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Elia (del Palacio) Medina

December 21, 1931 ~ March 23, 2021 (age 89)


It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Elia Medina, of Cloudcroft New Mexico. The Iron Butterfly flew into the open Pearly Gates of Heaven on March 23, 2021. She was born on December 21, 1931 in Durango, Mexico to Jesus and Aurelia (Garcia) del Palacio.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Lovor 'Louie' Medina; grandson, Jordan Medina; her parents; brothers, Jesus del Palaico, Lalo del Palacio, Enrique Benticore; and sister, Leticia Garcia. Elia volunteered her services to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for over 30 years. In addition, Elia was a member and organizer of Fiestas Guadalupanas for 28 years at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cloudcroft and Our Lady of the Light Catholic Church in La Luz.

She is survived by daughter, Susana Scholler (Chris) and seven sons, Fred Medina (Carmen) of Hobbs, Frank Medina (Karen) of Las Cruces, Joe Medina (Elizabeth) of Cloudcroft, Richard Medina (Lisa) of High Rolls, Alfred Medina of Cloudcroft, James Medina (Rose) of Cloudcroft, Louie Medina (Twila) of Rio Rancho, and former daughter-in-law Chris Hiller. She also enjoyed 17 grandchildren, including her beloved granddaughter, Diane Medina; grandsons, Josh Medina, Christopher Medina, Lucas Medina, the del Palacio family, and many great grandchildren.

We would like to thank Barbara Turpin, with Champion Orthopedics, for the excellent care she provider for our mother, We would also like to thank Gary, Kelly Ingram, Shannon, Brittany, Stephanie, the dining room staff, maintenance staff, and transportation staff that cared for our mother at the Betty Dare Good Samaritan Center.

Pallbearers include Fred Medina, Frank Medina, Joe Medina, Richard Medina, Alfred Medina, James Medina, Louie Medina, Diane Medina, and Lucas Medina.

On Monday, April 5th' from 12 pm to 1 pm, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Cloudcroft will be opened for the public to pay their respects to Elia. Due to Covid-19 legal restrictions, a limit of nine people plus one clergy are allowed in the church at one time. Masks and social distancing are required. Also due to Covid-19 legal restrictions, a private Mass of Christian Burial for Elia's daughter, sons, and caretaker granddaughter plus one clergy will follow.

Burial will take place following Mass at the James Canyon Cemetery.

Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I will miss you until we meet again.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Cloudcroft Building Fund: Scared Heart Building Fund, 707 Delaware Ave, Alamogordo, NM 88310.

The Medina family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.


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