Judith Ann Gallegos, Age :79

Dec 13,1940---Mar 07,2020

Judith Ann Gallegos, 79, of Las Vegas, NM died Saturday, March 7 at 6:02 p.m. at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico of intrahepatic bile duct cancer. She was born December 13, 1940 in Las Vegas to the late Matias Velasquez and Margaret Jacolt Velasquez. She graduated from Robertson High School where she was a cheerleader and was voted basketball sweetheart queen her senior year. She was preceded in death by her dearly beloved son, Lonnie Bennett; stepson, Damian Gallegos; siblings: Emma Roybal (Isidro); Betsy Coca (Tony); Ben Velasquez (Emma); Lucille Armijo (John) -- her beloved Mama Lulu who helped to raise her; and Betty Martinez (Julian Smith). She is survived by her husband, Chris Gallegos and their daughter Merlinda Gallegos (Paul Vigil) of Costa Rica. She is also survived by step-children Ron Gallegos (Teo) of Hawaii; Verena Olivas (Andres) of Cuba, NM; Ann Mascareñas (Rick) of Española; and Christopher Gallegos (Beth) of Las Vegas. Also surviving her are siblings: Joe Velasquez (Frances) of El Paso; Tex., Jean Charczenko of Forestville, Md.; Ann Hoffman of Albuquerque; and Maxine Sisneros of Santa Fe. She was blessed with several nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends who will miss her dearly.

 

For many years Judi and Chris owned and operated Grahams Pharmacy in Las Vegas. She also owned Ju Ju’s Put On Beauty Salon for a time. She and Chris also owned the Backdoor Disco, a young adult and youth-oriented dance hall. In the 1980s they were part owners of radio station KNMX. She found her true calling in the opening of Los Angelitos Childcare Center where she really blossomed. Over the years she earned several certifications for excellence in her chosen profession, and also effectively advocated at the New Mexico Legislature with other childcare providers. Years after her retirement she was still invited to graduations and weddings, and parents of children she mentored would stop her on the street to thank her for being a part of their lives, and credited her for much of their children’s successes. While Judi’s children were in school, she was very active in PTA and booster club and was known as the best room mother.

 

Judi was very involved in Samaritan House affairs and was consistently one of the top fundraisers for their annual fund drive. She also served on their board of directors for two terms. In 2016 her and her beloved were recipients of the “Good Samaritan Award” in recognition of their many contributions. Her last wish was to donate her pride and joy turquoise blue Thunderbird hardtop convertible to be raffled off for the benefit of Samaritan House.

 

Judi was a loving, warm and caring person, as often evidenced by strangers on the street, at the fiestas or in restaurants approaching her to simply share in her presence. They showed sincere appreciation for her being and delighted in conversation with her. Memorable for her signature clothing style, joyous jewelry, and trademark high heels, Judi loved to dance and socialize. She reveled in her last dance, a mere two weeks before her passing. She lived life to the fullest almost to her last breath. Judi transitioned peacefully with her husband and daughter by her side. Cremation has taken place and no services will be held as she believed her transition into the great beyond needed no further witnessing. A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Samaritan House, P.O. Box 1687, Las Vegas, NM 87701 or a raffle (limited to 600) can be purchased as soon as are available.

 

Arrangements entrusted to the caring professionals of:

 

Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe

3232 Cerrillos Road

(505) 395-9150

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Condolences

Michael Green Mar 17 ,2020

I never knew Judith Gallegos, but my wife and I know her daughter Merlinda and her husband Paul. If apples don't far from the tree, then she had to have been special. Our sympathies to Merlinda and Paul and the whole family.

Krista Mar 17 ,2020

Niece ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

My Auntie was so beautiful to me all my life. I grew up in her home and all her fabulous shoes....Melinda and I were in heaven!! Click click around the house in her high hills. We traded gifts privately all my life! I will miss her dearly ! I love you Merlinda and Uncle Chris! Thank you for being a part of my life! Condolences! She will be missed so!

Krista Mar 17 ,2020

Niece ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

My Auntie was so beautiful to me all my life. I grew up in her home and all her fabulous shoes....Melinda and I were in heaven!! Click click around the house in her high hills. We traded gifts privately all my life! I will miss her dearly ! I love you Merlinda and Uncle Chris! Thank you for being a part of my life! Condolences! She will be missed so!

Roberta Montano Mar 17 ,2020

We know your mother had a beautiful life and was a wonderful person. Our condolences to all of the family. Our prayers will continue for all.

Sherrijean Serna Mar 18 ,2020

Niece ,Española ,New Mexico

She was a special Lady in many, many ways... words are so feeble during this time, but Judi’s life well lived and vibrant ways will be carried in the hearts of many who knew her and loved her... I personally, will cherish the time I did get share with Judi... ❤️🌹

Yvonne/Andres Aragon Mar 18 ,2020

Acquaintance ,Las Vegas ,New Mexico

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Event:
No Services Planned