Emma Blea

Emma "Emmy" Blea, 78, of Las Cruces, N.M., entered God's Kingdom on Feb. 10, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M., surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Jan. 17, 1936, in Tucumcari, N.M., to Leonarda (Sena) and Emiterio "Jose" Blea. She was the younger of two daughters. Emma, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, graduated from Artesia High School in 1954 and settled with her family in Las Cruces in 1956. Emma worked as a secretary and office manager for State Finance Company, where she remained for 20 years. She later worked for ITT Finance and Moy Surveying, retiring at age 65. She was a devoted daughter and sister, and a loving mother, friend and neighbor. Kind and generous and always willing to share her opinion or provide a helping hand, she never met a stranger. Emma is preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, sister (Maria "Erma" Blea), several family members and close friends. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Blea, her niece, Melissa (Gary) Tankesly, great-nieces Megan and Briana Tankesly, great-great nephew Abel Medema, her dog Napoleon, and many beloved cousins, aunts, and family friends. A rosary will be held Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at 7 p.m. at La Paz – Graham's Funeral Home, 555 W. Amador Ave. in Las Cruces. The funeral Mass will be presided over by the Very Rev. Richard Catanach at the Basilica of San Albino, 2280 Calle Principal, Mesilla, N.M., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. Family and friends will gather for fellowship following the service at San Albino's Parish Hall. She will be laid to rest alongside her parents at San Jose Cemetery in a private ceremony. The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and support in many heartfelt forms, including prayers, visits and random acts of kindness during her long illness. The family is especially thankful to the staff at Rust Presbyterian/Kaseman Hospice for their care and to her extraordinary friends and neighbors that filled her life with joy and happiness. She will be missed deeply by all who knew and loved her. "May God grant you always a sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering angel so nothing can harm you, laughter to cheer you and whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you." -- An Irish Blessing.

Funeral Home

La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home - Las Cruces
555 West Amador  Las Cruces, NM 88005
575-526-6891

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 20, 2014