The Mari-Luci Jaramillo Collection provides an unparalleled look at a life dedicated to and distinguished by service to community, state, and the nation. A native New Mexican and daughter of laborers, Mari-Luci Jaramillo grew from a studious child in La Vegas, NM to become a teacher, a leader in education reform, a national advocate for civil rights, and the first Latina Ambassador of the United States to Honduras.
The Ruizes were Mari-Luci Jaramillo's biological grandparents. However, as her mother Elvira was raised by Juanita and Silviano Tafoya, she considered them her grandparents as well. Juanita Tafoya and Leonides Ruiz were sisters. In this photo is Leonides Gallegos Ruiz and Sanjil Ruiz, with an unidentified Ruiz child.