by Staff Reporter / Jan 09, 2018 / comments


The obituaries for Virginia V. (Gallegos), Lorraine S. Serna, Robert E. Valdez, Carol Renay Griffis and Roy P. Martinez have been provided by the respective funeral homes or family members. Please read on for full details.


Virginia V. (Gallegos) of Española

Virginia V. (Gallegos), 89, a resident of Española, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018, surrounded by her family. 

Virginia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Solomon & Benita Valdez; brothers, Solomon Jr. and Don Valdez; sister, Phyllis Gomez (Feliciano); mother/father-in-law, Santiago & Anastica Gallegos; brothers/sisters-in-law, Clovis (Sarah), Santiago Jr., Willie (Tillie) Ralph, Robert (Bernie) Manuel Manzanares, Alfonso (Inez) & Jimmy Gallegos; grandchildren, Donnie Gallegos, Debbie Gallegos and Freddie Maestas. 

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Filemon Gallegos; daughter, Dolores Romero (Rudy) of Chimayo; sons, Philip and Donald Gallegos of Española; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.  Her surviving siblings; Luis Valdez (Edna) of Española and Bernardo Valdez of Denver, Colorado; in-laws, Rose Gallegos of Santa Fe, and Mike Gallegos (Barbara) of Murano, LA, & Perscilla Gallegos of Albuquerque. 

She loved her family.  Her amazing spirit and love of God was her mark.  She was our spiritual person.  She belonged to the Coro of the Sagrada Familia and was in the Cursillo of Sacred Heart Parish.  She enjoyed going out to the Casinos.  She worked at what was once the Balarney Stone Restaurant, Tewa Lanes Snack Bar, and Peoples Department Store in Española.  She was an Educational Assistant for the Española Public Schools when she retired. 

A wake service will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory.  Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Española. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Catholic cemetery. 

Serving the family as pallbearers are, Lee Romero, Brandon Olivas, Shawn & Jarried Gallegos, George Valdez, Bernie Garcia, and Robert Gallegos.  Honorary pallbearers are: Meryssa Romero, Jayden Olivas, Louis & Ernie Gallegos, God-children, Bernie Garcia, Eloy Manzanares, Dolores Balkey, Lucinda Manzanares, Susan Jo St. Louis and Connie Manzanares. 

The family of Maria Virginia V. Gallegos has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.


Lorraine S. Serna of Upper San Pedro

Lorraine S. Serna, 76, a resident of Upper San Pedro, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on January 5, 2018.  Lorraine was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Narciso and Victoriana Serrano; maternal grandparents Cruz and Lala Jaramillo; father, Henry Serrano, Sr.; mother, RoseMarie Serrano; mother-in-law, Carlota Serna; father in-law, Adelaido Serna; brother, Henry Serrano, Jr.; sister in-law, Evila Serrano; brother in-laws, Arthur Serna and Danny Serna; sister in-law, Jeanette Serna; brother in-law, Sam Alderete; niece, Selin Alderete; aunt Helen Jimenez and husband Benny; aunt Sally Lea and husband Benny; uncle Pete Jaramillo and wife Pauline.

Lorraine is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Lalo A. Serna; son Leon Serna and fiancé Joanne Curran; son Loren A. Serna and wife Lori Serna; beloved grandchildren, Cory Andrew Serna and Lainie Marie Serna; sister Lydia Ortiz and husband Tom; sister Patricia Herrera and husband Chris; brother Gilbert Serrano and wife Carmen; brother Jimmy Serrano and companion Patricia; sister Jeanie Padilla; sister in-laws Sally Alderete, Annabelle Serna, Laverne Trujillo and husband George, brother in-law Nick Serna and wife Lola; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Lorraine was employed by the Jemez Mountain Coop. for 22 years.  She enjoyed her retirement as an avid runner and bowler as she participated in numerous competitive events.  She enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in sporting events while cheering on and supporting the St. Michael’s Horsemen.  She was a devoted Catholic and loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to many.  Lorraine was an especially devoted and loving mother to her sons, Loren and Leon Serna, as she always supported them and their families with their endeavors.

The family extends their utmost gratitude to the following individuals for their excellent support and loving, knowledgeable care of Lorraine:  Carmen De Alva, Aracely Grimaldi, Patsy Herrera and Ambercare staff to include Merriah Pizzanno, Virginia Sanchez, Huisan Kim, Gracie Haws, Devona Naranjo, Nancy Dominguez, Janice Trujillo and Diane Batista.

A rosary will be recited on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz with a Memorial Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. 

The family of Lorraine S. Serna has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 


Robert E. Valdez of Chimayo

Robert E. Valdez, a current resident of Chimayo, formerly of El Rito, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018 of a sudden medical episode that occurred on Thursday, January 4, 2018 during an auto accident.

Robert was born on August 16, 1946, the eldest child of Margarito Celestino Valdez and Ascension Valdez. He later was joined by 3 brothers and 2 sisters. On December 31, 1991, he joined in holy matrimony with his wife, Angelina (Angie) Armijo Valdez.

Robert is survived by his wife, Angie; mother Ascension Valdez; two devoted sisters, Mildred Valdez and Connie Valdez; his daughters, Angeline (Angie) Martinez and husband Derwin Martinez; Caroline (Carol) Valdez and her significant other, Fernando Andrade; and Margarita DelaRosa and husband, Alejandro (Lalo) DelaRosa; a sister-in-law, Viola Chavez; a Godson who he loved to eternity and back Alejandro Martinez; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and one on the way; and his fur babies, Lili, Mia and Tiger.

