Vera Salas

Obituary of Vera Altamirano Salas

Born in Snyder, Texas is 1924, Vera Salas, was the 3rd child of 14 children.  

From the beginning, Vera was the Matriarch.  She cared for all of her brothers and sisters, as if they were her own. Those bonds continued throughout adulthood and Vera was always regarded as wise counsel. 

Vera grew into a strong woman who continued to take care for her family and friends. Quite simply, Vera was the backbone of her birth family and years later she would go one to be the backbone of her own family. 

In 1946 she married Raul Salas in Scottsbluff Nebraska, they worked hard to provide for their their 3 children: Raul Salas, Jr.  Ron Salas, and Mona Liza Salas.  In 1954 they moved the family to a small orchard town Sunnyvale, Ca where they would spend the rest of their lives.   My Grandfather served in the military  at Moffitt Field and my Grandmother would experience one the the great highlights of her life, working at Hewlett Packard where she knew Mr. Packard personally.  In 1974, she went on to fully dedicate her life to raising her children and grandchildren to which she had 4: Anthony Salas , Scott Salas, Nani Valdez-Begay  and Monique Salas .  Her 8 Great Grandchildren all had the wonderful privilege to know their Great Grandmother well and we are fortunate.

In the last 5 months of her life, we were gifted a final chance to be with her as Covid changed the world. We lived slow together: doing puzzles, made wonderful homemade breakfasts & fresh tortillas and just spent time together. It was a magical energy of love, laughter and occasional gritas :) 

On September 3rd she passed peacefully in the early am surrounded by her children. We were so blessed to have her for 95 years. She consistently put all of our needs above her own and was always able to connect with people of deep levels, which is evident in the outpouring of love we are receiving from family and friends.  My grandmother was a hard worker, took in anyone who needed help and just lived in an honorable way that will keep us proud forever.  I would be remiss to say if anyone was out of line, she was the first to whip them into shape. 

Vera is survived by her 3 sisters: Annie Hughes, Lupe Barrientes and Mary Altamirano.

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