was peacefully called home on January 10, 2022, from a lengthy illness Progressive Supranuclear Palsy “PSP” at the age of 69. She was a woman of great strength and a devoted Catholic. No matter how much she suffered, she would say “God has a plan, and we are not to question his plan”.
She was preceded in death by her unborn baby; Parents; Amador and Margarita Trujillo; In-laws; Fernando and Ofelia Lopez; Siblings Evelyn Gonzalez, Priscilla and Ben Sanchez, Prescillano Padilla, Josecito and Carolia Trujillo, In Laws; Cecilla and Steve Lopez, Margarito Montoya, George Visarraga, Jose Ortega, Becky Sanchez, Nancy Kaye, Robert Martin, and Victor Atencio as well as many other loved ones.
Bernie is survived by the love of her life and husband of 52 years Frank Lopez Sr.; Children Frank Lopez Jr., Michelle (Matthew) Martin, Fernando (Charlotte) Sanchez-Lopez, Heather (Guillermo) Atencio, and Eric Lopez; Grandchildren Dominic, Dylan, and Mia Lopez, Marissa, Maiya, and Makayla Martin, Alyssa, Katalina, and Lorenzo Atencio, Estrella and Victoria Ortega-Lopez; Siblings Alfonso (Jewel) Trujillo, Lee (Tiny) Trujillo, Stella Padilla, Faustina (Lorenzo) Gonzales, Joseph Gonzales, Manuel (Denise) Trujillo, Florie Lindsay, Elmer (Patsy) Trujillo, Norma (Dan) Apodaca, Nancy Trujillo; In-Laws Leroy (Shirley) Lopez, Oralia Visarraga, Lucille Ortega, Marquita Lopez, Sylvia Lopez, Bernice Montoya, Barbra (Dave) Roybal, Leo (Theresa) Lopez, and many other family members whom she loved dearly. Bernie was such a wonderful soul that will be missed by many.
Bernie was born in Embudo, NM on June 9, 1952. She was raised in Llano, NM along with her 10 siblings. She often spoke of her memories in Llano as a magical place. At the age of 16 she fell in love and married at 17, a marriage that lasted 52 years. She moved to Las Trampas, NM with her husband, Frank, together they built their family home. In those 52 years they shared an amazing adventurous life. They worked construction together, attended sporting events and many vacations. Although, cruises were her favorite! She would always come home planning the next. They raised five children and later followed with 11 grandchildren. The day she became a mother she blossomed and found her calling as a homemaker. She was very protective over her children and grandchildren, right or wrong, she stood right in front of them like a Lion protecting her Cub. She would say “you love your children… but the love for your grandchildren is like no other”. Her family was her everything and referred to them as her “handpicked flower garden from God”. She would glow for her children and grandchildren’s accomplishments. She never boasted about her accomplishments. Their accomplishments were what made her happy. Although, Mom always took great pride in her work. She physically worked harder than most men, carried the loving household, worked as a substitute teacher at the Penasco Schools where she was known as” Mamma Bernie”, planted and maintained a gorgeous flower garden, doing it all without skipping a beat or complaining. She was never too busy to lend a hand or an ear to those who needed her.
Public Viewing Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 5:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Pace at DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory in Espanola, NM with a rosary to be recited at 6:00 P.M. Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated on Wednesday January 19, 2022, 8:00 A.M. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Peñasco, burial to follow at 11:15 A.M. Santa Fe National Cemetery
With the following serving as pallbearers, Fernando Lopez, Eric Lopez, Dominic Lopez, Dylan Lopez, Matthew Martin, Guillermo Atencio, Peter Lopez, Elmer Trujillo
Honorary pallbearers Frank Lopez Jr., Lorenzo Atencio, Leo Lopez
The family would like to extend sincere gratitude for the compassionate care Mountain Home Health Hospice Care team provided.
The family of Bernie Lopez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477 www.devargasfuneral.com