Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM, Wednesday, June 17, at Trinity Temple Assembly of God for Joelda Valenzuela Otero of Albuquerque, N.M.
Mrs. Otero, 47, died June 7, 2020 in Albuquerque.
Pastor Bobby Argo will officiate the service with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nathaniel Otero, Isaac Valenzuela, Josiah Valenzuela, Roman Valenzuela, Jacob Valenzuela, and Joshua Valenzuela. Honorary pallbearers include Phillip Otero, Araceli Anaya, and Kyle Leyva.
Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Tuesday, June 16, from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
Joelda was born January 16, 1973 in Artesia N.M., the daughter of Ishmael G. Valenzuela and Erma (Ybarra) Valenzuela.
She was a loving Mom, Sister and Auntie. She was preceded in death by her parents Ishmael G. and Erma Y. Valenzuela.
Joelda is survived by her sons Nathaniel Otero and girlfriend Avrey Canales of Albuquerque and Phillip Otero of Albuquerque; brothers Ricky Valenzuela and his wife Heather Valenzuela of Albuquerque, Ishmael Valenzuela and wife Paula Valenzuela of Evans GA, and Javier Valenzuela and wife Kathleen Valenzuela of Artesia; sister Hilda Valenzuela of Albuquerque and JoAnn Anaya and husband Oscar Anaya of Artesia.
Joelda "Joey" grew up in Artesia. She played on the girls summer softball league as a little girl. She played volleyball and basketball up to her junior year in high school. She graduated Artesia High School in 1992. She was independent and worked two jobs her senior year. She worked at Sonic and at FLETC. She earned her own money at a young age so she could buy her own makeup and clothes. She was interested in hair, make-up, accessories and fashion. Her best accessory that she wore was her Big Beautiful Smile that she will always be remembered by. Her smile was so contagious and so bright, it could light up any room. In 1995 she moved to Albuquerque to continue working and make a living. Her dream was to be a Beautician or a Culinary Artist. Her plans changed after she got married in 1996 and became a full time homemaker and cared for her two boys. She always put them first and made sure they had all the essentials they needed. She loved her boys very much. She loved people in general and people loved her. She always put people first before herself. She enjoyed hanging out in family gatherings making everyone laugh. Joey re-dedicated her life to God she would always say, "I have Jesus in my heart"!!! She was also excited that she was going to be a grandma this coming November. Heaven gained a Beautiful Soul in Joelda!!!