Helen P. Maldonado
Funeral mass, officiated by Father John Paul Sauter, will be held for Helen P. Maldonado at 11 a.m. at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Grants, NM on Friday, March 15. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial and reception will be held immediately following at the family’s Cedarosa Ranch in Bluewater Village.
Beloved mother and grandmother, Helen Portillo Maldonado of Blue-water Village died the morning of March 7, 2019. She was 81.
Born on December 23, 1937 in Three Rivers, New Mexico, she was the daughter of Joe Portillo of Carrizozo and Catalina Gonzales of Seboyeta, both preceded her in death.
Helen was a vibrant, energetic, sentimental and benevolent person who cherished her family and close friends. In 1955 she married Steven Maldonado of Escobosa, NM. They were married fifty years before he passed away in 2005.
Helen had three children, one of whom, Danny, preceded her in death in 2017. She is survived by a daughter, Diana Palacios of Albuquerque, NM; a son: Steve (Cynthia) of Grants, NM; and four grandchildren: Daniel Maldonado of Bluewater whom she raised as a son, Alfredo (Chantalle) Palacios of Auburn, AL, with great-granddaughter, Charlotte Helena Palacios, Mitchell (Lindsay) Maldonado of Boise, ID, Catherine Maldonado of Boise, ID, and Stephanie Maldonado of Portland, OR.
Also surviving are extended family Cornel and Linda Heitzman, Bobby and Julia Torrez, and Damian Smith, all whom she treasured and loved dearly.
Pallbearers will be Catherine Maldonado, Stephanie Maldonado, Lindsay Maldonado, Cynthia Maldonado, Brigeda Mascarenas-Anderson and Julia Torrez. Honorary pallbearers are Mitchell Maldonado, Cornel Heitzman, Bobby Torrez, Damien Smith, Alfredo Palacios and Reggie Hudson.
Arrangements are being handled by French Funerals and Cremations in Albuquerque. Friends and family are invited to place a favorite memory or to sign the online guest-book at frenchfunerals.com