A wonderful mother, grandmother and friend passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Eva Lujan Herrera “Mamalita” was born in Roswell on May 31, 1913, to Manuel Lujan and Maria Flaco. She enriched so many lives. Her kindness and love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her great generosity and passion for her community will be missed.
She survived her first husband, Manual Flores; was married to Pedro Franco and Robert Herrera. All three of her husbands have preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Abel Lujan; an infant sister, Manuelita; her four sons: Usvaldo Franco, Pedro N. Franco Jr., Antonio Flores and Luis Flores; and a son-in-law, Joe Mendiola. She was also preceded in death by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She is survived by her sons: Richard Franco, wife, Mary, Pedro L. Franco, wife, Marsie; daughters: Helen Mendiola, Mary Alvarado, husband, Anthony, Esperanza “Hope” Sombke, husband, Jim; daughters-in-law Virgie Flores and Carlota Flores; and sister in-law, Ester Lujan. She has been blessed with 36 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren, 110 great-great-grandchildren, with one on the way, and 10 great-great-great-grandchildren, with two on the way.
Friends wishing to visit with the family may visit at 413 E. Bland, Roswell.
Funeral services will be on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2201 W. Country Club Rd. Viewing at the church will be held at 9 a.m. and the funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. After the burial, a reception will follow at 413 E. Bland, Roswell.
Serving as pallbearers are Danny Mendiola, Jimmy Sombke, Joe Mendiola, Reynaldo Mendiola, Raymond Franco and Richard Franco. The honorary pallbearer is Luis Flores.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to her Gentiva Hospice Health Care providers: Anita Marrujo, Vonda Hite, Rosalia Bravo, and Alma Alvarado. They provided outstanding care and love to our mother.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home & Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.