Our dear Sister Victoria took flight and went home to the Lord on Sunday, July 4, 2021. She had waited a long time for this homecoming often asking what was taking the Lord so long. Then in a flash of light on Independence Day, she was set free.

Sister Victoria, born to Gregorio and Maria Munoz on February 3, 1941 in Anthony, New Mexico, was baptized Guadalupe. She was the youngest of 15 children. She was lovingly called Lupe. She maintained a life-long relationship and love of her dear Madre Guadalupe.

Her gifts of compassion and strength made her an excellent nurse. She served in skilled nursing settings her whole religious life. She was often assigned the “difficult” patients because of her wonderful sense of humor and deep care. Never deterred by attitude, complexity of care, time of day, she always wore a smile, had an encouraging word, and shared a healing touch. She was loved by residents, family and staff.

In community, she was always engaged and full of joy,. Her love for all things Hispanic taught many of us about good fun, good music, good foods, and living a festive life.

For over 30 years multiple sclerosis was her companion. She never complained. In recent years as a resident at Mother of Perpetual Help Assisted Living and at Mary Queen and Mother Skilled Care, she collected and recycled cans, cared for the adoptive kittens, reigned as Queen of Bingo, and called each staff person by name. She often used her bingo winnings to provide treats for other residents.

She spent the last several months on hospice and promised to patiently offer all her suffering for the intentions of our General Chapter meetings. Those meetings ended on July 2, and she left us on July 4.

We shall miss her spirit, her spunk, and her love. We know she is dancing with Jesus.

There was a private burial service, and a funeral Mass will be celebrated at a later date. Memorial gifts in honor of Sister Victoria may be made to help the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help continue to provide for the health care needs of the Sisters. Call (314) 965-3700, ext 109, with questions or to share a story of how Sister Victoria helped to influence your life.

Family and friends in the El Paso, TX, area are invited to a Mass on Thursday, July 29 at 8 a.m. at St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Anthony, New Mexico.