Jane Archuleta was born in the beautiful Mora Valley to her parents, Felix and Elenor Sandoval.
Jane attended and graduated from The Menaul Private Presbyterian School in Albuquerque, NM where she met her future husband, Gilbert Archuleta (now deceased). After graduating, they married and moved to Taos and raised four children here: Gilbert Archuleta Jr., Enrique (Hank) Archuleta (since deceased), Elen Archuleta, and Michael Archuleta. Six grandchildren: Arolyn Archuleta Whitney, Jonathan Archuleta, Wesley Windsor, Jasmine Windsor, Kyle Archuleta, and Parker Archuleta. Two great-grandchildren: Zane Archuleta Whitney and Ethan Archuleta.
Arolyn writes of her Grandmother: "Like a vessel, you held us all. Giving light, love and sassy, full-breath in and around every child you raised. How, did you know how to be so brilliant of mind, body and soul? Jane was ever-driven to see others through their clouds, simply recognizing the beauty they carried inside...having unwavering faith in prayer; and her family. Grams, your beautiful family received your unconditional hope and love of God. Grateful isn't enough, Words aren't enough to express the life you gave, lived and shored up so selflessly. Truly, you never gave up on any living soul. Angel eyes, Smile wide..."
Jane Angelina Archuleta left us on Valentine's Day, 2018. Her legacy of selfless acts of kindness lives on through all those who came in contact with her. She was always finding ways to give back to her community, her church, her hospitals, and her family, even finding time to teach the art of the needle to her daughter, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren. She handed down recipes that go back generations: the world's very best chile rellenos, hand-kneaded sopapillas, bizcochitos, enchiladas, posole, tamales, the list goes on... and the memories will live in the hearts of all the people she touched.
Her door was always open, and her heart overflowed for those she loved. Her daily prayers that family be stronger, and the world be a Godlier place make us all just a little bit better. She is missed each day, but we are comforted knowing she is with her Savior. She, her family, and her church, in their dedication to always "paying kindness and the passion of education forward" has helped generations of Taosenos to grow, lead, educate, and give passionately. She modeled how one can do everything great and small through love.
She was survived by 3 sons, 1 daughter, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. She passed in her sleep at the Taos Living Center. She had a full and faith-embraced life, never leaving a stomach hungry, or a heart alone. She epitomized being a Pilar in her Community, be it through pot lucks, community drives, being an active Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Taos for years, teaching bible studies, volunteering at the Taos Living Center and Holy Cross Hospital, and participating in Qi Gong and Yoga at the Taos Spa with her friends, well in to her 90's. Jane kept trying new things right up until she passed away. She loved the song, "Amazing Grace" and wanted it sung as her ashes mingled with her parents' at their Las Cruces de Taos grave.
Jane has an unwavering love of God! Her faith saw her through the toughest and most endearing times. She will be missed and remembered daily. Our Taos community mourns her and celebrates her by passing forward her example of a fearless love of nature, education, gardening, cooking, praying, and being beautiful, inside and out!
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