Our beloved mother, aunt, grandmother Vera N. Cardona age 79 of Roswell, NM passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018.
Vera was a very devoted daughter who took care of her mother for most of her life and raised many nieces and nephews. She was a giving person. Although she told it like it was, she had a good heart. Vera worked in housekeeping and as a janitor at Sierra Middle School.
She loved watching scary movies and reading suspense novels. Vera enjoyed spending time with her family and her dog Misty whom she loved very much. Her and her life partner spent many days cruising in the country and to Ruidoso listening to oldies or Spanish music.
Vera is survived by her life partner of 33 years Joe Marrujo; her daughters Nancy Cardona and Liz Cardona Artiaga and husband Albert (Tito); grandchildren Albert and Destiny Artiaga; great grandson Josiah Merrifield and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are the Flores, Martinez, Hernandez, Sanchez, Sosa, Contreras, Fuentez, Harris and Sandoval families. She is also survived by a special neighbor who always had a special place in her heart O'Shanna Garcia who we would like to thank for being there with her during this time.
Her daughters would like to thank her niece Patricia Wright for always keeping in touch with their mom, she loved you dearly. They would also like to thank Cecelia Contreras, Mary Pharis, Ronnie Fuentez and Sandra Sandoval for everything that you have done to help their mom and them, she loved all of you.
Vera was preceded in death by her father Estanislado Cardona and her mother Eduarda Cardona; grandson Ray Anthony Cardona Artiaga; sisters Rose Flores, Erminda Hernandez, Reducinda Sosa and Aurora Dora Martinez; brothers Cruz and Catarino Cardona; nephews Gilbert Flores, Raymond Flores, Tommy Flores, Junior Sanchez, Danny Martinez and Jimmy Sosa and nieces Virginia Molina and Jennifer Harris. She is also preceded in death by her precious dog Ru Ru who she loved very much.
Family will accept visitation from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel with funeral service to follow at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Oscar Hernandez of Church of Christ will be officiating. Please join us after for a reception at 1691 W. McGaffey.
Serving as pallbearers will be Paul Contreras, Albert (Tito) Artiaga, Albert R. Artiaga Jr., Nicholas Romero, Joe F. Marrujo, Michael Johnson and Destiny Artiaga. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert (Bobby) Flores, Michael Contreras and Manuel Flores.
The family would like to thank the staff at Ballard Funeral Home for their care and attention of our mother and family. Her daughter Liz would also to thank the employees and management at American National Insurance Co. for their support and love during this time.