Maria Amelindra Martinez AtencioOctober 16, 1899 – November 3, 2004
Maria Amelindra Martinez Atencio died Wednesday, Nov. 3, of natural causes at the age of 105, in her home in Ignacio.The ninth of 12 children, Atencio was born on Oct. 16, 1899, to Jose Teofilo de Jesus Martinez and Delfina Archuleta Martinez in Largo, N.M., and grew up on a farm in Turley, in northwestern New Mexico. When Atencio was in her teens, a mail carrier for the Pony Express between Aztec and Turley, Abel F. Atencio sometimes stayed overnight with her family. They fell in love and were married in December of 1923 in Durango. Together, they had nine children, and they were also involved in raising some of their grandchildren. She was in her 60s when she began taking care of one of her son’s children, the youngest of which was 4 and the oldest 12.Maria Amelindra Martinez Atencio is survived by her daughters Carmen Della Bosca, of Lucerne, Calif., Tommie Kenney, of Ignacio, Lucille Reid, of Dallas, Lillian Casias, of Clearfield, Utah, Ruth Golden, of Las Vegas, and her son José Atencio, of Ignacio; and 16 grandchildren, including Cindy (Atencio) Svatos, of Glenwood Springs. She raised a great-grandson, Joseph Atencio, of Ignacio.Atencio was preceded in death by her husband Abel and two sons, Tony Atencio and Abel Atencio Jr. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at Hood Mortuary. A rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday with a Mass of Christian burial to follow at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Monsignor Daniel Huber, with St. Ignatius Catholic Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Crestview Cemetery in Durango.Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at Hood Mortuary. A rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday with a Mass of Christian burial to follow at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Monsignor Daniel Huber, with St. Ignatius Catholic Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Crestview Cemetery in Durango.
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