MONTE VISTA – Monte Vista resident Emma M. Sanchez passed away July 26, 2010 at the Rio Grande Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Emma was born May 17, 1923 in La Garita, Colo., the daughter of Alfredo Marquez and Raquel Serna Marquez. Emma had many hobbies some of which included baking, cooking , listening to music and dancing, but most of all spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include her son Michael (Darlene) Sanchez of Monte Vista, Colo.; three grandchildren Michael (Vanessa) Sanchez Jr., Elias (Tasha) Sanchez, Tiffany (James) Pacheco all of Monte Vista, Colo.; six great-grandchildren Dominic, Elias, Kiera, Anastasia Sanchez, Destiny and Julian Pacheco; step-son Jerry (Gloria) Sanchez of Denver, Colo.; step daughters Lucy (Joe) Jaramillo; Betty (Carlos) Gonzales both of El Rito, N.M.; Frances Collinsgru of Center, Colo.; sister Dora Trujillo of Monte Vista, Colo.; Brother Henry (Mercedes) Valencia of San Francisco, Cali. She was also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Emma was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elias Sanchez, step-son Elias Sanchez Jr., Sisters Eliria Cruz, Tilda Arellano, and Mary Lou Rayos.
A Vigil Service with Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monte Vista. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. also at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Monte Vista Cemetery. Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday and Friday from 1-5 p.m. at the Romero Chapel in Monte Vista who is in care of the arrangements.