Avilia C. Apodaca, 81, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend; a long time resident of Roswell left her dwelling place on earth and entered eternal life to be with her heavenly Father on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Avilia passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 22, 1935 to Salomon and Margarita Carnero in Julimes, Chihuahua, Mexico. On August 9, 1954 Avilia married Cruz Apodaca Jr. in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Avilia was the pillar of her family. Although her biggest joy was being a mother and grandmother, she enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, cooking, camping, fishing and garage sales. She was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church and of the local Guadalupana Society.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Cruz Apodaca Jr. and in-laws Cruz Sr. and Francisca Apodaca. Also by a beloved friend John Roacha.
Those left to mourn her passing include her brother, Eloy Carnero and his wife Maria of El Paso, TX; three sons, Salomon Apodaca of Roswell, NM, David Apodaca and his fiancée Brenda of Albuquerque, NM and Antonio (Tony) Apodaca and his significant other Mary Arrey of Las Cruces, NM; three daughters, Francisca (Fran) Apodaca, Margarita (Margaret) Apodaca and significant other Albert, Consuelo (Connie) Ceballos and her husband Ismael all of Roswell, NM. Other survivors include twelve grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren, expecting her first great-great grandchild, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Albert Peyton, for all the loving care you gave our mother.
Visitation for Avilia will begin at 5 PM Monday, February 6, followed by a rosary at 6 PM at Ballard Funeral Home, 910 South Main in Roswell. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John's Catholic Church, 506 South Lincoln Avenue on Tuesday, February 7 at 10 AM, burial will follow at South Park Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her dearly departed husband.
Serving as casket bearers will be her grandsons Nicholas Conde, Benito Conde, Andrew Apodaca, Daniel Apodaca, Carl Padilla Jr. and Tommy Apodaca.
My dearest mother, how I shall miss you. I will remember all the love you gave. Such a beautiful, generous and giving soul always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. I shall miss you but you are now resting with the Lord, and I know I will see you again.
"Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you."