Funeral services for Thomas Padilla, 82, of Roswell, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gonzalo Moreno, OFM, officiating. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery. Thomas passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.
Thomas was born Feb. 7, 1930, in Mountainair, to Arsenia Padilla. He served in the United States Army. Thomas married Maria Valenzuela on Feb. 24, 1997, in Roswell. He worked for Price’s Dairy for 25 years and worked part time at Washington Avenue School for 10 years. Military honors will be provided by the Roswell Honor Guard and National Guard.
He is survived by his wife Maria Padilla, of the family home; five children, Fina Gamboa, of Phoenix, Mary Padilla, of Phoenix, Elisia Garcia, of Dalhart, Texas, Anna Padilla, of Roswell, and Thomas Padilla Jr. and his wife Melody, of Roswell; his brother Daniel Zamora, of Roswell; his sister Denise Rios, of Mentaca, Calif.; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two on the way.
He was preceded in death by his mother Arsenia Padilla, and Isabel Chaves.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.