Dora Cervantes Lajeuenesse

Obituary of Dora Cervantes Lajeuenesse

Celebrating the Life of Dora Cervantes Lajeuenesse:


Dora Lajeuenesse was born September 12, 1953, in Gallup, New Mexico.  On December 2, 2023, surrounded by her loving family, she went home to be with the Lord.  She was 70 years young, and she was a devoted mother, nana, godmother, sister, auntie, and friend.
Everyone who knew Dora, loved her for her fun, caring, and giving nature.  She was welcoming to everyone she met, and her most favorite treasure was spending time with her girls and her family.  Her fur babies, Orejon and Chiquita brought her much joy, as well as listening to her birds, Rosita and Beto, serenading her daily. 


Dora loved to dance to KANW music, especially with her late husband, Guillermo.  She loved Christmas time, baking at least 6,000 different types and shapes of Christmas cookies and made at least 100 dozen tamales for the entire family to enjoy.  It was her labor of love.


Dora was full of life and enjoyed making countless memories, spending time with the entire family on camping trips, vacations to Las Vegas, California, and Bluewater, where she enjoyed playing pool and card games.  Close to home, some of Dora’s best memories were hosting large back-yard parties with family, friends, and lots of music and dancing.  

She is survived by her daughters Beatrice (Dolly) Cervantes and wife Cecy; Jessie Zamora and husband Paul; and grandson, Pablito Zamora and granddaughter Jasmine Kelley.  Dora’s surviving siblings are her brother, John Cervantes and wife Veronica; and sister Phyllis (Bug) Blea and husband Andrew and many nephews and nieces. 
She was proceeded in death by her husband, Guillermo, of 36 years; her parents, Joe and Betty Cervantes; her sisters, Frances Cervantes and Irene Sena; and her brother Anthony (Mofe) Cervantes. 


Dora’s spirit touched the lives of so many people. She was beautiful, special, kind, and genuine.  Memories of Dora will be held forever in the hearts of all who were honored to know such an extraordinary woman.


Pallbearers will be Ernest, Anthony, Marco, Mike, Miguel, Hillary, Felicia, and James. Honorary Pallbearers Jakob, Aurora, Selia.




UNM Cancer and Infusion Center

Thank you Dr. Mapalo, Candy Okino, RN and hospital staff who cared for my mother, and to all those who go to work every day and treat their patients with skill and compassion.


High Desert Hospice Care, we want to thank Cynthia Estrada, RN, Kimberly Summers, RN and staff. My family would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude for all the care your staff rendered to my mom during her time at home. You made my mom’s last days at home comfortable up until her passing. We are very grateful and appreciative.




4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, December 19,2023

Riverside Funeral Home

225 San Mateo NE

Albuquerque, NM 87108



Funeral Mass

8:30 am Viewing followed by Mass 9:00 am

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

820 Broadway Blvd SE

Albuquerque, NM 87102


Post funeral gathering at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church following burial.

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