Kosuzu DeHerrera, a well-known resident of Mora, N.M., passed away at Presbyterian Hospital on Friday, April 25, 2014. She was born on Nov. 11, 1946 to Fujino and Taro Kugimoto in Fukuoka, Japan.
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She is preceded in death by her mother, Fujino; father, Taro, sister, Koyu Tucker; brother, Hideyuki Kugimoto (all of Japan); mother-in-law, Adelina DeHerrera (Mama Nina); brother-in-law Ernesto DeHerrera; grandparents Juanita (Grandma Hita) Martinez and Facundo DeHerrera; special aunt Reyes Martinez (all of Mora), and husband Juan Richard "Ricky" DeHerrera.
Surviving her are her sons, Ricky Benjamin Jr. of Pojoaque and David John and his wife Cheyenne DeHerrera; grandsons Landon John and Lucas Parker DeHerrera (of Albuquerque); brother-in-law George DeHerrera and Connie of Las Vegas, N.M.; sister-in-law Theresa DeHerrera (Joe) of Las Vegas; special niece and goddaughter Adela Macias and husband, Fabian; niece Jolene Mondragon and son Andres; nephew Kenneth and Jo'Anna Tucker and kids Hannah and Elise; nephew Patrick DeHerrera (Marisol) and niece Alicia DeHerrera, and son Julian. Sisters-in-law Chieko Kugimoto of Japan, Claudia Gonzales from Westminster, Colo., Margie Gonzales of Denver, Martha Griffith of Las Vegas, Nev., Linda Fernandez of Denver; brothers-in-law Leroy Cordova of Bernalillo, and David Cordova of Denver; Frank Tucker of Phoenix; special cousins Quirinita and H.B. Martinez and Barney, Bella Blea and Leroy of Mora, Leo Velarde and Beatrice Trujillo of Albuquerque, and Berna and Mike Padilla of Arroyo Seco, N.M. Special Friends: Frank and Christabel Chavez; Fiddie and Richard Medina; Larry and Irene Garcia (all of Mora), and David and Celeste Medina of Albuquerque.
Kosuzu was married to Ricky DeHerrera on July 16, 1969 in Fukuoka, Japan. She received her Certificate of Naturalization on Aug. 21, 1973. She was a lifelong member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1131. She was a substitute teacher for more than 10 years years and worked at the Angel Fire Resort, Carino Day Care Center and Pizza Pro (in Mora).
She received an associate vocational degree through Luna Vocational Institute in Childcare and Development. She also received a vocational certificate in design in Japan. She was trilingual in Japanese, English and Spanish. She loved sports (The Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Dodgers), camping, fishing and going to the casino. She loved being involved with family.
She made new friends wherever she was and cherished all her new friends at the Manzano Mesa Senior Center in Albuquerque. Her time spent with her grandsons was priceless and precious. She loved her sons dearly – always proud of everything they accomplished. Her loving spirit, energetic spunk and passion for everything she did were second to none.
A special thanks to the wonderful staff (physicians and nurses) in the Cardiac Critical Care Unit at Presbyterian Hospital (7th floor) in Albuquerque and also to Dr. Franklin Miller from Las Vegas. The loving, wonderful, and professional care provided is sincerely appreciated.
On behalf of the DeHerrera family, we want to express our sincere appreciation for all the prayers, cards, thoughts, texts, and calls. We love you all.
Serving as pallbearers are David Medina, Frank Chavez, Larry Garcia, Frank Tucker, Barney Martinez, Kenneth Tucker, George DeHerrera and Patrick DeHerrera. Honorary pallbearers are Ron Casados, Mark Loera, Alex Mora, Lalo Cordova, Matt (Nano) Martinez, Metch Lucero, H.B. Martinez, Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Mora Senior Center Members, Manzano Mesa Multicultural Center Members, and Air National Guard Members.
Family viewing will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Nelson Funeral Home Chapel in Las Vegas. Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Nelson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Mora.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Nelson Funeral Home; 801 Douglas Ave. in Las Vegas; 505-425-6551.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2014