Josephine “Josie” L. Chavez, 73, of Grand Prairie, formerly of Big Spring, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2023. The family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM, Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM.
Josephine “Josie” L. Chavez, was born in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. She grew up and graduated high school in 1967 in Alamogordo, New Mexico. She also met her husband in Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1967. She had been with her husband, Antonio “Tony” P. Chavez since that year. They married in 1970 in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and were sweethearts to the end. They were married for 52 years. She was a resident of Big Spring, Texas, for 40 plus years.
Josie was born on March 1, 1949 and had 10 siblings. Those which preceded her in death are Valentin Lucero, Stevie Lucero, and Ida Lucero. Josie is survived by her siblings: David Lucero, Rueben Lucero, Gloria Cameron, Rosie Stapp, Virginia Franco, and Anna Lucero.
Josie was the daughter of Felipe B. Lucero and Julia P. Lucero. She is now with her husband, Tony Chavez, and our Heavenly Father. Her husband, Tony, preceded her in death in September of last year. Josie is survived by her five children: Madonna Chavez, Netasha Bazan, Leanne Garcia, Shannon Korell and Kevin Korell and her many grandchildren to include Carisa Chavez Horvatich and Jordan Bazan.
Josie was a Retired Accountant from the Big Spring State Hospital where she worked for about 40 years and loved her job. She started at the State Hospital as an Accounting Clerk and worked her way up to an Accountant II. During her younger years,right out of high school, she worked as an Intern for NASA. In the year of 1966, she was crowned as Queen of the Otero County American GI Forum in an extended competition among several candidates.
Josie enjoyed being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved spending time with her husband, Tony. During their most recent years they enjoyed shopping, finding new restaurants, thrift shopping and traveling the surrounding Dallas area where she has lived for the past 11 years. Josie loved her family and friends. She spoke proudly of her family and the beautiful memories she had with them. She lived each day helping others, loving others, and praying for everyone. She prayed daily and was a true Prayer Warrior. Josie had a smile that could brighten the room everywhere she went and she always knew how to give advice and help others. Josie had a laugh that was joyful and could be heard in the next room and she had a beautiful voice. Josie’s hobbies included spending time with her family, crafting, thrift shopping, praying, and bingo.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
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