Effie Marie Fresquez Chavez, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt was born in Picacho, NM on Friday, June 28, 1935. She was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 13, 2023. She was the daughter of Porfirio Fresquez and Maria Sedillo Fresquez.
Known to most as Grandma Honey, Effie is the eighth of eleven children. She was preceded in her death by her daughter, Maria Bernadette Chavez; granddaughter, Jessica Chavez Saxon; siblings, Lucille Laws, Orlando Fresquez, Orfila Ramirez, Alfino Fresquez, Christoval Fesquez, Eliberto Fresquez, and Anthonio Fresquez. She is survived by her sisters, Prestina Sanchez-Davis (Albuquerque) Linda Yrisarri (Humble, TX) and Gloria Mendiola (Roswell, NM). Effie also leaves behind her three children, Arthur Chavez III, Mark Chavez (Geri Trujillo) and Victoria Pollack and husband, Wayne Pollack; several grandchildren, Josh Chavez (Amanda), Estevan Chavez, Andre Chavez (Rachael), Christie Chavez, Amanda Pollack and Stacy Pollack; and one great-granddaughter on the way.
Effie was loved by all and lived a full life. She was known for her cooking, entertaining and gardening. Effie loved entertaining in her home both in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. When her Santa Fe grandchildren were attending UNM, she would have them over for weekly dinners, welcoming any friends or roommates.
When not with her family, she was an active bridge player in the Duke City Bridge League and the Solo Club. In her younger years and until she was unable, she was an active member in the Solo Club of Albuquerque where she held many board positions and enjoyed all the social events.
Effie was a great friend, mother, and loving grandmother. Her cooking, love for entertaining, and spending time with her family will be missed by all that knew her.
A Rosary will be held on Monday, March 27, 2023, 6:00 p.m., at the Shrine of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11509 Indian School Road NE in Albuquerque. Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 11:00 a.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, 131 Cathedral Place in Santa Fe.
Monday, March 27, 2023
Starts at 6:00pm (Mountain time)
The Shrine of Saint Bernadette Catholic Church