A lady of the community

Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 1/9/20

Esther Garcia went full force after what she believed in. She fought for her Questa community, her church, acequias and public lands. For decades, she worked side by side with another champion of Northern New Mexico, the late Sen. Carlos Cisneros.

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A lady of the community

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Esther Garcia went full force after what she believed in. She fought for her Questa community, her church, acequias and public lands. For decades, she worked side by side with another champion of Northern New Mexico, the late Sen. Carlos Cisneros.

Garcia - small of stature but large of personality - wasn't afraid to stand toe-to-toe with those in power and those with money, pushing them to help with projects for the communities. From the Questa Public Library to the Río Grande del Norte National Monument - a crown jewel of public land now conserved for future generations - Garcia sought to protect and support what is best in Northern New Mexico.

Like other members of her family, she believed in public service and giving back to her community. Garcia died Sunday (Jan. 7) at age 74. Hers was a powerful voice, now silenced. But the legacy of the projects she fought for will live on.

May she rest in a well-earned peace.

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