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Emma Josefina Garza Lopez


1926 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Emma Josefina Garza Lopez Obituary
Emma G. Lopez, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, peacefully passed away at her home in Alamogordo on Thursday, June 3, 2010, after a brief illness.
Emma was the daughter of the late Jose G. and Emma Garza of San Antonio, Texas. She was the second of three siblings, Jose Garza Jr. and Angelica Garza VanBibber.
Emma attended high school at Jefferson High School in San Antonio. After graduation, she attended college for one year before marrying her late husband, Orel C. Lopez.
After moving with Orel to Alamogordo in 1956, Emma spent most of her adult life raising her six children. When her youngest children were in junior high, she worked as an educational assistant at Yucca Elementary School and as a school secretary at La Luz Elementary School until she retired in June 1985.
Emma was an avid quilter and seamstress, having won numerous ribbons at the local county fair. She also participated in the quilter's guild, where she worked on quilts for newborn babies, as well as for donation.
Emma also crocheted most of her adult life, creating many beautiful afghans, hats, doilies and vests for her friends and family members.
Her family has these lovely afghans and quilts to cherish as part of her legacy.
Emma was married to Orel C. Lopez on March 31, 1946. Orel preceded her in death on April 29, 2010. They had just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.
Emma and Orel are survived by six children, Orel Robert Lopez, of Flagstaff, Ariz., Delia Lopez, of Wenatchee, Wash., Stephen Lopez, of Santa Fe, Jayne Lopez Bloss, of Alamogordo, Marilyn Lopez Moffatt, of Las Cruces, and Paul Lopez of Apple Valley, Calif.; grandchildren Lisa, Dinah, Suzanne, Tiffany, Aaron, Stephanie, Angela, Jennifer, Jessica, John, Daniel, Kindra, Vanessa, Veronica, Jared, Ethan and Analise; and great-grandchildren Bree, Cheryl, Parker, Keaton, Briley, Danielle, Marissa, Cassidy, Camden, Kyleene, Sydney, Damian, Abygale and Makinsy.
A memorial service will be held on at 3 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2010, for both Emma and Orel at Alamogordo Church on 2826 Indian Wells Road.
Condolences may be sent to the Lopez home at 1715 Buena Vista Court, Alamogordo, NM 88310.
The Lopez family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 6 to June 8, 2010
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