Lillie Bletcher-Gallegos transitioned peacefully on November 7, at her home in Albuquerque. Lillie was born in Seven Springs , New Mexico in 1936. She spent most of her life living in Cuba where she met her husband, Melquiades Gallegos. Together they started several successful businesses, which include a motel, a restaurant, a laundromat, a car wash, and a gas station. After her husband passed away in 1984, Lillie continued to be a successful business woman, only to retire four years ago. She spent her later years in Albuquerque, to be closer to her family. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was most known for being a strong, determined, and hardworking woman. She loved birds, gardening, her motel, spending time with family, watching Lobo basketball games, going out for seafood, church on Sunday, dancing, listening to music, sweets, collecting antiques, most things that sparkle, and anything orange…except the fruit. Lillie was a contradiction; she could be tough as nails, yet she could also be kind, compassionate, and very charming. While Lillie left us too early, her fighting spirit and memories will never be forgotten.
She is survived by her sister, Fabiola Atkison (Jimmy); her children, Charlene Chavez (Mike), Cynthia Egenes (Hans), Melvin Gallegos (Kathy), Brenda Gallegos (Chris Aragon), and Kathleen J. Gallegos; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. Numerous nieces and nephews.
She s preceded in death by her parents, Winfred & Mary Bletcher, her husband Melquiades, sisters Rosemary and Stella, brothers Gerald and Leonard, her daughter Donna, and cousin Josephine.
Special Thanks to Savina, Lupe, Audrey, Thelma, Espi and grandson Ben for giving her special care. Special Thanks to Pita who brought her Holy Communion.
Services will be held Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Cuba, NM. The Rosary will begin at 11:00 a.m. Mass will begin at 12:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Guadalupe Hall. A private burial will be held at a later date. Daniels-Alameda Mortuary in charge of arrangements.