Josephine Stacey, age 94, passed away peacefully, on April 2, 2022, with her children by her side.
Josephine was born in Glencoe, NM on July 3, 1927, to Teodoro and Telesfora Peña. She graduated from Hondo High School as Valedictorian of her Class of 1947.
She worked helping her parents on the farm and apple orchards. She was working the apple stand in Hondo and met the love of her life, Eugene Stacey. They were married on September 17, 1956 and moved to Alamogordo to start their family. In 1959, they moved to Roswell. They were blessed with 4 children. In 1970, Josephine lost her husband and was at home with 4 small children. With her being the strong and determined woman that she was, she raised her children all by herself. She always said that she wasn’t ever going to have anyone tell her how to raise her kids. She was an amazing wife, mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother. The love that she always had for her family was just unbelievable.
Josephine is survived by daughters, Betty Stacey; Peggy Tedford and her husband Gary; and Patricia Melendez and her husband Ramon; grandchildren, Alexandra Leaton; Staci Hibbard and her husband James; Sara Kline and her husband Seth; Samara Melendez; Jerry Stacey, II; Thomas Stacey; Ivan Melendez and his wife Julia; great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Kline; Asher Kline; Jerry Stacey, III; and baby Laura Melendez, due in June; her brothers, Teodoro Pena, Jr and his wife Ramona, of Espanola; Rafeal Pena of Alamogordo; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Stacey; son, Jerry Stacey; parents, Teodro and Telesfora Peña; brothers, Lewis Pena and Reyes Pena; and sister Edalia Peña.
Josephine was a member of the Pecos Valley Quilters and made many friends. Her love for quilting shower in her work.
She loved all her family so very much and her face especially would light up when she would see her darling great-grandsons.
Mom, you have been such an amazing and inspiring mom. We are going to miss you so very much. Your beautiful smile, your soft touch, and your kind words as well as your wisdom.
Mom, I, Peggy, am truly going to miss our daily 4 PM calls to you.
I, Patty, have had you in my home for over 2 years and I am going to miss your wonderful conversations, your humor, your knowledge of your past, your funny stories that made us both laugh out loud. You always enjoyed our peaceful drives just to look at the sights of all the cattle and beautiful field of green producing crops, you mom I Love you and already miss you.
Mom, we know you are at peace and in the hands of God.
Mom, your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren love you so very much.
Visitation will be held for Josephine from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Thursday, April 7, 2022, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Before the Funeral Service, a lunch will be served at 12:30 PM, Friday, April 8, 2022, at Christ Church. The Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, April 8, 2022, at Christ Church, interment to follow at South Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gary Tedford, Ray Melendez, James Hibbard, Officer Tom Melendez, Thomas Stacey, and Jerry Stacey, II.
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