Park dedicated to Madrid

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun

The city of Tucumcari and residents near Northside Park took time Saturday morning to honor former Quay County Commissioner Grace Madrid, dedicating Northside Park in her name.

A group of about 30 gathered in the southeast corner of the park, about 100 yards from where Madrid grew up. The park, now decorated with a blue sign reading, “Northside Park in Memory of Grace Madrid, ” held special meaning for the family.

“We used to live in that corner house,” said her sister, Theresa Callahan, as she pointed to a house adjacent to the park’s northeast corner. “This was our park.”

Madrid worked as a pre-prosecution administrator for the district attorney’s office. She was elected to serve on the Quay County Commission in 2000, and was one year into her second term when she died last May 18.

Tucumcari Mayor Pro-tem Antonio Apodaca said there was no way to mention all of the work Madrid had done for the community.

“Grace would pursue a project, and put everything she had into it,” Apodaca said. “She not only made suggestions and recommendations; she put them into action.”

Madrid, a 1969 graduate of Tucumcari High School, never forgot her roots, according to family members.

“She really worked hard for the families in this area,” Callahan said. “We always thought (the north area of the city) was our place to be.”

The family Madrid helped the most, daughter Nicole Madrid said, was her own.

“She did a lot of things for us, as well as the community,” Nicole Madrid said. “I want to thank all of you for keeping her in your thoughts and prayers. She was very proud of Tucumcari.”

Apodaca felt the dedication of the park was a small token in comparison to all of Grace Madrid’s service as a citizen and commissioner.

“I think she would have been proud to have this park named in her memory,” Apodaca said, “(though) she would probably say that nothing was necessary, because that was the type of person she was.”