Bernardita (Bernie) G. Herrera, beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great Great-Grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, passed away peacefully at her home in Los Pachecos, on her 93rd birthday which was on December 8, 2022 on the day of the Immaculate Conception. Leaving behind many broken hearts. Bernie was born in Calipatria, California to Antonio and Estephanita Guillen.
Bernie met her soulmate Jose Ciriaco Herrera of Los Pachecos in the 6th grade and they were married on November 8, 1947. Together they had 6 children and one foster son.
Preceding Bernie in death are her parents, Antonio and Estephanita Guillen, Father and Mother-in-Law Benito and Teofila Herrera, beloved Sons Samuel, Phillip and Anthony Herrera. Daughter-in-Law Florence Herrera and Son-in-Law Albert Smith, Grandchildren Priscilla and Michael Herrera, one beloved sister, 5 brothers, 7 sister-in-laws and 6 brother-in-law. A very special Tia (Ruth).
Bernie is survived by her husband of 75 years, Jose Ciriaco Herrera, son Benito Herrera, daughters Meachelle Smith and Yvonne (Allen) Herring, one sister Ernestine Herrera and brothers Tony (Lillian) Guillen, Richard (Maxine) Guillen, Sister-in-Laws Fella and Esperanza Guillen, Daughter-in-Laws Becky Romero and Elizabeth (George) Madrid, Grandchildren Angela (Aquilino), Steve (Ruby), Randy (Raquel), Allen N. Herring III, Joy (Eric), Andrew (Andrea), Karen (Clarence), Kevin, Samantha, Adam (Audrey), 26 great-grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren. Many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family would like to “Thank” mom’s physicians Dr. Ponce and Dr. Garcia. The nursing staff of Casa Rael for their help and care. Special "Thank You" to Father Nathan Lopez for praying with the family and for preparing mom for eternal life.
A Public Viewing will be held on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel at DeVargas Funeral Home in Espanola, NM. On Tuesday, December 20, 2022, a Rosary will be recited 10:00 am at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Alcalde, NM, with a Mass to follow at 11:00 am. Burial to follow at La Villita Catholic Cemetery in Alcalde, NM.
The family of Bernardita Herrera has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the beautiful Espanola Valley. 505.747.7477 www.devargasfuneral.com