Priscilla Reyna-Jojola

Priscilla Reyna-Jojola

Mrs. Priscilla Reyna-Jojola of Isleta and Taos Pueblos, passed away on May 25, 2021. She was born to parents Telesfor and Pauline Reyna of Taos Pueblo on December 15, 1947.  She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Santiago (Jimmy) Reyna and her grandson Miles Espinosa. At the time of her passing, at her side, were her husband of 31 years, Ray Jojola; her sons DJ Espinosa and Greg Jojola; and her grandson Chance Espinosa. She is survived by her son, DJ Espinosa and partner Kyla Romero; sister Esther Toya and nephew Derrick; grandsons Chance Espinosa, Joshua, Robert and Patrick Jojola; great grandchildren, Logan and Evelyn Jojola; mother-in-law Mary Jane Jojola Sr., Sister-in-laws Bernadette, Linda, and Mary Jane, brother-in-law Tony Jojola and their families; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and close friends in Taos and Isleta. Priscilla retired as a public-school administrator having worked for Taos Municipal Schools and Los Lunas Municipal Schools. Priscilla loved her new kitchen, loved to cook and baking was her specialty. She loved canning fruit and what ever their gardens produced. She also was very active in Senior Olympics at Isleta Pueblo, State, and National competition. She competed in numerous events, and her passion was shuffleboard. She was proud of the numerous medals she earned at the State Senior Olympics and the National Senior Olympic Games. She was a solid competitor, loved the games, mentored future athletes and made many friends wherever she competed. Priscilla was very active at the senior center at Isleta Pueblo, where she volunteered her time extensively in assisting in making the lives of her friends fun and enjoyable. She also served on the senior center advisory council for numerous years, served as president of the local chapter of AARP and was very loyal in fulfilling her responsibilities. Priscilla was immensely proud of her Pueblo heritage and regularly participated in traditional ceremonies. As often as possible, she danced and participated in the various feast days and holidays. Christmas was her favorite holiday. A graveside service was held for Priscilla on May 26, 2021 at the Isleta Pueblo Cemetery, with many relatives and friends present. Priscilla’s full and wonderful life will be celebrated in the near future to adequately pay tribute to an amazing woman. Specific information will be provided at a later date. Her humility and courage; her smile, her humming, and elegant grace gladdened the hearts of countless family members, friends and acquaintances; she will forever be in our hearts.

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