Shirley Ann (Povijua) Pacheco was born July 2, 1953 to Marcello Sr., and Mary Emily Povijua and was their youngest daughter of 10 brothers and sisters. Shirley attended San Juan Elementary, JFK Junior High, and graduated from Espanola Valley High School Class of 1971, there is where she met the love of her life Manuel Pacheco and they married on August 6, 1971. Shirley was a hard worker and started with the department of motor vehicles for a brief period. She then began working as a secretary for the San Juan Day School and was there for 25 years. Shirley was an advocate for education and served as a board member for the Ohkay Owingeh board of education. Shirley transitioned to Ohkay Owingeh Department of Education as an Office Manager. She finished her working career at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Shirley was a devoted member of the Catholic faith and participated in many different groups including the Holy Family, the perpetual hour of adoration, the Cenacle Circle, an hermana for the Confradia de Padre Nuestro de Los Pachecos Morada, and she loved praying the rosary on a daily basis. She also embraced her traditional ways as a tribal member of Ohkay Owingeh. Shirley loved to laugh, joke and was an amazing cook. She also loved to sing and was a member of the choir, The Rondellas. Shirley loved her family and friends and enjoyed large family gatherings. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Godmother, Aunt, Sister, and friend and is dearly missed by all whose hearts she touched.
Shirley passed away on August 12, 2021. She was preceded by her parents Marcello Sr., and Mary Emily Povijua; Sisters: Mary Agnes Montoya and Lillian Trujillo; her brothers: Placido Antonio (Sach), Henry and Peter Povijua. Shirley is survived by her loving husband of 50 years Manuel; her children, Jesus (Pamela) Pacheco, Maggie Pacheco-David, Kevin Pacheco, Angela Pacheco, and Christine Pacheco; her grandchildren, Leah (Christian) Velarde, Seth David, Analysa Pacheco, Roland Fuentes, Gabriella Pacheco, Danika and Neveah Lopez; her great-grandchild, Lailani Velarde; Brothers: Joseph(Bonnie) Povijua, Marcello Jr.(Alita) Povijua; Sisters: Veronica Bancroft, Julia(David) Honaberger; sister in law: Rose Povijua and numerous nieces and nephews. A rosary was recited at the Pacheco Residence on August 13, 2021 at 7pm as well as before the mass. The funeral mass was held on August 14, 2021 at the St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ohkay Owingeh and was followed by burial at the Alcalde Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers: Chris Martinez, Adam and David Povijua, Michael Povijua, Michael Paul Jaramillo, David and Warren Honaberger, Joshua and Steven Povijua, Gene Calvert, Loren Montoya, Michael Bancroft, and Matthew Montoya. Honorary pallbearers: Seth David, Roland Fuentes, Jonathan and Peter Cruz, Adrian Montoya Jr., Bryon Archuleta, Bruce Montoya Willie Abeyta and William Trujillo.
The Pacheco family wishes to thank everyone for their sincere outpouring of thoughts, prayers, condolences, love, food, drinks, and all other help given throughout our time of need. Special thanks to: the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh, Pamela Pacheco and Rayleen Povijua for all your hardwork to bring Mom back home; Willie Abeyta, the doctors, nurses and hospital staff for all their hard work; Fr Larry, Fr. Nathan and Deacon John for the last rites and beautiful mass; Cindy Bancroft for the wonderful eulogy; Corina Vigil, Gwen Trujillo and Julie Valdez for the pleasant readings at mass; the hermanas and hermanos de Los Pachecos for the glorious rosary; the members of the Holy Family group; and all those who have bought a remembrance mass in her name. We truly appreciate you all and cannot thank you enough. Sincerely, the Pacheco family.