Riverside Funeral Home Albuquerque Los Lunas Santa Fe New Mexico


Edwina Muniz

Edwina Muniz went home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 3rd, 2018 after a month-long battle with cancer. Her peaceful rest has finally come.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Juan F. Muniz in 2013; her son, Frank Muniz 56, in 2017; and her daughter in-law Valerie Muniz, 51, in 2013. 
Edwina came from a large family of eleven children: the sixth child and youngest of five daughters, Edwina was born on March 5, 1939 to Jorge and Melesia Valencia, both deceased. Edwina was also predeceased by four sisters and four brothers: Antonio, Luis, Vera, Angela, Benjamín, Amalia, George, and Ocaríz. She is survived by two brothers of Albuquerque: Lalo Valencia and wife, Phyllis; Flavanio Valencia and wife, Maria.
Edwina is survived by four daughters, a daughter in-law, and a son: Mary Muniz of Colorado Springs; Alicia and husband, Byron Sauer of Albuquerque; Victoria and husband, Ken Vigil, Albuquerque; Ernestine (Clementine) and husband, Eric Rodriguez of Santa Fe; Christina Melendez of Albuquerque; Juan Luis (Louie) Muniz, Albuquerque.
Edwina is survived by seven grandchildren: Raquel Vigil Madden and Ramon Vigil Colorado Springs (Mary); Angel Muniz and spouse, Mario Munoz, Albuquerque; Frank II and spouse, Norma Martinez of Albuquerque; Carlos Muniz (Frank); Elias Gallegos (Ernestine ‘Clementine); Johnny Lopez (Victoria) of Albuquerque. 
She is survived by 13 great grandchildren: Jaquay Jaquan (Mary’s grand children); Santiago (Victoria’s grandchild); Reyna, Lalo, Cristina, Mario, Lolo, Israel, Frankie III, Jalyn, Alicia and Aleyah (Frank’s grandchildren)—the family is expecting Edwina’s first great, Great grand child in June 2018, (Frank’s great grandchild).
Everyone who met Edwina said she was a delight, with a fun sense of humor. She loved to laugh and make people happy. She had a zest for life and truly appreciated every day, given to her by God. She was raised on a Ranch in Guadalupe, near Cuba in Northern New Mexico. She grew up loving nature and riding horses with her brother George, often telling stories of their wonderful adventures along the Rio Puerco. She moved to Albuquerque with her older sister, Amalia, in 1955. Edwina met her future husband at a fiesta and he fell head over heels for her. They had six children and spent an inseparable 57 years together. Edwina took care of her husband for several years until his death. Edwina had a child like wonder for life and love of her savior, Jesus Christ. She prayed faithfully for her children and grandchildren, and loved them dearly. She never lost tenderness of heart for the suffering of others. She often prayed over local and national news tragedies, which almost always affected her deeply. She talked at times about Jesus coming soon because of the growing darkness in the world. Edwina was a precious jewel whose presence will be tenderly missed and memories greatly cherished by her family and friends. We love you mom with all our hearts. Rest in peace.
Arrangements entrusted to:
Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque


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Diane Smith January 10, 2018

Friend Albuquerque , New Mexico

Dear Alicia, Thinking of you and your Momma. How sweetly you cared for her and helped her through the transition from this life into the next Jesus has taken ahold of her hand and she has peace forever more. No more troubles, no more struggles, no more sorrow. God bless you and your family. Love, Diane

Joe and Jerry Pohl January 10, 2018

Brother in law and nephew Albuquerque , New Mexico

On behalf of my Father and myself we want to express to the family our sorrow for the passing of Edwina. We offer our prayers to the Lord for her new life with Him.