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Elena Avila

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“I received the most beautiful gift today and being, Dios De Los Muertos, I know it came from beyond from you and Jerry. I will take care of it. I...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Erika Martinez-Gonzales - NM

“Intlanextla IN Tonatiuh, Xochitl huescapahtli - yancuic xihuitl chicome acatl. Eight years missing you, deer one. ”
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Dr. Ana Malinalli X Gutierrez Sisneros - NM

“I have been searching for you just my luck that you have passed away. I will still send my message to you through prayer for healing and blessings...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Robyn Atencio - Albuquerque', NM

“I am still learning from you. Thank you.~ Michele ”
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Michele Marlene York - CA

“I am so sorry that I too was unable to meet you in person. I was finishing your book and have been so inspired by your words. My Grandmother took me...Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Diane Martinez - Albuquerque, NM

“We are blessed for your presence here upon Great Mother and throughout Creation may you Always be surrounded by Love as you journey my Heart is...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Odette Timmons - United Kingdom

“Praying for you Elana. Offering Mass intentions. God bless you. May Mary wrap you in her holy mantle. ”
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Katherine Hunter - MD - Friend

“Vaya con Diosa! ”
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Liz Mitchell - Austin, TX

“Oh, Dear Ms. Elena Avila, I have had your book Woman Who Glows in the Dark for sometime now; and it is this morning that I choose to pick it up...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Michele Marlene York - CA

“Obituary for Elena Avila Dear family and friends of Elena Avila. It is with a tear in my eye that I just now have read of Elena's passing...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Douglas Conwell - Santa Fe, NM

“Cuatro anos sin to es como una vida entera sin luz.. ”
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Malinalli X - Espanola, NM

“I was sadden to come to find out that your where no long here. As a part of my studies for herbal medicine, your book is required reading. This phase...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Frances Leona Dunston - Brooklyn, NY

“Vaya con Dios ”
13 of 100+ | Posted by: mike

“I just discovered the passing of my friend Helen (Elena) and it saddened me she has passed to Heaven - she should have had many many more years. We...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Ronald Hennes - El Paso, TX

“Consuelo mio, Maestra Dona Elena. Hace tres anos que despedio Ud., a su jornada a Mictlampa, y imagino su cara mirandome, todavia, en esa frescura de...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Ana X - Espanola, NM - friend

“Elena, I never had the pleasure of meeting you but your book truly touched me. Last night the women of the Circulo Sagrado Femenino gathered to...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Mimi Quesada - Menifee, CA

“I love you Elena I knew there was a reason. I have an autographed book of yours that I found just a few days ago. This is why I felt you around. My...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Joseph Speck - CA

“I find myself thinking about you and the words you shared with me during our brief meeting. I know that you have come to see me atleast once, and...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Anna PERALTA - Sacramento, CA

“Comadre...may your passage bring you to moments of enchantment and beauty. May your work continue from wherever you fly! I was blessed to stand...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Tereza Iniguez Flores - CA

“Hello Comadre,I have been feeling you for days now...not sure why...so I found myself here, reading all the wonderful notes sent to you, it feels so...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Yellowwolf - Santa Clara, CA

“Thinking of you today ”
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Terry - okahumpka, FL - student

“Elena- you are a shining star. Unique, creative, multi talented - a woman of power , passion and wisdom. May your light continue to shine...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: trisha jaomecatl mulholland

“... for inspiring me to be the nurse and healer I am today....Thank you for the Power of your Presence. ”
23 of 100+ | Posted by: KendalyMeadows - Atlanta, GA

“Querida Elena, después de casi 10 años retomo la lectura de La Mujer que brilla en la oscuridad. Entonces movida por la curiosidad, vengo a...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: nélida elena - lectora

“Elena will be remembered at our altar today. She was and is a glowing spirit. ”
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Juie Davis - Norman, OK

“Dear Elena, I am thinking of you so much this year for El Dia De Los Muertos. Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher. Thank you for sharing...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Carole LaRochelle - Santa Rosa, CA

“Grateful Elena was able to help my daughter make a beautiful life for herself. ”
27 of 100+ | Posted by: liz garcia

“Many blessings for your path into a new dimension .. Love Ross ”
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Ross lewallen - NM - Friend

“My darling sister, I just found what you wrote to me on the front page of your book, :Woman who glows in the Dark". You said, " You are the woman who...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Irma Martinez - TX - Sister

