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 Benigna <I>Ortega</I> Chavez

Benigna Ortega Chavez

Birth
Potrero, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
Death 17 Jun 2001 (aged 103)
New Mexico, USA
Burial Potrero, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
Memorial ID 69594411 · View Source
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Benigna, born in the Plaza del Cerro (informally: Chimayo Plaza), was the daughter of Reyes Ortega and Genoveva Archuleta. She was survived by sister Melita Ortega of Chimayo; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren (one born on her 99th birthday).

Benigna was born just outside of the Plaza de Cerro in Chimayo. She attended John Hyson Elemetary and was the first girl to graduate 8th grade from there. She went on to attend the Loretto Academy in Santa Fe and a summer institute for teachers in Santa Fe and Española. She taught elemetary school in La Cuchilla until she met Abedon Chavez. On 22 Oct 1932, Benigna married Avedon E. Chavez. They moved to Durango, Colorado for a few years. They returned to Chimayo and built their home and engaged into weaving, a family skill from Benigna's family. During World War II, the family moved to San Francisco for 6 years, returning to Chimayo in 1948. Abedon passed away a year later. The book "Benigna's Chimayo: Cuentos from the Old Plaza" by her grandson Don Usner is a collection of stories that Benigna had preserved and passed down into her family.


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  • Created by: truchasnm
  • Added: 9 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 69594411
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Benigna Ortega Chavez (13 Feb 1898–17 Jun 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 69594411, citing El Potrero de Chimayo Holy Family Parish Cemetery, Potrero, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by truchasnm (contributor 47143330) .