Salome DeAguero
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Obituary for Salome DeAguero

Salome  DeAguero
Salome C. DeAguero, of Santa Fe, NM passed away on Friday, April 1, 2011. She is preceded in death by her parents Jose Cipriano and Isabel Cruz DeAguero, sisters: Erlinda Louise Barajas (Max); and Carmen D. Lucero (Joe H.) and grandparents: Juan Bautista and Salome Gomez DeAguero and Jose Nestor and Juanita Cruz. She is survived by her children: John B. Lucero, Paul L. Lucero, Juliana G. Lucero, and Christina Chavarria (Tom); cousin: Mrs. Juanita Santistevan; nephew: Phillip Barajas and nieces: Ernestina Barajas, Patricia Burch (Dave) and Linda Lucero Hughes (Gary); Joseph A. Lucero, former husband and father of the children and numerous relatives and friends.

Salome received her Bachelor of Arts from New Mexico Highlands University and earned graduate studies hours. Salome’s first career was a dedicated educator for 29 years serving as a teacher and librarian; she spent 11 years at Taos Public Schools, one year at Pojoaque Public Schools, and 17 years with the Espanola Public Schools.

After retirement, Salome started her second career as a community activist and leader. Salome served on the Mary Ester Gonzales Senior Center’s Governing Council for a decade, volunteering and helping to make decisions about the programs at the Center. Salome also served as a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for the City of Santa Fe. She was currently serving her ninth year on the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department’s Policy Advisory Committee (PAC). She served as Gubernatorial Delegate to the White House Conference of Aging in Washington, D.C. in 1995 and 2005. She was President of the City Different Retired Educators, and Regent/President of the Santa Ana Parish Catholic Daughters of the Americas. In addition, Salome served on the National Commission to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

At the 2004 New Mexico Conference on Aging, Salome was awarded "Outstanding Contribution of a Senior Citizen to Community or State" Award. Also in 2004, she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. In 2005, Salome was honored by the Santa Fe New Mexican as Top 10 People that Make a Difference.

Salome enjoyed being with her family, cooking her favorite meals, attending cultural events and traveling in the United States, Mexico and Europe.

Salome will be remembered for her tenacious will, never giving up in the face of adversity, the belief in the power of a single person to effect change, and caring about her family, friends, and community.

Visitation was held on April 5, 2011 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Santa Fe with a rosary following. Funeral mass was held on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Taos with interment following at the Arroyo Seco Cemetery.

It has been 90 days that our beautiful, loving Salome DeAguero left us to be with our Dear Lord. Not a day goes by that our hearts yearn to see and talk with her but we take comfort in all the wonderful memories and how full of life she was until she went to heaven.

Please join the family to remember Salome on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 5 PM at San Isidro Church, in Agua Fria. Reception to follow at the family home.

John, Paul, Juliana Lucero, Christina and Tom Chavarria and nephew Phillip Barajas.

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