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Dec 17, 2021 | Obituaries | 0 comments

Cruz Mata Lerma

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Written by Tina Botill


Cruz Mata Lerma, a devoted, caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend left this world peacefully on 12-12-21 at the age of 93 with family by her side. She was born to the late Francisco and Hilaria Mata on June 9, 1928 in La Union, New Mexico. From the age of one she was raised in El Porvenir, Chihuahua and as the eldest child, attended school while assisting with the family’s farm and caring for her four younger siblings.
Cruz married Dario Lerma Sr. on December 5, 1943, and as newlyweds relocated in 1944 to Fort Hancock, Texas and Mesilla Valley before relocating to Corcoran, California in 1955. Cruz was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Dario, sons Pablo and Raymond. She is survived by her children and their spouses Dario Jr. (Ramona), Eva (Benny Barco Sr.), Nacho (Rachel), Armando (Marylou), Raul (Olga), Esperanza, Robert (Rosio), daughter-in-law Becky and Lola. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, 3 great great-grandchildren and brother, Felix Mata.
Cruz was immensely proud of her family and their accomplishments. She loved spending time creating delicious meals and hosting countless weekend/holiday family gatherings at her home. She was an Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church parishioner, volunteer, choir and a Cursillista member. She was also a Sociedad Edad de Oro member.
A Rosary will be held Tuesday, 12/21/21 at 9:30 a.m. with a 10 a.m. Christian Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
California Covid mandates will be enforced (masks).
Immediately following Mass services, burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Hanford.

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