Inez Locklear, 98, our beloved and solely surviving aunt, handed away on June 9, 2022. Inez was born in Mosquero, N.M,, on Nov. 10, 1923. That is the place a lifetime of dedication, kindness, intelligence and thoughtfulness started. She was the oldest daughter of Paz Ortiz and Miquela Baca Ortiz. Inez additionally had fivr brothers and one sister (Pablo, Benjamin, Nicolas, Facundo, and Frances) who preceded her in loss of life. To outlive her is brother, Alfred Ortiz. Inez lived on a ranch in northeastern New Mexico and attended a one-room faculty home. When Inez was 17, she lived on her personal in Mosquero, N.M., to attend highschool with the intention of graduating. She had heard that her grandmother, Fannie C. Ortiz was in in poor health well being and impoverished. Inez cared for her till her loss of life just a few months later. Inez, in her love of schooling, returned to high school and graduated from highschool in June of 1942. At all times a frontrunner and unbiased, Inez moved to Killeen, Texas, the place her brothers had been already stationed. Jobs had been plentiful and she or he discovered work in cafes, eating places and dime shops. Inside a yr, Inez discovered the love of her life, Udall “Tex” Locklear. Tex was a sailor and really good-looking and pleasant. They married after the warfare in 1948 and had been married for over 40 years. Tex handed away in 1986. They’d no youngsters, however many beloved pets and a ton of buddies. A few of her buddies included Elvis Presley in his early years and Perry Como. Within the 50s, the couple lived in Texas, New Mexico and at last settled in Pueblo, Colo., the place most her household had additionally settled to work on the Pueblo Ordinance Depot and the CF&I. Tex labored on the outdated Phillips 66 on 4th Avenue, and Inez started her lengthy profession in baking and cooking on the outdated Kress, JJ Newberrie’s and Woolworth’s lunch counters. Inez additionally labored at Grand Café in downtown Pueblo and ran the kitchen on the Klamm Shell in Bessemer. She even opened up her personal restaurant in Boone, Colo.She received a contest sponsored by Kress as to what makes good customer support. Inez was given a letter of commendation, a cake (which she might have baked and adorned) and a spherical of applause. In Inez style, she informed nobody till we discovered the letter in her paperwork. She was meticulous in document holding and a spotlight to element. In 1965, Tex and Inez adopted two sons from a Catholic orphanage, Steve and Deacon Richard Duecker. As time would go, Richard married and had youngsters. Tex and Inez had the sons, daughter-in-law and the grandchildren they all the time prayed for.
Inez was a gifted entrepreneur, all the time eager to contribute and assist and be a part of a optimistic image. She was productive and hardworking. She was extremely expert in stitching, accounting, cooking, baking, catering and, after all, of being a terrific aunt to quite a few nieces, nephews to incorporate Gilbert and Diana Ortiz, her caregivers. Inez’s final job was at Ortiz Catering, the place she ready the meals and managed the kitchen. As her life ha many twists and turns, she met and was pictured with President Invoice Clinton on his go to to Pueblo, the place she fed him together with many Governors, Senators,and information individuals from all around the United States. Inez was exceptional, given the place and the time she was born. She made her personal success and her personal alternatives and by no means stop when life introduced an impediment. She was family-minded and she or he mattered to her mom and father, husband, brothers and sister, to the various nieces and nephews who beloved her and appreciated her humor, her tales and the way she made us really feel particular. Particular due to the workers and director of Belmont Senior Care, Phyllis Sanchez; workers and administration of Pueblo Villa, Innovage of Pueblo and Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial, 10,a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2022, St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. On-line condolences, www.angeluspueblo.com.
Posted on-line on June 18, 2022
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