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Elena Trujeque

November 24, 1940 — September 22, 2023

Hailey, Idaho


November 24, 1940 - September 22, 2023; 82 years young

Elena Misquez Trujeque, more affectionately known as “Nani”, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2023, at her home with her supportive and loving family by her side.

Nani was born on November 24, 1940, in Sonora, Arizona, as the third of five children to Hilario Misquez and Celia Leija Misquez. Nani spent the first 10 years of her life in Arizona before her family moved to the Southern California area.  Nani met the love of her life, Charles “Papa” R. Trujeque, at age 20, and they would marry 2 years later and have 5 children.  Nani and Papa made a good, long, and healthy life together with a large extended family, and would remain happily married for 48 years until Papa’s passing in 2011.        

Nani was known, and will most be remembered as a loving and caring woman; one who always was willing to take care of others, which is attributed to her duties throughout her professional livelihood as a Nurse and Caregiver.  Nani spent a large majority of her early adulthood in the Southern California area caring for underprivileged and at-risk infants and toddlers.  Nani was also a caregiver to Country music legend Merle Haggard’s children for well over a decade in Redding, CA, where she would travel with him, and that long-term experience also turned into great storytelling with any new friends she met later in life.  After working for Merle, Nani and Papa retired to Idaho to reside with family and made this mountainous paradise their home until their respective passings.  Anyone who had the honor of knowing Nani knew she spoke ill of no one, and had a warm smile, a contagious laugh, and a welcoming hug - usually when you needed it most.  Nani had such an unrivaled loving, caring, and peaceful disposition about her, such that one would be hard-pressed to match it.      

Nani is survived by her children, Charlene (William) Colon, Susanne Trujeque, Rene (Delia) Trujeque, and Phillip Trujeque; sister, Filomena (John) Duarte; brother, Hilario Misquez; 9 grandchildren, Christina, Bridgette, Teddy, Erika, Ciara, Rudy III,z Jeremy, Trinidad, Xochitl; 10 great-grandchildren, Dominick, Fabian, Mariah, Brianna, Vivianne, Tristan, Dolores, Rudy (4th), Carter, Llewellyn, and a great-great-grandson, Luka Nikolai.

Nani is preceded in death by her parents and her husband; son, Theodore Trujeque; brother, Jose Misquez Sr.; sister, Chomena Cruz, and a great-great-granddaughter, Kahlani Leos.    

All are invited to a viewing for Nani at 2 pm, Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at the Wood River Chapel, 403 N Main Street, Hailey, ID.  Interment will follow at 4:00 pm at the Hailey Cemetery. 

Additionally, Nani’s family would like to thank Mountain Rides and its wonderful drivers, and the caring personnel at Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley. Please visit Nani’s Memorial Page at  to share a memory or photo.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

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