Merly Tafoya

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Merly Rodarte Tafoya, 67, of Penasco, N.M. was born April 5, 1940 in Llano, N.M. to Rubel and Raquel M. Rodarte. She past away August 20, 2007 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She is preceded in death by her father Rubel and her two infant sons, Daniel and Michael Tafoya. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, David L. Tafoya Sr. Her children David Tafoya Jr. "Boy" and wife Nanette Tafoya, Joyce Tafoya Vaughan and husband Ronnie Vaughan, Carmela Tafoya Jaramillo and husband Eric Jaramillo, Daniel M. Tafoya and wife Rachel Tafoya, Louise Tafoya C de Baca and husband Reuben C de Baca, Elena May Tafoya and daughters, Merly-Renae, Margarita and Martina, ten other grandchildren, Davina Tafoya Lucero and husband Ernest Lucero, Amanda, Angela, LeAndra, Wesley, Daniella, Bradley, Nancy-Larissa, Carolina, and Maximiliano and three great-grandchildren, David-Xavier, Ernest Elijah, and Tristanee. She is also survived by her mother Raquel M. Rodarte, six brothers, and four sisters. Merly's greatest joy was being in her kitchen and cooking for her family. She also loved to make quilts, loved her friends and her involvement in RCIA classes through the church. She will be missed dearly.

Rosary was recited at San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church in Penasco. Funeral mass was held at San Antonio de Padua Church on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 Interment followed at Llano de San Juan Catholic Cemetery.

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Name Merly Tafoya
Date of Death August 20th, 2007
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Address 818 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur
Taos NM 87571
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Merly-Renaetafoya Fernandez published a tribute .

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Wow two years almost three...i'm so heart broked at all of this...i made thigs worse...Grandma i just dont know what to do..?i cant stand to think that you went & left us all for ever but i'm keeping you in my heart each & everyday...please help me in this place called earth...& come for me when your ready!!

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Carmela published a tribute .

Our mother died two years ago today. She battled her disease like a tough little soldier. She was so brave and so courageous. She had resigned herself to the will of God with out complaint or blame. She ran the race and she finished the full distance and thru it all she kept her faith. She is Gods tough little soldier.

Momma, we miss you. We miss your voice and your beautiful face. Memories and tears now stand in your place. In your place in your kitchen-you were the master, where you gave so much love and you filled it with laughter. Where you gathered your family and kept us together with your gift from God. Your wonderful, nurturing gift of being our Mother.

From your family who love and miss you and who carry the pain of your passing in our hearts everyday, forever, until our reunion in Heaven.

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Carmela published a tribute .

Our mother died two years ago today. She battled her disease like a tough little soldier. She was so brave and so courageous. She had resigned herself to the will of God with out complaint or blame. She ran the race and she finished the full distance and thru it all she kept her faith. She is Gods tough little soldier.

Momma, we miss you. We miss your voice and your beautiful face. Memories and tears now stand in your place. In your place in your kitchen-you were the master, where you gave so much love and you filled it with laughter. Where you gathered your family and kept us together with your gift from God. Your wonderful, nurturing gift of being our Mother.

From your family who love and miss you and who carry the pain of your passing in our hearts everyday, forever, until our reunion in Heaven.

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Carmela published a tribute .

I kneeled beside you-my place for two years. Bent beside your bed, I got to smell you, to feel the warmth of your body. I got to touch you, hold your hand. I was only inches from kissing you. I'm so glad those days are gone but I will forever treasure MY PLACE- kneeling beside your bed

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Joyce published a tribute .

Oh, Mom, you dying has left me feeling like I have never felt before. I feel a sorrow so foreign, yet so deep and personal. A sorrow I cannot put into words. You dying has caused an indescribable emptiness deep within me. My "soul", my mind, my heart. My whole being hurts to have you back. My eyes long to see you, my arms to hold you, my hands to touch you, my ears to hear your sound. I long for your scent and your presence. I hurt for me and my emptiness without you. Oh, Mom, even though I know you belong to Jesus Christ now, even though, I know you are not sick anymore, even though, you will never have to face another surgery or chemo treatment or the miserableness of this dreadful disease, I long for you. Even though there is still beauty and many reasons to cherish this gift of life, I still hurt for you, for me, for us. Oh, Mom, you fought so hard for this gift of life and were so brave for us and for this gift of life, you suffered so hard and so bravely, in this gift of life. There is so much more to your ordeal with this disease that was unknown to us who loved you. Oh, Mom, what about the times you were alone with your thoughts and fears and sickness, oh, MOM,I have to think that Jesus held you in his arms to get you through it all. Oh, Mom, you died so beautifully and so bravely for us and for the promised gift of eternal life. Thank you, Mom, for blessing us with the beauty and bravery of such a blessed death. Thank you, Mom, for the gift of life, thank you Mom for being our MOM, and grandma,thank you Mom for showing us beauty and bravery and thank you Mom for your love shown in your strength and concern for our weaknesses.
Oh, Mom, so many have lost but only I have mournfully lost what you were to Me. This sorrow so deep and personal is not so foreign any more. This sorrow so deep and personal is my LOVE for you, so deep and personal, only, now in the form of tears and longing, but, FOREVER LOVE, so deep and personal. Mom, I will be s

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Eric published a tribute .

wow tough nights.Couldnt sleep.Nightmares about the Reaper! Night after night.Mi Merly came to me in a dream .I was digging a tree hole I ..was sad because it was work.She passed me and started laughing so hard,that hard beautiful bouncing ,jolly laugh she did at the table.Her and I boy how we laughed.Like the song says "DONT FEAR THE REAPER".She let me know all will be just fine,because she is. An angel came to me and took all my nightmares and gave me PRECIOUS dreams. Thank you for the rest!

