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Cheryl Nicole Vigil

January 27, 1986 ~ May 9, 2021 (age 35)


Cheryl Nicole Vigil passed away on May 9, 2021 in Bakersfield, CA at the age of 35.

Cheryl is survived by her sister, Krystal Vigil-Gonzales of Aurora, CO; brother-in-law, Jacob Gonzales of Aurora, CO; nieces, Heaven Vigil of Aurora, CO, Mylee Gonzales of Aurora, CO, and Lilianna Gonzales of Aurora, CO; grandmother, Frances Arellano of Rio Rancho, NM; grandfather, Reynaldo Vigil of Penasco, NM; uncles, Jack Vigil and wife, Brianna of Corrales, NM and Benito Arellano; brother-in-law, Vincent Martinez; niece, Star Martinez; sister-in-law, Valerie Martinez and family; mother-in-law, Emilie Abeyta and family; friend, Brianne Hutson of Albuquerque, NM; aunts, Perla Clifton of Belen, NM, Della Harris and husband, Mark of Rio Rancho, NM, Eva Trujillo of Albuquerque, NM, Carol Valdez and husband, John of Rio Rancho, NM; cousins, Kristina Vigil of Penasco, NM, Amber Romero of Santa Fe, NM, Fabien Vigil of Penasco, NM, Chris, Michael and wife, Belinda, Matthew and wife, Sheila Clifton of Albuquerque, NM and many more beloved cousins; her beloved pets, Hollywood, Calliope, Kushy, and Weasley. Cheryl had a huge family with many more beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins along with many friends. She is preceded in death by her mother, Lianna Arellano; father, Arthur Ray Vigil; grandmother, Oralia Mary Vigil; uncle, Daniel Arellano; and grandfather, Ernestino Arellano.

Cheryl was born on January 27, 1986 in Taos, NM to Lianna Arellano and Arthur Ray Vigil. She graduated from Penasco High School in Penasco, NM. She married Clarissa Martinez on October 11, 2013 in San Francisco, California. They were married for 8 beautiful years and together for 13 years.

Those who knew Cheryl knew what a big heart and a heart of gold she had, she had the kindest soul. She had a love and passion for animals but most of all FISHING. Cheryl was the best big sister and aunt, she was always just a phone call away with a listening ear, smart remarks, and the hard truth or advice. Her laugh and smile were infectious, and she always seemed to know what to say to make you feel better. She loved and cared for so many people above herself those who knew her knew she would give her all for them no matter the cost. She spent countless days and hours doing what she loved, fishing. It was rare to catch Cheryl without a fishing rode in her hand or carry a conversation that didn’t involve going fishing or something to do outdoors. She enjoyed making wood crafts, music and her sound system and spending countless hours at her favorite beach Santa Monica Pier in California. Cheryl found joy in her grooming business Vigil’s Pet Grooming, her compassion for pets and their welfare shined through her business and clients. Cheryl will be greatly missed; she will forever live in our moments and memories we were blessed to share with her and will live on forever within our hearts.

Please join the family for Cheryl’s Last Catch memorial service on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 11:00 am at Daniels Family Funeral Services – Sara Chapel, 4310 Sara Rd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Interment will take place at 10:00 am on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Chamisal Cemetery The Morada (near Penasco High School).


In my dreams, I’ll always see you soar above the sky. In my heart, there’ll always be a place for you for all my life. I’ll keep a part of you with me and everywhere I go, there you’ll be.

You are the most beautiful memory I keep locked inside my heart.

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Funeral Service
June 26, 2021

11:00 AM
Daniels Family Funeral Services - Sara Chapel
4310 Sara Road SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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