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Virginia Valencia

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at First Baptist Church for Virginia Valencia of Artesia.

Valencia, 81, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at her home.

Pastor Abelardo Bolanos will officiate at the services, with interment to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andrew Torres, Angel Gallegos, Dario Velasquez III, Richard Velasquez Jr., Dominic Valencia, Allen Gallegos, Anthony Gallegos and Josh Muniz. Honorary pallbearers are her sons, Jose Valencia, Jessie Valencia and Erasmo Valencia, and grandson Ramiro Valencia.

A prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. today at Terpening & Son Chapel.

Virginia was born June 1, 1935, in Ojinaga, Mexico, the daughter of Agapito and Rosalia (Baeza) Verdoza.

She married Felipe Valencia in Artesia.

Virginia was a longtime resident of Artesia and a member of the First Spanish Baptist Church. She enjoyed knitting, shopping, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include daughters Rosario Torres of Artesia, Elena Molitor and husband Christian of Del Rio, Texas, Guadalupe Gallegos and husband Maurilio, and Olga Hughes, both of Lovington, and Irma Valencia and Cindy Valencia, both of Hobbs; sons Jose Valencia and Erasmo Valencia, both of Artesia, and Jessie Valencia of La Grange, Texas; brother Angel Verdoza of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren Veronica Torres, Angelica Villalobos, Laura Arias, Ramiro Valencia, Stephanie Muniz, Jessie Ray Valencia, Dominic Valencia, Joshua Valencia, Angel Gallegos, Abel Gallegos, Anthony Gallegos, Allen Gallegos, Sylvanna Barraza, Sylvia Wood, Richard Velasquez Jr., Dario Velasquez III, Steven Velasquez, Marcilena Torres, Andrew Torres, Jonathon Martinez and Cristina Martinez; 45 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Francisco Berdoza, Tomas Verdoza, Elojio Verdoza, Marcelino Galindo and Pilar Vasquez; sisters Dominga Ramirez and Prajedes Verdoza; and grandson Jason Velancia.

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