A rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel for Maria Del Refugio Loera. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 17, 2011, at St. Johnâ€™s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Juan Antonio Gutierrez, O.F.M., of ficiating.
Maria will be transported to Aguascalietes, Mexico, for burial. Maria was born April 27, 1942, in San Antonio Tepezala, Aguascalientes, Mexico, to Agustin Hernandez Sanchez and Maria Cristina Flores Moreno. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She took great pride in raising her children. Maria enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, family cookouts, listening to music and playing cards. She is survived by her husband Cresencio Loera Bernal; five daughters, Carmen Loera, Belen Loera, Martha Loera, Brenda Loera and Cecilia Baca; six sons, Alfredo Loera, Pedro Loera, Juan Loera, Cresencio Loera Jr., Mario Loera and Jose Loera; one sister Maria Del Carmen Hernandez; 46 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome. com.