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Dora Mae Ostic Vigil

1917 - 2008 Obituary Condolences
Dora Vigil, born March 3, 1917, passed into eternal life peacefully at home in Tularosa on our Lord and Savior's birthday, Dec. 25, 2008. Dora was a descendant of the Ostic family who were Otero County pioneers. Her grandfather built the Ostic grist mills in La Luz Canyon in the 1800s. Dora was born in Alamogordo and, except for a few years spent living as a child in El Paso and as a young woman in the Oakland area, she lived her entire 91 years in Tularosa.
Dora was preceded in death by her parents William and Petra Ostic when Dora was just a child. She was also preceded in death by her beloved sister and surrogate mother Eva Torres; her brothers, William, Gus and Woodrow Ostic; her first husband Alfonso Aguilar; daughter-in-law Carolyn Akers; and most recently her great-grandson Stephen Bennett.
Dora was a devoted and loving wife to Ralph Vigil, and he to her for over 61 years. She is survived by Ralph as well as her children Alfonso Aguilar II and his wife, Corina, of Albuquerque, Rosalie Cordova and her husband, Tacho, of Albuquerque, Sylvia Powell and her husband, Donald, of Tularosa, and Danny Vigil of Tularosa; grandchildren, Alfonso III and Gilbert Aguilar, Tina, Matthew and Bill Cordova, Tammy Landrum, Tracey Thompson, Derek and Ryan Powell, Coy Erwin, John Akers, J.D. and Louis Vigil; great-grandchildren, David J. Montoya, April, Valerie and Audrey Cordova, Livia Landrum, MacKenzie, Luke and Jackson Cordova, Devon and Portia Thompson, Sean Powell, and Jacob and Brennen Erwin and great great grandsons Demetrius and Marcus Montoya.
Dora and her four siblings were orphaned as children and later she was left a young widow with two children when her first husband passed away. Although much of the early years of her life were difficult, she spent the majority of her time on earth surrounded by her loving family and having good times. When Ralph was state commander of the American Legion, he and Dora had a chance to travel all over the country and Dora enjoyed those travels immensely. Dora loved adventures and trying new things and amongst her favorites was time spent camping and fishing especially when she had grandkids along. Dora loved children, and her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren cherished time with her. She spent her leisure time doing crossword puzzles and watching her favorite soap operas.
Dora was very gifted and one of her many talents was that she was an expert seamstress and at one time had clients that came from hundreds of miles to have her sew them clothing. She was a master cook and baker and you could always count on something wonderful coming from her kitchen like her wonderful oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and German chocolate cake and the best red enchiladas and tamales and so many other things too numerous to list. Dora worked for many years in the Tularosa school system as a cafeteria cook and then retired, at which time she cooked only to keep her family well fed and happy. Dora was a strong woman and she never tired of pitching in to help family and friends.
Dora will be missed by all who loved her, especially her husband Ralph. Her family will always treasure her memory and that she taught them about loving without conditions and how to be strong in times of challenge.
The family would like to thank the Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice team for all the assistance they provided to Ralph and Sylvia in their care for Dora and the kindness and compassion they provided to Dora in her final days. Our wish to keep our dear Dora at home would not have been realized without their help.
A vigil service will be Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church with the Rosary to be recited by Matias and Jose Chavez
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the church on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. with Father John Peterson, O.F.M. as celebrant.
Inurnment will follow in Monte Vista Cemetery in Alamogordo. Dora's grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Services are under the direction of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Dora's memory to St. Francis De Paula Parish, 303 Encino, Tularosa, NM 88352; or the Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Drawer 29, Alamogordo, NM 88311.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 28, 2008 to Jan. 10, 2009
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