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Henrietta Stockel

January 14, 1938 ~ November 1, 2021 (age 83)


(Helen) Henrietta Stockel, 83, passed away on November 1, 2021 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. 

She is preceded in death by her father, Henry Stockel; her mother, Eva  Stockel and her sister, Teresa Stockel Matovsek.

She is survived by her daughter, Lorrie Stone; her granddaughter, Selah Stone; her great granddaughter, May Bigmouth; her niece, Erika Minchin and nephew, Erik Matovsek.

She attended school in Edison, New Jersey, then furthered her higher education at Columbia University in New York, where she received her degrees in political science and nursing.
Henrietta was a well renown author, speaker and historian regarding the Apache people, culture and traditions.  She successfully published 13 books and taught classes about the Apache Nation at Cochise County Community College.  She received the Zia award in 1990 from New Mexico Press Women for her publication of 'Medicine Women, Curanderas and Women Doctors' by University of Oklahoma Press, 1989.  She received the Mayor's Humanities Award for Individual of the Year in 2007 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  In 1986, Henrietta also won second place in the Arizona Authors Association National Literary Contest for her poem 'At the Ancient Abandoned Pueblo of Kuaua' and in 1987 won an award from Eaton Literary Agency of Sarasota, Florida for her short story 'September Shadow.'

Henrietta's passions were providing awareness to the true knowledge and history in representing the Apache people and being politically active in the Democratic Party.  She was loved and admired by many and remained currently active in community affairs in hopes of improving the quality of life for all.

Friends and colleagues are cordially invited to attend a memorial mass on November 20th, 2021 at 2:00 pm at St. Joseph's Apache Mission in Mescalero, New Mexico.  Her family will hold a private ceremony in Arizona to bury her ashes.

Henrietta's family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Scenic Chapel in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

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Memorial Mass
November 20, 2021

2:00 PM
St. Joseph s Apache Mission (New Mexico)

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