Flori Jo Nunez died suddenly and unexpectedly, from complications following surgery, on Friday, May 5, 2017 in Las Cruces, NM.
Flori Jo was born October 27, 1974 in Roswell, NM to Steve and Frances Nunez who preceded her in death.
Flori graduated from Roswell High School in 1993, received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Eastern New Mexico University in 2000 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2003. She was admitted into the State Bar of New Mexico in 2004. She was an Assistant Trial Attorney for the Chaves County District Attorney's Office, Senior Trial Attorney for Allstate and Encompass Staff Counsel and was currently working for the New Mexico Public Defender's Office in Carlsbad.
Flori was a veteran of the United States Air Force where she served from 1995-1999. She was awarded Achievement Medal w/1 device, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon and Air Force Training Ribbon.
Survivors include sisters Carolyn (Doug) Conklin of Wickenburg, AZ, and Mary Faith Nunez of Roswell, brothers Steve (DeeAnn) Nunez, and Jim Nunez of Roswell. Flori Jo is also survived by her second mother, Aunt Flo Valdez, of El Paso, TX, and uncles, George Valdez, Jim Valdez and Bob Valdez of Roswell. Flori Jo loved her nieces and nephews who survive her - Brennen, Nicole, Christopher, Taylor, Shelby, Destiny, Aaron, and Kylie. She had a special nickname for each of her beloved nieces and nephews. Flori Jo is also survived by special friends Chris Waggoner, Albert Rivas and Katrina Finnegan.
Flori Jo was full life of life. She lit up any room she walked into and had a very contagious laugh. Flori Jo never met a stranger. She had a huge heart as was reflected by her need to always be the advocate for the underdog. Flori Jo will be remembered for her vivacious personality and her passion for law and anything political. She loved her special four legged friends, Crush and Eddie. Her beloved special four legged friend Bruiser Riley, preceeded her in death and it nearly broke her heart when he passed on. She carried his remains in a little keepsake urn in her purse with her everywhere she went.
Flori Jo will be greatly missed by all her family and friends who love her very much. She was taken way too soon from us. She didn't get to accomplish all her plans, goals and dreams; but we're sure she's up there in heaven rejoicing with her Momma and Pop and getting all those angels in order.
There will be a viewing for Flori Jo on Friday May 12, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 PM at Ballard Funeral Home. Services will be Saturday May 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Grace Community Church. Services are under the direction of Ballard Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Flori's memory to Children's Cancer Fund of New Mexico. Donations can be made to 112 14th St SW Albuquerque NM 87102 or online at ccfnm.org.
We little knew that morning that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you
the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories
your love is still our guide;
and though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same;
but as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.