Maria Elena "Helen" Naranjo

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Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on his gentle breast, there by his love over shaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.
The most loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, Helen, passed into the arms of the Lord on April 22, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's and heart disease. Originally from Chimayo, Helen came to Los Alamos in 1947 where she worked for the Atomic Energy Commission. There she met her husband, Gilbert, and they were married in 1954 sharing the next 59 years together. Helen was preceded in death by brother Leo Martinez and sister Lydia Stone; she is survived by her loving husband, sons Mark and wife Dianna, Richard and wife Kelly, Albert and wife Bernadette, daughters Christina Reichelt and husband Steve, Maria Elena "Laina" Livingston and husband Dave; sisters Tillie Gonzales, Josie Martinez, Rita Apel and husband Charles, Zoraida Martinez, Mickie Medina and husband Dan, and brother Anthony Martinez; sisters-in-law Flora Miakos, Mary Ann Armijo and husband Ted, brother-in-law Carl Naranjo and wife Fedelina and their families; grandchildren Leah Pierce, Eve Phillips, Charlie Craig, Michael Naranjo, Deborah Englert, and husband Matt, Matthew Naranjo, Jennifer Naranjo, Dianna Durkin and husband Danny (great-grandson Owen), Alyssa Livingston, Evan Livingston, thirteen other great-grandchildren, many nephews, nieces and friends.
A rosary will be recited at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos at 9:00 a.m April 27, 2013 followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:00. A celebration of her life will be held at the IHM parish Hall immediately following the Mass. A private interment will be held at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe at a later date.
The family wishes to express a very special and heartfelt thanks for the excellent and loving care provided by Antonio and Rafaela as well as the Los Alamos visiting nurse Hospice team, especially Debbie Storms.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. Part of us went with you the day God took you home. In life we loved you dearly; in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a special place no one will ever fill.
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2013
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