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Patriarch of family honored by historical society passes away

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The patriarch of the González family honored last week by a local organization passed away Monday.

Merced González, 95, had been ill for some time and passed away at his home.

The family he brought to Roswell in 1954 after immigrating from Mexico with his wife, Francisca, were the featured honorees of the 37th Annual Heritage Award Dinner of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico held Aug. 7 at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds.

“We appreciate the community’s support and are humbled by the love we have felt from local businesses, organizations and churches given to our family,” said Angelica Rodriguez, a granddaughter.

She also provided the following Bible quotation from the sixth chapter, ninth verse, of Galatians: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

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More than 50 members of the family were at the tribute dinner, coming from cities across New Mexico and from Texas, Colorado and Virginia, but Merced González was too ill to attend.

He and his wife, who passed before him in April 2010, had 12 children, 10 of whom are still living. He is also survived by about 65 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Many of them have become well-known, beloved and influential members of the community.

The family will make an announcement about the funeral and memorial services within the next few days.