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Maria Sifuentes

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for Maria De Jesus Sifuentes of Artesia.

Sifuentes, 86, passed away Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at her home, with her family by her side.

Fr. Frances Lazer will officiate the services, with interment to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dion Reid, Nicholas Dahlquist, Chris Dahlquist, Chavez Sifuentes, Aaron Carlton and Francisco Sifuentes Quintana.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Terpening & Son Mortuary. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Grace.

Maria was born Jan. 1, 1932, in Juan Blanco, Tepetongo Zacatecas, Mexico, to Jesus Isabel and Maria del Carmen (Reyes) Briceno.

On Feb. 13, 1947, she married Henry Sifuentes in Mexico, and the couple came to Artesia in 1959.

Maria was a homemaker and a very active member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. She was a Franciscan, a Sacred Heart Eucharistic Minister, past president of Legion of Mary, and was known as “Grandma” at Head Start, where she volunteered. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and sewing, and loved to cook and spend time with her family.

Survivors include children Mario Sifuentes, Elisa Sifuentes, Maria Sifuentes, Petra Sifuentes, Manuel Sifuentes, Soledad Sifuentes, Chavelo Sifuentes, Carmen Sifuentes, Martin Sifuentes and Henrietta Sifuentes Bratcher; siblings Lorenza Jimenez, Soledad Rodriguez, Antonio Briceno, Santiago Briceno and Luis Briceno; 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Sifuentes, on April 20, 2012; her parents; son Henry Sifuentes; and daughter Jane Sifuentes.

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