Merced González Lazcano Villagran was born October 22, 1922 in Guanaceví, Durango, México to Simona González and Julián Villagran. Starting from a young age, he was a rancher, farmer, and miner.
In 1949 he began working in the United States through the Bracero Program. In 1952, the program brought him to Roswell, New Mexico. Proving he was an excellent rancher and farm hand, Merced and the González family were sponsored to live and work in Roswell. He later became a naturalized citizen and enjoyed a long and fruitful life as a contributing member of the Roswell community.
Merced and his wife, Francisca, shared 66 years of marriage together. Here they raised their 12 children: Clotilde (Kenneth Lake, Houston, TX), María de los Ángeles, Isidro Alvaro (Melinda), Benjamin (Nancy, Las Cruces, NM), Gloria Estela, Samuel Francisco (Marsha), Julian, David (Mary Elizabeth), Daniel, Armando Elias (Sharlene), Merced Jr., (Ruth) and Roberto.
A devout Christian, he proudly served as an ordained Deacon at Iglesia Bautista “El Calvario” for many years.
Merced’s family grew to include 23 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. He filled his life with a garden of laughter and song.
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Merced González passed away peacefully at the age of 95 on August 13, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, his wife Francisca Nuñez González, and his children María de los Ángeles González and Julián González. He will be lovingly remembered by his 10 living children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and his 3 dogs (Pinto, Cielo, and Chiquita).
A visitation from 8 to 10 a.m., followed by a service in celebration of Merced’s life, will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Bethel Baptist Church, 2420 N Garden Ave, Roswell, New Mexico. Pallbearers: Marcos González, Tomás González, Adán De la Peña, Andrés De la Peña, Omar González, Danny González Jr. Honorary Pallbearers: Richard Romero, Jacob Gurule, Jacob Rodriguez, Juan Rodriguez, Scott Toby, Vernon Moore, Albert Meza Travis Ackerman, Isaac Hicks, Joe Lopez and Thomas Guzman. His final resting place will be South Park Cemetery, Roswell, New Mexico.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the María de los Ángeles González Nursing award will be appreciated. Send donations to ENMU-Roswell Foundation, PO BOX 6000 Roswell, New Mexico, 88202. Make checks payable to ENMU Roswell Foundation. Memo: María de los Ángeles González Nursing Award.