Aurora (Roy) Mercado Huerta, of Glendale, Arizona, Our Loving Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister and Matriarch, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and friends on May 2, 2008. Aurora was born in Jerome, Arizona on March 12, 1938 to Casimiro and Paulina Mercado. She married Efraim (Mico) Huerta on December 17th, 1960. Passion defined all aspects of their relationship. Aurora selflessly sacrificed her own desires to provide for her family needs and to help them to pursue their potential. Aurora served diligently as a community leader, volunteer and advocate for programs for children and elderly. She lived her life as a true Roman Catholic; member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and active member of The Guadalupanas of the Capila De Guadalupe. She was a founding member of the Glendale Youth Center, member of Glendale Fiestas Patrias, L.U.L.A.C., S.M.O.F., Glendale Development Advisory Board, Burton Elementary School PTA, Glendale Elementary School District ESEA Parent Advisory Board, Emergency "E" Mother, Cheer Mom/Score keeper, Girl Scout and Brownie Leader. Aurora was a superb cook; everyone looked forward to tasting her delicious meals. We love you Mom and you will be missed!!! Aurora is survived by her Husband, Efraim E. Huerta and children; Anna Martinez, Veronica Huerta, Rueben Huerta, Rebecca Daniel, Efraim Huerta II and Raquel Cervantes. Grandchildren; Daniel Huerta, Nathan Martinez, Natalie Martinez, Christopher DelaGuerra, Johnny Gonzales Jr., Jacob Gonzales, and never forgotten Baby Joshua Daniel. Great Grandchild; Daniel Huerta Jr. Aurora is also survived by her siblings; Federica Mercado, Armida Gutierrez, Melecio Mercado, Sara Pantoja, Casimiro Mercado, Armando Mercado, Ysauro Mercado, Sandra Mercado, Lucy Mercado and Evangelina Nunez. Viewing will be held on Friday, May 9, 2008 at the Chapel of Chimes Mortuary, 7924 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ. 85301 from 5-7 p.m. Rosary will start at 7pm. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday May 10, 2008 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (O.L.P.H.) 5614 W. Orangewood Ave., Glendale, AZ. 85301. Immediately following mass, Interment will be held at Resthaven Cemetery 6290 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ. 85301.
Published in The Arizona Republic from 5/7/2008 - 5/8/2008.