Manuelita ""Macie"" (Dominguez) Rogers(1948 - 2014)

Manuelita "Macie" Dominguez Rogers, 65, a resident of Las Vegas went home with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. She died in the loving arms of her family at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

Macie was born April 30, 1948, to the late Eddie Dominguez and Julia Baros Dominguez. She was the eldest of seven siblings. She grew up in the family business of El Alto Super Club, the famous steak house up on the hill that was in operation from 1940 to 2002. Here is where she learned the value of giving, and she practiced it all the days of her life. She was known for having her famous birthday parties with more than 500 children in attendance. The gifts from those parties were always saved for Christmas; her father, Eddie, would dress as Santa Claus and distribute them to all the needy children in the area. After her father passed away in 1966, Macie became her mother's right hand in operating the business and raising her six siblings.

She graduated from Robertson High School in 1966. She later attended New Mexico Highlands University. During this time she was a secretary at Rogers Mortuary. In 1980 she began her journey with the Kmart Corporation as a personnel manager and stayed with them up until the doors closed in 1994. Here she gave many young people a chance at starting their professional careers as they attended the local university. In 1994 she started with San Miguel County. While she worked for the county, she also took a side job as a treatment guardian for the mentally ill for the State of New Mexico. Here she had one of the largest patient loads and would make the time and effort to visit each and every one of her clients and their families to determine the best outcome for the patient. In 1996, she started her journey with the 4th Judicial District Court; she later became the Court Administrator. She was forced to retire in 2005 due to many health issues.

Macie had two children; she had a special relationship with both. Her son Bobby, was the heart and strength of her as her daughter Amanda was the knowledge and spirit. She was a beautiful lady with impeccable taste and style. She enjoyed a variety of activities such as reading, fishing, boating, painting, biking, holding yard sales with the grandchildren, traveling, music and spending time with her family.

She was also known for being a big Star Trek fan. She was always helping others in need. Even when she was most ill she was always thinking about others. She often assisted many of the older people in the community with buying their groceries and taking it to them. She would never turn down a soul who needed help.

After her long fight with cancer, she came to have many friends whom she encountered at the Santa Fe Oncology unit. Here she would have the whole treatment room filled with a loud roar of laughter after she arrived. She had one of the most contagious laughs that would ring throughout the area. Through her pain and misery she always found something to smile about. She was a very charming, witty, compassionate, loyal and charismatic individual who poured her whole life into serving and uplifting others. She was a great pillar of strength for many.

She was preceded in death by her parents Adolfo "Eddie" Dominguez and Julia Baros Dominguez; brother: Adolfo Dominguez; sister: Pearl Page; nieces: Juliette and Amor Dominguez; brother-in-law: Persali Safi.

She is survived by her son: Bob J. Rogers and wife, Michele; daughter: Amanda Vigil, all of Las Vegas; grandchildren: Amber Martinez, Tamara Rogers, Devon Rogers, Bobbi Rogers, Zachary Archuleta, Josiah Archuleta and Mateja Vigil; sisters: Charlene Martinez and husband, George, of Las Vegas; Amor Safi of Fairfax Station, Va.; Estrellita Dominguez and Tana Dominguez all of Rio Rancho; special longtime friends include Loretta Lopez, Austin Almanzar, Mike and Joann Almanzar, Yolanda Yeaman and Florence Smith. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Rosary services will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas, with funeral services to follow the Rosary with Father Douglas Mitchell as Celebrant. Mike and Joann Almanzar will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow at the family plot in the San Jose Cemetery in Las Vegas.

Please visit our website: www.rogersmortuarynm.com to sign the online register book.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary, 600 Reynolds Ave. Las Vegas, 1-800-479-3511 or 505-425-3511.

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Rogers Mortuary - Las Vegas
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Feb. 10, 2014