|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1929|
|Death: ||Feb. 10, 2009|
Benny Ulibarri, age 79, a life-long resident of Las Nutrias, NM, passed away on Tuesday, February 10, with his loving family at his bedside. He was born to the late Meliton and Magdalena (Chavez) Ulibarri. Benny was a member of the San Isidro Mission in Las Nutrias. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1947 thru 1948. Benny retired after 40 years of outstanding service from The Aluminum Company of America, in Los Angeles, CA. After his retirement in 1991 he moved back home to his birthplace of Las Nutrias.
Benny enjoyed camping, traveling and also horseback riding with his equestrian friends. He also enjoyed the quiet country living compared to the hustle and bustle of the big city, and catching up on old times with family and friends.
He was also preceded in death by his wife of 12 years, Mary Ulibarri; his sister, Celia Reyes; two brothers, Meliton, Jr. and Henry Ulibarri; and sister-in-law, Brigida Ulibarri.
Benny is survived by his first wife, Frances Samlick, who also became widowed after 14 years of marriage to Louis Samlick. They spend the last 5 ½ years as companions going to movies, dinner and family functions. Then when Benny became ill, Frances welcomed him into her home and became his caregiver. Also surviving Benny are his two sons, Robert Ulibarri of Las Vegas, NV and Albert Ulibarri and wife, Mary of Fontana, CA; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five brothers, Tony Ulibarri and wife, Mona of Belen, NM, Lucino Ulibarri and wife, Canda and Lecho Ulibarri and wife, Annie all of California, David Ulibarri and wife, Cecilia and Joe Ulibarri all of Albuquerque, NM; two sisters, Vina Mendoza and Maria R. Tenorio of Albuquerque; and brother-in-law, Leo Mendoza. He is also survived by six step-daughters; one step-son; and many loving nieces and nephews. Benny, you have left us with many wonderful memories and times well spent together.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, on Thursday, February 12, at 5:30 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Friday, February 13, at 10:30 a.m. with a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Las Nutrias Catholic Cemetery.
San Isidro Catholic Cemetery
New Mexico, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 34.46678, -106.77077
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Feb 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33713858