Manuelita Lucero, 98, of Las Vegas passed away in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Thursday, April 25, 2013. She was born December 1, 1914, in Levy.
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Manuelita is preceded in death by her parents, Jose Demetrio and Beneriza Medina; her late husband of 43 years, Margarito; and two sons, Albert and Louis Lucero.
Manuelita was the sixth child in a family of 12 children.
She received her B.A. degree from Highlands University and taught in rural New Mexico schools for 13 years. She was employed by the Department of Human Services as a caseworker, where she retired in 1978 after 20 years of service.
Manuelita was an active member of the Catholic Daughters, Mary's Charities, Retired Public Employees of New Mexico, Retired Teachers Association, Women's Club and AARP. She served on the Advisory Council of the Mora-San Miguel Senior Citizens.
As a tour guide, she arranged many pleasure trips for the seniors with the Tours of the Southwest where they traveled to California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and Colorado. She enjoyed doing volunteer work for recreation services and income tax assistance for the seniors. Membership in these organizations offered many opportunities for her to travel to the Catholic Daughters National Conventions in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Diego, Houston, and Hawaii. She also enjoyed tours with her sister, Marie Trujillo, and friends to Rome and Vatican City; Florence and Venice, Italy; Mexico City and Vera Cruz, Mexico; and Quebec, Canada. She also took additional tours to Cancun, Jamaica, and Branson.
She moved to Colorado Springs in 2006 to live out the remainder of her life with her daughter, Tina, and late husband, Eddie Apodaca.
She was a beautiful, honorable, generous, kind, patient, devoted, and loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, friend, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She provided her family with a strong role model by her positive work ethic and Christian principles.
She is survived by two daughters, Tina Apodaca and Olivia Lucero, both residing in Colorado. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Gary, Kirk, and Darryl Ludi, and Rebecca (Joe) Montalvo-Maestas; Julian Cristo-Lucero (Janette); Albert (Frances) Lucero and Jennifer Lucero-Berged; and Steve (Denise) and Carlos (Yvonne) Apodaca. Great-grandchildren surviving are: Marcos, Kristina, Anjelica, and Ariana Lucero; Emiliano Berged; Alexis and Dario Apodaca; Joseph IV and Isabella Montalvo-Maestas; and Jayla, Kareem, and Julian Jordan Cristo-Lucero. Her only great-great-grandchild is Ayzlyn Martinez. She is also survived by brother, Jose D. Medina; and sisters, Frances Apodaca, and Dolores Witko.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Pikes Peak Hospice for their support in her final days.
Rosary and wake services will be led by the Catholic Daughters at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church starting with a Visitation at 6:30 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. Monday. Mass of the Christian Burial is scheduled at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father George Salazar officiating at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will follow immediately at La Cueva Cemetery.
Visit Manuelita's online guestbook at www.Reflectionoflife.com.
Arrangements under the direction of Reflections Funerals and Life Celebrations, Louis and Gloria Salazar, 2400 Washington Street NE, 884-5777.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Apr. 26, 2013