Rosie “Dede” Mary Carrillo, 61, passed away July 30 in Mountainair. She was born Aug. 15, 1955 in Mountainair, to the late Pedro and Senaida Carrillo. Rosie was known as the family bus driver, always making sure all the children were dropped off and picked up from school as well as attending all their sporting events. Family was her No. 1 priority and she took great pride in every single one of them. She was very involved in her community and was loved by all. The Dallas Cowboys and the Oklahoma Sooners will now be missing one of their most loyal fans. Her family, friends and the entire Mountainair community will miss her. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Susan Carrillo. Rosie is survived by her sisters, Juanita Carrillo of the home and Anita Nieto of Mountainair; niece, Roxanne and Joeray Ortiz; nephews, Valentin Nieto and wife Jennifer, and Peter Nieto; several other nieces and nephews; nine great-nieces and great-nephews; two great-great nephews and one great-great niece. A memorial service is scheduled Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Mountainair Christian Center, with Pastors Doris Jacques and Shirley Sweat to officiate. Interment will follow at the Mountainair Cemetery where Rosie will be laid to rest between her sister and mother. Pallbearers will be her niece Roxanne Ortiz and nephews Valentin Nieto and Peter Nieto.
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