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Alice M. (Tafoya) Montoya, 83, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2016, at Sierra Health Care Center in Truth or Consequences, NM with her daughter and son by her side.

She was born on March 23, 1933, in Hillsboro, NM, to Rafael S. and Rosario (Armijo) Tafoya and was one of four children - Bill, Lee, and Chris. 

In her youth Alice attended the Santa Fe School for the Deaf where she learned to sign and found her passion for baking and cooking.  On February 20, 1971, she married the love of her life, Alerico Montoya.  Together they had two children, Darlene Alice Montoya and Lawrence Randolph Montoya.  She was a devoted, caring, loving, wife, mother, and loyal friend.  Alice was a hard worker often sacrificing so that she could help provide for her family.  Alice was kind, always willing to help her neighbor, and loved to laugh.  She was pure of heart, a beautiful soul.

She is survived by her daughter, Darlene; son, Lawrence; daughter-in-law Layna; grandsons - Leo & Evan; brother, Chris; sister-in-law, Drucilla Tafoya; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial mass will be celebrated in the Spring of 2017 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 103 E. Sixth St., Truth or Consequences, date and time to be announced.

Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. & Sierra Crematory, LLC, 303 N. Cedar St., T. or C., NM 87901, 575/894-2574.  For online condolences please visit   

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  • Monday, November 21, 2016
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Monday, November 21, 2016
    Darlene & Lawrence we want to offer our most sincere condolences on your loss. We knew both your parents and admired their friendship. May they both R.I.P.
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    Accept my sincere condolences! Everyone will continue to have fond memories of Alice. It is comforting to know that we have the sure hope of seeing our loved ones that have fallen asleep in death. This is given in Acts 24:15. Yes, our Loving God has promised that there will be a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise. Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Then death will be gone forever Revelation 21:3, 4 You can find out more at
    ~ Rose Lopez   Miami, FL
  • Monday, November 28, 2016
    My deepest condolences, Larry, Alice Darlene & Lawrence. I only learned of my Aunt Alice's sudden passing November 17th, the day I was departing for a trip abroad; I have just returned late yesterday. My deepest sympathies. As I will be abroad again from January - July 2017, I will be unable to attend the memorial services in there Spring. I am very sorry for your loss.
    ~ William L. Tafoya, Jfr.   West Haven, CT
  • Friday, December 02, 2016
    Our deepest condolences to Darlene and Lawrence. Alice was very special to us. I will always remember my younger days with her and her family. She is now with Alerico and that is good. God bless you all.
    ~ Gary and Carla Montoya   TorC, NM