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Service Information
DeVargas Funeral Home
623 N. Railroad Ave.
Espanola, NM
Memorial service
Friday, May 17, 2019
1:00 PM
DeVargas Funeral Home
623 N. Railroad Ave.
Espanola, NM 87532
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Celebration of Life
Following Services
Inn at the Delta

JOE E. MONTOYA JOE E. MONTOYA (Ernie), 78, a resident of La Mesilla, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Ramona Montoya; brother, Louie Montoya; nephew, John Gonzales; and father-in-law, Auerlio Lopez. Ernie was a Golden Eagle member of the FOE 3695, Espanola Corvette Club, he was an avid billiards player and loved to play at the Tropicana. He owned and trained racehorses. Ernie was truly a "man's man" and a mentor to many. Ernie is survived by his wife, Lucille Montoya; children, Gina Montoya; Ernie Montoya Jr., Kenneth Montoya and Ana-Lisa Montoya Torres and husband Ron; 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 3 step grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Gilorteanu (Ion), Linda Miller (Chris), Denise Woodfill; mother-in-law, Frutoza Lopez; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jake Lopez (Lisa), Jerry Lopez (Camilla), Lori Lopez (David), and Eddie Lopez (Janet), and many other cherished relatives and friends. Memorial Service will be on Friday May 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Sangre De Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home. A meal and celebration of Ernie's life will be followed at the Inn at the Delta. The family of Ernie Montoya has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley 505-747-7477
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on May 15, 2019
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