Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico May 3, 1926, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, July 1, 2013.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Jose M. "Mitzie" Ulibarri; her parents, Maria S. and Modesto Booth and mother and father-in-law, Gregorita and Napoleon Ulibarri. She was also preceded in death by son-in-law, Harry Christiansen, and daughters-in-law, Helen Suina, Judy Lucas and Barbara Ulibarri.
Gloria is survived by her children, Michael Ulibarri (Karen), Joseph Ulibarri (Michelle), Elizabeth Christiansen, Richard Ulibarri (Diana) and Theresa Ulibarri (Kevin). With many loving grandchildren, Mateo (Felicia), Reyna (Dylan), Sarah (Sue), Benjamin, Mario (Keri), Christina, Steven and Marcus and four energetic great-grandchildren: Lia, Haize, Mateo and Jasper not to mention her therapy grand dog, Rosa Bella "Rosie."
Our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend graduated from New Mexico Highlands University High School and began her nursing education at Charity Hospital in Shreveport Louisiana in 1944. As a registered nurse she returned to Las Vegas, and married Mitzie, began a family and established her nursing career.
As a dedicated nurse her career spanned 45 years working as a psychiatric nurse at The State Hospital in Las Vegas, obstetric nurse at The Las Vegas Hospital and Los Alamos Medical Center, then head nurse on the Obstetric Ward at St. Vincent Hospital, and was Director of Nursing at Maternal and Child Health Center. Her final position was working in the Employee Health Office at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, retiring in 1992.
Gloria was a strong advocate in her husband's professional photography career and she was recognized with the prestigious Professional Photographers Association of America's National Award for Meritorious Contributions to Professional Photography.
Most importantly Gloria was the matriarch of a strong, loving family and extended family and she will be missed by all.
We would like to thank her care givers and staff from PMS Hospice, especially Dr. David Gonzales, nurses P.J. and Lori and the Flower Angels. Your kindness and compassion in caring for our mother was greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.
A special thank you to our family friend, Sister Emelia Atencio who's kind words, and calming spirit provided our mother with much needed peace in her final days.
Pallbearers include: grandchildren, Mateo, Sarah, Benjamin, Mario, Steven, and Marcus.
Please join the family to celebrate her life.
Services are under the Direction of Berardinelli Funeral Home.
Rosary Monday, July 7th at 7 p.m. at Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community (SMDLP)
Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday July 8th at 10 a.m. Also at SMDLP, Burial at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45 p.m. Reception at SMDLP Social Hall