Helene Marie Royal | Obituary



Helene Marie Roybal

On Saturday, November 12, 2022, Helen Marie Roybal, our amazing and beautiful mother, Nana/grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend passed from this world into the care of our Heavenly Father, to be joined with her husband John B. Roybal of 63 years, her parents and all her relatives who preceded him. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, while under the care of the compassionate and skilled nursing staff at Legacy Home Health and Hospice and the many caring staff at the Beehive of Four Hills. Our hearts are truly broken, but our angel on earth was very tired and his strength tested. It was time for her to let go and finally accept her wings.

94 years old, from Albuquerque, NM and long time resident of Las Vegas, NM Helen came into this world on Monday October 22, 1928 in Las Vegas, NM to parents Alfredo Herrera and Adelita Rudolph.

Helen is survived by her four children; son Gary Roybal (Marie); his daughter Kathy Fiedler (David); son Rick Roybal (Yvonne) and daughter Melissa Nuttall (Michael); daughter-in-law Susie Roybal; sister Stella Bartone; sister-in-law Rosie Herrera; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband John; son John Glen Royal; his mother and father; sister Anna Berry; brother Alfred Herrera Jr.; sister Connie Edwards; a grandson; a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

His love, faith and devotion never wavered. Her family and her faith were everything to her; all his children and grandchildren were his masterpiece. She enjoyed spending time in the kitchen preparing delicious meals for her family, friends, and even strangers. She had so much love in her heart and hands that it poured into every recipe and everyone she loved and met. Helen lived a full and wonderful life. She enjoyed dancing, mariachi music, going to the casino, socializing with family, friends and strangers, watching her telenovelas, shopping, collecting and making pottery. She was a devoted and loving wife and the perfect mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. Helen still worried and prayed for everyone except herself. She blessed us all with her love, her strength and her faith. Her heart was made of pure gold, and we truly believe that pure love flowed through her veins. She will certainly be missed, forever in our hearts, and all of her best traits will live on through her entire family.

The pallbearers will be grandsons, Brian Aragon, Anthony and Kelsey Roybal, Chris DeLong, Les Vigil and godson Juan Quintana. Honorary bearers to all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and all of her many nieces and nephews, as all of them were so special to her.

Visitation at 9 a.m., Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and funeral mass at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Albuquerque, 5712 Paradise Blvd. NO; reception to follow mass and interment at 2:30 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

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