Gloria Pafford of San Patricio passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017. She was born August 29, 1953 in Roswell to Rita and Charlie Alarid who both precede her in death. She moved to Lincoln County in 1978 from Roswell, also in 1978 she married Patrick Pafford on May 12 in Roswell.
She was a big believer in education, she taught at Berrendo Elementary in Roswell and White Mountain Elementary in Ruidoso. She also taught special education in Roswell, Ft. Stanton and Hondo and then worked with Region 9. She had her Master's Degree in Special Education plus many other certificates and license as she loved to continue her own education.
She is survived by her husband, Patrick; daughter, Tammy Pafford; two grandsons, Kase Duncan and Dane Massingill; brother, Carlos Alarid. She was preceded in death by a son, Zachary Pafford and a brother, Tito Alarid.
A Celebration of her Life will be Saturday, November 18, at 11:00 A.M. in the Gateway Church of Christ in Ruidoso.
Gloria will be greatly missed by her family, friends, co-workers and students.
Gloria was a joy to be around, whether it be at work or relaxing. We're sure she is missed by her family and by her many friends.
Ron and Merry ElkinSeattle, WA
It’s still hard to believe that Gloria is gone. Before I worked at the schools, I took care of Tammy and could see what an awesome mother Gloria was through my interactions with Tammy. Gloria was an advocate for many of the kids that grew up in the Ruidoso schools and I'm willing to bet that many of their successes were due to her attitude. Being a special education teacher gave her the knowledge to look out for all kids, including the bilingual kids. She made sure our Bilingual kids weren’t mislabeled due to lack of language skills. Even after retiring she kept tabs with the teachers and helped with her knowledge and skills through Region 9. We had long talks about how we could improve the “world” and many laughs about life in general. After I retired she encouraged me to keep involved. She will be missed. Rest in Peace.
Estella FloresRuidoso Downs, NM
Gloria was such a caring, amazing special ed teacher! I am honored to have worked with her. I am so sorry for your loss.
Nurse JanetRUIDOSO, NM
Gloria was such a special person. I had the joy of working with her as an educator and colleague. She had a passion for young people and was able to kindly and quietly make differences for all students. She cared about learning and continued to add to her knowledge and skills so that she was able to meet students needs. Gloria had a kind smile and was always ready to step forward in whatever was asked of her. She will be missed by many but her love of students will show in generations to come.
Cathy JonesRUIDOSO DOWNS, NM
I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences.
Suzanne and Tommy Castillo
Suzanne Montoya-CastilloRoswell, NM