Maria H. Rios, 87, a resident of Bayard, N.M., entered eternal rest Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at her residence surround by her family. She was born Jan. 13, 1927, in Santa Rita, N.M., to Jose and Leocadia Alvarez Hurtado. In 1947, she married Jesus "Barney" Rios and began her lifelong occupation of raising and loving a large family. She was always at home cooking, providing childcare and watching her novelas. When she had free time, she enjoyed traveling, overnight trips, cookouts and just being with her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be missed by all her family. She is survived by three sons, David Rios, Sammy Rios and wife, Aida, and Bobby Rios of Bayard; three daughters, Gloria Hernandez and husband, Rosario "Tene," of Silver City; Priscilla Ortega of Casa Grande, Ariz.; Esther Rios Castillo and husband, Joe, of Bayard; 22 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Alfredo "Kiki" Hurtado of Hurley; Jose "Dodo" Hurtado of Silver City; two sisters, Celia Gonzales of Los Angeles; Inocencia Savorillo of Hurley; Rosa Cordero of Los Angeles; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jesus G. Rios (1998); one son, Danny Rios (2008); one brother, Ramon Hurtado; one sister, Juana Gonzales. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon at Terrazas Funeral Chapels, with the vigil service and holy rosary to begin at noon with the Rev. Paulus Kao reciting. The funeral Mass will follow at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church with the Rev. Paulus Kao officiating. Pallbearers will be Armando Rios, Ronnie Hernandez, Michael Ortega, Gary Placencio, Alex Rios and Albert Placencio. Honorary pallbearers will be all the rest of her family and friends. Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 22, 2014