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Arcilia Nunez

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Arcilia Nunez, 61, of Tularosa, passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with leukemia. She was born Aug. 31, 1947, in Carrizozo to Absalon and Taviana Sanchez.
Arcilia was a very dedicated nurse's aide for Doctors Larry and Nancy Starr for over 30 years. She was the family physician for her entire life. She enjoyed spending her time with family and friends, listening to her musical favorites and dancing with anyone willing to keep up with her. She would always offer the person she came in contact with a beautiful smile and a positive word. Arcilia enjoyed being a wife, a mom and, most certainly, a proud grandma. She was known as an honest, hardworking and generous person who was always willing to lend a hand. She will be remembered for her strength, integrity and loving character. She was well-respected and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Survivors include her loving husband of 43 years, Leo G. Nunez, of the family home; two daughters, Yvonne Gutierrez and husband, Ricky, of Tularosa, and Cynthia Cairns and husband, Glen, of Tularosa; one son, Robert and wife, Nina, of Las Cruces; three sisters, Pauline Montoya and husband, Ernest, of Phoenix, Rebecca DuBoise and husband, Larry, of Northport, Ala., and Beatrice Loving and husband, Trey, of Albuquerque; and four brothers, Rudy Sanchez, of Tucson, Ariz., Freddy Sanchez and wife, Estella, of Las Cruces, Ronnie Sanchez, of Alamogordo, and David Sanchez, of Tularosa. Other survivors include her beloved grandchildren Nicole, Erica, Ben and Amy Walters; Greg, Kenny and Krista Gutierrez; Justin and Eric Cairns; Ryan and Jacob Hammond, as well as four great-grandchildren, Caleb and Kadence Kowatch, Madison Gutierrez and Emma Faye Ostic. There are also many nieces and nephews that were very proud to call her auntie. She is preceded in death by her parents.
A visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with rosary to follow at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in Tularosa. Funeral services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church with Father John Peterson, O.F.M., as celebrant.
Honorary pallbearers are Ben, Justin, Rudy, Freddy, Ronnie and David. 
The Nunez family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 11 to Nov. 27, 2008
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