Martina (Tina) Vargas, age 92, entered into eternity on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at home with her children in Tooele, Utah. Tina was born April 3, 1920 in Arroyo Hondo, N.M.; 1935 married Leopoldo (Leo) Vargas; had 12 children. They relocated to Tooele, finished raising their children. When Leo retired from Federal Civil Service in 1972, they relocated to Las Cruces. Tina began a career with the Las Cruces Public School district as food service manager, retiring in 1992. Tina returned to Tooele in 2003. Tina is survived by eight children: Priscilla deVargas of Las Cruces; Irma Benavides and Patricia Kolezar of Albuquerque; Reina Gallegos, Yolanda deHerrera, Levi Vargas, Elizabeth Larsen of Tooele; and Francis Vargas currently employed in Tokyo, Japan; Erwin Rivera, first of 29 grandchildren; Erika Rodriguez Burno, first of 46 great-grandchildren; Joán Rivera, first of five great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and in-laws. Tina was predeceased by her parents; spouse, Leo; two infant children; sons, Bobby and Leonel (Leo); one great-grandson; two brothers and one sister. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in Tooele at a later date. To send condolences, e-mail

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 1, 2012