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Gabriela “Chela” Gonzalez
Brenneman Funeral Home
Silver City, NM

Gabriela “Chela” Gonzalez, 69, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago, IL.

She was born March 24, 1945 in Miguel Negrete, Dgo, Mexico, the daughter of Perfecto and Alberta (Parra) Martinez.

Chela lived in Silver City, New Mexico where she waitressed at Nancy’s Silver Café for 31 years. She took great pride working at the Silver Café and loved her regular customers. Chela enjoyed gardening in her free time. When she wasn't tending to her yard; you could find her at garage sales, finding hidden treasures for family and friends. All grandmothers spoil their children, but Chela took it to a whole new level with her grandkids. A generous soul, Chela loved to give and expected nothing in return. A strong woman, she was often turned to for advice. Usually, Chela's kindness didn't stop with an encouraging word- on multiple occasions she was known to help others get back on their feet. Chela's work, hobbies, and good deeds can't compare to the love she had for her two children, Ruby and Eric. Ruby was her pride, and Eric her joy. Chela raised her children as a single mom. She passed on her entertaining sense of humor, selflessness, and hard work ethic to them. They were the motivating force behind everything she did.

Survivors include:

1 Son – Eric “Chente” Gonzalez of Denver, CO

1 Daughter – Ruby Terrazas and husband Lupino Terrazas of Liberal, KS

4 Sisters- Josephina Martinez of Durango, Dgo, Mexico

Maria Ester Lopez and husband Roberto of Royce City, TX,

Maria Cruz Maldonado of Miguel Negrete, Dgo, Mexico

Herlinda Garcia and husband Fidel of Northlake, IL

3 Grandchildren – Brandyn, Samantha and Rachelle Terrazas

and many Nephews and Nieces and friends

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Perfecto and Alberta (Parra) Martinez, Brother, Inocente Martinez, Sister, Nazaria “Nancy” Ruiz and Brother-in-laws, Manuel Ruiz and Jamie Maldonado.


Visitation with viewing of the body will be 1–8p.m. on Saturday and 3 – 5 p.m. on Sunday at Brenneman Funeral Home (1212 W. 2nd  Liberal, KS).

Vigil and Rosary Service will be 7:00p.m. Sunday, Apr. 20 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. (15th and Calhoun, Liberal, KS.)

Funeral Mass will be 10:00a.m. Monday, Apr. 21 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with the burial to follow at the Liberal Cemetery (1900 W. 15th St. Liberal, KS).

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Gabriela Gonzalez Memorial Fund in care of Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd  Liberal, KS  67901.

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