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Antoinette Grigg


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Antoinette Grigg passed away, surrounded by her three children, on April 16, 2019 in El Paso, TX.  She was 89 years old.

Antoinette was born on December 15, 1929, in Youngstown, Ohio.  Her parents, Pasquale and Mary Cello, were hard-working and resourceful immigrants  from Northern Italy.  Antoinette and her numerous siblings were raised in church and many, including Antoinette, began a relationship with Jesus Christ that sustained them through life.

On April 4, 1946, Antoinette married Edward Boerio and, and in 1955, they moved their young family to Carlsbad, New Mexico to take advantage of the dry air and work opportunities Edward died in 1968 and on August 24, 1973, Antoinette remarried.  Charles Grigg and Antoinette were married in Ruidoso, NM and resided in various towns across the state including Carlsbad, Ruidoso, Grants and Belen.  In many of those locations , Antoinette worked as a cashier at the local grocery store, putting in long hours on her feet.  As these were the days before scanners, her fingers would fly over the cash register, typing in memorized produce codes and item prices.  She developed relationships with her customers, engaging them with her warm smile, small talk and , when needed, concern or silent prayers.  In 1988, Antoinette and Charles, now retired, moved to Hobbs, NM where they were able to be closer to family and more readily enjoy their grandchildren, who affectionately called them “Nana”  and “Papa Charles.”  They remained active in the local Assemblies of God Church and nurtured many friendships there.

“Nana” was well-known for her Italian cooking, big family meals, mind boggling amounts of holiday cookie baking, and sending each guest home with a grocery sack (or two or three) full of leftovers and more cookies .  Whether she was hand rolling covadils [sic] (a gnocchi type pasta), creating pizelles one-by-one in iron on the stove, rolling meatballs and layering lasagna, Antoinette loved friends and family by feeding them well.  Antionette was also loved for her great laugh and big smile.  She enjoyed playing games, various craft projects, drinking coffee, watching sports, and could often be found reading her daily devotional book and the Bible.

Charles died in 2004 and a few years later, 2007, Anitoinette moved to Roswell, NM.  She lived in Roswell for 12 years until her death.  During that time she was a member of Bethel Baptist Church where she was active in Bethel’s “King and Queens” Sunday school class, the Women’s Missionary Union (WMs), and Young at Heart.

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Antoinette, with her warm smile and friendly spirit, had many dear friends at church, and also made friends in her neighborhood and around town in the places where she shopped and did business.

Antionette is survived by her daughter, Mary Tackett (Bob) of Ruidoso, NM. and sons Edward Boerio (Suzanne) of Roswell, NM and Brad Boerio (Nancy)  of Hobbs, NM;six grandchildren and ten-great grandchildren; sisters; Irene Ritchie of Roswell; Cindy Humphries (Jerry) of Canoga Park, CA; Julie Williams (Mason) of El Segundo, CA; and Becki Disbennett (Dan) of Johnstown, OH.

Antoinette was proceeded in death by her husbands, Edward Boerio Sr. and Charles Grigg; grandson, Jeff Maxwell; her parents, Pasquale and Mary Cello; brothers, Michael Santorella and Dominic Santorella; and sisters, Helen Ranalli, Nicolena Chapman, Ann Brooks and Lee Bednarik.

A private graveside  service will be held for the family.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial gifts be made to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 777, Roswell, NM  88202-0777.

Anitonette will be remembered for her generous spirit, her cooking and baking, her infectious laughter, her friendship, her unceasing prayers and her hope in Christ and the Resurrection: “Jesus, lover of my soul, Let me to thy bosom fly, While the nearer waters roll, While the tempest still  is high; Hide me, O My Savior, hide, Till the storm of life is past; Safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last.”