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Margaret Carrillo

October 21, 1929 — August 11, 2017

Carrillo, Margaret Corona

Margaret Corona Carrillo, age 87, born October 21, 1929 and died August 11, 2017, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was born. Her parents were Thomas Corona and Agnes Cordova from New Mexico. She is survived by her children, Carolyn Kaye, Frank Thomas Carrillo and his wife Elsie, Linda Hernandez, and Darlene Moreno, and her several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Margaret had a fifth child named Denise, deceased shortly after birth.

Margaret graduated from Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, California, and continued her education in different areas, which included cosmetology, retail, and earned certification at Technical Vocational Institute in Albuquerque. She enjoyed hobbies which included creating complex crocheting and hand-sewn designs, gardening, planting flowers like marigolds, loved animals, and especially birds. She cooked an amazing green chili stew, a New Mexico dish. She told her children, that they were from Spanish and Mexican descent, as well from an unknown Native American tribe. Isabel being Margaret’s first cousin, confirmed with Carolyn, that their grandfather Romulo was part Plains Indian from New Mexico. She also said, that Margaret’s grandmother Placida (married to Romulo) was a Spaniard. Linda said that her brilliant green eyes were startling, when first meeting her.

Margaret’s legacy was in being progressive, brave, and sometimes painfully honest, within societal norms that expected the male gender to be sole providers of their families, because she worked and never expected help from anyone. She participated in the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) as a school girl in Los Angeles. As a married young woman she and her spouse Frank Carrillo (divorced), and their older children assisted her father Thomas, in his grocery store business in Albuquerque. The business was named “Corona Grocery Store”, which served the surrounding community and the students from the expansive Indian School, located on Indian School Rd. The store offered food, soda pop, and entertainment with its wall-to-wall pinball machines, and a place for students to socialize. This was a tremendous learning experience for Margaret’s young children, in that they learned about store-keeping, how to make sandwiches, cashiering, and learning about different tribal cultures and languages, from customers who lived in reservations across the nation.

Margaret’s sister Vangie, was her dearest lifelong support, which included her Uncle Ray together with his wife Margaret (Margo), among other family members and friends, who sincerely respected and loved her. While living in Los Angeles, Cab Calloway asked her to dance with him, during his performance at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, but she refused. Margaret enjoyed music as Elvis Presley’s “Blue Suede Shoes”. During her cosmetology training, her hair turned different colors, which humored her children but irritated uptight adults. She would proudly show off her hand-drawn images of pin-curl patterns, she learned at school.

While Margaret was outgoing in many ways, she was also eccentric and somewhat reclusive throughout her lifetime. She was outspoken, funny, and was never concerned about those pretentious and opinionated. She was often misunderstood by her callous or occasional shocking behavior, as when aged 60 dressed in a mini-skirt and boots. The fact was, she was still physically attractive, and was stunning as a young woman. Despite her free-spirit and carefree ways, she was devout in her prayers to San Martin de Porres, blessing her family and friends. She highly respected her father Thomas, who in later life married a beautiful, Catholic ex-nun from Mexico. She dearly loved her son Frank Jr., affectionately known as “Guy”, who was always by her side. In her last moments of life, Margaret was surrounded by her family, those who appreciated and sincerely loved her, for being a mother, grand/great grandmother, loyal friend, and being a courageous woman. She compelled those who knew her, to learn from one’s mistakes, to be resilient, to forgive and love.

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