“I just found out today, my love and prayers are with you and your family. I was so fortunate to have met you, during a workshop at GhostRanch. ...Read More »
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Terry Nickerl - Okahumpka, FL

“Just found out about Elena's passing, precisely when I was looking up future courses in NYC. I am deeply saddened by the news of her death. I took a...Read More »
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Lourdes Garcia - New York, NY

“I just found our about Elena's passing, and am in a bit of shock. I loved her book, looked forward to the movie. I was planning on attending her...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Paula Sumner - NC

“I met Elena when she came to Cowichan Lake - she helped me immensely with ceremonies she did for me - I will never forget her - my heart goes out to...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Heather Hess - Victoria, B.C.

“I want to offer my deepest condolences to the family of Elena. I only met her once at a conference in Ruidoso, NM, last year. I bought her book...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Lourdes DeLaTorre - Friend

“First, i wish to offer my deepest and most sincere well wishes to the family and friends of Elena Avila. You have been truly blessed by her earthly...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Nailah Jumoke - None

“I came to el paso today with my best friend since childhood I havnt been her since we were eleven I'm thirty something now! I told of my stories n...Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Jamie Bailon - Albuquerque, NM

“To the family of Elena my heart is heavy with your loss and I ssend devine Blessings to you and Elena, I never met her but she gave me the courage...Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: mercy delacruz - denver, CO

“Mom, I still miss you every day! I know that you are still loving me and watching out for me and the kids from heaven above. You will forever be in...Read More »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Sondie - Daughter

“I am shocked and saddened of a great loss . i was very lucky, and blessed to have made a journey to meet Elena in October of 2009. I read her book ...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Anna Peralta - sacramento, CA

“Ms. Elena, you never knew me or my son. I was so amazed by your journey and your wisdom. I wanted to meet you since I read your book. You are an...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Camila - respected follower

“Algo tan profundo se llevó con ella que comparto la desolación con quienes la conocieron y la amaron; Algo tan profundo nos dejó...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: isabel aler Sevilla (España)

“Blessings... and so Much Love... ”
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Tori Valencia - Santa Cruz, CA

“The relationship between curandera and alma, the patient, does not end when the rite/analysis is over. The greatest curanderas and curanderos keep...Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeanette

“Her "Woman Who Glows in the Dark" transformed my views towards healing and inspired me to pursue/ reclaim traditional healing modalities for myself...Read More »
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Kendaly - admirer of her work

“Thank you, Elena, for the brilliance of your spirit and all that it illuminated in this time of shadows (and light). You were/are one of the great...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Brian Stricker

46 of 100+ | Posted by: RHONDA HARRISON

47 of 100+ | Posted by: Maria Garcia - amiga, discipula

“Gracias por tu luz, tu fuerza, tu sabiduría.... Te llevaré siempre en mi corazón. Sé que siempre estarás junto a nosotros,...Read More »
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Silvia

“Descansa en paz Elena. Gracias por enseñarme la infinita fuerza sanadora femenina. Gracias por todo. Celes ”
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Celes

“A mi muy querida amiga, maestra COMADRE, Elena. Nos conocimos en su primer trabajo en España, en Sevilla, y fue un "flechazo". Me ayudó...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Maria Garcia

“Conoci a Elena a traves de la estela de luz que habia dejado en personas muy cercanas. Despues leí su libro y al din la conocí. Trabaje en...Read More »
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Olga - Murcia España

“Mi Maestra Elena ~ Gracias, Gracias for teaching us how to re-member while loving us through the dark. I see YOU glowing in the LIGHT. Corazon cura...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Jo Thompson - Santa Fe, NM

“Love and Light. ”
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Rosalba Fontanez

“We knew Helen when we went to high school together in El Paso. Fernando and Helen were our padrinos when we got married in the church. We got to meet...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Frances Juarez Anguiano - CA

“peace ”
55 of 100+ | Posted by: cindy

“I always remember the photo my mom has of Helen, at her home among the many hudreds of photos in a box, this photo is from the 70's and is of Helen...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Andy Flores - Phoenix, AZ

“Sometimes I check to see if I glow in the dark! Thank you for that! ”
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Gabe "Gabby" Sanchez - Nephew

