Funeral services for Juana Olivas Sanchez,73, of Tatum, NM will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Templo Sinai Spanish Assembly of God Church in Tatum at 10:00 am with Reverend Felipe Guerra officiating. Burial will follow at Tatum Cemetery. Ms. Sanchez was born on June 24, 1946 in Saragosa, TX to Jesus and Juliana Olivas and passed away on January 14, 2020 in Lubbock, TX. She married Socorro N. Sanchez in Presidio, TX on March 21, 1964. She has made her home in Tatum, NM for 52 years and has been the pastor of the Spanish Assembly of God for many years. Juana enjoyed crocheting, cooking, tending her plants and flowers and she loved animals. Coffee, animal cookies and ice cream were some of her favorite things. She was an avid fan of Elvis, Chuck Norris, John Wayne, and novelas and westerns, especially Walker, TX Ranger. She was a charismatic, very friendly lady that loved people and caring for them. She spoiled her grandchildren and loved all of her family very much.
Preceding her in death was her parents, her husband, Socorro, one son, Socorro Jr; two sisters: Talia Lopez and Lupe Martinez; two brothers: Sixto Olivas and Bernardo Olivas.
Surviving her are two sons: Tomas and wife Margarita Sanchez and Froilan and wife Norma Sanchez, both of Tatum; three daughters: Margaret Sanchez, Luli Sanchez, Lilia and husband Oscar Orrantia, all of Tatum; one brother: Joe and wife Virginia Olivas of Tatum and three sisters: Maria DeLao and husband David of Tatum, Jessie Salinas of Jal, NM and Shaya Lopez and husband Neno of Artesia, NM. Also twelve grandchildren: Tomas Jr, Socorro III & Elsa, Brian, Serena & Chris; Marrina & Ed, Tesenia & Bruce, Oscarito, Leslie & Cheyenne, Enrique, Sebastian, Little Joe, Christopher and great-grandaughter: Elaina.