Flora Bertie Guin passed away surrounded by family on December 2, 2019 in Alamogordo, N.M.
Bertie was born on July 2, 1930 in Lovington, New Mexico, to Robert and Lillian Leonard. She grew up in Mogollon and Silver City, New Mexico, and graduated from Western New Mexico University.
Bertie married Ambers Wayne Guin in April of 1954 and moved to Magdalena, N.M., where they raised two sons; Jack Wayne and Wilson Lee. Ambers and Bertie were married for 65 years.
She taught school for 30 years and was proud to have taught multiple generations. Ambers and Bertie owned Guin’s Texaco service in Magdalena and also had a ranch on the Catron County line.
She was a lifetime member of Eastern Star.
Bertie was known as Momma Bear or Granny to her family who were blessed by her endless examples of unconditional love. Whether it be her homemade meals, crocheted blankets or sewing repairs on clothing or a doll, everyone knew she could fix anything needed. She always made sure you knew you were loved. She was an avid reader and often amazed her grandchildren with all of the facts she knew. Her grandchildren used to tease that they needed to get Granny on Jeopardy someday.
Survivors include Jack and Karri Guin of Aztec, N.M.; Wilson and Brenda Guin of Alamogordo, N.M.; Mike and Cris Leonard of Priest River, Idaho. Bertie’s Grandchildren include Chad Guin of Aztec, New Mexico, Kyle Guin of Calabasas, California, Jacob Guin of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Kristin Guin of Pueblo, Colorado and a brother, Bill Leonard (Evelyn) of Mayhill N.M. Bertie was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Sr. and Lillian Leonard, and a brother Robert Leonard.
Graveside services are planned for Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Magdalena Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers include: Chad Guin, Kyle Guin, Jacob Guin, Kristin Guin, Mike Leonard, Walter Olmstead, Clark Brown and Eugene Castillo.
Bertie will forever be remembered for her kind and generous heart. She was deeply loved by her family and will be missed by many.