Services: 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales.
Mrs. Aurelia L. Barela, 64, of Portales, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at her home.
She was born on July 19, 1938, in DeRamadero, to Manuelita and Tomas Velasquez.
She graduated from Portales High School in 1957. She married Frank H. Barela on June 20, 1964, in Portales. She worked at Selected Casings in Portales, as a housekeeper at a local motel and as a dietary aide at the local hospital, retiring in 1996. Family members said she was an excellent cook who enjoyed cooking for all the family and making baby blankets and quilts for her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Tomas Velasquez; two sisters, Maria Nestorita and Cora Chavez; and her husband.
She is survived by two daughters, Carolina and Lydia Barela, both of Portales; a special nephew, Arturo Velasquez of Portales; three brothers, Jose Orlando Velasquez of Portales, Rudy Velasquez of San Angelo, Texas, and Frederico Garcia of Encino; six sisters, Gloria Rivero and Rasalee Velasquez, both of Portales, Anna Tarango and Angie Ramirez, both of Lubbock, and Mary Helen Rodriguez and Macedonia Salinas, both of Clovis.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Roberto Pena, Arturo, Marcos and Jose Velasquez, Jimmy Duarte, Michael Salinas, Ramon Ramirez and Carlos Rivero.
Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces and nephews.
A family dinner will be served at the Memorial Building in Portales following the service.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.