Judith "Elaine" Szalay
1943 - 2019
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Judith "Elaine" Szalay

Las Cruces - Judith "Elaine" Socolofsky Szalay passed away peacefully at Mountain View Medical Center on July 21, 2019. She was born in Hamburg, Iowa on May 25, 1943 to Albert D. and Naomi E. (Mayse) Socolofsky. Her family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1947. Elaine Graduated from Las Cruces High School and attended Colorado Women's College until transferring to New Mexico State University where she completed her degree.

Elaine was passionate about the arts, the Native American culture, a passion which translated into her creativity. She opened a small arts shop in Plano, Texas "Hang it All" and became widely known in Dallas and nationally for her large macramé pieces that would don hotel lobbies and bank buildings.

Life came full circle for Elaine when she returned to Las Cruces to follow in her father's footsteps and she ventured into the world of real estate. Elaine's father pioneered one of the first real estate companies in the 1940s becoming a pillar in the community. Elaine modeled her business in the same fashion as her father and she too built a thriving real estate career and was awarded the People's Choice Award for best Realtor of the year in 2005. She was driven and loved helping families through the intricacies of buying and selling homes and along the way she created relationships that carried her prominently through her 40 plus years in the real estate industry. Always a bundle of energy, Elaine always brought a word of encouragement and a face of cheer to all whose path she crossed.

Giving back to her community was also an important part of Elaine's life and she was a longtime member of the Las Cruces Rotary Club and a Paul Harris fellow.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Gary J. Podris of Las Cruces, daughter Laura Szalay (Brown) and Eric Brown of Austin, Texas; Son Frank Szalay of Las Cruces, New Mexico; brother Dan Socolofsky and wife Sandi of Hobbs, New Mexico; and nephew John Socolofsky and wife April of Springtown, Texas. She is predeceased by her parents, Albert and Naomi Socolofsky and by her grandson, Jared Szalay.

She will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers please honor her by supporting Jardin de los Ninos, an organization she held dear to her heart.

Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman Ave. Las Cruces, NM 88001. Please visit www.getzcares.com to sign on local online guest book.

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Published in Las Cruces Sun News on Jul. 25, 2019.
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August 1, 2019
My deepest condolences to Elaine's family. Elaine was one of my angels when I was going through a rough time. I will never forget her kindness. RIP my hero.
July 28, 2019
Elaine was a wonderful person who helped us relocate to Las Cruces, helping us find our home, and many other things she did for us, like finding a mover, getting papers move forward thanks to her connections. Forever grateful to her and her family. My condolences to her family.
Claudia Maidana-Paz
July 27, 2019
Elaine was a wonderful realtor who I enjoyed working with for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Evelyn Bruder
July 27, 2019
Elaine was always self motivated, sharp, engaged, witty, and articulate while attempting to help her community develop and evolve. The Las Cruces area will miss her loyalty, energy and dedication. Rest in peace Elaine. Andy
Andy Kissner
July 26, 2019
Our condolences and sympathies to the family.
John and Tamra Greco
July 26, 2019
Elaine was a treasure to her community. I knew her t
Thru high school. She was charming and beautiful
Inside and out. I believe she had a ministry of helping and love toward all. Everyone loved her. My condolences and prayers to the family.
Maria Galindo
July 26, 2019
My Condolences to the Szalay Family on the passing of Elaine. R.I.P.
Marcello T Hinojosa
July 25, 2019
Sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. Although I don't think we ever met her, it seemed we knew her because of her work and community involvement. She will be missed. Our condolences to Frank and the family.
Louis and Nora Corpening
July 25, 2019
My husband Ken and I met Elaine back in 1989, thirty years ago. She was the listing agent for Bob Lilly, Prior Dallas cowboy hall of fame recipient. We just happened to be in the right place as Elaine had just talked to Bob as he was listing the business. We became instant friends. She had a heart of pure gold. Her love for people was conveyed nicely as she worked and visited with them. A huge supporter of local businesses, like Silver Assets. After Ken died 2 years ago,, Elaine gave me the first piece that Ken had made for the store for resale . A beautiful onyx piece with his notable stamp on the back with a mustache and glasses. She and I shared many fun stories about him at that time.. I'll miss Elaine and I send my heart filled condolences to her beautiful family. May she rest in eternal peace..
Lori Dahlstrom
July 25, 2019
my sincere condolences for the loss of your Mom. Las Cruces lost a good one.
Kim McNutt
July 25, 2019
So sorry for your loss Laura. Sending love to the entire family.
Lesli Ray
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