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Manuela “Nellie” Cortez Day

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Manuela “Nellie” Cortez Day Obituary

On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, Manuela "Nellie" Cortez Day, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in El Paso, Texas on Jan. 3, 1960, to Francisco and Vicenta Cortez.

On Aug. 7, 1978, Nellie attended at keg party in Northeast El Paso where she met a young man and they started dating. On Feb. 8, 1979, she married that young man, the love of her life, Harry H. Day Jr. They enjoyed 38 wonderful years together and had two children that they both adored, Harry H. Day III and Adrianne Jeanine Day. She also has two beautiful German Shepherds that she loved like children, Felony and Maxie.

Nellie was a stay at home mother for many years. She then began working at Betty Dare Good Samaritan Nursing Home in 1990 as a certified nursing assistant. In 1991, she began working as a certified medical assistant at Thunderbird Clinic with Dr. Norman Lindley for 9 years until his retirement then worked at Ben Archer clinic until 2009. She has spent the last six years spending quality time with her loving family and dogs.

She is survived by her husband, Harry H. Day Jr. of Alamogordo N.M.; son, Harry H. Day III of Las Cruces N.M.; daughter, Adrianne Jeanine Day of Lubbock, Texas; father, Francisco Cortez of El Paso, Texas; sisters and brothers Oralia and Ruben Moncada of El Paso, Texas, Antonia Cortez of El Paso, Texas, Irene Cortez of Flagstaff, Ariz., Arturo and Patricia Cortez of Albuquerque N.M., and Linda and Ralph Gallegos of El Paso, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her loving mother Vicenta Cortez, brother, Sergio Cortez, puppies, Tasha Lynn Day and Sissy Bear Day.

A private family burial will take place at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, we respectfully ask to donate to:
-Arthritis National Research Foundation at
-German Shephard Rescue at

The Day family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 22 to Oct. 22, 2016
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