Family: Gertrude Zachary was 'a romantic'

Posted at: 01/31/2013 5:55 PM
Updated at: 01/31/2013 6:07 PM
By: Eddie Garcia, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Legendary Albuquerque jewelry creator Gertrude Zachary has died.

KOB Eyewitness News 4's Eddie Garcia spoke with her family who is remembering her not as a legend but as a loving mother and grandmother.

Gertrude Zachary was born in Germany and eventually ended up in Albuquerque in 1968.

She opened her first store in 1991. It's still located downtown on Lomas.

Her son-in-law Trevor Hatchell is speaking for the family.

We asked Hatechell: "How would you like people to remember her?"

"As a romantic," he replied.

Hatchell says that romance can be seen in Zachary's flair for art and jewelry.      

He says she loved her work, but loved her family even more - especially those little grandchildren.

"She was very observant of our kids, she saw things that we as parents don't see that grandparents do see," said Hatchell.

He says her sense of community extended to organizations that help the homeless.

"She was a big supporter of the Good Shepherd and The Brothers of the Good Shepherd she had a very good and unique relationship with them," said Hatchell.

Zachary loved downtown Albuquerque.

It's why she chose to build her distinctive home where she did.

"She really had a connection down here and I think it did well - before she built this place she lived in the loft next door to the antique store," said Hatchell.

Zachary's work with charity will go on and her stores will stay open.