Genara Griego

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Griego, Genara Olimpia Gallegos



Genara Olimpia Gallegos Griego passed from this earthly life to her heavenly glory on August 16, 2017. Genara had a long struggle with a variety of maladies and illnesses since last September when she had a stroke and she ultimately succumbed to pneumonia at the age of 78. Genara was born in Espanola, New Mexico on August 5, 1939.

She was preceded in death by her father Eduardo Gallegos; her mother Teresa; sisters Eva and Clara, and brothers Louis and Andres.

Genara is survived by her husband of 56 years Richard; daughter Teresa Deuel; son Ricardo; son-in-law Jake Deuel; granddaughters Daniela, Alicia (and husband Bryce Lockett), Adrianna, and Cristina, grandson Koby, and great-granddaughter Chloe Lockett.

Genara was an amazing woman in many ways. She was a striking beauty, uncommonly intelligent, kind, compassionate, unassuming, and she was renowned for her caring nature and for helping many people, especially those in need. Since she was a young girl, Genara wanted to be a nurse and she accomplished this goal although she was from a large, economically humble family when she graduated from the Regina School of Nursing in Albuquerque in 1959. Genara worked as an operating room nurse for many years until she enrolled in a special UNM program for the training of Nurse Practitioners. She received her Nurse Practitioner Certificate in 1972 and was one of the first in New Mexico. Genara also distinguished herself by helping to formulate the legislation that made Nurse Practitioners legal in the state of New Mexico. At first, she worked in community health clinics in Albuquerque, until she entered private practice in 1975 with the New Mexico Medical Group specializing in endocrinology. Again, she was one of the first Nurse Practitioners to work in private practice. In addition to her patient care, Genara devoted half of her time to coordinate 27 drug studies with pharmaceutical companies, which proved quite lucrative for the New Mexico Medical Group. In general, Genara proved herself to be one of the best Nurse Practitioners in New Mexico.

In 1992, she followed her university professor husband to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she worked in the NAU Student Health Center. Genara maintained her high level of professional excellence and was awarded an "Outstanding" employee performance appraisal.

Genara and her husband Richard left NAU in 1997 as retirees and they returned to Albuquerque to be close to their grandchildren. In her retirement, she helped homeschool her grandchildren and taught them about the body and health, as well as aspects of Spanish/Mexican culture. This created a special bond between her and the grandchildren.

In addition to serving as a tax advisor for clients under the auspices of AARP, Genara loved reading, doing tinwork, working on financial affairs for her extended family, and playing bridge with her friends.

Genara faced her numerous medical challenges with incredible strength and determination and she was able to prolong her life significantly. She was a much loved, admired and respected woman, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Genara Griego will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 19 at Family Church (please arrive by 1:45 PM), 6521 Paradise Blvd. NW in the strip mall located at the northeast corner of Paradise and Universe.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Aug. 18, 2017