Ramona Guiles Ortiz passed away peacefully on January 17, 2019. In the days before, she spent many hours in hospice care in Albuquerque, visiting with her large family of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Ramona Guiles was born in Three Rivers, NM on March 20, 1918. She spent her early years there with her parents, Isabel and Dionicio Guiles, and her siblings John and Angela. They lived in Picacho, NM during her early years. Her sister Rebecca was born there, and the family moved to Carrizozo where Bill her youngest brother was born. In Carrizozo Ramona met her future husband Paul L. Ortiz, and they got married in 1937 and were together until his death in 2007. Ramona and Paul both worked hard to raise their growing family, all of whom they dearly loved.
They had six boys: Richard, Robert (DD), Tony, Fidel, Carl and James; six girls: Frances, Rita, Esther, the twins Elizabeth and Eloise, and Judy. All of them survive except Judy, who died in infancy. She is also survived by her loving sister Rebecca Uribe and her family from Dallas, TX. Ramona and Paul enjoyed 29 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews and their families.
Ramona enjoyed an active life raising her family in Carrizozo. She was also busy with many activities involving church, school, and civic organizations. She helped her husband Paul establish their cafe business in the 1950's, and later belonged to the Santa Rita church choir and quilting group, which helped raise money for the church with their quilt raffles. She sewed for the church, clothes for her family, and for others in the community who needed something for a special occasion. She was a member of the Womens Club of Carrizozo, and helped in several of their projects. Generous with her time, she taught many others her skills as a seamstress and cake decorator. She made decorated cakes for local organizations as needed, sometimes for money, most times as a gift or donation. Making beautiful things out of her everyday surroundings was her favorite way of expressing herself. Up until her 100th year, she still enjoyed some sewing. She liked to help people, and made many friends from all walks of life.
Ramona's prayer service will be on Saturday, January 26th, at the Santa Rita Catholic Church, at 9:30 AM. with the Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M., there will be a reception at the parish hall and afterwards, her burial service with be at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Cemetary.
I am so sorry about your precious Ramona, I only just found out!!!! Have't been Online and therefore did not read this!!!! I loved her and she was so beautiful - know you will miss her very much!!!! Prayers, love and hugs to all!!!!
Katherine Leann LaddRuidoso, NM
I am very sorry to learn that Ramona has passed away. She will be dearly missed. I hope a passage at John 5:28, 29 brings comfort to all who are grieving. May the promise of seeing our loved ones again help sustain you during this time of sorrow.
A. MixonA.H., NM
Condolences to the family, prayers for strength .Heaven has gained an angel. RIP Ramona .
Pauline HagenDover, DE
So sorry primos for your loss...sending prayers
Larry and Rose. NiederstadtTularosa, NM
My sincere condolences to the family.
Molly McKinleyAnaheim, CA
To the Ortiz family, so sorry for your loss if your precious mother.May GOD wrap you in his arms and help you thru these tough days God bless you all and your family. Patricia OBrien
My grandma taught me many things. How to make tamales, how to sew and crochet but the best thing she taught me was how to love! Thank you for all you gave me . Rest now, be happy to be reunited with Judy and Grandpa. Love Zannie
Dear family, Please know our prayers are with you. As a child I remember Valentine birthday cakes she made for me and as an adult when coming to Carrizozo visiting for hours talking about Army, family and life. What a special lady your mom was. I'm sure her and my mom are making beautiful quilts in heaven. Let your memories fill your hearts with peace.
Shirley Herrera SaizKilleen, TX