Monday, March 3, 2014

Dr. Vicente Ximenes' Obituary

XIMENES, VICENTE TREVINO "CHENTE" Vicente Trevino Ximenes, and in family circles known as Chente, passed away on February 27 and has joined his lifelong love Maria; son Estevan; sister Hercilia Toscano; and brothers Ben, Edward and Waldo. Vicente would say in moments of reflection, how his path through life was started in a small town in Floresville, Texas, serving his country on the world stage, being a voice for justice and equality for all people, returning to serve his State of New Mexico, his city of Albuquerque, his neighborhood and finally his beloved community at La Vida Llena. Woven throughout his service and accomplishments was his steadfast support and love of his "familia," his son, Ricardo Ximenes and wife, Patricia; daughters Olivia and husband, Patrick Harrington, and Ana Maria and husband, Steve Baroch; daughter-in-law Patty Snipes; granddaughter Theresa Ximenes; our great granddaughters Chloe and Madison Ximenes-Merrill; brother Joe Ximenes; sister Magdalena Valdez; sister in law Mary-Lou Ximenes, and all our familia in San Antonio and Floresville, Texas, which is lovingly and happily large. Our father's beautiful life story includes many special friends, so please consider this a personal note of thanks and gratitude for being a part of his life and sharing his adventure. As a family, we thank Mando and Jackie Lopez for the circle of love that you wrapped around our family. To our cousin Linda Ximenes: Chente loved your visits. To everyone who shared Vicente's journey, like the Mexican corridas, that told the history of a country and the lives of its people, you are a part of his song and forever in our "canciones de nuestro padre" (songs of our father). A Rosary Service will be held Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:00p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. A Graveside Service will be held Friday March 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Cemetary, 1900 Edith NE, 87102. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Vicente Ximenes Scholarship Fund in care of Michelle Hall Kells, University of New Mexico, Department of English, MSC 032107, Albuquerque, NM 87131. Please visit our online guestbook for Vicente at FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500 

*Originally published in the Albuquerque Journal.

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