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Maria Manzanares

December 4, 2020

Maria “Sophie” Manzanares (85), of Hernandez went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 4, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ignacio and Delfinia Lujan of Santo Nino, husband Frank Manzanares, sons David and Leonard Floyd Manzanares, her siblings Juan Lujan, Frank Lujan, and Helen Montoya, son-in-laws Edward Martinez and Jerry Foropoulos, grandchildren Edward Martinez Jr., Betty-Jo Hart, and Gabrielle Rodriguez, great-grandson Noah Herrera.

Sophie is survived by her sister Isabel Rodriguez and brother Raymond Lujan. Close sister-in-law Isabel Lujan, and daughter-in-law Julia Manzanares. Children Elizabeth Martinez, Marlene Martin (Gary), Joyce Foropoulos, Judy Chavez (Jimmy), Elaine Rodriguez, and Leonard Frank Manzanares (Rachel). Grandchildren Jennifer Manzanares, Yvette Manzanares-Valdez, April Maestas (Justin), Justin Salazar, Mario (Kristen) and Anna Ortiz, Alicia (Donnie), Emilee (Dominic) and Eliana Rodriguez, Monique Martinez, Myrriah Tomar (Pushpendra), Amanda Garcia (Ruben), Marisa Chavez (Ryan), Megan, Mia, and Marcos Manzanares. Great-grandchildren Kenny and Joylyn Martinez, JohnPaul, Andrew, and Julianne Herrera, Kaiden and Kaleiann Hart, Martina Valdez, Ivy Rose and Alanna Ortiz, Sariah Wheeler, Isaac Rodriguez, Bailey and Aria Garcia, Dionicio Maestas, Mikayla and Matthew Martinez, and McKenzie Salazar. Great-great grandchildren Zander, Avi, and Abigael. Several nieces and nephews that she loved dearly, including her California family who often called to talk or pray with her.

Sophie was loved by everyone who met her. Her gentle spirit, kind heart, generosity, and beautiful smile made everyone near her feel loved. She cared deeply and her life revolved around those she considered family. Cooking, gardening, going shopping, and eating out at Red Lobster, Tomasita’s or Rancho de Chimayo were some of her favorite things to do. She also enjoyed short road trips on the weekends, hanging out with family for bbq’s, birthdays, relaxing at Abiquiu lake, and most of all spoiling her dog Sir Bentley. Sophie was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

We would like to extend our thanks to all the relatives, neighbors, and friends who called and checked on her and the family. Special thanks to her granddaughter Alicia who was with her daily, Ambercare, the nurses and doctors who all gave her special delicate care during this time.

Due to COVID restrictions and keeping everyone safe, no public service will be held.  A memorial service to celebrate her beautiful life will be held in the future when we can gather safely and enjoy each other’s company.

The family of Sophie Manzanares has entrusted the care of their beloved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477

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