Luella Correa passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, with her daughter and grandchildren by her side.
Luella Correa was born to Fedelina and Edwardo Baca on January, 27 1942 in a little town in southwest New Mexico called Magdalena. She grew up with her brothers Benslow Baca, Edward Baca, and Gilbert Baca. The family moved to the city of Albuquerque. Luella went to Albuquerque High School on Central, that is now an apartment complex. At Albuquerque High she got to be with her good friends. She was so tall that she made other students think she was a senior, when she was a freshman. She would make them hold her books for her as she walked through the halls. At age 17 Luella worked at the ticket booth at the El Rey Theater. While working at the El Rey Theater she met Antonio Correa who consistently came to see her and ask her out. Her excuse was always, “I am too tall for you”. Eventually, she learned to love Antonio's humor and kindness and they got married!! From the loving union came two beautiful children: Diana and John. That brought amazing grandchildren: Juliette, Nannette, Dante, Crystal, Venessa, and Adrianna.
Luella loved to travel. Traveling alongside with her "Viejo" Antonio was something that excited her because it was always an adventurous journey! Whether it be in Puerto Peñasco, El Paso, Vegas, Tampico, California, or even going back to Magdalena for the last time for 4th of July.
When she was home in the South Valley she spent her time at the senior center dancing, sewing, crocheting, doing ceramics and sharing her creations with her loved ones. Her and Antonio would participate in senior bowling tournaments with her friends.
If you were a friend of Luella you would be laughing all the time. She knew how to make you feel at home and was a great listener. Luella had her challenges, but would always carry on with a heart of gold. She was a woman that would not ask you if you needed help, in her head she already knew, and would give her best and go out of her way to make one’s day a little bit easier or to just simply give a smile.
One thing that all her family, friends, and neighbors loved and will miss is Luella’s empanadas. She would call her loved ones the day before to come over to make them, because she knew that she needed her whole village to get these empanadas done so they could be enjoyed!! The sweet smells would fill the kitchen. All the laughter and music that would come with it were moments she cherished! She wanted to live her life surrounded by loved ones and she did just that!
Luella had such a beautiful spirit, it shined so much that you could feel yourself shining too!!
May you dance with Antonio now Luella! For you have taught us how to dance. With the life we are given, breathe in every bit we can because life is beautiful in every way.
Where life can be beautiful like a rose that you see, the rose took a journey to grow beyond the concrete, it bloomed with rain and heat and with it others learned to bloom to be free! Thank you for blooming Luella! May you rest in peace!
Luella's Life Celebration details are to be announced.
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