Carmen was born September 24, 1930 to Andres Peña and Octaviana Larranaga Peña. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ben Montaño, daughter Sandra Gallegos, son-in-law Thomas Lovato, granddaughter Sara Gallegos and siblings Lupe (Cipriano) Tapia, Rita (Joe) Romero, Cipriano (Agapita) Peña, Brijida (Juan) Felix, Albert (Elvira) Peña, Helen (Antonio) Garcia, Carolyn (Gilbert) Tenorio, and nephew, Nick Peña, who was raised as a brother.
She is survived by her brother Andy (Mercedes) Peña; her children Melinda (Albert) Wheeler, Ricky (Jeanette) Montaño, Eloise (Gary) Archuleta and Cindy Lovato; son-in-law Deacon Eloy Gallegos; her grandchildren Matthew and Aric Wheeler, Karen (Paul) Bueno, Camille (Arthur) Maes, Jennifer (Lorenzo) Hernandez, Melissa (Josh) Romero, Katherine (Kenny) Donovan, Joey (Maya) Montaño, Shalyn Gallegos (Dominic Sanchez), Andrie Lovato-CdeBaca (Gilbert) and Samantha Archuleta; her great-grandchildren Aric Alexander, Teresa, Cyrus, Gabriel & Jonathan Wheeler; Ava & Jonah Bueno; Jordan, Alexa, Maliyah & Shylah Maes; Brianna Lopez, Noah Peterson, Asher & Xander Hernandez; Yazmine, Naima & Nyjah Romero; Sage & Pryor Donovan; Benjamin & Cora Montaño; Damian & Sophie Sanchez; Joaquin Lovato-Quintana and Elias Lovato-CdeBaca; as well as many relatives and friends.
Carmen and Ben were married for 50 years and built their home in Santa Fe. She was a loving wife, mother, grandma, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Many Santa Fe children will remember Mrs. Montaño as their first teacher.
Rosary at Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic parish on Sunday, December 1st at 7:30 PM. Mass celebrated at the same parish on Monday, December 2nd at 12 noon, followed by Interment at Rosario Cemetery.
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