Cleo Irene Montoya passed away peacefully in her home on April 11, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Cleo was born to Jose Octaviano Lujan and Dolores Martinez on October 14, 1955 in Gallina, NM. She is preceded in death by her son Anthony Montoya, her father Jose Octaviano Lujan, father-in-law Jose Montoya and mother-in-law Antonina Montoya, and her brother Benny Lujan. She leaves on Earth her mother Dolores Lujan, loving husband Benito Montoya, son Patrick Montoya and his wife Suzanne, grandchildren Alexis, Jenna, and Patrick Montoya, Ezerah Martinez, and Lukas Montoya, sisters Theresa Sandoval (Richard) and children RJ, Sarah, and Desiree Sandoval, Lucy Garcia (Napoleon) and children Marcos and Mateo Garcia, Mary Archuleta and daughters Rebecca Ruiz and Naomi Archuleta, great-nephew and niece AJ Sandoval and Ava Martinez, brothers and sisters in law: Jose Montoya (Maria), Norman Montoya (Eliza), Arturo Montoya (Sarah), Levi Montoya (Eva), and Cordy Cordova (Tommy). Cleo is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, and many lifelong friends.
Cleo was surrounded by many people who loved her – a true testament to a life well lived. Cleo, a beautiful daughter, loving wife, dedicated mother, caring grandmother, loyal sister, favorite aunt, and faithful friend, will be missed by many. We will miss her conversations, her laughter, and her true and faithful spirit. We will remember her with the same love that she gave to us all every day of her life. We will remember her faithfulness and in that, we will find peace.
Cleo was a daughter of the Lord. She walked in His light and was guided in life by His gentle word. Her favorite verse was Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” These words gave Cleo strength. In that, let us remember Joshua 1:9: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Serving as Pallbearers will be: Patrick Montoya, Ezerah Martinez, Lukas Montoya, AJ Sandoval, Mateo Garcia, and Manual Martinez
Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be: RJ Sandoval, Ryan Maestas, Tommy Lee Cordova, and Diego Parker
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday April 20th at 10 am in the Sangre De Christo Chapel at De Vargas Funeral Home with burial to follow at the Coyote Cemetery in Coyote NM.
The family of Cleo Montoya has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477 www.devargasfuneral.com