“What a wonderful person she was. Yet she represented to me all the things in the world that I don't quite understand...but she did it in such a way...Read More »
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Gabe "Gabby" Sanchez - Glendale, AZ

“Comadrita Elena, --Las semillas que haz sembrado en tu vida han enflorecido entre nuestra communidad global para dar oportunidad y crecimiento en el...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Juanita J. Lavadie - NM

“Maestra, comadre, amiga Thank you. I had the honor and pleasure of witnessing our maestra/comadre Elena call so many souls home including my own as...Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Deanna Castillo - Comadre

“Elena, Que te vaya bonito y estes en mejor mundo. Chay, Irma I only knew you two of her family, las acompano en los sentimientos. Con Carino, Pedro ”
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Pedro Hernandez - Dallas, TX

“This is one of my favorite prayers, it's a Hopi prayer. I just wanted to share with family and friends.HOPI PRAYER of The Soul's Graduation:Do not...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Wanda Lobito - Santa Fe, NM

“Much gratitude and love for having known our queridísima Elena. I will miss her immensely, as I treasure the time I was able to spend with her,...Read More »
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Elena Klaver - Niwot, CO

“My deepest condolences to all of Helen's (Elena's) family. May the love she had for you be the lasting memory that will help heal the family's loss....Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Jay (Chuy) Tavarez - Spring, TX

“To Elena's family,I always perceived Elena as our southwestern "Wonder Woman" - glowing in the hearts of everyone who ever had a chance to meet her...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Sally Andrade

“maestra, thank you for your teachings and the profound impact you had in in my life, su fuerza me da esperanza. ometeotl. ”
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Angel Fabian - oakland, CA

“Elena helped to bring me into the world of the sacred and continues with her passing by reminding me of how precious life is. Upon hearing my story...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Judith Rybicki - Green Bay, WI

“I had not seen Elena in years but she made sure I was present and accounted for at her send off. This is TESTAMENT to her spirit that is being now...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Maria Elena - Albuquerque, NM

“Elena was a strong and beautiful woman whose compassion, awareness and energy filled my being for two wonderful sessions and continues even yet,...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Matalie Wham - Albuquerque, NM, NM

“To Elena's Family,I send you my deepest condolences on your loss. I know how much she loved each of you and how proud she was of you. May Divine...Read More »
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Roberta Rael - Albuquerque, NM

“I send thoughts of love and peace to you and your family during this time. I only very recently met Elena but I know she will have made a lifetime...Read More »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Yvonne Garley-Alvarez

“I met Elena in the early 80s when she presented at a conference in Austin Tx. She was still a psychiatric nurse and was doing spiritual work. I have...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Guadalupe Carreon

“I send all of Elena's friends and family much love and support for your loss. What a wonderful woman who touched so many lives. ”
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Diane Camillo - friend

“When I met you, the inspiration you left on me was amazing, I still have your book and always go back to it,now you shall watch us from above with...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Emily Griego - studied her work

“Abel, Pam & Family Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow. We hope this quote will comfort you in the days to come: "What moves through...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Cordell (Bo) and Georgette Bomar - NM

“We met Elena 14 years ago, during these years she had become a very close friend to us and our family. She helped us with her healings and her...Read More »
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda & Mike Ulibarri

“Im so glad you touched my life and inspired me ..last time I saw you was at Lourdes and Annettes wedding with Marsha Gomez at The Living Well in...Read More »
77 of 100+ | Posted by: ari marta chagoya - San Antonio, TX

“Over the years, Elena and I crossed paths: at conferences of mujeres, at UNM, etc. She was always outgoing, warm, and engaging. We will miss her. ...Read More »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Christine Sierra - Albuquerque, NM

“Comadre y Maestro y Client My memories of Elena go way back to a seminar on Healing here in Santa Fe that we both attended many years ago. We became...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Dhyana Laurent - Comadre

“Comadre Elena, what a bendicion y honor to have had you as one of my primeras maestras here in Nuevo Mejico. Tu tenura y belleza sonrisa siempre...Read More »
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Cora Prieto Romo

“Elena, Mi amiga y mi maestro. I will never forget all of the values you instilled in me, all the memories, beliefs and teachings. You made me a...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Angela Del Frate

“I was a young girl when I first saw you many many years ago, and in that instant my life was forever changes. Thank you for that, thank you for...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Erika Martinez-Gonzales - NM

