CATHERINE CARROLL "KAYE" GRUDA 9/8/43 - 11/25/12 Kaye was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Gallup, NM. She graduated Gallup High school in 1962. She soon married and then spent the next 40 years in Gallup raising two boys with her husband. In her later years, following the new millennium, Kaye moved to Santa Fe and stayed with one of her sons. Eventually she found an extended family when she moved to Rainbow Vision in Santa Fe. Here she met many wonderful friends and had a second chance renewing her life and spirit. It is impossible to list all the wonderful experiences that Kaye provided to the people she met and the friends that knew her well. All would agree that Kaye was a blast to be around. She loved to laugh and did her best to make sure that anyone around her was fully engaged. She had a knack for asking folks questions that some would think a bit too personal. That said most people instantly loved Kaye the minute they met her. She will join in paradise her beloved parents, Ed and Avis Farmer; along with two siblings: brother Eddie and sister Judy. Those to follow include her sons Stephen Blane Gruda and wife Kris of Gallup and Robert Allen Gruda and wife Treva of Santa Fe; also her husband of 32 years, Richard Gruda as well as her beloved sister, Janice Horsley. She will also leave behind six grandchildren: Nathan, Mitchell, Paige, Ryan, Owen and Reece and finally her dearest friends still in Gallup as well as all her wonderful friends at Rainbow Vision. There will be a Memorial Service held at Rivera Family Funeral Chapel in Santa Fe, NM on Saturday, December 1st at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Kaye Gruda to Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. Please visit riverafuneralhome.com to share your memories and stories with the family. The Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505)989-7032 Fax: (505)820-0435 santafefuneraloption.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Nov. 30, 2012