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Mary B. Aguilar

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Aguilar, Mary B.

Mary B. Aguilar passed away Sunday morning, June 5, 2016, while surrounded by her family. She was born to parents Estevan G. Baca and Griselda Baca in Socorro, NM. Her great-grandparents, Estevan and Catalina Baca, were prominent citizens of Socorro and were instrumental in the critical land donations that helped create The New Mexico School of Mines (today New Mexico Tech), in which Mary took great pride. A long time resident of her beloved Socorro, Mary attended Mt. Carmel School and graduated from Socorro High School. As a young girl, Mary took great interest in her father's shorthand and moved to Los Angeles to attend Webster Business College. She then returned to Socorro where she married Joe V. Aguilar and worked as a stenographer, a teller at First State Bank, and as a secretary at New Mexico School of Mines. Then in 1961, Mary began a cherished career as a legal secretary, where she was able to apply the lost art of shorthand and could type faster than pretty much anyone in the County. She started this career with attorney Eldon Douglas and in 1968, when Douglas was appointed chief prosecutor, Mary began her career with the District Attorney's Office for both Democrat and Republican officeholders, a career that would endure for more than two decades. Outside of the office, Mary enjoyed many activities, she participated in a number of bowling leagues, was a member of the Socorro Woman's Golf Association, and played countless rounds of golf at her favorite golf course, New Mexico Tech. But of the many things Mary enjoyed she most loved dancing to her favorite music at the San Miguel Fiestas and the Capitol Bar where she could be found dancing until the last set was played. Mary was married to Joe V. Aguilar for 32 years, who preceded her in death in 1981.

She is survived by her two daughters Benita Alexandre and Joanna DeBrine and husband Earl; her three beloved grandchildren, Earl III, Jordan and Joseph DeBrine; sister, Kathleen Quinn (husband Bill); brother, Max Baca; and her very close friends and cousins James and Mary Ann Lucero.

A beloved community member who loved Socorro, Mary was a dynamic woman who is undoubtedly now having a wonderful time dancing with her favorite dance partner, Joe.

The Holy Rosary will be recited on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 9:30 am, followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 am at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, with Father John Anasiudu as Celebrant. Burial will take place at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers will be Earl E. DeBrine III, Joseph E. DeBrine, James K. Howell, Roy S. Hendrickson, James R. Lucero and John T. Chavez. A reception will be held immediately following the burial at the Capitol Bar.

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Daniels Family Funeral Services

309 Garfield St

Socorro, NM 87801

Published in Albuquerque Journal from June 8 to June 10, 2016
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