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Carmen Cecilia Lucero

November 6, 1964 — July 8, 2023

Carmen Cecilia Lucero, age 58, was born on November 6, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Samuel and Victoria Lucero. Carmen resided for over 38 years in Arizona; first, Wilcox, then Tucson, and ultimately Phoenix. She worked at Sonora Quest Laboratories for nearly 35 years. Carmen was a humble servant to our Lord as well as a loving sister, aunt, and friend. On July 8, 2023, after a long battle with cancer, Carmen was relieved of her earthly pain and joined our Lord in heaven. Carmen was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Samuel Jr. She is survived by her brother, Frank and wife, Joanne; sister, Carlotta Ortiz and husband, Louie; sister-in-law, Sandra Lucero; nieces and nephews, Frank Lucero Jr. (Leighanna), Samuel Lucero III (Sarah), Benjamin Ortiz (Ellie), Matthew Otero (Lacey), and Angeline Ortiz; grand nieces and nephews, Isaac Lucero, Elijah Lucero, Olivia Ortiz, Alena Lucero, Ellie Lucero, Emilia Lucero, Xander Otero, Brody, Bentley and Carter Gonzales, and Marcus and Mia Carrasco. Carmen is also survived by her longtime dearest and closest friends who she considered as her sisters and family, Gloria Ormsby (husband, Cornelio), Cindy Delgado (husband, Michael), and Daneen Yrique (husband, Manuel).

In 1992, Carmen, along with Gloria and Cindy traveled to a farm named Finca Betania in Venezuela. It was here that Maria Esperanza along with 150 others first saw an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1976. While on this pilgrimage they prayed with Maria Esperanza (who now is a Servant of God, the first step towards Canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church), and as they prayed during this dark evening, the clouds parted to reveal a full moon and each of them witnessed a silhouette of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the moon. The clouds then covered the moon, but again later parted, and it was at this time that Carmen revealed she witnessed the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the moon. They made another trip to Venezuela, six months later and witnessed the “Miracle of the Holy Eucharist”. In July 1996, Carmen traveled on a pilgrimage with Gloria and Cornelio to Medjugorje, a village in Bosnia-Herzegovina where, since 1981, the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing and giving messages to the world. While there, Carmen trekked the difficult climb to the top (520 m) of Cross Mountain (Krizevac) to pray. Carmen’s travels are confirmation of her devotion to our Lord and Blessed Mother. Before her death Carmen received the sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Anointing of the Sick—a testament of her faith. Her family and friends know that her love is forever with us.

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