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Candelaria Ramos Najera


1919 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. Candelaria Ramos Najera, 92, of Alamogordo, passed away at home in the presence of her family.
Candelaria was born in Alamogordo on Sept. 24, 1919, to Nemecio and Martina Valencia Ramos. She was one of 20 children born to Nemecio and Martina.
Having lost both parents to influenza in 1933 at the tender age of 14, she graduated elementary school and went to work with her younger sister Anita for the Holloman family as a housekeeper, cook and maid in order to support the rest of surviving family members.
Years later, she was to meet and marry our father Alfredo M. Najera, and they had seven children.
The family left to mourn her passing includes her children and their spouses, daughters Mary Najera Cardiel, Helen and Miguel Maynez, and Catherine and Bud Duryea, all of Alamogordo; sons Juan and Eduvina Najera, of Las Cruces, James and Adelina Najera, and Yvette Aguirre Najera, surviving spouse of son Joe Najera; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; one sister, Anita Ramos Medina, of Woodland, Calif.; one brother-in-law, Gus Najera; and sisters-in-law Carmen N. Romo and Juanita S. Cooley, all of Alamogordo.
Family preceding her in death were her beloved husband, Alfredo Martinez Najera; son Joe R. Najera; daughter Cecilia M. Najera; grandson James John Najera; great-granddaughter Elise Laky; her parents Nemesio and Martina Valencia Ramos; her brothers Nemecio, Clovis and Manuel; her sisters Cira Ramos, Josephina R. Madrid, Martina R. Salinas, Anita Ramos and Candelaria Ramos; siblings who died at birth or soon thereafter and were not named; mother and father in-law Jose Maria Najera and Esther Martinez Najera; her brother and sisters-in-law and spouses Luis and Estella Najera, Chema and Concha Najera, and Esther and Jesus Viscarra; sister-in-law Angie Najera; and brother-in-law Emelio Romo.
Mother led a very full life raising her six children. She was a very devout Catholic, a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a member of Hijas de Maria. She made sure all of her children had a good Catholic upbringing. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her so much joy, as did all who came in contact with Mom. The heavens opened their gates to let in a beautiful angel.
Visitation for Mrs. Najera will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at the Alamogordo Funeral Home chapel. The prayer vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. with Olivia Palafox officiating.
Rite of Committal will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Immaculate Conception Church with Father Andrew Sohn from Holloman Air Force Base as celebrant.
Serving as casket bearers will be James Najera, Juan Najera, Bud Duryea, Michael Najera, Ben Najera and David Maynez. Interment will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery.
The family would like to take this time to thank those who have brought meals to the home and who prayed for Mother. Special thanks go to Isabelle Rios, her granddaughter, who was one of her caregivers; the hospice staff and the communion ministers.
The Najera family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 25 to Oct. 24, 2012
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