Published: Thursday, March 30th, 2006
Pearl Ulibarri, 80, of Portales died Friday, March 24, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 17, 1926, in Borica to Lucia and Bernardo Gallegos, she grew up in Fort Sumner where she attended school. She married Cristobal Ulibarri in May 1945. They lived and worked in various areas of New Mexico before settling in Portales in the 1960s. She had been active in St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales for many years. Her hobbies included planting flowers and embroidery. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, family members said. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, in 1990; a sister, Dora Chavez, and four brothers, Serafin, Frank, Gilbert and Julio Gallegos. She is survived by two sons, Vincent and Ray Ulibarri, both of Clovis; five daughters, Antonia Wills of Portales, Rosie Lucero (and husband, Andy), Patsy Baca (Henry) of Portales, Maria Stewart of Detroit, and Dianna Martin (Ron) of Hardeville, S.C.; a brother, Benny Gallegos (Rosarito) of Clovis; 25 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren. Father James McGowan will officiate services. Burial is at Portales Cemetery. A rosary will be said 7 p.m. Monday at St. Helen Catholic Church. Pallbearers will be Joe, Chris, Andy Jr. and Jose Lucero and David and Abel Montano. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
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