Esther G. Langley, 76, and lifelong resident of La Loma, N.M., passed away at her home on Oct. 1, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.
Esther is preceded in death by her husband, John A. Langley; her parents, Corciño and Andrellita Garcia; brother, George Garcia; daughter, Darlene Lucero; grandson, Leroy J. Lucero and great-grandson, John G. Lucero.
She is survived by her daughters, Maxine Langley and Pauline Langley Lucero and son-in-law, Anthony Lucero; two granddaughters, whom Esther raised as her own daughters: Judith M. Baca and RubyAnn M. Gomez; in addition, she is survived by 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Isidro Garcia and wife Agneda, of Los Lunas and Horacio Garcia, of Anton Chico; two sisters, Virginia and husband Carlos Aragon, of Albuquerque and Nora Sena of Albuquerque, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Esther did a lot for the Anton Chico community and she was well-known. She was a member of the Eastern Plains Community Action Agency. Esther and her late husband John were involved with the Head Start program and were also involved in ensuring that the Health Centers remained opened to serve the people of Guadalupe County.
They spent many years at the New Mexico Legislature fighting for issues that helped the Valley of Anton Chico and neighboring communities.
Services will be held as follows: a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on on Wednesday at the San Jose Catholic Church in Anton Chico. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday also at the San Jose Catholic Church in Anton Chico. Interment will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Dilia. Serving as pallbearers are: Steve Aragon, Julian Garcia, Kenneth Langley, Dennis Aragon, Leonard Claps and George Garcia.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home; 801 Douglas Ave., Las Vegas, 425-6551.
For online condolences, visit www.nelsonfuneralhomelv.com.