Ramona Mata

Jul 04,1927---Dec 21,2020

Ramona Mata, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend to many left this earth to be with our Lord on Monday December 21, 2020 after a brief illness.  Ramona was born on July 4, 1927 in Abo, New Mexico to Juan Blas and Gregorita (Salas) Flores.

Ramona moved to Vaughn, New Mexico with her family for her senior year of high school, after graduation she worked as a waitress in Vaughn.  She met the love of her life, William “Bill” Mata in Roswell, New Mexico.  Bill and Ramona were married in April 1957 and moved to Southern California, where Ramona continued to work in the food service industry.  In 1972, Bill and Ramona relocated their family back to Vaughn, New Mexico in order to be closer to her family.  Bill and Ramona ran several businesses in Vaughn and finally settled on the “El Corral Bar” which she and Bill ran for several years.  Bill and Ramona retired to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico in 1999 and lived there the rest of their lives.

While in California, Ramona enjoyed bowling and going to boxing matches at the Los Angeles Auditorium.  Ramona’s greatest treasures were her family, friends and the Catholic Church.  She was devoted to her parents, sisters, brother, children and grandchildren.   Her faith in our Lord Jesus Christ was inspirational.

 Ramona was preceded in death by her beloved husband Bill, parents Juan Blas and Gregorita Flores, her brother Manny Flores, sisters Helen Flores, Marcia Romine and Margaret Storey.  Ramona is survived by her sisters Sally Chavez (Dennis Chavez), Connie Griego (Nick Griego) and Kathy Silva, her sons William “Billy” Mata, Edward “Ed” Mata (Sharon Mata), grandchildren Eddie Mata, Valerie Mata, and Analysa Mata, great-grandchildren Abby Mata, Thaddeus Mata, Makayla Mata, and numerous nephews and nieces.

Services will be held at St. Mary’s Parrish in Vaughn, N.M. on Monday January 4, 2021. Viewing will be at 9:00 A.M.  A Rosary will be recited at 9:15 A.M.  The Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:00 A.M.  Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff at the New Mexico State Veteran’s Home in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico for the excellent care that they provide to our Veterans and their spouses.


Arrangements entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque

225 San Mateo Blvd NE

(505) 764-9663


Bob and Charlotte Romero Dec 25 ,2020

Friends ,Lubbock ,Texas

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family. Ramona was very special to our family. May God give peace and comfort to the family. May she rest in peace✝️

Robert and CoCo Riojas Dec 27 ,2020

In-laws ,Plainview ,Texas

We are so sorry for the loss of Ramona. Her kindness to us and others will never be forgotten. May perpetual light shine upon her.

Richard Eli Martinez Dec 30 ,2020

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

Our Sympathies and Condolences to the Mata Family! Ramona Thanks 🙏 For Taking Care of Me while I was Teaching at Vaughan High School! I will never forget eating your Mata Burger, They were AWESOME 👏! May You RIP RAMONA!