Melba M. Vigil, 78, passed away on May 26 in Albuquerque. She was born Sept. 24, 1937, in Torreon, to the late Antonio and Concepcion (Vigil) Chavez. On June 13, 1959 in Manzano, she married Ernie Vigil. Melba was a lifetime resident of Torrance County. She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary for the American Legion Post 22 and loved to paint, bake and cook. Melba was known and loved for her willingness to help others with absolutely no hesitation. She was always ready to help no matter what the cause. Her smile and goodhearted soul were a blessing to all who knew her. Melba was a God-loving women and her passion was her family and her love for her religion. She is also preceded in death by several brothers and a sister. Melba is survived by her husband, Ernie Vigil; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Vigil, John Ray and Amy Vigil and Gregory and Diana Vigil; daughter, Leslie Chavez; brothers, Joe F. Chavez and Tony Chavez; sister, Amalia Tafoya, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Melba was blessed with seven beautiful grandchildren, Stacey Young, Brittney Vigil, Emily Young, Joseph Chavez, Amber Chavez, Samuel Vigil and Joshua Vigil. A Rosary will be recited June 1 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Torreon. Celebration of Mass will be June 2 at 10:30 a.m., with Father Vincent Chavez to Officiate. Pallbearers will be all seven of Melba‘s grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Garcia and Leo Chavez. Interment will be at the Torreon Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.
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