Elsie Lane Padilla, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at her home in Albuquerque. She was 77 years old. Her family is deeply saddened by her sudden death. Elsie was born on Monday, September 17, 1945, in Albuquerque, NM, in the small town of Alameda.
Elsie is survived by her sister, Mary Jean Abeyta and brother, Paul Padilla. Forever remembered by her nieces and nephews, Albert and Marica Abeyta, MaryEllen and George Lucero, Anthony Abeyta, Susan and Jose Arellano. As a Great Aunt, she was loved by Kenny Sandoval, Lynette Abeyta, Dominic and Annette Abeyta, Venessa and Stevo Balencia, Angelo and Stephanie Abeyta, Richard Abeyta, Monica Abeyta and Don Marquez. She was also loved by many great-great nephews and nieces, Lorenzo Abeyta, Brianna Arellano, Timothy Abeyta, Julian Freer, Cruz Arellano, Gia Abeyta, Trinity Balencia, Jasiah Balencia, Sienna Marquez, Santana Marquez, Xander Abeyta, and Annaleah Abeyta.
Elsie was preceded by her parents Pablo Padilla and Rosada Garcia.
Elsie was a fun spirited soul who took on many passions. One of which included arts and crafts at the Off Center in downtown Albuquerque, which she enjoyed spending her mornings and afternoons. She found acceptance at the Off Center and was loved by many there. She created collage art and handmade birthday cards to express herself. Her favorite place to go was downtown, and more specifically Old Town, where she would take long walks with her best friend Clorinda Romero. She would frequently visit the Catholic Church in downtown Albuquerque, as this was one of her favorite places to visit when she was a young adult.
Elsie was a beautiful person inside and out. She had a contagious laugh and smile that would light up the whole room. She cared so deeply for the people around her. She was kind and passionate. She made an impact on many lives and will be forever missed. Until we meet again.