Christina G. Valdez, 89, a lifetime resident of Las Vegas passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
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She was born April 16, 1925 in Las Vegas to the late Evaristo and Magdalena Gallegos. Shortly thereafter moved to Santa Rosa, NM where she attended Public School and graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1943.
While attending New Mexico Highlands University she met her husband of 54 years, Joe P. Valdez who at the time was a Military Instructor at Fort Myers, Florida and at Camp Luna in Las Vegas, New Mexico. They were married on July 14, 1944.
Christina worked for many years at the First National Bank in Las Vegas and later transferred to the Bank in Las Cruces and the bank in Gallup. She also enjoyed a brief career with the Department of Human Services in McKinley County where she had an opportunity to work with disadvantaged families and was proud that she was able to assist families who were less fortunate.
Christina enjoyed taking pictures of all her family and always insisted that anyone not leave home without their cameras. She also enjoyed shopping and cooking for her entire family and would not allow anyone to leave her home without enjoying a meal. She will be remembered as a loving, generous and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and was instrumental to her entire family in sharing her faith and devotion to the Catholic Church.
She was a Roman Catholic and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.
Mrs. Christina Valdez was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joe. P. Valdez; her parents, Evaristo and Magdalena Gallegos; an infant son, Joseph; son, Paul; granddaughter, Elizabeth Dawson; brother, Evaristo Gallegos, Jr., and sister, Mary Sanchez.
She is survived by daughters, Vera Lujan and husband, Jose, and Mary Romero, all of Las Vegas; brother, Arthur Gallegos and wife, Esther; sister-in-law, Magdalena Gallegos of Santa Rosa; daughter-in-law, Barbara Atkinson of Mesa, Ariz.; grandchildren, Edith Trujillo, Etta Bustos and husband, Don, Christina Sena and husband, Peter, Joseph Lujan and wife, Anna, James Valdez, Janea Varela and husband, Bobby, Justina Begay and Andrea Gabaldon and husband, Ryan; and 30 great-great-grandchildren.
Rosary services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church with funeral services following the rosary with Father George V. Salazar as celebrant. Serving as casket bearers will be: Peter Sena, Jr., Miguel Sena, David Trujillo, James Valdez, Paul Valdez and Dennis Gallegos. Cremation will follow after mass and burial of cremains will be held at a later date at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary.
Rogers Mortuary - Las Vegas
600 Reynolds Avenue Las Vegas, NM 87701
Published in Las Vegas Optic on May 21, 2014