Memorial graveside service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 26 at Woodbine Cemetery for Alyce Hernandez Leyva of Artesia, New Mexico. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Alyce H. Leyva, 66, a lifelong resident of Artesia, N.M., passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017 in the comfort of her own home. Though it was her second battle with cancer, she departed looking just as beautiful in her elegant pink chiffon robe as she did each day she graced this earth with her presence.
Alyce was born October 16, 1950 in Artesia to Fernando Hernandez and Maria Louisa (Sosa) Hernandez. On March 15, 1973 she was married to Ismael Molina Leyva in Carlsbad, N.M.
Alyce was a local nurse for over 40 years. During her time of working in the doctor's offices, nursing home, hospital and private residences she was in close contact with much of the community. Due to her natural affinity for being a caregiver of the community she couldn't step more than a few feet in any local grocery store or shop without encountering someone she had touched on a personal level, and engaging in a warm and friendly conversation. Anyone closely acquainted with Alyce was privileged to have sampled and savored her exquisite cooking. Her homemade feasts of comforting dishes will be missed considerably, especially by her family. Though she was the middle child she was looked up to by all her loved ones. She was always the one they looked to so she could take charge, or they all knew she would anyway. She was certainly the purple sparkly glittery glue holding everyone together.
She was preceded in death by her loving and counter force in life, husband Ismael Molina Leyva, her nurturing father Fernando Hernandez, and her mother Maria Louisa (Sosa) Hernandez.
Survivors include her sons Sy Leyva and wife Stephanie of Albuquerque, N.M. and Edwin Leyva and wife Adrienne of Roswell, N.M.; sisters Nancy Harding, Helen Acosta, and Rosa Hernandez all of Artesia and Vivian Hernandez of Roswell; brother Fernando Hernandez of Roswell; and grandchildren Jayden and Nate.
A reception is scheduled for all to attend at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church following the service.
Alyce was my charge nurse at the Good Sam nursing home. She was such a pleasure to work with. My heart and prayers go out to her sons and the family of such an amazing woman. You will be greatly missed Alyce.
Janet McHenryBuffalo, MO
My deepest condolences to my brothers Edwin and Sy your mom was such a beautiful and loving person always concerned for for everyone else. I'm happy we stayed in touch with her. Now she can rest in peace with our dad. My mom passed away in December and it has been so hard so I know how bad this hurts. . God bless you all sorry I couldn't make . This is my. Phone number 6232550630
LoriAnn RamirezPhoenix, AZ
My prayers go out to the family of Alyce may you find peace and comfort during this time. I worked with Alyce at the nursing home when it was Artesia Good Samaritan she was the best nurse and most giving to the residents & the staff. I will always keep her close to my heart.
Laura PerezARTESIA, NM
It was an honor to have Alyce touch my life. She is truly a beautiful person. Forever I will remember my dear friend.
I was honored to have Alyce touch my life. Forever she will be remembered, and loved.
Cecelia SchutzRoswell, NM
So sorry for your loss my prayers and condolences to all of the family.
Carlos RodriguezArtesia, NM
Alyce was truly an angel of God.I am so happy I had the pleasure of working with her and loving he as a friend. She taught me somthing new everyday we worked together. She will be truly missed by all yhat knew and loved her. My deepest condolences to the family.
Gayle PeaseWilton, ME
Alyce was truly an angel from God. I am so glad I had the pleasure of knowing her and loving her as a friend. My deepest condolences to the family she will be truly missed by all that loved her.
Gayle PeaseWilton, ME
Our condolences to all the family. May you Rest In Peace cousin. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Felix S. GomezKermit, TX
We are so deeply sorry to hear about Alyce. She was a sweet, dear woman who loved her family so very much. There wasn't a time that I would see her that she wouldn't ask how my family was. That is exactly who she was....a sincere and loving woman full of Grace. Our prayers are with all of you as you face this difficult time. May the Lord wrap you in his loving arms and fill your hearts with your memories of her... Praying peace finds you....
David & Dana DeLaRosaArtesia, NM, NM
Our sincere condolences on yalls loss. Alyce was a kind hearted lady. Prayers amd thoughts are with you all.
Merejild, Isaac & Jeremy Acosta, NM
Blessings and Prayers surround her BEAUTIFUL FAMILY.
I was the fortunate one to have the honor to work with Alyce. She was a very compassionate about her patients, and they adored her. She was one of a kind.. I am the one that was truly blessed to have her as my friend.
Paula DooleyArtesia, NM
My dear sweet Alyce my heart is broken but I know your in a better place. My condolences to Sy and Edwin and to Nancy, Rosie, Helen, Vivian and Fernando and to her two beautiful grandchildren that she loved and was a proud grandma of. May God comfort the famiky thru this difficult time.
Anna NavarretteArtesia, NM
We will always remember you. We love you and you will be missed by many . I looked up to you my role model so caring , I thank you for everything you are resting now no more hard work or suffering re United with ish . Hugs and kisses
Lola ChavarriaArtesia, NM
My condolences to the family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Alyce was my charge nurse at the nursing home many years ago, she would take such wonderful food for our potlucks, I loved her lasagna. May she rest in peace.
Norma MirandaArtesia, NM