Nila Antonia Padilla Velasquez, Age :71

Jun 13,1947---Jan 27,2019



On Sunday January 27, 2019, Nila passed away at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho, NM.

Antonia Lionila Padilla was born on June 13, 1947 in Anton Chico to Antonia and Luís Padilla. She was the second of their seven children.  On June 24, 1966, Nila married Joaquín Velasquez. They had four children. Nila worked for many years as site manager for Health Centers of Northern New Mexico, formerly Centro Campesino de Salud, and after retiring from there, continued her career as a construction contractor.

Nila was a carpenter and seamstress. Nila also enjoyed many seasons as a green chile vendor in Las Vegas. She loved to cook and was always ready for guests at her home with a bowl of posole, beans and chile. Nila was just as comfortable in the ranch building fences and working with livestock or in the mountains cutting wood. She loved to spend time in her yard pulling weeds and watching the flowers open for the bees and hummingbirds that came to visit.

Nila loved her Ford trucks, her Denver Broncos, and listening to Hank Williams, Garth Brooks, and New Mexican Spanish radio all in the company of her loyal puppy, Storm.

Nila was grateful for the love and support of so many family and friends who remained by her side throughout her illness including Marcella Cooper and Eileen LaRiva-Herrera she cherished each and every one of her large extended family. Their love sustained her spirit as her body fought illness for so long. The joy she felt when visiting with them eclipsed the pain in her earthly body.

Nila is preceded in death by her son Valentín Velasquez, parents; Luís and Antonia Padilla, husband Joaquín Velasquez, brothers; Louis, Enrique, Felipe, and Jacobo, nephews; Derrick Padilla, Felipe Padilla, Adam Padilla, brother-in-law Jesus Gutierrez, sisters-in-law Evelyn Aragon Padilla, Priscilla Padilla.

Nila is survived by her children; Jaclyn Velasquez, Michael and Lisa Velasquez, Howard Velasquez, grandchildren; CJ Marquez, Justin Leyba and Kyndell,  Amber Leyba and Russel, Michaelann Velasquez and Adrian, Anisa Armijo, great granddaughters; Jaelee, Pelaiah, Karter, Sisters; Gloria Gutierrez, Helen and Bernie Cano, brother Loren Padilla, nieces and nephews Louis Padilla, Laura Padilla, Brenda  and Walter Darnell, Viola and Rick Darrow, Consuelo Cano and Rocco, Bernardo and Alissa Cano, Mario Cano, Francisco Padilla, Victoria Padilla, Olivia Padilla, Adrianna Campos.

Services will include a rosary and funeral mass at 10am on Saturday February 9, 2019 at San Jose church in Anton Chico NM followed by a reception at the Anton Chico Community Center. Burial of cremains will take place at a later date.


Arrangements entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque

225 San Mateo Blvd. NE

(505) 764-9663



Maria A Feb 04 ,2019

What a wonderful long life your loved one had, Psalm 90:10 says that the days of our years are 70 years, And if because of special mightiness they are 80 years. Special mightiness indeed. May the memories of the wonderful times you shared together bring a smile and joy in your heart.

Brenda Panas Feb 04 ,2019

Friend of family member ,Albuquerque

My deepest condolences to the family. Sending prayers for strength and guidance during this difficult time.

Bonnie Olguin and Fred Padilla Feb 04 ,2019

Friend ,New Bern ,North Carolina

Our Deepest Condolences on the loss of Nila . May god grant you strength and peace during this hard tim. She may begone but she will live forever in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved her.

Susan Holmes Feb 06 ,2019

Friend ,Manchester ,New Hampshire

My sincere condolences to the Padilla family. Although I only had one opportunity to meet Nila, she made a lasting impression on me as a spirited, intelligent soul who took no guff from anyone. May she rest now painless in peace.