Elena Gonzales Escobedo quietly passed away in her sleep on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Elena was born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico on Aug. 4, 1922.
She came to Las Cruces with her mother Doņa Juana, brother Eduardo (Lalo), and grandmother, Doņa Alejandra. Elena graduated from the Loretto Academy and spent her formative years in Las Cruces. She returned to her hometown later in life to care for her beloved mother Juanita. Elena enjoyed several pastimes. With a creative flair, Elena fashioned vibrant quilts. Their symmetric artistry captured a rainbow of colors. She also enjoyed cooking Mexican food. She used the Chile colorado peppers from the Mesilla Valley in her enchilada dishes. A love of flowers and plants provided her immense enjoyment. Her children would bring red roses for her birthday and special occasions. Elena drove a bright yellow bus for the Miami Public Schools for 30 years. Her gentle way of instructing students made her a mother figure. She looked forward to hearing about their successes and challenges in school. She devoted time to visit the public library, and reading was an important part of her life. She encouraged her children to finish college. Elena was also very proud that her husband and sons served their country in the United States military.
Elena is survived by her children, Lorenzo (Maria), Alejandra (Chata), Ernesto (Maria), William, and John Edward. She is also survived by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends from New Mexico and Arizona. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ernesto S. Escobedo, mother Juana Gonzales, and brother Eduardo Gonzales.
Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Miami, Ariz.
Assisting the family; Lamont Mortuary of Globe.