Dad and mom divorced in the mid 70s.  Neither of them ever remarried and later in their lives became good friends and supported each other.  Dad would give mom spending money and mom would make dad Mexican food.  I think dad got the better deal.
Louis Vela, Sr.
  • 85 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 23, 1926
  • Place of birth:
    Santa Rita, New Mexico, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 9, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
I ask that you celebrate dad and mom's life with happiness, not sadness. These stories and pictures will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but most of all make you realize how strong the soul can be.

October 20, 2016

STORY SECTION (Scroll to find)

Michael tours US Cellular Field

POEMS by Kathleen Vela Taggart (See Story Section)

America  Mourns  Every  Race  In  City’s Attack

Operation Iraqi Freedom (collection of 9 poems)

Flying with Angels

August 24, 2016

Remembering Mary Lou Vela (video in Gallery)

August 9, 2016

Dear Papi:

It is with so much happiness that over 9,100+ visitors to your memorial page to read stories of our family and pictures that show all the love that has passed down through generations.  Although I am sadden today, I will lift up my heart in happiness to post stories and pictures that has brought much happiness from our extensive family.  Life has been hard this past year but still in my mind I hear you saying "Only the strong survive."  You taught all of your children well.  I remember you once saying when we were talking about mom's lifelong strength of survival "Mary Lou is stronger than I am."  What a statement and I know it came straight from your heart.  So today I honor your memory with stories and pictures.  Love you papi till I see you again. Kaco

August 9, 2016

New Pictures Added

New Stories Added:

(Top of Story Section)

Hard Times Are Often A Blessing

In Memory of Barbara June Taggart

Friends from Generation to Generation

(Bottom of Story Section)

Joy Rides

Walmart Handicap Cart


Little Boy

Memorial Day

May 30, 2016

Many thanks to my veterans, my father Louis Vela, my husband Michael Dean Taggart and to his father, (on left_ Dean Taggart.  I think it is pretty cool they were all in the Navy.  Louis Vela and Dean Taggart served our country in WWII.

God bless them all.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kathleen Vela Taggart on 17th June 2014

"Papi I am so sorry my plans to visit your memorial bricks on Father's Day didn't go as planned.  Michael and I were sad.  I stayed in my room after the wreck.  When I went into the living room Michael lit all the candles in papi's honor.  He was trying to cheer me up and himself of course."

This tribute was added by Tish Padilla Alcala on 23rd February 2014

"Happy Birthday "Big Lou"....I can only imagine the big pot of menudo on the stove....and the spinning of those 45's,,,(tortillas)...lots of lemons too.  Enjoy paradise!"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Vela Taggart on 16th February 2014

"Tish thanks for including me in the invitation to Arianna's mass.  I will be there in spirit praying for the family on this incredibly sad day.  Although I know she will be with God in heaven it still weighs heavy on my heart.  I will write how much this beautiful child affected me on her memorial site when I am strong enough emotionally.    Her short life affected me so so much.  I added her picture to mom and dad's memorial site and will be adding more pictures of mom and the Padilla side of the family.  God bless you.  Via con Dios, Arianna."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Vela Taggart on 10th February 2014

"I am so very sad of the unexpected loss of my cousin Tish Alcala new born grandchild. Arianna's picture is on my photo tab, please visit her and say a prayer for God to bestow on the families peace to heal  their hearts.  God bless."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Vela Taggart on 4th January 2013

"Dear Papi

I feel at peace now that mom is with you in heaven.  I am with Marie in Kansas City to help her through her knee surgery.  Her sixth surgery on either her left or right knee.  Please help Marie with mom's passing, she is having a difficult time.  Love you papasito and mamasita."

This tribute was added by edward vela on 9th August 2012

"I love you Dad , I feel what you went through, and it is hard to go through it alone. You dont ever have to be alone anymore."

This tribute was added by Calvin Bowen on 10th July 2012

"Wonderful art work and an artist memorial."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Vela Taggart on 6th November 2011

"Dear Papi:
Today I attended the blessing of your memorial bricks from the family and from Michael and me.  Michael was sad because he had to work and couldn't attend.  It is still very hard for us not to have you with us.  We will love and cherish every second we had with you for the rest of our lives.  Yes, we still cry everyday."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Vela Taggart on 25th October 2011

"Dear Papi
I hope I fulfilled all of your wishes for your Celebration of Life.  I have been very sad, please help me lift this sorrow from my heart.  I miss you terribly, but I am glad you are now in Heaven with no pain, your body restored through the power of God and that you are now with your mother and father, Aunt Bertha and Theresa and JR."

This tribute was added by edward vela on 20th October 2011

"Dear Dad,  I love you very much, I can honestly say we were good freinds and father and son. I remember the trip to mexico, no plans we just left. We had a lot of fun together, I love you Dad."

This tribute was added by Tiffany Robinson-Trager on 1st October 2011

"Grandpa I know you're cracking jokes and drinking coffee up im heaven!  May God bless and keep you Louie!"

This tribute was added by edward vela on 29th September 2011

"Dad,                                                     I love you very much,you are not only my father,but also avery good freind. I will always remember the time we spent together.I will see you later."

This tribute was added by Patti Owensby on 31st August 2011

"Once told by a member of the Vela family in-laws are forever. I remember Louie as a strong, honest, loving and independent man. Now he is in the arms of the Angels and I know he has found comfort there. I can see Louie and JR playing heavenly music together."

This tribute was added by Julie Stoll on 30th August 2011

"Dear Family,

We are so sorry for your loss.  We here at State Farm truly enjoyed working with your father.  Take care.  Julie Stoll and Team"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Vela Taggart on 28th August 2011

"I want to thank my prayer group for their dedication to Michael and I and my family.  You have all been loyal to me for a great many years.  There is not enough thanks I can give you all."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Vela Taggart on 28th August 2011

"I want to thank all the staff at Beacon Place and the Hospice and Palliative Care home health staff, volunteers and the Bereavement counselors for their compassion, dedication, and concern for family members left behind.  You are all truly angels sent by God with hearts of gold."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Vela Taggart on 24th August 2011

"Dear Dad,
It is yet too soon for my heart not to be filled with pain and sorrow. As time goes by my memories will be filled with joy and laughter.  Until then...I will always love you until we meet again."

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