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Biava, Margaret T.



Margaret T. Biava passed away peacefully at her home in Los Chavez, New Mexico on May 6, 2016.

She is remembered as a gracious, elegant lady with uncompromising class. Margaret was born in Midland, Texas on October 13, 1933 to Claude Milton and Bertie Lorene Wood Thompson. After graduation from high school in 1952, she worked for the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce. On her way to the Grand Canyon in 1960, she stopped to visit friends in Grants, NM. On her way back, she learned of a new job that awaited her in Grants. On June 3, 1962 she married William E. Biava, who preceded her in death after 32 years of marriage.

Margaret is survived by her daughter Milli R. Miller, brother Audie A. Thompson (wife Martha), cherished "sister" Marguerite "Tootsie" Hahn, long-time friends Mabel Buchecker, and Mary and Peter Van Ness, three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and two great-great nieces.

Margaret proudly served as president of the Santa Fe Women's Club and was a founding member of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, the Santa Fe Girls Club, and the Senoritas de Gracia. As an artist, Margaret's joy was searching for outdoor subjects to paint, especially her beloved dogs, who were her "babies." She also served on the boards of the Santa Fe Better Business Bureau, the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Santa Fe County, and belonged to the "Stitch and Bitch" sewing club.

An entrepreneur, Margaret started, owned and operated Discover Santa Fe, Inc., which provided guided tours of the Santa Fe area and promoted local tourism.

Margaret worked as executive secretary first to state Sen. Edward J. Lopez, Sr. (D-Santa Fe), and later was executive secretary to Edward J. Lopez, Jr. during his terms as head of the NM General Services and Regulation and Licensing Departments in Santa Fe. She retired from RLD in 2008. Margaret also worked for Bernalillo County government as a constituent relations representative and for the Law Offices of Robert L. Rivera.

No funeral or memorial services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Santa Fe Girls Club, Santa Fe Women's Club, or the animal rescue group of your choice. The family sends special thanks to Cecilia Aragon, Patti Bucklew, and Desiree Tonihka.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on May 15, 2016
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