Alice Mercy Garcia, 94, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
Alice is preceded in death by her husband Raymond I Garcia; son Willie Ray Garcia (life partner Nancy Munch); niece/adopted daughter Loretta Rascon; parents Guillermo and Lucinda Santistevan; brothers: Duneno, Ben, Leonel, Willie, and Joe Quintana; sisters: Erlinda Romo, Rose Ortiz, and Flora Rascon.
Alice is survived by daughter Sadie and husband Gene; sister Lydia and husband Carlos Serda; grandchildren: Natalee Pino, Tim Pino; nephew Robert Ortiz; Andrew and Ernie Serda, and niece Carol Serda; and many more nieces and nephews.
Alice was born in Cerro, NM, north of Questa. She attended school in Taos where she was a basketball and softball star for the Taos Tigers! After graduation she moved to Utah to work for civil service. She married her husband Raymond and moved to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. After tragically losing her husband to cancer she moved back to Albuquerque to be close to family and raise her children.
Alice was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed playing softball, bowling, and watching her son Willie play basketball for Manzano High School (State Champions 1973 and 1974) and her grandson Tim at La Cueva (State Championship 2009). She also enjoyed watching her son and son in law coach basketball for Del Norte, West Mesa and La Cueva high schools.
Alice enjoyed working at the Commissary at Kirtland AFB and Costco to stay busy. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, reading, traveling and going to the Casinos.
Alice's Life Celebration will begin with a Visitation on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 3:30pm at Salazar Mortuary located at 400 Third St SW, 87102. Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. Reception after with Sadie’s Mexican food, drinks and desserts. Catholic Communion Service will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 1:00pm at the Cerro Mission Church (Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Catholic Church 340 E. Mayo Cerro, NM 87556) in Cerro, New Mexico. Alice will be laid to rest following the Service at Cerro Cemetery in Cerro, New Mexico.
Pallbearers are Tim Pino, Robert Ortiz, Ernie Serda, Andrew Serda, Fred Romo, Aaron Santistevan, and Gene Santistevan.
Special thanks to the staff and nurses of Hospice of New Mexico and her caregivers Bernice Romero and daughter Sadie Pino for their compassion and care for the past 5 years!
Special thanks to family, friends and Sadie’s lifelong girlfriends “the Lola’s” for all their help during these difficult times of grief!
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