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Ruth R. Montoya

April 2, 1921 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 102) 102 Years Old

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Santa Fe – It is with heavy hearts that we announce that our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend, Ruth R. Montoya, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2024, at age 102, with family at her side.

Ruth was born on April 2, 1921, in El Rancho, New Mexico, to Fidel and Refugio Ortiz Romero.  Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ben Montoya in 1963 and her son Danny Montoya in 1992.  Ruth is also preceded in death by her three brothers, one sister, and four half-sisters. 

Ruth and Ben were in business together.  They owned and operated a furniture store, Fine Rest Furniture on West San Francisco Street in downtown Santa Fe in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  After Ben’s death, Ruth returned to teaching elementary school.  She taught at Cristo Rey Parochial School for many years.  After retirement, Ruth was a substitute teacher for Santa Fe Public Schools for several years. 

Ruth was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, Retired Teachers Association, and the Christus St. Vincent Hospital Auxiliary.

Ruth is survived by her sons Gerald Montoya, Bennie (Ben) Montoya (Linda), Michael Montoya (Barbara), daughter Vicki Barela (John), and her sister Janie Mead of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Grandchildren Crystal, Daniel, and Lance Montoya, Michelle Langehennig, James Barela, David (Kim) and Carl (Candice) Vigil.  Great grandchildren Theresa and Lucyanna Vigil, John Michael and Jenna Langehennig.  And many nieces, nephews, and friends. 

Services for Ruth will be held at Cristo Rey Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 7th.  Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. to 10:30. Rosary at 10:30, Mass at 11:00, followed by Burial at 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. 


Services

Visitation
Wednesday
February 7, 2024

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Cristo Rey Catholic Church
1120 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Rosary
Wednesday
February 7, 2024

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Cristo Rey Catholic Church
1120 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Funeral Mass
Wednesday
February 7, 2024

11:00 AM
Cristo Rey Catholic Church
1120 Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Interment
Wednesday
February 7, 2024

1:30 PM
Santa Fe National Cemetery
501 N. Guadalupe
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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