Armida Puentes

Our beloved, beautiful wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend, Armida Ortega Puentes, 46, entered eternal rest with her Lord on Sunday June 8, 2014. Armida was born on December 29, 1967 in Porvenir, Chihuahua, Mexico to Fernando and Ana Maria Lujan Ortega. Armida was truly one of a kind. She was a beautiful person inside and out, always full of energy and the life of the party wherever she went. She was friends with everyone she met and always knew how to bring a smile to their faces. Her charisma was hard to ignore with her gorgeous smile, amusing jokes, and honest, caring sense of service. She made everyone around her feel special and close to her. She attended Las Cruces High School and met the love of her life and several everlasting friends. Armida was very talented and athletic playing volleyball, basketball, and softball for the Bulldawgs during her time there. On June 25, 1988 she married her high school sweetheart Fernando Puentes and later gave life to two beautiful girls, Victoria and Gabriella. Armida was a selfless woman and mother and did everything to support her daughters in whatever they needed. She sacrificed herself financially to ensure her daughters would have the opportunities to play collegiate soccer and have a good education. All of this and never with complaint--Armida could often be heard gushing with pride over her precious children. Throughout the years Armida fostered several friendships among the soccer and softball community and was active in her Catholic faith at her church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Tortugas. She worked as a dental assistant for her wonderful employer Dale C. Brown, D.D.S for 24 years and built numerous close friendships through clients and coworkers. Family was always her first priority and she came from a tight-knit, large family. Her siblings were her greatest friends and she spent most of her time by their side. They were the ultimate partners in crime and shared many hours of laughter, craziness, companionship, and affection. She treated her nieces and nephews as though they were her own children and loved them dearly. She spent a lot of time traveling, not only for her daughters' games and events, but also to support the events of her community and family. She is survived by her loving husband Fernando Puentes and two beautiful daughters Victoria (25) and fiancé Chris Fidler, and Gabriella (19); her father Fernando Ortega; brothers Jesus Ortega, Fernando Ortega and wife Ruby; sisters Lupe Salinas and husband Tury, Rosa Ortega, Martha Nevarez and husband Freddy, Beatriz Ortega; and numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, and last but not least, her beloved dachshund Maddie Mae. She was preceded in death by her mother Ana Maria Lujan Ortega. Visitation for Armida will begin 6 PM Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3600 Parroquia Street in Tortugas, where the Prayer Vigil is scheduled for 7 PM. Family and friends will join together to celebrate the Funeral Mass at 10 AM Friday, June 13, 2014 in the same church with Reverend Vicente Peterson Celebrant. The Rite of Committal and Internment will follow in the Tortugas Cemetery where she will be laid to rest. Serving as casket bearers will be Fernando Ortega, III, Eric Nevarez, Richard Bertoldo, Jesus Manuel Ortega, Fernando Ortega, Jr. Mario Puentes, Ernesto Salinas, Lupe Duran and Louie Puentes. The Puentes Family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces. 527-2222. For online condolences logon to

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Baca's Funeral Chapels
300 East Boutz Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 527-2222

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 11, 2014