WERDNA IRENE SANCHEZ 97, passed away peacefully on Monday April 29, 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Irene was born September 11, 1915 in Larned, Kansas to the home of Vergil and Stella (Rubel) Wylie. She was raised and attended school in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Irene married J. Chris Sanchez from Duran, New Mexico on June 2, 1934. Irene was a wonderful cook and worked for the Santa Fe consolidated schools where she retired. Her passion was to sew, crochet, make hand-crafted dolls and quilts. She also loved to host family and friends for holidays and parties. Irene loved the outdoors. Fishing and camping with Chris and her family were one of her greatest joys. Irene was preceded in death by her husband Chris, two children, Chris Jr. and Frieda Burch, her parents, Vergil and Stella Wylie, brothers, Gene, Pat and Rollin, two sisters, Wanda and Mae. Survivors include a son Larry and his wife Janice Sanchez, sisters: Rita Migacz, Dee Wilmeth and June Brazell. Grandchildren, Kathi and HC Hendricks, Christopher and Kathryn Burch, Maria and Brian Widner, James Sanchez and Evan and Shelly Sanchez. numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Special Thanks to her caregivers, Mary Mares and daughter Adele, Nurse Angel Dowell at Halo Haven, and Hospice Nurse Maria. The family requests memorial contributions in Irene's memory to the
, Great West Division, Bernalillo Unit, P.O. Box 3208, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87190-3208. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, May 3, 2013 at Chavez Funeral Home Chapel, 830 N. Fifth Street, Fort Sumner, NM with Mary Gay McLain officiating. Burial will follow at Fort Sumner Cemetery. To place an online tribute or sign the guest book visit www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900