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Erma Lopez

February 15, 2021

On Monday, February 15, 2021, ERMA R. LOPEZ, a resident of Tierra Amarilla passed away peacefully at the age of 83. Erma was born on October 7, 1937 to Santiago and Reyescitas Romero. She was raised with her eight siblings and graduated from Tierra Amarilla High school in 1956. On September 23, 1961, Erma married Isaias Lopez of Cebolla. They moved to and resided in Henderson, Nevada from 1964 through 1978. During her time in Nevada, she enjoyed hosting family from New Mexico and made numerous friends around the Las Vegas area. Erma worked in various positions at the Clark County School District, the Chama Valley School Superintendent’s Office, Rio Arriba County Courthouse, substituting at the Chama Valley Schools, and at Chama Land and Cattle. Erma liked to spend time with her family, listening to ranchera music, dancing, and watching NBA basketball. She especially loved the San Antonio Spurs and could easily name players and game stats. Erma enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Erma was well known for her humor, generosity, and faith in Christ. She was also renowned among the family and friends for her biscochitos, banana bread and family favorite peanut brittle, which she shared with family and friends for years! Erma was preceded in death by her parents, Santiago & Reyescitas Romero; her husband Isaias of 43 years; her siblings, Gilbert Romero, Higinia Martinez, Clorinda Rodela, Milton Romero (Tina), and Carmen Archuleta (Belarmino). Erma is survived by her children, Lucinda Valdez (Danny), Isaias Lopez (Arleen), and Melissa Garcia (Andrés); six grandchildren, Gerald Valdez (Holly), Jason Lopez, Valerie Montoya (Lawrence), Sonny Lopez, Michael Garcia, and Isaac Garcia; four great-grandchildren, Brianna Valdez, Anthony Valdez, Lucas Montoya and Marcus Montoya. Erma is also survived by her sisters, Connie Manzanares, Dolores Valdez (Justiniano), Helen Valdez (Ben), and Elaine Glantz (Clair) and numerous other loving relatives and family. Public visitation will begin on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 form 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home  A rosary will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the San Jose Catholic Church in Los Ojos, with a Mass to be held at 11:00 a.m. and burial to follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Due to Covid 19 Restrictions Limited amount of people will be allowed in. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services are pending at this time. The family of Erma R. Lopez has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 505-747-7477 – www.devargasfuneral.com

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