Robert was preceded in death by his father, Margarito Celestino Valdez; brothers, baby Jerry Valdez, Jerry Valdez and Margarito Benny Valdez by his father in law Flavio M. Armijo and his mother in law Josefina M. Armijo; by his paternal grandparents Salvador Valdez and Beneranda Valdez; maternal grandparents, Silviano Martinez and Gregorita Martinez; a close and loving brother in law Ernesto M. Chavez; a loving nephew Danny Chavez; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Robert was drafted into the United States Army at the age of 18. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He came home having received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle, along with several other medals. He was very proud of being in the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles and, that he was a gunner on a Huey. That’s where he honed in on his shooting skills. He joined the New Mexico Army National Guard and served there for 20 years, also earning medals and commendations. Robert worked with the Department of Energy as a Security Police Officer and with the Los Alamos Fire Department. He returned to the Security force and left on October 2005. Robert then started attending the Spanish Colonial Woodworking class until the class shut down in El Rito. Robert was very talented and humble with his work. Robert and Angie became donors for the McCurdy School gala and the Holy Cross Catholic Church gala. Robert with his furniture and Angie with her retablos on boards Robert carved for her. Something he loved doing. Robert was a quiet man, but when he spoke you better listen. Robert was truly a man of his word and never said no when asked for help. His devotion to his mother and wife was over the top. When his wife’s physical health started dwindling, he became her caregiver with lots of love, attention and devotion.

Public Visitation will begin on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Peace of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory, with a rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the San Juan Nepomuceno Catholic Church in El Rito, with a burial to follow at 2:15 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Robert’s pallbearers will be his friends from the National Guard, Floyd Martinez and James (Jamie) Martinez; his hunting buddy, Levie Archuleta; two grandsons, Nathan Montoya and Isaac Martinez and his Godson, Alejandro Martinez. The eulogy will be given by cousin Paul Fresquez, honorary pallbearers are Gabriel Montoya Jr., Nicholas Martinez, Marcus Montoya, Francisco Montoya, Amanda Aragon, Carmela Miller Martinez, Kassandra Martinez, Aiden DelaRosa, and Addison DelaRosa.

The family of Robert E. Valdez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.


Carol Renay Griffis of Youngsville

Carol Renay Griffis, 53, a resident of Youngsville was called to heaven on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 with her husband and daughter by her side as she battled an illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carol Jean and Charles Glennis Griffis; brother, Terry Griffis.

Renay was born on February 10, 1964 in Century, Florida where she was born and raised, and where she had a spent most her life until she met her lover Brian and began to travel the States together. Renay was a high school graduate the year of 1983 in Escambia, Century FL. Renay worked most of her life at different places and different cities as she traveled the States around with Brian. About 4 years ago back in 2013 she became disabled and was no longer able to work. Renay was a loving woman and had many friends from all over she loved to cook her cagian style food and they were the best foods too. There are so many memories still left of her and will remain in our hearts forever.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Brian Barela (Her Tinman), daughter, Brittney Storm Griffis (Estevan Montoya), son, Ricky Robbins; mother-in-law, Delight Barela, father-in-law, Isauro Barela; and of course, her doggy Chuey; niece, April Colfield; great-aunt, Jean Clark and many more family and friends from Florida to Coyote. 

Public Visitation will begin on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in Chapel of Peace of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory, with a burial to follow at 12:00 p.m. at the Coyote Cemetery. 

Serving the family as pallbearers are Estevan Montoya, Ray Jacquez, Vidas Garcia, Andrew, Justin Garcia and James Barela.

The family of Carol Renay Griffis has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.


Roy P. Martinez of Chimayo

Roy P. Martinez, from Chimayo, Age 59, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018, from a short illness in Santa Fe, NM. He was a fun, happy, and free spirited man. He adored his family and the outdoors. He loved to sing, dance, and play guitar. He also had a very special relationship with his Great Niece Mariyanah. He spent a lot time helping his family in any way he could, as his love for his family had no limits.  He had a great personality and would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need.

He is preceded in death by his father, Melaquias Martinez; his sister, Debbie Trujillo & his brother, Ray Martinez. His maternal grandparents, Cordilia and Israel Sandoval; his paternal grandparents, Patricio and Juanita Martinez.

He is survived by his daughter, Jermaine Martinez (Matt) & mother of his daughter, Brenda Jaramillo, his mother, Benina Martinez; brother, Larry Martinez (Yvette); sisters, Marylou Sandoval (Corpi), Sharon Martinez (Dennis) and Jeannette Martinez (Tony); Godchildren, Sheryl A. Baca and Shawn Martinez; nephews and nieces, Joshua & wife Jamie, Michelle, Melannie, Stephanie, Sheryl & husband Abraham, Dillon, Jonathan, Ryan, Leo, and many other aunts, uncles, great nephews & nieces and other loved relatives and friends. 

Public visitation was Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory with a rosary at 2:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Chimayo, with a burial at Nuestra Señora de Dolores Cemetery in Chimayo.

Serving the family as pallbearers was Joshua Martinez, Dillon Martinez, Dennis Salazar, Tony Martinez, Miguel Lopez, & Darrell Roybal.

The family of Roy P. Martinez has entrusted the care of their loved one the DeVargas Funeral Home of the Espanola Valley.