Mabel Otero, a lifetime resident of Mountainair, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 87 on Oct. 29 in the company of her two sons, Robert and Michael. Mabel was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Juan Pablo Otero; her mother, Concepcion Marquez Lopez; her father, Rafael Lopez; her beloved grandmother, Alejandra Lueras Marquez and grandfather, Melcor Marquez, whom she was raised by. Mabel was born in Gallinas, in Lincoln County on July 4, 1930. Because her mother passed away when she was very young, she moved with her grandparents, first to Corona and then to Mountainair, where she made her first communion, went to school and married J.P. Otero in 1947. Mabel is survived by her son Robert; her son Michael and his wife Theresa; sister Mela Anderson; her sister Dicloria and husband Bennie Sandoval; half-sister Carol Sanchez; half-sister Rosemary Lopez; half-brother Ralph Lopez Jr.; half-brother Leroy Lopez and half-brother David Lopez; grandsons, Kevin Otero and Mike Otero Jr. and granddaughters, Angela Montoya and Yvonne Otero; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other close family relatives and friends. A rosary was recited Nov. 2 at St Alice Church in Mountainair. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 3. Interment took place in Santa Fe at the National Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leroy Dimas, Leroy Candelaria, Edwin Marquez, Aaron Underwood, Gerald Chavez and Michael Chavez. Honorary pallbearers were Orlando Gabaldon, Eddie (Neo) Gabaldon, Ed Walker, David Torres and Ramon Marquez. The family would also like to thank Evelyn and Ed Walker and Lilia Andrade for their unwavering friendship and support.
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