Center resident Marie Viola Barela, 87, passed away February 4, 2018 at her home under Hospice care with her loving family by her side. Marie was born on October 5, 1930 in Mosca, Colorado, the daughter of Max Trujillo and Faylina Garcia Trujillo. Marie made her life's work taking care of her family. She was a member of the V.F.W. Women's Auxiliary of Rio Grande County and the Holy Family Society. On her free time she enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends. Her home was always open to everyone and she will be dearly missed.
Survivors include her daughters Linda (Bobby) Barela-Maes of Denver, CO; Vivian Herrera of Denver, CO; Faye (Leroy) Arellano of Ft. Collins, CO; Natalie Barela of Center, CO; sons Freddie Barela (Bill Carson) of Center, CO; Randy (Margie) Barela of San Antonio, TX; Vince Barela of Monte Vista, CO; Bobby Barela (Jim Nelson) of Denver, CO; Richie Barela of Center, CO; 26 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Edna (Gene) Velasquez of Monte Vista, CO; Betty Madrid of Colorado Springs, CO; Maxine (Martin) Sanchez of Las Cruces, NM. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents Max and Faylina Trujillo, husband Joe Andrew "Andy" Barela, daughter Betty Ann Barela, brothers Mike Trujillo, Orlando Trujillo, Arturo Trujillo and Anselmo Trujillo, sisters Mabel Alvarado, Loretta Manzanares and Charlotte Salazar.
Cremation was chosen and a Vigil Service with Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM at St. Frances Jerome Catholic Church in Center. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 9:00 AM also at St. Frances Jerome Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow at the Monte Vista Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, please make donation in honor of Marie Barela to Hospice Del Valle at 514 Main Street, Alamosa, CO. 81101. The care of arrangements have been entrusted to Romero Funeral Home of Monte Vista.