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Yolanda Payan Apodaca

11/09/1952 - 07/31/2022

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On July 31, 2022, our Lord called Yolanda Apodaca Payan to take her place in heaven.
Yolanda was born to the late Ruben and Concepcion Apodaca on November 9, 1952, El Paso, Texas. She graduated from El Paso Technical High School in 1971 and married the love of her life, Ismael Vargas Payan, in 1973.
Our mother exuded strength of a warrior and grace of a swan as she endured decades of challenge and disease. However, she always found a way to persevere. Our mother’s faith in God and the Catholic Church, strong and unwavering, always triumphed. She was also an avid believer in Our Lady of Guadalupe.
I recently asked my mom how she persevered all these years? She told me she embraced her MS, she made a friend out of an enemy, and did not let anyone or anything keep her from living her life.
Yolanda is survived by her loving, attentive and forever hardworking husband, Ismael Vargas Payan; her children Veronica Yolanda and Ismael Elias Payan; her grandchildren Viahney, Julian, Ismael Sebastian and Aaron Elias. Survived also by her siblings Cristina, Patricia and Ruben; and her loving nephews and nieces; Ruben and Rudy Pena, Crystal Cortez and David Carrillo and Ruben, Robert and Jackie Apodaca.
A dedicated and loving cousin, daughter, friend, grandmother, mother, sister, and wife she personified good people. You can always count on Yolie to be your rock and to be there to cheer you on.

Join us in prayer for Yolanda A. Payan
Saint Marks Church, El Paso, Texas
August 27, 2022 @ 10am

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