Martha “Tita” Montano, age 77, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 5, 2022. She was born on August 26, 1945 in Las Vegas, NM and married Felix Montano on September 4,1965 who preceded her death on October 13, 2009. Martha was also preceded in death by her loving and devoted mother, Lucinda Grine Romero.
Martha was a dedicated mother, first and foremost. She was a loving and devoted wife. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as a grandma. Her grandchildren were everything to her and she cherished spending time with them. Her best friend was Saint, her beloved dog. Martha loved to dance. She could dance anywhere, anytime. Martha also enjoyed reading, making her famous red chili, tortillas and pumpkin rolls, crocheting, making baby blankets, especially for her grandchildren, and taking long walks, especially with Saint. You always saw a smile on Martha’s face while dancing and when she was surrounded by family. Martha also found it rewarding in bringing peace, comfort and joy to others. She often spent the night with friends and family if they had been admitted to the hospital. You could always depend on Martha helping others in times of need.
At the age of 17, Martha began working at the Las Vegas Hospital. She also worked for Northeastern Regional Hospital and retired from Rust Hospital in Rio Rancho from the surgery department at the age of 70. She enjoyed working and did not want to retire.
Martha was preceded in death by daughter-like, Jackie Sena; brother, Arturo Tafoya; sister-in-law, Carmen Tafoya; and brother-in-law, Victor Cisneros. She was also preceded in death by granddaughter, Amber Montano, by her mother-in-law, Ramona Montano Gurule and father-in-law, Dan Gurule. She was also preceded in death by Gene Gurule, brother-in-law, Josephine Harrison, sister-in-law, Mary Morales, and Joaquina Gurule.
Martha is survived by her only daughter, Lucinda Montano-Molina, and two sons, Paul and Ramon Montano and fiancé Aurelia Martinez.
Martha was blessed with 9 grandchildren: like a grand-daughter Jessica Chavez, Jeremy Pacheco, Cameron Montano, Cristian Molina, Ireland Montano, Italia Molina, Preston Montano, Winter Montano, Callahan Anderson, like grandsons Sean and Ramon Chavez. Two great-grandchildren: Jeremy Tyler Pacheco, & Lorali Gutierrez.
Martha is also survived by her sister, Josie Cisneros, and loving family, Mike Stricklin and wife Sylvia; Mary Lu Harrington, Victoria Rigdon and husband, Mike and daughters V.J., Helen, and Mikayla; Ramon Chavez and husband Adam, Venessa Jackson and husband Nick, Margaret Tafoya, Nelson Ortiz and wife Tina, close friends, Anita and Mary Otero.
Martha is also survived by several sister-in-law’s and brother-in-law’s, Dora Martinez, Lenore Tafoya, Estella Ortega and husband Brigido, Cecilia Archuleta and husband
George, Alfonso Gurule, BonNet Gurule, Earl Harrison and Ray Morales. She was also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Honorary Pallbearers: Jeremy Pacheco, Cameron Montano, Cristian Molina, Ireland Montano, Italia Molina, Preston Montano, Winter Montano, Callahan Anderson & Sean Chavez.
The readings will be given by Italia Molina and Ireland Montano. Eulogy will be given by her 3 children, Lucinda, Paul and Ramon.
Flowers may be sent to the following address before services take place:
1583 16th Avenue SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
PO Box 21400
Albuquerque, NM 87154
(In the memo section of the check please write, In honor of Martha “Tita” Montano.)
Rosary & Mass
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Immaculate Conception Church
811 6th Street
Las Vegas, NM 87701
A private burial will take place in Chacon, NM with immediate family.