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Obituary: MaryBelle Lucero


MaryBelle (Baros) Lucero was born on April 24, 1930, in Santa Rosa, N.M., to Benerito Baros and Zulema (Serrano) Baros.

She was a 1948 graduate of Santa Rosa High School. She had various jobs, which included: secretary of Santa Rosa High School, registering young men for the Selective Service, La Fiesta Cafe, Teeters Clothing Store and working for and retiring from the Tucumcari Public Schools as an elementary-school librarian.

On Nov. 28, 1959, MaryBelle married Samuel L. Lucero at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Santa Rosa, N.M. Having married a career employee with the New Mexico Highway Department, they moved to various communities in northeastern New Mexico, which included Clayton, Raton, Las Vegas, Santa Rosa and Tucumcari.

During those years, this young couple made and kept many dear friends. Samuel and MaryBelle had two children: Karl Anthony, who was born on May 18, 1962, in Raton, N.M., and Paula Antoinette, who was born on Feb. 23, 1965, in Santa Rosa, N.M.

MaryBelle is preceded in death by her only son, Karl, on Jan. 11, 2016.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Samuel, and her daughter, Paula, and husband Tim Dominguez. She is also survived by her seven grandsons: Nicholas, Noah, Nevan, Nathaniel and Nolan Dominguez and Connor and Ben Lucero.

She is also survived by her dear sister Ida Jo Campos (husband Elfego, deceased), many nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts, cousins and numerous other relatives and friends.

To all our beloved family, relatives and friends, we want to express our humble gratitude for all of the many meaningful cards, words, prayers and expressions of love shown to our family during MaryBelle’s illness and during our time of grieving. We appreciate all of the visits, phone calls and the meals prepared for our family.

We owe a debt of unending gratitude and love for you showing to us your expressions of kindness and tenderness. May our thoughts and prayers and God’s blessings reach each of you as we sincerely thank you for your genuine expressions of love and caring.

MaryBelle loved to quote 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” She practiced and lived by these virtues and those in the Prayer of Saint Francis every day. Her positive actions were the seeds she planted so we would be inspired to flourish.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 14, 2019. Pallbearers were her seven grandsons: Nicholas Dominguez, Noah Dominguez, Nevan Dominguez, Nathaniel Dominguez, Nolan Dominguez, Connor Lucero and Ben Lucero. Honorary pallbearers: Pete Campos, Tommy Campos, Albert Campos and Lettie Chavez.

Celebrant burial took place at Vista Verde Memorial Park following services. Mary will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. To view information or leave a condolence, visit

Daniels Family Funeral Service, Sara Chapel, 4310 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, 892-9920,