Lillie Perea(1937 - 2013)

Lillie Perea, 75, a resident of Anton Chico, passed away on May 4, 2013, due to a longtime illness.

She was born on June 25, 1937, to Juan and Stella Maestas and adoptive mother, Rita Marquez.

Lillie is preceded in death by her adoptive mother, Rita Marquez; parents, Juan and Stella Maestas; brothers, Jose, Levi, Richard, and Leroy Maestas; and sister, Gail Lueras.

She is survived by her son, Joseph and wife Victoria; granddaughter, Martina; grandsons, Emiliano and Marcos; sisters, Clara Williams, Marcella Aragon and Yolanda Maestas; brothers, Juanito Maestas, Chris Maestas, Alfred Maestas and wife Cathy; and sister-in-law, Ludena Maestas.

From 1978 to 2004, Lillie owned and operated "Lillies Grocery Store" in Anton Chico. She was well-known in the community because of her generosity and firm personality. She wasn't afraid to speak her mind and often did. She developed strong, loving relationships with many people throughout her life and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The tall squeaky sign of her hard worked establishment still stands to this day.

A rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Church in Anton Chico, followed by a mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow at the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Anton Chico.

Honorary pallbearers are: David and Louie Cordova, Delfinio Montaño, Alvin, Gerald, Nazario and Leroy Maestas, Sandy Cordova and Nina Henry.

Arrangements by Rivera Family Funeral Home, 505-753-2288.

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Rivera Family Funeral Home & Crematory
305 Calle Salazar Espanola, NM 87532
(505) 753-2288
Published in Las Vegas Optic on May 8, 2013