Juliana (Julia) Montoya, age 94, resident of Albuquerque, was called home by our Lord on July 13, 2019. Julia is survived by and will be missed deeply by her daughter, Lydia Montoya-Griego and grandsons, Jerome and Clifford Griego. Julia was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jeremias; her infant son, Juan; parents, Ida and Aurelia; grandparents, Isaias and Juliana; siblings, Rosendo “Ross”, Oralia, Benny, Florencio “Florence”, Narciso and son-in-law, Carlos Griego.
Julia was born in Chilili, New Mexico to Aurelio and Adelaida (Ida) Gutierrez. She was raised by her grandparents, Isaias and Juliana Gutierrez, in La Plaza Vieja, near Chilili. Her parents and grandparents always had a vital influence in her life; instilling in her a strong work ethic and encouraging her to continually strive to better herself. In 1945 she married, Jeremias (Jerry) Montoya, and moved to Tajique, New Mexico, where she raised a family and was instrumental in running the family ranch. After raising her family in Tajique she and her husband moved to Albuquerque, where she maintained residence until she was called home by our Heavenly Father. Throughout her life Julia enjoyed gardening and was a talented quilter. As an avid cook her meals and culinary creations were always savored by family and friends. We will always be most grateful for the unconditional love that she sowed and treasure the heartfelt memories of a life lived to the fullest. Julia’s life not only touched many lives but also helped shape multiple generations and in that she will be profoundly missed.
A visitation will be Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW. with a Rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m.; a final visitation will be Monday, July 22, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5901 St. Joseph Pl. NW with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. A committal Service will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:20 a.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery.