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Rita M. Hines

Rita M. Hines

Memorial services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for Rita M. Hines of Artesia.

Hines, 64, entered into eternal life Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Las Cruces.

A rosary will precede the services at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace, with interment to follow the services at Woodbine Cemetery. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Baca’s Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces. The family thanks Terpening & Son Mortuary for their assistance.

Rita was born Aug. 4, 1952, in Artesia to Porfirio and Olivia (Gill) Balencia, who preceded her in death.

She attended college at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Over the years, she volunteered for CASA and the Artesia Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. She enjoyed spending time in prayer, fishing, travelling, and visiting casinos with her sister and best friend, Ola.

Rita enjoyed her work as a human resources manager at PVT Cooperative Inc., where she worked 27 years before retiring in January 2015. She valued the many friendships she developed with PVT coworkers, especially her special friend Sharon Smith, who preceded her in death.

She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Rita deeply loved her children and grandchildren, who, along with her faith in God, were the most important things in her life. She leaves a strong legacy of faith to her children and grandchildren that was passed on to her by her own mother and grandmother.

Her faith and personal strength were most evident over the past year of her life, as she courageously lived and enjoyed her life to the fullest, creating lifelong memories with and for her family.

Survivors include her children, daughter Nina Salmon and son-in-law Daniel Salmon of Las Cruces, daughter Venesa Hines of Rio Rancho, son-in-law Brandon Williams of San Antonio, Texas, and son Andre’ Hines and fiancée Ashley Trahan of Artesia; grandchildren Olivia, Isaiah and Marcus Hines, Kelbee and Jai’Lyn Williams, and Brittany, Brandon and Brooke Salmon; four great-grandchildren; sister Ola Gabauer of Santa Fe; brothers Mike Balencia and wife Terry of Artesia and Johnny Balencia and wife Eloisa of Carlsbad; sisters Tina Trevino and husband Henry of Lovington and Tonie Franco of San Antonio; brother-in-law Joseph Lopez of Carlsbad; sisters at heart Nancy Haralson Hines and Rachel Samora; numerous nieces and nephews; and other special people in her life, including Denasia Aguilar, Pete Esquibel, and nieces Sheila Harris and Rene Noriega, who helped care for her.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lee Lopez.

The family wishes to thank all who shared in her life and valued her kind, beautiful spirit and her dry sense of humor. She was a special person who will be dearly and deeply missed. Thanks also to the staff at UNM Cancer Center, UNM Hospital, and Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces for the wonderful care given to our dear mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 Montana Ave., Las Cruces, N.M., 88005, or online at www.mvhospice.org.