It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Minnie Benavidez, 69, of Las Cruces on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 at La Posada – Mesilla Valley Hospice surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 2, 1943 in National City, Calif. to George J. and Erminda Costales Benavidez. Ms. Benavidez was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic Church. Those left to mourn her passing include daughter, Diane De La Cruz and husband Daniel, two sons, Julian G. Mayers and wife Cora, Jerry A. Mayers, all of Las Cruces; two brothers, Chuck Benavidez of Bakersfield, Calif., Bill Benavidez of Salt Lake City, Utah; two sisters, Margie Benavidez of Banning, Calif., and Rosemary Zuniga of Los Baños, Calif. Other survivors include eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. At Ms. Benavidez's request cremation will take place and a memorial mass will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Purification Catholic Church, 5525 Cristo Rey in Doña Ana. The rite of committal and inurnment of cremains will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, 100 N. Espina St. with Rev. Miguel Macaya officiating. Entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory. 527-2222. Your exclusive providers of "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences log on to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 4, 2012