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Leocadia de Loera Reyes

1923 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Leocadia de Loera Reyes Obituary
Our loving mother and grandmother, Leocadia de Loera Reyes, 94, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away peacefully on Monday, April 10, 2017.
Leocadia was born on a ranch called La Primavera in Calvillo, Aguascalientes, Mexico on Jan. 12, 1923 to Carlos de Loera Rodriguez and Teodora Salas Rojas. She grew up in very humble surroundings and was one of 10 children. In 1940, she moved to San Rafael, Zacatecas, Mexico to help her eldest sister with her new infant.
It was there where she met her beloved husband to be. She married Melquiades Reyes de Santiago in April of that same year. Leocadia and Melquiades then moved to the ranch of El Salitre, Zacatecas. It was there that they began to raise their family. To this union, 11 children were born. Sadly on Aug. 27, 1966 Melquiades passed away leaving her a young widow. Leocadia never married again.
In the early 1970s, Leocadia immigrated to the United States to make a better life for her young children. The family settled in Blackfoot. She had always been a homemaker and took pride in having a clean home and always having a warm meal prepared for her children but it was here that she began to work for Nonpareil, Liberty Produce and Lambert Warehouse.
Upon her retirement she helped take care of her grandchildren, but as the years passed, Leocadia returned to the home her children built for her in Zacatecas. She had lived there until last year when her health forced her to return to Blackfoot so that her family could care for her as she did them.
We will fondly remember her for many, many things such as being a devout member of the Catholic church. She also love to travel and never let her language barrier keep her from the places she loved to go. She loved a good fiesta whether it was here or back on the ranch and always wore a new dress for each occasion.
She loved music and even though she could never remember the name of the song she could sing you the lyrics and oh, how she loved a good hamburger! She would instruct her grandchildren to sneak them into the nursing home these last few months of her life. Most of all, we will remember her for teaching our family to have a good, strong work ethic, morals, respect for others and most importantly faith.
Gracias por todos los años que pasamos con usted. Gracias por cada beso, abrazo y muestra de cariño y mas importante por todos los sacrificios que usted a hecho para adelantar a nuestra familia. La extrañaremos y esperaremos pacientamente el dia que estaremos con usted otra vez.
Leocadia is survived by her children, Lidia (Sabino) Ramirez, Humberto (Paula) Reyes, Ramon (Maria) Reyes, Angelica (Armando) Patiño, Alejandrina (Elfego) Luna, all of Blackfoot. Teresa (Noe) Rodriguez of Twin Falls, Joel (Alma) Reyes of Chicago, IL and Estela Reyes of Calvillo, Aguascalientes, Mexico. 38 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Siblings, Samuel de Loera, Antonio de Loera, Jose de Loera and Guadalupe de Loera. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was proceeded in death by her parents Carlos and Teodora de Loera, husband Melquiades Reyes, sons Asencion and Pedro Reyes, daughter Arcelia Reyes, great-granddaughter Jordana Reyes, siblings Teofila Lopez, Secundino de Loera, Juan de Loera, Emiliano de Loera and Ruperto de Loera.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 17 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church. A Rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 16 at Hawker Funeral Home. Following the Rosary the family will continue to greet friends until 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Grove City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Morning News on Apr. 14, 2017
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