ESPANOLA — Teresa S. Vigil, 60, of Santa Fe, passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2012. She died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family.
She courageously battled breast cancer for more than three years, always remaining kind, sweet, funny and strong throughout her illness. The grace she had during this trying time was a priceless lesson to us all about life, love and dying.
Teresa was preceded in death by her husband Paul Rogelio Vigil; and her parents Miguel and Raquel Sanchez.
Mrs. Vigil is survived by her son Michael Sanchez, of Roswell, and his fiancée Audrey Pacheco; step-children, Antoinette Vigil, Isaiah Vigil, Gretchen Valencia and Marisela Vigil, all of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Amya Sanchez, Natalie Vigil and Alijah Sanchez; brothers and sisters, Dora LeJeune, Mary Burrola and husband Jimmy, Rosemary Sanchez, Frank Sanchez and wife Elka, Peggy Ortiz and husband Ignacio, Isabel Silva and husband Albert, and Mike Sanchez and wife Cheryl; and numerous nieces nephews and other relatives and friends.
Teresa grew up in Roswell, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Eastern New Mexico University-Portales. She taught special education students in Dexter, for more than 20 years, and was a special education program support specialist for the Santa Fe Public Schools for the past 10 years. She devoted her 35-year career in education to working with students with disabilities and was an admirable role model and mentor to her colleagues.
Teresa was also an avid runner and seamstress. She recently made a garment of adoration for Our Lady of Peace at the St. Francis Basilica to honor all breast cancer patients. Teresa’s role as a loving wife, sister, mother and grandmother were always her first priority. She was also very generous with her love for a large sisterhood of friends. Teresa was a woman of deep faith and her beautiful presence inspires us to be kinder, more patient and more loving towards each other in her honor.
“A life not lived for others is not a life.” – Mother Teresa
Public visitation will begin on Monday, July 2, 2012, at 6 p.m., at the Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Santa Fe, with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at 10 a.m., also at the Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Santa Fe. Burial to follow at 2:15 p.m. in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org/ stridesonline.com.
The family of Teresa S. Vigil has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley, 505-747-7477, or devargasfuneral.com.