Aurora Perez Salinas


(Feb. 7, 2007)

Funeral services for Aurora Perez Salinas, long-time resident of Powell, are scheduled at 10 a.m. today (Thursday, Feb. 15) at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church with Father Pete Johnson officiating. She was 80.

She died peacefully at the home of her daughter, Gloria Salinas, in Commerce City, Colo., on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Aurora was born Feb. 13, 1926 in Glen Mora, La. She met and married Guadalupe O. Salinas in Karnes City, Texas, on July 4, 1946 upon his return as a WWII prisoner of war. They raised their 10 children at 719 East 4th Street, Powell. She was a retired Powell School District employee. Aurora was a devoted housewife and mother whose hobbies included cooking, working puzzles before bedtime, and gardening.

Her husband preceded her in death on Jan. 28, 1999. She was also preceded in death by a son, Domingo; her parents, Theresa (Davila) and Melquiades Perez; her brother, Arnulfo of Kennedy, Texas; and a sister, Abelia Saldivar of Duncan, Ariz.

Aurora is survived by her children, Celestino (Olga) of Barstow, Calif., Theresa (Victor) Rodriquez of Powell, Gloria Salinas of Commerce City, Colo., Johnny (Maria) of Corpus Christi, Texas, Mike (Maria) of Woodridge, Ill., Lupe (Susan) of Minooka, Ill., Jerry (Tamara) of Mansfield, Texas, Albert (Carrie) of Dickinson, N.D., and Felicita Montanez (companion Antonio Perea) of Severance, Colo; a brother, Jesus Perez of Levelland, Texas, and a sister, Eva Rivera of San Antonio, Texas.

She is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Aurora was a member of the Catholic church. Funeral arrangements are directed by Thompson Funeral Home in Powell. She will be buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Powell.

Pallbearers are grandsons, Roy Salinas, Mark Salinas, Cole Salinas, Jason Streeter, Peter Montanez and Tomas Montanez.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Barbara’s Church in Powell.