, Josia, Jacob, Lilliana, Jarriuis Rico and Jordan; great-great-granddaughter, Jaylyn; sisters, Dolly Gonzales and Josie Gallegos; sister-in-law, Prescilla Apodaca. She is also survived by many loving family members.
All services will be held at Sangre de Cristo Parish in Valencia, beginning with a visitation at 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 18, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Valencia Catholic Cemetery.
Sign Rosenda’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Billy “Pat” Johnson
Billy “Pat” Johnson, age 64, a resident of Belen, passed away on July 11. He was a beloved father, papa and brother.
Mr. Johnson was born Aug. 5, 1947, in Portales, the son of late Ned and Sonny Johnson. He retired from the Albuquerque Police Department and enjoyed photography and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Saiz.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his two daughters, Christa Johnson and partner, Alton Lowe, Kimberly King and husband, Shawn; grandchildren, Chaylyn, Dalton and Samuel Tibbs, Olivia King, and Aiden and Brienne Lowe; two sisters, Sandra Eyman and husband, Chuck, Karla Morris and husband, Alfred; and his nephews and niece.
At his request there will not be a church service. The family will have a “celebration of life” in his honor at 4 p.m., Sunday, July 22. Please send an email to email@example.com (subject: celebration) for directions.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.