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Maria (Garcia) Leyba


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Maria (Garcia) Leyba Obituary
Maria Garcia Leyba passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, October 14, 2018, after an extended illness. Maria was born October 6, 1965, in Tucumcari, N.M., to Candido and Mary (Rivera) Garcia. She graduated from Tucumcari High School in 1983 and Eastern New Mexico University in 1997 with a degree in Paralegal Studies. She also held numerous certifications in Administrative Assistant, and Information Technologies.
Maria is survived by her husband Valentin Leyba, her children David Apodaca (Katie Henderson) of Tucumcari, Adrianna Apodaca (Dominick Ortiz), and Miranda (William) Archuleta of Tucumcari and the grandson she and her husband raised Jesus Apodaca. Her sisters Roxanne (Garcia) Toscano of Bryan, Tx. And Donna M. Garcia of Tucumcari. She is proceeded in death by her parents Candido and Mary, one child Tuesday Sharon Apodaca, her brother-in-law Laban Toscano, her nephew Manuel Toscano, her grandparents Manuel and Delores Garcia, Secundino and Trinidad Rivera, and many aunts and uncles, and cousins.
Maria held numerous positions in the Artesia area where she lived most of her adult life and raised her family. She worked as a paralegal for Kevin Hanratty Law Firm, a Coordinator for Job Corp, A Coordinator for Door of Opportunity Center, A Medical Clerk for Children's Medical Services in Eddy County, and ending her career with Quality Inn in Tucumcari after moving here to help care for her parents.
Maria was a life-long Democrat serving as a member of the Democratic Electoral College for the state of New Mexico in 2008. She attended convention every year until she was too sick to do so anymore. She also was a blogger and was a member of the Lost Souls blog on the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Rosary for Maria Garcia Leyba will be help at Saint Anne's Catholic Church in Tucumcari, NM, on Sunday October 21, 2018, at 7:30 pm. Mass of the resurrection will be help on Monday, October 22, 2018, at 10 am with Father JohnPaul.
Pall bearers for Mrs. Leyba will be: Micheal Rivera, Daniel Perez, Pete Vargas, Mucio Apodaca, Larissa Anaya, Anthony (Bam Bam) Kent, Joey Martinez, and Abel Vargas.
Honorary Pall Bearers are her grandchildren: Jesus (Chuey) Apodaca, Luis Gutierrez, Johnny Blackmon III, David Aragon, Nathaniel Womack, Juliette Apodaca, Michael Ortiz, Khloe and Bentley Henderson and her closest friends: Cleo Kent Vandersalm of Killeen Tx., Trish Martinez of Tucumcari, Georgia Pacheco Franco of Calhoun Ga., Kathy Smith Chacon of Logan, NM, Iyona Gutierrez Ramirez Laredo, Tx., Pearl Hernandez Bradshaw of Hobbs, NM., and Sally Maestas, of Tucumcari, NM.
A memorial fund has been set up at Wells Fargo bank. Arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home 115 S 3rd St. Tucumcari, NM.
Published in the Quay County Sun on Oct. 24, 2018
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