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Enedina Perez De La Fuente

May 22, 1940 — January 21, 2024

Albuquerque

Enedina “Ene” Perez De La Fuente was born on May 22, 1940, to mother Rosalia Hernandez in Alpine, TX. She was raised in Alpine, TX and graduated from Alpine High School in 1959. After graduating from high school, she attended beauty school at Odessa Beauty College and graduated in 1961 and started working as a beautician.

Ene met James J. De La Fuente in 1963 and were married on September 3, 1963. On May 3, 1964, Ene and James had their first child, James E. De La Fuente in Alpine, TX. After James’ birth, they moved to Albuquerque, NM. The following year, Dolores M. De La Fuente-Carr was born on June 23, 1965. On January 29, 1970, they welcomed their second daughter, Denise M. De La Fuente, into this world. She was always extremely supportive of her children. In the mid-seventies she created a cub scout pack in Albuquerque to support her son and other boys in the community. She supported her daughters through Brownies.

She had always told her children that they would never be too old to change their life. In 1983 her and James started to discuss where she wanted to go for the future and with the support of her husband started at the University of New Mexico. On June 13, 1984, Ene lost the love of her life, James J. De La Fuente. Through this hardship and with the support of her children she continued her education. She graduated with her Associates of Arts in Human Services on May 11, 1991. She continued to pursue her education and attained her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies on May 15, 1993. She then went on to attain her Master of Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University on May 19, 1997.

She spent the next 19 years working as a social worker with many different organizations. In 2014 she was diagnosed with lymphoma. She went through treatment and completed her treatment in November 2014. In 2016, she retired from the State of New Mexico. In 2019 she was considered in remission from lymphoma. She enjoyed her retirement spending time with family.

Ene is preceded in death by her mother Rosalia Hernandez, beloved husband James Joseph De La Fuente and sister Josefina Perez.

She is survived by her children James Edward De La Fuentes, Dolores Maria De La Fuente-Carr (Bill Carr), and Denise Monica De La Fuente; brother Jose Luis Perez; sister Frances Louise Cuellar; grandchild Patrick J. Carr (Elizabeth); great grandchild Aliza; nieces and nephews Alfred Perez, Roxanne Encinias, Delma, Michelle Zaina, Mark Cuellar, Deidre Cuellar, Michael James Cuellar; and goddaughter Elisia Encinias.

Services will be held on February 2, 2024.

Strong-Thorne Mortuary

1100 Coal Ave SE

Albuquerque, NM 87106

- 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Viewing

- 11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Rosary

- 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – Mass


Mount Cavalry Cemetery

1900 Edith Blvd NE

Albuquerque, NM 87102

- 1:00 pm – Burial


1408 Los Arboles NW

Albuquerque, NM 87107

- 2:30 pm - Reception

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