Sandra Jo Vale

July 14, 2012 • Obituaries


A prayer service is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2012, at Ballard Chapel, for Sandra Jo Vale, 50, who passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Texas. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Church on the Move, with the Rev. Savino Sanchez officiating. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery.

Sandra was born Nov. 3, 1961, in Roswell, to Joseph and Amelia Herrera Lucero. Her mother preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her daughters, Angel Vale and Savannah Vale; her uncles, Araqio Lucero, Leo Lucero and Isarael Herrera; and aunts, Magdalena Gomez, Prestinia Perches and Ernestina Olveda and Mary Rodela.

Those left to cherish her memory are her father Joseph Lucero and wife Doris; sons, Ray Vale and Matthew Lucero, of Roswell; daughter Monique [auth] Castillo and husband Alex, of Lubbock, Texas; brother Joseph Lucero and wife Debbie, of Roswell; sister Patsy Lucero, of Roswell; granddaughter Mariah Castillo; nieces and nephews, Joshua Lucero, Andrew Cobos, Marissa Lucero, Anna Anaya, Jaclyn Lucero, Merissa Ortega, Krystol Ortega and Alicia Lopez; uncles, Melvin Herrera, Ernesto Herrera, of Tucson, Ariz., Danny Herrera and wife Rose, of Roswell, James Herrera and wife Tanya, of Alamogordo, and Junior Lucero; aunts, Grace Sanchez and husband Savino, Mary Polaco and husband Junior, and Norma Regalado and husband Archie, all of Roswell; and her other aunts and uncles, Lupe Wilcox, Felis Larson, Reynalda Guiterrez, Effie Popejoy and Jessie Lucero.

Family tradition was very important to Sandra. She was a very giving person and eager to please everyone around her. She loved doing crafts and art for her family. She enjoyed making those around her happy giving away her necklaces, earrings and whatever she made, and never asking for anything in return. There are no words to express how deeply she will be missed by all who knew her.

Pallbearers will be Jose Lucero, Joseph Lucero, Joshua Lucero, Danny Herrera, Victor Gomez, Ernie Gomez, Ernesto Herrera, Melvin Herrera, James Herrera and Chito Herrera. Honorary pallbearers will be Marissa Lucero and Anna Anaya.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

The Blessings of My Big Family

The blessings of a big family are only seen by a few
A few of the chosen ones that God has given this blessing to.

The blessings are so numerous it’s hard to even start to
Number or to name them but they all hold a place in the heart.

The heart of every person in my big family is unique. Its
Uniqueness makes us special and should not be critiqued.

The memories that are made are more precious than
Gold, from babies to weddings, from young and to old.

From grandparents to grandchildren and everyone in
Between the many special relationships that are built
And could have never been foreseen.

Thank you, God, for my big family. I will treasure through
The good times and bad the memories could not be measured.

Thank you, God, for birthdays, simple get-togethers and even the tears for
I pray that these blessings last many, many more years.

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