Mrs. Cuqui Torres Otterbine

Mrs. Cuqui Torres Otterbine, a mother of six and longtime volunteer in Arlington, died Monday. She was 62.

Mrs. Otterbine taught seventh-grade catechism at St. Matthew Catholic Church for nearly 30 years. She was known for her unshakable opposition to abortion and her volunteer work helping abused women and the poor.

Mrs. Otterbine, a mother of 16-year-old triplet daughters and three adult sons, was left partially paralyzed in 2007 after treatment for a second brain tumor. The first has been removed in 2001. Because of her declining health, she had been in and out of nursing homes since 2010, family members said.

"She was a just a beautiful woman inside and out who loved Arlington," said Councilman Robert Rivera, who had known Mrs. Otterbine since he first ran for public office.

The daughter of migrant farmworkers, she graduated from high school in Weslaco, where she was born, and became the first Mexican-American to attend the University of Wisconsin, according to Star-Telegram archives.

A self-employed tax consultant, Mrs. Otterbine volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations and charities over the years, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Arlington Republican Club, and the Women's Shelter, now known as SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

She was active in the Arlington chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens and received the group's first Merito del Corazon award in 2001.

Mrs. Otterbine helped organize an annual Christmas party for the poor at her church for almost 24 years. This year's party will be dedicated to her memory.

Mrs. Otterbine was preceded in death by her husband, Vince Otterbine.

Survivors include sons Ruben, Rodrigo and Fernando Sanchez; daughters Tara, Marisa and Victoria Otterbine; parents, Felipa and Hipolito Torres; and two grandchildren.

Published in Star-Telegram on Dec. 13, 2012