LUPITA MAESTAS ARCHULETTA Lupita Maestas Archuletta, 87, of Salida died December 12, 2013, at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida Colorado She was born September 21, 1926, in Salida to Benjamin and Naomi (Alire) Maestas. She married Felix Archuletta Aug. 3, 1946, in Salida. They shared 62 years of marriage. The couple moved to New Mexico in 1947 to start their family. While living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mrs. Archuletta was a member and held roles in Beta Sigma Phi sorority, the Democratic Women of New Mexico and the CowBelles. After working in several fields of employment, she eventually retired from the Santa Fe Public Schools as an educator. After retirement, the Archulettas returned to Salida and were actively involved in the local community. Mrs. Archuletta was preceded in death by her husband in 2008; brothers, Ben and Andrew Maestas; and grandson Samuel Wheelock. Survivors include her sisters, Helen Byers formerly of Los Alamos, and Rose Schneider (Jim) of Las Cruces; son, Steven (Doris) Archuletta; daughters, Ruth James and Rebecca Archuletta; grandchildren, Angela (Dave) Keller, Blue James, Damon (Alison) Archuletta, Gabe (Cynthia) Archuletta and Hannah Bornhurst; and seven great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life was held on Dec. 17, 2013, at Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida. and interment at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements were with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home Salida, Colorado. Online condolences may be offered at
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900