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Alyce Leyva

Memorial graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Woodbine Cemetery for Alyce Hernandez Leyva of Artesia.

Leyva, 66, a lifelong resident of Artesia, passed away Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in the comfort of her own home. Though it was her second battle with cancer, she departed looking just as beautiful in her elegant pink chiffon robe as she did each day she graced this earth with her presence.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Alyce was born Oct. 16, 1950, in Artesia to Fernando and Maria Louisa (Sosa) Hernandez.
On March 15, 1973, she married Ismael Molina Leyva in Carlsbad.

Alyce was a local nurse for more than 40 years. During her time working in doctors’ offices, nursing homes, the hospital, and private residences, she was in close contact with much of the community. Due to her natural affinity for being a caregiver of the community, she couldn’t step more than a few feet in any local grocery store or shop without encountering someone she had touched on a personal level and engaging in a warm, friendly conversation.

Anyone closely acquainted with Alyce was privileged to have sampled and savored her exquisite cooking. Her homemade feasts of comforting dishes will be missed considerably, especially by her family.

Though she was the middle child, she was looked up to by all her loved ones. She was always the one they looked to so she could take charge – or they all knew she would anyway. She was certainly the purple sparkly glittery glue holding everyone together.

Survivors include sons Sy Leyva and wife Stephanie of Albuquerque, and Edwin Leyva and wife Adrienne of Roswell; sisters Nancy Harding, Helen Acosta and Rosa Hernandez, all of Artesia, and Vivian Hernandez of Roswell; brother Fernando Hernandez of Roswell; and grandchildren Jayden and Nate.

She was preceded in death by her loving and counter force in life, husband Ismael Molina Leyva; her nurturing father, Fernando Hernandez; and her mother, Maria Louisa (Sosa) Hernandez.

All are invited to a reception following the services at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.