Minnie Gallegos
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Obituary for Minnie Gallegos

Minnie E. Gallegos

Our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Chairwoman, and friend went to be with our Lord on May 29, 2011 after a lengthy illness. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Questa, NM on June 30, 1928 to Manuel and Celina LaCombe Gonzales.

She is preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband Sam Gallegos, sister, Elsie Kleoppel and husband Jim, Sister Tillie Montoya and husband Pete, brother-in-law Victor Gallegos and wife Maida, brother-in-law Tony Gallegos, sister-in-laws Thelma Tapia, Maria Gallegos, and Toby Lopez.

She is survived by her children: Laura Garcia and husband Donald, Rick LeBow and wife Margie, Sandy Miera and husband Larry, Art Gallegos and wife Laura, Sam Gallegos Jr. and companion Brenda, Fernando Gallegos and wife Stephanie, and Brian Gallegos and wife Valerie. Grandchildren: Donald Garcia, Jr., Dawnette Garcia, Dominic Garcia, Marlene Lopez, Crystal LeBow, Monique Miera, Larry Miera, Jr., Ashley Gallegos, Adam Gallegos, Andrea Bishop , Samantha Gollihugh, Danielle Gallegos, Marissa Gallegos, and Aaliyah Gallegos. Great grandchildren: Victoria, Donald, Deandra, Ryan, Kianna, Tyler, Emma, Ava, Owen, Kane, Kasen, Maya, and Ella. Sister-in-laws Fillie Gallegos and Ernestine Carrillo and brother-in-law Alejandro Gallegos: Numerous nieces, nephews, and friends, all to whom she imparted great lessons on living life to its fullest, helping others, and showing compassion to those who were less fortunate than her.
Minnie enjoyed a long and influential career in New Mexico politics, government, and civic organizations/ committees spanning the early 1970’s until her passing. She served as Santa Fe County Housing Director until her retirement in 1990. As director, she served as the first President of the National Association of Housing and Rural Officials and was later named Outstanding Official as well as a recipient of the President’s Award. She also served as First President of the Northern New Mexico Housing Authority Association. She later served on the State Housing Authority Board under Governors Bruce King and Bill Richardson.

Governor Bruce King made her his choice for constituent manager during his last term. Minnie was a tireless champion for the local, state and National Democratic Parties and candidates. She served as President of the Santa Fe County Democratic Women multiple times where she was a fierce advocate for the recognition and status of women in politics. She proudly and successfully served as coordinator/manager for the presidential campaigns of President Clinton, Senator John Kerry, and President Obama. In 2001, after serving as vice-chair of the Santa Fe county Democratic Party for several years, she became the first woman ever elected County Chair of the Santa Fe County Democratic Party. She successfully held the position of County Chair until late 2009 where she decided to not seek re-election due to health reasons. She was recognized for her work on Governor Richardson’s inauguration committees. In 2006, the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County honored her as one of the Outstanding Democratic Woman in the State of New Mexico. In 2009, the Democratic Party of New Mexico honored Chairwoman Gallegos for her dedication and service to Democrats in Santa Fe County and the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Minnie’s love for life, her unconditional love for her family, and politics was infectious. Minnie was loved by all and will be dearly missed by all whom she touched. There wasn’t anybody that met Minnie that didn’t instantly fall in love with her smile, her zest for life, her honesty, straightforwardness, and most of all, her warmth and passion. Minnie was well known and adored not for her political activism, but for all the people she helped and touched along the way.

A rosary will be recited on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 7:00pm at Santa Maria De La Paz. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 9:00am at Santa Maria De La Paz. Interment will take place at 10:30am the same day at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Laura Garcia, Rick LeBow, Sandy Miera, Art Gallegos, Sam Gallegos, Fernando Gallegos and Brian Gallegos.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Carmelite Monastery in memory of Minnie. Carmelite Monastery 49 Mount Carmel Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

The Gallegos family has entrusted their loved one to:
The Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options
417 East Rodeo Road ~ Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 989-7032