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Aurelia M. Luna

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Aurelia M. Luna, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, tia, friend to many and lifetime resident of Alamogordo, went to be with her savoir and lord Jesus on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.
Aurelia was born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico, on Nov. 12, 1921, but walked across the border as a young girl in the 1930s with her parents Reducindo and Soledad Munoz.
Aurelia met and married Juan N. Luna there and shortly thereafter moved to Alamogordo, where they worked hard to lovingly raise a family of six daughters and seven sons. On Nov. 19, 1957, Aurelia was naturalized, officially becoming an American citizen. After 61 years of marriage, Juan passed away in 1999.
Aurelia is survived by her children Patsy Sanchez; Juanito Jr. and his wife, Anna Luna; Lawrence Luna; Joseph and his wife, Rita Luna; Ernest Luna; Peter and his wife, Jennifer Luna; and Ben and his wife, Clara Luna; 45 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren, one of which is Aurelia the Fifth.
Aurelia is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Fela Sandoval, Raymon Munoz, Isabel Munoz and Marina Ponce.
Aurelia was preceded in death by her husband, Juan N. Luna Sr.; daughters Lela Nejeres, Solie Cavelli, Maria Ortega, Johnna Koch and Rita Flores; son Paul Gerard Luna; six infant babies; brothers Alejandro Munoz, Joe Munoz, Lorenzo "Larry" Munoz and Librado "Lalo" Munoz; and sister Lucy Martinez.
Aurelia was a beautiful woman, generous and kind, loving and loved by many. She was a mother, homemaker, caregiver and devout Catholic. Her long and full life witnessed many wars, presidents and world events. Always an early riser, she was awake when the atomic bomb was tested at Trinity Site and remembers the brilliant flash of light that turned the dark early morning into day. After 90 years of life, seeing and sharing in the many accomplishments of her growing family, as well as the deaths of many of her loved ones, Aurelia managed to never lose the beautiful smile and wonderful sense of humor that came to characterize her - a sharp wit and sarcastic brand of humor that her family came to cherish and will never forget.
The legacy she leaves is great, as 127 descendants will remember her as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and many more as family. We will all miss her dearly.
Services will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday Aug. 18, 2012. The viewing will be from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the rosary at 1:30 p.m. with Lupita Maynez reciting.
Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 2 p.m. with Father Mike Lindsay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ray Nejeres Jr., Johnny Ortega, Louis Luna, Ben Luna Jr., Luke Luna, Paul Luna Jr., Juan Luna III, Laurence Flores and Joey Cavelli.
Honorary pallbearers are Tisha Flowers, Angela Harris, Rosabelle Lambardo, Amalia Luna, Lorisa Dreikosen, Naomi Luna, Whitney Luna, Mary Lou Collins and Makayla Luna.
The family is accepting donations to defray costs.
The Luna family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 16 to Sept. 17, 2012
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