Beatrice Murillo "Betty" Moreno
1944 - 2020
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Beatrice Murillo Moreno (Betty)

Beatrice Murillo Moreno (Betty), born July 28, 1944, passed away on December 9, 2020 at the age of 76. She was born in Fierro, New Mexico to Genoveva Loera Murillo and Benito Valtierra Medrano. She and her sister, Julieta, were adopted by her maternal grandmother, Angela Acosta Loera and grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She went to Holy Cross grade school and spent one year in Concordia, Kansas with the Sisters of St. Joseph convent, where her devotion to her Catholic faith was strengthened. While attending Las Cruces high school, she met the love of her life, Richardo Carillo Moreno. After graduating, she worked at White Sands Missile Range. She married Richardo on November 29, 1964.

They started a family with four children: Irene, Ricky, Oscar, and Carlos; and moved to Long Beach, California in 1973. While raising four children, she attended Long Beach City College and graduated with a degree in Nursing and practiced as a registered nurse at Lakewood Regional Medical Center. She was a caring nurse with a heart of gold and took care of her patients with compassion and respect.

It was her faith in God, Jesus, and Our Blessed Virgin Mary that inspired her to be a strong woman, loving wife, and a devoted mother - particularly during her son's illness and death.

She was the heart and soul of our family and losing her broke all our hearts. Her spirit lives on in the beautiful, special, and loving memories we have of her. She is survived by her husband, Richardo; her sisters, Julie, Arlene, Ana, Angie, Luisa, and Millie; her children, Irene, Oscar, and Carlos; her grandchildren Andrew and Kristiana; and daughter-in-law, Nanci. She is preceded in death by her eldest son, Ricky; and will finally lay in peace, beside him at Forest Lawn in Cypress, California.




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Published in Las Cruces Sun News from Dec. 17 to Dec. 19, 2020.
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December 28, 2020
Betty was a wonderful mother-in-law to me. She always made me feel welcomed. I remember the day Irene and I told her we were engaged. She gave us hugs. She was also a wonderful grandmother to our children. She will be very missed, I know she is in heaven looking after us. God bless you, Betty!
Andy Shields
Family
December 21, 2020
What a beautiful woman Betty was! We got to see her at Carlos and Mike's home a few times, and she always made us feel welcome and shared a laugh (and some wine). God bless the whole Moreno family. We wish you peace and love - and great memories of your fabulous lady!! Nini and Tinka
Nini Brands
Acquaintance
December 20, 2020
Grandma, Grandpa, and me enjoying Christmas.<br />I miss you Grandma.
Grandma has always been there for all of us, taking care of us when we're hurt and feeding us with her delicious food she made with love. Grief has been a hard experience for me to face since this is my first. It's hard to come up with words to say and such. The memories of her I cherish so much, she would take my brother and me to places like Monterey Bay, Disneyland, etc. I remember whenever we went to Starbucks she would sometimes get me an apple juice and rice crispy treat when I was little.

My birthday is coming up soon and it won't feel the same without her, it still hasn't settled it (the grief I mean). This is the first time I'm experiencing grief, I miss her a lot I know she can't come back. That's what hurts most, knowing she's never going to come back

She is still with us, her love will always warm our hearts. She always loved roses and knew each one by name. I wrote a poem about her, she reminds me a lot like a rose.

"She was like a rose,
beautiful and elegant,
with thorns and pains she could not bare
although she held strong
So delicate and fragile she was,
could withstand a storm,
Lived a long life, making everyone feel loved."

I miss you grandma and I know you're up there with Ricky, can you say hi to him for me?
I love you Grandma, I'll see you soon.


Kristiana Shields
Grandchild
December 20, 2020
Looking back, I feel it was a gift to have her as a mother and I learned from her that life is a gift. We experienced the world through her meals, like Italian, Greek, Asian and others. Even though we were not Jewish, she would always make a Seder dinner dinner every year. My mother was a wonderful cook and her meals were made with love. She was so happy to share her meals with family, friends and neighbors.

When relatives would come over, my dad and her would take them to the beach, pier, amusement parks and the zoo. We enjoyed their company and my mother made our time special with them through her cooking and her welcoming spirit.

Family was very important to her. She would always share happy stories about our relatives. Like the time her grandfather, Grandpo Francisco, asked her if she loved her doll and she said yes. He replied that he loved her more and that made her feel loved. Grandpo Francisco also taught her how to read and write in Spanish using a newspaper. He was a patient teacher and she was an eager learner. I was proud that she was bilingual.

