Virginia L. (Honey) Pena Tafoya, 78, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 95 S. Second St. East in St. Johns, followed by Mass at 10 a.m. and a reception at the church hall immediately following the memorial.
She was born Nov. 1, 1937, in St. Johns to Grace and Eddie Pena, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Frank Pena, and her favorite niece, Joanna Duvall.
Survivors include her six children, Angela Figueroa Baca of St. Johns, Anthony Figueroa of Mesa, Jesse Figueroa of St. Johns, Patricia (Tisha) Figueroa of Longmont, Colo., Philip Figueroa of St. Johns and Maria Tafoya of Longview, Texas; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her siblings included Odelia/Fred Duvall of Sun Valley, Eddie Pena Jr. of California, Grace Pusich of Lakeside and Frank Pena (deceased) of St. Johns.
Virginia was loved by her many family and friends, and will always be remembered for her love of music and witty personality.
She worked a variety of jobs up until she became disabled, but never let that disability get in her way as she cared for her parents until the moment they passed away. She was an incredibly strong woman with a huge heart when it came to her family and close friends, and will remain in hearts of many who loved her.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.