Florence Ena Melendez went to heaven on May 18, 2012, at Mission Arch Care Center. Services are scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Garry Schwalk of First Baptist Church of Ruidoso will officiate.
Ena Melendez was born on a farm in England in 1924. During the turbulence of World War II, she met and married Filbert Melendez, an American airman from Roswell stationed in England. They married on July 7, 1945, before Fil was sent back to the United States.
Ena traveled by sea to New York and then by train to Roswell in 1946. What a culture shock it was! Everything was different — the clothing, food and language — compared to her proper English customs.
With a business degree Ena received in England, she quickly found a job as secretary at Atwood and Malone law firm. She felt as though she was becoming a true American by working in the law office. Her British accent did turn a few heads at her workplace. Ena felt that Americans were pretty friendly and quickly made new friends.
What made her feel most welcome were the members of First Baptist Church. Fil took her to church soon after her arrival and introduced her to the whole congregation. They have been her family for more than 60 years.
Ena taught Sunday school in the pre-school department for 40 years and third-grade training union for many years as well. She loved working with children as she served the Lord at First Baptist.
Ena is survived by her two daughters, Cynthia Youngman and her husband Steve, of Roswell, and Rebecca White, of Albuquerque; four grandchildren, Heather Youngman, of Roswell, Heidi Youngman, of San Diego, Meghan and Ryan Cheshire, of Albuquerque, and Ben White, of Albuquerque; sisters and brothers-in-law, Eddie and Connie Melendez, Ruth and Julio Raomos, Grace and Gil Jaramillo, of Albuquerque, and Manuel Melendez, of Washington D.C.; and nephew David Ford and wife Rosemarie, of England.
She was a wonderful Christian wife, mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed.
Friends may pay respects online at lagronefuneralchapels.com. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel