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Maria Dilia Chávez | Obituary

Maria Dilia Chavez

María Dilia Chávez, a longtime resident of Wagon Mound, NM, died peacefully with her sister Teresa by her side at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho, NM on July 27, 2022 at the age of 82.

Born to Alfredo Chávez and Carolina Mondragón Chávez in Naranjos, NM on October 1, 1939, Dilia was a generous, caring, and selfless soul and predeceased her father, mother, and sister Eileen Ortega.

Dilia grew up in Wagon Mound, attended Wagon Mound public schools and later became very active in her church. As a faithful parishioner of the Santa Clara Catholic Church, she generously gave of her time and talents as a volunteer catechist for many years. Dilia has also been involved in her local Catholic cursillo movement, participated in Peregrino Journeys, and has assisted in various and numerous fundraising efforts for the church. She especially enjoyed organizing bingo events at church.

Her love and devotion to her God and to her family was exemplified by the selfless decision she made to stay home and accompany and care for her aging parents until the end of their lives. Her decision to give up any personal or professional goals she might have had in life was typical of the genuinely kind and gentle person that Dilia was.

Left to cherish his memory are his sisters, Emilia Trujillo of Springer, NM, Teresa Tafoya of Wagon Mound, NM, Aurelia Montoya, Dora Durán (husband Bernie) and Margaret Quintana (husband Richard) all of Las Vegas, NM; his brother Joe Chávez (wife Caroline) of Wagon Mound, NM; brother-in-law Danny Ortega of Ft. Worth, Texas; many nephews, nieces and cousins ​​as well as many friends also mourn his passing.

A Catholic funeral is scheduled for Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Santa Clara Catholic Church in Wagon Mound. A Holy Rosary will be recited by her sisters at 9:30 a.m. with a eulogy to be delivered next by Eddie King (wife Kathy) of Las Vegas, NM, whom Dilia cherished and considered more like a brother than a nephew. A Christian burial Mass will then be celebrated by Fr. Christopher Martínez with the interment of cremations to follow at the Santa Clara Catholic Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to and in the custody of Rogers Mortuary, Las Vegas, NM 87701, 1.505.425.3511 or 1.800.479.3511. Please visit our website online to sign the online register.