PHILIP J. FELIX Long time New Mexico resident Philip J Felix, passed away on October 25, 2013 at the age of 85. Phil was born in Loretto, PA on July 9, 1928, to Bernard C Felix and Catherine Plummer Felix who preceded him in death when he was just a small child. He was also preceded by his brother Bernard Jr., grandson Jesse and mother of his children Aurora Felix. Phil is survived by his wife of many years Sylvia Felix, sister in law Evelyn Felix, his children, Maria (Carl) Vecere, Theresa Felix, Rick (Debbie) Felix, Phillip Jr (Irene ) Felix, David (Sharon) Felix, Laura (Yuri) Findlay and Karla (David) Ortega, grandchildren Shannon (Mark) Vecere, Chad (Nicole) Vecere, Chuck (Emily) Vecere, Joshua Felix. MacKenzie (Brad) Henze, CJ Ray, Michelle Armijo, Keith (Gail) Armijo, Armand Felix, Jacob Felix, Sr. Desire' Findlay, Johnele (Andrew) Archuleta, Brandon Ortega, and Braydon Ortega. Also surviving him are his 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Phil was a WWII veteran, he attended St Michaels College in Santa Fe, NM, on the GI Bill where he earned his bachelor's degree and went on to obtained his Master's in Education from the University of Wyoming. He began his teaching career in El Rito , NM, at the Northern NM Normal School. He later moved his family to Santa Fe and continued his career as teacher and counselor at Santa Fe High School. After many years of teaching he took a job with the NM State Department of Education where he was a pioneer in the development of Adult Basic Education and GED preparation programs in NM Community colleges, he was also instrumental in introducing the first computerized career information services in those institutions, opening doors and providing educational and employment opportunities for many adult New Mexicans. Phil was much loved, admired and respected, not only by his family, but by those were fortunate enough to be a part of his life. He had a terrific sense of humor and a gentle strength which will be deeply missed. A Rosary will be prayed Wednesday morning Oct 30, 2013, at 10:00am at St Anne Catholic Church at 511 Alicia St, Santa Fe NM. Mass will follow at 11:00am. Interment with military honors will take place Thursday Oct 31, 2013, at 1:30pm at the Veteran's National Cemetery in Santa Fe. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 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 Jan. 1, 1900