Delicia “Delly” Sanchez 


Delicia “Delly” Sanchez

Delicia “Delly” Sanchez, age 97, a resident of Peralta, began her eternal life on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023. 

Services took place on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta, followed by interment at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Cemetery.  

She is survived by her five children, Valerie “Anna” Chavez (Richard), Chris Sanchez (Vicky), Hector Sanchez (Theresa), Manuel Sanchez (Jeanine) and Daniel Sanchez (Doris); eight grandchildren, Desiree (Eric Smith), Victoria (Gabe Olguin), Melissa (John Holjencin), Christopher (Holly), Jessica, Rochelle (Randy) Gomez, Tonia and Tiffany; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Martha Moya; and one great-great grandson.  

Delicia is preceded in death by her loving husband of 73 years, Orlando Sanchez; her parents; five brothers, Polo, Gilbert, Elias Jr. (Lejoe), Manuel and Roldan; her seven sisters, Mercy, Emilia (Lila), Gloria, Doddy, Rachel, Eileen and Olga; two grandsons, Steven and Hector Sanchez Jr.; and her great-granddaughter, Celeste Holjencin.  

Delicia was born to parents, Elias and Estella Maez, in Albuquerque, on June 7, 1926. Delicia was one of 14 children. She was a loving, kind and patient woman until the end.  

She worked for and retired from Los Lunas Schools. Delicia loved her family, and when her children would sing for her birthday and Christmas. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of her favorite things to do while drinking coffee was telling stories of when she was little.  

Delicia was always happy to pray, talk to God and listen to gospel music. She lived a long and beautiful life, always caring for others and reminding us to be kind to one another. She will be remembered by those who were able to sit and enjoy her company, and take in her kind smile and memorable advice. “Everybody matters,” – Delicia Sanchez.  

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Christopher Sanchez, and Gabriel Olguin; great grandsons, Orlando (OJ) Sanchez, Timothy (TJ) Sanchez, Landon Holjencin, Randall Gomez, Eric Smith and Diego Olguin.  

We would like to send special thanks to Jenn, Kira and Lexi for all their hard work and dedication while helping to take care of Delicia through the summer.   

Please sign Delicia’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen. 

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