Carmen S. Ortiz, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend was called to heaven on November 30, 2020 at the age of 81.
Carmen was born on June 27, 1939 in Santa Fe, NM. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Frank Ortiz Jr.; children Lori Ortiz (Theresa), Anthony Ortiz (Eileen), Debbie Ortiz (Tony), Chris Ortiz (Janel), and Carol Ortiz (Trish); grandchildren Frances and Jamie Bazan, Analisa Ortiz (Jay), Ryan and Sierra Ortiz, James Esqueda (Monica), and Chris Esqueda (Lindsay); great grandchildren Dominic, Kedrick, Brandon, Neena, Ella, Anthony, and Gabriel; godchildren Danny Alejandro and Patsy Lujan; brothers Louie Medrano (Barbara), David Medrano (Rosemary), Ricky Medrano (Carol); sisters Sofie Gonzales (Mariano), Angie Garcia (Willie), Florinda Lujan (Billy), and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Frances and Manuel Medrano; sister Carol Medrano; brothers Joe and Frankie Medrano.
She was a beautiful and loving soul that only comes around once in a lifetime. Her devotion to her family, her kind words and loving eyes, her generosity, her sense of humor, her laughter, and her smile will be sorely missed. She loved to watch soap operas with her grandchildren every day, crochet, and spend time with both her families, Medrano and Ortiz. She loved to travel and see different places. One of her loves was going on cruises with her family and spending precious time with them. She loved attending the annual Ortiz family reunions and reminiscing with everyone. She loved listening to mariachi music and could do that for hours on end. She would remember the good times and laugh about them with her family. She set a shining example for all of us to follow and we will do our best to make her proud each and every day. Not a day will go by when we won’t think of her and smile.
There will be a private gathering for immediate family on Thursday, December 3, 2020. A rosary and celebration of Carmen’s life and legacy will be held at a later date.
I’m Still Here
I may be gone but please don’t cry
Death is not the last goodbye
Death releases me of the pain
There will come a day when we’ll meet again
Don’t be blue and don’t be sad
Think back to the fun we had
I am always here; I hear you speak
In time of trouble, it is me you seek
You don’t see me, but I see you
I will do my best to pull you through
Speak to me and I will hear
Never far I am always near
Be brave my love do not cry
See you again, it is not goodbye
By John F Connor