Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Funeral Services for Betty Fiorina Today
Journal Staff Report
Services will be held today for Betty Fiorina, who served three terms as New Mexico secretary of state.
Gov. Bill Richardson has ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff through sundown Thursday in honor of Fiorina, a Santa Fe resident who was 90 when she died Feb. 25.
"Betty Fiorina had a long, successful career in state government; in fact, she was the first person to be elected New Mexico Secretary of State three times," reads a statement from the governor's office.
Fiorina, a Democrat, was Secretary of State for two two-year terms: 1959-1960 and 1961-1962. She served a four-year term from 1971-1974.
Fiorina began working for the state Legislature and was named deputy chief clerk for the House of Representatives in 1951, according to the governor's executive order. She was chief clerk of a state constitutional convention in the late 1960s. The state State Printing Office facility off Siringo Road in Santa Fe was named in her honor.
"She has done so many wonderful things for this community that it's hard to sum it all up," said Riesha Fiorina, a granddaughter. "She was definitely a huge advocate ... for women's rights and animal rights."
One of the things Riesha Fiorina remembers most about her grandmother was how she would pick up or take in stray animals. "And I think all of the family members, her sons and her grandchildren, have acquired that compassion," she said. "She was very generous and selfless and giving. She taught us how to live not for ourselves, but for others."
Betty Fiorina stressed to Riesha Forina that she be independent, educated and that she stand up for herself as a woman. "One of the reasons that she did want to get involved in politics is to increase women's rights in our community," Riesha Fiorina said.
The governor stated in his executive order: "Betty Fiorina's love for politics along with her service and dedication to New Mexico will always be remembered."
Fiorina suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Calvary Chapel Santa Fe, 2520 Camino Entrada, off of Cerrillos Road. Burial will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward.
Fiorina was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Fiorina. Her survivors include her sons, Tom and his wife, Caryn; Gary and his wife, Roberta; grandchildren, Riesha Fiorina, Anthony Joseph Fiorina II, Matthew Fiorina and Chanet Fiorina; great-grandchildren, Gary Thomas and Micah, and many other relatives and friends.