Elsie Fernandez (Benavidez), resident of Springer died peacefully July 14, 2016 at the Palacios residence in Las Cruces at the age of 88.
Elsie was born on December 2, 1927 in Colorado, NM to Sinforiano and Francisca Benavidez. Elsie grew up in Southern New Mexico where she met her husband in Las Cruces. She married Estevan C. Fernandez, a rancher on April 23, 1949, celebrating 67 years of marriage this past April. They would settle in Northern New Mexico. Soon thereafter they started a family, raising two sons and five daughters. Elsie was a devoted homemaker and valued her faith. Family was precious to Elsie and in her roles as a mother and grandmother she both handed down and created many family traditions and stories. Elsie found joy in spending time with family and friends throwing horseshoes, washers, playing pool and bowling.
Elsie is preceded in death by father, Sinforiano Benavidez; mother, Francisca R. Benavidez; brothers, Henry Benavidez, Joseph Benavidez, Jesus Benavidez and sister, Jennie Benavidez.
She will be missed here on Earth, but we rejoice in the fact that she is forever in the presence of our loving God.