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.

January 31, 2017

RIP Susan Vela Prucka

July 4, 1952 - January 31, 2017

 Susan-Prucka-Vela-Obituary - Kansas City, Kansas

Susan (Vela) Prucka, 64, KCK, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the Overland Park Regional Hospital. She was born July 4, 1952, in KCK the daughter of Louis Vela Sr. and Mary Lou Vela (Padilla). Susan attended Rosedale High School. She later attended St. Mary's College, Washburn University and graduated from Donnelly College in KCK with a Bachelors Degree in Business. Susan was united in marriage in 1968 in Bentonville, Ark., to Steven Ray Cline. They later divorced. To this union they shared one son, Louis Christopher Scott Cline. On Halloween of 1979 in KCK, Susan married Lonnie Linwood Gay. To this union they shared one daughter, Travis Marie Bergenhofer Qualls. Susan was later married to Joseph Allen Prucka on July 4, 2002. He survives. Susan was most remembered as a free spirit who loved people and life. She enjoyed music, singing and her five dogs. She enjoyed all the people she came in contact with from all the various jobs over the course of her life which included bartending to being the Deputy Sheriff of Wyandotte County. Her most precious work was being a devoted mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren. Her spirit and love will be expressed in their daily lives forever. She is preceded in death by parents, Louis Sr. and Mary Lou; and brother, Louis "J.R." Vela Jr. Susan is survived by her husband, Joseph Allen Prucka of KCK; her son, Louis Christopher Scott Cline and wife Angela of KCK; her daughter, Travis Marie Qualls and her husband Aaron of KCK; brother, Eddie Vela of KCK; two sisters, Marie Robinson of KCMO and Kathleen Taggart and her husband Michael of Shawnee, Kan.; five grandchildren, Austin Michael Cline, Chase Atticus Cline, Madison Nicole Cline all of Shawnee, Kan., and Lauryn Elizabeth Bergerhofer and Jacob Alan Bergerhofer Jr., both of KCK. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at the Maple Hill Funeral Home in KCK. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Maple Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery created a Tribute Video in memory of Susan (Vela) Prucka.

 December 7, 2016

REMEMBERING MARY LOU VELA-Passed away December 7, 2012

Excerpts from FaceBook

Judy Gomez I'm sure we could write a book of these halarious stories! Kathleen Vela Taggart I am going to start putting more funny stories on the memorial website. I have cut and pasted a few from FB with the comments. The comments are as funny as the stories. Tish Alcala Kathleen Vela Taggart don't forget about Dan Rather! For Grandma, whatever he said was gospel. I will never forget when AIDS first hit the news. She wanted to go and make a deposit at the Blood Bank in the event she had to have surgery. She could just make a withdrawal of her OWN blood. ;) Kathleen Vela Taggart OMG you have me in tears. Mom is happy we remember all these funny stories. Bet we could go all night. I remember you and Zina always had me cracking up laughing. Judy Gomez See, these could go on & on. We best be careful, may need to copy

Kathleen Vela Taggart
Judy love the comment. Judy Gomez Some of my favorite memories are getting together at Gma Padilla's & Gma Daisy's wirh Zina, Tisha and all the family telling these stories and laughing for hours! Tish Alcala Judy Gomez we relive those stories like they just happened. Some of those stories have now become legends. ;) Kathleen Vela Taggart I know isn't that a blessing. Tish Alcala I have always loved how ZB re-enacts Grandma smoking her cigs.....;) Kathleen Vela Taggart Tish don't get me started on all the funny stories of you and Zina we will be on FB all night. Judy Gomez Wish I could stay up & chat longer but I must go to mimis now. Goodnight my sweet & funny cousins in law ♡ Tish Alcala Judy Gomez right behind you...have to be in KC at El Taquito t 7:30 am to get my Masa. ;) Kathleen Vela Taggart I am right behind both of you. That was fun.

Tish Alcala
My FAVORITE Aunt Mary Lou story is Solo St. She was to pick something up for Uncle Louie on South 10th and he wrote SO 10. It was written close together thus Solo St! ;) This was a good funny for Zina too! ;)   Kathleen Vela Taggart I will be sure to put this one on the memorial page. Judy Gomez is right between mom, aunt Daisy, grandpa, you, Zina we really could write a book. Such great memories. Just thought about grandma telling grandpa to go to Tavarez to get a chicken for dinner. He went out the back gate into the alley. That was the last we saw of him for about 45 minutes. Grandma was not happy when he came walking from the front gate down the side of the house with NO CHICKEN just his quart of beer wrap in a paper bag. Grandma was rattling off in Spanish did not know what she was saying but grandpa was looking in all his pockets for that chicken. Poor grandpa God love him. Kathleen Vela Taggart PS Grandpa apparently took the long way back home via the Prize Package and stopped to talk with all the neighbors. Tish Alcala Kathleen Vela Taggart then we saw the neighbors dog with OUR chicken! ;) Kathleen Vela Taggart Oh NO I didn't know that -- I am cracking up laughing. That makes for even a better ending to the NO CHICKEN story. Definitely cutting and pasting all the stories onto the memorial website. Too funny not to save and give others a good laugh. Tish Alcala Kathleen Vela Taggart the dogs name was KU Jayhawk! Tish Alcala She looks so innocent with her hat and coat.....Little did Marie know she is thinking "just let me get up" and we are going to have a little talk. ;) Kathleen Vela Taggart No Marie is the one that wanted to have a little talk with mom one day. She went to the store or something but didn't take her purse. When she came back mom was kicked back on the side of the couch her legs crossed all comffy holding the money Marie's purse in her hand licking her thumb as she counted it. She didn't look too innocent then but Marie said she really wanted to crack up laughing. We still imitate that scene to get a good laugh. Kathleen Vela Taggart Tish did you finish reading the story I was editing when you replied. Tish Alcala Kathleen Vela Taggart yes I did. That lady was one in a million for sure. Judy Gomez Love that story, reminds me of Gary's Mom. Things like that happened to her and the kids would get mad. Then she would say something off the wall and there's another funny story to tell! I sure loved and miss those two ladies ♡ Kathleen Vela Taggart Here is another good one I can't remember the circumstances but mom did something like not waiting for us to help her and she got hurt not too bad. Whenever she knew she was in deep trouble she would always change the subject with some off the wall remark. Anyway we were all being serious and mom said "What ever happened to Perry Como? We laughed so hard our stomachs hurt. Travis does the best imitation of mom's "Whatever...Como. Mom was a pistol.

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 Tish Padilla Alcala on 23rd February 2017

"Happy heavenly birthday Uncle Louie....The other morning we had thunder and all I could think of was you and Susie singing in the club...What I thought was "thunder" was actually people clapping for you two.  Rest easy and our love to all those around you."

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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