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Obituaries

Amanda Rene Esquibel
February 18, 1962 -- February 05, 2018

Amanda Rene Esquibel, age 55, passed away on February 5, 2018 in Arlington, VA where she resided for the past 31 years.

Amanda was a gift and a great joy to her family and friends.  She will be greatly missed in our lives.

Amanda was born in Santa Fe, NM, a city that she loved and she spent part of her childhood at the family home in Peña Blanca, NM.  She was a graduate of Bernalillo High School and the University of New Mexico.

Amanda is survived by her parents; Robert and Patricia Esquibel, sister; Loretta Esquibel, brother; Matthew (Marie), uncle; Ricardo Gonzales and many cousins and other dear extended family members.

A Funeral Mass will be offered for Amanda on February 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church 417 Agua Fria Street, Santa Fe.  Interment will follow.

 

Arrangements entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe

3232 Cerrillos Road

(505) 395-9150

Condolences

Chris Trujillo February 12, 2018

Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe

We are deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved daughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend. It is our desire to offer and provide guidance and assurance to you during this difficult time. We want to send you, our heartfelt condolences, and wish you and your family everlasting memories and peaceful reflection. May God comfort you and provide you strength. Please accept our gratitude for placing your trust in us to care for Amanda, it is our privilege and honor to serve your family. Our warmest regards, Chris Trujillo and the entire staff of Riverside Funeral Home of Santa Fe

Val Parks February 14, 2018

Friend and co-worker Fairfax , Virginia

Amanda was a beautiful, creative, kind, gentle soul. She had such a gift with words and could transform the most mundane subject into something I couldn't wait to sign on for! Her love of New Mexico and Santa Fe inspired me to take a trip with my Mom a couple years back. It didn't disappoint! I will treasure our chats about the "Royals" always. I am grateful to not only have worked with her for 8 years but to have had Amanda as a friend. My life is all the richer for having known her. My heartfelt condolences--sending warm thoughts, prayers and hugs to you during this difficult time. Val Parks

Alexis Matsui February 15, 2018

Co-worker Washinngton , District Of Columbia

Dear Esquibel Family, My deepest sympathies for your loss. Although I did not work with Amanda often, I was always grateful to have her on my team. She was bright, creative, and always positive, and she'll be deeply missed.

Von McMeekin February 15, 2018

Co-Worker and Friend Woodbridge , Virginia

Amanda was a great person. I will never forget her warm smile and friendly welcoming voice. God has brought home another angel. My thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends. I will greatly miss her and I wanted say Thank you Amanda for always making me feel welcome and always providing me with a helping hand in whatever I asked from you. Rest in Peace.

Eleanor Miller February 16, 2018

NRECA colleague Arlington , Virginia

Dear Esquibel Family, my deepest sympathies to you and to all who knew Amanda. I, too, share co-workers' appreciation of her excellent work with us and colleagues across the country. And even more than that, I appreciate and will now yearn for who she was as a person and friend. We will miss her and her creative spirit for a long time to come. **Eleanor Miller, NRECA retiree

Eleanor Miller February 16, 2018

NRECA colleague Arlington , Virginia

Dear Esquibel Family, My deepest sympathies to you and to all who knew and appreciated Amanda, her friendship and creative spirit. She will be missed for a long time to come and I'll think of her every time I look West. Very truly yours, Eleanor Miller, NRECA retiree.

Maky Afework February 16, 2018

Co-worker Columbia , Maryland

Words cannot express my sadness. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time. Amanda was one of my favorite people at NRECA, it was an honor to have known her and will always remember her kindness.

Nancy McMahen February 16, 2018

Retired colleague NRECA Bennett , Colorado

Dear Esquibel family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. As many have said and of course you know better than any of us, Amanda was truly a beautiful person (inside and out). I worked remotely for NRECA and will always remember Amanda's smiles and great hugs every time I traveled to work in the office in Arlington. She will be greatly missed.

