A rosary will be held at 9 am, Friday, May 25, 2018 at St. Jude Parish in San Patricio, NM for Cecilia Booky, 88, who passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Alamogordo, NM. Funeral mass will be held at 10 am, Friday, May 25, 2018 also at St. Jude Parish with Bishop Ramirez officiating. Burial will follow at San Patricio Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 8 am to 9 am, Friday, May 25, 2018 at St. Jude Parish.
Cecilia graduated from Hondo High School in 1948, Vice-President of her graduating class, 4-H leader, 1st Hondo Valley Fiesta Queen in 1948, attended NM Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM., was a member of St Jude Parish in San Patricio, NM her whole life, she was a substitute teacher for the Hondo Valley Schools, worked at the Ruidoso Downs for 52 years before she retired. Cecilia was the kindest, most-loving soul and was the biggest cheerleader and supporter of all her grandchildren whether it was in academics or athletics. Cecilia was a contributing author for the Lincoln County Historical Book and enjoyed crochet, gardening, working with the animals they raised, listening to music and playing her piano. Very devoted Christian and patriotic with love for her family, hometown and country. She has many friends and would always give you a kind and friendly greeting.
Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband for 69 years Ernest Booky of Hondo, NM; son Robert Booky and wife Josephine of Cloudcroft, NM; daughter Alice Velasquez and husband Leonard of Hondo, NM; sisters-in-law Lucia McTiegue Sanchez and Geneva Sanchez; grandchildren Melissa Armenta (Justin), Bernadine Booky, Lawarence Velasquez, Fatima Sanchez (Walt), Cody Booky, Isaac Velasquez and Fallon Velasquez and two great grandchildren Logan Armenta and Drew Armenta. Also surviving her are her special friends Kathy Sanchez, Billy Joe Herrera and Justin Sanchez.
Preceded in death by grandparents Celestino and Navorcita Sanchez, Marriano Aldaz and Francisca Torrez; parents Mauro Sanchez and Antonita Aldaz Sanchez; brothers Monroe Sanchez and Ernest Sanchez; sisters Angelita Sanchez-Chavez, Nora Sanchez-McTiegue, Mary Sanchez-Torrez; son James Booky; brothers-in-law Mckinley McTeige, Ernest Torrez and Zeke Chavez.
Serving as pallbearers will be Isaac Velasquez, Lawrence Velasquez, Cody Booky, Arthur Torres, George Chavez, Billy Joe Herrera, Walt Sanchez and Justin Armenta. Honorary pallbearers, Melissa Armenta, Bernadine Booky, Fatima Sanchez, Fallon Velasquez, Drew Armenta and Logan Armenta.