Sister Frances Baca – December 18, 2014

Sister Frances Baca, 99, of Amarillo, died Thursday, December 18, 2014 after a lengthy illness.Baca Obit Pic

Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Saint Francis Convent. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Saint Frances Convent Chapel with Most Reverend Bishop Patrick J. Zurek celebrating and Monsignor Norbert Kuehler and Reverend Edward Sweeney concelebrating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Sr. Frances was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 30, 1915, the second of eight children born to Elfego and Ignacita Baca.  She entered the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate in 1987, making her first Profession of Vows on Aug. 11, 1990.

Sister Frances received her grade school and high school education with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Peña Blanca, New Mexico.  She attended Highland University, the University of New Mexico and St. Joseph’s College in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.  Before entering the convent, she taught for thirty-five years in various schools in Sandoval County, in New Mexico until her retirement in 1970.

Within the community, Sister Frances exercised her apostolate helping the Sisters with domestic tasks in Hereford and Amarillo, Texas and as house treasurer in Los Angeles, California when she retired to Amarillo, Texas.

Sister Frances was preceded in death by her parents and six brothers and sisters.

Survivors include Sister Viola Baca, of Amarillo, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

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