Elodia Chavez

Elodia Gutierrez Chavez, 83, answered the Lord's call on March 1, 2014, passing on peacefully in her home. She was born Nov. 30, 1930 in El Tule, Chihuahua, Mexico. Elodia was preceded in death by her beloved husband Rafael E. Chavez (su Indio); her parents, Feliciano and Jovita Gutierrez; three sisters, Esperanza, Felisa, Evangelina; a brother, Ubaldo; and her best friend, Christina Vega (su cuatita). She is survived by her children, Maria (Billy), Jaime (Angela) all of Las Cruces, Rafael (Joni) of San Antonio, Javier (Susan) of Rio Rancho; nine grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Hermila, Elva, Ernestina, Gloria, Elena, and a brother, Filiberto; a great aunt, Consuelo Villalobos as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was especially fond and appreciative of her son-in-law, Billy, who was her handyman, plumber, confidant, and general (MacGyver) in response to her many calls over the years. She would refer to him as Un Alma de Dios. She would want to express a very special thanks to Rebecca Copeland, neighbor, caretaker, friend and her husband Larry, who assisted her in her later years with her daily needs. Additionally thanks to Carmen Cardon of Caring, LLC for all the kindness and consideration. Elodia was a devout Catholic, who attended San Jose Mission. She loved to volunteer and performed charitable work at the Mission, Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, Casa de Peregrinos and Toys for Tots, and in addition, she enjoyed volunteering at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility Ministry, Mountain Shadows Nursing Home and was a member of the Oración Nocturna for many years. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed the wonder of nature, listening to birds, planting and tending to her garden. She enjoyed the many trips with her family and particularly liked camping, fishing and going out to the wilderness. Elodia will be remembered by those who knew her best for her wit, humor, and sense of independence until the end. Mumsie, Mama, Nana, Mom, Grandma will be deeply missed by her children, but we are filled with the comfort and joy that she and Dad are reunited once again. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, March 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, 1240 S. Espina with the Most Reverend Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez, CSB officiating. Inurnment of cremains will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5140 W. Picacho alongside her husband. Entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory. 527-2222 Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.

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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Mar. 11, 2014