It is in deep sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Corina C. Baca, 85, of Hurley, N.M., transitioned peacefully in her home into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior on the evening of July 7, 2013. She was in the caring hands of her loving family throughout her final days. The holy rosary will be recited on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Infant Jesus Shrine with the mass of resurrection to follow with Father Roberto Barreto officiating. A memorial service and shared meal will be held at the Hurley Community Center immediately following the services. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Baca's Funeral Chapels. Corina Dolores was born on Dec. 27, 1927 to Ramon and Guadalupe Castillo. She attended Hurley Elementary and Hurley High School. She was unable to finish school due to the passing of her mother and became the caregiver of her younger siblings. Corina was blessed with a loving step-mother Mary Pena Castillo. In 1948, Corina was married to Jose Alfredo Baca and shared a marriage of 60 years. They were blessed with three children and raised them in Hurley. Corina had a thirst for knowledge and attended classes towards her GED. She loved reading about law, politics, world and New Mexico history. She also kept up with world national and local affairs. She was a labor, equal and civil rights activist. She enjoyed traveling, music, dancing, gardening, drawing and painting. As long as she was physically able she spent her time volunteering with reading programs within the community. She was a devoted member of the Catholic Church, a Cobre booster and volunteered for numerous activities involving her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also served as a second mom to anyone who needed a loving hand. Corina is preceded in death by her parents Ramon and Guadalupe Castillo; her husband Jose Alfredo Baca; her sister Consulo Garcia; brother Nicolas Castillo; and great-granddaughter Alyssandra Guererro. Those left to mourn her passing include her children Robert Baca and partner Linda Skalic of Las Cruces, N.M., Clara B. Dean and husband Charles B. of Santa Clara, N.M., and Virginia Greenlee of Hurley. Also surviving are her sisters Alicia Robertson of Safford, Ariz., Clara Aguilera of Riverside, Calif.; grandchildren Elizabeth A. Dean, Victoria Medina, Christina Romero, Catherine M. Dean, Elizabeth Baca and Maria Theresa Guererro; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and beloved nieces and nephews. Our beloved Corina will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and her independent spirit. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations please be made to Guardian Angel Program under Gila Regional Medical Center Foundation. To send condolences, please log in to: www.bacasfuneralchapels.com. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Silver City, Baca's Silver City Crematory, 3805 Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334. Exclusive provider for "Veterans & Family Memorial Care."
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News from July 12 to July 13, 2013