Elsie Montoya Anaya


Elsie Montoya Anaya, born in Socorro, N.M. on September 20, 1948, was welcomed into the gates of Heaven on November 29, 2021 at the tender age of 73. She peacefully took her last breath surrounded by her children in Albuquerque, N.M. Elsie attended Mt. Carmel Catholic School through her elementary school years, graduated from Socorro High School in 1967 and attended Dalton Business College in Lawton, Okla. Elsie married Luis Anaya on August 31, 1968. Together they built their faith in God, a life of honor, admirable love and absolute devotion to each other. They shared a 46-year loving matrimony until she lost her beloved Luis in 2014.

In 1975, Elsie became a kidney transplant recipient and was extremely grateful and proud of her faithful kidney that gave her life for 46 blessed years. Despite being blind, Elsie resonated grace. She was a beautiful soul who possessed a humble spirit. Her quiet strength accepted life as it came. She was a devout catholic, and her faith in God and His promise sustained her throughout her life.

Elsie was brave, inspiring, loving, kind, fun, witty, and she had a great sense of humor. She loved life. The annual girls’ getaway weekend was anticipated and never failed to provide solace to her being. Elsie’s greatest love, pride, and devotion to her family was unmatched. Her nurturing spirit never wavered.

Her legacy of love, strength, determination and encouragement will remain in our hearts forever.

Elsie is predeceased by her father Cardenio Montoya; her parents Teles and Alex P. López; and her siblings Cardenio Montoya Jr., Ofelia M. Morales, and Francés M. Beasley. She is survived by her devout children Lisa Valles and husband Willie, Catherine Anaya and companion Eddie Savedra, Nick Morales and fiancé Tanya Gonzales; grandchildren, Tyler Lam and wife Allie, Jared Lam, Nico Morales, Syenna Morales, and Felipe Valles; great-grandchildren Taton and Jay Lam; siblings, Marcie Gallegos and husband Rick, Tony Lopez and wife Annabelle, Jennie Gallegos and husband Mike, Alex Lopez Jr. and wife Colette, Theresa Chavez and husband Ken, Bernadette Crespin and husband Scott; her beloved godchildren Pam Monette, Renee Girón, Adrienne Montoya, Maria Lopez, Anna Berg, and Bernadette Crespin. Elsie leaves behind her beloved and respected Anaya family whom she affectionately loved and admired, as well as her dearest friends.

The Holy Rosary will be recited on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. at Old San Miguel Mission, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, N.M. followed by the Mass of Resurrection with Pastor John Anasiudu as celebrant; Interment to proceed at the La Sagrada Familia Cemetery in Lemitar, N.M. Pallbearers are Tyler Lam, Jared Lam, Felipe Valles, Nico Morales, Syenna Morales, Ashton Monette and Cadyn Monette. Honorary Pallbearers are Taton Lam and Jay Lam.