Josephine Imelda Roybal, a creative soul and talented artist, departed this world on September 12, 2023, at the age of 92 in Albuquerque, NM. Born on March 19, 1931, in the picturesque town of Santa Fe, Josephine's life was one adorned with colors of passion, artistic pursuits, and a deep love for her family.
Josephine's artistic abilities shone brightly throughout her life. With a flair for the dramatic and an appreciation for the theatre arts, she not only enjoyed attending plays but also directed them with finesse. The stage was her canvas, and she painted it with vibrant emotions and captivating stories that left audiences spellbound.
In addition to her artistic endeavors, Josephine answered the call of duty by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. Her courage and dedication to serving her country exemplified her selflessness and unwavering spirit. After giving due honor to her military duties, she embarked upon a new chapter in academia by graduating from the esteemed University of New Mexico.
Following her educational pursuits, Josephine devoted herself to helping her beloved parents run the Penasco Cafe for many years. This charming café became a hub of warmth and delicious aromas under their loving care. Her culinary prowess was renowned among friends and family alike. If you ever had the privilege of savoring one of Josephine's delectable homemade fudges or heavenly apple pies, consider yourself fortunate. A piece of her heart was infused into every delightful bite.
Josephine was preceded in death by her cherished parents Amado and Estella Roybal and a beloved sister, Monica Roybal. Their guidance and love shaped her into the remarkable woman she became. Despite their physical absence from Josephine's life, their indomitable spirits continue to reside within her heart.
She is survived by Anthony Roybal, a dear relative who will forever treasure fond memories shared with Josephine. The depth of sorrow Josephine's passing leaves behind is mirrored in the hearts of her siblings: Nazarita Lewis, Patricia Lopez, Stella Kelly, and Amado Roybal Jr. (Rose). Each of them will carry her memory forward and honor the legacy of love she leaves behind. Josephine will also be deeply missed by her many nieces and nephews who were fortunate to have known her warmth and kindness.
A celebration of Josephine's remarkable life will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, begining with the praying of the Holy Rosary at 9:30 AM follwed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at Risen Savior Catholic Church. The ceremony will be a testament to the beauty she brought into this world through her creative endeavors and compassionate nature.
Following the service, Josephine will find eternal rest at Santa Fe National Cemetery, 2PM October 4, 2023, where she will be honored with military posthumous recognition for her faithful service to her country. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary woman, let us cherish the memories she gifted us and find solace in knowing that Josephine's spirit will forever linger among us.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made in Josephine's memory to an art scholarship fund for aspiring young artists. May these contributions serve as a beacon for future artists to treasure and elevate their talents, just as Josephine did throughout her illustrious life.
Though we mourn the loss of Josephine Imelda Roybal, let us remember that her essence lives on through every brushstroke on a canvas, every note played in a theater orchestra, and every joyful gathering shared over a delicious meal. Her light shall forever guide our paths, and her memory shall never fade from our hearts.