ROSWELL, N.M. – Maria Julia Massey-Alberts, 73, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
She loved to tell the story of the nuns who called her “Judy” when she first started school, and the name stayed with her for the rest of her life.
A Rosary was held on Saturday, September 30, 2017, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, at 9:30 a.m., followed with a Memorial Service at 10 a.m. A tribute of Judy’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On June 18, 1944, Judy was born as Maria Julia Guerrero to Alvaro J. and Adela (Salazar) Guerrero in Starr County, Texas. She was a Counselor and a Teacher in the Roswell School System for 39 years. Judy attended Texas Woman’s University and UTEP where she attained Masters Degrees in English, Spanish and Counseling. She worked at Roswell High School, ENMU-R and finished her career counseling at Pecos Elementary School. Judy will always be loved and remembered by her students, the people she helped, and of course, family and friends who knew and loved her very much.
Judy began the final chapter of her life when she married Don Alberts in March of 2003, both at the age of 58 years. They took good care of each other and loved to go to St. Peter’s Catholic Church where they had been married. They enjoyed playing Bingo and traveling together to Texas to visit with family and friends. Fifteen years later, they would tell everyone that they were still on their honeymoon. It was a Love like no other.
Those left to cherish Judy’s memory are her husband, Don Alberts; daughter, Randi Levy and husband, Jonathan; sisters, Carmen Guerrero of Tyler, Texas, Mary Guerrero-McDonald of Austin, Texas, Sue Guerrero of Austin, Texas and Elda Guerrero of Mission, Texas; brothers, Alvaro J. Guerrero Jr. (Vito) of Mission, Texas and Evaristo Guerrero of Austin, Texas; mother, Adela (Salazar) Guerrero; and many cousins; nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and nieces.
Preceding Judy in death were her sisters, Lena Guerrero of Austin, Texas and Rosie Villareal of Corpus Christi, Texas, and father, Alvaro J. Guerrero.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Judy by her family.