Verne Gay (Valverde) Gonzales(1923 - 2013)

Verne Gay (Valverde) Gonzales, 90, of Las Vegas, passed away on July 14, 2013 in Santa Fe, following several medical complications.

She was preceded in death by her father, Patricio Valverde Sr.; mother, Amy Valverde; brothers, Pat Valverde Jr., and Elvin
Valverde; sisters, Doris Medina and Marcella Fratzola.

Verne was born in Trementina on April 28, 1923 and married Albert I. Gonzales with whom she spent the past 70 years. Verne went to school in Holman, was a graduate of Robertson High School and later attended New Mexico Highlands University. She was employed by Shillinglaw Fuel Company, Gamble's, New Mexico Selling Company in Albuquerque, First National Bank of Las Vegas and the Bank of New Mexico.

In between those jobs, she spent time in her most demanding job, raising five children and helping Albert with the family ranch. She rode horses, was an avid fisherman, spent many years camping and loved to travel.

She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas.

She is survived by her husband, Albert of Las Vegas; son, Gayther Gonzales and wife, Susan, of Tesuque; daughters, June Stallsmith and husband, Roy, of Moriarty, Beverly Molo and husband, Remigio, of Albuquerque, Jeannette Louis and husband, Melton, of Hobbema, Alberta Canada and Karlene Martinez and husband, John, of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Tyrell and Kelsey Molo, Justin and Jason Louis, JP, Victor and Jolene Martinez; and one great-granddaughter, Ava Martinez. She is also survived by three sisters, Leota Romero of Cimarron, Edna Valverde Fowler of Albuquerque and Irma Peter of Montal, Calif.

Verne was laid to rest on Friday, July 19 at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on July 26, 2013