A rosary will be recited for Matilde Gonzalez, 87, of Portales, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at St. Helen Catholic Church where Mass of the Resurrection will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, with Reverend James McGowan officiating. Burial will follow at Portales Cemetery with Adalberto Gonzalez, Guillermo Gonzalez, Ruben Gonzalez, Miguel Gonzalez (son), Carlos Cano, and Miguel Gonzalez (grandson) as pallbearers.
Matilde was born on Nov. 11, 1923, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Rosario and Maria de Jesus Mendoza. Matilde passed away Oct. 17, 2010, in Portales. On Jan. 29, 1944, she married Guillermo Gonzalez AviÃ±a, her husband of 67 years. In 1978, Matilde joined her husband in the United States and made Portales their home.
Over the years, Matilde subsequently split her time between the U.S. and Mexico, as she relished her time with family and loved ones in both countries. She was known for her love of gardening and her special talent for growing beautiful flowers. Matilde will be remembered for her dedication to her children, her warm and soft spoken affection to her grandchildren and her unwavering devotion to her husband. Matilde is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her husband, Guillermo Gonzalez, of Portales; her four sons, Adalberto Gonzalez of Mexico, Guillermo Gonzalez of Abilene, Texas, Ruben (and wife Vicki) Gonzalez of Clovis, and Miguel (and wife Dora) Gonzalez of Portales. She is survived by her four daughters, Jovita (and husband Arnoldo) Cano of Portales, Carmen (and husband Urbano) Ordonez of Portales, Silvia Herrera of Mexico, and Guadalupe Gallegos of Mexico. She is also survived by two sisters, Cruzita Dominguez and Maria Elena RascÃ³n, both of Mexico; and two brothers, Fernando Mendoza and Rosario Mendoza,