Leonila Gurule, age 84, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019. She was born in Algodones, NM to Francisco and Julia Apodaca. Leonila married the love of her life, Johnny B. Gurule and together they had 6 children. At age 40, she became a single parent when her loving husband passed away. She was a devoted Catholic, a very private person and a true homemaker. She was a loving mother, mentor and friend who raised her children, teaching them many life lessons, amongst them to be strong in faith. She enjoyed cooking and baking for everyone year round but particularly at Christmas. She had a green thumb with plants and most everything she touched.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Johnny B. Gurule, Jr.; son, Steven R. Gurule; siblings, Nicholas Apodaca, Otillo Apodaca, Isabel Apodaca, Rose Gurule, Florio Apodaca, Celia Apodaca, and Francis Apodaca.
Leonila is survived by her children, Robert A. Gurule, Lavonia Sanchez, Julia Gurule-Gonzalez (Mario), Lorella Gurule-Lovato (Marvin) and Veronica L. Acosta (Raymond); 4 grandchildren, Stacy Acosta, Steven Acosta, Chad D. Lovato and Audra M. Lovato; 6 great-grandchildren, Nicole Acosta, Jessica Ortiz, Brandon Acosta, Zachary Acosta, Domonic Acosta and Mario Acosta.
Pallbearers will be Marvin A. Lovato, Mario Gonzalez, John Brown, Tony Duran, Lorella Gurule-Lovato, Audra Lovato and Chad Lovato.
Rosary will be recited Monday, June 17, 2019, 8:00 a.m. at San Jose Mission in Algodones, NM. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Algodones Cemetery.