Betty Jo Manzanares-Hart, age 39, a resident of Santa Fe passed away on April 17, 2016. Betty was born on November 11, 1976 to David and Julia Manzanares. Betty Jo was preceded in death by her father David J. Manzanares, paternal grandparents Narciso and Rosana Manzanares and Frank Manzanares; maternal grandparents Aaron and Veronica Roybal; great infant niece Ahriah Baca; and godfather Edward Martinez.
Betty Jo, also known to many as “Betty Boop” was a fun and loving individual who dedicated most of her career and adult life to public service as a Police/Fire Department dispatcher for the following agencies: City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County Sherriff, Pueblo of Pojoaque/Bureau of Indian Affairs, and most recently New Mexico State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigations. Her love and compassion in serving the public and her fellow law enforcement family earned her the honor of 2011 Civilian of the Year Award.
Betty Jo was a 1995 Pojoaque High School Graduate. She also represented the City of Holy Faith as a Princessa de las Fiestas de Santa Fe in 2002, at which time she met her loving husband, Kevin. As their love grew, so did their family with two beautiful children, Kaiden and Kaleiann. When not serving the public, she devoted her time as a mother and wife to her husband and children by always making memories with them. Their favorite past times included spontaneous trips to Albuquerque and family vacations to see the Colorado Rockies and Disneyland. Her love for the city of Santa Fe engulfed her with many trips to the plaza to listen to music and enjoy her family. She enjoyed the simple things in life and will always be remembered for her silly sense of humor, and her uniqueness that only one knew was “That’s Betty.”
Betty Jo is survived by her loving husband Kevin Hart; son Kaiden and daughter Kaleiann; mother Julia Manzanares; sister Jennifer Manzanares, and her children John Paul, Andrew, Juliann and great niece baby Abigael; sister Yvette Manzanares-Valdez and her husband Matthew and their daughter Martina who is also Betty Jo’s goddaughter; grandmother Sophie Manzanares, in-laws Jerry and Karen Hart; brother-in-law Michael Hart and his children Ariel, Melina and Jerry; godmother Elizabeth Martinez; and many loving relatives and friends.
A public visitation will begin on Sunday April 24, 2016 at Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Santa Fe at 5:00 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will take place on Monday April 25, 2016 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe at 10:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Rosario cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Serving as pallbearers are John Paul and Andrew Herrera, Matthew Valdez, Chris Roybal, Michael Hart, Kenneth Martinez, Edgar Pio, and Manuel Roybal Jr. Honorary Pallbearers named are her extended Law Enforcement Family.