Gloria S. Lopez
Gloria Lopez, 77, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, passed away on July 18, 2023. Gloria’s life was a spiritual testament to her belief in God, which could be seen in the relationships she shared with family and friends. Her faith is what bring us all together to celebrate her life and all the beautiful memories we shared with Gloria.
Gloria was born on October 3, 1945, in Grants, NM. She is preceded in death by her mother Sylvia DeArmond, father Melecio Salazar, brother Patrick Salazar who passed away in Vietnam, and her youngest brother, also named Patrick Salazar.
Gloria is survived by her dearest husband of 46 years, Bobby Lopez; her three sons Anthony Salazar and his trusted partner, Theresa Candelaria, Robert Gonzales, and Lawerence Gonzales and his wife, Rosie Gonzales; her only daughter Tanya Lopez and her lifelong partner, Omar Pacheco; her beloved granddaughter Mya Pacheco; her sister Rita Baca and brother Bobby Salazar; her sister-in-law Jean Lopez and brother-in-law Ramon Lopez and his wife, Rosie Lopez; and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends who she loved dearly.
Gloria worked for many years with the State of New Mexico in Santa Fe where she eventually retired. To many, Gloria was known as a very spirited, lively, and colorful person. Her presence was known each time she entered a room because she always spoke her mind without thinking twice. She could liven up a room with her energy and theatrics, which is what people love the most. There were very few dull moments or stories when it came to Gloria. Often, people find themselves laughing and saying, “yup that’s Gloria.” If you truly knew her, you knew she loved family and friends immensely without regard, she was the luckiest person at the casino, and she held steadfast to her faith.
Memorial Services for Gloria Lopez will be held on August 2, 2023, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 5712 Paradise Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114. Services will start with a viewing at 9:00 a.m. and then a rosary at 9:30 a.m. A catholic mass will be held thereafter with Father Tien-Tri Nguyen at 10:15 a.m. Burial will follow at Daniels Funeral Home/Cemetery, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, which is where funeral arrangements are being handled. A Celebration of Life and reception for Gloria Lopez will be held immediately after all funeral services have concluded at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 5712 Paradise Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114.
Pallbearers will include Omar Pacheco, Lawrence Gonzales, Patrick Salazar, Santiago Grijalva Jr., Fred Lopez, Sammy Lopez, Santiago Grijalva, and Lucas Gonzales.