A rosary will be offered at Assumption Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, for Grace Lara Romero, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 12:10 p.m., officiated by the Rev. Joseph Pacquing.
Grace was born in Lincoln, Nov. 8, 1932, to Tircio and Mercedes Lara Romero, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother Albert Romero. She is survived by the loves of her life, her son Kevin and his five children, Anthony, Christian, Camryn, Corie and Cailyn Grace. Others left to cherish her memory include her brothers, Tircio Romero Jr., John Romero and Ferman Romero; her sisters, Isabel Flores and Maria Romero; many nieces and nephews; and her two best friends, Marianne Pollack and Evelyn Kresyman.
Grace’s entire career was spent in the education of children and adults. She was a primary grade teacher in the Chicago-area and New Mexico Catholic schools for almost 20 years. After earning her master’s degree in bilingual education at UNM, she came to Roswell, where she was a bilingual teacher-trainer and coordinator of bilingual education for 15 years, and principal of Chisum Elementary School for four years. Later, Grace taught Spanish at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. Her final role as an educator was the one she seemed to cherish most — teaching third grade at All Saints Catholic School.
Grace was an extraordinarily loving and talented woman. As a member of Assumption Catholic Church for 41 years, she taught religious education and gave her time and efforts in the project to secure pledges to build the new church and purchase the magnificent organ. Above all, her work in music ministry at the parish touched hearts and souls at Mass week after week. Grace’s lovely voice turned hymns into prayers, comforting the grieving at funerals, rejoicing with families at weddings, and singing with all her heart at every Saturday 5:30 Mass. The hole her passing has left will never be filled.
Grace’s hands and heart went out to anyone who needed her. She was the very essence of kindness, concern, and loving affection to all who passed through her life.
Grace, we love you with all our hearts and know that the Blessed Mother, whom you cherished so dearly, came to take you to Her Son.
We give Grace back to you, O Lord, who first gave her to us; yet as you did not lose her in giving, so we do not lose her by her return. For what is yours is ours also if we belong to You. Love is undying, and life is unending, and the boundary of this mortal life is but a horizon, and a horizon is nothing by the limit of our sight. Lift us up, loving Lord Jesus, that we may see further. Cleanse our eyes that we may see clearly. And while you prepare a place for us, prepare us also for that happy place, that we may be with You and with those we love forevermore. Amen.
Honorary pallbearers will be the children of All Saints Catholic School. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to All Saints Catholic School, 2700 N. Kentucky, Roswell, NM 88201.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.