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Victoria was born and raised in Northern New Mexico, she was born to Johnny Patrick Mares (deceased 12/25/1996) and Ramona Juanita Mares (deceased 05/09/2022). Victoria was the 8th born child of 10 siblings: Yvonne Mares, Yvette Mares, Yolanda Trujillo (Leslie), Renee Mares, Angela Mares, Johnny Max Mares (deceased 05/11/2015), Mary Vigil (Jeffrey), Cathy Mares, and Teresa Cassador (Damian). Victoria was the aunt, great aunt and great, great aunt to many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
Victoria graduated from Dulce High School in 1992 and joined the Navy on October 20, 1994. In the Navy she traveled the world and got to see places none of us ever thought we'd go, making friends and touching lives along the way. Victoria was genuine, gentle, sincere and giving and that aided in her nursing career. Victoria served in the United States Navy from 1994 to 2002, while serving, she received the following:
National Defense Service Medal (2)
Flag Letter of Commendation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Humanitarian Service Medal
Overseas Service Ribbon and
Good Conduct Medal (2)
Victoria loved her Lord Jesus Christ with her whole heart, and she served her country selflessly. Our family was richly blessed to have been able to share the time that we did have with her on this earth, we will miss her every day, but even more than that, we are grateful to have been able to share Victoria with the world.
VICTORIA WAS MAGNANIMOUS!! She was beauty and she was grace, she embodied courage and strength and she is our hero. To honor her life, we must live our lives the way she lived hers - FREE!
As per her wishes, Victoria will be laid to rest in a private family service at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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