Beloved wife and mother, Rose Mary Montoya, age 69, passed away Friday, April 8, 2022. Rose was born to the late Jesus and Jennie Lopez, February 17, 1953, in Albuquerque, NM. Rose met and fell in love with her high school sweetheart Benjamin Montoya while they attended Albuquerque High School. Ben and Rose were married August 8, 1970, and had three beautiful daughters. Rose loved adventure and travel. Ben and Rose lived in several wonderful places spending some time in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico; Pensacola, FL and most recently in Sevierville, TN. No matter where Rose lived, her home was always spotless, welcoming, and full of love. One of Rose’s favorite things about living away from New Mexico was that she could host guests from out of town. She always made sure anyone visiting would have the time of their life and a vacation they would never forget. Rose’s amazing cooking did not hurt either. Rose was a very spiritual woman and Catholic, however Rose never attended a church she did not love. Rose had a zeal for life and loved everyone she came in to contact with and everyone loved Rose in return. Rose is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Benjamin Montoya; her daughters, Rebecca Montoya, Angela Gallegos, and Alicia Montoya; her grandchildren Benjamin and Selena Griego, Samantha and Alyssa Gallegos; great granddaughter, Jessie Griego; brothers and sisters Anthony and Priscilla Lopez, John and Debbie Lopez, Dolores and Ron Martinez, Patricia and Ruben Gutierrez, Charles and Elena Montoya; a host of nieces and nephews; and her beloved doggies Bella and Oz. Rose leaves behind beautiful memories and lots of love. She will be missed dearly. Family will receive friends at Church of the Incarnation, 2309 Monterrey Rd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144, at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Rosary service will begin at 5:30 pm, with Funeral Mass to follow at 6:00 pm. Resthaven Funeral Home is honored to serve the Montoya family.
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