Natalia H. Rivera, 98, of Palmdale, California and formerly of Mesquite, entered eternal life Saturday, June 19, 2010. She passed away peacefully at her daughter's Ida Herrera's home, in Palmdale, California. She was born in 1912 in Fort Davis, Texas, to Marcelo and Rumalda Hinojosa. Preceded by her husband Alexander Rivera in 1974 in Mesquite, Mrs. Rivera was a proud partner, a homemaker, self employed, avid gardener and former acting member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Mesquite.
Survivors include her children, Angie R. Provencio of Austin, Texas, Ida R. Herrera of Palmdale, Calif., Reynaldo "Sonny" Rivera and wife Hope of Albuquerque, Mark A. Rivera and wife Terri of Flower Mound, Texas, and a stepdaughter, Juanita Laush of Lake Oswego, Oregon; two brothers, Jimmy Hinojosa of Silver City and Abel Hinojosa and wife Josephine of San Miguel. Other survivors include sixteen grandchildren, twenty three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation for Mrs. Rivera will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2010 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Mesquite where the rosary is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., and the celebration of the funeral mass to follow immediately thereafter. The rite of committal and interment will follow at the Missionary Ridge Cemetery also in Mesquite, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.
Serving as casket bearers will be Christopher and Vicente Provencio, John and George "Leonard" Baca, Mark Rivera and Larry Hinojosa.
Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces. 575-527-2222 Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." To send condolences online log onto www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 23, 2010