Antonia (Toña) Beltran Kan Jo, 88, died at home on May 31, 2014. She was born in Rio Grande, Zacatecas, Mexico, in 1926. Antonia was the daughter of Jeronimo Beltran and Estefana Sierra Beltran, both Christians. She lived in Las Cruces since 1957. Antonia is survived by her husband Guillermo, her children, Jose G. Beltran of Yuma, Arizona, Ana Beltran Schuneman of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and David Beltran Johnson (Cirila Johnson) of Turlock, California; eight grandchildren, Micaela Beltran Schuneman (Josh Williams) of Minneapolis, Clayton R. Schuneman (Jaime Berger) of Iowa City, Iowa, Thomas A. Beltran of Albuquerque, Joseph R. Beltran of Las Cruces, Mateo Ordaz Johnson of the Darien, Panama, Ana Maria Johnson, David Johnson Jr. and Estefania Ordaz Johnson of Turlock; and one great-grandson, Theo Williams of Minneapolis; sisters, Rosa Maria Ramos, Juanita Beltran Gonzalez; brothers, Apolonio Beltran, Pedro Beltran, Jeronimo Beltran and Esteban Beltran and numerous loving nieces and nephews. Antonia enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, studying the Bible, gardening and, of course, cooking. She learned to read and write from the Bible and became a member of the Church of Christ (Iglesia de Cristo) in 1950 and was a devoted Christian for all of her adult life. Antonia worked for most of her life and started by helping to take care of her brothers and sisters at a very tender age. Antonia worked in the restaurant trade at a young age but always was an entrepreneur, selling manufactured flowers that she learned to make and would sell to furniture stores, which allowed her to immigrate to the United States of America, the country which made her a Bicentennial American in 1976, when she became a citizen. When Antonia arrived in Las Cruces in the late 1950s, she worked taking care of children and nurturing them back to health with love and great cooking. As her own children grew and were in need of funds as college approached, she worked from sunrise to well past sunset, helping families with their needs of honorable housework. These families let Antonia become part of their families and our family will always be grateful to all the college professors, educators and businessmen and women with whom she was employed. All Antonia's children graduated from college, as well as all her grandchildren (save the youngest who is only 12 years old.) Most of the Mesilla Valley's Antonia memories will be from the years that Guillermo and Antonia operated Casa de Menudo and Rico Menudo, both on South Solano. The cuisine was so good, customers would hand-deliver special orders to both coasts of the country. Antonia always provided a petitioner a meal, regardless of whether they had money or not. She was grateful to all her employees and customers. As happens to those of us who are fortunate to live our God-given years on this terrestrial ball, aging occurs. Antonia and Guillermo retired modestly to live peacefully in the town that they loved, that has grown into the city of Las Cruces. Antonia's last breath was taken in Las Cruces, and she can now finally rest. A visitation and memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at Getz Funeral Home. Memorials may be mailed to Church of Christ 800 N. Miranda, Las Cruces, NM 88005 or Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005.
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