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Adela (Della) Benavidez Vigil

1934 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Adela (Della) Benavidez Vigil Obituary

Adela (Della) Benavidez Vigil, 81, went home to heaven on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Tularosa, NM. Her final days were spent with her family surrounding her.

She was born in Tularosa, New Mexico on March 15, 1934 to Isaac Benavidez and Juanita (Baca) Benavidez.
Della was a loving wife to her husband Johnny Vigil for over 62 years and mother to eight children. She was a lifelong, devoted member of the St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in Tularosa, NM. She taught catechism for over 20 years and was a member to the church choir and volunteered her time to numerous tasks. Della was a devoted homemaker and mother. She loved crocheting and making quilts for her family and friends. She was a N.B.A. basketball fan. The L.A. Lakers were her favorite team. Della always enjoyed spending time with her children, family and friends. She had a beautiful, loving smile on her face and always had a heart full of laughter. She never had a negative thing to say about anyone. There was never a stranger to her. She enjoyed telling stories of her past family life and has written several journals.

Della was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Francis (Kika) Benavidez; and son, Robert (Bobby) L. Vigil.

Della was survived by her husband, Johnny L. Vigil; children, Johnny Ray Vigil and partner Joann Lopez of Tularosa, NM, Frank L. Vigil and wife Sonia of Tularosa, NM, Yvonne Sainz and husband David of Rio Rancho, NM, Richard Vigil and wife Sonia of Reno Nevada, David Vigil of Tularosa, NM, Samuel Vigil and wife Maru of El Paso, TX, Melanie Vigil and partner Steve Burnette of Tularosa, NM; daughter in-law, Casey Vigil of Alamogordo, NM. Also, numerous, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sisters, Lucy Garwood, Celia Sheppard, Julia Ottaviano, Christine Serna, Josephine Duran, Terri Harrison, Rosie Webb; and brother Ray Benavidez.

Pallbearers – Adrian Sainz, Nathan Sainz, Jose Vigil, Robert Vigil Jr., Anna Marie Vigil, Isaac Vigil. Honorary pallbearers are all remaining grandchildren

The Rosary for Della Vigil will be recited at 9:30 am, Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Saint Francis de Paula Catholic Church.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Saint Francis de Paula Catholic Church.
Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Tularosa, NM.

The Vigil family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 4 to Aug. 3, 2015
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