Priscilla M. Armijo, 76, a resident of Las Vegas, NM passed away on September 8, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vicente and Amalia Armijo and two sisters, Isabel and Carolina Armijo. She is survived by her son Angelo Cervantes and his wife Anna of Albuquerque, NM; two sisters: Antonia Armijo Gonzales and husband Humberto of Rio Rancho, NM and Rosie Armijo of Las Vegas, NM; and by two grandchildren, Alexander and Nadezhda de Cervantes both of Albuquerque.
She was born in Montezuma, NM on May 12, 1944 and received her elementary education in Montezuma during the San Miguel County School System. She attended Immaculate Conception School until the closure of Catholic schools and graduated from Robertson High School. She obtained a Bachelor degree in Spanish and Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Education from New Mexico Highlands University. For many years Priscilla worked as an educator in San Miguel County, New Mexico. She loved music, played several instruments, but her favorite was the piano. Because of the Catholic Mexican Seminary in Montezuma, she became well versed in the culture, which influenced her to becoming a professional Mariachi singer. She performed with the Mariachi Tenampa and other Mariachi groups at the Las Vegas Fiestas, the Santa Fe Fiestas and other events in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Colorado. In the 1970’s she also recorded a record.
A highlight of her life was when she was asked to perform with the late singer/composer Jose Alfredo Jimenez at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque and later in Guadalajara, Mexico. Priscilla deeply loved her family, her community and valued her friendships whom she saw as family. She was reciprocated with unbelievable acts of love and she referred to them as “Angel Friends.”
A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 in St. Francis Chapel at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd. from 1:00 PM until 4:00 pm. Covid restrictions will apply.
A rosary followed by the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday,
September 18, 2020 beginning at 9:00 a.m. from Our Lady of Sorrows Church The interment will follow in the Capilla de San Jose Cemetery in Montezuma with the following serving as casket bearers: Richard Vicente Maestas, Angelo R. Cervantes, Humberto Gonzalez, Michael A. Newton, Henry Armijo, and Benny Romero.
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