Sister Mary Viola Baca

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Sister Mary Viola Baca



Sister Mary Viola Baca, FMI, passed away September 21 , 2017 at St. Francis Convent, Amarillo TX. She was born Letitia Virginia Baca to Elfego and Ignacita (Montes) Baca in Pena Blanca, NM on July 26, 1927.

Sister Viola was predeceased by her parents; three sisters, Sister Frances Baca, Evangeline I (died as a baby) and Evangeline II Baca; and five brothers, Lalo Baca, Ramon (died as a baby), Benito Baca, Elfego Jr. (died as a baby) and Bert Baca.

Sister Viola is survived by five nieces, Teresa Baca-Aragon (Roanie) and Loretta Garcia (Valentino) of Albuquerque, NM, Isela Petrakis (Angelo) of Corpus Christi, TX, Diana Baca of Denver, CO and Paula Baca of Ashland, Oregon; seven nephews, Gilbert Baca, Louis Baca (Josie), and Tony Baca (Rosie) of El Paso, TX, Victor Baca (Bonnie) of Avondale, AZ, Benito Baca Jr. (Ophelia) of Pilar, NM , James Baca (Sandra) of Albuquerque, NM and Mark Baca of Austin, TX; and many great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins. Her dear friend Marie Garcia of Amarillo, TX, who helped her in her declining years. Sister Viola is also survived by the wonderful sisters at St. Francis Convent who faithfully cared for and prayed for her especially in her final days, Sr. Superior Liliana, Sr. Clara, Sr. Val, Sr. Angelica, Sr. Esperanza and all the other sisters whose prayers were a great comfort. Her family is forever grateful to them.

Sister Viola was raised in Pena Blanca, NM and after graduating from Pena Blanca High School, she entered the convent of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate in Santa Fe, NM. Sister Viola completed a degree in teaching and went on to teach in Franciscan schools in the Panama Canal Zone, Long Beach, CA, Hereford, TX, and Los Angeles, CA where she was principal of Resurrection School. Sister Viola had just celebrated her 70th anniversary as a Franciscan Sister in July 2017.

Sister Viola was the last member of "The Greatest Generation" in our family, happily leading a life of service, piety and humility. She was greatly respected and loved by all her family, and she will be sorrowfully mourned and missed. When Sister Viola entered the convent she was following in the footsteps of three great-aunts who became Sisters of Loreto in the late 1800's: Sister Luisa (nee Estefana Baca), Sister Maria (nee Genara Baca) and Sister Evangelista (nee Ester de Jesus Baca), and her great-great grandmother Manuela Antonia Duran y Chaves de Gutierrez who, in 1860, after the death of her husband, became Sister Dolores, a Sister of Charity in Santa Fe, NM serving alongside Sister Blandina Segale.

Rosary for Sister Viola will be Monday September 25, 2017, 7:00pm and Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday September 26, 2017, 1:00 pm, with Bishop Patrick J. Zurek officiating, both at St. Francis Convent, 4301 NE 18th Ave., Amarillo, TX.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St Francis Convent.

Her remains are entrusted to Boxwell Mortuary, Amarillo, TX . Telephone 806-355-8156.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Sept. 24, 2017