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Juanita Moreno Marquez

February 21, 2012

Our beloved mother and grandmother answered her final trumpet call on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at the age of 86. She has gone home to be with our Heavenly Father, and to rejoice with family who has gone before her.

Juanita Moreno Marquez was born in Big Spring, Texas. on May 16, 1925, to Maria and Gregorio Moreno, who preceded her in death. There will be a prayer service to celebrate her life at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, directed by Pastor Socorro Rios — at Myers & Smith Funeral Chapel. Her final services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church of Big Spring, with the Rev. Bill Ivins officiating. She will be buried alongside her husband, Tomas Marquez Jr., at Mount Olive Memorial Park. Tomas and Juanita married in Big Spring on May 1, 1943. They were married 40 years, and Tomas preceded her in death on April 15, 1983.

Mrs. Juanita Marquez lived a full life. She worked alongside her husband at Marquez and Sons TV Shop, where she kept books, inventoried, restocked parts and greeted and served many customers in Howard and surrounding counties. She was a very active member in the Northside United Methodist Church, singing in the choir, as an Adult Sunday School Class teacher, United Methodist Women’s Group secretary, vice president and finally president, prior to the church closing in December of 2002. At that time, Mrs. Marquez became a member of the First United Methodist Church in Big Spring. She was an active member of the Adult Sunday School Class, and enjoyed her new friends in this class until she was forced to stay home due to illness. We thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for making Mama feel so welcome!

Juanita lived a long, full life and was a lifetime resident of Big Spring. She was known as “Mama” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and even to her one great-great-grandchild. She is survived by all her sons, Robert (Bobby) and Dianne Marquez, Manuel and Adelinda Marquez, Raul and Mary Ann Marquez, Jesse and Rosalinda Marquez, Tony and Lena Marquez, and Larry and Linda Marquez. They are all of the Big Spring community. She has four surviving sisters, Lucy Garcia of Waukegan Ill., and Rosa (Benito) Marquez, Margaret (Lita) Ortega and Anita (Jesus) Bustamante — all of Big Spring. The Lord blessed her with 22 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She is also loved by multiple nieces and nephews. She was a very proud and doting grandmother, and these children will all miss her very much.

In addition to her beloved husband and parents, Juanita was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Tomasita and Joanna; one adopted brother, Frank Dutchover; one brother, Jose Moreno; two sisters, Maria Renteria and Eustolia Haro; and two grandsons, Terry Bailey and Robert Marquez Jr.

Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons, Larry Marquez Jr., Manuel Marquez Jr., Michael Marquez, Jesse Marquez Jr., Tony Marquez Jr. and Raul Marquez Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be her other grandsons, Terry Marquez, Tomas (T.J.) Marquez, Timothy Marquez, Jacob Marquez and Kenny Guzman Jr.

As we say farewell, not goodbye, to our mother and grandmother, we can only wish to remember all the good days of her life and how she touched each and every one of us — every day!

Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Fuheral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com

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