Funeral services for Maria Eutilia Gonzales, 82, of Portales, will be held at 10:30 AM, Thurs., Jan. 7, 2021 at Trinity Assembly of God Church with Pastor Kelly Fulfer officiating. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Pastor Kelly presiding. Valentine Sotelo, Rudy Sotelo, Juan Martinez, Victoriano Martinez, Rey Garcia and Alex Galvan will serve as pallbearers. Jayson Edward Zingraf, Marcel Divino Gonzales and Leroy Aragon, Jr. will be honorary pallbearers. The Rosary will be recited at 6:00 PM, Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at Trinity Assembly of God Church.
Maria Eutilia Gonzales was born June 4, 1938 in Chacon, NM to Angelina Martinez, and died Jan. 3, 2021 in Portales, NM at the age of 82 years, 6 months and 29 days. Mrs. Gonzales grew up in the Chacon and Mora area. She was raised by her grandparents until as a young woman she moved to Rawlins, WY, where she met Edward Gonzales. They were married June 28, 1961 in Rawlins. In 1965, they relocated their young family to Denver, CO, where they remained until 1981. During those years, Mrs. Gonzales not only tended to her growing family, but also worked as a waitress at various dining establishments, and she and her husband owned and operated several restaurants of their own. In 1981, they moved to Roswell, and then in 1984 they came to Portales, where she continued to work in restaurants for several more years and was a cashier for Aramark at Eastern NM University for almost 20 years. Maria enjoyed her faith, her family, her wordsearch and jigsaw puzzles and her plants. She was an incredible wife, mother, sister and friend. Anyone who met her thought of her as a 'beautiful lady'. Her beauty was inside and out. She was an inspiration to us all. She was a member of the Catholic church but worshipped God wherever she was.
She is preceded in death by her husband of almost 59 years, Edward R Gonzales, her grandparents Juan and Cleotilde Martinez, her mother, Angelina Arguello and daughter, Elaine McGraw. She is survived by three sons, John Michael Gonzales of Denver, CO, Barton Charles Gonzales of Oahu, HI and Augustine Martinez of Portales; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Mary Martinez of Portales, Arlene (Rodolfo) Sotelo of Portales, Helen (Eduvijes) Martinez-Garcia of Portales and Brenda Lee (Timothy) Kirkland of Cordova, AL; 20 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; a brother, Leo Arguello of Portales; and three sisters, and brothers-in-law, Nora (Jimmy) Gallegos of Guadalupita, NM, Marcella (Mike) Marquis of Roswell, NM and Lorraine (Ernest) Blea-Garcia of Roswell, NM.
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