Her Life

As a Student

Janel was born on August 4, 1979 to Daniel and Martha Gonzales in Carlsbad, New Mexico. She attended elementary school at St. Edward Parochial School and Eddy Elementary. As a young girl she become involved with tap dance and modern dance, performing at various school and community functions. 

Janel continued to be active in school, participating in dance and cheerleading. She was loved among her peers, known for her friendly smile and genuine charm. She was voted 1997 Carlsbad High School prom queen her senior year.

In 1997, she moved to Portales, NM to attend Eastern New Mexico University. Janel was just beginning to settle into her freshman year... when just a month after Christmas she suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from a brain aneurysm.