Julia MacDonald Alderete,70, of Las Cruces died Friday, September 21, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Elias "Notie" Alderete. Julia was born October 19, 1936 in Bournemouth, England to John Nicol and Elizabeth Beatrice Shanachie. Julia had retired from Mesilla Valley Hospice as a Registered Nurse. She attended Bournemouth College,the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and had done her residency at the prestigious Hammersmith Hospital, London.
Julia is survived by her three devoted children:Russell Alderete and Connie Nunez of Las Cruces,Mark Alderete of Albuquerque,Elizabeth Alderete and fiance Chris Obermeyer of San Francisco,CA;sisters Davina Nicol Pilgram of Shaftsburg,England,Patricia Nicol Gossett of Wimbourne,England;grandchildren Heather,Michael, and Anahy,great-granddaughter Alycia;and by many nieces,nephews and family members in England and the United States
A loving and compassionate professional, Julia's career as a registered nurse allowed her to touch many lives. As a hospice nurse, from which she retired, Julia bought respect and dignity to her patients and their families. She found much satisfaction in her work, dedicating her life to the care of others, enriching their lives during difficult times. She always made time for her family and friends, asking little and giving so much. Her gentle nature was reflected in the personal joy she found in her gardening and her fondness for roses. Julia will be deeply missed by her family, her loving friends and the many patient's families she tended in her life.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday September 27, 2007 at La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home garden. Her family ask that this be a time of rememberance and reflection of one so beloved. Always concerned for others, Julia had asked that donations be made to Mesilla Valley Hospice in lieu of flowers.
Arrangments have been entrusted to the care of La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home 555 West Amador Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005. To send condolences and sign the guest book visit www.lapaz-grahams.com