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Maria de Jesus Alvarado

Maria de Jesus Alvarado

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for Maria de Jesus Alvarado of Artesia.

Alvarado, 70, passed away Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at her home with her family by her side.

Fr. Martin Cornejo will officiate at the services, with interment to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jesus Manuel Torres, Rigo Alvarado, Travis Wilkinson, Jose Torres, Felix Castillo, Domingo Torres, Freddy Torres and Saul Torres.

A rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Grace.

Maria was born Feb. 20, 1946, in Mexico to Epifano and Paula (Urias) Torres.

In 1974, she married Jose Alvarado in Mexico, and the couple came to Artesia in 1979. She had been an Artesia residence since.

Maria was a homemaker and member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. She enjoyed travelling to different casinos and to visit her son in Mexico, and she loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Jose Alvarado, of the family home; daughter Maria Wilkinson and Ramiro Lerma of Artesia; sons Jesus Manuel Torres and wife Kathy of Carlsbad, Rigo Alvarado and wife Dianna of Artesia, and Juan Alvarado and wife Yesica of Mexico; sister Victoria Medrano of Mexico; brothers Rito Torres and wife Nancy of Artesia, Jose Torres and wife Refugia of Monahans, Texas, and Benino Baeza of Albuquerque; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son Refugio Alvarado in 2015; and brother Eugenio Torres.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to J&J Home Care and Encompass Hospice for all their help and support.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.