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OBITUARY: Delia Chavez

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Delia Chavez, 80, a longtime resident of Las Vegas, N.M., and later of Rio Rancho, N.M., went to be with our Lord on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at BeeHive Homes in Bernalillo, N.M., after battling cancer for several years.

Delia was born Sept. 28, 1938, in Las Vegas, N.M. She was preceded in death by her parents, Apolonio and Lena Duran and a sister, Agnes “Nay” Ramos.

She is survived by her husband, Lorenzo “Larry” Chavez; three children, Larry (Rose) Chavez, Jeannette (Gary) Tripp and Gary (Noel) Chavez; seven grandchildren, Larry (KariAnn), Orlando (Diana) and Lawrence Chavez, Hilaree (Joseph) Levi, Delia Ann (Randy) Hayden, Gayle (Andrew) Aho and Jennifer Gonzales; eight great-grandchildren, Jordan, Lauren, Eriq and Landon Chavez, Dylan and Matthis Hayden, Shea Aho and Cameron Levi; five brothers, Donald, Joe (Bobbi), Henry (Theresa), Tommy (Harriett) and Dennis (Koko) Duran; and three sisters, Dolores (Stu) Ahrens, Viola (Willie) Welter and Margaret (Elmo) Maes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Delia graduated from Immaculate Conception “IC” High School and received her bachelor’s degree in education from New Mexico Highlands University. She taught at various schools within the Las Vegas City Schools and the Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools.

She retired from education while working with the Las Vegas City Schools in 1999 and moved to Rio Rancho, N.M., where her children reside.

Delia was an avid sports fan and supported her children and grandchildren all over the state at various competitions. She was a huge Lobo and Tony Snell fan.

Memorial services were under the direction of Daniels Funeral Home. Recitation of the most holy rosary was at 10 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian burial at 10:30, and a reception followed at noon on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho, N.M., with Monsignor Douglas A. Raun officiating.

Internment and family service of Delia’s remains were at Vista Verde Cemetery at 2:30. The family would like to thank the staff of BeeHive Homes in Bernalillo and Legacy Hospice for the amazing care and support to Delia.

Serving as honorary urn bearers are grandsons Larry, Orlando and Lawrence Chavez; Randy Hayden; and Andrew Aho, and great-grandson Jordan Chavez.

Daniels Family Funeral Services, Sara Chapel

4310 Sara Road SE

Rio Rancho, NM 87124