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Obituary: Celia Celina Archuleta Suazo

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June, 1919~July, 2001 <! >

She was born to Luisa and Placido Archuleta June 4, 1919 in the high mountain meadows of Los Ojos (Park View), New Mexico.

Celia was the last baby born and was loved to distraction. She grew up in this Cumbres mountain village of Los Ojos, next door to the man she would marry, Joseph Eugene Suazo. By the time they left their home town for the last time, they had borne four children, Thomas Milton Suazo, Jacquline Suazo (deceased), a stillborn son, and Eugenia Louisa Richins.

Our mother was able to take her parents with her to Ogden in the 1950s where she and our father lived for a few years. After the deaths of Placido and Louisa, our father began working for Morrison and Knudsen Construction Company that moved us from project-to-project, and adventure-to-adventure over the next 20 years.

Our father purchased a small home in Spring Lake which was just to be a temporary respite, since he had requested that he be part of major building projects in Africa. This was never to be, as he began to suffer the effects of Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), which after being bedfast for five years, he died May 20, 1999. Mom rarely left his side as he lay helpless.

Brent and I had the honor to bring Mom to our home where we became a family for two more years. My husband, Brent, was enchanted by the unique perspective she had of life and would delight in her keen and succinct observations. She especially loved the poet Milton while in college in El Rito, NM, from which she graduated.

A rosary will be said Aug 1, 10:30 a.m. with a Mass to follow, 11 a.m. at San Andres Catholic Church, 315 E. 100 N, Payson, UT. A gathering will follow for all who loved her and wish to honor her humility.