At home with her loving family in El Alto, Flora Garcia Romero, 94 met our Lord on Aug. 8, 2012.
Flora Leonides Garcia was born on July 30, 1918 in Ledoux, N.M., Mora County, to the union of Perpetua Vigil and Alfonso Garcia. After her mother died, Flora at the age of 12 together with her older sister Gertrude helped raise her younger siblings.
Flora met and married her lifelong love Nicomedez Romero on May 23, 1942 during the start of WWII. Nico enlisted in the U.S. Army three months later and along with four other brothers served overseas together. In the intervening years Flora saw her husband only once while raising her oldest child Nicomedez Geraldo in the community of EI Alto until he returned 2-1/2 years later.
Flora was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years on July 3, 1998, parents, mother and father-in-law: Rita and Milnor Romero, sisters: Gertrude Esquibel (Martin), Maria Padilla (Tony), son-in-law, Ed and grandson Steven Journey and a very special daughter-in-law, Avelina Branch Romero.
Also preceded in death by her sister in-laws: Martha, Nea, Cecilia, Nora, Valentina, Lucretia; brother in-law: Guadalupe, Roberto, Milnor, Esequiel and Ernesto.
After the passing of their very special granddaughter, Avelina Branch Romero, in May 1967, Flora and Nico assumed the parenting of her grandchildren, Carla, Jerome, and Geraldine, whom they eventually adopted.
Flora is survived by five daughters: Jeana Journey of Rio Rancho, Frances Romero and Carla Martinez (Leslie) of Albuquerque, Angela Romero (Frank) of Mora, Geraldine Coleman (Joseph) of Arvada, Colo., and four sons: Nicomedez (Jerry) Romero (Donna),John T. Romero (Elizabeth), Alfonso Romero all of Mora and Jerome Romero (Gaynor) of Australia. Also surviving are two sisters: Bercy Espinoza (Dan) of Mora and Sophia Ball and of Cheyenne, Wyo.; two brothers: Domingo Garcia (Della) of Denver, Colo., and Ernest Paul Garcia (Ann) of Albuquerque. Also surviving her are 17 grandchildren: Carla, Jerome, Geraldine, Flora Gale, Ricky, Joseph, Joan, Andrea, Cecilia, Amanda, John Jr., Natalie, Nicole, Harry Jr., Amos Nick, Kathleen and Nicholas; 34 great-grandchildren: Joey, Brittany, Mark Jr., Derrick, Ricky, Ryan, Madeline, Morgan, Taylor, Asa, Asher, Jadyn, Matthew, Candace, Bryan, Katie, Isaiah, Chrissy, Hailey, Noah, Jordyn, Jaylan, Lauryn, Brooke, Danisha, Randy, Abrianna, Isaac, Jacob, Jovone, Kaitlyn, Jeremiah, Jasmine and Abram; two great-great-grandchildren: Cayden and Taylah; two sisters-in-law: Beatrice Romero and Amelia Romero, and three brothers-in-law: Guillermo Romero, Luis Romero and George Martinez.
A lifelong parishioner of Santa Gertrudis Catholic Parish, Flora always strived to have her children and grandchildren be faithful to God. She was loved by many as she never had a bad thing to say about anyone. We especially feel blessed for the great dedication given to mom by granddaughter/ daughter Carla Martinez during the past 3-1/2 months.
Pallbearers: John T. Romero Jr, Amos Nick Romero, Nicholas Luna, Harry Romero Jr., Joseph Romero, and Kathleen Romero. Honorary pallbearers will be all her grandchildren.
Rosary devotional services will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10 at Santa Gertrudis Catholic Church in Mora. Rosary will recited by the Hermanos De Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno. Devotional Mass will also be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Santa Gertrudis. Interment will follow at Ave Maria Family Plot in El Alto, N.M.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary , Las Vegas, 1-800-479-3511 or 425-3511.