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Mabel G. (Gonzales) Leyba

November 20, 1930 ~ December 1, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Mabel Leyba Obituary

Mabel Leyba passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family on December 1, 2023.  She was welcomed by her Heavenly Father and joined her beloved husband Jose, grandson Justin and her parents.  A devout Catholic, she was a member of St. Gertrude’s Church in Mora.  She was born on November 20, 1930 to Marino and Aurora Gonzales and was a lifelong resident of Mora, NM.

            She is survived by her children:  Lloyd, Herman, Lucille (Gabe), Margaret (Manuel), Iris (Dave), Frances (Lucille), Michael (Melinda), Wanda (Peter), and Rachael; 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.  Her incredibly special and loving siblings:  Eutimia (Tomme), Ermelinda (Bill), and Geronimo (Josefina), and a special friend, Sally Valdez.

She devoted her entire life to her husband and her children until the very end.  All her grandchildren were her joys and loved when they unexpectantly showed up to visit.  She began her career as a cook late in life and made cooking and baking an art form that has been appreciated by many. She was the most gracious host, as everyone was welcomed into her home and was treated by family.  She was “momma” to more than her children.  She was the epitome of selflessness, strength, and faith and genuinely enjoyed her life.  She loved cooking and baking, visiting with family and friends, and the occasional trip to any casino.

            Mabel lived a remarkable story and above all else, she loved unconditionally and was loved by many.  We were truly blessed to have had her for so many years and she would be greatly missed.  The family would like to thank Dr. James Lutz and his medical staff at MVCHS for their gracious care that enabled her to remain at home.

            Services will be held from St. Gertrude’s Church in Mora, NM on Friday, December 22, 2023 with a rosary at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m.  The interment will follow in the St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Cleveland, New Mexico. Cremation has already taken place.

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Recitation of the Rosary
December 22, 2023

9:00 AM
St. Gertrude's Church
1 Church Plaza
Mora, NM 87732

Mass of Christian Burial
December 22, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Gertrude's Church
1 Church Plaza
Mora, NM 87732

Graveside Service
December 22, 2023

11:30 AM
St. Anthony's Cemetery--Cleveland
Cleveland, NM 87715


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