Cipriana J. Stiffler, aged 102.86, died peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones. She was born on December 25, 1919 to a midwife in Puerto, New Mexico, a small community west of Moses, New Mexico, to Isaac and Louisa Martinez. Cipriana has witnessed horse-drawn carriages, a raid, a cattle drive from New Mexico to Oklahoma, and moon landings. She ran a rural school bus route and later delivered the mail during World War II.
She met her first husband while he was stationed with the US Army in Dalhart, Texas. On May 5, 1945, they married in Clayton, New Mexico, and raised three sons, who also served honorably in the US Army. They lived in various locations including Las Vegas, New Mexico, Gallup, New Mexico, Tor C, New Mexico, Deming, New Mexico, and finally in 1956 in Roswell, New Mexico. Her husband was a social worker with the State Welfare Department.
Cipriana and her husband were active members of St. John’s Catholic Church, including the parish council and catechism. She later became a celebrant of the Eucharist and gave communion to the residents of the Casa Maria health center. Cipriana has made many friends throughout her life and has been the matriarch of the family. She was a member of the Guadalupana Society and an associate member of Sisters the Sorrowful Mother and a Carmelite.
Her death was preceded by Cipriana, her husband Harold E. Smith; son, Kevin M. Smith; Sister Maxine Stevens; niece, Sharon Martinez; nephews: Adolph Martinez, Tommy Mestas and David Mestas; grandnephew Patrick Martinez; her second husband, Fred Joe Stiffler; and many other relatives.
Those who retain memories of Cipriana are her sons: Isaac S. Smith and Alan S. Smith; granddaughters: Gloria Thompson, Autumn Nunez and Kristi Horton; grandson, I am M. Smith; great-granddaughters: Meadow Nunez, Summer Hilton and River Hilton; Brother, Handbook R. Martinez; nephew, Michael Martinez and wife Joan; Angela Davis and husband Charles; nephew, Arthur Mestas and wife Ramona; Louis Mestas and wife Carol; nephew: Charles Mestas and wife Florine; nieces: Loretta Mesta and best friend Nancy, Eileen Jaramillo and husband Cliff, Michelle Smith and husband John; as well as many other relatives too numerous to list.
Special “thanks” to Geneva Dominguez and Gentiva Hospice.
Please refrain from flowers, in Leu von Blumen please donate to a charity of your choice or to the Sisters of the Poor Clair Convent.
A rosary will be held at the Anderson Bethany Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., followed by a funeral service at South Park Cemetery.
Cipriana’s tribute was written in her honor by her family.