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Eric published a tribute .

wow tough nights.Couldnt sleep.Nightmares about the Reaper! Night after night.Mi Merly came to me in a dream .I was digging a tree hole I ..was sad because it was work.She passed me and started laughing so hard,that hard beautiful bouncing ,jolly laugh she did at the table.Her and I boy how we laughed.Like the song says "DONT FEAR THE REAPER".She let me know all will be just fine,because she is. An angel came to me and took all my nightmares and gave me PRECIOUS dreams. Thank you for the rest!

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Merly-Renae Tafoya published a tribute .

You prouble now how much I miss you.Your food,your laughs when I was taking care of you.So keep your thoughts of me.I LOVE YOU GRANDMA MERLY.

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Merly Tafoya published a tribute .

Well it has bin 2 months and I miss you.

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Colleen published a tribute .

Aunt Merly,
Still sending prayer and love to you and my Uncle David and family. Praying for peace and acceptance, and special dreams, to share a glimpse of heaven. Thanks you for your love and your goodness. Blessings. Colleen

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Angela Tafoya published a tribute .

I really do miss staying with you at your house, talking about all the good and bad times. Listening to Donna (where did the tape go?) and watching Mother Angelica. Please watch over grandpa and ask God to watch over him. I will always love and never forget you, please have the toasted macaroni ready for me when I get there. Thank you for everything you taught me in the short time we had.
Love ANNGELA!

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Angela, Alicia And Carolina published a tribute .

Grandma Merly we miss you!!
From Carolina, wheres that place at grandma Merly?
From Alicia, I love you grandma!!!

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Eric Jaramillo published a tribute .

It hurts just to think of how much I miss you.....life is hard. Now life is so empty without you. I miss our drives, yard sales, our talks, your jolly laugh.....will forever cherish the time I had with you. See you in Heaven ..........have the beans ready

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Davina Tafoya Lucero published a tribute .

Grandma

Through the years there have been laughter, smiles, tears & fears But most of all the joy of having you here

There were good times, sad times, quiet times, and bad times But through them all we have been Blessed to have a Grandma we can call one of the best.

Remember the walks and the long talks?

Remember the songs we'd sing all day long?

How about the shows you'd watch every day?

I Love Lucy was my favorite, Yes I'd have to say

Making tortillas in the kitchen were the times I liked better then the rest

And of course all these memories could only be made by a Grandma who was truely one of the Best.

Grandma you really did run the long race and you put up a good fight. I'll miss you for always and love you forever And our memories I will forever treasure

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Stephanie Arellano published a tribute .

I am so sorry for you loss your family is in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You All.

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Spring Roybal published a tribute .

i will always cherish the time spent in her kitchen chatting about gardens and will always remember all the advice she gave me. May God keep her and watch over the family always

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Leo Webb published a tribute .

I met Merly in 1994, she was a helper in the RCIA class. Merly taught me how to ask others to pray for me. Many Sundays she would say "Leo please pray for my family". Now Merly please pray for all of us. Peace of Christ be with her loving family.

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Michael Velarde published a tribute .

To all the family sorry for your loss.The velarde family
of ojo sarco.thinking of your loss at the same time, thinking of our loss





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Michael Tafoya published a tribute .

Aunt Merly: You will be so dearly missed.I will always have you in my heart.LOVE YOU

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Colleen published a tribute .

Memories of time spend in Penasco with Aunt Merly and Uncle David are the sweetest memories of all.Being close as a family and knowing you belonged was the greatest gift given. My Aunt Merly always had the sweetest smile and the sweetest way about her. Time has pasted to quickly, and to long a time to not have visited. Aunt Merly, I know you are in heaven, for you where a sweet Angel here on earth. I love you, and send my deepest of heartfelt love to my cousins and my Uncle David as they prepare to say goodbye for now.

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Colleen published a tribute .

Love & Blessings

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Colleen published a tribute .

Just thinking of you and my Uncle and cousins. I know this transition can be sometimes overwhelming. Sending love, prayers and good thoughts. Love Colleen

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Phillip Gomez published a tribute .

Tia Merly i Miss Going to visit you i still visit Tio but its not the same.

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Colleen published a tribute .

Aunt MeRly, Sending love and light as you continue on your journey,holding you in prayer as you did for others many times. Asking God to continue healing those that love and miss you. Thanking you for showing the true love of Christ, through your example in life. Peace, peace, peace eternal xoxox Love Colleen

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Carmela published a tribute .

My Momma...the strongest person I'll ever know-so pure in heart -so strong in faith. To walk with God I learned from you. To live in truth I learned that too. You told me not to cry for you but I've cried and cried. I die for you- to see you to be held by you. I live for the promise of being together one day. I thank God for you, my Hero, My Momma.

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Merly-Renae Tafoya published a tribute .

Grandma I really,really miss you if I could see you and talk to you one last time that would make me HAPPYER than I will ever be. A faver I ask of you is to take care of Lito (my grandpa). He is the only thing I have left of you. I want him to stay with me forever. I LOVE YOU GRANDMA MERLY.
LOVE,
Little Merly

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