Born: January 3, 1935
Death: January 11, 2011
Place of Death: La Posada - Mesilla Valley Hospice
January 3, 1935 - January 11, 2011
JOSEFINA “TITA” R. YBARVO, 76, of Las Cruces entered eternal life Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at La Posada- Mesilla Valley Hospice. She was born January 2, 1935 in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico to Leandro Barraza and Juana Rodriguez. Josefina known to many as “Tita”, the nickname bestowed upon her when her beloved first grandson Josue could not say Abuelita. She was known by the people that she came in contact with as a loving, gentle and caring person. Josefina worked hard all her life and at the age of 10, she would leave her family in Juarez and go to work as a house servant ironing and cleaning to help earn money for her family. Her love for children led her to work as a Nanny and she would share fond memories of the kids that she helped raise. In 1950, Josefina married the love of her life, David Ybarvo and together they shared the joy of loving and raising their own six children. Eventually the grandchildren came and she would care for them too, always making sure they knew they we loved while Mommy and Daddy were at work. This love for children did not stop with her own family, but that love continued throughout the majority of her life where she would care for other children and always made sure they had plenty of love and attention. Josefina was an amazing cook and baker, everyone who tasted her red chile meat and her biscochos fell in love with them and often requested she make it for their weddings or other special occasions. Josefina always showed people she loved them by welcoming them into her home, feeding them and treating them like royalty.
Her love and caring did not only stop with children and grandchildren, Josefina showed it to everyone and everything she came in contact with. Her love of flowers and plants were always demonstrated throughout her home and especially her front yard.
She was an amazing mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend who devoted her life to faith and family.
Josefina is now in Heaven with her husband David whom she missed dearly the past 22 years. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Edmerejildo, Pilar and Reymundo Rodriguez; a sister, Alejandra R. Sierra and her grandson, Kino Perez III. Those left to mourn her passing include three sons, David H. Ibarbo and companion Teresa Alarcon of Los Lunas, NM, Joel Ybarvo, Ismael “Smiley” Ybarvo and wife Debbie all of Las Cruces; three daughters, Maria de Socorro “Sukie” Rayas and husband Leon of El Paso, Texas, Elvia Yolanda “Yoli” Ibarbo, Patricia “Susie” Contreras and husband Jaime all also of Las Cruces; a sister, Maria de los Guerreros Rodriguez of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Other survivors include nineteen grandchildren, April Perez and husband Kino, Vanessa Saucedo and husband Al, Nicole Ybarvo, Fina Ibarbo, Dr. Sukie Gisler and husband Dr. Chris Gisler, Leon David Rayas, Josue Ybarvo, Joey Ybarvo, Ceci Perez and husband Jose, J.D. Ybarvo, Mario Sanchez and wife Kasia, Michael Sanchez, Matthew Sanchez, David Munoz and fiancée Andrea Romero, Sonrisa Lujan, Alex, Abrianna, Mariah and Marisa Contreras; twelve great grandchildren, J.R., I-Jay and J.P. Perez, Memito and Christopher Perez, Faith and Esperanza Gaytan, Avayah and Syriah Sanchez, Reyna, Nathaniel and Usiah Sanchez.
Visitation for Josefina will be Friday, January 14, 2011 from 6 PM to 8 PM in Baca’s Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 10 AM in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3610 Venus Street with Bishop Saul Hernandez presiding. Concluding Service and Interment will follow in Masonic Cemetery, 760 S. Compress where she will be laid to rest.
Serving as casket bearers will be Mario Sanchez, Josue Ybarvo, Joey Ybarvo, J.D. Ybarvo, Leon David Rayas, and David Muñoz. Honorary bearers will be Alex Contreras, Matthew Sanchez, Michael Sanchez and Juan Sierra.
The family would like to thank the staff at Mesilla Valley Hospice; the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and all the family and friends who assisted lovingly while caring for our Mom. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Maria Montes and Willie, Norma, Miguel, Goody, and Olivia Ruiz for their unwavering support throughout Josefina’s illness.