BLANCA — It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Virginia Franklin Cordova on March 16. Born March 31, 1940 on Trinchera Ranch in Blanca. Born to Frank Franklin and Eloisa Franklin (Aragon), Virginia was a highly motivated and independent woman from birth. Throughout her life, she raised five sons, was a business owner, and became the first Woman Republican Commissioner of Costilla County.
Virginia had a will and belief that one could accomplish anything that you want, with hard work and determination. With this philosophy, she motivated not only herself but those whose lives she touched.
Although impacting nearly everything she endeavored, she will be remembered most for her relationships. She was a fiercely loving and devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister, wife, and friend whose generosity of spirit and loyalty will be impossible to forget.
Virginia was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Eusebio T. Cordova; sisters: Lou Roybal, Henrietta Roybal, Eva Meyer, Lillie Henningsen; brothers: Joe Franklin, Frank Franklin; and daughters-in-law: Rita and Susan.
She is survived and honored by her sister, Marguerite Hoagland; sons: Andrew, Eugene (Rita), David (Susan), Terry (Donna) and Dominick (Jesikah); grandchildren: Bianca Naranjo (Johnny), Jennifer Cordova (James), Terry Cordova (Cory), Jessica Cordova, Emily DiRubbio
(Joseph), Dante Cordova, Drew Cordova, Brandi Dunaway (Anthony) and Tori Warthen -- great-grandmother to Michael, Daniel, Vincent, Terry, Carter, Alana, Gabriel, Charlie, Vincent, Steven and Alex.
A memorial service will be held this summer in her beloved St. James Church in Blanca this summer.