Francisca “Kika” Torres Larez

June 25, 2013 • Obituaries

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, 900 S. Main, for Francisca “Kika” Torres Larez, age 91, of Artesia, who passed away June 22, 2013. Pastor Josue Torres and Pastor Rick Ketterling will officiate with interment to follow at Hagerman Cemetery.

Kika was born Aug. 22, 1921, in Colorado City, Texas, to Encarnacion Zubiate Torres and Evarista Torres. They have preceded her in death as well as four husbands, Jose Marquez, Placido Villanueva, Lino Cano and Felipe Larez; [auth] two daughters, Maria Magdelena Marquez and Celia Marquez Villa; son, Moises Marquez; six brothers and four sisters

Kika is survived by three brothers, Esteban Torres, Ishmael Torres and Josue Torres; four sons, Esequiel Marquez and wife Emma, of Levelland, Texas, Roy Marquez and wife Lilly, of Carlsbad, Pete Marquez and wife Prissy, of Carlsbad, and Steve Marquez and wife Denyce, of Eastvale, Ca.; five daughters, Rita Martinez, of Roswell, Lydia Benavidez and husband Blas, of Carlsbad, Josie Madrid and husband Sam, of Artesia, Juanita Tuttle and husband Brigham, of Capitan, and Irma Gamboa and husband Abraham, of Roswell; 32 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, 49 great-great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-great grandchild.

Kika enjoyed her grandchildren and gardening. She was involved in her church. Her best times were spent with her children and grandchildren. She looked forward to our family gatherings. She had a special way of making you feel welcomed when you came by to visit. Her family and friends were always greeted with a wonderful meal of her FAMOUS red enchiladas.

Pallbearers will be Leon Marquez, Marina Torrez, Gloria Barela, John David Delgado, Randy Gamboa, Eric Marquez, Andrew Marquez, Cruzita Marquez and Paul Martinez. Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren.

Thank-you to Gentiva Hospice for their support, RN Rose and Benita, CNAs Vonda, Brenda, Pam and Alma; and Chaplain Cecil and volunteer Dora Campos, Heartland Care Center and Artesia General Hospital.

Condolences can be made online at

Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.


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