Services: Have been held.
Mrs. Emily Ortiz, 79, of Hobbs, died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at the Good Samaritan Home in Hobbs.
She was born on April 2, 1924, in Encino, to Sylviana and Jose Garcia.
She married Andres Ortiz in 1943, in Encino. They moved to Portales a year later. She moved to Hobbs two years ago. She worked as a housekeeper for various ladies in the community and for 17 years at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, retiring in 1992. Family members said she enjoyed cooking and caring for her grandchildren and especially liked to attend her grandson’s baseball games. She was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Pete, Joe D. and Bonifacio Garcia; two sisters, Juanita Martinez and Anita Lucero and by her husband, Andres Ortiz who died Nov. 4, 1962.
Survivors include a son, John Ortiz (and wife, Belinda) of Bosque Farms; three daughters, Josie Aranda (Don Herrera) of Hobbs, Nora Aranda of Hobbs and Lorraine Meza of Portales; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Jean Pena of Portales, Isabelita Lorranaga of Moriarty and Rita Sanchez of Sena.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales.
Father Tobin Hitt will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Tommy, Rick, Mark and David Aranda, Jose and J.J. Soto, Andrew Ortiz and Jonathan Meza.
Honorary pallbearers are Kathy Aranda, Tonya Dominguez, Emily Aranda-Dominguez and Cody, Kim and Lindsey Ortiz.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.