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Juanita Herrera

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Juanita "Jenny" Valles Herrera, 89, passed away on January 25, 2014 at home. She was born May 6, 1924, in Hachita, N.M., to Celestina and Jose Valles. Juanita graduated from Hachita High School in May 1944 and was proud that she was the only girl and only Spanish student to ever graduate from that school. She attended New Mexico State University, University Park, N.M., at the school of arts and science and studied sociology. Juanita was employed at Memorial Hospital 1960 in the pediatrics department, was a clerk at the Las Cruces Post Office, 1960-1966, Community Action Agency, 1966-1967, as an outreach worker, administrator/director for the Eastside Community Center, New Mexico Taxation Revenue Department, 1975-1985, until her retirement in 1985. She was affiliated with Ladies VFW Auxiliary 3242, a full time volunteer with RSVP City of Las Cruces since 1989 until her accident in 2007. She also had specialized training in federal law compliance, IRS, Civil Rights Code, bookkeeping and taxes, both federal and state from New Mexico State University; community organizations from the University of Oklahoma; and from the CAP Training institute she studied neighborhood centers organization and dynamics of small group organization. Juanita married David Aguilar Herrera in 1944 while he was in the Navy. He preceded her in death after 44 years of marriage on June 2, 1988. She was also preceded in death by a son, Joseph V. Herrera, who passed away in March 26, 2007. Juanita is survived by her oldest son and caregiver of many years, David V. Herrera, of Las Cruces; son Noberto Herrera and wife, Vangie, of Las Cruces; daughter Lori Ann Herrera of Irving, Texas; sister Angie Montoya and husband, Arturo, of Duncan, Ariz.; brother-in-law Raymond Herrera and wife, Rosie, of Las Cruces; sister-in-law Irene R. Herrera, Las Cruces; and sister-in-law Antonia Valles of Phoenix. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews cousins and beautiful friends. Special thanks to Maria Romero, Mona Nash, Josie Frietze, Tender Care and staff and Mesilla Valley Hospice and staff. Pallbearers will be David M. Herrera, Michael John Herrera, Demas Bejanomo, Raymond Baca Jr., Chris Contreras and Javier Gomez. A visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Getz Funeral Home, with a prayer vigil to follow at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at St. Genevieve's Church with the Rev. Moreno officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. "Don't be sad, be happy for me for now I have gone to be with the man I love so much, my dear husband who has waited so long for me to come; my mom and dad, Socorro and all the rest of my family. My brothers Felix and Joseph, I know they will be glad to see me again. We will celebrate my homecoming." Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman Ave., Las Cruces NM 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit www. GetzCares.com.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 31, 2014
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