It is with tremendous sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jesus Jose Rios, 73, a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle and a wonderful man. He was a roofer by trade and a member of the Catholic Church. Jesus enjoyed playing his guitar and being surrounded by his family who adore him. He is now gone to heaven to be with our dear Lord Jesus Christ and has left us with emptiness in our hearts that will never be filled. The memories he left will be cherished forever. We love and miss him so much. Those left to mourn his passing include his loving wife of 50 years, Elisa Garcia Rios of the family home; five daughters, Aurora Dunn (Mark) of Las Cruces, Gracie Rios of Mesquite, Rebecca Rios (Joseph Gonzalez), Veronica Rios, all of Mesilla, and Ana L. Rios (Tomas Ortega) of Las Cruces; four brothers, Lorenzo, Jerry and Manuel Rios, all of Las Cruces, and Ramon Rios of Rio Rancho; sister, Maria Guadalupe Alvillar, of Las Cruces. Other survivors include eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and two brothers. Visitation for Mr. Rios will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at Baca's Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road, where the prayer vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. The funeral liturgy will at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 in the Basilica of San Albino, 2280 Calle Principal in Mesilla. The rite of committal and interment will follow in San Albino Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. Serving as casket bearers will be Ramon, Manuel, Jerry and Michael Rios, Jerry Griffin and Mark Dunn. Honorary bearers will be Lorenzo Rios and Raúl Alvillar. Entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces. 527-2222. Your exclusive providers for "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 Feb. 9, 2013