Viola Chavez, a resident of Chimayo, passed away after a short illness at her daughter's home in La Puebla on Saturday, January 4, 2020. She was preceded in death by her grandparents who raised her, Francisco (Papa Frank) Ortega and Maria Rita Martinez-Ortega (Mamma Rita), special aunt, Marcelina Trujillo, her son who she missed dearly Danny Chavez, her beloved husband Ernesto Chavez, her mother Josefina Armijo, step father Flavio Armijo, brother Flavio "Fluffy" Armijo jr., and sister, Priscilla Rocha.
Viola is survived by her daughter Valerie and Rick Martinez, her grandson who she adored, Alejandro Martinez, sister Angie Valdez, brother in law Benjamin Duran of El Llano, sisters in law, Flora Chavez of Lawndale, CA, Zulema Harvey of Santa Fe, Rosina Pacheco of Colorado Springs. Special nephew Manuel Chavez of Lawndale, CA, special niece, Beatrice Pacheco -Riggins of Colorado Springs. God daughters Patricia Romero, Cassandra Quintana, and Michelle Romero. Very special friends dear to her heart Dan and Mickie Medina and Josie Martinez of Chimayo, Danny and Maxine Cordova of Chimayo, and numerous other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the Holy Family Parish in Chimayo. Burial to follow at 2:15 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers, Rick Martinez, Manuel Chavez, Grant Riggins, Danny Cordova, Mario Medina, and Joseph Romero, honorary pallbearers named are Alejandro Martinez, Dan and Mickie Medina, and Josie Martinez. The family of Viola Chavez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477-www.devargasfuneral.com
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