Journal North (New Mexico) November 13, 2003
OPAL MANDALEE OLIVAS, 79, died Tuesday in Albuquerque. She was a foster mother to more than 39 children over the last 30 years and loved to work with teenagers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernesto Olivas; and a brother, Bobby Talachey. She is survived by her daughter, Virginia and husband Samuel Martinez of Abiquiu; her son, Roberto Olivas of Ranchitos; a close nephew, Archie Valdez and wife Annabel of El Llano; very close foster children, Timothy Martinez and Jessie Lovato; brother, Phillip Talachey of Alcalde; and many grandchildren, other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church on La Joya Street with burial to follow at the Loma Vista Cemetery in Alcalde. DeVargas Funeral Home of the Española Valley. 747-7477.