On October 30, 2017, with love surrounding her, just after sunrise, and 25 days short of birthday number 101, Lucia M. Roybal returned to the embrace of her Creator. Preceding her in death: parents Adolfo and Elaiza Montoya; husband Stan; son Arturo; sisters Margaret Caperton, Rose Olivas (Fred), Adelina Montano (Benny); brothers PFC Lucas Montoya, Rubel Montoya and Arturo Montoya; in-laws Procopio and Tonita Roybal, Ruth Baker, Mary Roybal, Pablo Roybal (Ruby), I.M. Roybal (Margaret), Paul Trujillo, and Libby Roybal. She is survived by her children John Michael Roybal (Anita) of El Valle de Arroyo Seco, Theresa (Tisa) Roybal of Santa Fe, Gloria R. Cala (Chuck) of Albuquerque; grandchildren Estevan Padilla (Angelica), Jessica Padilla, Christopher Michael Roybal, Kristin Roybal (Bryan Nelson), Lauren Cala Edwards (Isaac), Lucas Cala; great grandchildren Tatiana, Kailao, and Alexander Padilla and Nico Gonzalez; sister Virginia Archuleta (Ruben); brothers and sisters-in-law Bill Caperton, Lydia Trujillo, Rosina Montoya, Remmy Roybal, Ben Roybal (Clorinda), and Procopio (Jake) Roybal Jr.(Orlinda); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Born, on November 24, 1916, Lucia enjoyed a life filled with many activities, responsibilities, and joys that come from belonging to a large family. During her long life, Lucia lived in many places, but would tell you that some of her favorite memories were of life in Los Alamos before WWII, where she lived with her family amid her father’s famous gardens that supplied food and flowers for the Los Alamos Ranch School community. All of her life, she was immensely proud of her parents, particularly her mother’s famous cooking abilities and her father’s master gardener skills. With the hard work and sacrifice of her parents, Lucia attended and graduated from Loretto Academy in Santa Fe. She took business classes after High School and performed various secretarial jobs and worked for the local irrigation district before marrying and putting her skills to work with her husband in their Espanola feed store, General Farmers Supply. She bowled for pleasure and competitively on a local team for many years and later on loved to outscore her grandchildren whenever they bowled against her. She was a voracious reader and served for many years on the Espanola Library Board. She was a very active member of The Homemakers Extension Club and also the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, where she and her sister, Margaret, were famous for their Frito Pies. She was a devoted member of the Holy Family Society and Holy Cross Parish when she lived in Espanola.
Throughout her life, Lucia was devoted to her large, extended family and attended every family event or celebration that she could get to. She loved her children and grandchildren and supported all their activities, interests, hobbies, events, and programs they participated in. She would confidently explain to you that her grandchildren were the most brilliant and talented around, and each of them, in return, would tell you that they were Grandma’s favorite.
In her last years, Lucia needed assistance in her home and the family wishes to acknowledge and thank her caregivers Josefina Ramirez, Veronica Arreola, and Mely Fierro for their kind and loving attention and care.
Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, November 7th at the Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Catholic Church in Nambe located 2 miles east of Highway 84/285 on NM 503. Visitation with the family will begin at 9:00 AM, followed by a Rosary at 9:30, with the funeral mass at 10:00 AM. Reception will follow at the Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe del Valle de Pojoaque Parish Hall in Pojoaque. Internment will occur at 2:15 PM at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. The Family of Lucia M. Roybal has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory of the Espanola Valley 505-747-7477 www.devargasfuneral.com