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Ramona "Mona" Chavez


1931 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Ramona "Mona" Chavez Obituary

On October 22, 2015, our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, and friend Mona Chavez passed peacefully in her home. She did so surrounded by four generations of her family. She was 84 years old. Mona was born Ramona Zubiate on June 15, 1931 in Juarez, Mexico.

Friends remember her as a woman of great faith, unflappable courage, stalwart conviction and indomitable will. Much of her youth was spent as a caretaker to her younger siblings, a role that lasted even into her first marriage. But there is perhaps no greater testament to her willpower than in the years following the unexpected death of her first husband, "Tito" Silva. A widow in her twenties, she rebuilt a life for herself and her children in Jacumba, California. During that time, it was her unbreakable spirit and unwavering love that kept this single mother's family together. She taught herself the necessary skills to do so, including learning to read and write English and drive a car. After eight years, she met Ben Chavez in New Mexico, the man who would become her beloved husband and the father of two more children.

The family moved to La Luz, N.M., where she has been a resident for over 50 years. She has been active in the local church, where her faith compelled her to lend her beautiful voice to the choir and to serve as dinner host for priests on more than one occasion. She has also volunteered her services as a "Pink Lady" at Gerald Champion Hospital, as well as many other endeavors throughout her life.

She filled her life with adventure whenever possible. Her beauty and voice garnered acclaim in her youth in Mexico. As her family gradually dispersed from La Luz, she took every opportunity to visit them, traveling to every corner of the United States, and even as far away as Japan.

She is preceded in death by her husbands Vicente Silva and Benjamin D. Chavez, and by her beloved son, Vincent.

She is survived by her nine other children, Albert, Maria, Martha, Ann, Veronica, Lucille, Tony, Bella, and Ben, as well as 20 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, October 30th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rosary will be held on Saturday Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Light in La Luz. Mass will follow at 11 a.m.

The Chavez family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the services.
To sign the online guest register, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 28 to Nov. 27, 2015
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