SAN RAFAEL, N.M. — Marcella Blacklock, 85, died with friends and family at her bedside on July 31, 2019, after a brief illness.

Mrs. Blacklock was born in 1933 in San Rafael to Pedro and Francisquita Gallegos. She graduated from Grants High School in 1951 and worked at several local businesses in her youth. She met and married her husband of 60 years, Robert Blacklock, in Grants. They moved to Casa Grande and El Paso, Texas, raising their children to adulthood before returning to Grants in 1989.

She maintained close relationships through her life with her brother, sisters, family and friends. The families spent many years hunting and camping in the New Mexico outdoors. She was devoted to her family and friends, friendly to all, a motherly influence to many and a hero to her children. She was known for her kind and loving care and her humor, good sense and boundless energy.

She was preceded in death by brothers Solomon and Ambrosio Gallegos and sisters Romelia Artuleta, Mary Young and Rosie Baca. She is survived by a sister, Josie Mills; four adult children, Walter and Thomas Blacklock, Gayle Haro and Bazetta Blacklock Schuver; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Rosary recited on Sunday, Aug. 4, and memorial Mass celebrated on Monday, Aug. 12, at San Rafael Catholic Church in San Rafael.

Compassion Mortuary of Grants in charge of arrangements.

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