Mercedes Roybal of Santa Fe, passed away on November 27, 2019. She was born on October 19, 1934, in Pecos, NM to Gertrudes and Tranquilino Gonzales. She was married for 67 wonderful years to George T. Roybal. Mercedes is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Martin Gonzales, and sister Lydia Ulibari. She is lovingly remembered and survived by her sister Lucille Padilla, children: Trudy and Steven Rowell, Glenn and Audrey, Gabriel and Teresa, Deborah and Michael Paul, and Allen and Bernadette. Mercy had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mercedes was a bilingual teacher in the Santa Fe Public Schools for 21 years. She was active in many school organization and took a leading role in the St. Francis Cathedral Altar Society, Phi Delta Kapa, and NM International Reading Association. Her passions included writing in her journal, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She shared her childhood experiences that she wrote about. Her stories were published in the local publications "Ayer y Ahora" and "La Herencia", Mercy also enjoyed painting retablos and scenic landscapes, which are in her children's homes today. Mercy was loved and respected for her gentle and loving ways fostered through her faith during a thoughtful and reflective life. Arrangements are entrusted to Berardinelli Funeral Services.
A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at 6:00p.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday December 4th, 2019 at 11:00a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Burial to follow at 12:45p.m at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Reception at Doubletree Hotel, 4048 Cerrillos Rd, beginning at 1:00p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Carmelite Monastery of Santa Fe and the Esperanza Shelter of Battered Families Support Center in Santa Fe.
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