Cruzita Jojola Infante, 91, passed away on February 8, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Bayard NM, but Las Cruces was her home. Her parents are Ascencion Turrieta and Elias Jojola. Cruzita is a descendent of Juan Sevirano Gonzales, the first Indian settlers in Las Cruces. She is the eldest member of the Piro-Manso Tiwa Tribe of Guadalupe Pueblo. She was a parishoner of St. Genevieve's Church. Cruzita was an only child. She is survived by her son Antonio Jojola and wife Maria Elena from Las Cruces, Stanley Infante Jr. and wife Diane from Paramount CA, David Infante and wife Mary from Chandler, AZ and Paul Infante and wife Yolanda from Clovis, NM. Her daughters are Lorenza Carrillo and husband Reynaldo from Glendale, AZ, Gloria Ramirez and companion Danny Ramirez from Las Cruces, Maryann Herrera and husband Pedro from Las Cruces and Frances Rodriguez from Houston, TX. Cruzita is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren and 4 greatgreat grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her son Pedro Infante, a great grandson Robert Samuel Ramos and a nephew Albert Carrillo. Viewing for Cruzita will begin on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 6:00pm at La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home Chapel 555 W. Amador Ave. with a prayer vigil to begin at 7:00pm. Funeral mass will take place on Monday, February 13, 2012 at St. Genevieve's Catholic Church to begin at 10am. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery where she will be laid to rest. Pallbearers will be Andy Infante, Isidro Herrera, Danny Ramirez Jr., Jacob Herrera, Randy Ramirez, Xavier Infante, Pedro Herrera Jr., and Felipe Chavez Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Felipe Molina III, Christopher Herrera, Joshua Herrera, Jacob Herrera Jr., Michael Carrillo, David Joseph Infante, Cimmarron Infante, Stanley Infante Jr., and Pedro Infante Jr. Memorial contributions can be made in Cruzita's name to Mesilla Valley Hosoice. To send condolences go to www.lapaz-grahams.com
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 12, 2012