Lydia Chavez-Valdez passed away peacefully at home with her family, after 90 amazing years of life. She was born Jan. 5, 1924, to Toribrio and Cresencia Archuleta in Los Archuleta. She was the 10th child born out of 15 children.
Lydia met the love of her life, Silvanito Chavez, and they were married in August of 1946. Soon after they were married, Lydia and her new husband even spent time in
New York state, where he was stationed in the U.S. Army. This union produced four children, three sons and a daughter, Larry Chavez, Monica Chavez, Norman Chavez and Mark Chavez.
Her children blessed her with 11 grandchildren, Jared Chavez, Neil Chavez, Mikeal Chavez, Summer Chavez, Leilani Chavez, Michelle Chavez, Dana Chavez,
Nicole Chavez, Chandra Chavez, Shay Chavez and Jakob Chavez. Lydia also had nine great-grandchildren.
Lydia and Silvanito had an entrepreneurial spirit, working together as school bus contractors, ranchers and farmers. Together, they worked through many trials and
tribulations which come with being business owners and raising a family. She and Silvanito took many camping trips throughout the southwest and Mexico.
Lydia loved working in the garden, working in her yard and spending time outdoors. Lydia and Silvanito had 42 wonderful years together before his death in 1988.
After Silvanito's death, Lydia found love again with Pete Valdez, and they were married in February of 1990. Lydia was accepted into a loving new family that included 11
sons and daughters and a multitude of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lydia's loving new family became a large part of her life, and she was very proud to become
a part of theirs. Lydia and Pete were both retirees and enjoyed traveling, playing cards with friends and spending time with their families. Lydia spent 14 great
years with Pete before his death in 2004.
Lydia and her family would like to send out a gracious thanks to all of Lydia's caregivers and Northwest New Mexico Hospice services.
Lydia is proceeded in death by her mother and father; her husbands, Silvanito Chavez and Pete Valdez; her sisters, Cleophes, Lupe, Envangilia and Elena; and her brothers,
Lugardo, Joe B.(Satch), Pablo, Benito, Antanacio and Thomas Archuleta.
She is survived by her four children; many nieces and nephews; and her two brothers, Max and Gene Archuleta.
A rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 29, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, off U.S. Highway 64 in Blanco.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 30, also at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Blanco.
Her pallbearers are Larry Chavez, Norman Chavez, Mark Chavez, Mikeal Chavez, Dana Chavez and Jakob Chavez.
Lydia's care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St. in Farmington, 505-327-5142. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Cope Memorial Chapel
404 West Arrington Street
Farmington, NM 87401
Published in Farmington Daily Times from June 27 to July 8, 2014