Valeria was born in Canjilon, N.M. on March 27, 1938. She stepped into Heaven peacefully on February 3, 2023 in Canjilon, N.M. She was surrounded by her loving family in her own home, where she wanted to be. Valeria had many loves in her life. First and foremost, was her love for God and her faith. She loved going to church and attending her adoration hour. Her second love was her husband of 62 years, Adriano Valdez. They both made sure that their children; Lenora, Lucrecia (Donny), Adriano Jr., Andrew (Lorrie) and Rosana went to church every Sunday morning. They shared their love for God with their 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Her family was always in her heart and on her mind.
Valeria’s other loves included feeding her wild birds, her vegetable and flower gardens, her dog Boom Boom, exercising, baking French bread to give away to her family, eating dark chocolate, going to Marisco’s restaurant and savoring the salmon entrees. She also enjoyed having an evening bottle of beer. She loved frying up wild rabbit and fish that her children and grandchildren would bring her. She loved having her family and friends over for a meal or visit and cooking for them. She loved buying and wearing new shoes and sunglasses. She enjoyed traveling and had many fun adventures with family and friends.
Valeria was very blunt and to the point. If she had to tell you something, she wouldn’t hesitate. Her statements were always preceded with “Good grief!” and then she would say what she had to say. She always ended a conversation with her family and friends by saying “I love you and God bless you!”
Valeria filled a need in people’s lives when she saw it. She would do this by bringing people fresh flowers to let them know they were loved and appreciated, welcoming new neighbors into the community with a card, dish towel or homemade baked goodies. She donated money to those in need. If people had served in the armed forces and were home on leave, she would invite them over for a home cooked meal to say thank you for their service. She would make time to stop on the side of the road and chat it up with neighbors.
Her favorite color was yellow. She loved her yellow sunflowers, carnations, roses, t-shirts and she even made her husband, Adriano, wear yellow shirts. Yellow is a sunny color; happy, positive, optimistic, powerful, confident and energetic. Those words describe Valeria. If someone was having a hard time in life, she would help focus on the positive and would always pray for the person and the situation. When things were going great her favorite words to everyone were “Enjoy it, just enjoy it!”
Valeria was preceded in death by her parents; Luis and Maria Inez Montano, mother and father in law; Vicentita and Antonio Valdez, sister in law Edwina Valdez, brother in law Antonio A. Valdez and a grand-daughter, Ernestina Archuleta. She will be missed dearly by her family, her sister Erlinda Casados, her brother Matias Montano and many relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Grandsons: Francisco Valdez, Juan Carlos Valdez, Lucas Martinez, Augustine Martinez, Tanner Jacob, Christopher Martinez
Honorary pallbearers: Grandchildren: Anole Jacob, Anthony Jacob, Mia Valdez, Sonia Sanchez, Mikayla Sanchez, Antonia Archuleta, Angelica Archuleta Great Grandchildren: Ava Gurule, Lorenzo Martinez, Juliana Martinez, Alei Doulatram, A.J. Doulatram.
Valeria’s family would like to extend special thanks to Deacon Joseph Valdez for praying with Valeria and her family as she was beginning her journey to Heaven. The prayers brought peace to her soul. A special thank you to Dr. Levi Maes for his compassionate care. Also, thank you to all staff at La Clinica del Pueblo, with special mention to Dr. Casados, Dr. Singleton, Aye, Lana, Jan, Stephanie, Cecilia and Conchita. Thank you to all family and friends for your support via visits, food, phone calls, cards or texts. You are all loved and appreciated!
Vaya con Dios Esposa Querida, Nuestra Mamacita, Gramita, Hermana y Amiga!
“Enjoy it! Just Enjoy It!”
The family of Eleydia Valdez has entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the beautiful Espanola Valley. (505) 747.7477 www.devargasfuneral.com