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C DE BACA -- Marie C. was born February 11, 1928 in Las Vegas, New Mexico to Arsenio Vicente C de Baca and Lucy Guerin. On December 27, 2009, in the soft stillness of a Pacific NW night, Marie gracefully took the hand of her LORD, with her daughter, Pamela, by her side. Mass and burial will be held Monday, January 4, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery Chapel, Albuquerque, 7999 Wyoming Blvd NE. A true New Mexican, Marie's genealogy dates back to the Onate Spanish re-settlement, the Mexican Period and the U.S. Territorial Period continuing through Statehood. Marie was honored to have strong family roots in NM. Marie felt blessed to share her history with all who would listen. It was not unusual for Marie to sing "Oh Fair New Mexico" to her family members. Marie attended Catholic School in Las Vegas, NM. Marie was awarded a special scholarship to Loretto Heights Catholic College in Denver, Co. Deciding to pursue a career in education, Marie chose to earn a teaching degree from Highlands University. Marie was a student teacher at the Head Start Program in West Las Vegas. Marie taught for the Bernalillo Public School System, where she retired. Marie was a reading specialist at the Santo Domingo School and later an elementary education teacher at Carroll Elementary, with specialized training in bilingual education. Marie lived in Bernalillo until about 2005 and was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish. Marie is survived by her two daughters, Cecilia Frances Farris and Pamela Marie Valverde-Smith (Todd). Marie is survived by her grandchildren Roberta Guzman (Orlando), Celeste Miller, Yvette Vargas (Donald), Nicole Smith, Daniel Smith, Jacob Smith, Mikaela Smith. Marie is also survived by her great-grandchildren Jackie Guzman, Ashley Guzman, and Lupe Espinosa. Preceded by Fabian Espinosa. Marie is survived by "always baby brother" Leroy C de Baca and his good wife Anne; three nieces Leanne Weaver (Jeff), Dianne Yoss (Mark), Roxanne Burgos (Mario); four nephews Larry C de Baca (Amy), Anthony C de Baca (Melody), Gene C de Baca and Mike (Ingrid); great-nieces Devan, Lauren, Erin, Julieanne, Jenna, Ashley, Elice and Taylor; great-nephews Jacob, Jeff, Anthony, Griffin and Ethan; great-grand nephew Dakota. Marie's eldest brother Arsenio preceded her in death (spouse Carmen) "For Death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity" -William Penn.
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