Maria "Mary Lou" Rodriguez, age 79 of Las Cruces entered eternal life Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at La Posada Mesilla Valley Hospice in the presence of her loving family. She was born August 19, 1934 in El Paso, Texas to Francisco and Concepcion Gallegos. Mrs. Rodriguez retired as a cook after nineteen years of service at La Posta Restaurant in Mesilla. Her biggest treasures were her children, and she had a free spirit of making them laugh when they were down. She enjoyed music, the outdoors, camping, traveling and cooking for her family. Mrs. Rodriguez had a kind and loving heart for everyone and gave of herself to anyone in need. On December 2, 2012 she gave her life to the Lord, and had a strong will to live until the very end. Our mother will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Survivors include two sons; Larry Rodriguez (Joann) and Johnny Rodriguez (Christina); three daughters, Natalie Valenzuela (Alfredo), Irene Flores and Cruz Rodriguez, all of Las Cruces, as well as two brothers, Manuel Gallegos (Elena) of Anthony and Frank Gallegos (Jenny) of Berino; four sisters, Micaela Avalos (Tomas), Demetria Herrera (Jesus) all of California, Lorraine Munoz and Tammy Saenz (Arturo), all also of Las Cruces. Other survivors include 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Juan Gallegos, and a son, Mike Rodriguez. Calling hours will begin at 9 AM Monday, July 28, 2014 in Baca's Chapels of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road, where the Funeral Service is scheduled to begin at 10 AM with Pastor Mark Jordan officiating. Concluding Service and Interment will follow in San Albino Cemetery in Mesilla where she will be laid to rest. Serving as casket bearers will be Larry Rodriguez, Manuel Gallegos, Anthony Garcia, John Rodriguez Jr., Jason Rivera and David Rivera. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces 527-2222. For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.
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Baca's Funeral Chapels
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Las Cruces, NM 88004
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on July 27, 2014