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Sanchez, Maria Francisca Romero (Fanny)

Maria Francisca Romero Sanchez (Fanny), 88 of Albuquerque, left this world to join her Lord on August 26, 2016 in her home surrounded by her loving family.

Francisca was one of seven children raised on a ranch in Los Cordovas, N.M. Francisca married her husband of 71 years, Placido, following his service in the U.S. Navy upon the conclusion of World War II. They raised six children; Carole, Yolanda, Christopher, Philip, Richard and Amos Ray. She was the matriarch of a close family which includes a total of 81 members.

Services for Francisca will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Church (located on the corner of Tennessee and Lomas) on September 28, 2016. There will be a 10:30am rosary, followed by an 11:00am mass.

She would often say that family was most important in this world and that "…blood is thicker than water." Her commitment and selfless dedication to the strength of our family will forever be a model for how we live our lives and raise our children. Gathering with her to cheer on her beloved Lobos, Cowboys or Broncos will forever be missed. She passed on big feet and large hands because she was larger than life and the essence of her soul and brilliant mind were too much for a small frame to handle.

She cared for, and had a hand in raising all of us. She taught us to read and appreciate a great story, watched Andy Griffith with us, played Solitaire, and helped us build forts in the living room. She always found time between taking care of us, and remembering all of our birthdays to make sure her hair and lipstick were always perfect: she will forever be "55 & holding".

She was a progressive woman before it was fashionable and maintained strong feelings toward equality, love for country and encouraging all of us to question traditional roles of men and women in the household. Through her larger-than-life persona, she cursed, had an occasional beer and loved to gossip about the latest over a good puzzle.

She taught us that food and family are closely linked to sharing our thoughts and feelings over a good meal and a glass of iced tea. Her tortillas, biscochitos and lemon lush were as much a part of our lives as the family she built, and they will be greatly missed.

Most importantly, she was our home. She was Placido's vieja. She was our best friend; she was our mom; she was Grandma Sanchez. She served us and forever touched our lives.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Sept. 25, 2016
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