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Esperanza “Espie” Sanchez Ornelas, 96, of Lordsburg passed away Thursday, January 25, 2024 at Copper Canyon Assisted Living in Tucson, Arizona.
Visitation will take place at five o'clock in the evening on Friday, February 2, 2024 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Lordsburg, NM. A Recitation of the Holy Rosary led by Esther Valenzuela will begin at six o'clock. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Esperanza at eleven o'clock in the morning on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at Shakespeare Cemetery. Officiating is Father Martin Okonkwo.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Chavez, Arturo Ornelas Jr., Bobby Ornelas Jr., Billy Ornelas, Devin Stevens, David Newell Jr., and Greg Lopez.
Honorary Pallbearers are all of Espie’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Espie was born in Lordsburg, NM July 2, 1927 to Macedonio Sanchez and Maria Flores Sanchez. She was raised alongside three brothers and seven sisters. She met, fell in love, and married Urbano Ornelas March 10, 1947. Together they had thirteen children, fifty-one grandchildren and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Espie was active in her catholic faith and served faithfully in the choir, altar society, and maintenance of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She was an active participant in city events and enjoyed playing volleyball with her friends. She was an excellent craft-maker, seamstress, and cook. She was well-known for her homemade tortillas. Everyone and anyone was welcome in her home. She loved dancing and music. She enjoyed all kinds of music, especially Mexican and Big-Band Era music. She had special songs and tunes to which she danced with her grandkids and great-grandkids. She shared her own renditions of ‘El Rancho Grande’, ‘God Bless America’ and ‘La Cucaracha’ enthusiastically! She had very fond memories of her childhood friends and pets, as well as friends she met as she matured. In her younger years, she played a good game of softball. Jenga, and especially Aggravation were her favorites to play with her family. She absolutely enjoyed anything that pertained to John Wayne.
Her humor brought light, laughter, and love throughout her family and friends. Her bright green eyes, ‘ojos verdes’, will forever be in our hearts along with her love for us all.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Urbano Ornelas, her parents, and brothers and sisters.
She has one living sister, Juana Patton. She was also preceded in death by her stepsons, Alfonso Ornelas, Ramon Ornelas, Urbano Ornelas Jr., and a few grandchildren.