Estella A. De la Rosa
May 20, 1950  -  January 5, 2019

Estella A. De la Rosa

Public Viewing
Visitation Room
611 W Grand Ave
Artesia, NM  88210
Thursday, January 10, 2019
10:00 am to 08:00 pm
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Funeral Service
Artesia High School Auditorium
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, January 11, 2019
10:00 am

Twin Oaks Memorial Park
59 Lake Arthur Hwy.
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, January 11, 2019

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Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM, Friday, January 11, at The Artesia High School Auditorium located at 215 S. 15th Street, Artesia, NM for Estella A. De la Rosa of Artesia, New Mexico.

Mrs. De la Rosa, 68, died January 5, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family.

Mr. Richard Leaton will officiate at the services with burial to follow at Twin Oaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Marcos Cabezuela, Gabriel Cabezuela, Jaime Huitron, Ceasar Huitron, Gino Pena, Jr., Roque Gonzales, Steven Balencia, and Fred Balencia.

Visitation will be at Terpening and Son Mortuary Thursday, January 10th from 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM.

Estella was born May 20, 1950 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico, the daughter of Cruz Arenivas and Elvira (Montes) Mendoza. She was a longtime Artesia resident after moving to Artesia as a child in 1963 from Mexico.

On December 21, 1973 she was married to David De la Rosa, Sr. in Carlsbad, N.M. He preceded her in death on March 23, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her father, Cruz Arenivas.

She is survived by her son David DeLaRosa and wife, Dana DeLaRosa of Artesia, NM. A daughter, Manuela Pena and husband Gino Pena of Roswell NM and a daughter Marissa Villa and husband, Ivan Villa of Artesia, NM. A granddaughter, Emily Vaughn and husband Gary Vaughn of Artesia, NM. Grandchildren: Gino Pena Jr., Cora Pena, Jocelyn DeLaRosa, Mayra Villa, Mikayla Pena, Addison Pena and Aiden Pena. Great grand children: Miley Vaughn, Kaidynce Vaughn and Gino Pena, III.

Estella is also survived by her brothers and sisters: Anastacio Arenivas, Elpidia Hernandez, Rosa Gonzales, Adela Cabezuela, Fabian Arenivas, Maria Villareal, Martina Mendoza and Juana Mendoza.

Estella was a member of the King Hall of Jehovas Witnesses. She was employed as a seamstress for Levi Strauss, Co in Roswell, NM and a member of the Presidents Club for the duration of her employment of over 25 years. She left Levis to care for her beautiful children to which she dedicated her entire life. She loved music and especially mariachi music. She loved to sing and amazed her listeners by how she managed to blend her voice right along with the music and sound like part of the group. She loved to cook, bake and feed huge crowds. Some of her recipes have become prize possessions of family members. Her smile was beautiful and her presence was a gift to all. She leaves her family with beautiful memories and funny stories that will be cherished for eternity.


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  1. Tina Valencia Federico
    Artesia, NM

    I knew Estella for a few years, used to carpool to work with her and my sister Yolanda.She was pretty nice except for the time she left me overthere , had meeting after work and since it was her turn to drive she had to wait for me . When I got out there was no Estella to be found, turns out there was two meeting going on , first group came out didn't see me so she left back to Artesia . Wasn't funny at the time but it makes me laugh now . R I P Estella.My condolences to the family.

  2. Velma Rodriguez
    Artesia, NM

    David,Dana,Manuela,Marissa, our deepest condolences to your entire family. What a tremendous loss you have all suffered. Your Mom & Dad, were the best neighbors anyone could ask for,Chris practically grew up over at your house. I'm sure your Dad was the first to greet your Mom,they're finally together again!!
    With much love ,
    Deacon Richard & Velma Rodriguez

  3. Beatrice Torres
    Uniondale, NY

    Mi más sentido pésame para toda la Familia estamos con uds

  4. Angie Garcia
    Artesia, NM

    Sending my condolences and prayers for u all

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