Maria was born on January 2, 1943 in San Juan Pueblo to Reyes and Rosita Cata. Marie Naranjo passed away on July 3, 2021 after a short illness.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Reyes and Rosita Cata, sisters Mary and Manuelita Cata, brothers Fidel, Emilio and Julian Cata and daughter LouElla Naranjo.
Marie is survived by her husband of 31 years, John Naranjo, daughter Lynn Naranjo Otero (Phil Jr.), grandsons Jonathan and Marcus Otero, sister Severa Cata, niece Arlene Cata (Raymond), nephews Julian Cata and Connor Cata-Romancito, sisters-in-law Marlaine Naranjo and Patricia Cata.
Marie attended schools in Espanola and graduated from Haskell Junior College in Kansas. Marie worked at the Indian Health Service, retiring in 1995. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the UNM Lobos basketball team and Denver Broncos. Marie was a devoted Catholic and her smile will be forever missed.
Marie was laid to rest at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on July 7, 2021. Special thanks to Peter Cata, Dominguita Sisneros, and the families of Laura Calvert, Judy Cata, Claudina Garcia, Ernestina Gipson, Allen Bird and all other relatives for their support during this time.
Published by Albuquerque Journal on Jul. 25, 2021.