Sophie Montoya, of Roswell, went home to be with our Lord on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2012, at 5:50 a.m., prepared and at peace. Sophie was born on March 30, 1914, in Mazapil, Zacatecas, Mexico to Mariano Flores Sr. and Ventura Ramirez. The eldest daughter of 13 children, Sophie came to Roswell when she was 5 years old and began attending school at East Grand Plains. She loved Roswell and made it her lifelong home. On Feb. 28, 1940, Sophie married John Pacheco Montoya of Tinnie, and the couple remained wed for 26 years. During their marriage, Sophie and John adopted two children, Loretta Ann Montoya and Johnnie Flores Montoya, whom they loved with all their hearts. In 1964, Sophie went to work for the Frank O. Elliott family as a nanny/housekeeper. She remained with the Elliotts for 25 years and came to love them as much as they loved her. Sophie was still working at age 85 catering parties as word of her delicious meals and baked goods spread throughout our town.
Sophie is survived by her children, Loretta Montoya and her life partner John Ray, of Roswell, Johnnie Montoya and his life partner Howard Brendle, of Virginia Beach, Login to read more