Juliet Tafoya

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Tafoya, Juliet Dolores (Salazar)

After a long hard-fought battle with cancer. Juliet Dolores (Salazar) Tafoya passed away on June 17th 2017 at the age of 77 in her home in Rio Rancho NM, surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Las Vegas, NM in 1939. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Although she was in remission for 7 years, the cancer resurfaced in October of 2016 as bone cancer that originated from the breast cancer she had 7 yrs prior.

She is preceded in death by her parents Fermin and Dulcinea Salazar; five sisters, one brother, uncle's, aunts, and many other loved ones.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 40 years, Guadalupe (Wiley) F. Tafoya, step-son Phillip Tafoya, step daughter Denise (Tafoya) Zamora, son Arthur L Martinez and wife Debbie, son Kenneth C Martinez, son Paul A Montoya and wife Sylvia and daughter Brenda G (Montoya) Sanchez, sister, Ramona (Mona) Martinez, numerous grand children, great grand children great-great grand children, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rosary will be recited on Friday evening, June 23rd at 6pm at St. John Church in Rio Rancho, NM. Rosary/Mass will be celebrated on Saturday morning, June 24th at 9:00am at Immaculate Conception Church, Las Vegas, NM with Father Leon Vigil as celebrant. Interment of cremains will be on Monday, June 26th at 9:45am at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

-When I'm Gone-

When I come to the end of my journey

And I travel my last weary mile,

Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned

And remember only the smile.

Forget unkind words I have spoken;

Remember some good I have done,

Forget that I ever had a heartache

And remember I've had loads of fun.

Forget that I have stumbled and blundered

And sometimes fell by the way.

Remember I have fought

Some hard battles and won,

Ere the close of the day,

Then forget to grieve for my going,

I would not have you sad for a day,

But in summer just gather some flowers

And remember the place where I lay

And come in the evening

When the sun paints the sky in the west,

Stand for a few moments beside me

And remember only my best.

In lieu of flowers and in memoriam of Julie Tafoya donations can be made to Breast Cancer Research

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Arrangements for Mrs. Tafoya have been entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home,

801 Douglas Ave., Las Vegas, NM


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Published in Albuquerque Journal on June 21, 2017