Cecilia Rae Baca Roberts died peacefully in her home in Concho on Friday, July 18, 2014, surrounded by some of her children, brothers and sisters, and grandchildren. The Recitation of the Holy Rosary was to be held at 7 p.m. on July 24 at the San Raphael Catholic Church, located at 35411 US 180A in Concho. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3 o’clock this afternoon (July 25) at the church, with interment to follow in the Concho Cemetery.
She was born at home in Concho on June 7, 1937.
Cecilia was very active in her community. She retired from Apache County after 18 years in 1999. She has been on the Board of the Concho Elementary School District for the past 16 years. She served on the Concho CAN Governing Board, was treasurer of the Concho Water Irrigation System and was the first woman to serve on the San Rafael Church Council. She was elected precinct committee member for the Apache County Democratic Party. She served four terms, and was past president and treasurer of the Democratic Party. She also served four years on Apache County Guidance Clinic, now known as the Little Colorado Behavioral Health Clinic. She served on the personnel committee that drew up the original personnel guidelines. Her pride in and love for her church, community, county and state is evident, and will be sorely missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gabriel P. Baca and Ida Candelaria; her brothers, Gene and Gabriel Baca; her sister, Carmen Baca; her daughter, Pamela Sue Roberts; her grandsons, Russell A. Roberts and Eric R. Michael; and her great-granddaughter, Samara.
Survivors include six of her children, Ida Roberts of Concho, Christine Roberts of La Luz, N.M., Russell Roberts of Alamogordo, N.M., Elizabeth Neal (Garry) of Lakeside, Kathryn Blaasé (Randy) of Lakeside and Walter Roberts (Tracie) of Atlanta Ga.; six sisters, Regina Shaver (Alan) of Lawrence Kan., Clara Bonfili (Frank) of Phoenix, Molly Baca (Mike Davis) of Prineville, Ore., Gabriella Romero (Jake) of St Johns, Hope MacMonagle (the late Michael) of Ogden, Utah, and Jana Young (Jerry) of Holbrook; two brothers, Max Baca of Concho and Mark Baca (Olga) of Williams; 28 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.