When we were young our mom would wake us up each school day by cheerfully singing her good morning sunshine song.

My brothers and I were also proud of her becoming a nurse. At her graduation ceremony, we loudly cheered her on. My mom would always be getting Caught Me Caring awards from her hospital. Nursing was not just a job for my mom, it was a vocation. One time during the aides crisis, she had an aide patient and she nurtured him and made him feel comfortable. He said the at the last facility, staff was afraid to be near him. My mother bathed him and cared for him. She had a compassionate spirit.

Later on as my mother got older, she switched from floor nursing to work in a psychiatric facility. One time there was a very huge difficult Hispanic man, who was having a temper tantrum. He became a danger to himself and others. He kept insisting, on wanting to see Betty the nurse. The staff warned my mom about him, but she decided to see this patient anyway. She slowly walked up to him and calmly said," Mijo, want is the matter?" He started to calm down and asked her for a hug. My mom gave him a big warm hug. She was a very nurturing and caring person.

She was also was wonderful grandmother. She saw the birth of her first grandchild, Andrew. She tired to stay for the birth of her second grandchild, but it was getting late. She saw Kristiana early the next morning, Christmas Eve. My children have numerous special memories of their grandparents. My children feel a closeness and bond with them.

My mother had a devotion to Jesus and our Blessed Virgin Mary. Recently, she told me that saying the rosary brought her peace. She enjoyed seeing the mass on TV each day.

It was a blessing to have her as my mother. It was difficult losing her, but I feel comforted knowing that she is no longer in pain and with my brother Ricky.
Irene Shields
Daughter
December 19, 2020
Kristinana and Andrew
God be with you during this difficult time and for days on end.
Your Grandma Betty lov d you so much and when she would mention your name she praised you up. There was nothing she would’ve done different because she loved you unconditionally.
Love hugs snd prayer to you two.
Your Tia Millie loves you too!!
Millie Hinojosa
Sister
December 19, 2020
My Love for all of you is immense and saddened with the loss of your mom, my sister and everybody’s friend. I’m filled with gratitude that my sister gave her life such beautiful meaning to the word of God. She had such beautiful memories growing up and sharing her livelihood with us. Her passion for preparing meals for us to try....mmmmmh mmmmh good!! Each and every time!!
My brother in law and cousins, hugs to you all may you know she will live in our hearts forever. Resting in peace next to Ricky was by far her cry for now she is comforted with all our departed family....May perpetual light shine upon her
Millie Hinojosa
Sister
December 17, 2020
One of the best days my mom had was being surrounded with all of you!!
My deepest condolences to my beautiful cousins during this time. My heart aches for you guys. She was a beautiful soul! I will always remember the laughs she shared with my mom!! Wish I could be there with you all during this time. Love you!
Cyndi Nieuwenhuis
December 17, 2020
My dearest uncle and cousins..... I am so sorry for the loss of auntie. She was a beautiful person inside and out and so loving. She will be truly missed. We are thinking of all of you and wish we could be there to celebrate her life. We love you all!! The Marquez Family, Debbie, Ryan, Kataryna, and Jacob
Debbie Marquez
Family
December 16, 2020
I love and miss you Tia Betty =—
My Dearest Tia - I miss you so much. Thank you for all of the beautiful memories. You were like my second Mom. I loved spending so many summers with you and Tio and my cousins. You always took us to the best places - visits to the California beaches, drives to Laguna, Disneyland. Always church on Sunday. Oh how we loved your food and your love for trying new things! You introduced us to so many new things and always with such love and passion. I miss your laugh. My heart breaks so much Tia, but I know you are rejoicing with God and his angels. Tio and my cousins - I keep you uplifted in prayer daily. I love you all very much.
Kristina Estrada
Family
December 16, 2020
Dickie, this is Erlinda. I'm so sorry for your loss, she is a beautiful person. God Bless you and your family. I love you.
Erlinda Picazo
Family
December 16, 2020
My dearest sister, not only were u my sister, but my sister in law. It was an honor to be in the same family. U always were a very caring, love able and spiritual woman. The way you spoked about Richardo, your children, grandchildren, sisters, nieces and nephews, was as if they were made of candy. You chose words that were so lovingly and always called, us your “corazones”! You will be missed but never forgotten. Hasta la vista!
Erlinda Moreno
Family
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