Adelaida “Lyla” V. Molina passed away peacefully surrounded b y her family on August 20, 2021.
A rosary will be recited at 1:30 PM, Thursday, August 26, 2021, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 PM, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Loving. Interment will follow in Loving Cemetery.
Lyla was born in Carlsbad, NM on August 21, 1962, to Mike and Juanita Valdez, Sr. She was raised and lived in Loving, NM. Lyla graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1980. After graduation, Lyla was employed by two of the family businesses. In 1986, she married Ismael Molina. Lyla and Ismael had two children: Ismael, Jr. and Jacinda Molina. Lyla was a devout Catholic and taught CCD for 30 years. She enjoyed preparing and guiding young children on their journey to their lives with Christ. Her faith gave her the strength to be a devoted wife, amazing mother, proud Nana, loyal daughter, dependable sibling and warm-hearted friend. Lyla liked watching her LA Lakers, St. Louis Cardinals, the Loving Falcons and most of all her Hallmark Channel. Her favorite Tejano band was Little Joe. Her enthusiasm for family, friends and life will be missed. She was the HEART of all the family gatherings. Lyla coordinated special family events and holiday get-togethers with such passion. One of her greatest joys was planning a gathering and watching all of her family and loved ones enjoying the event. Christmas was her absolute favorite holiday. The act of giving and bringing happiness to all was Lyla’s Hallmark trait.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Selsa Valdez; father, Mike Salcido Valdez, Sr.; nephews: Enrique (Henry Jr.) Gutierrez and Efren Gutierrez. Survivors are her husband, Ismael G. Molina, Sr.; son, Ismael Molina, Jr. daughter, Jacinda V. Molina and Shon; mother, Juanita F. Valdez; sisters: Viola V. Gutierrez and husband, Enrique, Sylvia V. Gutierrez and husband, Alejandro; brothers: Mike F. Valdez, Jr., Felix F. Valdez, Sr., Leo F. Valdez, Sr., Eszikel F. Valdez, Sr., Daniel F. Valdez and Patty; grandchildren: Kylin Scott, Lincoln Wooldridge, Sharlett Molina, Aria Molina and Camila Wooldridge and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Mike Valdez, Felix Valdez, Leo Valdez, Eszikel Valdez, Daniel Valdez and Martin Gutierrez. Honorary pallbearers will be Melissa Franco and Jinny Frith.
Special thanks to Encompass Health Hospice and to the community for their generous donations.