Altagracia A. Navarrette
Altagracia A. Navarrette
  • November 27, 1928 - November 27, 2017
  • El Paso, Texas

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On Altagracia(Alta) Abreo Navarrette's birthday, November 27, 2017, roll-call was taken in Heaven and realized it was missing an angel and called beloved wife, Mom, Grandma, Greatest Grandma, Mamoo. Altagracia(Alta) Abreo Navarrette passed away peacefully surrounded and in spirit by her nine children Susana Navarrette Rodríguez(Juan), Christine Navarrette, Abelardo Navarrette Jr., Lourdes Navarrette (Jesse Roseberry), Bernadette Navarrette (Robert Alan Marsh), Annette Coulter (Carl), Carlota Navarrette (Juan Seturino), Sandra Saucedo (Eduardo), Rebecca Spores (Lee), her eighteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. Alta was proceeded in death by her treasured husband of 68 years, Abelardo (Al, Bole) Ramirez Navarrette, Template of The Greatest Generation, decorated WWII Veteran, her sisters Lucy Abreo Morales, Lorenza Abreo Benavidez Rosa and brother Juan Abreo. Alta was born in the small town of Van Horn, Texas to Juan Abreo and Carlota Fierro Abreo on November 27, 1928. At the age of eight, Mom lost her mother; Aunt Lucy, Mom, Uncle Johnny and Tia Lorenza began their journey of struggle, of poverty, enduring difficult and trying times. Aunt Lucy, the oldest, tried to keep her sisters and brother together as a family, but who during those times could afford to support an instant family of four children? Aunt Lucy, the sibling protector, with the intense desire to have her sisters and brother together, gathered Mom, uncle Johnny and Tia Lorenza and took them to a dilapidated shack in Van Horn so they could all live together. The realities and necessities of life - food, clothing and shelter- became problematic and each had to return to their assigned households, where they worked for their subsistence doing chores such as gathering wood, cooking, housecleaning. Throughout their entire lives, these four orphaned siblings loved each other and remained in touch. One of Mom's and Dad's lessons to us was the importance of staying connected as sisters and brother. Mom and her siblings are now together forever. Mom's early experiences formed her into a hard-working, loving, caring, generous and supportive human being who fought against inequities. While balancing the family finances, demands and rigors of a large family, Mom found time through her church to participate in many charitable organizations that served those with less opportunities and resources. MANA was one of the organizations. Hearing of her adventures with her church 'buddies' gathering, sorting and distributing food, clothing, respect and affection to those in need in the El Paso, Juárez Community, Mom demonstrated to us the importance of mobilizing from talk to action and of taking care of our neighbor, cuidar el prójimo. Mom traveled extensively with church groups to different parts of the world; we would tease her asking, if it were time again to visit 'the floating cathedrals' down the Nile River! On one of those trips, mom renewed her baptismal rite in the River Jordan, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. When Mom returned from her trip, she wanted to be buried in her baptism renewal garb. Mom was a warrior of the Holy Rosary; we all remember kneeling or sitting with mom inside or in the patio reciting the daily rosary and Divine Mercy. Mom was a woman of great faith. Mom also loved going to the Casino and would come home with comfortable winnings of which she would share with her grand and great-grandchildren. Mom spent endless hours cooking, and sharing thoughtful stories - celebrating everyday as a new day, going to lunch, shopping or having a great conversation with her 'FAVORITE' daughter(provider) or with her only son her truly 'favorite provider'. There was always activity and energy in our home sprinkled with hugs, kisses, laughter and much love. Together Mom and Dad instilled in their children that education was the pathway to objective thought and opportunity. Up to the end, Mom demonstrated her determination of never giving up; Mom had grit. Mom would get up tired and in pain, but she would make the best effort to shower, have her hair done, put her make-up on and dress-up, to set a fitting tone for the day. We her eight daughters and one son, eighteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren were embraced by integrity, honesty, a strong work-ethic, sharing, loving and kindness shrouded by the gift of tremendous love. Altagracia (Alta), Mom, Grandma, Greatest Grandma, Mamoo you will always be in our hearts; be assured that we will remember the wonderful life lessons you taught us. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, 9541 Plaza Circle, EP TX 79927, St. Jude's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Pallbearers: Juan M. Rodríguez, Xochitl Montes de Oca, Jesse Roseberry, Robert Alan Marsh, Carl Coulter, Eduardo Saucedo. Grand (great grand) children: Xochitl Montes de Oca (Xiomara Alvarado) Citlalli C. Rodríguez (Zeltzin, Gregory Seamon Jr.) Quetzal R. Rodríguez, Theresa N. Navarrette (Sarai, Zariah), Alejandro Navarrette, Bianca Navarrette, Jesse Antonio Roseberry, Carlos Miguel Roseberry, Joaquin Jimenez, Samantha Anne Marsh, Rebecca Spores (Azia, Serenity, Roy), Thomas Coulter, Alexias Peña (Aaron Daniel Amador), Roberto Peña, Jeremy Peña, Christian Patrick Rogers, Jaguar Saucedo, and Phenix Saucedo. Visitation: Hillcrest Funeral Home-Carolina, Sunday December 3, 2017, Viewing 2:00 to 6:00 pm Vigil Service 3:00 pm. Funeral Mass San Antonio de Pauda Catholic Church, Monday December 4, 2017, at 9:30. Interment will follow at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Service under the direction of HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME 1060 Carolina 598-3332.