MARIA SOCORRO LOPEZ GARCIA, 87 Born December 28, 1925 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Married to Louis Garcia on February 5, 1951 at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, New Mexico Died on October 11, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona where she had been a long time resident. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Louis Garcia. She is survived by her 7 children Martha, David, Lawrence, Arthur, JoAnn, Marie and Phill; 9 grandchildren, Lisa, Karen, Weslie, Tamara, Kristen, Katerina, Victor, James and Pete; and 3 great grandchildren Sean, Justin and Jayson; and her sisters Dolores (Lopez) Anaya and Stella (Lopez) Donnelly. Socorro (Skeeter) graduated high school from Loretto Academy. She was Santa Fe Fiesta Queen in 1945. As a young married woman, she traveled with her husband to California where she worked in a civilian capacity for the U. S. Army. In her long professional career in Santa Fe she worked for Allen Stamm & Associates, worked as a secretary for Tom Bolack, Lieutenant Governor, and was a loan officer at the Santa Fe Federal Employee Credit Union for many years until her retirement. She and Louis spent their retirement years traveling to square dances in their RV and later soaking up the Arizona sun. Socorro was a charter member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Altar Society. At the Santuario of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 27, 2013 a rosary will be held at 10:00 a.m., a memorial service at 11 a.m., followed by internment with her beloved husband, Louis, at 1 o'clock at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900