Manuela"Nellie" Valdez, 93, born April 8, 1906 to Manuel and Refugio Nevarez of Las Cruces, passed away Sunday, October 17, 1999. She is survived by her children, Arthur Valdez and wife, Betti of Dominican Republic, Martin Valdez and daughter, Bobbie Rivera, both of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Elaine Breen and husband, Larry, Rudy Rivera and wife, Georgia, all of Albuquerque, Valoree Lebron and husband, Ricardo, Valinda Valdez, John Valdez, all of the Dominican Republic, Robert Valdez of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Tom Valdez and wife, Claudia of Atlanta, GA, David Valdez and wife, Cindy of South Lake, TX, Teresa Martin and husband, Billy of Ft. Worth, TX and Vicky Rohana and husband, Salem of Jerusalem, Israel; 16 very special great-grandchildren; numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Valdez; and ten brothers and sisters. Mrs. Valdez was a devout Catholic and a member of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church and the Queen of Heaven choir. She was involved in many church organizations including Catholic Daughters of America, Altar Society, Eucharistic League of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacred Heart League. She was a true trooper who survived breast cancer and a hospital stay for spinal meningitis. Always a welcoming hostess, she was a true example of a woman after God's heart. Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, 10:00 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5310 Claremont NE, with Father Johnny Lee Chavez and Deacon Pilar Garcia, Celebrants. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
Published on: Thu October 21, 1999