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Eleanor C Armendariz

04/06/1938 - 12/11/2020

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It is impossible to articulate a well-lived life within the confines of a memorial. This is especially true of Eleanor ‘Nora’ Chavez Armendariz, who went to be with her Lord on Friday, December 11.

As a woman of unwavering faith and devotion, she was never alone. Even while in the hospital battling COVID-19 without family and friends who loved her and longed to be by her side, Nora was always in the company of her God. She lived her life in accordance with the values she held dear: charity, acceptance, forgiveness, and above all, love. Nora personified light and laughter. As her many friends and family will attest, to know her was to love her.

Nora was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, daughter, friend, and so much more to those who knew her. However, these titles fall short of encapsulating the person who will live forever in our hearts.

Nora is survived by a loving family that includes her husband of almost 65 years, Raymundo Armendariz, and four daughters: Sylvia, Debra, Irma, and Diann. Nora was “Grandma” to José Jr. (Sally), Dacyl, Krystina (Clint), Aubry (Colin), Priscilla (Jerry), and Brandon (Haley), and great-grandmother or “Nana” to Saul and Alex.

Nora worked as an administrator for several churches in El Paso including La Purisima, St. Stephens, Sts. Peter and Paul, and All Saints. Although her occupation in life was primarily wife, mother, grandmother, and Nana, her work for Our Lord was always a priority. She was a very artistic person who enjoyed scrapbooking, oil painting, miniatures, cake decorating, and many more hobbies.

As we, her family, mourn our loss and grapple with living without her smile, laughter, and support, we celebrate her life and the many lessons she left us, including gratitude for the many gifts in life, forgiveness, and never taking family or friends for granted, among many others.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, services will be scheduled once it is safe for Nora’s many friends and family to safely come together and celebrate her life. Thank you to all for being her friend and bringing joy and laughter to her life.

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