Mary Katherine Ann, “Kathy” Gallegos, Age :73

May 19,1947---Jul 13,2020

Mary Katherine Ann, “Kathy” Gallegos, passed away on July 13th.  Kathy was born on May 19, 1947.  She was preceded in death by her parents Clarabel and Antonio Gallegos and her brother Norman. She is survived by her three nephews: Adan, Marcos, and Julian Gallegos, her paternal aunt Helen, her uncle Eliu and cousins: Tommy, Danny, Ronnie, Patricia, Susan and Antionette, as well as many close friends. Kathy received a BA from UNM and a Masters in social work from New Mexico Highlands University.

A beautiful mighty tree has fallen. Many happy memories were made; Linda Ronstadt, silver and turquoise jewelry, New Mexican trasteros, posole, and pastelitos. Her friendship was a blessing. And now she is like a flower in the garden.  (Laverne)

Kathy, my dearest friend I am grieving for you, I feel so lost knowing that I will never see you again. But I will never forget you and I have so many memories. Our relationship has spanned 50+ years, since I first met you in 1969. As master level social workers, we had many things in common. And we did many things regarding social work together. As much as I miss you, I know that you are no longer in pain and suffering and that makes it easier to accept your death. Even though your family preceded you in death you were never alone, because you had many good friends. Vaya con Dios a su destino mi amiga.  I wish you Godspeed and am forever grateful for your friendship. (Mel)

Kathy didn’t speak with me much about her career as a Social Worker, but I believe she made a difference in the lives of many people – helping to navigate systems and connecting them with resources.  She was quietly, unassumingly, generous and caring -- she staunchly supported Veterans’ causes; she loved her cats and was so disappointed that I didn’t take to them; she regularly sent gifts to the children and grandchildren of her friends, and was equally generous with her friends.  When she was first hospitalized, in 2017, I remember asking her what she would like to do when she got well – hoping to encourage that vision – and she said she would like to travel to Ireland.  I would have liked to have had more conversations with her about Bernalillo/Algodones – her family had roots there.  May Kathy's memory be a blessing. (Veronica)

Summer of 1970, I asked Kathy for a ride probably to a party. She didn’t really know me but that was her nature, if she could help someone she would. Little did we know that first ride would turn into a friendship that remained unbroken until last Saturday. She was my other big sister who was always there with me during the good times and the bad.  She was the first person to see my first born.  She was loving, kind and generous to a fault.  She loved children, her kitties and all animals. Kathy, thank you for choosing me to be in your life.  You were my ride n die friend. I will miss you dearly. (Nancy)

It has been said that we die three times, once when we take our last breath, the second, when we are laid to rest, and the third when we are forgotten. Kathy will not be forgotten because of her kindness, love and giving heart. Kathy, presente! (Sofia)                                                                                                                

Dear God of all creation, we thank you for giving Kathy life on this earth and for placing her in our midst. You gave her a spirit of generosity and a deep caring for others. In love, she kept us unidas for many years. Your glory washed over her in her illness even to the end. We give you glory for the perfection of your creation. Now, as we turn her back to your loving arms, Creator God, show us how to follow her example of love. Y que los angelitos del cielo la lleven a su paraiso!  Amen. (Jiny)

 

Arrangements entrusted to:
Riverside Funeral Home
225 San Mateo NE
(505) 764-9663