It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, Bertha Melendez Duarte, age 78, of Las Cruces on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at La Posada-Mesilla Valley Hospice surrounded by her loving family. Bertha was born March 6, 1936 in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico to Francisco and Regina Melendez. She was a homemaker and a member of the Apostolic Church. Those left to mourn her passing include her loving husband of fifty-five years, Feliciano V. Duarte of the family home; two sons, Carlos Duarte and wife Elizabeth of Las Cruces, Richard Duarte and wife Stefanie of Albuquerque; two daughters, Irma Bertha Cabrales and husband Fernando also of Las Cruces and Angelica Larson and husband David of Rapids, WI; a sister, Hilda Morales and husband Lazaro of Tucson, AZ. Other survivors include eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Bertha was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Hector, Felix and Gasper Melendez and a sister, Ofelia Perez. A Funeral Service will be held at 10 AM Saturday (today), June 21, 2014 in Baca's Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road with Pastor Saul Moreno officiating. Concluding Service and Interment will follow at Masonic Cemetery, 760 S. Compress Road where she will laid to rest. Serving as casket bearers will be Joel Pecos-Duarte, Perry Pecos-Duarte, Luis Duarte, Robert Calzadillas, Jazmin Calzadillas, Kimberly Duarte, Alison Duarte and James Larson. The Duarte Family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces. 527-2222 Your exFor online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 21, 2014