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CANDELARIA -- Neome Candelaria was born on December 5, 1928 to Ramona and Felipe Gutierrez. She lived for a time with her grandparents Felicita and Sisto Baca and her aunt Margaret Baca. She was a life-long resident of Los Griegos and Los Candelarias. She met Samuel Candelaria, the love of her life, in grade school. After Samuel's return from military service during World War II, he and Neome attended and graduated together from Albuquerque High School. They married October 7, 1946. They lived briefly in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and Kansas City, Kansas. Neome and Samuel enjoyed traveling abroad as well as in the United States. They traveled in Mexico and Europe, returning many times to France to visit friends. Neome was a devoted wife and mother of eight children to whom she dedicated her life. She belonged to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish where she served in a number of ministries for much of her life. She and Samuel were sponsors for many couples in the Pre-Cana Program. Neome and Samuel also participated in weekly bible study groups. She belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society and the St. Vincent De Paul Society. She participated in the Senior Citizens program at the parish. Neome was a catechism teacher in the Religious Education program for many years and for which she was awarded the Saint Francis of Assisi Catechetical Award by Archbishop Sheehan. Neome was a member of the Sunshine Girls and helped to make baptismal garments for newborns. Her enduring faith in God was an inspiration to all who knew her. Neome also worked for many years and retired as an Educational Assistant in the Bilingual Program for Albuquerque Public Schools, first at Valle Vista Elementary School, and later Cochiti Elementary School. She is survived by her brothers, Candido Gutierrez and wife Pauline, Walter Gutierrez and wife Barbara, Sara Gutierrez, widow of Horacio Gutierrez and Jose L. Gutierrez and their families. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Edward Paul; her husband, Samuel; and her brother, Horacio Gutierrez. She is survived by seven children, Christina Candelaria, Candice Demar and husband Daniel, Samuel Candelaria and wife Marcella, Carol Ann Candelaria and husband Nick Fillah, Patrick Candelaria and wife Diana, Mary Hartley and husband Van, Consuelo Barry and husband Kevin. Her beloved grandchildren who survive her are Santiago Gutierrez and wife Carolyn, Danielle Carrillo and husband Brian, Catherine Lujan and husband Dax, Elizabeth DeMar, Nathaniel DeMar, Sara Tuey and husband Vinson, Gabriel Candelaria, Jared Candelaria, Rosanne Candelaria, Armando Candelaria, Dustin Hartley, Capree Hartley, Samuel Barry and Liam Barry and great grandson, Riker Lujan. The Rosary will take place Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1860 Griegos Rd. NW. The Funeral Mass will also be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 9, 2009. Interment will follow the Mass in Santa Fe at the National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Serving as pallbearers will be Mark Gutierrez, Gabriel Candelaria, Nathan DeMar, Armando Candelaria, Dustin Hartley, and Jared Candelaria. Honorary pallbearers will be Santiago Gutierrez, Samuel Barry and Liam Barry. There will be a reception following interment from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Duranes Church hall at the corner of Los Anayas and Los Luceros roads. The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to all our family and dear friends for their love and support. We especially want to thank Deacon Jim Delgado for his kindness, and Mary Frances Reza for her help in planning the music and the services. We also thank mothers caregivers for their devotion and companionship. Neome was a gracious and generous friend to all. She saw the good in everyone and supported her family in all their endeavors. We shall miss her. Mom we love you. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. " John 3:16 Arrangements by: Salazar & Sons Mortuary 400 Third St. SW (505) 247-4124 www.salazarandsons.com
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