Bob Szabo February 16, 2018

Former colleague Washington , District Of Columbia

Mr. and Mrs. Esquibel and her other family and friends, I was so sad to learn of Amanda's passing. Many years ago - I have lost track of the number - I worked very closely with Amanda when she was with Van Ness Feldman, where I am a law partner. Amanda was a valued colleague and employee. She was always upbeat and always ready to take on any task, which she always discharged magnificently. We had lots of fun working on our client issues, which were mostly public policy issues, and just being part of a team together. We were sad when Amanda left us to go, I think, to the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, but glad that she was with such an outstanding organization that has the warm working environment that we value at our firm. Amanda died way too young and we will miss her. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Esquibel, for sharing her with us. I know adjusting to her absence will be very difficult, so you will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks and months.

Denny Gainer February 16, 2018

Co-worker Arlington , Virginia

Amanda brought cheer to everyone she worked with in Arlington. Her joyful demeanor and beautiful smile will be missed by all she interacted with here. My sincere condolences to Amanda's family.

Nancy McMahen February 16, 2018

Retired colleague NRECA Bennett , Colorado

Dear Esquibel family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. As many have said and of course you know better than any of us, Amanda was truly a beautiful person (inside and out). I worked remotely for NRECA and will always remember Amanda's smiles and great hugs every time I traveled to work in the office in Arlington. She will be greatly missed.

Corrina PINON February 16, 2018

FRIEND Santa Fe , New Mexico

PATSY AND ROBERT I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY . MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES SHE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON INSIDE AND OUT . AMANDA AND I WOULD EXCHANGE CLIPPINGS POSTERS OF THE OSMONDS JACKSON 5. AND THE FARCOS WE HAD FUN . SHE WAS ALWAYS IN MY MIND . SHES WATCHING OVER US NOW. R.I.P. AMANDA. YOUR FRIEND CORRINA .

Ellen Copl n February 17, 2018

Friend and former colleague at Jeff Bingaman’s office Albuquerque , New Mexico

I am so sorry to hear of Amanda’s passing. She was a dear friend in the late 1980s and 1990s. We worked together in Senator Bingaman’s office and at the Air and Space Museum. We saw many movies together and she hosted my bridal shower in 1990. She had the biggest heart and was a gentle soul. One of my fondest memories was seeing John Denver In concert together. He was her favorite. I am so sad and send the Esquibel Family much love.

Susan Collet February 26, 2018

Friend and colleague Hyattsville , Maryland

I worked with Amanda at Van Ness Feldman and also at NRECA. I knew Amanda to be a savvy, funny, intelligent person with a great love of life. She was a tremendous asset wherever she went in her career, from public policy to law firm marketing to trade association marketing, communications and membership development. She was deeply insightful and still, a gentle soul, which makes her passing somehow even more painful. She loved theater, music (John Denver!), art, crafts -- and Las Vegas, too. While we were not close recently, in the time we spent as colleagues and friends in the work context, she was a positive influence on me in a number of ways. She encouraged me to take a creative writing course at Georgetown, and inspired me to take a public speaking course from the actors at Theater Lab. Amanda always knew about the most interesting and fun ways to seek out enrichment and cultivate creativity. I will miss her and remember her always.

Adrianne Castro (Alvare) March 01, 2018

friend franklin , Massachusetts

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Amanda's passing. She and I were roommates in Washington DC for a year or two, in the late 1980s, when we both worked for Senator Bingaman. We also took our first overseas trip together to England which sparked a love of travel in both of us. Although we had lost touch, I always thought of her with such affection as she had been a good friend to me. She will be missed.

Rebecca Leppala March 23, 2018

Coworker, friend ALBUQUERQUE , New Mexico

I am so sorry to hear this news and for your loss.. Amanda was a wonderful friend whom I met when we worked in Senator Bingaman's office. I enjoyed her warmth and humor, and our adventures, which included walking in D.C, a John Denver concert, and "fish camp" at the Baltimore aquarium. The world is a little less bright and warm without Amanda.