Memorial services planned for Taos cobbler's wife

Susana Molina dies after 18 months comatose


Updated: Wednesday, (Nov. 6), 12 p.m.

A number of memorial events begin today (Wednesday, Nov. 6) for seamstress and master tamale maker Susana Medrano Molina, who left her pain and this Earth behind last Wednesday (Oct. 30).

Public visitation will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 6) at the Taos Assembly of God Church, 305 Burch Street with Prayer Service to follow at 7 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday (Nov. 7) at 10 a.m. at the Taos Assembly of God Church with burial to follow at the Las Cruces Cemetery.

Her husband, long-time Taos cobbler Roberto Molina, made one of his final trips down to see his wife of more than 48 years at an Albuquerque facility where she died.

Susana had been bedridden and comatose since April 4, 2018 after she suffered a double aneurysm – veins in her brain bulged and ruptured – and a seizure while visiting family in El Paso. 

Roberto Molina had made the roundtrip drive from Taos to see her almost every day since her injury while managing the couple's small shoe repair and alterations shop on Paseo del Pueblo Sur. 

Susana Molina is survived by her husband of 46 years, Roberto Molina; loving children Fernando Molina (Amy), Roberto Molina Jr. (Katherine), Monica Molina, Aaron Molina; step-son Aaron Hasselbach; grandchildren Francisco (Alicia Vialpando), Maribel, Anahi-Lucia, Adelina, Ariela, Mikaela, one great-grandchild on the way; and Elijah Chavez who she considered as her son.  Her sisters Gracila Marin, Catalina Barraza (Candido), Virgina LeDezma, Rosa Moreno (Raul “Chito”), Magdalena Vargas (Luis) and many other loving relatives and friends.

For more information, call De Vargas Funeral Home at (575) 300-5288 or


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