Camille R. Poncho-Pack

  • Camille R. Poncho-Pack
    Camille R. Poncho-Pack

Camille R. Poncho-Pack, 51, of Encinal, New Mexico was suddenly called home by the Lord on February 4, 2021, following a prolonged hospital stay. Funeral services will be arranged at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions on the Laguna Pueblo.

Camille was born on March 19, 1969 in Albuquerque to Donna Kie and Everett Poncho. She grew up in the small town of Milan, N.M. She attended St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School and graduated from Grants High School.

Camille was a vibrant community member. She helped run the non-profit Cibola County Campout Association in the late 1980’s. The association’s mission was to provide a camping experience to underprivileged children of Cibola County. She married and moved to Tucumcari, N.M. for several years to raise her family.

Camille later moved to Encinal, N.M. on the Laguna Pueblo. She would become involved with boosting the Native vote. She worked hard to increase the Native American voting rolls in Cibola County. She volunteered as a poll watcher and as a precinct captain. Camille worked as a substitute teacher at Laguna-Acoma High School, she not only taught the curriculum, but made connections to her students and encouraged them to reach for their goals.

Camille had an outgoing and friendly persona. She could make friends easily and was quick to help those in need. Utilizing her essential baking and crafting skills she was quick to organize and plan bake sales, raffles, and charity bingos.

Camille was preceded in death by her father, Everett C. Poncho, and her mother, Donna M. Kie. She is survived by her son, Kyle J. Kie-Poncho of Stephenville, Texas. Her brothers, Eric Poncho and wife, Tricia of Albuquerque; Jamie Poncho and wife, Synthia of Bloomfield, N.M.; Cory and wife, Heather of Kennewick, Washington. “Auntie Milbug” will be dearly missed by her nieces and nephews: Kaliah, Brandon, Aaron, Taylor-Beth, Ethan, Hunter, Jamie-Lynn, Nicolas, Olivia, Zoë, Zion, Kymani, Luna, Eva, and Mia.