“Luz, Paz, Amor, Conciencia, Armonia Comadre. Thank you for everything you taught me. ”
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Margo M. - albuquerque, NM

“Thank you for what you have taught me, you have touched my life forever with your healing gift, may you journey on angels wings and fly with the...Read More »
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Desiree

“Great Spirit, Maker of All Life. A Medicine Woman goes to you swift and straight as an arrow shot into the sun. Welcome her and let her take her...Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Sergio Rafatinezel Mar - Brother

“We started our adult lives together in 1961 in a group of young people striving to find our way. How valuable are those brief and memorable moments...Read More »
86 of 100+ | Posted by: N & C Brown - Athens, GA

“thanks for everything, Elena. Louis ”
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Louis Head - Albuquerque, NM

“ELENA...siempre, siempre siempre sus palabras quedan conmigo. Mujer fabulosa. xoxoxox Gracias por todo. KNML ”
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Kim Larrichio - burque - amiga

“Maestra:Thank you for choosing to come to this earth to share your knowledge, sacred teachings, for teaching us to re-member, giving others the...Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Sonia Samaniego - Roseville, CA

“Thank you Elena for sharing so deeply of yourself with the world. It's because of you that I found my birth mother which is probably the most sacred...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Cris Phillips - Santa Fe, NM

“Dear Rosario and family of Elena My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow...may God's arms reach around you and hold you close...as only He can...Read More »
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Lynette Bass - Houston, TX

“Elena, I imagine you watching each of us from way above. You would have to be able to see the whole earth because you have touched many people in...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Cynthia Jeannette Gomez - NM

“Tu risa, tu luz, tu sabiduria, tu grito - todos los regalos que me diste. Adios, linda. ”
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael D. Blum - Seattle, WA

“I met Elena years ago at a conference on health in Sunrise Springs near Santa Fe. She filled the room with her presence, she made all laugh with her...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Sonia Masocco - admirorer

95 of 100+ | Posted by: Micha Rinaldi

“comadre elena- your guidance, your laughter, & your smile will live on in my heart. mil gracias elena. see you on the other side! ”
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Micha Rinaldi - comadre

“I am sad that my Aunt Helen/Tia Elena is no longer here. She was beautiful, unique, larger-than-life... and that smile - a smile whose brilliance...Read More »
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Patricia Alvarado Harris - niece

“I met Elena at her first and last workshop in Germany which my wife Daniela and I organized. She stayed with us for a week or so and it was a...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Geoffrey - friend

“For Elena's family, some of whom I've met, I extend my sincerest wishes for grace, acceptance and peace. You mother/grandmother was a remarkable...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Amari Magdalena - Friend/Comadre

“I offer my deepest sympathy to my comadre's family. She always spoke of her enormous love for her grandchildren, and children. She was a woman of...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: The Rev. Virginia Marie Rincon - TX

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AVILA - Elena Avila, 66, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born in El Paso, Texas on May 24, 1944. She received her Bachelors in Nursing in 1976, and went on to get her MSN in Psychiatric Nursing in 1981. Her strong desire to help people lead her on a fulfilling road to becoming a curandera and spiritual counselor. Elena inspired people with her lectures all over the world and touched people's lives wherever she went. Her published book, "Women Who Glows in the Dark," was a national bestseller and a true testament to the work she loved. Her poetry came from "a flowering need to express the deepest feelings of her soul." The plays she wrote and performed in demonstrated her passion for life. Elena shared her compassionate and loving spirit with all that knew her, and she will be remembered for her joyful laughter and beautiful smile. She is survived by her four children; Jamie Avila (Susan), Sondra Skory (John), Abel Avila (Pam), and Adrian Avila; and her greatest joys, her seven grandchildren; Katie Avila, Samantha Skory, Noah Skory, Andre Avila, Hannah Avila, Mia Avila, and Ryan Avila. She is also survived by one brother, Sergio Martinez; and three sisters, Irma Martinez, Rosario Martinez, and Marta Gorges. Rosary, followed by a celebration of her life will be held Monday, March 21, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at French, Westside Chapel, 9300 Golf Course Road NW. Mass will be Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 5712 Paradise Blvd. NW. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1900 Edith Blvd. NE. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends, and she will forever be in our hearts. Please visit our online guest book for Elena at RememberTheirStory.com

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