Obituary: Cleo Trujillo Martinez of El Rito

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Obituary: Cleo Trujillo Martinez of El Rito

Cleo Trujillo Martinez, a former resident of El Rito, Los Alamos and Santa Fe, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 24, 2015 at La Vida Hermosa in Santa Fe.

Cleo was born in Tierra Amarilla on June 4, 1919 to Encarnacion V. and Clemente Abel Trujillo. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Abel Trujillo Jr.; sister-in-law, Cloide; sister, Elosia Varoz; brother-in-law, Abedon Varoz; her first husband, Miguel A. Martinez and her second husband, Jose P. Martinez.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews whom she helped raise as well as many God children. Cleo graduated from St. Joseph’s College on the Rio Grande and then began her teaching career at the Placitas Elementary School in El Rito. She then taught first grade at Mountain Elementary School in Los Alamos for over 30 years. She belonged to the NM Educators Association and many other Education and Civic Organizations. She was a member of St. John’s Parish in Santa Fe and was an active member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Cleo was a loving sister, aunt, teacher and friend. She will be greatly missed and remembered by many.

Public visitation will begin on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory, with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, on 1301 Osage Ave. Santa Fe, NM, with a burial to follow at 2:15 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. 


The family of Cleo Trujillo Martinez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477 –