‘Deep roots of love’; MMS staff, students memorialize dedicated teacher

‘Deep roots of love’; MMS staff, students memorialize dedicated teacher

From the Las Vegas Optic

For nearly three decades, Patricia Pace could be found teaching in classrooms across New Mexico, including Memorial Middle School in Las Vegas. Pace passed away suddenly late last month, but her students and coworkers have made sure her memory will live on for years to come.

Those who cherished their time with Pace, including several former students, gathered in front of Memorial Middle School last week to remember Pace and to dedicate a memorial in her honor.

The dedication took place on May 20, the final day of the school year, and was spearheaded by Principal Carla Pacheco.

Pacheco said the small ceremony was meant to provide some closure for Pace’s students and coworkers, and to allow her legacy to live on at Memorial Middle School.

“It was beautiful. More than I even anticipated,” Pacheco said. “I really wanted to commemorate her. It’s been a challenging year, and here’s someone who showed up every day and did her best for the children of Las Vegas.”

The memorial was placed on the southeast side of the school, near the intersection of Fourth Street and Baca Avenue. It comprises flowers and a crabapple tree, which pays tribute to an orchard Pace’s family once ran, according to Pacheco.